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.
Spencer Ware - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is not on the injury report for the AFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Ware has missed several weeks because of his injury but likely will be in uniform this week. His role in the offense is uncertain at this point, but he could still be considered a flex option in fantasy leagues.
Ben Watson - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Benjamin Watson (illness) will not play in the NFC Championship game because he is dealing with appendicitis, according to a source. Watson has avoided surgery at this point.
Huddle Up: Josh Hill likely will receive the starting job with Watson sidelined but will not be a big part of the passing game. Hill can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
George Kittle - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle set a single-season tight end record with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 and was one of four tight ends to lead their teams in receiving yards. Kittle also paced all tight ends with six receptions of 40-plus yards.
Huddle Up: Kittle was one of the elite fantasy finds/breakouts of 2018 and should join Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz as one of the top three tight ends off the board in re-draft leagues this summer.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles might have played his last game with the Eagles, and the first key date in that process arrives Feb. 10 -- one month before the start of the new league year -- when the Eagles must decide if they're going to pick up Foles' $20 million contract option for 2019. If so, Foles has five days to decide if he wants to void the option.
Huddle Up: If Foles voids his option, he can't be traded so expect the two sides to work out a mutual agreement -- perhaps a contract extension -- and then Philly trades Foles to a team which has been won over by Foles' performance the last two seasons. Stay tuned ...
DeSean Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said Thursday, Jan. 17, that he has yet to talk to new head coach Bruce Arians or anyone from the team about remaining in Tampa. Jackson is entering the third year of a three-year, $33.5 million contract.
Huddle Up: Jackson finished the season with 41 receptions for 774 yards and four TDs but did not have a scoring catch or game with more than 67 receiving yards over the second half of the season when injuries were a factor. Jackson turned 32 in December, and the Bucs can get out of the contract with no dead-money cap hit this offseason, but Arians has said he'd like Jackson back and the wideout's deep speed seems to jibe well with the new coach's offense. Stay tuned as it's easy to see this going either way.
Patrick Mahomes - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is one of four quarterbacks to post at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns and a 110 passer rating in a game versus the New England Patriots since 2001. Mahomes threw for 352 yards and had four TDs with a 110.0 rating in a 43-40 loss at New England in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Mahomes is at home this time, but it also means Bill Belichick and Co. will be getting their second shot at defending the likely league MVP. Expect Mahomes to put up decent numbers Sunday, but betting against Belichick and expecting another monster Mahomes game is unrealistic.