Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to a concussion he suffered in the playoffs. Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker has been named as Kelce's replacement.
Huddle Up: No surprise. Teams don't want their star players risking aggravation in a game that doesn't count for anything. Kelce has a concussion history, too, which makes the absence even more logical. He remains a candidate to be one of the first three tight ends selected in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles has thrown just one touchdown compared to two interceptions in five games played in Philadelphia this season. Meanwhile, he has thrown four touchdowns and zero interceptions in two road contests. The Eagles face the Minnesota Vikings in Philadelphia in the NFC Championship this weekend.
Huddle Up: It's usually vice versa, but either way Foles has done enough to help lead the Eagles to the NFC Championship. His statistics won't jump off the page, but he can get the job done. Assuming Carson Wentz is good to go for next season, which he should be, Foles will once again be relegated to the realm of the non-relevant.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent QB Drew Brees said he does not plan to test the free-agent market. 'I'll be [in New Orleans] as long as they'll have me, hopefully,' Brees said.
Huddle Up: Brees' love and passion for the Saints and the city of New Orleans is well documented and well founded. Even at 39 years old, Brees is one of the most elite quarterbacks in the NFL. He remains a QB1 heading into 2018.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will not participate in the 2018 Pro Bowl due to his nagging ankle injury. Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams will take Jones' place in the Pro Bowl.
Huddle Up: Jones is dealing with other issues, too, so it makes sense that the Falcons would want to rest him instead of aggravating something in a game that doesn't count for anything. As long as Jones is fully healthy, he should be one of the first few wide receivers selected in fantasy drafts next season.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he 'of course' would want to remain in Pittsburgh next season and that he would 'never want to leave this city,' but 'circumstances and things like that' would be the reason if he doesn't continue his tenure with the Steelers in 2018.
Huddle Up: Bell has already gone on record of saying that he would consider sitting out next year or possibly even retiring if the club decides to place the franchise tag on him, but it seems more likely than not that the two sides will get a deal done. As long as he's back next year, Bell should continue to be one of the first guys taken off the board in all fantasy drafts.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's three-touchdown performance in the team's Divisional Round victory Saturday, Jan. 13, against the Tennessee Titans was his 10th such performance in the postseason, breaking a tie with retired QB Joe Montana for most career playoff games with three or more passing touchdowns.
Huddle Up: At this point, it'd be a surprise to find any sort of passing-related record in the playoffs that Brady doesn't hold. He's probably going to go down as the greatest quarterback to have ever played the game, and even at age 40, he's still the best going in the world today. Despite a tough matchup on tap versus Jacksonville's terrific defense, Brady figures to put up yet another useful stat line on Championship Sunday.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (leg) said he's 'feeling good' while rehabbing from a fractured fibula that he sustained back in November in a game against the New Orleans Saints. He remains on pace to return by training camp.
Huddle Up: Thompson was arguably the Redskins' best offensive player this year before going down due to injury, logging career bests in touchdowns (six) and total yards from scrimmage (804). Even if he has to share the workload again in Washington's backfield next season, he's still going to make for a solid sleeper pick in drafts leading up to the 2018 campaign.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said following the team's Divisional Round loss opposite the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 14, that he expects the club to re-sign him. He believes the Saints are entering 'a window of time here where we can really make a run at it' and expects to be part of that effort, adding that he is 'excited for the future of Saints football.'
Huddle Up: Brees is coming off yet another masterful campaign that saw him take back the NFL record for highest completion percentage in a single season (72 percent), en route to throwing for 4,334 yards, 23 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while leading the Saints to their first playoff berth in four years. There's no question the future Hall-of-Famer has something left in the tank, and thus, he'll remain one of the top QB1 options going into next year.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray said he believes he is 'definitely' still a top-end feature back. 'I am very confident in myself and I am excited,' he said. 'I am excited about the future, and my future. I know what kind of player I am.' He added that he 'probably' would have been able to return from injury in the next game had the Titans not lost their Divisional Round playoff affair Saturday, Jan. 13, against the New England Patriots. Murray also mentioned that he envisioned returning to the team next season.
Huddle Up: Murray might be hopeful of a return to Tennessee in 2018 but his contract suggests otherwise, as the Titans would avoid owing him any of the $6.5 million he's set to make next season by cutting him in the coming months. That makes the most sense, as Derrick Henry is fully expected to take over the reins of the backfield. Murray's fantasy stock next year will depend on what backfield situation he lands in.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has averaged just 193 passing yards in away games this season while throwing six touchdowns and eight interceptions in those contests.
Huddle Up: Bortles and the Jaguars will be in Massachusetts this weekend in their toughest test of the year against the New England Patriots. The up-and-down quarterback has often been a weak link for the Jaguars, but has done enough to help get them to this point. That being said, he's not a legitimate QB1 candidate for next season but is capable of QB1 weeks.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has informed teammates that he would like to play three more years in the NFL. Roethlisberger had already announced that he would be returning for the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger looked good in the Steelers' divisional playoff loss, throwing for 459 yards and five touchdowns. He'll be turning 36 years old this offseason, but Ben still has what it takes to succeed in the NFL. View him as a low-end QB1to high-end QB2 for 2018.
Martavis Bryant - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he wants to return to the Steelers next season and will be ready for offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Bryant had a solid end to the season with three straight games of at least 60 yards receiving. He should be a top-three receiver if he returns to the Steelers and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues next season.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option likely will be exercised this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams.
Huddle Up: Gordon was able to play all 16 games this season and finished with 1,105 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He was also involved in the passing game with 476 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. He will receive most of the work in 2018 and can be a solid No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Allen Robinson - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent WR Allen Robinson (knee) said he believes he will be able to pass a physical when free agency begins. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Robinson likely would receive interest from several teams if he hits the free-agent market, but the Jaguars probably will try to re-sign him. He should be a starting receiver for a team in 2018 and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) said he will undergo knee surgery at some point this offseason.
Huddle Up: Benjamin had some success after being acquired by the Bills but did not post great numbers during the second half of the season. He probably will be a starter if he returns to the Bills next season and can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected to play in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 21, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: The team has a number of injuries at the position, and Burkhead could slot in for some short-yardage work. He's a flex option in playoff formats.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger indicated that he will return for another season in 2018. 'So I look forward to next year with these guys,' Roethlisberger said Sunday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has plenty of weapons at his disposal, and he'll be a low-end QB1 if he does indeed return.
Kyle Rudolph - TE - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted five grabs for 28 yards on eight targets in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Rudolph was busy, but the frequent catches didn't amount to much in the way of yardage. Still, he might be the most reasonably priced DFS option at tight end heading into the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend.
Adam Thielen - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen secured six receptions for 74 yards on nine targets in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Thielen emerged as a dependable fantasy option across the board this season and he was a valuable option in his one, too. He'll continue to be a DFS favorite heading into the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.
Stefon Diggs - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs finished with six receptions for 137 yards in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14, and his 61-yard game-winning touchdown with no time left will go down in NFL playoff history as one of the biggest.
Huddle Up: Diggs and the Vikings were down 24-23 with a handful of ticks on the clock, but he went up for the ball, eluded a defender and shook loose down the sidelined while U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis was going bonkers. He'll look to carry over the momentum into the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.