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  • Josh Bynes LB | ARI

    Cardinals' Josh Bynes: Totals 36 tackles

    Bynes (ankle) finished the 2017 season with 36 tackles (31 solo), two forced fumbles, one sack and one interception in 14 games for the Cardinals

    Bynes put together a solid two-game stretch in Weeks 12 and 13 with 17 tackles (16 solo), but failed to garner a significant defensive role through most of the season. The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals last spring and slated to become an unrestricted free agent.

  • Dontari Poe DT | ATL

    Falcons' Dontari Poe: Tallies 39 tackles in 2017

    Poe produced 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two pass breakups over 16 games in 2017

    After making a name as a premier defensive tackle during his five years with the Chiefs, Poe bolted for Atlanta on a one-year deal this past offseason and fared well with his new team, finishing with positive marks as both a pass rusher and run defender per Pro Football Focus. However, his statistical production expectedly remained modest while playing along within the interior of the defensive line. His fantasy value in 2018 will certainly depend on what team he signs with, but it's unlikely Poe becomes much of an IDP factor given the nature of his position.

  • Kareem Martin ILB | ARI

    Cardinals' Kareem Martin: Starts 10 games in 2017

    Martin had 24 tackles (18 solo), one sack, one forced fumble and one interception in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017.

    Martin started 10 games this season, in large part due to starter Markus Golden suffering a torn ACL in Week 4. The 25-year-old set a career-high in tackles and will enter 2018 as an unrestricted free agent.

  • Falcons' Desmond Trufant: Continues solid play in 2017.

    Trufant tallied 41 tackles, one sack, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions, one touchdown and two fumble recoveries across 15 games in 2017.

    Trufant had another excellent season for the Falcons, ultimately finishing as Pro Football Focus' 16th-highest-graded cornerback. However, he again proved to be worth more as a real-life football player than as an IDP asset thanks to his low tackle totals. Considering he hasn't topped 42 tackles in each of the past three years, it's hard to place very much fantasy value on the Washington product in advance of the 2018 campaign despite his reputation.

  • Falcons' Adrian Clayborn: Nets 9.5 sacks in 2017

    Clayborn racked up 21 tackles, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown over 16 games in 2017.

    Clayborn smashed his previous career high of 7.5 sacks from his rookie season in 2011 en route to earning Pro Football Focus' eight-highest grade as a pass rusher among 4-3 defensive ends. He arguably had the best IDP performance of the season among all NFL defenders thanks to his Week 10 domination of the Cowboys when Reed racked up six sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. However, he wasn't a consistent fantasy option by any means considering he only netted three sacks over his 14 other games and also hasn't topped 22 tackles in any of his three seasons with Atlanta. Altogether, it's likely he'll be overvalued in 2018 drafts and should best be viewed as a middling IDP option among defensive linemen.

  • Brooks Reed DE | ATL

    Falcons' Brooks Reed: Compiles four sacks in 2017

    Reed produced 41 tackles and four sacks over 16 games in 2017.

    Reed yet again proved to be a force in run support, ultimately grading out as Pro Football Focus' 10th-highest-graded 4-3 defensive end in that area. However, he's also proving to be a low-floor, low-upside fantasy option due to his modest production in both the sack and tackle departments. Since it's hard to see that changing in 2018, Reed shouldn't be on the fantasy radar in most formats.

  • Tom Brady QB | NE

    Patriots' Tom Brady: Jams his hand at practice Wednesday

    Brady (right throwing hand) is in line to start Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars, barring any unexpected setbacks, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

    Per Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the QB jammed his hand at practice Wednesday after "accidentally being run into." Subsequent X-rays revealed no structural damage, but we suspect that the issue could limit Brady some at practice Thursday and Friday.

  • Grady Jarrett DT | ATL

    Falcons' Grady Jarrett: Tallies four sacks in 2017

    Jarrett compiled 55 tackles and four sacks over 16 games for the Falcons in 2017.

    Jarrett took a step forward in his third season, ultimately finishing the year as Pro Football Focus' fourth-best defensive tackle against the run and ninth-highest-graded at his position overall. However, he still wasn't worth much as an IDP asset given his modest statistical production. While he remains under contract with Atlanta for another season, Jarrett is only worth a look in deep fantasy formats in advance of 2018 drafts.

  • Patriots' Bernard Reedy: Signs with Patriots

    Reedy signed a contract with the Patriots on Wednesday.

    Reedy played in two regular season games for the Patriots in December, seeing action primarily on special teams. He was released from the team's practice squad earlier this month, but the placement of Jonathan Jones (undisclosed) on injured reserve opened up a spot for him. He may see some slight special teams duties but is unlikely to have much of a role on offense.

  • Patriots' Jonathan Jones: Moved to IR

    Jones (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

    Jones suffered some sort of injury during the fourth quarter of last week's divisional-round victory over the Titans. A core special-teams player for the Patriots, Jones' spot on the 53-man roster will be taken by return specialist Bernard Reedy.