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Updated: Tue, Jun 02nd 2020 10:00:05 pm

Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sat. 1-4 @ 4:35 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans

Final Score: Texans 22, Bills 19

Spread: Bills +3

Total: 44

Fantasy Studs

Deshaun Watson – Watson had a very slow start in this game, but he rallied in the second half and ended up having a big game. He completed 20-of-25 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. He was the highest scoring DFS QB of Wild Card Weekend and had a magical play (breaking multiple sack attempts before completing a pass that went for 34 yards) that led to the game-winning field goal.

Josh Allen – Allen wasn’t too shabby in his own right, finishing as the second highest scoring QB of Wild Card Weekend. He completed 24-of-46 passes for 264 yards while also rushing for 92 yards on nine attempts AND he even had a 16 yard touchdown reception.

Devin Singletary – Singletary played very well in the Bills loss, rushing 13 times for 58 yards and he hauled in six-of-seven targets for 76 receiving yards. He was even better than the stats indicate though, as he consistently was making guys miss and gaining additional yards on plays that looked dead. Despite failing to find the end zone, he was one of the best values on the slate.

Stephen Hauschka – While there aren’t too many DFS sites that include a kicker anymore, I am still going to give Hauschka his due. He finished a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and also drained his lone extra point chance. He made kicks from 40, 40, 38, and 47. He was the highest scoring kicker of the weekend.

Fantasy Duds

Frank Gore – The Bills gave Gore eight carries and one target in this game for whatever reason (I complained a few times about it on Twitter). He failed to catch that target and he only managed eight yards on those eight carries. Who knows, maybe the Bills come out on top if those nine looks go Singletary’s way.

Summary

The Bills led this game 13-0 at halftime, but the Texans came roaring back in the second half to push the game into overtime with the score tied at 19-19. The two teams traded punts before the Texans came down and kicked a field goal on the back of Deshaun Watson . These two teams were very evenly matched but, in the end, Watson proved to be the difference maker. Josh Allen played well, but too many drives ended in field goals for Buffalo. The Texans will head to Kansas City and take on the Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Sat. 1-4 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots

Final Score: Titans 20, Patriots 13

Spread: Titans +5

Total: 45

Fantasy Studs

Derrick Henry – Henry was the only stud from a game that featured a very large amount of duds. The big back led all running backs in DFS scoring, rushing 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in his lone target for an additional 22 yards. The Patriots had no answer for him, so the Titans just fed him the football all game long.

Fantasy Duds

Tom Brady – Brady had 37 pass attempts and finished with a whopping seven fantasy points. He completed 20 passes but only finished with 209 yards and zero touchdowns. He also tossed an interception in the Pats loss. He just isn’t the same QB that he once was and age has finally caught up with arguably the greatest QB in the history of the game.

Ryan Tannehill – It is pretty difficult to put up fantasy numbers when you only have 15 pass attempts for the entire game, as was the case for Tanny in this one. That being said, he didn’t play all that well either, completing just eight of those 15 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown while also throwing an interception. The Titans will need more out of him next week if they hope to takedown the Ravens.

N’Keal Harry – The rookie wide out racked up more targets than anyone in this game (seven), but he only finished with two receptions for 21 yards. He also rushed once for seven yards, finishing with 4.8 fantasy points. That’s a bad game, especially considering that type of volume. Many were letdown by this “effort.”

Mohamed Sanu – Sanu was targeted five times but, much like Harry, was extremely inefficient, as he hauled in just one pass for 11 yards. It was an extremely rough finish to the year for Sanu, as he failed to top 35 receiving yards in any of the final seven games and did not find the end zone in any of the final six.

A.J. Brown – Brown came into this game with four 100-plus yard games in his last six and he had five touchdowns in that span, but he only had one catch for four yards in this game. He did only have one target, so I can’t fault him too much, but you had to expect a bit more than this, even in a tough matchup with Stephon Gilmore .

Corey Davis – Davis was his usually dud self. He finished with zero receptions on two targets. Despite the Titans number one receiver having to deal with Gilmore, Davis still couldn’t do anything. A change of scenery would probably be best for him at this point.

Jonnu Smith – Similar to Davis, there were people who hoped Smith would be the benefactor of Brown having to deal with Gilmore, but that also wasn’t the case. As it turned out, they all sucked. Smith finished with one catch for nine yards on two targets.

Summary

The Patriots couldn’t find an answer for Derrick Henry and the Titans fed him the ball until the final whistle. The Titans came into this game with a struggling defense, but the Patriots offense had been terrible all year long and that continued in this game as they couldn’t get anything going. Tom Brady looked like a shell of his former self and all of the pass catchers struggled to help him out. The Titans advanced and they will now take on the Ravens in Baltimore.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Sun. 1-5 @ 1:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5

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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Weather: Dome
Final Score: Vikings 26, Saints 20
Spread: Saints -7.5
Total: 49.5

Intro

The Saints were the biggest favorite of the weekend, and a popular pick to make the Super Bowl. The Saints won three straight games to end the regular season, and had scored at least 34 points in four straight games. The Vikings figured to be buoyed by the return of Dalvin Cook , who had missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. Minnesota would likely need a big game from him and Adam Thielen , who hadn’t looked like himself in two games since returning from a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Studs

Dalvin Cook , 28.0 fantasy points

It turns out Cook’s shoulder was healthy. Cook was arguably the fantasy MVP this season, and he showed why in this game.

Adam Thielen , 22.2 fantasy points

Thielen topped ten fantasy points for the first time since Week 6, and his performance coming off his hamstring injury is one of the reasons Minnesota won this game.

Alvin Kamara , 19.5 fantasy points

Kamara might be one of the most difficult players to rank next season. He finishes the season with at least 19 fantasy points in three straight games, after he topped 19 fantasy points just three times in his first 12 games of the season.

Taysom Hill , 17.5 fantasy points

Hill was the best quarterback in this game for fantasy, throwing a 50-yard pass, rushing four times for 50 yards and catching two passes, including a touchdown. This was the second best fantasy game of the season for Hill, and the restricted free agent would be interesting for fantasy if he ever got a bigger opportunity.

Fantasy Duds 

Stefon Diggs , 4.7 fantasy points

Diggs has been up-and-down all season, and he certainly took a back seat to Adam Thielen in this one. Although the Saints’ defensive coverage deserves at least some of the credit for Diggs’s quiet day.

Notable Injuries 

Vikings:

TE Tyler Conklin was carted from the sideline to the locker room in the first half.

RT Brian O’Neill walked off with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter but later returned.

Saints:

LB Kiko Alonso limped off the field with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.

LG Andrus Peat limped to the sideline in the fourth quarter with an apparent right leg injury but returned.

General Summary 

The Vikings got huge games from two returning stars, and solid play from a beleaguered secondary. Kirk Cousins proved he can win a big game after all, leading Minnesota on the game-winning drive in overtime, culminating in Kyle Rudolph ’s touchdown reception.

New Orleans struggled to run the ball in this game, with Alvin Kamara totalling 21 yards on seven carries, and Latavius Murray adding 21 on five carries. Minnesota held the ball for nearly ten more minutes than the Saints, thanks in part to Dalvin Cook ’s 94 rushing yards. The Saints never got the ball in overtime, as the Vikings drove 75 yards in nine plays to end the game.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 1-5 @ 4:40 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
Weather: 32° and Cloudy
Final Score: Seahawks 17, Eagles 9
Spread: Even
Total: 45.0

Intro 

The major question coming into this game were if the Eagles had the personnel to take advantage of a weak Seattle defense. The other questions were if Eagles’ secondary was healthy enough to slow down the Seattle passing game, and if Pete Carroll would let Russell Wilson throw the ball around the yard, which he famously didn’t do in a playoff loss to the Cowboys last year.

Fantasy Studs 

Russell Wilson , 24.5 fantasy points

Wilson only scored one touchdown, but he threw for 300 yards, and was Seattle’s leading rusher. All of the focus in the divisional round will be on Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes , but this should serve as a reminder Wilson is as good as any quarterback in the league, for the Seahawks and for fantasy.

D.K. Metcalf, 32.0 fantasy points

Metcalf led everyone in fantasy points in this game, which was by far his best fantasy game of the season. Metcalf had the two biggest plays of the game, with a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put Seattle up by 11, and a 36-yard reception to ice the game at the end. It’s not much of a surprise that he has this kind of upside, the only question for 2020 is if he can be more consistent.

Fantasy Duds 

Zach Ertz , 6.4 fantasy points

Ertz was banged up, and Carson Wentz went down early, so Ertz mostly gets a pass for this. Even so, the Eagles needed more from him if they hoped to win this game.

Notable Injuries 

Eagles:

QB Carson Wentz left with a concussion and did not return.

DE Brandon Graham left with a knee injury.

Seahawks:

DT Ziggy Ansah left with a neck injury.

General Summary 

Josh McCown played valiantly, but the Eagles just didn’t have enough to find the end zone with Carson Wentz joining the cavalcade of injuries for Philadelphia this season. Philadelphia got impressive play from Miles Sanders and Boston Scott , but they managed just 29 yards passing to wide receivers, which simply is not enough to win a playoff game.

D.K. Metcalf nearly matched Philadelphia’s receiving total all by himself, with 160 yards on seven receptions. Seattle’s running backs only totaled 19 yards on 17 carries, but Russell Wilson put the offense on his shoulders, with 45 rushing yards and another 325 passing yards.

When Wilson hit Metalf for a 53-yard touchdown to go up 17-6, it looked like this game was over. While Philadelphia put a few drives together, they had shown no ability to get in the end zone. They had one last chance to tie the game late in the fourth-quarter, but Josh McCown was sacked by Jadeveon Clowney on 4th & 7 from the Seattle 10 to preserve the win for the Seahawks.

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