Sun Sep 22 12:38pm ET
By The Associated Press
Players: Josh McCown, Matt Bryant, Jimmy Graham, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Harris, Demaryius Thomas, James Develin, A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery, Tavon Austin, James White, Albert Wilson, Jake Kumerow, Tyler Kroft, Jeff Driskel, Matt LaCosse, Carson Wentz, Trevor Davis, Andy Janovich, Paul Perkins, Damien Williams, Jonathan Williams, Nate Sudfeld, Corey Clement, Dallas Goedert, Mark Andrews, Tyreek Hill, Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison, Trace McSorley, DeShone Kizer, Travis Fulgham, Myles Gaskin, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Dexter Williams, Jake Dolegala, Michael Gallup, Jaleel Scott, Devin Singletary
Philadelphia Eagles' Alshon Jeffery, left, hangs onto a touchdown pass against Washington Redskins' Jon Bostic during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson for their game against visiting Detroit.
Jeffery and Jackson are both inactive Sunday. Jeffery, who had been listed as questionable, has a calf injury. Jackson won't play because of a groin injury.
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was active against the Lions after he was listed as questionable for the game with a calf injury.
Philadelphia quarterback Nate Sudfeld is active for the first time this season after a preseason wrist injury. Josh McCown will back up Carson Wentz.
In Foxborough, Massachusetts, New England Patriots running back James White will miss the matchup with the New York Jets to be his wife, who is expecting the birth of their child. Fullback James Develin didn't practice all week and is out with a neck injury. Special teams stalwart Nate Ebner is also sidelined with a groin issue, and right tackle Marcus Cannon is active after sitting out last week with a shoulder injury.
For the Jets, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was picked up in a trade with the Patriots earlier this month, will not face his former team. He is sidelined with a hamstring and knee issue. He joins quarterback Sam Darnold, who remains out with mononucleosis, and linebackers Jordan Jenkins (calf) and C.J. Mosley (groin) on the inactive list.
In Indianapolis, the Colts will be without two key defensive players - defensive end Jabaal Sheard and All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard. Sheard misses his third straight game with a knee injury. Leonard went into the concussion protocol after last Sunday's game and was not cleared in time to play this week against Atlanta.
Indy will have its top cornerback, Pierre Desir, who was diagnosed with a bruised right knee last week. Atlanta will use punter Matt Wile, who was signed this week in case Matt Bosher couldn't play because of an injured groin. Bosher, who also handles kickoffs, is inactive. Kicker Matt Bryant kicked off last week after Bosher was injured.
In Orchard Park, New York, injuries have thinned the Cincinnati Bengals' depth at left tackle, though third stringer Andre Smith will start despite being listed as being questionable last week because of a groin injury. Otherwise, starter Cordy Glenn will miss his third straight game because of a concussion. Starting left guard Michael Jordan is out after hurting his left knee last week.
The Bills had already ruled out rookie running back Devin Singletary, who hurt his left hamstring in a win over the New York Giants, and tight end Tyler Kroft, who hurt his left ankle in practice Thursday. A former Bengals player, Kroft was an offseason free agent addition who was on track to make his debut for the Bills after breaking his right foot in May.
In Arlington, Texas, Taco Charlton is active for the Miami Dolphins and will face his former team four days after the Dallas Cowboys waived their 2017 first-round draft pick.
The Dolphins claimed the underachieving defensive end on waivers a day after the Cowboys dropped him.
Linebacker Trent Harris will make his debut for the Dolphins, returning from a knee injury. Quarterback Josh Rosen will make his first start for Miami.
The Cowboys had already declared six players out: leading receiver Michael Gallup, wide receiver Tavon Austin (concussion), defensive end Tyrone Crawford (hip), safety Xavier Woods (ankle), defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (knee) and linebacker Luke Gifford (ankle).
In Minneapolis, Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes is active for the first time this season - his first appearance since tearing his left ACL in Week 6 last year - but four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr is out with a groin injury for Minnesota's game against Oakland.
For the Raiders, left guard Richie Incognito makes his debut after serving a two-game suspension, but right guard Gabe Jackson misses his third straight game because of a knee injury, and wide receiver Ryan Grant is also inactive, a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
In Kansas City, Missouri, Baltimore's Mark Andrews is active after dealing with a foot injury. He's the first tight end in franchise history with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. The Ravens wanted to see how Andrews moved during pregame warmups before making a decision.
In Green Bay, Wisconsin, Packers tight end Jimmy Graham is active after missing practice time this week because of a groin injury.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (ankle) is currently questionable for the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. There's certainly a risk for injury, considering he re-aggravated the ankle in last week's playoff game. Still, it's hard to ignore the two-game stretch Lazard had to end the season, where he saw 17 targets. That alone makes him worth a gamble, particularly in a must-win game for a Packers team in desperate need of another threat at receiver. Just beware, the matchup isn't ideal. The 49ers allowed only 172 passing yards to the Vikings last week.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams gets a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. Adams produced only 43 receiving yards and a score against San Francisco in the regular season but still had 12 targets. The star receiver has seen double-digit targets in nine of 13 games played this year. There's not many receivers that you can virtually pencil in for double-digit targets- but Adams is one of them. If fellow receivers Geronimo Allison (illness) and Allen Lazard (ankle) suit up, they may be limited. Adams could be looking at more work than usual, even in a matchup this difficult.
The San Francisco 49ers Defense enter Championship weekend as the highest-priced fantasy defense. The Niners face the Green Bay Packers, who they demolished 37-8 in Week 12. In that previous contest, the Niners relentlessly harassed future Hall of Famer quarterback Aaron Rodgers, dropping him five times and forcing a fumble. The Packers were a meager one for 15 on third down conversions. The 49ers will need to follow that blueprint again in the critical NFC Championship to emerge victorious. With a higher-intensity contest expected, it could be difficult to splurge on a defense in fantasy compared to other addressable positions.
San Francisco 49ers wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders both offer solid fantasy value in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Both players were limited to under 45 yards apiece in last weekends Divisional Round blowout but were featured early on when the game was still in question. The rookie Samuel has emerged as a consistent dual threat in the latter half of 2019 and is likelier the safer floor. Sanders, the savvy vet has proven himself as a reliable chain-mover with big-play potential. Against the Packers 10th-best pass defense by DVOA, either option seem primed to pop in Sundays winner-take-all battle.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams will face off with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. Williams has been playing second fiddle to Aaron Jones quite a lot recently, as he hasn't seen double-digit carries since Week 13 against the Giants. It's worth noting that Williams played a large role in the regular-season game against the 49ers, which saw him rack up 18 touches. Green Bay very well could utilize Williams in spurts to keep San Francisco guessing, though his recent downtrend in usage makes him hard to trust.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a reasonable DFS bet for Sundays NFC Championship matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Priced as the third-best quarterback, Jimmy G squares off against a strong Packers defensive line that ranked 12th-best in adjusted sack rate during the regular season. Garoppolo was not pressed into service in the Divisional Round blowout win, but will likely be tasked with a tougher test on Sunday. While the Niners have mostly ridden its dominant running game throughout the year, Garoppolo has answered the bell in multiple occasions with three four-touchdown games. With dangerous weapons surrounding him, Garoppolo shouldnt be ruled out in the biggest game of his career to-date.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. The 49ers Defense held Jones to just 38 rushing yards in their regular-season meeting. However, the star back has been playing some seriously good football in his last five games, with 501 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He's also had 20-plus carries in three straight contests. Expect Green Bay to utilize Jones early and often in screens and runs to combat the 49ers mighty pass rush. Even if Jones doesn't pile up over 100 yards, his propensity to find the end zone and role in the passing game make him a safer play this weekend.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take on the San Francisco 49ers this weekend with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. The 49ers Defense held Rodgers to just 104 passing yards and one touchdown in their regular-season meeting. However, there are a couple things that are different ahead of this matchup. First, tackle Bryan Bulaga will play in this game after being injured in the first quarter against the 49ers previously. Rodgers should have better protection than he had when these teams met. Secondly, Rodgers himself is playing better football than he was during the regular season before this matchup. He has 566 passing yards and four touchdowns in his last two contests. There is also the added motivation of denying a Super Bowl berth to the team that could have drafted him. Play Rodgers on Sunday, despite the tough matchup.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is worth a gamble for Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Bourne scored the only receiving touchdown for the Niners in the Divisional Round, adding to his 2019 resume as a legitimate red-zone threat. The third-year pro has just 33 catches this year, including the playoffs, but collected six scores. Despite his risks as a zero-floor fantasy option, Bourne has emerged as a trustworthy target in clutch situations.
San Francisco 49ers running backs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert are both bankable DFS options in Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. The two backs combined for 163 rushing yards in the Divisional Round, with Coleman riding a hot hand to two touchdowns. Considered a backup for the latter half of the regular season, Coleman played 46 percent of snaps last Sunday compared to Mosterts 34 percent. While the touch forecast for either back is cloudy, the Niners draw one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The Packers ranked 23rd in rushing DVOA during the regular season with the second-worst defensive line in the league, yielding 4.96 adjusted yards per carry. With a likely floor of 10 touches for each Coleman and Mostert, both runners have great opportunities to make a splash.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (ankle) was a full participant in Thursdays practice and should be fine for Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Kittle scared Niner Nation with soreness on the left ankle he chipped earlier this year, but confirms he feels fabulous. Kittle factored more as a blocker in last Sundays Divisional Round blowout but the Niners passed just 19 times. The All-Pro is an integral piece in all facets of the offense so is worth his premium TE1 price in DFS on Sunday.
Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he's a 'prime candidate' to be re-signed, in the opinion of The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.
Free-agent WR Antonio Callaway (Browns) signed with the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL Thursday, Jan. 16.
Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness) remained out of practice Thursday, Jan. 16.
Fantasy Spin: McCoy played just one offensive snap in last week's Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans. He's clearly behind RB Damien Williams and is no longer worth starting.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Moore (illness) and DT Chris Jones (calf) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. DT Khalen Saunders (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Kendall Fuller (knee), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck), C Austin Reiter (wrist) and G Andrew Wylie (ankle) practiced in full.
Green Bay Packers DL Kenny Clark (back), TE Marcedes Lewis (non-injury), LB Preston Smith (ankle), FB Danny Vitale (knee) and CB Tramon Williams (non-injury) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. S Adrian Amos (chest), OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), WR Ryan Grant (non-injury), LB Blake Martinez (hand) and OL Billy Turner (ankle) practiced in full.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Jan. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Kelce earned a light practice week while catching 10 of 12 targets for 134 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round. He's the week's top tight end option once against this week so long as he takes the field.
Tennessee Titans LB Jayon Brown (shoulder), LB Rashaan Evans (foot), WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree' Jackson (foot), WR Cody Hollister (ankle) and OT Jack Conklin (shoulder) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. CB Logan Ryan (illness) and LB David Long Jr. (knee) participated in full.
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (illness) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 16.
Fantasy Spin: It's an upgrade for Allison after he missed Wednesday's practice. He's likely to be limited for much of the week but should ultimately suit up for Sunday, Jan. 19's NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. He made just one catch for 11 yards last week against the Seattle Seahawks and isn't worth much more than a desperation flier.
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Jan. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Graham has caught seven of 11 total targets across his last two games, recording 49 receiving yards in each game. He hasn't found the end zone since Week 7 and doesn't possess much touchdown upside, but the Packers have few better options in the passing game outside of WR Davante Adams. He could be a sneaky play at a thin position.