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Eric Ebron said his goal for 2017 is to stay healthy and reach 1,000 receiving yards.

Ebron hasn't played all 16 games in a season since being drafted No. 10 overall in 2014. He missed three games this year with knee and ankle injuries and played hurt much of the first half of the season. Ebron still managed to set career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711) while cutting down on his drops. Only two tight ends managed 1,000 yards in 2016. Ebron can become a fantasy asset in 2017 if he stays healthy and gets more involved in the red zone.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan reports the Giants believe 2016 fourth-rounder B.J. Goodson can take over middle linebacker duties next season.

Kelvin Sheppard was the Giants' MIKE this season, playing 451 snaps, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-worst inside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers. He was particularly bad against the run and will be a free agent. The Giants' main goal on defense should be to upgrade their linebacker play. Goodson played just 13 snaps as a rookie but is viewed as a solid run defender.
Jan 16 - 9:26 AM

Albert Wilson caught 2-of-3 targets for three yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

Wilson got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter on a play-action rollout by Alex Smith. Wilson's other catch was a failed screen. The Chiefs' No. 4 receiver much of the year, Wilson finishes with 33 catches for 282 yards and three scores. He'll be a restricted free agent.
Jan 16 - 12:33 AM

Chris Conley caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

Conley's biggest grab was a 12-yard catch over the middle on 4th-and-8 in the fourth quarter. Later on the same drive, he took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit from S Sean Davis to draw a 15-yard penalty and help set up Spencer Ware's short touchdown run to make it 18-16, which was the final score. Conley managed to improve on his rookie-year numbers, posting a 46-549 receiving line, but he was held out of the end zone all season. Conley has a mouthwatering blend of size and speed, but it's wasted in this offense that doesn't attack deep. He's still just 24 and remains a Dynasty hold.
Jan 16 - 12:32 AM

Tyreek Hill caught 4-of-6 targets for 27 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He added three carries for 18 yards. The Chiefs tried to get Hill going and needed him to make at least one big play if they were going to win this game. It didn't happen. Hill had a fine rookie year, rushing for 285 yards and three touchdowns while posting a 65-620-6 receiving line. He also scored three touchdowns as a return man, being named a first-team All-Pro there. Hill is electrifying in the open field and can score from anywhere. Still, he might not have a position and is probably someone to sell high on in Dynasty leagues. It'll be hard to repeat this season.
Jan 16 - 12:26 AM

Jeremy Maclin caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

His biggest catch was a 20-yard grab on the right sideline right at the first-down marker on a 3rd-and-20 play following a Travis Kelce personal foul penalty. It set up a Cairo Santos field goal. Maclin had a really rough second season in Kansas City. He missed four games with a groin injury and never caught more than six passes in a game. He answered a 92-1,140-8 season last year with a meager 46-564-2 campaign in 2016. He took a back seat to Travis Kelce, who became the Chiefs' No. 1 option. And rookie Tyreek Hill was schemed the ball multiple ways, which also played a role in Maclin's down numbers. Maclin turns 29 in May and has three years left on his deal. He's more of a WR3/4 as long as Alex Smith is the quarterback.
Jan 16 - 12:20 AM

Sammie Coates wasn't targeted in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

He played just one snap. Coates has fallen off the face of the Earth since October.
Jan 16 - 12:19 AM

Travis Kelce caught 5-of-7 targets for 77 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

The Chiefs got Kelce the ball on a couple shovel passes, with one picking up a good chunk of yards but the other being stuffed for a minimal gain inside the 10-yard line. Kelce also had a horrible drop on deep ball down the middle in the third quarter and took out his frustration two plays later with a dumb personal foul penalty to make it 3rd-and-20. At the end of the day, Kelce's stat line was respectable and he had a great individual season, leading all tight ends with 1,125 yards and finishing one catch behind Dennis Pitta's 86 grabs for the position lead. Kelce scored just four touchdowns but clearly became the Chiefs' top pass-game option in his fourth pro season. Kelce is locked up through 2021 and just turned 27. He and Rob Gronkowski are fantasy's top two tight ends.
Jan 16 - 12:14 AM

Eli Rogers caught 5-of-7 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Rogers' seven targets were the second-most on the team behind Antonio Brown's 11, but Jesse James out-gained him 83-27 on the same amount of grabs. As the slot man, Rogers does most of his work near the line of scrimmage. He was stopped for a one-yard gain inside the five-yard line on a 3rd-and-2 play in the first quarter, and the Steelers ultimately kicked a field goal on 4th-and-1. Rogers won't be an attractive fantasy play next week at the Patriots.
Jan 16 - 12:11 AM

Charcandrick West rushed one time for -1 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He caught two balls for 14 yards, with one coming on a swing pass in the red zone to help set up Spencer Ware's fourth-quarter touchdown. West made a few spot starts this season in place of an injured Ware, but he didn't top 58 yards rushing in any of the four, finishing the year with 89 carries for 292 yards (3.3 YPC) and one touchdown. West is signed through 2018 but isn't a threat to play much of an increased role next season and could even lose some work.
Jan 16 - 12:08 AM

Jesse James caught 5-of-6 targets for 83 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

With Ladarius Green still out with a concussion, James was one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets. A Chiefs defense that usually smothers tight ends bit on a few deceptive plays from the Steelers, leaving James wide open for a couple big gains down the middle of the field. The 83 yards were James' most in a game this season. Green could be back for next weekend.
Jan 16 - 12:05 AM

Spencer Ware rushed eight times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He "added" two catches for one yard and lost a fumble on one of those just before halftime. It didn't end up mattering much. His touchdown run came from one yard out deep in the fourth quarter to pull the score to 18-16, but the Chiefs ultimately failed on the two-point conversion after a penalty. Ware really struggled much of the second half of the season after a Week 8 concussion. Fatigue was probably the biggest reason, as this was his first full season as the No. 1 back. The Chiefs will probably look for someone to compete with Ware next season, if they end up releasing Jamaal Charles, though Charles could later be brought back on a more team-friendly deal.
Jan 16 - 12:01 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus.
Jan 15 - 11:58 PM

Alex Smith completed 20-of-34 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs' 18-16, Divisional Round loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

The Chiefs scored the only two touchdowns of this game, but it still wasn't enough to overcome Steelers K Chris Boswell's six field goals. Smith and the Chiefs got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson out of the wishbone formation on a play-action boot to the left. Predictably, Kansas City's offense went into a shell after the score and couldn't do much of anything before laboring for a fourth-quarter touchdown to bring the score to 18-16. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Smith hit Demetrius Harris to tie the game, but it was called back on a hold by LT Eric Fisher. They failed on the next attempt from the 12-yard line. Smith threw for a career-high 3,502 yards in 2016, but only threw 15 touchdowns to eight picks. He's not -- and never will be -- a fantasy asset.
Jan 15 - 11:53 PM

Antonio Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 108 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Brown went into the half with a 5-101 line on nine targets. His lone second-half catch came on the Steelers' final pass of the game, converting a third-and-short late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to drain the clock and take home the two-point win. Brown's longest catch was a total mismatch with OLB Justin Houston trying to cover him one-on-one deep down the left sideline. Brown easily won the matchup and turned it into a 52-yard gain. Brown later had a potential 17-yard touchdown ripped out of his grasps in the end zone when Marcus Peters made a great play to strip it. Brown and the Steelers head to Foxboro next weekend for the AFC Championship game. Brown went 7-106-0 against the Patriots in Week 7.
Jan 15 - 11:48 PM

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