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Updated: Tue, Jul 14th 2020 8:00:05 am

Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sat. 1-11 @ 4:35 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5

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Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers 

Levi’s Stadium

Final: SF 27-10

Spread: SF -7

O/U: Under

 

After a competitive first half, this game was controlled and taken over by the 49ers defense and run game. They pitched a shutout in the second half, rushed for 186 yards and limited the league’s six best rushing offense to 21 yards. The 49ers went 13-3 for a reason and will be a tough out in the NFC Championship Game.

 

Fantasy Studs

 

Tevin Coleman - It’s so hard figuring out which 49ers running back is going to go off on a given week, but it was Coleman’s time to shine on Saturday rushing for 108 yards and two scores. He out-touched Raheem Mostert 22 to 12. Mostert had scored in each of the final six games -- eight times total -- so to see Coleman suddenly dominate the carries was simply because Coleman had the hot hand. Mostert actually left the game with a cramp and if that at all impacts him during practice this week, we could see Coleman once again dominate the touches. It’s hard to trust Coleman in DFS next week if you’re someone who only plays one or two lineups, however. Especially if Mostert is 100-percent.

 

Stefon Diggs - The Vikings only scored one touchdown and Diggs was the one who crossed the goal line. He only caught two passes, but did go for 57 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. The Vikings offense is quite potent when they’re at full strength and entering next year they’re going to get a lot of love in fantasy drafts. Diggs went for 1,130 yards and six regular season touchdowns while securing the one in the divisional round as well. He’s a top-30 receiver entering 2020 fantasy football drafts.

 

Kendrick Bourne - The 49ers controlled this game on the ground, but Bourne was able to sneak free for three catches, 40 yards and a score and was the highest scoring receiver from this game. There are three pass catchers on San Fran I’d prioritize over Bourne in the Championship Game and I truly don’t have any interest in rostering him in any sort of daily format unless my girlfriend was entering 150 lineups and excluded him from her player pool.

 

Fantasy Duds
 

Jimmy Garoppolo - The 49ers didn’t need to air it out at all as he attempted only 19 passes compared to 47 totes on the ground. Garoppolo had a solid season on a really good team, but their identity is on the shoulders on their triple-headed running attack. There are only four quarterbacks left so obviously he’ll be apart of the player pool, but there are simply better options on the board.
 

Kirk Cousins - After Cousins was called out by both of his top receivers early in the season, he had quite the season, but Saturday was not his sharpest outing. He only threw for 172 yards with one touchdown and a pick on 29 attempts. Cousins will be sitting there late in drafts in 2020 and works extremely well as a QB1 if you really focus on the skill positions before taking a quarterback. 
 

Dalvin Cook - Cook had been so dominant essentially each and every week but the 49ers shut him down and he couldn’t do anything positive. He rushed for 18 yards on nine carries and his game long run was SIX. He caught six passes but went for EIGHT yards. Cook will enter the 2020 campaign as a likely top-five draft pick in any and all format you want to take him in.
 

Emmanuel Sanders - Again, it was tough for any 49ers pass catcher to stand out when Garappolo only threw for 131 yards and completed 11 passes. He, however, does have a great rapport with his quarterback and whether it’s Seattle and or Green Bay he figures to see more work considering both of those teams will focus on stopping the run.
 

George Kittle - Kittle was a non-factor in this game catching just three-of-five targets but it didn’t matter for San Francisco because they beat Minnesota up on the ground. Kittle will have a potentially elite match-up in the NFC Championship Game if he faces off against Seattle and a decent match-up against Green Bay. He squared up with both in the regular season going for 86 yards on seven catches vs. SEA and six catches for 129 yards and a score against GB.
 

Injuries


Raheem Mostert - Mostert left this game in the fourth quarter due to a cramp in his leg but considering it’s only a cramp, it’s not overly concerning. We’ll monitor his progress during practice this week, but expect a full weeks workload in the NFL Championship Game.

 

Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sat. 1-11 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 47.5

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Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore Ravens 

M&T Bank Stadium

Final: TEN 28-12

Spread: BAL -10

O/U: Under

Lamar Jackson ’s final numbers look good considering he went for 500 total yards of offense, but this game was controlled by Derrick Henry and the Titans from start to finish. The Ravens were sloppy with the ball turning it over three times and the Titans turned that into 14 points, which essentially was the difference in this one.

Studs

Lamar Jackson - It wasn’t Jackson’s best showing and it led to a loss in the biggest game of his young career, but from a fantasy perspective Jackson still had north of 500 yards. Jackson had 143 rushing yards and 365 passing yards and chipped in with a touchdown as well. He was the number one fantasy quarterback this year by a wide margin and will drafted as such in 2020 and for good reason.

Ryan Tannehill - You can complain all you want about the sub 100 passing yards for the second straight week out of Tannehill, but he threw two touchdowns and ran another one in. He was one of the better scoring quarterbacks in this divisional round because of it. He has an exploitable match-up against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game and is a strong DFS option because of it.

Derrick Henry - It’s pretty hard to deny the fact that Derrick Henry has been the best players in this years postseason through two games. Henry controlled this entire game rushing for 190 yards on 30 carries while also doing his best Ryan Tannehill impersonation throwing a touchdown to boot. Henry has rushed for 180 yards or more in three straight games and surpassed 100 yards or more in seven of his last eight. Henry is the top spend in DFS in the Championship round and it’s not even close.

Marquise Brown - It was an interesting rookie season for Brown with a ton of high’s early on in the campaign and a bunch of low’s as the season progressed. This was a fantastic performance catching seven-of-11 targets for 126 yards which was his first 100 yard output since Week 1. Brown has so much potential to emerge as Jackson’s number one wide out and unless they go out and acquire a big name free agent, he’ll enter the 2020 season as the go-to WR on the team.

Hayden Hurst - There was a lot of talk throughout the week if Mark Andrews was going to suit up and he did, but it was Hurst who had the big game catching four passes for 53 yards and a score. Hurst was a former first-round draft pick so this shouldn’t surprise anyone, but Andrews is the Ravens primary pass catching tight end when healthy. 

Duds

Mark Ingram - I’m not how fair it is to put Ingram here considering he didn’t practice for the two weeks leading up to this game and was clearly less than 100-percent. Ingram wasn’t even involved in the passing game catching just one pass for nine yards. Ingram’s first season with Baltimore was a complete success rushing for north of 1,000 yards, receiving 247 more and punching it into the endzone 15 times. He’s a clear cut RB2 entering 2020 despite this weak postseason outing.

A.J. Brown - For someone who has as strong a final quarter of the season as Brown had, he has gotten nothing going in the first two games of this postseason. The Titans have run run and run some more when they’ve had the ball offensively and Ryan Tannehill hasn’t thrown for 100 yards in either postseason game and that has obviously impacted the pass catchers tremendously. Brown has a great match-up in the AFC Championship game against Kansas City.

Injuries

There are no injuries to report here.

Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium(Kansas City)Sun. 1-12 @ 3:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 51.5

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Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs

Weather: 35° and Cloudy

Final Score: Texans 31, Chiefs 51

Spread: Chiefs -9.5

Total: 51.5

Intro --

If the Chiefs could win this game, they would have a clear path to the Super Bowl after the Titans upset the Ravens. A Houston win would see them hosting the AFC Championship game in a matchup between two teams from the worst division in the AFC. Houston’s only chance in this game would be to get huge games from Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt . It took a great performance from Watson just to sneak by the Bills at home last week, and even if Watson managed to outplay Patrick Mahomes , there was little reason to believe that would be enough to beat the Chiefs on the road.

Fantasy Studs --

Travis Kelce , 44.4 fantasy points

The Texans played almost exclusively man-to-man defense, and Travis Kelce simply ate Lonnie Johnson’s lunch. Kelce should have a tougher time next week, though he could again be a focal point if the Titans elect to double-team Tyreek Hill .

Patrick Mahomes , 41.1 fantasy points

Mahomes was pretty quiet for much of the regular season, but he was not quiet in this game. Houston never really got any pressure on Mahomes and he was able to find his receivers in one-on-one matchups. He faces a much tougher defense next week, but he certainly looked unstoppable against Houston.

Damien Williams , 26.8 fantasy points

Williams barely had any yards from scrimmage in the first three quarters of this game, but he had a few big runs against a tired defense to make the yardage respectable. Even so, his fantasy points were almost entirely thanks to his three touchdowns. Williams was the only Chiefs running back to get a touch in this game, and it looks like this is no longer a backfield by committee.

DeAndre Hopkins , 23.8 fantasy points

Hopkins was the only Texan who got open consistently, though the Chiefs did a good job of keeping him from getting open deep. Hopkins showed again why he is a top-three fantasy wide receiver next season.

Fantasy Duds --

Tyreek Hill , 6.5 fantasy points

Before the game, if you had said the Chiefs would score 51 points, it would be nearly inconceivable Tyreek Hill would finish with fewer than seven fantasy points. Houston doubled Hill on just about every play, and Patrick Mahomes had no reason to force the ball to Hill.

Notable Injuries --

Texans:

T Chris Clark was evaluated in the blue tent during the first drive of the game with a knee injury and did not return.

S Lonnie Johnson limped off with a leg injury early in the second quarter, but returned for the next series.

WR DeAndre Hopkins suffered a rib injury at the end of the first half and got x-rays at halftime. He returned for Houston's next drive.

Chiefs:

TE Travis Kelce suffered a hamstring injury on the last drive of the first half.

WR Tyreek Hill left briefly after a hard hit in the first half but later returned.

General Summary --

It’s a cliché to say the only team that can slow down the Chiefs’ offense is the Chiefs, but it was true in this game. The Chiefs dropped passes on third down that would have gone for first downs on each of their first three possessions and were forced to punt each time. That allowed Houston to build a 24-0 lead. After that, the Chiefs scored touchdowns on their next seven possessions, including 41 consecutive points to go up 41-24 in the third quarter.

Houston’s offense wasn’t nearly as good as the scoreboard would indicate, as they scored their second touchdown on a blocked punt and their third after Tyreek Hill fumbled a punt at the six-yard line. Houston never really got going on the ground, and the Chiefs were able to limit Houston to just a couple of big plays downfield.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 1-12 @ 6:40 pm ESTOver/Under: 45.5

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Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

Weather: 23° and Cloudy

Final Score: Seahawks 23, Packers 28

Spread: Packers -4.5

Total: 45.5

Intro --

The consensus coming into this game seemed to be that these two teams were about even, and Seattle’s advantage at quarterback would make up for Green Bay’s advantage on defense as well as running the football. Seattle’s offense was not impressive against the Eagles, but it didn’t need to be once Carson Wentz went down. The Seahawks were notorious for playing close games against everyone, and if that was the case again, it would probably come down to which quarterback made more plays down the stretch.

Fantasy Studs --

Davante Adams , 34.8 fantasy points

Adams was great against the Seattle secondary, catching seven of 10 targets for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He should have a much more difficult time against San Francisco next week.

Tyler Lockett , 31.6 fantasy points

Lockett took a back seat to D.K. Metcalf in the Wild Card game, but he led Seattle’s passing attack in this game, with nine catches on 10 targets for 136 yards and a touchdown. Lockett and Metcalf should both be WR2s next season.

Aaron Jones , 19.5 fantasy points

Jones only had 65 yards on 20 touches, but he found the end zone twice. Jones had 19 touchdowns during the regular season, and if the Packers score next week, he will probably be involved again.

Fantasy Duds --

None

Notable Injuries --

Seahawks:

DE Quinton Jefferson left with a foot injury in the third quarter.

T Jamarco Jones was ruled out for the second half with a concussion.

Packers:

RT Bryan Bulaga was active but did not play.

WR Allen Lazard hurt his ankle in the second quarter.

General Summary --

The Packers were nine-of-13 on third downs in this game, including two long conversions on the final drive to close out the win. Seattle, on the other hand, only converted three-of-nine third downs. That was largely the story in this game. Green Bay built a big lead thanks mostly to Davante Adams getting open all over the field, though they were helped by Pete Carroll's insistence on running the football. The Seahawks made their comeback after they had abandoned the run, but they came up short when Russell Wilson was sacked on 3rd & 5 with just over three minutes to go. Seattle punted on 4th & 11 and Rodgers was able to do just enough to run out the clock.

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