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Saints' Drew Brees has no plans to test free agent market

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that he has no plans to test free agency, and that his hope is to re-sign with the team prior to the new league year.

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Brees said, "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." To his credit, the 39-year-old has been committed to the team and could play another two or three years at a high level. He can't be franchise tagged, which could get him some nice guaranteed money for his age. Brees made $19 million in 2017.

In leading the Saints to the Divisional Round of this year's playoffs, Brees threw for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing 72% of his pass attempts.

Source: ESPN

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski looking to build off impressive performance in Divisional Round

New England Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski figures to play a pivotal role in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

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Gronkowski and the Pats will take on the league's top passing defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. The veteran tight end is coming off an 81-yard performance on Saturday with a score.

Our models project Gronkowski for 4.5 catches for 65.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on Sunday.

Source: numberFire

Patriots' Brandin Cooks projected as the top fantasy wideout for the Conference Championships

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks projects as the top fantasy scorer among all wideouts for the Conference Championship weekend.

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Cooks tied for third among Patriots players with 9 targets against the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional round, turning that workload into only 3 receptions and 32 yards. He led the team in targets (114) while finished second in receptions (65), yards (1082) and touchdowns (7) in the regular season.

numberFire's models project Cooks for 4.4 receptions, 72.0 yards and 0.5 touchdowns even in a tough matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Source: numberFire

Eagles' Jay Ajayi projected for 67 total yards against Vikings Sunday

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi will face a tough test against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game.

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The Vikings boast the best overall defense in terms of points allowed per game in 2017. They also finished first in total yards allowed and second in rushing yards allowed this season. Ajayi tallied 98 total yards in Philadelphia's win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Our models project Ajayi to rush for 56.5 yards to go along with 10.66 receiving yards against the Vikings.

Source: numberFire

Vikings' Latavius Murray projected for 53 rushing yards on Sunday

Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray will face the top rushing defense in the NFL on Sunday.

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The Eagles allowed just 79.2 rushing yards per game in 2017 -- 4.4 yards better than the second-best team in the league, Minnesota. The Vikings are listed as a 3.5-point favorite on the road in the title game.

Our models project Murray for 53.2 rushing yards, 0.5 rushing touchdowns and 9.8 receiving yards against the Eagles on Sunday.

Source: numberFire

Patriots' Dion Lewis projected for a busy game against Jacksonville

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis is projected to lead the team in touches against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.

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Lewis rushed for 62 yards on 15 carries and caught nine passes for 79 yards in the Patriots' win over Tennessee on Saturday night.

Our models project Lewis for 12.3 FanDuel points with 47.9 rushing yards, 26.2 receiving yards and 0.58 touchdowns.

Source: numberFire

Jaguars' Leonard Fournette not injured in car accident on Tuesday

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was involved in a minor car accident on Tuesday morning. The rookie running back was not injured and drove home.

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The Jaguars say Fournette's car was rear-ended but would not provide any further details. "Leonard is OK and was able to drive home," the team said in a statement. "Appreciate everyone that has reached out to check on him." Fournette and the Jaguars take on the New England Patriots as 9.5-point underdogs this Sunday.

Our models project Fournette for 14.9 FanDuel points with 74.7 rushing yards, 20.6 receiving yards and 0.6 rushing touchdowns.

Source: ESPN

Eagles' Nick Foles will face the NFL's top defense in NFC Championship

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles faces another stern test against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.

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Foles was very efficient against the Falcons on Saturday, completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards and no turnovers. The Eagles are 3.5-point home underdogs against the Vikings this weekend.

Our models project Foles for 12.4 FanDuel points with 204.6 yards, 1.3 touchdowns and 1.0 interceptions on Sunday.

Source: numberFire

Vikings' Case Keenum hopes to deliver follow up to miraculous win over Saints

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum will look to build off an impressive playoff debut against the Eagles in the NFC Championship.

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Keenum led Minnesota to a famous victory over the Saints with 318 yards and a walk-off touchdown pass. The journeyman quarterback takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game, with the Vikings as 3.5 point favorites on the road.

Our models project Keenum for 16.8 FanDuel points with 255.1 passing yards, 1.5 touchdowns and 1.0 interceptions on Sunday.

Source: numberFire

Jaguars' Blake Bortles hopes to continue to silence the critics on Sunday

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is hoping to continue to silence his critics by leading Jacksonville to the Super Bowl with a win over New England.

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Bortles completed 53.8 of his passes for 214 yards and a score in Jacksonville's win over the Steelers on Sunday. "I'm just happy to win," Bortles said. "I have no animosity against anyone who said anything. I'm happy to be able to come here and do this with this team. There are a lot of guys home on the couch watching this. I'm sure they are wishing that they could play. I know in years past I have been. So the opportunity to be able to continue to play feels awesome." Bortles and the Jaguars are 9.5 point underdogs against New England this Sunday.

Our models project Bortles for 19.0 FanDuel points with 233.6 passing yards, 1.7 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions on Sunday.

Source: CBS Sports

Patriots' Tom Brady knows the Jaguars won't give him a lot of time to throw

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows the Jaguars won't give him a lot of time in the pocket in the AFC Championship.

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Brady is coming off a 337 yard, three touchdown performance against the Titans in the divisional round, but the Jaguars' defense presents a much steeper task. “There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw,” Brady said. “I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. They’re aggressive. They take chances. They get a lot of turnovers . . . [The quarterback] is under pressure all day.” The Jaguars were the number one defense against the pass in 2017. The Patriots are 9.5 point favorites in the AFC Title game.

Our models project Brady for 19.9 FanDuel points with 288.23 passing yards, 2.3 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions.

Source: Yahoo!

Doug Martin blamed for bulk of Buccaneers' rushing issues

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin "wasn't ever the same" after returning from suspension, general manager Jason Licht said.

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"I think the lack of, or having a hard time getting the run game going was…you know, Doug just didn't have…he just wasn't ever the same,'' Licht said, referring to Martin's suspension that sidelined him until Week 5. Licht added that "things started going a little bit better" once Peyton Barber "kind of arrived" later in the season. It sounds like the Buccaneers are ready to move on from the former first-round pick, who will be entering his age-29 campaign in 2018. If they choose to cut him, Martin's $6.75-million salary would be wiped off the books.

Martin averaged 6.5 FanDuel points in 11 games (eight starts) this season, with 138 rushes for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding 9 catches (18 targets) for 84 yards through the air.

Bengals' A.J. McCarron wanted 'opportunity' to start for Browns

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron said he wanted the "opportunity" to start for the Cleveland Browns.

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"I think I would have had some success playing for [Browns head coach] Hue [Jackson]," McCarron said. "I would have loved the opportunity to go up there and get them a win, more than one win." Andy Dalton's backup was all but headed to Cleveland at the trade deadline to compete for the Browns' starting quarterback job, but the paperwork was not filed in time, causing the deal to fall incomplete. McCarron will know his status on February 15, but whether he's a restricted or unrestricted free agent, the 27-year-old signal-caller has made it clear he wants to compete for a starting job in the league.

On a career-high 131 drop backs in 2015, McCarron posted 0.14 Passing Net Expected Points per drop back, the 12th-best mark among the 46 quarterbacks with at least 100 drop backs that year. He completed 66.4 percent of his 119 pass attempts for 854 yards while throwing 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Source: AL.com

Martavis Bryant wants to remain with Steelers in 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant says he wants to remain with the Steelers for 2018.

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It was a bit of a tumultuous season for Bryant, who became frustrated with his role in the Steelers' offense and was suspended by the team in Week 8 after trying to force his way out via trade. Following the Week 9 bye, Bryant settled in and maintained steady production throughout the end of the year while flashing his playmaking ability, so it remains to be seen if the 26-year-old wideout will be back in Pittsburgh next season.

Bryant finished with 50 receptions (84 targets) for 603 yards and 3 touchdowns in 15 games for the Steelers this season while averaging 7.6 FanDuel points per contest.

Jaguars' Allen Robinson (ACL) expects to be healthy by start of free agency

Jacksonville Jaguars impending free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson (ACL) expects to be healthy and able to pass a physical before free agency opens in March.

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Robinson tore his ACL in Week 1 and underwent surgery soon just a few days later, putting him on track to be at least close to 100 percent by the time he hits the market in March. Robinson suggested that he's targeting something similar to the four-year, $58-million deal that Davante Adams signed with the Green Bay Packers last month.

In his two healthy seasons (2015-2016), Robinson hauled in a total of 153 catches (302 targets) for 2,283 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns for the Jaguars.

Chiefs' Darrelle Revis wants to return next season

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis wants to play in 2018.

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"I wasn't great or my best ever. No way," Revis admitted. "But at the same time, for what I came in here and was asked to do, for the most part, I'm happy with it." After signing in November, Revis played in six games with the Chiefs this season, including the playoffs. He will be 33 by the start of next season but likely showed enough to warrant a shot in 2018, whether it be in Kansas City on a negotiated deal or elsewhere.

Revis recorded 11 tackles (10 solo) with 2 deflected passes in five regular season contests for the Chiefs.

Source: ESPN.com

Titans' DeMarco Murray says he remains among league's best

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray said he "definitely" can continue to produce as a top-end player at his position.

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“I am very confident in myself and I am excited,” Murray said. “I am excited about the future, and my future. I know what kind of player I am.” Despite the conviction, Murray turns 30 next month and is coming off a season where he matched his career-low with 3.6 yards per carry. With 2016 second-round pick Derrick Henry taking over as the Titans' workhorse back, Murray will likely be released this offseason.

Murray averaged 10.1 FanDuel points in 15 games this season, with 184 rushes for 659 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and 6 touchdowns, in addition to 39 catches for 266 yards and 1 score on 47 targets.

Le'Veon Bell 'definitely' wants to stick with Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the team.

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"I never want to leave this city, but obviously, circumstances and things like that," Bell admitted while discussing his future in Pittsburgh. The six-year veteran, who turns 26 next month, has threatened to sit out or retire if the Steelers franchise tag him for a second consecutive year, so this figures to be one of the more popular storylines of the offseason.

Bell averaged 20.3 FanDuel points in 15 games during the regular season, with 1,291 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground, in addition to 655 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns on 85 catches (106 targets) through the air.

Source: ESPN.com

Drew Brees expects to re-sign with Saints

New Orleans Saints impending free agent quarterback Drew Brees expects to re-sign with the team.

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Brees declared that he not only intends to remain with the Saints moving forward, but he believes the team is entering "a window of time here where we can really make a run at it." Despite celebrating his 39th birthday on Monday, the veteran quarterback showed he has plenty left in the tank this season while leading an offense that evolved into one of the league's most well-balanced attacks.

Brees averaged 17.5 FanDuel points in 16 games this season, with 4,334 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions while leading the NFL with a career-high 72.0 completion percentage.

Source: ESPN.com

Rex Burkhead (knee) expected to play for Patriots in AFC Championship Game

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected to play in the AFC Championship Game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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Burkhead, out since Week 15, returned to practice last week and was close to getting the green light versus the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round, so he should be ready to roll for Sunday's showdown with the Jaguars. Barring any setbacks, Burkhead will likely work as the Patriots' second back behind Dion Lewis while siphoning snaps and touches from James White.

Burkhead averaged 11.5 FanDuel points in 10 games this season, with 264 rushing yards and 254 receiving yards while totaling 8 offensive touchdowns.

Titans move on from Mike Mularkey after failing to agree to extension

The Tennessee Titans fired head coach Mike Mularkey.

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Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says the two sides discussed "extending [Mularkey's] future" in Tennessee, but that "it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success." The team reportedly offered Mularkey an extension but it appears he was unwilling to acquiesce to the terms that came with the new deal. With the position now open, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is considered one of the frontrunners to take over as the Titans' next head coach.

In two full years as head coach of the Titans, Mularkey went a combined 18-14 in the regular season, going 9-7 both years while picking up one playoff berth (1-1).

Alvin Kamara totals 105 yards and a touchdown in Saints' devastating last-second loss

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara totaled 105 yards on 15 touches with 1 touchdown in Sunday's 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kamara was held in check on the ground as he rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries. He saved his fantasy day as he caught 4 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. The rookie's remarkable season comes to an end with scores in three consecutive games and 15 overall (13 regular season, 2 postseason).

Our models projected Kamara for 15.2 FanDuel points, and he delivered with 8.5 on Sunday.

Case Keenum delivers Vikings an NFC Championship Game berth with walk-off touchdown pass

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum threw for 314 yards and 1 touchdown in Sunday's thrilling 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.

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Keenum played it safe the majority of the game, leading the Vikings to 2 rushing touchdowns and 3 field goals as they held a comfortable lead most of the game. The highlight of the game came on the final play when Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs on a miraculous 61-yard catch-and-run for the game-winning score.

Our models projected Keenum for 17.6 FanDuel points, and he finished just under with 16.12 on Sunday.

Drew Brees has an up-and-down performance in Saints' Divisional Round loss

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 29 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in Sunday's 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Brees completed 25-of-40 passes but failed to lead the Saints to any first-half points for the first time this season while throwing 2 picks. In the final 17 minutes of the game, Brees caught fire, throwing 3 scores while orchestrating an improbable comeback. His late game heroics were dashed on the last play as the New Orleans defense gave up a 61-yard yard touchdown to end the game.

Brees finished with 21.86 FanDuel points in the loss.

Michael Thomas reaches the end zone twice in Saints' Divisional Round loss

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught 7 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in Sunday's 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Thomas and the Saints' offense was shutout in the first half but came storming back in the final two quarters. Thomas brought in a 14-yard touchdown in the final 2 minutes of the third quarter for the Saints' first points of the day. He added a 3-yard score in the fourth. Thomas finished with a team-high 13 targets.

Our models project Thomas for 14.6 FanDuel points, and he did not disappoint with 24.0 on Sunday.

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