NFL Divisional Playoffs Start/Sit

Jan 8, 2009

You don’t really have many options in the fantasy playoffs so I’ll break down guys I like and guys I don’t like in this weekends games.

Quarterbacks
Love
:
Kurt Warner – I’m not sure any QB lights it up this weekend as we’re left with some very tough defenses.  That said, Warner is going to throw the ball plenty.  Edge was a nice story last week, but Carolina won’t be caught off guard.  The Old Guy is gonna have to bring it.

Like:
Eli Manning – I’m not enamored with Eli against the Eagles, but he should be productive.  If he can throw for 200 yards and a score or two, you should be happy.
Donovan McNabb – He’s certainly familiar with the G-Men.  I’m confident the Giants will bring the heat and put pressure on McNabb.  He and Westbrook should take advantage of that pressure on some screen plays.
Philip Rivers – I don’t love the matchup with Pittsburgh, but this guy can sling it.  Sproles isn’t getting that loose on the Steelers and they’ll need to throw often.
Jake Delhomme – They are going to supply a heavy dose of the ground game, but with Steve Smith at his disposal, he should put up solid numbers.
Ben Roethlisberger – If he can stay upright he should be able to produce against San Diego.  I’m sure he’s thankful that Shawne Merriman isn’t lining up against him. 

Hate:
Joe Flacco – I expect the same formula as last week for the Ravens.
Kerry Collins – I wonder if he got any sleep after seeing the way the Ravens dispatched of Chad Pennington and the Dolphins.

Running Backs
Love: 
DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart:  The playoffs are a different animal and Arizona isn’t as soft as I once thought, but this duo will have their way with the Cards this weekend.  I see both of them having 50+ yards and a TD.  DeAngelo will have the better game.
Brian Westbrook – Westy always has a big game up his sleeve when he takes on the Giants.  He’s the #1 reason I think the game will be close.
Brandon Jacobs – This dude is a beast.  He’s rested.  I’d be shocked if he didn’t punch one in against the Eagles. 

Like:
Le’Ron McClain – Tennessee will provide a much stiffer test than Miami, but McClain should still be a decent fantasy back this week.
Willie Parker – With Big Ben a hit away from the clipboard, the Steelers should introduce their brand of playoff football to San Diego.  Heavy on the ground attack.
LenDale White – I think his physical running will be utilized against the Ravens this week.  I can see a one-yard plunge.

Hate:
Chris Johnson – Unless he breaks a long one, I don’t see him racking up the yards against the Ravens.
Darren Sproles – He was the hero last week, but Pittsburgh will be ready for him.  I don’t know how well he’ll hold up to their physical play.
Edgerrin James/Tim Hightower – When the Cards leaned on Edge in Week 17 it wasn’t just because it was a meaningless game.  They were preparing their Playoff gameplan.  Carolina won’t be surprised and Edge and Hightower shouldn’t be big factors.

Wide Receiver
Love:
Larry Fitzgerald – He’s simply one of the game’s finest.
Steve Smith – He’ll be a tough cover for Arizona. 
Hines Ward – He’s such a physical WR.  He should be able to muscle his way to a nice game against San Diego.

Like:
Muhsin Muhammad – Muhsin should benefit from all the attention Williams, Stewart, and Smith will garner.
Santonio Holmes – Holmes has played better down the stretch.  He should be a solid playoff WR2 for fantasy teams.
Derrick Mason – A solid, not spectacular, game is what I’ve come to expect from Mason
Kevin Curtis – He should snare some passes to take the pressure off of Westbrook. 

Hate:
Domenik Hixon – Not feeling it this week for Hixon.  I think it will be a steady diet of Jacobs and Ward.  One Giant WR will have a decent game, but it’s risky to pick which one.
Vincent Jackson – If he couldn’t catch a pass against Indy, what’s he going to do against Pitt.
Justin Gage – I don’t like his chances against a tough Baltimore D.

Tight Ends
Love:
Antonio Gates – He’s so hard to cover.  Even when banged up.
Bo Scaife – Scaife is probably the second best TE left in the playoffs.
Heath Miller – Heath is solid and San Diego isn’t good at stopping TEs.  Bodes well for Miller owners.

Like:
Kevin Boss – Could take advantage of some play action.
Brent Celek – If L.J. Smith is out again, Celek could have his number called quite a bit.

Hate:
Todd Heap – One catch for 31 yards against Miami.  He stinks.
Leonard Pope – Seriously, do they have a TE in the desert?  Stephen Spach caught three passes, but that was a fluke.
Jeff King – Five catches in his last four games.  Yuck.

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    Nice work Ryan. Hard to argue with you here, so I won’t. :)

  2. LestersLegends
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks Mo.

  3. CK0712
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    Brent Celek – If L.J. Smith is out again, Celek could have his number called quite a bit.

    LJ had a full practice, however I like Celek & think we can toss him in more!

    Kerry Collins – I wonder if he got any sleep after seeing the way the Ravens dispatched of Chad Pennington and the Dolphins.

    HA! maybe not, however he’s got one hellofva Oline in front of him!

    Brian Westbrook – Westy always has a big game up his sleeve when he takes on the Giants. He’s the #1 reason I think the game will be close.

    Westy, did not practice, but told Sal he will start, however his ankle is inflamed…..Toss in SOME BUCKHALTER and u have yourself a deal!

  4. LestersLegends
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    thanks for your insight CK.

  5. BDJP
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    I agree with Deangelo and Hines. I chose them with my open slots in our playoff league. Fitzy is a beast.

    Very anxious for this Sunday man. Go birds!

  6. LestersLegends
    January 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Fly Eagles Fly.

  7. BDJP
    January 8th, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Cry Giants Cry.

  8. LestersLegends
    January 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Make ya mama sigh. You’re old enough to know better. So cry Giants cry.

  9. CK0712
    January 8th, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    HOW sweet it was to log back in here & see the above replies!!!

    showing love for the eagles always scores ya points with me HA!

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