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Studs and Duds: Championship Weekend

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By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Williams scores three times


Now that was a much better week of action. It was a shame to see some bad officiating impact the outcome of the games, but at least the games were highly entertaining. The games were really captivating. The fantasy performances were pretty good, but probably not as high scoring as most expected in these matchups. Here is to hoping you had some of those big performances in your fantasy lineup.

Rams 26, Saints 23

Fantasy Stud: Brandin Cooks. There were not a ton of big performances in a game expected to be a shootout. Cooks was one of the few bright spots offensively, catching seven passes for 107 yards. This was his first 100-yard game since Week 11. He had fewer than 70 yards six straight games before this big performance. The Rams will need Cooks to come up big in the Super Bowl if they hope to win.

Fantasy Dud: Michael Thomas. Thomas was really held in check for his standards, catching just four passes for 36 yards. You didn't expect this performance from Thomas, who had double-digit receptions and 171 yards the previous week. His yardage total was his second worst of the season. Thomas still had a tremendous season but fell flat in this one.

Game Notes: Todd Gurley struggled to do much, rushing four times for 10 yards and a touchdown. He caught a pass for three yards. C.J. Anderson got a lot more work than Gurley, rushing 16 times for 44 yards.

Alvin Kamara had double-digit receptions for the second time this season. He caught 11 passes for 96 yards. He found little room running the ball, though, rushing eight times for 15 yards.

Patriots 37, Chiefs 31

Fantasy Stud: Damien Williams. Williams continued his strong play as the lead back for the Chiefs. He had three touchdowns in this game. He ran 10 times for 30 yards and a score. Williams also caught five passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He had touchdowns six straight games to end his season. He made a strong case to be the lead back for the Chiefs next season. And if that is the case, he'll have high fantasy value in this offense.

Fantasy Dud: Tyreek Hill. The Patriots did a great job of limiting Hill, who had just a catch for 42 yards. It was a big surprise he had just a touch in the game. This game was his lowest yardage total of the entire season and only game he had just one touch. Hill is another player that had a monster season, but this dud will likely haunt him in the offseason.

Game Notes: Sony Michel had his second straight 100-yard game. He ran 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns. This was his sixth 100-yard game of the season.

Sammy Watkins hit the 100-yard mark, catching four passes for 114 yards. He had 10 catches for 176 yards in two playoff games, returning in a big way from his foot injury.

Player Notes
Malcolm Jenkins May 21 9:43am ET

Philadelphia Eagles FS Malcolm Jenkins is absent from organized team activities. Jenkins was also absent for offseason workouts.

Josh Jones May 21 8:23am ET

Green Bay Packers SS Josh Jones is away from voluntary organized team activities and working out in Florida because he's hoping to be traded, according to a source.

Reuben Foster May 21 12:13am ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but there are also some worries about possible artery damage in his leg, according to a source.

Cooper Kupp May 20 10:53pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) said he is happy with the progress he is making in his rehab but does not want to put a timetable on his return. Head coach Sean McVay said the goal is for Kupp to be ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Spin: Kupp probably will not be on a practice field until training camp, so fantasy players should monitor his situation over the next few months. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL when he is healthy and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver in 2019.

Larry Fitzgerald May 20 10:13pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson and WR Larry Fitzgerald were not present during practice Monday, May 20.

Fantasy Spin: Both Johnson and Fitzgerald could participate in practice later this offseason and should be on the field for mandatory minicamp. Johnson will be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues this upcoming season, while Fitzgerald could be a No. 3 receiver.

Ndamukong Suh May 20 9:53pm ET

Free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh (Rams) could be an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the team released DT Gerald McCoy, in the opinion of The Athletic's Greg Auman.

Julio Jones May 20 9:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of organized team activities Monday, May 20.

Fantasy Spin: Jones is talking with the team about a contract extension and may not participate until the mandatory minicamp. Jones continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.

Case Keenum May 20 8:43pm ET

Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum received the first snap during team drills Monday, May 20.

Fantasy Spin: Keenum will compete with Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy for the starting quarterback job during training camp. Fantasy players probably should avoid the Redskins quarterback situation in drafts, but Haskins likely will have some value in keeper leagues.

Reuben Foster May 20 8:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice Monday, May 20, according to a source.

Gerald McCoy May 20 8:13pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy was released Monday, May 20.

Amari Cooper May 20 7:43pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is at a stalemate in contract extension talks with the Cowboys, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Cooper is entering the final year of his contract, so the team is looking to sign him to a long-term extension this offseason. He played well after joining the Cowboys and should receive plenty of targets this upcoming season. He can be a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.

De'Vante Bausby May 20 7:03pm ET

Denver Broncos CB De'Vante Bausby worked with the first-team defense during practice Monday, May 20, because CBs Chris Harris Jr. and Isaac Yiadom (shoulder) did not participate.

Shamarko Thomas May 20 7:03pm ET

Denver Broncos SS Shamarko Thomas (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, May 20.

Kyle Rudolph May 20 6:13pm ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he plans to participate in practice Tuesday, May 21, even though his future with the team is uncertain.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph has been part of trade rumors this offseason, so it is not known which team he will play for in 2019. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end no matter where he plays.

Reuben Foster May 20 6:03pm ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) is believed to have suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during the team's first organized team activity Monday, May 20.

Martrell Spaight May 20 5:13pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs LB Martrell Spaight was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Monday, May 20.

John Phillips May 20 4:53pm ET

Free-agent TE John Phillips (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, May 20, according to a source. DB Dontae Johnson was released to make room for him on the roster.

Jordan Leggett May 20 4:43pm ET

New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett was waived Monday, May 20.

Danny Shelton May 20 4:33pm ET

Free-agent DT Danny Shelton (Patriots) agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract to re-sign with the New England Patriots on Monday, May 20.

Carson Wentz May 20 4:33pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) is reportedly progressing well from his back injury and will not be limited for on-field drills during organized team activities beginning Tuesday, May 21. While the team will be cautious with him, he is expected to be involved in the majority of all work, according to sources.