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|1/22/2017||LeGarrette Blount, NE, RB|
|LeGarrette Blount ran for 47 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries Sunday in the New England Patriots' 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added one reception for eight yards.
Analysis: Blount wasn't a huge factor Sunday though he did rush for his 19th touchdown of the season. He's averaged only 42.0 yards in the last five games and likely won't have huge numbers in the Super Bowl either.
|1/22/2017||Dion Lewis, NE, RB|
|Dion Lewis ran for 11 yards on six carries Sunday in the New England Patriots' 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He added two receptions for eight yards.|
|1/22/2017||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|Le'Veon Bell ran for 20 yards on six carries Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 36-17 loss to the New England Patriots.
Analysis: Bell said he was bothered by a groin injury even before he was forced to leave the AFC championship game in the second quarter Sunday. Bell was sensational in playoff wins over Miami and Kansas City, rushing for 167 yards vs. the Dolphins and 170 against Kansas City. Despite being suspended for three games in 2016, Bell rushed for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. He added 75 receptions for 616 yards and two scores.
|1/22/2017||Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB|
|Ben Roethlisberger was 31 of 47 for 314 yards and threw one touchdown pass Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 36-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He threw one interception, didn't fumble and was not sacked.
Analysis: Big Ben registered his fourth 300-yard postseason game and moved past Dan Marino into sixth place on the all-time postseason yardage list. In his final four games, including playoffs, Roethlisberger had six TD passes and six interceptions.
|1/22/2017||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Tom Brady was 32 of 42 for 384 yards and threw three touchdown passes Sunday in the New England Patriots' 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was sacked two times.
Analysis: Brady was much sharper than he was in the divisional win over Houston. He notched his 59th and 60th postseason scoring passes. It was his 11th career postseason game with 300 yards, extending his own NFL record, and he recorded his ninth three-touchdown playoff game, tying Joe Montana for the most all time.
|1/22/2017||Stephen Gostkowski, NE, K|
|Stephen Gostkowski converted three of three field-goal attempts Sunday as the New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17. He made kicks of 31, 47 and 26 yards. Gostkowski tacked on three PATs, but also missed one.|
|1/22/2017||Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB|
|Bell injured his left groin during the first quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship.
Analysis: The Steelers declared their All-Pro running back questionable to return, and Bell briefly did before departing again midway through the second quarter. D'Angelo Williams handled all backfield duties on Pittsburgh's first two drives of the second half, so Bell may indeed be done for the day.
|1/22/2017||Davante Adams, GB, WR|
|Davante Adams had three receptions for 16 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: An ankle injury limited Adams' numbers after he blew up for 201 yards and a touchdown on 13 catches during the first two rounds of the playoffs. After breaking out for 75 catches, 997 yards and 13 touchdowns during the regular season, Adams has a chance to venture into elite fantasy territory if he can build off his outstanding 2016 campaign.
|1/22/2017||Mohamed Sanu, Atl, WR|
|Mohamed Sanu had five receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. He added one rush for seven yards.
Analysis: Those numbers are pretty much in line with Sanu's per-game averages during the regular season. Atlanta's No. 2 receiver has now found the end zone in three consecutive games, including both playoff matchups.
|1/22/2017||Randall Cobb, GB, WR|
|Randall Cobb had six receptions for 82 yards Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: Cobb's regular season was disappointing, but he shined with 18 catches, 260 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's three playoff games. The veteran slot receiver may never duplicate his 91-catch, 12-touchdown 2014 campaign, though he still holds value in PPR leagues.
|1/22/2017||Julio Jones, Atl, WR|
|Julio Jones had nine receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Analysis: The All-Pro receiver didn't seem too bothered by the toe injury that's curtailed his practice time, routinely toying with Green Bay's beleaguered secondary while catching a touchdown pass for a third straight game. With two weeks of preparation time, Jones should be ready to rock again in Super Bowl LI.
|1/22/2017||Jared Cook, GB, TE|
|Jared Cook had seven receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: Cook really came on during Green Bay's late-season surge, amassing 31 catches for 407 yards and two touchdowns over the final six games including the playoffs. A free agent this offseason, the soon-to-be 30-year-old's fantasy outlook would benefit from a return to the Packers.
|1/22/2017||Jordy Nelson, GB, WR|
|Jordy Nelson had six receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Analysis: An impressive effort considering Nelson wasn't close to 100 percent after fracturing two ribs in the wild-card round two weeks ago. After following up a 98-catch, 1,519-yard, 13-touchdown 2015 campaign with 97 receptions, 1,257 yards and 14 scores this season, he should again have his name called early in 2017 fantasy drafts.
|1/22/2017||Tevin Coleman, Atl, RB|
|Tevin Coleman ran for 29 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. He added three receptions for 35 yards.
Analysis: Coleman now has a touchdown in four straight games, keeping him a viable fantasy option despite operating on the lower end of a timeshare with Devonta Freeman. The Falcons likely won't deviate from their successful plan in Super Bowl LI, so expect him to log his usual 12-15 touches.
|1/22/2017||Ty Montgomery, GB, RB|
|Ty Montgomery ran for 17 yards on three carries Sunday before leaving the Green Bay Packers' 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter with a rib injury. He added one reception for two yards.
Analysis: The converted wide receiver showed flashes after being moved to running back out of necessity, though it's unlikely he'll enter next season as the Packers' lead ball-carrier. Expect Green Bay to target the position in the upcoming draft.
|1/22/2017||Devonta Freeman, Atl, RB|
|Devonta Freeman ran for 42 yards on 14 carries Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. He added four receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Analysis: The third-year back sure has found a knack for the end zone in Atlanta's high-powered offense, having now scored 10 touchdowns over his last eight games including the playoffs. Freeman has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry in the team's two postseason games, but he's racked up 21 catches for 238 yards over his last four contests overall.
|1/22/2017||Matt Ryan, Atl, QB|
|Matt Ryan was 27 of 38 for 392 yards and threw four touchdown passes Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was not sacked. Ryan added 23 rushing yards on three carries and scored one touchdown on the ground.
Analysis: After putting up MVP-worthy numbers during the regular season, Ryan has been even better during Atlanta's two playoff games. The All-Pro quarterback has completed an outstanding 70.7 percent of his passes for 730 yards with seven TDs and zero turnovers this postseason. Expect him to keep rolling in Houston's dome regardless of the Falcons' opponent in Super Bowl LI.
|1/22/2017||Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB|
|Aaron Rodgers was 27 of 45 for 287 yards and threw three touchdown passes Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He threw one interception, didn't fumble and was sacked two times. Rodgers added 46 rushing yards on four carries.
Analysis: Handcuffed by the lack of a running game and his team being in constant catch-up mode, Rodgers wasn't at his best on this day. There's no debating his legitimacy as a top-level fantasy quarterback for 2017, though, after the two-time MVP posted an 18:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio while averaging 288.3 passing yards over the final seven regular-season games.
|1/22/2017||Ty Montgomery, GB, RB|
|Montgomery left Sunday's NFC title game with a rib injury
Analysis: Depending on Green Bay's running back situation next season, Montgomery could again be someone worth watching from a fantasy standpoint.
|1/22/2017||Michael Floyd, NE, WR|
|Floyd, acquired in December following an ankle injury to Danny Amendola, is listed as inactive for Sunday's game.
Analysis: This is not a total surprise with rookie Malcolm Mitchell healthy again.
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