Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Although there is no official deadline, multiple sources believe that the National Football League will wrap up their investigations into three incidents involving free-agent RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) before the start of free agency in March.
Huddle Up: Hunt has yet to speak with league investigators, which is expected to be the final step of the process before any potential disciplinary action is taken. Multiple teams have done research on Hunt and contacted him in the hopes that he will be eligible to resume playing at some point during the 2019 season. From a fantasy standpoint, he is worth hanging on to in dynasty leagues and deep keeper formats.
Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is averaging 4.1 yards per route against press coverage - best in a season by any player since 2016 (minimum 100 routes).
Huddle Up: This nugget is particularly timely because the New England Patriots play a lot of press man coverage, and it's just one of the many stats that helps to prove what most fantasy owners already know - once Hill gets behind his man, he's going to be running for a while. New England will likely make him its top priority in the AFC Championship, but the Patriots haven't had much success stopping him in their recent matchups. While he possesses a low floor this week, his ceiling is as high as any receiver's.
Jalen Richard - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard's 68 catches in 2018 ranked seventh among running backs, and his 607 receiving yards were the sixth most at the position,
Huddle Up: Richard rarely saw meaningful carries, but he had a steady role in the passing attack. He is expected to return to Oakland in 2019, and you could do worse when hunting for running back depth in PPR formats.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's 77 catches in 2018 ranked 22nd in the NFL and were the fifth most among running backs.
Huddle Up: In addition to winning his second rushing title in three years, Elliott shattered his previous high in receptions by 45 catches. Even in PPR formats, he needs to be a top-five pick in 2019.
Nick Chubb - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's four runs of 40-plus yards and 11 runs of 20-plus yards in 2018 both ranked second in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Chubb didn't take over as the starter until the seventh game of the season, but he still finished 10th in the league in rushing while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. With the backfield to himself for an entire season in 2019, RB1 production should be on tap for Chubb.
Austin Hooper - TE - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's 71 receptions in 2018 were the fourth most among tight ends, and he also ranked seventh in receiving yards (660) and tied for ninth in touchdowns (4) at the position.
Huddle Up: Hooper doesn't have the athleticism to make big plays like the elite fantasy tight ends, but he was still a dependable option at a thin position. He's a safe, low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) was limited to 10 games in 2018, but his 11 receptions of 20-plus yards were the fifth most among tight ends.
Huddle Up: Howard was well on his way to a TE1 campaign before an injury cut his season short. His athleticism allows him to make big plays after the catch and down the field, and he should pick up where he left off when when 2019 rolls around.
Joe Mixon - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon finished fourth in the NFL with 1,168 rushing yards in 2018, running for at least 50 yards in 13 of his 14 games and topping 80 rushing yards nine times.
Huddle Up: Mixon proved he was capable of headlining the Cincinnati backfield, and the promise of a heavy workload should safely keep him in RB1 territory in 2019.
Tyler Boyd - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd's 21 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2018 were the seventh most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Despite missing a couple of games, Boyd topped 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, emerging as a credible No. 2 option across from A.J. Green. Assuming Boyd, Green and Andy Dalton can all stay healthy in 2019, Boyd should at least deliver WR3 production for fantasy owners.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has averaged 307 passing yards and thrown 16 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven career postseason home games.
Huddle Up: Time has proven that Brees simply plays better at home. The Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 earlier this season in a game that saw Brees throw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. All signs are pointing upward for Brees to succeed tomorrow.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has averaged 251.7 passing yards and thrown eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven career postseason road contests.
Huddle Up: Those numbers don't take into account weather, but tomorrow night's game is supposed to be brutally cold. The Patriots could be focused on running the ball in order to limit mistakes and keep Patrick Mahomes and company off the field. Either way, the weather and the road playoff history don't bode well for Brady.
Devin Funchess - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of WR D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.
Huddle Up: Funchess probably will receive interest from some teams if he hits the free-agent market, but it is not known if he can find a starting job. He can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on his role.
Joe Flacco - QB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles could receive interest from the Denver Broncos this offseason, in the opinion of 9News.com's Mike Klis.
Huddle Up: Flacco and Foles likely will receive interest from multiple teams, so it is not known if the Broncos will be able to add one of them. The Broncos probably will bring in another quarterback to compete with Case Keenum for the starting job next season. Owners should consider the Broncos starting quarterback as a No. 2 fantasy option next season.
Jameis Winston - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw 11 interceptions in his first five games in 2018 and three interceptions over his final six games.
Huddle Up: Winston has QB1 potential, but he has struggled with consistency throughout his career. Fantasy owners can hope that the solid finish to 2018 was a sign of things to come next season.
Cameron Brate - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, according to a source, and Brate is hoping to return for minicamp in June.
Huddle Up: The emergence of O.J. Howard has capped Brate's upside, but Jameis Winston has shown a habit of looking Brate's way in the red zone. He will be a touchdown-dependent TE2 in 2019.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor could consider the Baltimore Ravens a potential landing spot in free agency this offseason, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Taylor made his only Pro Bowl in 2015 when new Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called the plays with the Buffalo Bills, and Taylor spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Baltimore before leaving for Buffalo in 2015.
Huddle Up: With Joe Flacco almost guaranteed to be elsewhere in 2019, the Ravens are going to have to decide if Robert Griffin III is the man they want backing up Lamar Jackson. Taylor didn't play particularly well with the Browns last season, but his game is similar to Jackson's and would allow Baltimore to stick with its game plan if Jackson were to miss time. Taylor will certainly seek out potential starting opportunities elsewhere first, but a reunion with the Ravens makes sense if he doesn't like what the market has to offer.
Antonio Gates - TE - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates may only come back as the team's third tight end behind starter Hunter Henry and blocker Virgil Green, but general manager Tom Telesco indicated in the recent interview that he believes he will welcome back Gates for another season.
Huddle Up: Gates was barely relevant in fantasy in 2018 even with Henry missing the entire regular season, so it's hard to imagine he will be able to top the 28 catches and 333 receiving yards he posted. Turning 39 in June, Gates no longer needs to be considered by fantasy owners - outside of DFS players occasionally trying to be contrarian with their lineups and/or punting the position.
Ben Watson - TE - New Orleans Saints
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Watson is not expected to play in the game, but owners should check the inactive list for his official status. He will not be a big factor in the passing game if he plays and can be avoided in all leagues.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Watkins is coming off a solid performance in the Divisional Round playoff game and should see a decent amount of targets this week. He can be considered a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (heel, thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Hill is one of the focal points on offense for the Chiefs and will receive plenty of touches against the New England Patriots. He should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.