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FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1

Studs and Duds: Divisional Round

Mon Jan 13 9:27am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

The Texans couldn't stop Kelce


The games weren’t nearly as exciting this week. All the games were decided by double-digit points except for one. We didn’t get the overtime games like the previous weeks or the exciting finishes. We did get some good fantasy performances, though, with two teams topping 30 points and two others scoring 28 points. The fantasy numbers were a little up this week compared to the playoff openers. This lead to some high-scoring fantasy teams. Hopefully, you were on the receiving end of some of these good performances. 

49ers 27, Vikings 10

Fantasy Stud: Tevin Coleman. The 49ers rode the hot hand at running back and Coleman was the clear hot back in this one. He had 22 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. This was an unexpected showing from Coleman, considering he had 40 or fewer rushing yards nine straight games. This was just the second time all season he has topped 100-rushing yards. Coleman is never a sure thing forward going in this offense, but this showing was encouraging.

Fantasy Dud: Dalvin Cook. The 49ers did a great job of holding Cook in check, which is something that has been rarely done this season. Cook ran nine times for just 18 yards. He also caught six passes for eight yards. This was his worst game of the season. Cook still had a breakout year and is clearly and elite fantasy back as long as he can stay healthy. 

Game Notes: Raheem Mostert did start but had 10 fewer carries than Coleman. He ran 12 times for 58 yards. The good news is Mostert averaged the same yards per carry as Coleman, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Adam Thielen was able to play with his ankle injury and caught five passes for 50 yards. He probably wasn’t 100 percent for the game, but played pretty well considering his status. 

Titans 28, Ravens 12

Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry continued his late-season assault on NFL defenses. He ran 30 times for 195 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass, giving him his only score in the game. Henry has three straight games with 180-plus rushing yards. He is carrying the Titans offense right now and seems to be getting stronger every week. 

Fantasy DudMark Ingram. Ingram was healthy enough to play and led the team in carries, but ran six times for just 22 yards. He had only one reception for nine yards, giving him 31 total yards. Ingram was battling a calf injury but didn’t seem to slowed by the injury. The game flow impacted Ingram’s numbers with the Ravens throwing a lot more than usual. 

Game Notes: His team lost but Lamar Jackson piled up the stats in this one. He was 31-of-59 for 365 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also hit the 100-yard mark rushing, running 20 times for 143 yards. This was his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. 

Marquise Brown hit the 100-yard mark receiving. He caught seven passes for 126 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the season since the opener. HIs 11 targets were the second most of the season for Brown.

Chiefs 31, Texans 31

Fantasy Stud: Travis Kelce. Kelce came into the game with a sore knee and also injured his hamstring during the game. That didn’t slow him one bit. Kelce was nearly unstoppable the entire game, catching 10 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. It was one of the greatest performances ever for a tight end in the playoffs. Kelce put on a show, displaying his huge fantasy value. He has double-digit receptions two of four games. 

Fantasy Dud: Tyreek Hill. There were a ton of fantasy points in this high scoring game, but Hill was held in check by the Chiefs. He had three receptions for 41 yards. Houston double-teamed him much of the game, giving Kelce more freedom to get open. Hill is always capable of the huge game, so don’t get too down on him over this game. He’ll rebound.

Game Notes: Patrick Mahomes had a huge showing, picking apart the defense after a slow start. He was 23-of-35 for 321 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running seven times for 53 yards. 

Will Fuller returned from his groin injury and showed well, catching five passes for 89 yards. He did not look very slowed by the injury and produced his third highest yardage game of the season. 

Packers 28, Seahawks 23

Fantasy Stud: Davante Adams. Adams had another big game, catching eight passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Adams has 100-yard games three of four and at least 93 yards all three of those games. He has been red hot since returning from injury in Week 9. He has at least seven receptions seven of nine games. As long as Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback, expect big things from Adams.

Fantasy Dud: Jamaal Williams. Williams was active after missing the last game of the season as precaution, but got next to no work in this game. He had just two touches. Williams ran once for three yards and caught a pass for nine yards. Williams has minimal value for fantasy teams right now with the Packers riding Aaron Jones as their lead back down the stretch. 

Game Notes: Marshawn Lynch found the end zone two more times, giving him touchdowns in all the games he played with the Seahawks this year. He ran 12 times for just 26 yards, though. 

Tyler Lockett hit the 100-yard receiving mark. He had nine receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. This was his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He had a breakout year as the No. 1 receiver for the Seahawks.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Lamar Jackson May 26 10:50pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hosting teammates for informal workouts in Florida next week. Many of Jackson's teammates are expected to be there, including wide receivers Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin. While NFL teams were recently given permission to reopen their facilities, it is still closed to players and coaches. The Ravens were the highest-scoring offense in the league last season and will be returning most of the key components on the offensive side of the ball. Boykin stated that there are also plans for additional workouts beyond next week. Jackson is primed to be the first quarterback selected in fantasy drafts this year.

From RotoBaller

Marvin Jones May 26 8:10pm ET

Detroit Lions cornerback James Agnew has been the team's regular kick and punt returner since he entered the league in 2017, has seen time as a gadget running back and offensive weapon and has played as a backup cornerback and on special teams. But the Lions are hoping to make him a wide receiver full time when training camp starts this summer. Agnew has been attending virtual meetings with the receivers and cornerbacks this spring, but the Lions plan to transition him exclusively to offense when everyone returns to the field. He actually sat in on late-season receiver meetings last year because of injuries to Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall. Agnew played 16 total offensive snaps last season, but he should see much more time with the offense in 2020 as receiver depth behind Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola, Jones and Hall. Even with the position switch, he'll likely be on the roster bubble.

From RotoBaller

Joe Flacco May 26 6:50pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (neck) says that he won't be ready to play by Week 1 of the regular season. I cant speak to exactly when Im going to be ready, but it will not be day one," Flacco said. That means that Jets will likely have to carry David Fales or fourth-round pick James Morgan until Flacco is ready to go. Flacco started the first eight games for the Denver Broncos last season, but then missed the rest of the season after suffering a neck injury. It appears he has not fully recovered yet, so who knows when Flacco will be back.

From RotoBaller

Anthony Chickillo May 26 6:40pm ET

The New Orleans Saints officially signed linebacker Anthony Chickillo on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, the team placed pass-rusher Noah Spence (knee) on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list because he tore his ACL preparing for training camp this summer. Chickillo, a former sixth-round pick of the Steelers in 2015, had just 19 tackles (nine solo) and half a sack in 11 games for the Steelers in 2019. The 27-year-old defensive end has just 7.5 sacks in his five seasons and will be pass-rushing depth for the Saints. Spence was a second-round bust of the Buccaneers and had one sack in seven games for the Redskins in 2019.

From RotoBaller

D.J. Chark May 26 4:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said he can do more with wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr.'s size, speed and ability to get out of breaks in his routes. Gruden will move Chark around some in the slot and called the third-year receiver an excellent physical specimen. Chark is making an impression on his new offensive coordinator and wants to be great. The 23-year-old had a Pro Bowl season in 2019, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns in his second season. There is plenty of upside with Chark with a new coordinator, but expect more inconsistent production in a run-first offense with one of the weakest starting QBs in the league. If everything goes his way, Chark could be a solid WR2, but fantasy owners are better off taking him as a WR3.

From RotoBaller

Jalen Ramsey May 26 2:00pm ET

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is entering the last year of his contract, and he told reporters on a video call that he does not intend to hold out. Ramsey was clear that he fully intends on reporting to training camp on time, but he also reiterated that the Rams know his contract demands. Ramsey's demeanor gave the impression that the two sides are no good footing so far, and Ramsey seemed excited to say that his new role with the team is expected to vary from just playing straight cornerback. Any extension for Ramsey expects to be a hefty one, but the expectation has been that the Rams would be extending him after they traded for him.

From RotoBaller

Blake Jarwin May 26 1:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin will finally get his chance to be the unquestioned TE1 in Dallas this season. With Jason Witten off to Las Vegas to play with the Raiders, Jarwin is at the top of the Cowboys tight end depth chart. Not only did the Cowboys show their confidence in Jarwin by letting Witten go, they also signed him to a four year deal worth almost $25 million. Jarwin has flashed upside before, and he set career highs in catches and yards last season (31 catches, 365 yards, and three touchdowns). He'll be a near every-down player, but the issue will be all the mouths to feed in the Dallas passing game. Jarwin and Witten spoke recently, with Witten maintaining his mentor role with Jarwin, even with the two tight ends now on separate teams.

From RotoBaller

Tua Tagovailoa May 26 1:00pm ET

The Miami Dolphins aren't opposed to playing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft, in his rookie season. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start the season under center, especially given how well he played last year, but Fitzpatrick as the team's starter could just be temporary in 2020. Fitzpatrick also has an advantage in knowing offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's system from their time with the Bills and the Jets, and Tagovailoa is at a disadvantage because of the lack of on-field work he's had amid the coronavirus pandemic this spring. But if Tagovailoa impresses in training camp, Fitzpatrick's starting leash could be shortened. The rookie QB has plenty of long-term upside, but he'll be more attractive in dynasty/keeper leagues in his first season in the NFL.

From RotoBaller

Parris Campbell May 26 1:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said that wide receiver Parris Campbell will play more in the slot this season with the team wanting to move him around. "Im super pumped about Parris and his upside," Reich said. Campbell battle a handful of injuries in his rookie season, and he wound up playing in only seven games (three starts). The 22-year-old reeled in 18 catches for 127 yards and one touchdown in his first season. However, he'll start in three-wide sets with T.Y. Hilton and rookie Michael Pittman Jr. and has big-time upside with Philip Rivers now at quarterback in Indy. Campbell is an excellent value pick late in drafts as a second-year sleeper if he can stay healthy in 2020.

From RotoBaller

Kyler Murray May 26 6:10am ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was recently touted by ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears as a breakout candidate in 2020, a sentiment that was echoed by former signal-caller Tim Hasselbeck. The sophomore finished the 2019 campaign with 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, while also earning the offensive rookie of the year award. With the addition of former Houston Texan DeAndre Hopkins, who is arguably the second-best receiver in the league, along with the return of Larry Fitzgerald, the odds are favorable for the 22-year-old to smash expectations in addition to finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback this season.

From RotoBaller

Nick Chubb May 26 5:30am ET

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb was recently named as one of the top players under 25, a list composed and published by CBSSports. Despite the Browns' inefficient play, Chubb was solid during the 2019 campaign and finished with 1,494 rushing yards on 298 attempts while adding eight touchdowns. Though the return of Kareem Hunt from suspension decreased his production to some degree, he still finished as one of the most elite backs in the league. With a new head coach and an enhanced offensive line, Chubb should get plenty of touches this season to justify his first-round ADP, but he will likely concede most of the team's passing attempts out of the backfield in 2020 to Hunt.

From RotoBaller

George Kittle May 26 5:20am ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is expected to receive an offer from the team that could keep him in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. NBC Sports recently reported that the former fifth-round pick could make anywhere between $12.5 to $15 million per season, ultimately making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. The 26-year-old compiled 2,430 yards and 10 touchdowns off of 173 catches over the last two seasons and has been a consistent source of fantasy production as a result. He should be taken somewhere in the first or second rounds of fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, likely being selected after fellow tight end Travis Kelce in the majority of them.

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Tomlinson May 26 12:03am ET

New York Giants DL Dalvin Tomlinson's average tackle depth of 1.1 yards was the lowest by any defensive lineman with at least 50 tackles in 2019.

From TheHuddle

Tyeler Davison May 25 11:53pm ET

Atlanta Falcons DT Tyeler Davison made 98.2 percent of the tackles he should have made - defined as being in position to make a tackle and made contact with the ball carrier but failed to bring him down - in 2019. His miss rate of 1.8 percent was the lowest of any defensive lineman with at least 50 tackles.

From TheHuddle

Cameron Heyward May 25 11:43pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cameron Heyward compiled a career-high 81 tackles in 2019 - the most of any full-time defensive lineman in the league. Heyward's tackle total was 22 more than his previous career high of 59 in 2013.

From TheHuddle

D'Andre Swift May 25 11:20pm ET

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift was recently named by USA Today as one of the league's top instant impact rookies. The 21-year-old, who was drafted 35th overall in the NFL Draft, is slated to fight for carries with the oft-injured Kerryon Johnson this upcoming season. While Swift may not make an immediate impact, he could eventually find himself gobbling up carries toward the end of the year, resulting in Johnson becoming relegated to an afterthought. The former Bulldog has received plenty of praise since his selection by the team, and will likely be one of the first rookies off the board in dynasty drafts for the upcoming 2020 campaign. Swift compiled 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns off of 195 attempts (6.2 YPC) during his final season at Georgia and was also named First-Team All-SEC.

From RotoBaller

Jonnu Smith May 25 11:13pm ET

Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith was charged with only one blown block on 331 rushing snaps in 2019, tying him with Kyle Rudolph for the lowest blown block rate among tight ends with at least 200 rushing snaps (0.3).

From TheHuddle

Jonathan Taylor May 25 11:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor could be involved in the team's offensive plan from the get-go this season. According to head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, they both reiterated that the rookie, along with Marlon Mack, will form an impactful one-two punch during the 2020 campaign. Mack has missed numerous games due to injury throughout his tenure in the league, but he still managed to finish with a career-best 1,091 yards in 2019. However, with the former Badger now in the mix, Mack may concede more touches in 2020 than initially thought.

From RotoBaller

Austin Hooper May 25 10:53pm ET

Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper was not charged with a blown block on 204 rushing snaps in 2019 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, making him one of only four tight ends to not blow a block on at least 200 rushing snaps.

From TheHuddle

Christian McCaffrey May 25 10:43pm ET

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey amassed 1,009 yards after the catch in 2019 - 43 more than second-place Austin Ekeler (966) and 137 more than any other back since at least 2015, according to Sports Info Solutions.

Fantasy Spin: McCaffrey officially finished with 1,005 receiving yards, meaning all the yards he compiled (and then some) last season came after the catch. He became only the fourth back since the merger to top 1,000 yards and joined Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk as the only backs ever to post a 1,000/1,000 season. Owners would be a bit crazy to expect a similar effort from McCaffrey this season, but there's little question he is still worth taking No. 1 overall in the majority of fantasy drafts.

From TheHuddle