George Kittle - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle set a single-season tight end record with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 and was one of four tight ends to lead their teams in receiving yards. Kittle also paced all tight ends with six receptions of 40-plus yards.
Huddle Up: Kittle was one of the elite fantasy finds/breakouts of 2018 and should join Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz as one of the top three tight ends off the board in re-draft leagues this summer.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles might have played his last game with the Eagles, and the first key date in that process arrives Feb. 10 -- one month before the start of the new league year -- when the Eagles must decide if they're going to pick up Foles' $20 million contract option for 2019. If so, Foles has five days to decide if he wants to void the option.
Huddle Up: If Foles voids his option, he can't be traded so expect the two sides to work out a mutual agreement -- perhaps a contract extension -- and then Philly trades Foles to a team which has been won over by Foles' performance the last two seasons. Stay tuned ...
DeSean Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said Thursday, Jan. 17, that he has yet to talk to new head coach Bruce Arians or anyone from the team about remaining in Tampa. Jackson is entering the third year of a three-year, $33.5 million contract.
Huddle Up: Jackson finished the season with 41 receptions for 774 yards and four TDs but did not have a scoring catch or game with more than 67 receiving yards over the second half of the season when injuries were a factor. Jackson turned 32 in December, and the Bucs can get out of the contract with no dead-money cap hit this offseason, but Arians has said he'd like Jackson back and the wideout's deep speed seems to jibe well with the new coach's offense. Stay tuned as it's easy to see this going either way.
Patrick Mahomes - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is one of four quarterbacks to post at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns and a 110 passer rating in a game versus the New England Patriots since 2001. Mahomes threw for 352 yards and had four TDs with a 110.0 rating in a 43-40 loss at New England in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Mahomes is at home this time, but it also means Bill Belichick and Co. will be getting their second shot at defending the likely league MVP. Expect Mahomes to put up decent numbers Sunday, but betting against Belichick and expecting another monster Mahomes game is unrealistic.
C.J. Anderson - RB - Carolina Panthers
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said he is the freshest running back in the league heading into a matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. 'I look faster than everyone else, part of it because I'm fresh,' Anderson said.
Huddle Up: Anderson has played three games for the Rams, topping 120 rushing yards and scoring at least once in all of them. Even with Todd Gurley back in the fold, Anderson has shown he deserves a look in playoff contests. There could be plenty of touches to go around if the conference title game resembles the 45-35 shootout the Rams and Saints had earlier this year.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will benefit from having Bruce Arians as his head coach, according to retired QB Carson Palmer. 'It's probably the best thing that could've happen to Jameis at this point in his career,' Palmer said. 'Getting a guy like B.A. to come in and clean up some things technically. And really installing what he does best and that's push the ball down the field.'
Huddle Up: Winston's upside is undeniable, but poor decision making and turnovers remain an issue. If Arians can help him out in the consistency department, Winston could easily finish as a QB1 in 2019.
Derrius Guice - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) posted a video of himself on social media running and doing other drills on the field.
Huddle Up: Guice's rookie season was lost to a knee injury, but he should still have a chance to show he can lead the Washington backfield as early as next season. For now, he's a great stash candidate in keeper leagues.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could see fewer targets in the passing game in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. Urban notes that while Kingsbury was coach at Texas Tech, no running back had more than 41 receptions in a single season.
Huddle Up: Johnson is by far the best weapon for an otherwise lackluster Arizona offense, and even in a down year, he managed 10 touchdowns, 50 receptions and nearly 1,400 yards from scrimmage. It seems unlikely that Kingsbury will elect to phase out his most dangerous player in any capacity, so volume-based, low-end RB1 production is possible for Johnson in 2019.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will be entering the final year of his contract, but general manager Tom Telesco said Gordon is a candidate for a contract extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: Gordon was limited to 12 games this season because of injuries but still posted 885 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He also recorded 490 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. Gordon should be the starting running back for the Chargers for years to come and can be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues in 2019.
Philip Rivers - QB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers likely will have contract extension talks with the team this offseason, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Rivers said he would like to play several more seasons.
Huddle Up: Rivers finished in the top 10 in passing touchdowns, passing yards and completion percentage this season. He likely will have most of his weapons back in 2019 and can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback next season.
Ben Watson - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Watson probably can still play even if he does not practice this week, but people will know more about his status in the next few days. He is not a big part of the passing game and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Jalen Richard - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent RB Jalen Richard is expected to return to the team next season.
Huddle Up: Richard likely will not take over the starting job in 2019 but should continue to be a solid receiver out of the backfield for the Raiders. He can be considered a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues next season.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Watkins returned to the lineup last week and caught six passes for 62 yards. He should see a solid amount of targets this week against the New England Patriots and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver.
Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Hill has been the team's top offensive weapon this season even though he has been dealing with injuries. He will continue to receive plenty of touches this week and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Ware appears to have a good chance to play against the New England Patriots, but owners will need to monitor the situation. He will be a risky fantasy option if he plays but can still be at least a flex option.
Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 47 rushing attempts/targets and 254 yards from scrimmage in the divisional-round playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots' opponent in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, surrendered the third-most total yards (2,709) to opposing running backs during the regular season.
Huddle Up: Among other things, the Patriots are notorious for relentlessly attacking an opponent's weakness, and with the New England pass-catching corps not in top shape (no Josh Gordon, a diminished TE Rob Gronkowski) look for plenty of work again for Michel, White & Co., on Sunday.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 24-4 playing in sub-30-degree weather and 5-1 when the temperature is below 20 degrees. An arctic cold front in expected Sunday, Jan. 20, in Kansas City, Mo., where the Patriots will face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
Huddle Up: Brady threw for 340 yards and a TD and ran for another score when the Pats outlasted the Chiefs 43-40 in Week 6. But that was a home game, and the Chiefs' underrated defense allows an average of 17.2 fewer points at home than on the road, so that's perhaps the biggest reason to temper your expectations for a big Brady statistical outing Sunday at Arrowhead.
Anthony Miller - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) should not miss significant time during the offseason following his upcoming shoulder surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who believes Miller will be ready to go at or near the start of the team's offseason program.
Huddle Up: Biggs also mentioned he thought Miller could double his receptions and receiving yards in Year 2, which would put him in the neighborhood of 70 catches and 900 yards -- solid production assuming he continues to make things happen in the red zone. There's more upside with Miller than anyone else in the Bears receiving group, and he could emerge as a legit weekly starter if he continues to develop.
Jordan Howard - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard holds little value if the team decides to shop him around during the offseason, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who points out Howard is in the final year of his rookie deal and that running back is one of the NFL's most replaceable positions. Biggs believes Howard's greatest value in 2019 would be as depth for the Bears.
Huddle Up: While Howard's nine TDs were nice, his deficiencies in the passing game made him a less-than-ideal fit in Matt Nagy's offense, and it seems his days in the Windy City are numbered despite logging 250 carries last year. With his yardage and yards per carry dropping every year, Howard's value entering next season remains in flux.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 163 times during the regular season while the second highest total on the team was 45 targets.
Huddle Up: Hopkins was targeted at least 10 times in 11 regular season games this season and received 10 targets in the playoff game. He will continue to be the main option in the Texans passing game and should be a No. 1 receiver in all leagues. Hopkins could even be the first receiver off the board.