Henry is coming off of an ACL tear just 7 months ago, making it likely he sees only a small percentage of snaps even if he does suit up for Sunday’s divisional round game at New England. Antonio Gates and Virgil Green should continue to split the majority of the workload though Henry’s presence for even a handful of snaps would provide a small boost to the Chargers’ offense. The third-year tight end has much greater pass-catching and play-making chops than Green and Gates at his age and would demand some extra defensive attention from the Patriots. Gordon was removed from the Chargers injury report on Friday despite dealing with multiple knee sprains and may still be at less than 100% health. At a price of only $6,200 on DraftKings however, he’s more than worthy of tournament consideration in a game that the Chargers may resort to the run more in order to avoid CB’s Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty through the air.
With fellow wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Golden Tate removed from the injury report, the veteran receiver figures to remain a non-factor even if he is able to suit up for Sunday’s divisional round game at New Orleans. TE Zach Ertz leads the team in targets in games QB Nick Foles has started, though Jeffery and Agholor haven’t been far behind manning the outside in Wallace’s absence. Last week’s hero, Tate, actually has the best matchup in the slot on Sunday, with CB P.J. Williams being by far the weakest link in the Saints’ secondary. In the slate’s second-highest total game, where the Eagles figure to be forced to pass more than last week, all four pass-catchers are firmly in play regardless of Wallace’s status.
Andrew Luck will have his two favorite weapons for Saturday’s divisional round game in Kansas City despite Hilton not practicing all week and Ebron being limited. They were removed from today’s injury report and figure to be top tier options at the position given the game’s 57-point projected total. The possible absence of safety Eric Berry would bolster Ebron’s chances of a productive game while Hilton should be targeted heavily, though he has struggled historically outside of domes and is more likely to be at less than 100% health. Ryan Grant’s absence doesn’t have a big impact on the Colts’ target share, but we could see a little more Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal.
The Chiefs’ preferred WR will likely log a third straight limited practice but it’s a great sign for his chances of playing in Saturday’s divisional round game against the Colts. He figures to play in 3-WR sets at the least, if fully healthy, with the potential for a full complement of snaps. It’s looking less likely that fellow wideouts Chris Conley and DeMarcus Robinson will remain factors for this weekend’s playoff slate due to Watkins impending return.
Both pass-catchers are looking like game-time decisions after missing three straight days of practice ahead of Saturday’s divisional round game at LA. Owner Jerry Jones shared he was “very positive” about both playing Saturday, though he can be overly optimistic about his players’ capabilities sometimes. With Allen Hurns out, each of them could move up in the receiving pecking order, particularly Beasley, in a game where more should be asked of the Cowboys’ passing game given that they’re a touchdown underdog in a game with a 50-point total.
Dak Prescott (knee) was on the Tuesday injury report — stemming from his late run vs. Seattle, but he had a full practice and Jason Garrett says no concerns about his availability Saturday. He comes in as one of the cheaper options at his position for the divisional playoff round, so he needs to be on DFS radars due to possible game script and his ability to create fantasy points with his running.
The Chiefs’ preferred WR2 hasn’t practiced in over a month and is sure to be limited but his return in any capacity gives him a reasonable chance to suit up for Saturday’s divisional round where he figures to play in 3-WR sets, at the least, if healthy. His practice participation as the week moves along should be monitored to determine whether he’ll be a viable DFS play or if fellow wideouts Chris Conley and DeMarcus Robinson will remain factors for this weekend’s playoff slate. Ware seems to be on track to play after a month layoff as well due to a hamstring injury. His role remains up in the air after Damien Williams excelled as the Chiefs’ lead back in his absence. One scenario, would be an even timeshare between the two backs with Ware seeing more of the early down work.
Despite today’s practice report, Jerry Jones shared he was “very positive” about both wideouts playing Saturday. Additionally, Jarwin is reported to be feeling better, though the trio will need to be monitored later in the week as Jones can be overly optimistic about his players’ capabilities. With Allen Hurns hitting IR today, each of them could move up in the receiving pecking order, particularly Beasley, in a game where more should be asked of the Cowboys’ passing game given that they’re a touchdown underdog in a game with a 50-point total.
Despite the activation, Henry is coming off of an ACL tear just 7 months ago and hasn’t played this season making it likely he sees only a small percentage of snaps in Sunday’s divisional round game at New England. Antonio Gates and Virgil Green should continue to split the majority of the workload though Henry’s presence for even a handful of snaps should provide a small boost to the Chargers’ offense as he has loads more pass-catching and play-making ability than Green and Gates at his age, potentially requiring some extra defensive attention from the Patriots.
The veteran speedster is unlikely to be available for Sunday’s divisional round game at New Orleans after recently coming of injured reserve. Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, and Nelson Agholor will round out 3-WR sets in a game where they will likely be forced to throw early and often.
Wallace has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Bears due to an ankle injury that’s kept him sidelined since Week 2, which will enable Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor to continue working as the Eagles top-two wide receivers. Nick Foles has been a full participant in practice the last two days, and head coach Doug Pederson confirmed earlier in the week that Foles would start at quarterback this weekend. The Bears have been significantly more stingy versus the run this season, ranking second in rush DVOA, so the Eagles should be expected to attack Chicago through the air, setting up Foles for a significant floor in terms of volume.
The Chargers change-up back was limited in practice all week after seeing a quarter of the snaps in Week 17. If he can suit up for Sunday’s Wild Card game at Baltimore, he may see that snap count rise a bit as the main complementary back given his experience over fellow back Justin Jackson. The Chargers come in as 3-point underdogs which could help to bolster Ekeler’s passing game usage behind lead back Melvin Gordon as well.
Robinson, Gabriel, and Miller were all full participants in Friday’s practice and will round out 3-WR sets in Sunday’s game against the Eagles where the Bears boast the second-highest implied total of Wild Card weekend. Expect Robinson to lead the offense in targets against arguably the weakest secondary on the slate.
Hilton has officially been listed as questionable for Saturday’s matchup against the Houston Texans due to an ankle injury that’s hampered him for the last several weeks, while Inman is also questionable with shoulder and finger injuries, respectively. Despite being held out of practice al week, Hilton is still expected to play on Wild Card weekend, and he has absolutely dominated the Texans this season, posting a 13-314-0 line on 18 targets in two games this season. As for Inman, he is second among Colts wide receivers in snaps the last six weeks, so his potential absence could open up more playing time for Zach Pascal and Ryan Grant, though Hilton and Eric Ebron clearly remain Andrew Luck’s preferred targets.
Foles was able to participate fully in Thursday’s practice after being limited in Wednesday’s session due to bruised ribs, while Wendell Smallwood and Mike Wallace were limited for a second straight day because of hand and ankle injuries, respectively. This news all but confirms head coach Doug Pederson’s statements that Foles was “feeling good” and would start in Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Bears on Wild Card weekend. The Bears have been significantly more stingy versus the run this season, ranking second in rush DVOA, so the Eagles should be expected to attack Chicago through the air, setting up Foles for a significant volume floor in terms of pass attempts.
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