Matt Prater
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Here are the Lester’s Legends kicker rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
2. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
4. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
5. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
6. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
7. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
8. Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints
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Patrick Willis & NaVorro Bowman
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Here are the Lester’s Legends team defense rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Denver Broncos
5. New England Patriots
6. New Orleans Saints
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. San Diego Chargers
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham was held out of the end zone last week and managed just 44 yards. He averaged 75.9 yards and a touchdown per game during the regular season. He had 42 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks.
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2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis averaged 56.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season. The fun continued with 37 yards and a touchdown last week against the Green Bay Packers. He’s averaging 97.2 yards and a touchdown in his past six playoff games.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas averaged 56.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He averaged 72.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two meetings with the San Diego Chargers.
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4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen averaged 51 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. With Steve Smith out or limited, Olsen will a primary target for Cam Newtwon.
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5. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is inconsistent, but he had 46 yards and a touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. If the New England Patriots look to take T.Y. Hilton out of the equation, Fleener could see an uptick in value.
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6. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates averaged 54.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just one catch for five yards last week, but I expect a heavier workload against the Broncos.
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7. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
Zach Miller had 86 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. I wouldn’t expect a repeat, but he could produce a decent game.
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8. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green scored a touchdown last week. He’s not a great play, but could play a factor.
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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas averaged 89.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns during the regular season, including 76.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns in two games against the San Diego Chargers. Thomas’ physical tools will be a challenge.
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2. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker averaged 98.2 yards and 1.6 touchdowns in the last five games. He should remain hot against a Chargers team that ranked 29th against the pass with 258.7 yards allowed per game.
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3. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman averaged 92.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the last six games. Tom Brady’s new favorite target will be busy against the Indianapolis Colts
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4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 67.7 yard and 0.3 yards during the regular season, but he erupted for 155 yards in the season finale and 224 yards and a pair of scores in the dramatic playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs. My only concern is Bill Belichick’s history of neutralizing the opposition’s primary weapon.
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5. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree exploded last week with 125 yards in a playoff win over the Green Bay Packers. In the past four playoff games he’s averaging 102.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. Crabtree does have a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
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6. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen averaged 69.7 yard and 0.5 touchdowns this year. He only managed 70 yards in two games against the Broncos, but he scored a pair of touchdowns.
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7. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker is a bit of a wildcard as a pair of concussions cost him the final three games of the season. Not before he set a career-high with 10 touchdown receptions. As long as he can avoid a setback, he’s a decent option as he’s nearly an impossible cover out of the slot.
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8. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin averaged 73.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns during the year. In the final seven games he averaged 86.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He was quiet last week against the Packers, but he is more than capable of turning in a big performance. His physical style is suited for the matchup with the Panthers.
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9. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola had a few big games in a disappointing season. He’s equally capable of a big day, getting hurt or being nearly invisible. He’s a roll of the dice, but there is some upside.
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10. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston had just two catches for 16 yards last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had four catches for 27 yards in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. He’s capable of so much more, but his matchup is tough.
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Marshawn Lynch running
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns this year. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints allowed 111.6 rushing yards per game. Nine of Lynch’s 14 touchdowns came at home.
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2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno averaged 99.1 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He averaged 84.5 total yards in two games against the San Diego Chargers. I expect Moreno to play a big role in this one.
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3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore averaged 79.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on the year. He had 103 total yards in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers. Gore has five touchdowns in his past four playoff games.
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4. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount had 265 yards and four touchdowns in the final two games of the season. He should continue to run strong against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts yielded 125.1 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season and 150 yards and a touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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5. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews averaged 134.3 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns in his last four games of the regular season. He had 64 total yards in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals as Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown shouldered some of the load. Mathews had 189 total yards and two touchdowns in two games against the Broncos this year.
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6. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown had 102 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in the comeback win against the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be heavily involved against a struggling Patriots run defense. The Pats ranked 30th with 134.1 rushing yards allowed per game.
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7. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams averaged 114.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his final three games. He had 46 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Niners.
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8. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen had inconsistent production, but averaged 79.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in eight games this year. He should be quite active in the passing game.
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9. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
Danny Woodhead finished the season quietly, but had 68 total yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. He had 86 total yards and a touchdown in two games against the Broncos.
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10. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram had a quiet year, but he erupted for 114 total yards and a touchdown last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s a risky play against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends quarterback rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning set the NFL record for most passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55). He faces the San Diego Chargers for the third time. In two games he averaged 309.5 yards and three touchdowns.San Diego ranked 29th in the league in pass defense with 258.7 yards allowed per game.
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2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady got off to a slow start averaging 228 yards and 1.1 touchdowns in his first eight games. He finished strong though, putting up 314.9 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his last eight games. Look for him to continue to roll against the Indianapolis Colts.
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3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck showed as much poise as skill as he led the Colts back from a 28-point deficit, throwing for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Luck added 45 yards on the ground and scored on a heads-up fumble recovery. He won’t be intimidated by the Patriots. Luck’s ability to produce with his arm and his feet against a mediocre Pats’ defense should pay off for fantasy owners.
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4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 211.2 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 36.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. Look for him to do plenty of damage with his arms and legs against the San Francisco 49ers.
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5. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick only threw for 227 yards and a touchdown last week against the Green Bay Packers, but he added 98 yards on the ground. Look for that formula to continue against the Panthers.
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6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
It’s unusual for Drew Brees to be ranked sixth, especially when there are only eight options, but that’s an homage to the Seattle Seahawks defense. Plus, Drew Brees isn’t quite the same quarterback on the road. Brees has averaged 286.3 yards, including the Wild Card game, and 1.4 touchdown passes on the road. At home he averaged 354.4 yards and 3.4 touchdowns.
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7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson saw a dip in production down the stretch, but look for him to kick it into gear against the New Orleans Saints. He had 310 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and 47 rushing yards in the first meeting with the Saints. Wilson should also do damage with his legs.
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8. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers only threw for 128 yards and a touchdown, but he helped the San Diego Chargers advance past the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite an impressive season he only averaged 192 yards and 1.5 touchdowns in two games against the Broncos.
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Wild Card Round Results
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 24-10 (.706)
Regular Season Total: 160-95-1 (.627)
Playoffs Picks:  1-3 (.250)
Overall Total: 161-98-1 (.621)
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NFL Divisional Round Picks: 
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Seattle Seahawks over New Orleans Saints
New England Patriots over Indianapolis Colts
San Francisco 49ers over Carolina Panthers
Denver Broncos over San Diego Chargers
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