C.J. Anderson - RB - Carolina Panthers
Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson had the full confidence of head coach Sean McVay, who signed the free agent on Dec. 18. 'He's a guy that's played in big-time games,' coach Sean McVay said Saturday, Jan. 12, following the Rams' 30-22 divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. 'You know that no moment is too big for him. This is a guy that's had a big-time role and a Super Bowl champion team. He's just got a great feel for the game. I think he did a great job again tonight. Was really just impressed with him from the jump -- the way that he was able to come in, I guess it would be about a month ago now, and how quickly he was able to pick things up. Really smart, cerebral player and does a great job putting his pads down, finishing falling forward.'
Huddle Up: In three games with the Rams, Anderson has rushed for 167, 132 and 123 yards and has totaled four TDs while subbing for/complementing No. 1 RB Todd Gurley. And even with Gurley back from a two-game knee-injury absence Saturday, Anderson handled 23 of the 41 RB touches. That likely will switch as soon as the NFC title game, but expect Anderson to still see at least a third of the touches, especially if the game is close.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has looked fresh in practice this week coming off a layoff in preparation for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Brees, who will turn 40 on Tuesday, has not seen live game action since a Dec. 23 win over the Steelers and may take a little time Sunday to shake off the rust. But Brees did throw for 363 yards and four TDs against the Eagles in Week 11, and it wouldn't be a shocker to see him approach those numbers again when all is said and done Sunday.
Adam Vinatieri - PK - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri said he will take one to two weeks to decide if he will return for the 2019 season, although he hinted that he would come back if the club offered him a contract.
Huddle Up: Despite being the NFL's oldest player at age 46, Vinatieri was an impressive 23-for-27 on field goal attempts in 2018, including making four field goals of more than 50 yards. Assuming that he returns for his 24th season, he makes a solid starting option in all fantasy formats.
T.Y. Hilton - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) revealed after the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round playoff game that he had been playing through low and high sprains on the same ankle. However, he is expected to make a full recovery by the start of next season without needing to undergo surgery.
Huddle Up: In addition to the ankle injuries, Hilton also dealt with hamstring, chest and shoulder ailments during the 2018 season. The 29-year-old had 76 receptions for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns in 14 regular-season contests and caught nine passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in two postseason games. He should be viewed as a WR1 in all fantasy formats as long as Andrew Luck remains healthy.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to consider retiring at the end of the season.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski, who turns 30 in May, had his worst statistical performance since his rookie year during the 2018 campaign. In 13 games, he caught 47 passes for 682 yards while reaching the end zone just three times. That being said, he can still be viewed as a low-end TE1 in playoff fantasy contests.
Hunter Henry - TE - Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers are hopeful that TE Hunter Henry (knee) will be able to play in the Divisional Round playoff game versus the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Henry was a full participant in all three of the team's practice sessions during the week and was listed as questionable on the injury report. He should receive a decent number of targets against the Patriots but should still be viewed as a risky fantasy option because he hasn't played all season.