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FFL: Week 3 | NFL: Week 3

Studs and Duds: Championship Games

Mon Jan 22 8:49 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Amendola comes up big again


Well, we had one very entertaining game, so that was good. The other was good if you were a Philly fan. The first game was great, though. Good stuff until the end. The other good news is there were some big fantasy performances. It wasn't always the top players coming up big, but some of the secondary players were the difference makers for fantasy teams this week. This shouldn't be a huge surprise at this point of the season, though. There always seems to be players that come up big that surprise in the playoffs.

Patriots 24, Jaguars 20

Fantasy Stud: Danny Amendola. Amendola had another big playoff performance, catching seven passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He had just two touchdowns all season coming into this game. Amendola has 18 receptions for 196 yards and two scores in the Patriots two playoff games. He has been a fantasy force in the playoffs.

Fantasy Dud: Chris Hogan. Many thought Hogan might be a bigger part of offense this week with the Jaguars top cover corners taking care of Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski. That wasn't the case, though, as Hogan caught just two passes for 20 yards. In two playoff games, Hogan has three recipients for 24 yards. He is not worth using for fantasy teams.

Game Notes: Rob Gronkowski was knocked from the game because of a concussion. He had a catch for 21 yards before getting hurt. Having the week off before the Super Bowl should help get Gronk ready for the big game.

Blake Bortles played very well in defeat for the Jaguars. He was 23-of-36 for 293 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. Bortles had three touchdowns without a turnover in the Jaguars three playoff games.

Eagles 38, Vikings 7

Fantasy Stud: Nick Foles. Foles was near flawless against one of the best defenses in football. It was an amazing performance from the backup quarterback of the Eagles. He was 26-of-33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Foles has missed on just seven passes on each of his two playoff games this year. He is playing some great football right now.

Fantasy Dud: Adam Thielen. Thielen wasn't much of a factor, catching three passes for 28 yards. Thielen had a great overall season but did have a few duds down the stretch, having 30 or fewer yards three of his last five games. Hopefully, this isn't a sign of things to come from Thielen. He had a monster season besides his erratic play down the stretch.

Game Notes: Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns. This was just the second time he had two touchdowns in a game this season.

Jerrick McKinnon had a big fantasy performance, getting a ton of receptions as an outlet for the passing game. He led the Vikings in rushing and receiving. He ran 10 times for 40 yards and also caught 11 passes for 86 yards.

Player Notes
Travis Benjamin Sep 19 7:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Benjamin sat out in the Week 2 win over the Bills, but it looks like he'll have a shot to return in a tough matchup against the Rams on Sunday. Benjamin had some bad drops in the season opener and remains a boom-or-bust deep threat that is much too risky to use in starting lineups in most leagues.

From RotoBaller

Greg Zuerlein Sep 19 6:50pm ET

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said kicker Greg Zuerlein (groin) will be sidelined for three to six weeks. It's a blow to the Rams special teams unit, as Zuerlein has one of the strongest legs in the league. Sam Ficken was signed to replace him this week. Zuerlein owners can cut bait and look for other kicking options. Dan Bailey in Minnesota is a strong option off the waiver wire.

From RotoBaller

Derek Carr Sep 19 6:50pm ET

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 591 passing yards and an 80.6% completion rate in two games against two of the better pass defenses in the NFL. He's only thrown one touchdown, but that number figures to rise significantly, perhaps as soon as Week 3. Carr's next opponent is a Dolphins defense that has shown signs of promise early on, but lacks the track record to know what to make of it just yet. After all, Miami did just allow Jets rookie Sam Darnold to throw for 334 yards and a touchdown this past Sunday. Much of that production came with the Jets trailing by multiple scores, but those numbers aren't exactly the mark of an outstanding defense. If Miami's 2-0 start is a mirage, Carr and the Raiders could be the ones to expose it. For fantasy owners nervous about tough matchups for Philip Rivers or Russell Wilson, Carr presents a fill-in option at quarterback for Week 3.

From RotoBaller

Will Fuller Sep 19 6:43pm ET

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Fuller has been dealing with a hamstring issue lately but it didn't seem to affect him in last week's contest, when he scorched Tennessee for 113 yards on nine grabs and a score. He's an above-average WR3 as long as quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to return to his rookie form.

Mark Barron Sep 19 6:40pm ET

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said linebacker Mark Barron (Achilles) is unlikely to play in Week 3 against the Chargers. The middle of the Rams defense remains somewhat of a weakness with Barron out, but their defense/special teams remains a strong fantasy unit moving forward, even against the Chargers this weekend.

From RotoBaller

Marlon Mack Sep 19 6:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Owners will need to check on Mack's status later in the week to see if he will be able to play. He received 11 touches in the Week 2 game and posted only 36 yards during the game. He will be facing a solid Philadelphia Eagles defense this week and may only be a flex option.

DeAndre Hopkins Sep 19 6:33pm ET

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle, thumb) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy owners of Hopkins shouldn't be concerned, as the former Clemson product made it through three limited practice sessions only a week ago before torching the Titans to the tune of six catches for 110 yards and a score. As always, he remains a strong WR1 option.

Jack Doyle Sep 19 6:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Doyle has been a reliable target for Andrew Luck over the last few years but has only 80 yards over the first two games. Owners should keep an eye on his situation but could be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end if he plays.

T Y Hilton Sep 19 6:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Hilton may be receiving a day off to rest his quadriceps, but owners will need to monitor the situation. He has posted a touchdown in each of his first two games and can be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all leagues this week.

Aaron Rodgers Sep 19 6:30pm ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (knee) is concerned that his left knee could worsen if he continues to play on it. He played with a brace on his knee in Week 2 against the Vikings and made it through the whole game, but he admitted that his knee "obviously won't be 100 percent, so I'll just adjust accordingly to how I'm feeling and try to get through." Green Bay didn't practice on Wednesday, but it was estimated that Rodgers wouldn't have practiced. Rodgers looked to favor his knee at times last Sunday while making throws from the pocket, but he also ran three times for eight yards. The fear here is that Rodgers' knee worsens and he's forced to sit out games. That'd be the worst-case for fantasy owners. Hopefully those that own Rodgers have a decent backup just in case. It's likely that Rodgers doesn't practice much while monitoring his knee on a week-to-week basis. But as long as he's active on Sundays, he's a must-start in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Tyler Eifert Sep 19 6:23pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Fantasy Spin: Eifert has recorded five passes for 67 yards over the first two games of the season but could receive a bigger role as the season goes on. He probably should be owned in most leagues but can be benched if owners have better options available.

Thomas Rawls Sep 19 6:23pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) and C Billy Price (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. LB Preston Brown (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (knee), CB Tony McRae (knee) and RB Thomas Rawls (cramps) were limited during practice. WR Cody Core (back) fully participated in practice.

Marlon Mack Sep 19 6:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (hamstring, foot) missed practice Wednesday while dealing with two different injuries. Health continues to be a problem for Mack who in addition to re-aggravating a hamstring injury that forced him to miss much of training camp must have suffered a foot injury in last week's victory over the Washington Redskins. Fantasy owners didn't exactly get much in the way of production from Mack when he did play this season, with 10 carries going for 34 yards and one reception for two receiving yards. His situation is one to monitor throughout the week when choosing to start Colts running backs.

From RotoBaller

Jack Doyle Sep 19 6:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (hip) was absent from the team's practice on Wednesday with a hip injury. While Doyle didn't appear to suffer any serious injuries in Week 2, the wear and tear of playing on 59 of the Colts' 61 offensive snaps likely contributed to him taking a rest day. Doyle gets a tougher matchup against a hard-hitting Philadelphia Eagles defense next week, so fantasy owners should be careful about setting expectations too high.

From RotoBaller

Tommylee Lewis Sep 19 6:10pm ET

The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (knee) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday after he injured his knee in Week 2 against the Browns. Lewis didn't have any catches in the two games this season. He wasn't a fantasy factor to begin with.

From RotoBaller

Corey Coleman Sep 19 6:10pm ET

The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to their practice squad on Wednesday after releasing him. Coleman has been tossed around like a rag doll on the NFL transaction list so far this year after proving to be a first-round bust in Cleveland. He is well off the fantasy radar.

From RotoBaller

Larry Fitzgerald Sep 19 6:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said the team worked out free-agent wide receiver Kendall Wright, but the team will not sign him. The Cardinals haven't been happy with the production from their receivers behind Larry Fitzgerald, but the whole offense has been dreadful so far and has produced just six points in two weeks. Fitzgerald is the only receiver in this offense worth starting in fantasy, and even then he should be downgraded to more of a WR3 until further notice.

From RotoBaller

Corey Coleman Sep 19 6:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Corey Coleman (Patriots) was re-signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad Wednesday, Sept. 19, according to sources.

Tom Brady Sep 19 6:00pm ET

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday, while defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was limited. If Slay, the team's best defensive back, can't play in Week 3, it'd be a big upgrade for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Chris Hogan. Ansah sat out last weekend and is the team's best hope for a consistent pass rush, but he continues to be set back by nagging injuries. He's hard to rely on in IDP leagues.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Jones Sep 19 5:53pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones was activated from his two-game suspension Wednesday, Sept. 19. CB Deante Burton was released in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Spin: As stated previously, Jones won't immediately start upon his return. Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery will be playing ahead of him, so Jones will need to earn his way back. Keep him stashed on your bench this week.