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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Conference Championship Matchup - San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Conference Championship Matchup - San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

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2012 - 2013 Week 3 Conference Championship Playoff Matchup - San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons

 

 

 

Baltimore @ New England 

 

 

 

San Francisco @ Atlanta

 

 

San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1, 5-3 on the road) 

 

 

2012 Offensive Ranks

San Francisco Rush Offense:  155.7 Yards/Game (4th)  ||  17 TDs (T-6th)

San Francisco Pass Offense:  205.9 Yards/Game (23rd)  ||  23 TDs (T-16th)

 

 

Opponent 2012 Defensive Ranks

Atlanta Rush Defense:  123.2 Yards Allowed/Game (21st)  ||  16 TDs Allowed (T-24th)

Atlanta Pass Defense:  242.4 Yards Allowed/Game (23rd)  ||  14 TDs Allowed (1st)

 

 

San Francisco Offensive Cast

 

 

Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character  Alex Smith - Pyro Character  Frank Gore - Pyro Character  LaMichael James - Pyro Character  Michael Crabtree - Pyro Character  Randy Moss - Pyro Character  A.J. Jenkins - Pyro Character  Ted Ginn - Pyro Character  Vernon Davis - Pyro Character  Delanie Walker - Pyro Character

 


Colin Kaepernick (QB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 4)

2012 Season:  136/218 for 1,814 Yards, 10 TDs and 3 INTs  ||  63 Carries for 415 Yards and 5 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  17/31 for 263 Yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT  ||  16 Carries for 181 Yards and 2 TDs

 

Considering what’s going on with Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, these Harbaugh brothers sure know what they’re doing—as does the main man here at Pyro®; d-Rx®. He’s a forward-thinking fantasy guy and has been high on Kaepernick since he was sitting on the bench in the beginning of his 2011 rookie season. Why, you ask? Because he noticed that the league was changing, and not only did he realize that Kaep had some really nice quarterback skills, but that he also had the potential to be one of the best running QBs in the league. It’s a reality now, folks. The best fantasy quarterbacks aren’t just passing machines anymore—like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees—but they’re also the most athletic, like Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, RGIII, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. With the way fantasy scoring rules are today, if you want the best fantasy score, you simply have to take a chance on Kaepernick this weekend.


 

Frank Gore (RB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 13)

2012 Season:  258 Carries for 1,214 Yards and 8 TDs  ||  28 Receptions for 234 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  23 Carries for 119 Yards and 1 TD  ||  2 Receptions for 48 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Of the four teams left in the playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons are the easiest to score big fantasy points against—no doubt about it. Gore has been rested all year for this exact reason and I expect the 49ers to use him accordingly in this game. Yes, Colin Kaepernick will take his fair share of keepers for a good amount of yards, but Gore should find some wide open holes because of it and turn them into a good 100 rushing yards and a touchdown. To be honest, Gore’s fantasy value just went up exponentially next season with the recent play of Kaepernick. Awesome combo.


 

LaMichael James (RB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 9 of 13)

2012 Season:  27 Carries for 125 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  3 Receptions for 29 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  3 Carries for 21 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 7 Yards and 0 TDs

 

LaMichael didn’t see a whole lot of action this past weekend, but that was to be expected as a rookie running back in a playoff game. Still, the ‘Niners DID trust him enough to get him the ball four times (21 rushing yards, seven receiving), so he’s obviously still in the gameplan from week to week.


 

Anthony Dixon (RB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 10 of 13)

2012 Season:  21 Carries for 78 Yards and 2 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  1 Carry for 2 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Dixon is a LOT better than he’s given credit for, but he happens to be on a team with far superior running backs right now. Seeing how he gave the 49ers a touchdown on his sole touch of the day last week, I suppose it’s possible he gets the call again… though I wouldn’t exactly count on it.


 

Michael Crabtree (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 14)

2012 Season:  85 Receptions for 1,105 Yards and 9 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  9 Receptions for 119 Yards and 2 TDs

 

Who doubted Michael Crabtree when the season started? I’ll admit, I am one of those raising their hands. Plain and simple, the kid is the hottest wide receiver left in the 2012 NFL playoffs and should probably be the top wide receiver this week… However, with Asante Samuel likely covering him this Sunday, I can’t endorse him as the number one guy. Colin Kaepernick obviously loves him, so Crabby will get his targets no matter what… as he should. That being said, the Falcons don’t normally allow many fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (eighth fewest during the regular season) and let up the least amount of touchdowns to them in 2012. So even though I have Crabtree ranked high this week, believe me, the kid will have his work cut out for him.


 

Randy Moss (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 9 of 14)
2012 Season:  28 Receptions for 434 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  2 Receptions for 25 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Moss didn’t see many balls flying his way against the Packers last weekend, and I can’t see much changing against Atlanta this Sunday. The Falcons boast one of the league’s more formidable secondarys, so with his skills obviously nowhere near where they once were, I’m not expecting too much out of Randy.


 

A.J. Jenkins (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 14 of 14)

2012 Season:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Jenkins was on the field for only seven snaps last weekend and saw zero targets from Colin Kaepernick. For no particular reason, I think he improves on those numbers and sees eight snaps this Sunday along with one target. He still won’t make a catch, though.


 

Ted Ginn (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 13 of 14)

2012 Season:  2 Receptions for 1 Yard and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 3 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Ginn actually caught one of his two targets last week and turned it into a three-yard gain. Hey, at least it was more productive than what A.J. Jenkins did! Anyway, his real value comes from his special teams play where the chance he takes a punt to the house gets him ranked one higher than the bottom.


 

Vernon Davis (TE Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 7)

2012 Season:  41 Receptions for 548 Yards and 5 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 44 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Vernon Davis has been nearly invisible in the stat column for over a month now, but things can change pretty quickly in this crazy game of fantasy football. Last week versus the Packers, Vernon saw the second most targets on the team behind Michael Crabtree with five balls thrown his way. Actually, he was tied for the second spot with the ‘Niners OTHER tight end, Delanie Walker. Davis, however, was able to put up more fantasy points going for 44 yards compared to Walker’s 17. The ugly part of that last equation is that both players caught just one ball in the game. Who wins the duel this week is up for grabs, but it’s at least promising for both seeing how the Falcons allowed the tenth most fantasy points to tight ends this season.


 

Delanie Walker (TE Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 7)

2012 Season:  21 Receptions for 344 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 17 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Walker was on the field for 73 percent of the offensive snaps last week compared to 95 percent for Vernon Davis. However, those numbers don’t mean much of anything when your quarterback likes you more than the other guy. Over the last five weeks of the season, Walker caught 10 passes on 16 targets for 160 yards and two touchdowns. In the same time, Davis caught just six passes on 11 targets for 61 yards and zero touchdowns. I doubt either one has much of an impact on this game, but I’d probably have to go with the one Kaepernick likes more if I had to choose.


 

 

 

Atlanta Falcons (14-3, 8-1 at home) 

 

 

2012 Offensive Ranks

Atlanta Rush Offense:  87.3 Yards/Game (29th)  ||  12 TDs (T-13th)

Atlanta Pass Offense:  281.8 Yards/Game (6th)  ||  32 TDs (5th)

 

 

Opponent 2012 Defensive Ranks

San Francisco Rush Defense:  94.2 Yards Allowed/Game (4th)  ||  7 TDs Allowed (4th)

San Francisco Pass Defense:  200.2 Yards Allowed/Game (4th)  ||  19 TDs Allowed (T-7th)

 

 

Atlanta Offensive Cast

 

 

Matt Ryan - Pyro Character  Michael Turner - Pyro Character  Jacquizz Rodgers - Pyro Character  Jason Snelling - Pyro Character  Julio Jones - Pyro Character  Roddy White - Pyro Character  Harry Douglas - Pyro Character  Tony Gonzalez - Pyro Character

 


Matt Ryan (QB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 4)

2012 Season:  422/615 for 4,719 Yards, 32 TDs and 14 INTs  ||  34 Carries for 141 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  24/35 for 250 Yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs  ||  1 Carry for 6 Yards and 0 TDs

 

I still believe that Matt Ryan is one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the game and I will likely be ranking him in the top ten guys going into the 2013 season. With Roddy White and Julio Jones as your wide receivers, how can’t you? Be that as it may, this will NOT be one of Ryan’s better outings going up against this dominant 49ers defense. I didn’t think Ryan would do much against the Seahawks last week, and even though he threw for three touchdowns, his 250 passing yards were the fewest of any QB in the divisional round. I guess what I’m saying here is that even though Ryan may very well have a decent game this week (though his fantasy numbers were far inferior at home this season), he still won’t outperform Brady, Flacco and Kaepernick. It’s as simple as that.


 

Michael Turner (RB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 13)

2012 Season:  222 Carries for 800 Yards and 10 TDs  ||  19 Receptions for 128 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  14 Carries for 98 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

I’m impressed. Give me whatever reason you want as to how Turner ripped apart the Seattle Seahawks defense last week and I’ll still be impressed. Has he been underestimated? Absolutely. Is he 30 years old? Yes. Not what he used to be? Yes. However, Turner was rested enough throughout the season to make a difference RIGHT NOW, and THAT is what is important. The Falcons knew they would get here; it was just a matter of how much they actually needed Michael Turner in order to get there. Well, it’s time to unleash the Centaur, and though he won’t go for more than 60 to 70 yards in this game, it won’t be for lack of trying because I expect at least 15-20 carries in this one. You HAVE to do that against the 49ers… or they’ll kill you for lack of respect.


 

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 6 of 13)

2012 Season:  94 Carries for 362 Yards and 1 TD  ||  53 Receptions for 402 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  10 Carries for 64 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  2 Receptions for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Quizz is the X-factor. Could he get more touches in this game than Michael Turner? It’s entirely possible, yes. However, it won’t be on the goal line and the fact that he hasn’t scored a postseason touchdown in his career definitely makes a difference when choosing between the two. I love his game and I love his toughness, but he won’t give you more fantasy points than the rundown Centaur will. 


 

Jason Snelling (RB Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 12 of 13)

2012 Season:  18 Carries for 63 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  31 Receptions for 203 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  0 Carries for 0 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 5 Yards and 1 TD

 

One touch, one catch, one touchdown. If you take him on your fantasy team, that is the absolute best you’ll get the second time around… and I give it maybe a three percent chance of happening again.


 

Roddy White (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 14)

2012 Season:  92 Receptions for 1,351 Yards and 7 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  5 Receptions for 76 Yards and 1 TD

 

Roddy White is the goods. I’ve been drafting this kid out of Alabama-Birmingham for years now and let me tell you; the guy rarely disappoints. When it comes to the playoffs, he’s managed to catch a touchdown in three of his four appearances, including last week against the Seattle Seahawks. He’s also never had less than five catches for 52 yards in a playoff game. Basically, he’s as steady as you could hope for as a fantasy owner and would be the one to snag when you’re debating between him and another receiver. Regardless of his price, Roddy will be the guy you want.


 

Julio Jones (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 14)
2012 Season:  79 Receptions for 1,198 Yards and 10 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  6 Receptions for 59 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Carry for -1 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Julio Jones is probably the most talented of the remaining receivers, but his skillls don’t always translate into production. Julio’s track-record at home has been less than impressive over the past two years and though he may be DUE to have a big statistical home game, I can’t very well believe it will happen against the 49ers pass defense. I'm a huge fan of yours, Julio, but you’re going to have to prove yourself before I give you my top ranking.


 

Harry Douglas (WR Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 10 of 14)

2012 Season:  38 Receptions for 396 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  2 Receptions for 29 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Douglas was in the game just 40 percent of the time against the Seahawks, but he actually ended up playing three more snaps than Michael Turner did, and I fully expect the same this weekend. Leadfoot Turner won’t be able to bust through the ‘Niners front seven and he certainly won’t be able to run around them, so I expect the Falcons will turn to the passing game in order to move the ball. Douglas may be ignored a bit with Julio and Roddy running around out there, so he could come up with some sneaky numbers here if Ryan can’t buy enough time in the pocket to throw it to his big guns.


 

Tony Gonzalez (TE Playoff Week 3 Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 7)

2012 Season:  93 Receptions for 930 Yards and 8 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. Sea:  6 Receptions for 51 Yards and 1 TD

 

Gonzo is going to get his targets, especially in the red zone, but you can bet your ass the 49ers will be watching him like a hawk all over the field this Sunday. The ‘Niners gave up the fewest yards to tight ends in 2012, so Tony G might have a bit of a problem keeping up with Pitta and Hernandez in that department. However, they also allowed eight touchdowns to tight ends in 16 games this season, so Gonzo could make up for his lack of yards with a 6-pointer. Considering how this could actually be the final game of his career, I expect Matt Ryan to show him a little extra love this weekend.

 

 

 

Baltimore @ New England




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