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Game Recaps

Martavis Bryant caught two of four targets for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant's effort was pretty indicative of his season - some explosive plays but inconsistency. He has one year left on his rookie contract, but his role in the offense going forward is a bit unclear thanks to the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster.

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught three of five targets for five yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster's touchdown came with almost no time left on the clock and was largely meaningless, but it obviously salvaged his fantasy day somewhat. He was otherwise entirely non-existent and was completely taken out of the game by the Jaguars secondary. Overall, it was an impressive season for the rookie, and he should build on it next season.

Antonio Brown caught seven of 11 targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Brown showed no limitations from his calf injury, and made several spectacular plays as the Steelers frantically tried to come back from a deficit. He finishes another elite season with a dynamic performance and, with Ben Roethlisberger stating that he plans to play in 2018, he should once again be a top pick in fantasy next year.

T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for 57 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Yeldon played well in the game, and got some added work in the second quarter when Leonard Fournette left the game with an injury. Expect him to see plenty of volume next weekend as Fournette's ankle seems far from 100%, and the Jaguars will likely be chasing points at times.

Leonard Fournette rushed 25 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns, and added two receptions for 10 yards in Sunday's victory over the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Fournette left the game in the second quarter only to return in the second half to continue his monster day. He seemed to be clearly more effective in the first half, however, which should lend some concern to his fantasy outlook next weekend against the Patriots. Still, the fact that he was able to finish out the game, as well as his goal-line prowess, should ease some concerns.

Ted Ginn caught eight of 11 targets for 72 yards and added one rushing attempt for 11 yards on Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Ginn played well in the loss, and actually had a 29-yard touchdown called back due to a penalty. Under contract for two more seasons, expect a similar season next year - one that includes some big performances interspersed with several quiet games.

Michael Thomas caught seven of 13 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas played extremely well against Xavier Rhodes, and likely would have been the hero of the game if not for Stefon Diggs' last-second heroics. Thomas ended his strong sophomore campaign on a personal high note with the big performance, and should be one of the top receivers drafted in fantasy in 2018.

Jerick McKinnon rushed eight times for 34 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for six yards against the Saints on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: McKinnon didn't see as much work as Latavius Murray but was far more effective when he touched the ball. Both he and Murray will have a difficult matchup against the Eagles next weekend, but they should combine to see 30-35 touches.

Latavius Murray rushed 19 times for 50 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for 17 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Murray couldn't get much going on the ground against New Orleans, and Jerick McKinnon looked much more effective. But Murray still found the end zone, as usual, and will likely see goal-line carries again next weekend against the Eagles.

Case Keenum completed 25 of 40 pass attempts for 318 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's win against the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Keenum played well early before a critical interception led to a Saints touchdown and a loss of momentum. But his late 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs as time expired saved his day and the Vikings season. He'll now take on a tough Eagles defense, though it would be hard for him to be riding any higher than he will be heading into that matchup.

Kyle Rudolph caught five of eight targets for 28 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph appeared fully healthy, but just didn't find much production in a very difficult matchup against New Orleans. The eight targets were a great sign, however, and he should be in line for a bigger day next weekend against the Eagles if he sees a similar volume.

Adam Thielen caught six of nine targets for 74 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Fantasy Impact: Thielen's numbers don't jump out at you, but he made several outstanding grabs to keep Vikings drives moving. Thielen's fantasy numbers haven't been eye-popping lately, and they probably won't be next weekend, as Patrick Robinson has been one of the best slot corners in the game this year.

Stefon Diggs caught six of 10 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Saints. Diggs hauled in a 61-yard, catch-and-run touchdown grab as time expired to lead the Vikings to the victory.

Fantasy Impact: Diggs was having a decent game before the "Minneapolis Miracle," but he will obviously go down in Vikings lore forever. Once he comes down from his high, he'll get ready to face a tough Eagles pass defense in Philadelphia next week, as he looks to build on his huge day.

Sheldon Rankins recorded five combined tackles and added one sack as Minnesota focused on and held Cameron Jordan to one assisted tackle in the Divisional round of the playoffs. It was a simple game plan and resulted in a positive win for Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact: Jordan recorded his best season to date and should remain a top-tier target for IDP fantasy football owners in 2018. Rankins should also be considered as a top-tier defensive tackle play for leagues that use that position designated for their lineups.

Bell again was a key defensive player for New Orleans in the Divisional round loss to Minnesota. He recorded eight combined tackles as he routinely made his presence known on the field in key situations.

Fantasy Impact: Bell rewarded his IDP owners who may have inserted him in any playoff contest or DFS league using defensive players in the lineups. Bell got off to somewhat of a slow start in 2017 but quickly became a relevant IDP play that fantasy football owners should target as a tier one in 2018.

Josh Lambo made all six of his extra point attempts and made a 45 yard field goal that kept the Jaguars ahead in their 45-42 win over the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: With such a high scoring game, Lambo saw extensive use making all of his extra points. He was also able to put the nail in the coffin for the game, making his lone field goal attempt of the game. This put the Jags up two scores over the Steelers with only minutes left in the game which sealed the victory for the Jaguars. Lambo is an effective option in fantasy with only four teams remaining in the playoffs.

Allen Hurns finished the day with 12 yards on a single catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: With the Jaguars relying on their running game and defense, Hurns was unable to see much usage. Since this has been their identity all season, it's hard to see Hurns' role changing in the next few weeks. He should remain out of fantasy lineups for the remainder of the season.

Dede Westbrook finished Sunday's playoff matchup against the Steelers with 1 catch for 8 yards.

Fantasy Impact: In a game that saw a combined 87 points scored, the Jaguars' receivers saw limited action, including Westbrook. The Jags focused on their running game leaving little for the passing game. With the Jags hesitant to rely on their receivers, it's hard to play Westbrook in fantasy leagues.

Williams was having a stellar game in the Divisional round of the playoffs against Minnesota until the last waning seconds of the contest. He made a rookie mistake and completely blundered on a diving attempt to tackle Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs who went on to score the touchdown to secure the win. Before the mishap, he had recorded five combined tackles and a key interception.

Fantasy Impact: The blunder may have cost New Orleans from advancing in the playoffs, but for his IDP owners using him in any playoff contest or DFS leagues using IDP players, it was a solid outing. This rookie carries a lot of upside heading into 2018 and should squarely be on all fantasy football IDP radars.

Marqise Lee managed 28 yards on 3 catches in Sunday's rout of the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the high score of the game, the Jags managed their scoring utilizing their run game and defense, leaving little for the receivers. Lee was no different, scoring only 5.8 points in point-per-reception formats. The Jaguars have been a defense-focused team all year and have been showing it so far in the playoffs. Lee shouldn't be relied upon in fantasy leagues if possible.