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|1/21/2018||Nick Foles, Phi, QB|
|Nick Foles was 26 of 33 for 352 yards and threw three touchdown passes Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was sacked one time.
Analysis: Carson who? Foles absolutely shredded one of the league's best pass defenses while registering his first 300-game performance since his first tour of duty with the Eagles back in 2014. Coming off a turnover-free effort against Atlanta in which he completed 23 of 30 throws for 246 yards, Philadelphia's current starting QB is entering a surprise Super Bowl start in very good form.
|1/21/2018||Josh Lambo, Jax, K|
|Josh Lambo converted two of two field-goal attempts Sunday as the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the New England Patriots 24-20. He made kicks of 54 and 43 yards. Lambo tacked on two PATs.
Analysis: Signed off the street midway through the season, Lambo converted 19 of 20 field goal attempts prior to hitting all four of his tries in the playoffs. The former Charger actually missed more PAT attempts, going 31 of 33 in 13 games overall.
|1/21/2018||Stephen Gostkowski, NE, K|
|Stephen Gostkowski converted his lone field-goal attempt Sunday - a 31-yarder - as the New England Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20. Gostkowski tacked on three PATs.|
|1/21/2018||Marcedes Lewis, Jax, TE|
|Marcedes Lewis had one reception for four yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots.|
|1/21/2018||Keelan Cole, Jax, WR|
|Keelan Cole had two receptions for 37 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots.
Analysis: Though the undrafted rookie came up with only three catches in Jacksonville's three playoff games, Cole averaged 95 yards and scored three touchdowns over the final five weeks of the regular season. If the Jaguars opt not to re-sign Allen Robinson, Cole could be the favorite for the team's No. 1 receiver role in 2018.
|1/21/2018||Brandin Cooks, NE, WR|
|Brandin Cooks had six receptions for 100 yards Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Analysis: Cooks hadn't had a 100-yard game since Week 11 of the regular season, but the offseason addition stepped up on a day where Rob Gronkowski was forced out late in the first half by a concussion. Despite this strong performance, he still rates as a hit-or-miss fantasy play for the Super Bowl. Cooks has been held to two catches or less and under 35 yards in three of his last seven games.
|1/21/2018||Marqise Lee, Jax, WR|
|Marqise Lee had four receptions for 41 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots.
Analysis: A free agent this offseason, it's unclear if Lee will be back with the Jaguars despite leading the team with 56 catches that produced 702 yards and three touchdowns. With both Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook showing promise in their rookie campaigns, the belief here is he'll be playing somewhere else in 2018.
|1/21/2018||Chris Hogan, NE, WR|
|Chris Hogan had two receptions for 20 yards Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Analysis: Even with Rob Gronkowski out the entire two quarters with a concussion, Hogan didn't have a significant role in his second game back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the regular season's second half. Tom Brady clearly has more trust in Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks at this point.
|1/21/2018||Allen Hurns, Jax, WR|
|Allen Hurns had six receptions for 80 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots.
Analysis: Playing mostly out of the slot, Hurns had the most favorable matchup of Jacksonville's receivers and led the team in catches and receiving yards as a result. The fourth-year wideout will be back in 2018, though it's probably unlikely he'll be able to match the 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns he produced during his second season in 2015.
|1/21/2018||Danny Amendola, NE, WR|
|Danny Amendola had seven receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He added one rush for three yards.
Analysis: Largely forgotten for portions of the regular season, Amendola has really raised his play during New England's latest run to the Super Bowl. After coming up with 11 catches for 112 yards in last week's win over Tennessee, the veteran slot receiver was Tom Brady's go-to guy during Sunday's comeback with Rob Gronkowski sitting out the second half with a concussion.
|1/21/2018||Dede Westbrook, Jax, WR|
|Dede Westbrook had one reception for 29 yards Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots.|
|1/21/2018||Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB|
|Leonard Fournette ran for 76 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots. He added two receptions for 13 yards.
Analysis: Fournette got his share of hard yards and didn't look affected by the ankle injury that bothered him late in his rookie season. The 23-year-old quickly established himself as a featured player in a run-based Jacksonville offense and should be high on fantasy draft boards in 2018.
|1/21/2018||T.J. Yeldon, Jax, RB|
|T.J. Yeldon ran for 25 yards on five carries Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots. He added two receptions for six yards.
Analysis: Yeldon, who rushed for a career-low 253 yards while adding 30 catches during the regular season, figures to be back with the Jags in 2018 on the final year of his rookie deal. He'll still won't be more than a handcuff to Leonard Fournette, though the latter does have a history of nagging injuries.
|1/21/2018||Corey Grant, Jax, RB|
|Corey Grant ran for two yards on one carry Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots. He added three receptions for 59 yards.|
|1/21/2018||James White, NE, RB|
|James White ran for four yards and one touchdown on three carries Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He added three receptions for 22 yards.
Analysis: White sure knows how to find the end zone come playoff time, as he's now recorded six touchdowns over his last three postseason games. Last year's Super Bowl hero has received only 14 touches combined in the Pats' two playoff contests of this season, so he'll need to keep scoring to remain fantasy-relevant.
|1/21/2018||Rex Burkhead, NE, RB|
|Rex Burkhead ran for five yards on one carry Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Analysis: Burkhead saw limited duty in his first game back since injuring his knee on Dec. 17. He'll likely have more of a role in the Super Bowl, but still looks to be behind Dion Lewis and James White in New England's backfield pecking order.
|1/21/2018||Dion Lewis, NE, RB|
|Dion Lewis ran for 34 yards on nine carries Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He added seven receptions for 32 yards and fumbled once.
Analysis: Lewis nearly cost the Patriots their season when he lost a fourth-quarter fumble with the team still trailing, but redeemed himself with a game-sealing 18-yard run within the final two minutes. The usually dependable veteran should again lead the backfield in touches in the Super Bowl, though he's lost goal-line work to James White in each of New England's two postseason outings.
|1/21/2018||Blake Bortles, Jax, QB|
|Blake Bortles was 23 of 36 for 293 yards and threw one touchdown pass Sunday in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New England Patriots. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was sacked three times.
Analysis: Bortles' overall numbers were solid and he did a good job of minimizing mistakes, but he was just 5 of 13 for 68 yards in the fourth quarter with the game and AFC championship on the line. The Jaguars will have an interesting decision to make regarding their quarterback, whose $19 million salary for 2018 is not guaranteed. It's a tough choice for a player who helped get them one win from the Super Bowl, but still has glaring limitations.
|1/21/2018||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Tom Brady was 26 of 38 for 290 yards and threw two touchdown passes Sunday in the New England Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was sacked three times.
Analysis: Brady came through in the clutch once again, throwing both his TD passes in the final period to engineer the eighth fourth-quarter postseason comeback of his brilliant career. The hand injury he sustained during the week wasn't an impediment, nor was New England's lack of a running game or the loss of Rob Gronkowski late in the first half. The future Hall of Famer now heads to his eighth Super Bowl. He's been brilliant in the last two, compiling 794 yards and six TDs.
|1/21/2018||Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE|
|Gronkowski sustained a concussion late in the first half of Sunday's AFC championship game and sat out the final two quarters. He had one reception for 21 yards in the Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Gronkowski went to the locker room after he was blind-sided by Jaguars safety Barry Church on a downfield pass route that drew an unnecessary roughness flag. The good news is the All-Pro tight end will have an extra week to try to get medically cleared for Super Bowl LII.
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