NFL Divisional Round Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City at New England

 

With the return of Edelman and Gronkowski, the Patriots show that they are still a Super Bowl threat. Although the final score was 27-20, Patriots, they were far more in control of the game than that indicated. Brady had a solid day with 302 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown, totaling 29 fantasy points on the day.

 

Gronkowski led the league at tight end this weekend catching 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions for 83 yards. This brought his total to 25.3 fantasy points, back to his usual numbers after some disappointments throughout this season. Edelman also returned from injury with no hiccups as he caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a total of 23 fantasy points.

 

All the fantasy value however was centered around the Pats in this game, you weren’t going to win any NFL cash drafts this weekend by loading up on Chiefs players.

 

Green Bay at Arizona

 

 This game had plenty of fantasy value to be found in both likely and unlikely places. The big surprise of this game was Jeff Janis for the Packers with a breakout performance of 7 receptions for 145 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns—36.5 fantasy points.

 

The Palmer and Fitzgerald stack also produced some serious numbers as Palmer threw for 349 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns for 27 fantasy points (after subtracting his 2 interceptions) and Fitz had 8 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown—34.6 fantasy points.


Seattle at Carolina

 

This game lacked both the competitiveness and the low scoring defensive battle that was expected. Carolina went up big in the first half with Jonathan Stewart scoring 2 touchdowns and running for 106 rushing yards. Cam Newton had the lowest scores of the season however with only 161 passing yards and a touchdown giving him about 11 fantasy points.

 

Despite the loss, there was a lot of garbage time value to be found from the Seahawks as they tried to rally in the second half. Russell Wilson led the quarterback for the weekend with 366 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. The big receiver to pair him with was Jermaine Kearse as he caught 11 passes for 110 passing yards and 2 touchdowns— 37 fantasy points.


Pittsburgh at Denver

 

This game was lacking the competitiveness from the start with Antonio Brown ruled out and Big Ben questionable. Ben took the field however and found Martavis Bryant to fill that top receiver role as Bryant tallied 9 receptions for 154 receiving yards as well as 40 yards rushing—31.4 fantasy points.

 

Denver came out ahead in terms of the game but in the fantasy world, CJ Anderson was the only worthwhile pick for Denver. He ran for 72 yards, got a touchdown, and 2 receptions for 14 fantasy points to lead his team.

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NFL Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City Defense Dominates

 

The Chief’s started the game by sending a message with a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown and that would have been enough for the Chiefs to win the game without their offense ever needing to take the field.  Hoyer didn’t do much to make things difficult for the Chief throwing 4 interceptions, giving Kansas City’s defense a total of 34 fantasy points with the kickoff return touchdown, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, and 0 points allowed.

 

Besides the Chiefs defense, there was not much other fantasy value from this game.  Travis Kelce had a big receiving game with 8 receptions for 128 receiving yards giving him 20.8 fantasy points.  Spencer Ware ran for 67 rushing yards and had a rushing touchdown giving him 12.7 fantasy points on the day.

 

 

Steelers win a scrappy game

 

This was an ugly game in terms of injuries.  At one time or another each Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and AJ Green all left the field with no guarantee of returning.  Furthermore, it wasn’t the usual shootout type game we see with the Steelers.  However there were some areas where fantasy value could be found.

 

Jeremy Hill had 50 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, 3 receptions, and 27 receiving yards totaling 16.7 fantasy points.  Fitzgerald Toussaint (filling the role at running back after the list of injured steelers running backs we’ve seen this year) had 58 rushing yards, 4 receptions, and 60 receiving yards totaling 15.8 fantasy points, despite his dirt cheap fantasy salary.  While far short of his normal value, Antonio Brown had 7 receptions for 119 receiving yards totaling 21.9 fantasy points.  Lastly, AJ Green snuck in a touchdown in the end, along with his 71 receiving yards and 5 receptions he totaled 18.1 fantasy points.

 

 

 

Cold weather halts offensive attacks

 

This game began with -6 degrees and -26 windchill up in Minneapolis.  It looked early like the Seahawks were out of their element with a scoreless first half.  However, the Vikings seemed equally hampered by the cold as they generated only 204 total offensive yards (Seattle had an equally unimpressive 239 total offensive yards).

 

As far as fantasy value, both quarterbacks had very abysmal games, rushing was very poor, and only Doug Baldwin put up relatively decent numbers 5 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (15.2 fantasy points).

 

 

 

Packers find their groove just in time

 

This season has been very disappointing for the Packers so far, barely making it to the playoffs.  However, they seem to be coming around just in time with the best offensive performance of the weekend.  Despite less total offensive yardage than the Redskins (GB 351 vs WSH 413), the Packers had a decisive victory.

 

For the Packers, fantasy value was spread out all over between Lacy, Starks, Jones, Adams, and Cobb with all of them scoring just over 10 fantasy points.  For the Skins however, it was all Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson as Jordan Reed had 9 receptions for 120 receiving yards a touchdown (28 fantasy points) and Chris Thompson had 25 rushing yards, 8 receptions, and 89 receiving yards for 19.4 fantasy points.  Kirk Cousins was by far the highest scorer at quarterback with 329 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown.  That brought Cousins total to 26 fantasy points.

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