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Here are my fantasy football kicker rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1.  Baltimore Ravens
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2.  New Orleans Saints
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3.  Indianapolis Colts
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4.  Philadelphia Eagles
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5.  Green Bay Packers
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6.  New York Jets
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7.  Kansas City Chiefs
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8.  Seattle Seahawks

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Before you start to break down the rankings for the playoffs, you need to decide who you think will be in the Super Bowl. I’m predicting a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. As I pave their path to the big game, I will know how many games I expect each playoff team to play in.
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Here’s the breakdown.
Saints (4)
Eagles (3)
Patriots (3)
Colts (2)
Ravens (2)
Steelers (2)
Bears (1)
Chiefs (1)
Falcons (1)
Jets (1)
Packers (1)
Seahawks (1)
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Here are my top defenses based on my above playoff projections.
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1.  New England Patriots
2.  New Orleans Saints
3.  Philadelphia Eagles
4.  Pittsburgh Steelers
5.  Baltimore Ravens
6.  Indianapolis Colts
7.  Atlanta Falcons
8.  Chicago Bears
9.  Green Bay Packers
10.  New York Jets
11.  Kansas City Chiefs
12.  Seattle Seahawks
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Here’s my Week 17 team defense rankings.

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1. Atlanta vs. CAR:  Motivated by clinching home field throughout the playoffs.
2. Pittsburgh @ CLE:  Should crush Cleveland to lock up the division.
3. Philadelphia vs. DAL:  Should be in the hunt for a first round bye.
4. Baltimore vs. CIN:  Fired up at chance to win the division.
5. San Diego @ DEN:  Missed the playoffs, but should go out in style.
6. New York Giants @ WAS:  Defense should be able to stop the bleeding.
7. Miami @ NE:  Patriots have nothing to play for.
8. New York Jets vs. BUF:  Last chance to get defense back on track.
9. Indianapolis vs. TENN:  Colts put Titans out of their misery.
10. St. Louis @ SEA:  Rams looking to wrap up division title.
11. San Francisco vs. ARI:  Niners honor Singletary with a win.
12. Detroit vs. MN:  Vikes aren’t used to playing Sundays. Lions put end to nightmare season.
13. New England vs. MIA:  Belichick could go all out since they’ll have a bye.
14. Chicago @. GB:  I see one of the defenses (I’m guessing the Bears) make a huge impact.
15. Green Bay vs. CHI:  See above. It could be Packers rather than Bears.

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Here’s my Week 16 team defense rankings.

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1. Pittsburgh vs. Carolina
2. San Diego @ Cincinnati
3. Philadelphia vs. Minnesota
4. Baltimore @ Cleveland
5. New England @ Buffalo
6. Dallas @ Arizona
7. Chicago vs. New York Jets
8. New York Jets @ Chicago
9. Miami vs. Detroit
10. Tampa Bay vs. Seattle
11. New York Giants @ Green Bay
12. St. Louis vs. San Francisco
13. San Francisco @ St. Louis
14. Jacksonville vs. Washington
15. Indianapolis @ Oakland

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Inside the numbers:

  • Troy Polamalu likely won’t play this week, but Pittsburgh should still be a menace to the Panthers.
  • Cedric Benson will struggle to run against the Chargers, which will doom the passing game as well.
  • I’d be shocked (what else is new) if Brett Favre made another start. Joe Webb looked lost. The Eagles would swarm.
  • The Jets and Bears should trade plenty of sacks and interceptions, which makes both units decent options this week.
  • Part of me just can’t trust that Rex Grossman is for real, which would make the Jaguars defense a decent option this week.

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Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.
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Mike Bibby, Atlanta Hawks
Bibby scored 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3PM) with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. He’s averaging 13.8 points and 5.4 assists in his past three games.
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Raja Bell & C.J. Miles, Utah Jazz
Bell scored 19 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 FT, 5-6 3PM) with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Miles added 22 points (8-16 FG, 2-2 FT, 4-10 3PM) with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. Miles is a fantasy option. Bell is not.
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Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Gibson scored 29 points (8-15 FG, 6-6 FT, 7-8 3PM) with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He’s averaging 17.5 points in his past four games.
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James Posey, Indiana Pacers
Posey scored 15 points (5-7 3PM) with 4 rebounds, and assist, and a steal. He should not be on your fantasy radar.
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Jared Dudley & Josh Childress, Phoenix Suns
Dudley scored 27 points (10-16 FG, 4-5 FT, 3-7 3PM) with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Childress added 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 FT) with 5 rebounds, a steal, and a block. Both just got a boost following the trade since Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus were unavailable.
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Gary Neal, San Antonio Spurs
Neal scored 22 points (7-14 FG, 7-8 FT, 1-6 3PM) with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. He’s a decent short-term play while George Hill (toe) is out.
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Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trail Blazers
Fernandez scored 17 points (7-14 FG, 1-1 FT, 2-7 3PM) with a rebound, 7 assists, and a block. He’s averaging 19.3 points in his past three games.
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Martell Webster, Minnesota Timberwolves
Webster scored 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 FT, 2-3 3PM) with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. He’s averaging 15.4 points on the year.
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Ryan Gomes, Los Angeles Clippers
Gomes scored 22 points (7-11 FG, 7-10 FT, 1-5 3PM) with 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He’s very inconsistent.

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Here’s my Week 15 team defense rankings.

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1. New England vs. Green Bay
2. Chicago @ Minnesota
3. Pittsburgh vs. New York Jets
4. Oakland vs. Denver
5. San Diego vs. San Francisco
6. Dallas vs. Washington
7. Cleveland @ Cincinnati
8. Atlanta @ Seattle
9. Carolina vs. Arizona
10. New York Giants vs. Philadelphia
11. Tampa Bay vs. Detroit
12. Arizona @ Carolina
13. Miami vs. Buffalo
14. Philadelphia @ New York Giants
15. Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Patriots are peaking at the right time and Green Bay will likely be without Aaron Rodgers.
  • An angry Bears defense against a sinking Vikings ship. Scary.
  • Speaking of sinking, what happened to the Jets. The Steelers should have a field day with Sanchez.
  • Washington started the nightmare season for Dallas. At least they can avenge that loss. McNabb will be on his back plenty.
  • Carolina and Arizona could set football back this week. Their defenses should post solid numbers though.
  • Tampa Bay’s run defense took a hit when McCoy went down. Fortunately they aren’t facing a strong running team against Detroit and still remain a starting option.

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Here’s my Week 14 team defense rankings.

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1. Green Bay @ Detroit
2. Tampa Bay @ Washington
3. Atlanta @ Carolina
4. Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati
5. New England @ Chicago
6. Philadelphia @ Dallas
7. New York Jets vs. Miami
8. Denver @ Arizona
9. New York Giants @ Minnesota
10. Seattle @ San Francisco
11. New Orleans vs. St. Louis
12. Oakland @ Jacksonville
13. Cleveland @ Buffalo
14. San Francisco vs. Seattle
15. Indianapolis @ Tennessee

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Packers once again take the top ranking. Their offense is so powerful that it will make the Lions one-dimensional. That’s when Clay Matthews can pin his ears back and go after Drew Stanton.
  • Bill Belichick should come up with a defensive scheme that brings out the Jay Cutler of old.
  • I feel sorry for the Dolphins for having to face the Jets after the pounding they took on Monday.
  • The Vikings will have a hard time containing the Giants’ pass rush. Expect multiple sacks and interceptions.
  • Baltimore, Chicago, and San Diego have tough match-ups against Houston, New England, and Kansas City making them less than desirable options this week.

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Here’s my Week 12 team defense rankings.

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1. Philadelphia @ Chicago
2. Cleveland vs. Carolina
3. New York Giants vs. Jacksonville
4. New York Jets vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
5. San Francisco @ Arizona (Monday)
6. Pittsburgh @ Buffalo
7. Minnesota @ Washington
8. Kansas City @ Seattle
9. New England @ Detroit (Thursday)
10. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay
11. New Orleans @ Dallas (Thursday)
12. Washington vs. Minnesota
13. Oakland vs. Miami
14. Miami @ Oakland
15. Green Bay @ Atlanta

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Inside the numbers:

  • Philadelphia’s aggressive defense should not bode well for Jay Cutler, who has a tendency to get sacked and throw picks.
  • When was the last time the Browns were thought about as a good fantasy defense option? It’s a combination of their improvement and Carolina ineptitude.
  • Both New York teams make solid plays this week. On a side note, who would have thought without T.O. the Bills would have a better offense than Cincy with him (not that I’m blaming T.O.)?
  • The Niners looked awful last week, but they should get a reprieve against the Cardinals.
  • I think the Vikings will look more like last year’s version with the coaching change. The players’ hearts weren’t in it for Brad Childress. That said, Washington is a decent play this week because of Favre’s tendency to get sacked and throw picks.

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Here’s my Week 11 team defense rankings.

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1. Baltimore @ Carolina
2. Kansas City vs. Arizona
3. New Orleans vs. Seattle
4. Tennessee vs. Washington
5. Miami vs. Chicago
6. Pittsburgh vs. Oakland
7. Green Bay @ Minnesota
8. Chicago @ Miami
9. Atlanta @ St. Louis
10. Dallas vs. Detroit
11. Tampa Bay @ San Francisco
12. San Francisco vs. Tampa Bay
13. San Diego vs. Denver
14. Jacksonville vs. Cleveland
15. Detroit @ Dallas

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Inside the numbers:

  • We’ll see if my #1 jinx continues. The Ravens should manhandle the Panthers, but my top teams (Giants, Patriots, Dallas, Baltimore) have struggled in the past four weeks.
  • Arizona has been more competitive in recent weeks, but have a tough draw against the Chiefs on the road.
  • Washington is in complete disarray. Look for Tennessee to capitalize. The Titans could lead all teams in sacks this week.
  • Green Bay typically struggles a bit in the Metrodome, but the Vikings are in the tank. Clay Matthews should spend a lot of time looking down at Brett Favre this week.
  • Because of their match-ups, the Eagles, Giants, Colts, Jets, and Patriots aren’t strong plays this week.

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Here’s my Week 10 team defense rankings.

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1. New York Giants vs. Dallas
2. Tampa Bay vs. Carolina
3. Seattle @ Arizona
4. Minnesota @ Chicago
5. Chicago vs. Minnesota
6. New York Jets @ Cleveland
7. Philadelphia @ Washington
8. Detroit @ Buffalo
9. San Francisco vs. St. Louis
10. Pittsburgh at New England
11. Arizona vs. Seattle
12. Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
13. Buffalo vs. Detroit
14. St. Louis @ San Francisco
15. Tennessee @ Miami

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Inside the numbers:

  • Jason Garrett could inspire the team, but the Giants’ pass rush is just too potent.
  • Carolina’s running backs are dropping like flies. Matt Moore is out for the year. Tampa Bay could flash back to the days of Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, and company.
  • Both Cutler and Favre are prone to throw picks and take sacks. Both defenses should be solid in this one.
  • Miami has named Chad Pennington the starter. I’m not sure if that hurts or helps.

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