2011-12 NFL Conference Championships Fantasy WR Rankings

Jan 18, 2012


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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the Conference Championship round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1.  Hakeem Nicks @ San Francisco 49ers:  Nicks has scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the Giants’ playoff games, totalling 280 yards in the process. I don’t think there is any question who the top wide receiver (playing) is at the moment.
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2.  Wes Welker vs. Baltimore Ravens:  You can’t double-team Welker anymore. Not the way Gronk and Hernandez are playing. That makes Welker extremely tough to account for.
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3.  Victor Cruz @ San Francisco 49ers:  Cruz bounced back from a personally disappointing Wild Card game (28 yards) with five catches for 74 yards. Nicks is on fire, but Eli has plenty of confidence in Cruz.
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4.  Anquan Boldin @ New England Patriots:  Boldin showed his toughness as he caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in his first game back (knee). The Pats struggle against the pass and Boldin is the guy Flacco will look to.
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5.  Michael Crabtree vs. New York Giants:  The Giants will certainly look to disrupt the Niners’ passing game. Vernon Davis went nuts last week, but Crabtree did have a score. He’ll see a ton of looks as the Niners open the offense up again. Crabtree is averaging 65.3 yards and a touchdown in his past three games.
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6.  Mario Manningham @ San Francisco 49ers:  Manningham has scored in both Giants’ playoff games. When you focus on Nicks and Cruz, it’s Manningham that burns you.
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7.  Deion Branch vs. Baltimore Ravens:  Branch got away with a push off that made his line look good (three catches, 85 yards, TD). The truth is, Branch is the fourth option in the Patriots’ passing attack and sometimes there just isn’t enough trickling down to Branch.
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8.  Torrey Smith @ New England Patriots:  Smith was nearly invisible (one catch, nine yards), but he had four targets. He should do better this week against the Patriots.
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9.  Lee Evans @ New England Patriots:  Evans had a nice grab, finishing with thirty yards. He had just one target on the day.
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