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Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS)
Sun, Feb 11
Player Note on Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS)
His ranking is bound to change once we know where he's going to be playing in 2018
Alex Smith (QB - WAS) - Alex Smith traded to the Washington Redkins
Fri, Feb 2
I'm not surprised by the trade, but I am surprised by the lengthy extension they gave him. I don't see Smith's fantasy value move in either direction with this trade, but the Josh Doctson breakout season we have been looking for may be slowed down. Smith also uses his legs, which could impact the amount of check-downs that Chris Thompson sees moving forward.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - NE) - Rob Gronkowski to play in Super Bowl LII?
Fri, Feb 2
I don't think anyone is surprised that Gronk will play in Super Bowl 52. Having Gronk out there, will give the Patriots the ability to use its entire play book without limitations. Gronk should be peppered with targets, and will find the end-zone in this one as well.
Against the Spread: Super Bowl Picks
Fri, Feb 2
Against the Spread: Super Bowl Picks
Game: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (-4.5)
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles (+4.5)
Being the underdog is nothing new for the Eagles during this post-season, and they seem to be using that status as motivation. Picking against Tom Brady and the Patriots is never a comfortable thing to do, but I actually think the Eagles could win the game outright. The Eagles need to do something that the Jaguars failed to do, and that is being aggressive and putting pressure on Brady for ALL four quarters.

Game: Will the combined score be over or under 48 points?
Pick: Over

Game: What will the total combined points be at the end of the game?
Pick: 52

Adam Thielen (WR - MIN) - Adam Thielen (back) misses practice Wednesday
Sat, Jan 20
I have no concerns about Adam Thielen for the NFL Championship game.
Leonard Fournette (RB - JAC) - Leonard Fournette (ankle) limited at Wednesday's practice
Sat, Jan 20
Limited for most of the week at practice, Fournette has been left off the injury report will be ready to go against the Patriots. Of course there is always the concern of an in-game setback, but this is the AFC Championship. Even if he misses some snaps to get re-taped, he'll be out there and be the focal point of what the Jags will try to do on offense. However, it is well known that the Belichick sets out to stop the opposing team's best player, and in this case, it will be Fournette.
Tom Brady (QB - NE) - Tom Brady jams hand at practice expects to be ready for Sunday
Sat, Jan 20
I imagine Tom Brady will be just fine for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. With the way the Patriots handle business, I wouldn't be surprised if Brady really isn't hurt at all. There's no way the team will rely on Brian Hoyer for the championship game, and even at less than 100%, Brady is the best quarterback remaining in the playoffs. The Jaguars defense is going to be more of an issue for him than the hand injury.
Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Thu, Jan 18
Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+9)
I'll take the points, but I also believe that the Jaguars will win outright. I've been saying for months, that I thought the Jags would be the one team that could stop Brady and company. Jacksonville will get pressure on Brady, and we all know what happens when T.B is uncomfortable.

Game: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (-3)
Tough game to pick because ultimately I think it comes down to a field goal. The Vikings defense is a better all-around unit, and let's face it, they're playing with house money. If momentum carries over to the next game, there isn't much more going than what Minnesota has right now...Wouldn't it be great to see Minnesota host the Super Bowl that they're in?

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)

Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Thu, Jan 11
Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Game: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Atlanta Falcons (-3)
Nick Foles will play better than he has the past two games, but it won't be enough to overtake the Falcons. The Philly defense is better up front than they are in the secondary, and that could mean a big day for Julio Jones in this one.

Game: Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-13.5)
Pick: New England Patriots (-13.5)
It pains me to pick a team that is giving 13.5 points in the playoffs, but we are talking about the Patriots at home against the Titans. Despite beating KC last week, Tennessee doesn't seem like a playoff team, and the Patriots have been under controversy this week. That's usually not a good thing for their opponents.

Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)
I don't expect Roethlisberger to throw 5 picks against them like he did in October, and I don't expect Blake Bortles to lead the Jags in rushing again. What I do expect, is the Jaguars defense to continue being the story. Even with Antonio Brown expected back, and Pittsburgh at home, the Jags should keep it close enough to take the points.

Game: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)
Pick: New Orleans Saints (+4.5)
Minnesota gives up the fewest points and yards, while the Saints are the league's 4th highest scoring offense. Something has to give. Case Keenum has played well this season, but in what I expect to be a close game, I'll take the points with the team with the more proven quarterback.

Which game pick are you most confident with?
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)

DeMarco Murray (RB - FA) - DeMarco Murray RULED OUT vs. Chiefs
Sat, Jan 6
Henry will be the featured back against the Chiefs. The good news for Henry is that the KC can be run on, as they give up 4.2 YPC to opposing running backs. The bad news? He averaged 1.8 YPC in week 17 against a Jags defense that also gives up 4.2 YPC to RB's. He did catch a pass in week 17 and brought it 66 yards for a TD, but his 2 targets indicate that he's not really an option in the passing game. Many think this game will be close, but I think Tennessee will be playing from behind.
Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS)
Sun, Feb 11
Player Note on Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS)
His ranking is bound to change once we know where he's going to be playing in 2018
Josh Gordon (WR - CLE)
Fri, Dec 1
Player Note on Josh Gordon (WR - CLE)
3 years. There is no questioning the talent level of Gordon, but it has been three years since he's competed on a football field. He may be someone that could help during the fantasy playoffs, but I need to see it first before inserting him into my lineup for week 13
Alex Smith (QB - WAS) - Alex Smith traded to the Washington Redkins
Fri, Feb 2
I'm not surprised by the trade, but I am surprised by the lengthy extension they gave him. I don't see Smith's fantasy value move in either direction with this trade, but the Josh Doctson breakout season we have been looking for may be slowed down. Smith also uses his legs, which could impact the amount of check-downs that Chris Thompson sees moving forward.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - NE) - Rob Gronkowski to play in Super Bowl LII?
Fri, Feb 2
I don't think anyone is surprised that Gronk will play in Super Bowl 52. Having Gronk out there, will give the Patriots the ability to use its entire play book without limitations. Gronk should be peppered with targets, and will find the end-zone in this one as well.
Adam Thielen (WR - MIN) - Adam Thielen (back) misses practice Wednesday
Sat, Jan 20
I have no concerns about Adam Thielen for the NFL Championship game.
Leonard Fournette (RB - JAC) - Leonard Fournette (ankle) limited at Wednesday's practice
Sat, Jan 20
Limited for most of the week at practice, Fournette has been left off the injury report will be ready to go against the Patriots. Of course there is always the concern of an in-game setback, but this is the AFC Championship. Even if he misses some snaps to get re-taped, he'll be out there and be the focal point of what the Jags will try to do on offense. However, it is well known that the Belichick sets out to stop the opposing team's best player, and in this case, it will be Fournette.
Tom Brady (QB - NE) - Tom Brady jams hand at practice expects to be ready for Sunday
Sat, Jan 20
I imagine Tom Brady will be just fine for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. With the way the Patriots handle business, I wouldn't be surprised if Brady really isn't hurt at all. There's no way the team will rely on Brian Hoyer for the championship game, and even at less than 100%, Brady is the best quarterback remaining in the playoffs. The Jaguars defense is going to be more of an issue for him than the hand injury.
DeMarco Murray (RB - FA) - DeMarco Murray RULED OUT vs. Chiefs
Sat, Jan 6
Henry will be the featured back against the Chiefs. The good news for Henry is that the KC can be run on, as they give up 4.2 YPC to opposing running backs. The bad news? He averaged 1.8 YPC in week 17 against a Jags defense that also gives up 4.2 YPC to RB's. He did catch a pass in week 17 and brought it 66 yards for a TD, but his 2 targets indicate that he's not really an option in the passing game. Many think this game will be close, but I think Tennessee will be playing from behind.
Devin Funchess (WR - CAR) - Devin Funchess (shoulder) misses practice on Thursday
Sat, Jan 6
Funchess should be able to go against the Saints on Sunday, but that might not mean much from a production standpoint. Funchess, now the #1 wide receiver for Carolina, has 8 receptions for 108 yards and a TD against the Saints in their two meetings combined this season. That was also with rookie Marshon Lattimore missing both of those games. Cam is going to have to look elsewhere in this one, as I don't like a banged up Funchess going up against a top rated CB in Lattimore.
Carson Palmer (QB - FA) - Carson Palmer retires
Wed, Jan 3
News Reaction on Carson Palmer (QB - FA) - Carson Palmer retires
The retirement of Carson Palmer shouldn't have much a fantasy impact on any of the Arizona skill position players. David Johnson will come back and be the focal point of the offense regardless of who is behind center. Larry Fitzgerald has already shown that the he can be a top player regardless of the QB. However, with the Palmer retirement, as well as Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald may be forced to reconsider his future with the Cards and NFL in general. Fantasy would surely miss Fitz in this case.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - NE) - Rob Gronkowski suspended 1 game for late hit
Tue, Dec 5
Many fantasy owners are going to be without their top tight end for the first week of what could be, your fantasy playoffs. While the wire is probably lacking ideal replacement, Dwayne Allen will be available and may be your only hope. You won't get Gronk-like production out of Allen, but he should be able to give you something against a Miami defense that has given up the 4th most fantasy points to the position.
Eli Manning (QB - NYG) - Eli Manning expected to start Week 14
Tue, Dec 5
This is the right move for the Giants, and you wish his consecutive games streak wasn't snapped due to ineptitude of a now, former head coach. While Eli will not be worth using, both Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard get a bump in value, against a Dallas defense that could struggle in the back end.

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