Winners and losers from the Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL playoffs

The Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs got underway Saturday night with the AFC’s top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in action against the Indianapolis Colts. A week off did nothing to slow the Chiefs’ offensive momentum.

Led by Patrick Mahomes, who did not find his first career playoff start nearly as intimidating as the pundits thought he would, the Chiefs jumped out to a 24-7 lead in the first half, and never looked back. The Colts hardly looked ready to play, nothing like the team that rode a 10-1 streak into the weekend. The Chiefs went on to win by a final score of 31-13.

The Cowboys and Rams met in LA for the late game on Saturday night to decide the first of the NFC Championship entrants. The Rams’ running game had no troubles against a usually stout Cowboys defense, and the home team rolled on for a 30-22 win.

On Sunday, the Patriots had no problems running around and through the Chargers, winning 41-28 to lock down their eighth consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship game.

The Saints turned aside the Eagles, sinking their hope of a Super Bowl repeat with a 20-14 win in New Orleans. The Saints will host the Rams there next weekend.

Winner: Michael Thomas

The postseason hasn’t been filled with inspiring performances from offensive skill players. But the Saints wide receiver changed that. He and Drew Brees single-handedly got the Saints offense rolling again after a slow start. His best catch of the day — and there were A LOT of them — was on the Saints’ go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Just watch it.

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He finished the game with 171 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches.

Loser: Nick Foles’ magic

You can’t impugn what the guy did prior to this game. The Eagles wouldn’t have been playing this weekend, or last, if Foles hadn’t stepped up as the team’s “closer” again this season with Carson Wentz hurt. But he turned into a pumpkin again, underthrowing his receivers and just unable to get the ball to his receivers when the Eagles needed it the most.

With free agency looming this spring, Foles may have cost himself some money with his performance this week, maybe not much, but enough to notice.

Winner: Time of possession

It feels like we haven’t had a good conversation about time of possession since the early days of the Chip Kelly experience in Philly. This time it was the Saints putting on the clock clinic.

It happened in the third quarter. Trailing 10-14, the Saints got the ball at their own 8-yard line. From there they put together a grinding 92-yard touchdown drive over 18 plays and 11:29 minutes, essentially monopolizing the entire third quarter.

Winner: The Patriots defense

Absent most of the season, the Patriots defense looked like one of the NFL’s most fearsome in the first half of the game. Philip Rivers never had a chance against a pass rush that was previously dormant.

Loser: Philip Rivers’ legacy

He’s got more yards, more touchdowns and fewer interceptions over the course of his career than either Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger, but unlike those other two first-round picks from the 2004 draft, he does not have a Super Bowl ring. Instead, he and J.P. Losman have something in common.

Winner: Patriots running backs

The Chargers defense put on a clinic for how to stop a creative running game in last week’s win against the Ravens. Apparently, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels was able to find some holes in their game plan.

Sony Michel rolled up nearly 100 yards and scored three touchdowns … in the first half. He’s the first rookie running back in franchise history to rush for more than 100 yards in a playoff game. He finished the day with 129 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.

James White, who led the team in receptions during the regular season with 87, was Tom Brady’s favorite receiver on the day, catching 15 of 17 passes for 97 yards.

The Patriots chewed up the clock with their running backs, leaving little time for Rivers and Co. to put points on the board. It also helped keep the workload light for their defense, and teased out what their game plan might be next week against Kansas City.

Winner: C.J. Anderson

The Rams signed C.J. Anderson in mid-December, when Todd Gurley was dealing with a knee injury. Anderson had been released by both the Panthers and Raiders earlier in the season and was really just supposed to be a warm body while Gurley could heal up.

Instead, Anderson has bulldozed every defense he faced. In two games to end the season, he carried the ball 43 times for 299 yards and two touchdowns — that averaged out to 7 yards per carry. But that was against two of the worst teams in the NFL, the Cardinals and 49ers. Next up was the playoffs — and a Cowboys defense that ranked fifth in the league against the run during the regular season. Last week, they held the Seahawks’ top-ranked rushing offense to just 73 yards on the ground.

Anderson had more than that in the first half alone: 12 carries for 78 yards. Even with a healthy Gurley back in the lineup, Anderson was a force in the Rams’ first playoff win in 14 years. He used his, uh, rotund frame to help the Rams dominate the time of possession and scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

Anderson was the leading rusher with 123 yards and two touchdowns. Plus, he did this:

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Which top NFL playoff team is at biggest risk of divisional-round upset?

An upset alert shouldn’t be necessary to make the top-seeded teams in the NFL playoffs aware of the imminent threat facing them this weekend.

Three of the four outfits that advanced from last week’s wild-card round, after all, did so on the road. And only once this decade (in 2015) have the top two seeds on each side advanced to the conference championship games.

But while this weekend’s traveling teams collectively posted a 18-14 mark as visitors this season, the foursome of teams hosting after a first-round bye (the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams) combined for a 28-4 record at home.

In light of that, we asked our NFL experts: Which team coming off a first-round bye is at the biggest risk of falling in a divisional-round upset?

Nancy Armour

I love Patrick Mahomes and everything he’s done for the Chiefs this season, and would like to think he’s going to be the one to end Kansas City’s long, long, long history of playoff heartbreak. Especially against the Indianapolis Colts. But until it actually happens, I can’t ignore the karma. Kansas City has lost 10 of its last 11 playoff games – that one victory came against Brian Hoyer and the Houston Texans – and is 0-4 against Indianapolis in the postseason. That includes the most crushing loss of all, the 2013 wild-card game in which Kansas City blew a 28-point lead and lost 45-44. Mahomes and Andy Reid have said all the right things this week, but I’m going to have to see it to believe it.

Jarrett Bell

The Chiefs. After watching all three quarterbacks who made their playoff debuts last weekend lose, that’s not a good omen for projected MVP Patrick Mahomes. No, the NFL-record 6 consecutive playoff home losses by KC isn’t on Mahomes…who wasn’t even born the last time the home team won in the playoffs at Arrowhead. But there’s just something spooky about that. Add Capt. Andrew Luck maybe carving up a suspect Chiefs defense, and I think we might see this No. 1 seed bite the dust. Of course, Mr. 50 Touchdowns has spent an entire season proving doubters wrong. And on a personal note, Andy Reid has made me look foolish multiple times when picking against him. But to borrow phrasing from my former colleague, Gordon Forbes, I just can’t shake the feeling KC’s season is about to be BBQ’d.

Nate Davis

Maybe the question for the bye week playoff teams should be, “Who’s not at risk?” All of them feel fairly vulnerable to me with the exception of New Orleans. But maybe the Rams are in the most jeopardy. Their “home” game threatens to be overrun by Cowboys fans and a team that seems well-equipped to pull off the upset at the L.A. Coliseum, where the Rams lost their wild-card contest to the Falcons a year ago. Dallas just locked down Seattle’s top-ranked ground game and will next face Todd Gurley, who’s probably going to be less than 100% after a knee issue forced him to miss two games. More worrisome, as much talent as the Rams defense has, it surrendered a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry … and is now tasked with slowing league rushing champ Zeke Elliott and highly mobile QB Dak Prescott? Gulp.

Jori Epstein

The Rams. The Cowboys’ top-5 run D is riding momentum after holding the Seahawks – 160 yards per game in the regular season – to 73 in a wildcard win. Rams all-pro running back Todd Gurley, on the other hand, is returning from nearly a month on the sideline with knee inflammation and soreness. Dallas will have its hand full containing an offense that’s averaged 37.1 points at their home Coliseum. Dak Prescott, too, must take care not to turn over the ball. But if the team follows the blueprint it used to hold the ball 9:40 more than the Seahawks last week, Ezekiel Elliott can capitalize on a Rams defense allowing a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry. Add in the star-studded Cowboys fans expected to line the Coliseum? Dallas upsets a young L.A. offense to reach its first NFC Championship Game in 23 years.

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32 things we learned heading into divisional round of 2018 NFL playoffs

The 32 things we learned heading into the 2018 NFL playoff divisional round:

1. If it seemed the wild-card round was chock full of fresh faces and teams, well, it was. None of the eight clubs competing in the opening round was in action for last season’s wild-card games, and only the Eagles (a No. 1 seed with a bye in 2017) even reached the playoff field a year ago.

1a. But you’ll see largely familiar characters in the divisional round with Philadelphia returning along with the four teams on bye — the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints, all postseason entries last year, too.

1b. The last team to advance to the Super Bowl after playing on wild-card weekend was the 2012 Ravens, who won Super Bowl XLVII. The next 10 conference champs have all had first-round byes.

2. Gen X-er Philip Rivers, 37, has to be the sentimental favorite to win it all, right? No quarterback in league history has thrown for more yards (54,656) or more touchdowns (374) yet never played on Super Sunday.

2a. And how great (and entertaining) would it be to see Rivers’ Chargers take on the Saints … and former Bolts QB Drew Brees, who kept Philly Riv on the bench for two years?

3. But if you’re into unminted Millennial passers, Patrick Mahomes (23), Jared Goff (24), Dak Prescott (25) and, most certainly, Andrew Luck (29) could ride great story lines all the way to Atlanta, site of Super Bowl LIII.

4. Three quarterbacks made their playoff debuts during wild-card weekend. Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson and Mitchell Trubisky all lost.

5. Welp, Matt Nagy, guess you shoulda laid down for the Vikings in Week 17 rather than invite a matchup with the Iggles and your old buddy Doug Pederson.

6. Did anyone else want Eagles-Bears go into overtime (maybe double OT) just to see how NBC would handle its Golden Globes coverage, which began minutes after Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth wrapped?

7. Rough night for Chicago’s Cody Parkey, whose would-be, game-winning field goal attempt from 43 yards hit the upright then the crossbar before caroming into the end zone. No good. Parkey drilled the Soldier Field uprights four times Nov. 1. Uncanny.

8. But if I’ve learned anything this season, it’s that Parkey is about to get a flood of support from kickers throughout the league as he copes with this unfortunate bounce. Bounces.

9. Nick Foles was picked off twice in Sunday’s win over the Bears. The last time he threw multiple INTs in an Eagles uniform, Oct. 26, 2014, Chip Kelly was their coach and Foles had yet to play for the Rams or Chiefs.

9a. The last time Philadelphia played the Saints in postseason, the 2013 wild-card round, Foles was also the quarterback (in a losing effort) — Kelly’s only NFL playoff appearance.

10. Congrats to Eagles WR Golden Tate, who scored the game-winning TD at Chicago, instantly justifying the scrutinized trade deadline deal for him — which cost Philly a third-round pick that appeared awfully expensive given the struggles to integrate Tate into the offense.

10a. Congrats to Eagles LT Jason Peters, RB/KR Darren Sproles and LB Jordan Hicks, who all missed the 2017 Super Bowl run with injuries but tasted a playoff victory Sunday.

10b. Feel for you, Wentz.

11. Was wild-card weekend’s MVP Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley? His unit was on the short end of a 22-10 loss to Baltimore two weeks ago. Sunday, it showed the rest of the league how to contain Jackson — essentially deploying a defense comprised of linemen and defensive backs to shadow, flummox and confuse the rookie.

12. Jackson, who turns 22 on Monday, became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game in NFL history. He looked like it. Make no mistake, the Ravens don’t win the AFC North without Jackson’s heroics in the second half of the season, when he went 6-1 as the starter. But Bradley and the Bolts provided a blueprint to stopping him and a fresh reminder that, though Jackson remains an elite athlete and highly effective with the ball in open space, he’s got a long, long way to go to be a fully-formed pro quarterback. He was sacked seven times, picked off once and fumbled thrice, losing the ball on his team’s final possession.

13. Who figured on Chargers rookie K Mike Badgley outperforming Ravens all-pro Justin Tucker? Badgley set a Bolts’ postseason record with five made field goals, while Tucker was 1-for-2 on three-point tries. Tucker missed five FGs this season, three against L.A.

14. Who figured on Chargers FB Derek Watt making a longer playoff run this season than brothers J.J. and T.J.?

15. The Chargers haven’t beaten Tom Brady since 2005. Rivers is 0-7 head-to-head against TB12, including two losses in postseason.

15a. But Sunday, the Chargers became the only team in the league to win eight times on the road this season. A visit to Foxborough, daunting as it is, won’t phase them.

16. The last time Rivers appeared in a playoff game at Gillette Stadium, the 2007 AFC Championship Game, he played on a torn ACL.

17. Baltimore’s second-ranked run game, which had averaged nearly 230 yards in Jackson’s seven regular-season starts, was limited to 90.

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Winners and losers from NFL Week 7

If we’re being honest, there was a ton of really bad football on display during the action in NFL Week 7.

We should have seen it coming, though, after what transpired as NFL Network reporter Melissa Stark was previewing the London game.

Thankfully some outstanding performances did take place, somewhat balancing out the scales. But overall, Week 7 was one many players and teams would rather forget.

With that in mind, let’s dive into the biggest winners and losers.

Cowboys Run Away From Cardinals Late

Written by Jared Dubin at CBS Sports.com

The Dallas Cowboys did not get off to a very good start on “Monday Night Football” in Week 3. But as the Cowboys well know, it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

And boy, did they finish this one in style. They turned an early deficit into a 28-17 victory, despite the fact that they were absolutely blown off the field for the first 15 minutes of the game.

Once the first quarter ended, the Cowboys proceeded to slowly but surely take over. They were helped by two Arizona drives that stalled deep in their own territory, allowing Dallas to march down the field for two touchdowns on drives that totaled 79 yards combined. They were helped also by a missed field goal from Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson, who was brought in to fix the kicking game that so plagued Arizona last season.

Those few Arizona mistakes were all Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company needed to put their stamp on the football game. Dak got off to a slow start, but eventually wound up having an three-touchdown evening. Zeke was bottled up for much of the early part of the game, but ripped off runs of 30 yards and 20 yards, and later added a game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Brice Butler made plays deep down the field. Terrance Williams won his matchup with Justin Bethel. Cole Beasley made a huge play on third down. Ryan Switzer made plays in the return game.

And the much-maligned Cowboys defense, after a horrid start, stepped up and did its job. DeMarcus Lawrence dominated the game (more on that below), but Sean Lee, Jeff Heath, and especially, third-year safety Byron Jones, sophomore defensive tackle Maliek Collins, and rookie corner Jourdan Lewis all played big roles in the Cowboys slowing down an Arizona offense that looked like it was going to have a field day in the early going. That clamping down, plus a few timely bursts of offensive effectiveness (the ball-control Cowboys only had the ball for 23:45), was all Dallas ultimately needed.

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NFL Players Who Became Stars This Year

Written by Dan Graziano at ESPN.com

An NFL season reveals a lot. Teams and players undergo changes, evolve, figure out who they are and who they aren’t. The stars of the prior year can fade into obscurity. Last year’s draft busts can hit their stride.

But each year produces a fresh crop of “star” players — players who capture the public’s attention with their performances and the impact they have on their teams and the playoff races. 2016 was no exception, and a group of fresh young stars emerged from this season ready to help lead the league into the future.

Here’s a look at some players who started the NFL season with question marks, but graduated into full-blown stardom.

Jay Ajayi, RB | Miami Dolphins

Who he was in August: One of a few committee running backs in Miami — and not on real solid ground with the new coach, either. Adam Gase left Ajayi home when the team went to Seattle in Week 1, benching him for attitude-related reasons in an effort to get him on board with the team’s plans for the position.

What he did: Handled all of that well enough to get another shot once Arian Foster got hurt. He ran for 204 yards against the Steelers in his first start, Week 6, then ran for 214 the following week. From Week 6 forward, Ajayi led the NFL with 1,155 rushing yards.

Who he is now: Certainly the starter for the Dolphins moving forward, and a back who has demonstrated enough that the team can run its offense through him.

Vic Beasley, OLB | Atlanta Falcons

Who he was in August: A first-round pick who’d shown some promise but not much consistency in a rookie season when he finished with just four sacks. The Falcons decided in the offseason to change his position in their defense to free him up to rush the passer more.

What he did: Led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in his second season and rejuvenated a Falcons pass rush that had been dormant for years. Atlanta finished 11-5, earned the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and is headed to its first Super Bowl in nearly two decades.

Who he is now: Sacks are a money stat, and Beasley is the 17th player in NFL history to record at least 15.5 in a season at age 24 or younger. This sets him up for long-term stardom if he can continue to produce at the same level in the years to come.

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Did Jerry Jones Just Open The Door For A Romo Return?


Written by Marc Sessler at NFL.com

Jerry Jones has been asked the question endlessly — in a thousand different ways.

What would it take for the Cowboys to sit rookie quarterback Dak Prescott in favor of veteran Tony Romo?

“I don’t have a definition for it, but you’ll know it when you see it,” the Cowboys owner and general manager told KRLD-FM on Tuesday, per The Dallas Morning News. “It’s kind of like the definition I heard one time of another issue, trying to define a negative topic, and they said: ‘I don’t know how to say it, but it’s just something that when you see it, you know it’s there.’ We’ll see it.”

Jones is simply searching for new ways to answer the question. He defiantly shot down the idea that Prescott’s rough outing against the Giants on Sunday opened the door for a quarterback controversy, telling NFL.com’s Judy Battista: “No. No. No. No. No, it does not.”

On Tuesday, Jones — if less effusive — avoided outlining specific situations that would lead to a switch under center.

“I really don’t want to get into the scenario, it goes too far in talking about what we don’t want to talk about,” Jones said. “Given the need for him, we want him ready on the spur of the moment to be a part of any effort we make — to be trite — to win the ball game.

“It would be when we all probably thought it was time for him to come in and play. I don’t want to give you those circumstances because I don’t like either one of the discussions.”

It’s easy to grasp why Jones is badgered daily on this topic. After all, we’re talking about the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Still, it’s a tedious query that ignores how coaches and teams operate.

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Offensive Lineman Are Dallas’ Real MVPs


Written by Gil Lebreton at Fort Worth Star Telegram

In the spring of 2011, as part of a franchise-wide effort to keep quarterback Tony Romo upright and in one piece, the Dallas Cowboys drafted an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft.

In 2013, the Cowboys again used their No. 1 pick to select an offensive lineman.

By 2014, Owner Jones had coined the phrase “Romo-friendly,” and the Cowboys again drafted an offensive lineman.

And some of us scoffed, I must confess.

What, no Kardashians? No Johnny Manziel?

Has Jerry, we wondered, totally given up on the draft?

On the contrary, as it turned out. The fruits of Owner Jones’ draft day restraint were on full display Sunday.

Facing the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, the Cowboys watched as their young and talented offensive line took over the game in the second half to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 27-17.

You want an MVP candidate from the team with the NFL’s best record, 9-1?

With all due respect to the compelling rookies, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the MVP (plural) is the Cowboys’ offensive line — from left to right, Tyron Smith, Ron Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Doug Free.

Not very sexy, maybe, but these are the underpinnings of this team’s unexpectedly magical start to its season.

Or maybe it wasn’t so unexpected, as the owner tried to explain Sunday afternoon.

“You know, as an old offensive lineman, I’ve always thought the character of the team … ,” said Jones, letting the memory of his days at Arkansas finish the thought.

“If you look back at the success that we had in the early ’90s, if you look at the makeup of that offensive line, we didn’t see it at first when we got here. But you had [Mark] Tuinei, you had Erik Williams, you had Nate Newton, you had [Mark] Stepnoski.

“If you want to go back and look at it, that offensive line — and the Triplets would be the first to tell you — was the difference. That reminds me of what we’re depending on here.

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Can Dak Beat Out Zeke For NFL Rookie of the Year?


Written by Kevin Kaduk at YahooSports.com

Ezekiel Elliott was a near universal pick for offensive rookie of the year from the moment the Dallas Cowboys made him the fourth pick in the draft and married him to that fantastic line.

Elliott has done everything to earn those predictions, too, running for 891 yards and seven touchdowns over the season’s first eight games. He’s in a position where he might be able to challenge Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards with a strong second half.

But is it possible when all is said and done that Elliott won’t win rookie of the year?

Because of his own teammate, no less?

Dak Prescott is at least starting the conversation. The Cowboys quarterback completed 21-of-27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s 35-10 road win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, extending his argument that Tony Romo’s services are no longer needed in the big D. Since taking over for the injured Romo before the season, Prescott has thrown 12 touchdowns, run for another four and only been intercepted twice.

The duo has the Cowboys off to a 7-1 start. It also made franchise history on Sunday, breaking the rookie touchdown records for quarterback and running back, respectively. You might have heard of the two previous recordholders. Guys by the name of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith?

The Cowboys are obviously in a great position with one draft bearing the fruit of a game-changing quarterback and running back. It’s not something that happens often with the Dallas Morning News noting the last duo to enter the league under similar circumstances were Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson with the San Diego Chargers.

But neither of those players won rookie of the year in 2001 — that honor went to Chicago’s Anthony Thomas — and certainly neither occupied MVP talk midway through their first season. Both Prescott and Elliott are on the edges of that discussion as the Cowboys have burst out of the gate.

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Fantasy Football; Who To Start in Week 9


Written by Justin Sablich at New York Times.com

The Sablich brothers have provided award-winning fantasy football advice for The New York Times since 2010. See their weekly player rankings and visit 5thDownFantasy.com for more fantasy analysis. You can also ask them questions through their Twitter account,@5thdownfantasy.

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott (DAL at Browns) — It is difficult to imagine the Cowboys taking the starting job away from Prescott after he has led them to six consecutive victories and is third in the N.F.L. in adjusted yards per pass.But just in case Tony Romo does return as the starter, get Prescott in as many fantasy lineups as you can, while you can. Prescott gets the coveted Browns fantasy matchup this week. Last week, the Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first quarterback not to pass for at least two touchdowns against Cleveland, which has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to the position this season. Meanwhile, Prescott is coming off his best fantasy performance yet against a stingy Eagles defense, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for one more.

Colin Kaepernick (SF vs Saints) — His on-field performance has not helped the 49ers win any more games since he took over as the team’s starting quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help your fantasy team in Week 9. With another brutal bye week to deal with, you could do worse than rolling the dice with Kaepernick against the Saints, who have given up the 10th most fantasy points per game to the position this season. His added value as a runner should keep his floor relatively high, with rushing yards of 66 and 84 in his two starts this season.

Sleepers: Sam Bradford (MIN) vs. Lions; Case Keenum (STL) vs. Panthers

Proceed With Caution: Derek Carr (OAK) vs. Broncos

Running Backs

Devontae Booker (DEN at Raiders) — Another appealing matchup awaits the rookie, as the Raiders have given up the most yards per carry in the A.F.C. (4.9) through eight weeks, and have allowed at least one touchdown to the position in all but two games. Booker has been solid since taking over the lead back role, finding the end zone in each of the last two games, but his first true breakout game has yet to emerge. This could be the week.

Carlos Hyde (SF vs. Saints) — If the 49ers can keep pace with the Saints offense, Hyde should see numerous opportunities to produce against a defense that has, incredibly, yielded nine 10-plus fantasy point performances to opposing backs through eight games (six of them 15-plus) and the second most fantasy points to the position. Hyde had six touchdowns through his first five games, but has dealt with a shoulder injury that kept him out of Week 7 before the team’s bye week; make sure he is good to go on Sunday.

Ezekiel Elliott (DAL at Browns) — I know, he’s a must-start every week. But take special note of this matchup against Cleveland. Outside of DeMarco Murray, the Browns have yet to face an elite back like Elliott, and have still yielded the third most fantasy points to the position. He might be worth the high price in DFS formats this week.

Sleeper: Derrick Henry (TEN) at Chargers; Terrance West (BAL) vs. Steelers

Proceed With Caution: Frank Gore (IND at Packers), Isaiah Crowell (CLE vs. Cowboys)

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