Data as of January 28, 2022.
|2||Away||Green Bay Packers|
|4||Home||New Orleans Saints|
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|16||Home||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Stafford completed 28 of 38 pass attempts for 366 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for six yards and another score on four attempts in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Stafford and Cooper Kupp dominated Tampa Bay's secondary from start to finish, with the duo's biggest flaws coming in the fourth quarter on a pair of lost fumbles (the botched snap was credited to center Brian Allen). From a fantasy perspective, this was about as clean of an outing as you could ask for from the Rams' quarterback. Stafford has now scored three combined touchdowns in three consecutive games, the first of which came against the same San Francisco defense he will be facing in the next round. The dominant QB-WR duo saved their best for last when Kupp outran the entire defense and Stafford fired a rocket that hit his favorite target in stride to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired. Stafford will now move on to face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, and his value should be treated similarly to this week, as the 49ers' secondary is prone to being beat over the top. If veteran left tackle, Andrew Whitworth (knee), is able to return before next Sunday, it will only boost Stafford and company's value after playing without the star lineman in today's victory.
January 23, 2022 5:14 PM EST
Powell (ribs) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Powell was limited during the first two practices of the week but was able to fully participate Friday. He's expected to operate as the Rams' primary return man Sunday. In six games with Los Angeles, he's totaled 208 kick return yards and 133 punt return yards, including a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Vikings in Week 16.
January 21, 2022 1:51 PM EST
Prater struck true on 30 of 37 field-goal attempts and 47 of 49 point-after tries in 17 contests during the 2021 season.
Analysis: The Cardinals finished with the 11th-ranked scoring offense at 26.4 points per game, but Prater himself ended up in a tie for sixth among kickers that made at least 16 appearances with the Ravens' Justin Tucker at 8.1 points per game. Arizona has a number of key skill players set to become unrestricted free agents in March -- RBs James Conner and Chase Edmonds, WRs A.J. Green and Christian Kirk and TEs Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams -- but being attached to a Kyler Murray-led offense should continue to be beneficial for Prater, who is locked up for $4.5 million in 2022.
January 20, 2022 7:25 PM EST
Hockenson (thumb) recently said he'll be healthy for the start of the Lions' offseason program, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. "I'm almost there already, and it's only been a few weeks," he said. "Just a few more left, and I'll be 100% by the offseason."
Analysis: The tight end had surgery on his left thumb in mid-December, thus wrapping up 2021 with a 61-583-4 receiving line in 12 games (84 targets, 7.0 per week). Hockenson now enters the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, though the Lions presumably will exercise a fifth-year option before the May 2 deadline. He should retain breakout hype/appeal as he enters his age-25 season, especially if the Lions upgrade at other positions this spring. Hockenson is one of the core pieces of Detroit's rebuild and a true three-down tight end.
January 19, 2022 9:46 AM EST
Stafford completed 13 of 17 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card win over the Cardinals. He also rushed six times for 22 yards and another touchdown.
Analysis: Stafford started by finding Odell Beckham for a four-yard touchdown to cap the Rams' second offensive drive. He then marched Los Angeles down to the goal line on its next series, which he punctuated with a one-yard sneak into the end zone. To begin the second half, Stafford found favorite target Cooper Kupp for a seven-yard score, giving Los Angeles 28 unanswered points at the time. Although that commanding lead as well as Los Angeles' apparent gameplan resulted in a more balanced offensive approach, Stafford was nonetheless very efficient with his play. Whether or not he's needed to pass more often in the NFC divisional round versus the Buccaneers, Stafford should take confidence from Monday's clean performance into that tough matchup.
January 17, 2022 8:40 PM EST