NFL Conference Championship Week News & Tournament Plays

By Will Colello

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News

Julio Jones has not practiced yet, but is fully expected to play

Jordy Nelson is questionable to play with a rib injury

Davante Adams will not practice this week, but is expected to play.

Taylor Gabriel is questionable to play against the Packers

Chris Hogan & Martellus Bennett are both expected to play, but officially questionable

Tournament Plays

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Tom Brady

Most people will be on the QB’s in the Packers vs Falcons game, and Brady should go a little bit under owned. He will still be about 15% owned, but the other 2 will be around 40%. Brady has plenty of upside, and he can throw the ball if he needs to. If you want to combine him with a receiver, I would definitely go with Julian Edelman. Edelman has been a huge target for Brady, and he can get in the endzone as well. You could also stack him with Dion Lewis, and they should be less than 5% owned together. Brady is a tournament play, but I don’t hate him in cash games either.

Dion Lewis

Lewis flashed his talent last weekend, but wasn’t needed down the stretch. Lewis caught a TD, ran for a TD, and returned a kick for a TD. He is extremely elusive, and nearly impossible to tackle in the open field. With Gronk out, Lewis is the ultimate safety blanket for Brady, and I could see him being relied on heavily. Blount is the bruiser back, but I think we saw who the Patriots wanted to have lead the backfield last week. You never really know with Belichick, but I think Lewis is a safe play for 20 touches. The Steelers are decent against the run, but struggle against pass catchers out of the backfield. Lewis is still way too cheap, and I like him a lot in both cash games and tournaments

Taylor Gabriel

Gabriel is questionable to play, so make sure you do keep an eye on the injury news. Gabriel has plenty of upside, and Matt Ryan has no problem targeting him. Most people will be on Julio and Sanu, and both of them are great options. With that being said, Gabriel will be way less owned, and the points count the same. There should be plenty of passing yards to go around, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gabriel pick up a big pass and get in the endzone.

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