March 21, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler


Fantasy Football Playoff Player Rankings - Week 1

Fantasy Football Playoff Player Rankings - Week 1

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 01/02/13

by   The Archer


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2012 Fantasy Football Playoff Player Rankings




Player Rankings – Playoffs Week 1


Cincinnati @ Houston – Saturday, Jan. 5th – 4:30pm ET

Minnesota @ Green Bay – Saturday, Jan. 5th – 8:00pm ET

Indianapolis @ Baltimore – Sunday, Jan. 6th – 1:00pm ET

Seattle @ Washington – Sunday, Jan. 6th – 4:30pm ET





(Updated:  Thursday, Jan. 3 - 1:57PM CT)


Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character  Russell Wilson - Pyro Character  Joe Flacco - Pyro Character  Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character  Andrew Luck - Pyro Character  Andy Dalton - Pyro Character  Matt Schaub - Pyro Character  Christian Ponder - Pyro Character



1.         Aaron Rodgers (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Aaron Rodgers averaged 325.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in the two games he faced off against the Vikings this season. Being the playoffs, however, this is the only game that counts, and Rodgers knows what to do when it counts. In six career playoff matches, Rodgers has averaged 296.8 yards and three total TDs per game, so with the Vikings maybe owning the worst defense in the 2012 post-season, you have to think Aaron puts up some big numbers here. Having a full complement of wide receivers to throw to certainly doesn’t hurt.

2.         Russell Wilson (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) Where would the Seahawks be without their rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson. The guy has been amazing during the second half of the season putting up 20 total touchdowns (just two interceptions) and a 7-1 record over the last eight games and actually climbed into the top ten fantasy QBs by season’s end. Against a mediocre Washington D, he should be good for at least one more game.

3.         Joe Flacco (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) He’s not flashy by any means, but Joseph Vincent Flacco gets the job done. He’s been to the playoffs every year since entering the league back in 2008 and though he’s only had a few good fantasy games in the post-season, this one should be added to the list. His statistics at home are far better than when he is away, as evidenced by his 18 total touchdowns in Baltimore versus just seven on the road. Indy can be beat both through the air and on the ground, though I expect the Colts to stack the line against Ray Rice so Flacco should have plenty of room to throw the ball.

4.         Robert Griffin III (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – The Redskins are going to need Griffin to step up in a big way if they want to beat the Seahawks this Sunday. His poise should be up to the challenge, though the overall fantasy numbers may lack a bit. Seattle takes care of the quarterback position as well as any defense in the league, but Griffin’s athleticism should be able to squeak out some decent fantasy points by the end of this one. Just don’t expect a monster effort here. 

5.         Andrew Luck (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Of the three rookie quarterbacks who made it to the playoffs, it would be tough to pick which one had the best season, but I’d probably choose Andrew Luck in the end. After going 2-14 last season, Luck turned the franchise around almost on his own as he led the Colts to an 11-5 record while putting together six fourth-quarter comebacks along the way. However, I’m not sure he has enough to overcome a Ravens defense that not only allowed the second-fewest passing TDs in 2012, but will be returning their defensive leader, Ray Lewis, to its lineup this Sunday. Indy will need to pass a bunch to win this game, so Luck’s final fantasy stats should inflate to the mid-range zone by the final whistle. 

6.         Andy Dalton (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Andy Dalton is one of those quarterbacks where it doesn’t really matter if he’s at home or on the road as he pretty much puts up the same numbers no matter where he is. However, the Bengals themselves tend to win more when Dalton passes less, so don’t be surprised to see them try to control the clock with their running game. In games where their opponent ran the ball 25 times or more, the Houston Texans went 2-4, with those two wins coming against the Titans and Jaguars. I expect the Bengals coaching staff to know this.  

7.          Matt Schaub (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) Schaub has his good games and his bad, though his best games usually come at home. That being said, I’m still not expecting much out of him this Saturday as Count Chuckula finished off the regular season about as poor as you could imagine. After tossing up just one touchdown and three interceptions in his last four games combined (three Texans losses), it would be fair to say that opposing defenses figured out how to stop them, so my guess is that a top-notch Bengals pass D will do the same.

8.         Christian Ponder (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Ponder had a few nice fantasy games this season, but the fact is, he had just as many games where he threw for less than 160 yards as he did for 200 yards or more. He also averaged just 169.3 yards and less than one passing touchdown per game on the road this season. The Vikings know that their key to victory starts with Adrian Peterson, a formula I don’t expect them to abandon now.




Running Backs

(Updated:  Friday, Jan. 4 - 7:24PM CT)


Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character  Ray Rice - Pyro Character  Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character  Arian Foster - Pyro Character  Alfred Morris - Pyro Character  Vick Ballard - Pyro Character  BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Pyro Character  DuJuan Harris - Pyro Character  Bernard Pierce - Pyro Character  Ryan Grant - Pyro Character


1.         Adrian Peterson (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – The world runs through Purple Jesus when it comes to the Vikings’ offensive strategy, and considering where it’s gotten them, I see no reason to change it now. If AP doesn’t get upwards of 30 touches and 150 yards in this game, I’d be shocked to the bejesus.

2.         Ray Rice (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Ray Rice absolutely loves playing in Baltimore as he’s scored a touchdown in 14 of his last 18 regular season home games. However, the playoffs are a whole different story, though I expect the outcome to stay the same. In six career post-season games as a starter, Rice has put up four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving) while averaging 108.7 total yards per game. Against probably the worst rush defense to make it to the playoffs, Rice should be able to out-perform each of these past numbers, even if the Colts decide to stack the box against him.

3.         Marshawn Lynch (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) “Fugly McSkittles” didn’t break down the way some thought he would over the course of 2012 and in fact, was a gem for fantasy owners down the stretch against the league’s toughest second-half schedule versus the rush. It doesn’t get any easier this Sunday with the Redskins top ten rush D on tap, but Lynch is as fearless of a runner as the NFL has to offer, so don’t expect his fantasy stats to suffer too much, if at all.

4.         Arian Foster (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – You can’t really say a guy was a bad fantasy player when he had more touchdowns than games played in a season, though I wouldn’t blame fantasy owners for feeling that way with the way Arian Foster performed in the last half of 2012. Is it possible the Texans overused him in the first half? Absolutely, but the bright side heading into the playoffs is that Foster has seen 20 or more touches in a game just once in the last five weeks, so he should be ready for a full load this Saturday. Look for Houston to do what they do best against the Bengals, which is to wear the defense down with one of the league’s best rushing attacks until inevitably; they finally break. 

5.         Alfred Morris (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – If Alfred Morris can keep the momentum going from what he did in that regular season finale against the Cowboys, not even the hard-nosed Seahawks defense will be able to contain him. Considering Seattle’s top tier pass D will be back working at full capacity this Sunday, the Redskins will need a big game from Morris anyway if they want to win this game. Washington has won seven games in a row now and in each one of them, Morris carried the ball 20 or more times. I expect the same strategy to be used here, though his final fantasy numbers will hinge on whether or not he can get into the end zone.

6.         BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) I have no doubt BenJarvus Green-Ellis did better this season than was expected, especially during a five-week stretch in the second half of the season when he put up four 100-yard games, three touchdowns and five straight double-digit fantasy performances. However, the Law Firm didn’t play in the Bengals Week 17 game after coming down with a hamstring injury in warm-ups, so he’s a bit on the cold side going into Saturday’s matchup with the Texans. That being said, he’s been practicing on a limited basis this week and should be fine come game-time. The formula to beat the Texans seems to be to run the ball at least 25 times in the game, so if he’s healthy enough to take it on, I anticipate a heavy workload for Green-Ellis. 

7.         Vick Ballard (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Vick Ballard has been phenomenal of late putting up four double-digit fantasy performances in the last five weeks, including the first 100-yard game of his career. Baltimore hasn’t been the same run-stuffing machine they have been over the last decade or so, but despite Ballard’s recent hot streak, the return of Ray Lewis should have the defense amped up enough to slow down the Colts running game. If Andrew Luck and the Colts can keep the game close, Ballard will have a chance at another double-digit fantasy game. If not, then it’s doubtful he sees the ball enough to make a major impact.

8.         DuJuan Harris (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) The undrafted kid out of Troy University is hardly the second coming of anything, but he’s looked pretty darn special playing within the Packers high-flying offense over the last couple of weeks—at least as good as any other Packers running back this season. His dwarfish stature makes him a tough target to get a bead on, especially since the Vikings should be worrying more about what Rodgers and his all-star receiving corps will be doing. I’m not expecting big numbers here by any means, but he could sneak up and give you more than 50 total yards.

9.         Bernard Pierce (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Pierce has done really well in a backup roll this season and proved his worth with 212 rushing yards over the Ravens last two games. However, he’s still a backup—and a rookie one at that—so don’t more than eight touches with this being a win-or-go-home game.

10.       Ryan Grant (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Being a veteran with playoff experience who obviously knows the Packers system, Grant could have the inside track to leading the Green Bay backfield in touches and snaps this Saturday night. The big question, however, is whether or not he still has the skills to do any fantasy damage with the opportunity. I wouldn’t be shocked to see 50-60 total yards out of him, but I’d be even less shocked to see 20-30.


11.       Cedric Peerman (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Here are a couple of things you might not know about Cedric Peerman. First, he’s one of the fastest running backs in the NFL and was once clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Second, he’s an ordained minister. With the Houston Texans being possibly the best run-stuffing team in the NFL (unfortunately for Green-Ellis), the Bengals might do well to run outside a bit using a kid with both speed and God on his side.

12.       Ben Tate (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Injuries aside, I expected more from Ben Tate this season. His future is still bright and he may even become the Texans lead back some day, but as for this weekend, I don’t expect to see him spell Foster for more than five to eight carries.

13.       Alex Green (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Alex Green doesn’t have the same shiftiness as DuJuan Harris or the steady, veteran savvy of a Ryan Grant, but he could still make an impact in this game if he happen to get the hot hand at some point. The Packers use a full-out “hot hand” approach when it comes to their backfield, so it’s entirely possible for Green to come up with double-digit touches in this one. If so, he will end up with top ten fantasy numbers for the week.

14.       Delone Carter (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) – Delone Carter needs to be accounted for simply because of his goal line capabilities. He hasn’t played in almost a month due to an ankle injury, but if the Colts get down inside the three-yard line, Carter should resume his role as the short-yardage touchdown-maker.

15.       Robert Turbin (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – Turbin has played well enough in a backup role this season to earn a few looks this weekend, but when it comes to the playoffs, it’s hard for a coaching staff to trust a rookie with anything more than that.

16.       Toby Gerhart (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Gerhart gives it everything he’s got whenever he touches the ball, but he won’t be pettin’ pigskin more than just a couple of times in this one. His only chance at making an impact here is if Peterson gets tired from a 60-plus yard run and Gerhart comes in to vulture a TD from a couple of yards out.

17.       Evan Royster (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – If the Redskins get behind by more than a touchdown at some point, Royster could see a couple of targets out of the backfield and maybe a draw play or two. Even then, his impact would be negligible unless he happens to vulture a TD somehow.

18.       Brian Leonard (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Leonard has one touchdown in his six-year career and put up more than three fantasy points just once the entire season—in Week 17 when the Bengals sat Green-Ellis for the game. With the Law Firm back and Cedric Peerman also ready to go, Leonard’s chance of doing anything of significance is slim to none.

19.       John Kuhn (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Kuhn hasn’t seen nearly the same love this season as he has in the past, but he still catches a few balls out of the backfield and will always be a threat to punch it in on the goal line.

20.       Leon Washington (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – Washington is really only being mentioned here on the slight chance he takes one of his rare rushing attempts or punt/kickoff returns to the house.

21.       Justin Forsett (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – The only way I see Forsett getting any play in this one is if Foster or Tate go down to injury.

22.       Mewelde Moore (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) – With Delone Carter returning from his ankle injury, I doubt Moore even gets in the game. Maybe he’ll catch a pass for a few yards, but that’s about it.



Wide Receivers

(Updated:  Friday, Jan. 4 - 9:18PM CT)



Andre Johnson - Pyro Character  Greg Jennings - Pyro Character  A.J. Green - Pyro Character  Torrey Smith - Pyro Character  Randall Cobb - Pyro Character  Jordy Nelson - Pyro Character  T.Y. Hilton - Pyro Character  Pierre Garcon - Pyro Character  Reggie Wayne - Pyro Character  Sidney Rice - Pyro Character



1.         Andre Johnson (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Old Man Johnson didn’t quite play his age this year, as it could easily be argued that despite his usual touchdown deficiency, Andre might very well have had the best season of his career in 2012. Cincinnati, however, has been one of the best at defending the pass all year long so ‘Dre will certainly have his work cut out for him this weekend. Last year when these two teams met in the first round of the playoffs, Johnson put up 90 yards and a touchdown on five catches (nine targets), numbers he may need to out-do if the Texans want to move on into the next round. I believe he will.

2.         Greg Jennings (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Sure is nice to see the old Greg Jennings back, isn’t Mr. Rodgers. The old Jennings, when healthy, is usually the quickest of the Packers outside receivers to get open. Basically what this means is that if the Vikings happen to go blitz-heavy again or if the Packers offensive line can’t hold their front four back, Jennings will likely see the most targets come his way. He’s also as sure-handed as they come, so he has the trust of Mr. Rodgers as well. I can’t promise another eight catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns again simply because Rodgers has too many other weapons at his disposal. However, I can tell you that Jennings has nine touchdowns in his last seven games against the Vikings, so at least one score looks pretty darn likely. 

3.         A.J. Green (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – For quite a while there, A.J. Green was the gold standard to which all other fantasy wide receivers were compared. He was targeted a ton, made plenty of catches, had 100-yard games and my ohhhhh my, those weekly touchdowns. Recently, however, things haven’t been the same with Green putting up one just 100-yard and one touchdown over the final five weeks of the season. Still, the 6’4” receiver is a caged beast who could explode at any moment—especially on the road where he averaged 106.8 yards while catching six of his 11 TDs this season. Houston’s pass defense isn’t nearly as dominant as it was last season, so even though I expect Green to be double- and sometimes triple-teamed, he should still pull through with some nice numbers this playoff weekend.  

4.         Torrey Smith (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Torrey Smith is one of the biggest feast-or-famine fantasy receivers in the game today, but when he does decide to roll up his sleeves and slap on the bib, it’s usually at home against a bottom tier pass defense. The Indianapolis Colts pass D is exactly that, especially when it comes to their coverage of opposing WR1s. Not only did they allow the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but they also gave up 17 double-digit performances with 10 of them going for over 14 points. Basically, the Colts have a tendency to allow the big game, and Torrey Smith just loves these all-you-can-eat buffets. 

5.         Randall Cobb (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)Randall Cobb wasn’t able to play against the Vikings last weekend due to ankle and knee injuries, but it looks like he’ll be 100 percent for the game this Saturday, which is bad news for the Vikings secondary. Minnesota had trouble with slot-type receivers all year long and Cobb might just be the best of the bunch. In their first matchup back in Week 13, Randall caught all six of his targets for 64 yards, though I could easily see more balls thrown his way this time around. When Rodgers really wants to get down to business, he can work those high-percentage throws with the best that ever played, and Cobb is definitely the highest percentage toss on the field catching an astounding 80 of his 104 targets this season.  

6.         Jordy Nelson (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Jordy Nelson’s big-play ability measures up to some of the best in the game, but strange as it is to say, within this Packer offense, he’s a bit of an afterthought… with an oomph. A 6’3” speed-demon of an afterthought, of course, but the point is that he doesn’t see enough targets to be ranked higher than this. I don’t even know if you could consider him second fiddle on the team with Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb back healthy, but one thing is for sure—Nelson has as much of a chance as anybody to put up a monster game this weekend.

7.         T.Y. Hilton (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Make no mistake about it, T.Y. Hilton has been the best fantasy receiver, if not overall receiver on the Colts since just before the midway point of the 2012 season. He may not get as many targets or catch as many passes as Reggie Wayne, but because Wayne gets most of the attention from opposing defenses, Hilton has been able to make more big plays and catch more touchdowns than Reggie. I expect the Ravens to do what most defenses have done and try to take Wayne out of the equation this Sunday and if that happens, Hilton will be the Colts receiver you want on your fantasy team this weekend.

8.         Pierre Garcon (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) With Brandon Browner’s suspension in the rearview mirror, Seattle will have both of their top corners back in the lineup this weekend, so it won’t be easy for Pierre Garcon to put up big numbers this weekend. However, Garcon is one of the best at getting open when given the time to do so, even against the league’s top cornerbacks, and I have no doubt Robert Griffin will find him the time this weekend. A big play or two, which I believe he will make, is all it will take for Pierre to come up with top ten fantasy numbers on Sunday.

9.         Reggie Wayne (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)Reggie still ended up with the second most targets in the league, but most every other statistic fell off for Wayne in the second half of the season, though it’s hardly his fault as to why. Opposing defenses decided that throwing double-coverage on Wayne would be the best way to slow the Colts offense down, so even though he’s still one of the best in the league at age 34, he can’t beat two guys on every play. He’ll still get his targets regardless this Sunday and will likely put up pretty good numbers, but he rarely catches touchdowns away from home, so don’t expect too much here.

10.       Sidney Rice (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) Seattle won’t stray from being a run-first team this Sunday, but considering how bad the Redskins defense was against the pass all season, it will be tough not to let Russell Wilson toss the pill around a little more than usual. If that happens, Rice will be the one seeing most of the targets seeing how he’s easily the most talented receiver on the roster. Sidney also caught more than twice as many passes on the road this year, so if the Redskins happen to get up on the ‘Hawks in this game, look for Rice to get involved early.

11.       Anquan Boldin (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Anquan Boldin isn’t the same stud he used to be, but he’s still a pretty powerful force out there going for 78 or more yards in almost half of his games this season (7 out of 15 games). ‘Quan also came up with double-digit fantasy performances in each of the Ravens two playoff games last year, so it certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see him pull through with some top ten numbers this Sunday.

12.       James Jones (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Lest it be forgotten, I feel compelled to recapitulate how hard Aaron Rodgers lobbied for the Packers to re-sign James Jones this past summer. Rodgers even went so far as to say that “We don't win the Super Bowl without him and we need him.” Though Jones may be stuck as the team’s WR4 now that Jennings, Cobb and Nelson are all healthy, it should not go unnoticed that Jones led the team this year with 14 touchdowns while also placing second in receptions (64), targets (98) and yards (784). In addition, he gained the trust of Rodgers by ridding himself of the “dropsies”, so fourth receiver or not, he still has as good a shot as any to catch a touchdown this Saturday.

13.       Golden Tate (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) It wouldn’t bowl me over in the slightest to see Golden Tate come up with a big game instead of Sidney Rice this Sunday. Actually, with the porous secondary the Redskins throw out there each week, there’s no reason why both receivers can’t have good games. Their numbers are nearly identical and might be precisely identical had Tate not missed the first game of the season with a knee injury. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go with Rice, but you say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to.

14.       Santana Moss (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)  Holy cow, am I reading this correctly? Santana Moss tied for 12th in the league with eight touchdowns on the seasons? I guess the 33 year old had a little more left than I thought he did. He’s also one of just three receivers in the top 50 to have more touchdowns than fantasy points per game (6.5; James Jones, 14 and 10.8; Eric Decker, 13 and 11.5). Seattle didn’t allow many passing touchdowns this season, but when they did, they almost exclusively went to slot receivers like Moss.

15.       Jarius Wright (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Jarius could, and probably should see the bulk of the wide receiver targets this Saturday after putting up his best fantasy game of the year against the Packers last weekend. However, targets don’t necessarily turn into much of anything in this Minnesota offense, but you never know. The Vikings may have to turn to the pass if Green Bay gets out to an early lead, so Wright could end up with some pretty good numbers by the time this one’s over.

16.       Donnie Avery (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

17.       Marvin Jones (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

18.       Doug Baldwin (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

19.       Jacoby Jones (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

20.       Michael Jenkins (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)

21.       Andrew Hawkins (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

22.       Kevin Walter (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

23.       Jerome Simpson (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)

24.       Josh Morgan (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

25.       DeVier Posey (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

26.       Leonard Hankerson (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

27.       LaVon Brazill (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

28.       Donald Driver (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) 

29.       Keshawn Martin (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) 

30.       Brandon Tate (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

31.       Lestar Jean (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

32.       Aldrick Robinson (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)




Tight Ends

(Updated:  Friday, Jan. 4 - 1:03PM CT)



Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character  Jermichael Finley - Pyro Character  Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character  Kyle Rudolph - Pyro Character  Owen Daniels - Pyro Character



1.         Dennis Pitta (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Dennis Pitta may not be the end-all be-all of tight ends, but he sure has been looking good since the Ravens got rid of offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. In fact, he’s been a top-five fantasy player over the last eight weeks, so you at least have to like his consistency. The Colts are usually very good at defending tight ends and don’t often give up big fantasy points to the position, but the top players can do some damage against them, so we’ll see if Pitta is up to the task. If Baltimore runs a bit of the no-huddle offense at them on Sunday, his chances to do so will go up.

2.         Jermichael Finley (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) People can say what they want about Jermichael Finley—and it might very well be deserved (he really has been an ass)—but in this last half of the Packers 2012 season, the guy has come through. Finley has now put up five or more catches for 60-plus yards in four of his last five games, and while the touchdowns haven’t quite been there, he’s certainly due to get in the end zone sooner than later. In two games with Minnesota this season, Jermichael has averaged eight targets, seven catches, and 66 yards a game. Combine those lofty numbers with the amount Green Bay will be passing the ball this Saturday, and suddenly Finley looks like a real good fantasy play, doesn’t he?

3.         Jermaine Gresham (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) Jermaine Gresham’s overall play this year has inched him into the top ten fantasy discussion heading into next season, though for myself, I’m still not completely convinced. He has most of you could ever want in a tight end, but a trend I’m finding to be quite bothersome so far in his career is his poor play down the stretch of a season, particularly over his team’s last five games. It’s as if his body never got past playing the shortened college schedule. Be that as it may, Gresham has a great matchup this playoff weekend going up against a Texans defense that allowed the most touchdowns and fourth most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Cinci will need him to step up if they want to win this game, so hopefully Jermaine can step it up for them. 

4.         Kyle Rudolph (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Kyle Rudolph is no model of consistency, but his red zone play and super-glue hands give him as good a chance to score as any tight end in the league. Period. Last week against the Pack, Rudolph put up a stinker catching just two passes for a measly 20 yards. However, up in Green Bay back in Week 13, Kyle caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown—numbers any guy would love to have on their fantasy team this week. It’s tough to predict which Rudolph you’re going to get, seeing how he plays equally both on the road or at home and against good teams or bad, but that’s a chance you have to take when the talent pool is this thin.

5.         Owen Daniels (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Owen Daniels has hit the skids as of late averaging just three catches for 32.2 yards with NO touchdowns over the last five weeks of the season. Some of it can be attributed to nagging injuries taking their toll, but the Texans offense as a whole hasn’t played very well either, and you can’t blame it all on Owen. Cincinnati can be had for a decent amount of catches and yardage, but a tight end hasn’t scored on them since Week 9, so don’t expect a slumping Daniels to suddenly pull a 180 here.

6.         Zach Miller (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

7.         Logan Paulsen (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

8.         Dwayne Allen (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

9.         Anthony McCoy (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

10.       James Casey (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

11.       Coby Fleener (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

12.       Garrett Graham (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

13.       Ed Dickson (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

14.       John Carlson (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)





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