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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #254 • Dec. 27th, 2020


News And Notes From Around The League

Howdy Folks,

It was a wild Week 16 Sunday and there's still more to go. We've got the News and Notes for you so you let's get to it.

J


1. CIN - Tee Higgins reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins caught six passes for 99 yards and one touchdown against the Houston Texans in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.

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Higgins was a hit for fantasy teams that depended on him. He got a boost in target share with Tyler Boyd sidelined by a concussion and his strong rookie year bodes very well for his future.

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2. ATL - WR Russell Gage held in check

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. caught four passes for 23 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted five times during the game.

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Gage had put up solid fantasy numbers in PPR leagues four of the last five weeks but came up small in the fantasy title game. He has had some ups and downs this year, but arrived as a legit slot receiver after being drafted as an athlete without a clear position in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

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3. ATL - TE Hayden Hurst finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted five times during the game.

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Hurst's touchdown came on a shovel pass. He hasn't been impactful enough to justify the second round pick Atlanta traded for him, but he has had scored in the last two games to stay on the fantasy radar.

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4. CLE - RB Nick Chubb mostly bottled up

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 11 times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the New York Jets and he added five receptions for 38 yards on his five targets.

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Chubb's result was acceptable in fantasy leagues, but the Browns offense was quiet for a lot of the game and the Jets run defense was stout.

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5. CLE - TE Austin Hooper tops the charts

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper registered team highs of seven receptions, 71 yards and 15 targets in Week 16 against the New York Jets.

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Hooper was the #1 target with the top three wide receivers out. The Browns offense sputtered despite having a good matchup with Jets, so Hooper didn't score, but anyone who played him today in PPR leagues should be happy with the output.

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6. ATL - QB Matt Ryan throws for 300 yards

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 27-for-35 for 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.

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Ryan led a 98-yard touchdown drive and got better in the short quick passing game as the game went on even though the missed Younghoe Koo field goal denied the team a chance to go to overtime. He'll almost surely be the quarterback for the Falcons next year, but his days as Atlanta's franchise quarterback are possibly numbered. Ryan will get the playoff-bound Bucs next week.

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7. KC - Four receptions for WR Tyreek Hill

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill caught four passes for 65 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. He was targeted six times during the game.

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Hill didn't appear to be especially limited by his hamstring issue, but it was a disappointing fantasy results, especially against this matchup, although fantasy players have no bone to pick with Hill after his strong season. He'll likely sit next week with the #1 seed locked up.

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8. PIT - RB James Conner runs for touchdown

Source: ESPN

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner ran five times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts, and he added five reception for 45 yards on five targets.

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Conner's contributions in the passing game made him workout as a desperation play, and once again he appeared to hold off Benny Snell when his job was in danger. He'll get the start against the Browns next week as the Steelers try to get the #2 seed.

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9. WAS - QB Dwayne Haskins benched in Week 16

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins completed 14-of-28 passes for 154 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers before being benched midway through the fourth quarter in favor of QB Taylor Heinicke.

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It would be a shock if Haskins was with Washington next year. The only question is whether a team will give a late round pick for him in the offseason.

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10. CIN - Two touchdowns for RB Samaje Perine

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Samaje Perine rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against the Houston Texans in Week 16. He also caught four passes for 41 yards during the game.

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The Texans run defense was non existent in this one as Perine has shown that he deserves to be on an NFL roster after flashing out with Washington as a 2017 fourth round draft pick.

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11. CLE - Ja'Marcus Bradley leads the wideouts

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns WR Ja'Marcus Bradley posted five receptions for a career-high 60 yards in Week 16 against the New York Jets on 11 targets.

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Bradley showed a lot for an undrafted free agent who was just called up from the practice squad. He was very productive in college and might have been drafted after having a good Shrine Game if he had a chance to have a Pro Day after getting snubbed by the combine.

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12. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes throws for two TDs

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes went 24-for-44 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16.

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Mahomes was not sharp and wouldn't have had a chance to win if AJ Terrell had held onto a ball in the end zone late in the game. Fantasy teams that were relying on him need help from their supporting cast as the Chiefs offense didn't seem very interested for stretches of this game. He won't play much next week as the Chiefs have locked up the #1 seed.

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13. KC - TE Travis Kelce plays well in Week 16

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 98 yards and one touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. He was targeted 13 times during the game.

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Kelce broke the season record for tight end yardage and surely helped a lot of fantasy teams win championships. He's getting to the end of the summer of his career but will go higher than any tight end has in fantasy drafts next year.

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14. CIN - QB Brandon Allen has outstanding game

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Brandon Allen went 29-for-37 for 371 yards and two touchdowns against the Houston Texans in Week 16.

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Allen didn't all of the sudden become a quality NFL quarterback, this is just how poor the Texans defense is playing lately. The Titans offense should be massive next week against Houston, while Allen has made more of a case for himself to be a backup quarterback next year but will run into the Ravens next week.

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15. HOU - RB David Johnson has outstanding game

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans RB David Johnson rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also caught three passes for 11 yards and one touchdown during the game.

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Johnson emerged last week as a receiver and then peaked as a runner this week to be a Week 15 and 16 hero. The new regime for the Texans will look to restructure Johnson's nine million dollar price tag for 2021 or he'll be looking for work.

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16. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield throws for 285 yards

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 28-of-53 passes for 285 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16 against the New York Jets and he rushed for six yards.

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Mayfield struggled for a lot of the game without his top three receivers. He had a chance to tie or win the game at the end but fumbled on a quarterback sack on fourth and inches deep in Jets territory. The Browns can still make the playoffs with a win over Pittsburgh, or a loss and a lot of other playoff contenders in the AFC losing.

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17. KC - RB Darrel Williams leads team in rushing

Source: NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Darrel Williams rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. He also caught four passes for 27 yards during the game.

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Williams got more touches and outplayed Le'Veon Bell. If Clyde Edwards-Helaire isn't ready in three weeks for the divisional round, we'll have a committee backfield in Kansas City.

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18. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder accounts for two TDs

Source: ESPN

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder registered seven receptions for a game-high 92 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns, and he also tossed a 43-yard touchdown to fellow WR Braxton Berrios.

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Crowder was a Week 16 hero as he finally got healthy late this season following lots of injury blemishes along the way. Who knows what the Jets will look like next year, and with a 10 million dollar price tag, Crowder may not be part of it.

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19. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley surpasses 100-yard mark

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 130 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.

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Ridley made the leap to elite in fantasy football circles this year and should finally be taken ahead of Julio Jones next year.

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20. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson accounts for three TDs

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson went 24-for-33 for 324 yards and three touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. He also rushed for 38 yards on five carries during the game.

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Watson was predictably strong against a subpar Bengals defense. Things should start to look up for him with the Texans retooling the coaching staff and front office this coming offseason.

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21. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold tosses pair of touchdowns

Source: ESPN

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 16-of-32 passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16 agaisnt the Cleveland Browns and he added seven runs for 20 yards.

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The best Darnold can hope for is to be traded to a better organization in the offseason as the Jets will have the #2 pick in a quarterback class with more than just Trevor Lawrence to offer the league. Justin Fields (Ohio State) is a top candidate to go at #2.

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22. IND - Jonathan Taylor scores pair of touchdowns

Source: ESPN

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor rushed 18 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he did not have a catch on just one target.

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Taylor met the challenge of the Steelers run defense with tough running especially in goal line situations. He has come on strong and should be considered a top 10-12 back in drafts next year.

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23. IND - QB Philip Rivers throws for 270 yards, TD

Source: ESPN

Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers completed 22-of-35 passes for 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Rivers wasn't the reason the Colts lost and he hung in against an aggressive Steelers pass rush without his starting tackles. The Colts need to win next week and get some help to get into the playoffs now.

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24. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard involved in run, pass game

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries against the Houston Texans in Week 16. He also caught seven passes for 66 yards during the game.

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Bernard came through for anyone that trusted him after his strong Monday night performance even though he shared touches and snaps with Samaje Perine. Derrick Henry should stomp on the Texans next week while the Bengals face the much tougher Ravens defense.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J