NFL Wildcard Playoff Start/Sit

Jan 1, 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
:
Peyton Manning – The Chargers have one of the worst Pass Defenses in the league.  Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning.  He should have an outstanding game.
Donovan McNabb – The Vikings have improved their Pass D dramatically this year.  Still, McNabb’s experience and explosiveness should come into play this weekend.
Kurt Warner – I don’t think the Cardinals will win, but Kurt & Company won’t go down without a fight.  That means a lot of passing for the Cards.

Like:
Philip Rivers – Though the Colts have an excellent pass D, Rivers is still one of the elite QBs today.  He’ll get his vs. Indianapolis.
Matt Ryan – The Cardinals D is pretty soft.  Michael Turner should soften it up to let Ryan take advantage. 

Hate:
Chad Pennington – He’s facing the Ravens tough D.  Enough said.
Joe Flacco – The Rookie won’t be asked to do much as they rely on their D and ground game.
Tarvaris Jackson – Jim Johnson should give him fits.

Running Backs
Love: 
Michael Turner – The Cards are going to have their hands full with the Burner.
LT – He’s hitting his stride just in time.  Indy’s Run D is still suspect.
Le’Ron McClain – The Ravens are going to pound away at Miami.
Adrian Peterson – I’m not expecting a huge game from AP, but I can’t count him out.
Brian Westbrook – Westy is a dual threat, which is why I still love him vs. the #1 Run D three years running.

Like:
Joseph Addai – Addai will get his touches vs. San Diego.  Rhodes and the passing game will be factors though.
Willis McGahee – McGahee has yielded his starting gig to McClain, but he’ll still play a pivotal role against the Fish.
Correll Buckhalter – I can see him vulture a Westbrook TD.

Hate:
Ronnie Brown – He’s in a 57/43 split with Ricky Williams facing the league’s third best run D.
Ricky Williams – Another thing, Baltimore has allowed just four rushing TDs.
Tim Hightower – The Cardinals have zero running game.
Chester Taylor – I’m not sure he’ll get enough meaningful touches to factor in.

Wide Receiver
Love:
Reggie Wayne – Manning will get Wayne involved early and often.
Larry Fitzgerald – He’s too good to shut down. 
Anquan Boldin – See above.
Roddy White – He’ll be the beneficiary of Turner softening Arizona’s D.

Like:
Vincent Jackson – He’s a big target that could present problems to the Colts.
Marvin Harrison – Manning will also involve his long time favorite target.
Derrick Mason – Should be able to pick his spots against Miami.
Michael Jenkins – Could also get loose against Arizona.
DeSean Jackson – McNabb will target the Rookie WR.

Hate:
Anthony Gonzalez – With Wayne, Harrison, Addia, and Dallas Clark, there won’t be enough left over for Gonzalez.
Ted Ginn, Jr. – Baltimore will present a difficult challenge for the speedster.
Steve Breaston – He’ll be the odd man out for Arizona.
Bernard Berrian – Berrian is the main threat in the passing game for Minnesota.  The Eagles will look to take that away.

Tight Ends
Love:
Dallas Clark – Clark has been a beast down the stretch.  San Diego has been awful at stopping Tight Ends.  Clark should have no problem getting open>
Antonio Gates – He’s too good to stop.

Like:
Visanthe Shiancoe – He has become one of the better Tight Ends in the league in recent weeks.  The only thing that keeps him out of the Love category is the blitzes T-Jack could see.  He could be forced to pass protect more than usual.
Anthony Fasano – He scored four TDs in December.  He may be the best option going against Baltimore.

Hate:
Todd Heap – He’s more name value now than actual production.  He surpassed 40 yards just three times.
Leonard Pope – Do they have a TE in the desert?
Justin Pelle – Atlanta isn’t much better at TE.
L.J. Smith – After being terrible early, the Vikings have gotten better at stopping TEs.

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