2010-11 Divisional Round Fantasy WR Rankings

Jan 11, 2011


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Last week Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, and Greg Jennings combined for 9 yards making the wide receiver position one of the toughest to predict in the playoffs. I think normalcy will be restored this weekend, but that could just be wishful thinking.
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1.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers:  After getting held to eight yards last week, I think Jennings will bounce back in a big way against Atlanta. Jennings was one of the top receivers in the second half and the Pack will look to get him back on track. He had 119 yards in the first meeting.
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2.  Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Wallace closed the season out with three straight 100 yard games. Big Ben will rely on his speedy receiver to move the chains.
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3.  Santonio Holmes, New York Jets:  The Pats struggled to cover him in the the first meeting. Even though they’ll look to slow the tempo with the running game, the Jets will need to throw the ball if they want to pull off the upset. Holmes will get plenty of opportunities.
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4.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons:  Roddy caught 115 passes on the year, and will again be a big focus. He was held to 49 yards in the first meeting, but I’m expecting a stronger performance this time.
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5.  Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens:  Boldin delivered in his first playoff game with Baltimore by catching a touchdown in the back of the end zone. He played well in both meetings with Pittsburgh, and should be a strong factor once again.
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6.  Big Mike Williams, Seattle Seahawks:  The Bears have a tough defense, but I think Williams’ size will present a problem as it did in the first meeting when he had ten catches for 123 yards.
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7.  Wes Welker, New England Patriots:  Welker scored in both meetings this year, and has enjoyed quite a bit of success against the Jets. I’m not sure he can score in a third straight game against them, especially the way Revis is playing. The Pats will use Welker in a variety of ways though to get him the ball.
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8.  Deion Branch, New England Patriots:  Branch also scored in the last meeting, but cooled off down the stretch. With Revis primarily matched up on Welker, Branch could see some better looks.
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9.  Braylon Edwards, New York Jets:  Edwards averaged just 42 yards in the two meetings with the Pats, but did score a touchdown. His size could be an issue, but look for Belichick to make life tough on Mark Sanchez, which could limit Braylon’s looks.
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10.  Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears:  The Bears are going to pass the ball, but they don’t have a go-to-guy. I could actually see Forte leading the team in receiving. Knox led the way with 960 yards on the year and had 30 more targets than anyone else. He had 170 yards and three touchdowns in Weeks 15 & 16 so it appears he’s got back in Cutler’s favor just in time. He had 120 yards in the first meeting with Seattle.
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11.  Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers:  Driver was active in the Packers’ win against the Eagles. His experience should pay off once again.
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12. Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens:  Mason wasn’t featured in the Ravens’ win over Kansas City because Todd Heap was very active. Mason averaged 51 yards in the two meetings with Pittsburgh.
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13.  Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Ward had 27 yards in two meetings with Baltimore. He just doesn’t match up well with them.
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14.  James Jones, Green Bay Packers:  Jones caught just one pass on Sunday, but he made it count. He had five catches for 44 yards in the first meeting with Atlanta.
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15.  Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears: Bennett had a nice stretch in Weeks12-14 when he averaged 71 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He had 55 yards in the first meeting with Seattle.
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