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Lead Fantasy Editor Jeff Paur comes to RealTime Fantasy Sports from the Sporting News where he worked on the Fantasy Source as a fantasy expert. Jeff also has experience working for various media outlets, including print, radio and television. If you have any questions or comments, please email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postseason Shootout Winner
Despite having just two players remaining for the Super Bowl, Antonio Gianfrancesco was able to win the Postseason Shootout contest because of a great start by his team and huge performances by his remaining players in the big game. Gianfrancesco takes home the big prize of 50,000 dollars for his great accomplishment of finishing first overall.
"Brady and Gronk were a must have for me as they're a great go to connection, which is why I was able to win the contest on the night of the Super Bowl," said Gianfrancesco.
If you aren't familiar, rules for the Postseason Shootout contest are pretty simple. For an entry of 125 dollars (or three teams for 350 dollars), you select a roster from all the teams in the NFL playoffs that you think will score the most points this postseason (you can't select more than two players from each NFL team, though). Your roster will consist of two quarterbacks, two running backs, two wide receivers/tight ends, two flex players (RB/WR/TE), a defense/special teams and a kicker. There is no draft or head-to-head games. It is a total points contest. If you finish in the top 150, you are going to win some money. First place takes home 50,000 dollars while finishing 150th gets you 250 bucks. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Super Bowl
Wow. That is about all you can say about the Super Bowl. That was some game, seeing both offenses put on a big-time display. Neither defense had an answer for the offenses, making for some huge fantasy performances from several different players. This game was the highest scoring from a fantasy perspective that I can ever remember. Hopefully, all the points led you to winning your fantasy playoff league.
Eagles 41, Patriots 33
Fantasy Stud : Nick Foles . Foles was the big surprise in this one, playing like one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. He had an MVP performance, going 28-of-43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also caught a touchdown pass, giving him four total scores in the game. It was quite the showing for Foles, who had a huge playoffs. This could set him up to start somewhere in 2018. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Super Bowl
Both teams head into the big game with minimal injury situations. The biggest name most are concerned about is Rob Gronkowski, who was knocked out of his last game because of a concussion. His status is below but it looks like all systems go for the elite tight end. You always want to see the teams at full strength for the Super Bowl. There are some injuries both sides are dealing with, but things look pretty good for both teams considering how late in the season it is right now. Hopefully, this makes for an entertaining Super Bowl.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots . Gronkowski remains in the concussion protocol but has been doing pretty much everything in practice. He should be cleared to play in the next day or so. The expectations are he will be fine and his usual self for the big game. Keep an eye on the notes to see when he is cleared, but he should be just fine for Sunday.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles . Ajayi was limited in practice the week before his last game because of an ankle injury but was able to play in the game. He is practicing in full this week, so it seems his ankle injury is a thing of the past for now. He should be near 100 percent healthy for the Super Bowl. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Super Bowl
Time sure flies, right? It is hard to believe this is the last week of the season. Hopefully, the season ends on a high note and we get to see a great Super Bowl. On paper, it would seem the game should be a good one but nothing is ever certain when it comes to this stuff. We will find out soon enough. Now for my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
Alright, here is my prediction for the game. I'm going with the Patriots, winning 28-24. I think it will be a close game but the Patriots are just too much for the Eagles, especially with Carson Wentz out of the lineup. If Wentz were in there, I think I pick the Eagles to win it all. He is too big of a difference maker for the offense to overcome. I know Nick Foles looked great his last time out but I have a hard time seeing him match that production in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady just wins big games and I think he will win another one this weekend.
I think my fifth-grade son was the only person on the planet excited about the Pro Bowl last weekend. He was glued to the television, watching the game and the festivities leading up to it. So kudos to the NFL for at least getting one fan interested in the Pro Bowl. I'm not sure if anyone watched it besides him. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Championship Games
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. [Full Story]
Jarvis LandryJan 25 02:43p
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Jarvis Landry said contract negotiations are moving along, but slowly. Landry said he's not worried about the negotiation process and will let it take [ More ]
Mason FosterJan 25 01:53p
Washington Redskins impending free-agent LB Mason Foster was re-signed to an undisclosed contract Thursday, Jan. 25.
Rob GronkowskiJan 25 01:20p
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (concussion) did not practice Thursday. It is not a surprise the Patriots are taking it slow, but it is at least mildly [ More ]
Nelson AgholorJan 25 01:20p
Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner did not practice on Thursday. The reason is unknown so far. Barner plays a bit role on offense as the fourth running back, [ More ]
Terrell WatsonJan 25 12:53p
Free-agent RB Terrell Watson (Steelers) was signed to a Reserve/Future contract by the New York Giants Thursday, Jan. 25.
Demarcus LawrenceJan 25 12:33p
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent DE Demarcus Lawrence will sign to a long-term deal if the Cowboys have their way with their star pass-rusher. Dallas would like to avoid using [ More ]
Sammy WatkinsJan 25 12:23p
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins could be given a franchise tag or transition tag this offseason if he and the Rams can't agree on a long-term [ More ]
Dez BryantJan 25 11:40a
Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones called out wide receiver Dez Bryant again on Thursday, saying, "I think he needs to understand that it's not something that's just [ More ]
Sammy WatkinsJan 25 11:00a
Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins this offseason. If a long-term deal cannot be reached, [ More ]
Kirk CousinsJan 25 10:00a
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent and Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wants Cousins to be more aggressive. Unsurprisingly considering he lost [ More ]
Eli ManningJan 25 09:50a
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said he will "take the best player" with the No. 2 overall pick. The Giants have been widely expected to take a [ More ]
Pat ShurmurJan 25 09:43a
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur will call plays on offense, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
Josh McDanielsJan 25 09:23a
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will meet with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard for a second time Friday, Jan. 26.
Marshawn LynchJan 25 03:53a
The Oakland Raiders are 'undecided' on whether or not they will retain RB Marshawn Lynch, who has one year remaining on his contract. 'I'd be doing Marshawn (Lynch) a [ More ]
Joe PhilbinJan 25 01:53a
The Green Bay Packers hired offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, pass game coordinator Jim Hostler and special teams assistant Maurice Drayton on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Jay AjayiJan 24 08:50p
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (ankle) is practicing in full this week. The ankle injury is new, but there is no concern for Ajayi's status. Ajayi is coming [ More ]
Tom BradyJan 24 08:33p
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) was removed from the injury report for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4, versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Justin HardyJan 24 07:50p
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy (shoulder) underwent right shoulder surgery and is expected to face a recovery of "a few weeks," according to a source. Hardy had only [ More ]
Kavon FrazierJan 24 07:43p
Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier (knee) underwent surgery this offseason but is not expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Drew BreesJan 24 07:40p
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said they haven't started negotiations on a new deal for impending free-agent quarterback Drew Brees, but the Saints want him back. Loomis [ More ]
Tom BradyJan 24 07:30p
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (hand) has been removed from the team's injury report. Brady had a bandage over his hand in the AFC title win over the [ More ]
Rob GronkowskiJan 24 07:30p
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (concussion) wouldn't have practiced if the team had worked out on Wednesday. The Patriots are taking it slow with Gronk after he [ More ]
Mike GillisleeJan 24 05:03p
New England Patriots DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 24. DL Malcom Brown (foot), RB Mike Gillislee (knee) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) were limited. [ More ]
Rob GronkowskiJan 24 04:53p
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) was listed as a non-participant in practice Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Patriots did not practice; Gronkowski's status is an estimation.
Jay AjayiJan 24 04:43p
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (ankle) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Dannell EllerbeJan 24 04:43p
Philadelphia Eagles LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Eagles did not practice; Ellerbe's status is an estimation.
Jarvis LandryJan 24 04:40p
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is coming off of a strong 2017 season, but the Miami Herald does not expect the Dolphins to re-sign Landry. The Dolphins have [ More ]
Raekwon McMillanJan 24 04:23p
Miami Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan (knee) is expected to recover in time for organized team activities after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season.
Justin HardyJan 24 04:13p
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy (shoulder) is expected to need a few weeks to recover from surgery on his right shoulder, according to a source.
Jarvis LandryJan 24 04:03p
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has a better chance of being re-signed if his asking price is around $11-12 million per year. If the asking price is more around [ More ]
Jarvis LandryJan 24 03:03p
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Jarvis Landry is set to hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero pointed out that the Dolphins have not once [ More ]
Nick FolesJan 24 02:43p
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (ribs) said he did have X-Rays on his injured ribs but said the ribs are 'great.'