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Here are the Lester’s Legends quarterback rankings for the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2014-15 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck averaged 297.6 yards per game during the regular season while leading the league with 40 touchdown passes. In two playoff wins Luck is averaging 320.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns.  He threw for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the New England Patriots. He knocked off one legend and his predecessor (Peyton Manning). Luck looks to take out another legend in Tom Brady.
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2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady averaged 268.6 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in the first 15 games of the regular season before the Patriots took it easy in the season finale. Brady has 46 touchdown passes in 27 career playoff games. He threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens despite a non-existent running game. Brady threw for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Colts allowed 27 passing touchdowns during the regular season.
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3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson averaged 217.2 passing yards, 1.3 touchdown passes, 53.1 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. He threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the playoff win over the Carolina Panthers. He threw for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers. Wilson has six touchdowns and zero interceptions in his past three playoff games. His running ability and tendency to take care of the football can mitigate his sometimes underwhelming passing totals.
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4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers averaged 273.8 yards and 2.4 touchdown passes during the regular season. He threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Seattle Seahawks have held Rodgers to 412 yards and a touchdown in the past two meetings. He’s ranked fourth out of respect to Seattle’s impressive defense, but the margin between one and four is very slim between these quarterbacks.
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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. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck averaged 297.6 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game during the regular season. His 40 touchdown passes led the league. Luck added 17.1 rushing yards per game. He threw for 376 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Luck threw for 370 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding another on the ground in the first meeting with the Denver Broncos.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers averaged 273.8 yards and 2.4 touchdown passes. He ran for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but Rodgers’ mobility will likely be limited with a calf injury. Rodgers should still be able to pick apart the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys allowed 251.9 passing yards per game.
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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady averaged 268.6 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in the first 15 games of the regular season before the New England Patriots took it easy in the season finale. Brady has 43 touchdown passes in 26 career playoff games, but he has a tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore did allow 248.7 passing yards per game.
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4. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo averaged 247 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game and closed the season with 12 touchdowns and one interception in his final four games. He stayed hot by throwing for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over the Detroit Lions. He’ll try to keep rolling against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 1.6 passing touchdowns per game on the year.
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5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning averaged 295.4 yards and 2.4 touchdown passes. He threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton closed the year averaging 233.8 yards and a touchdown in the final five games of the year.
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6. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco averaged 249.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He has 20 touchdowns to two interceptions in his past four postseasons. Flacco averaged 273 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in the past two playoff meetings with the New England Patriots.
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7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson averaged 217.2 passing yards, 1.3 touchdown passes, 53.1 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing yards. He has a tough draw against the red hot Carolina Panthers defense that held the Arizona Cardinals to 78 total yards.
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8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 223.4 passing yards, 1.3 passing touchdowns, 38.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns per game during the regular season. He threw for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding 35 yards in the running game in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. Newton faces the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle allowed just 185.6 passing yards per game.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck 297.6 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. His 40 touchdown passes led the league. Luck added 17.1 rushing yards per game. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals averaged 243 passing yards per game.
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2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger averaged 309.5 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he narrowly missed reaching 5,000 passing yards. Big Ben victimized the Baltimore Ravens for 340 yards and six touchdowns in Week 9, but threw for 217 yards without a score in Week 2. You can expect him to split the difference with around 280 yards and a couple of scores. In eight home starts Big Ben threw 23 touchdowns with just four interceptions while averaging 347.3 passing yards.
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 223.4 passing yards, 1.3 passing touchdowns, 38.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns per game. Newton closed out the year averaging 65.7 rushing yards and a rushing score in the final three games while throwing five touchdown passes. Cam’s ability to run positions him higher than some of the more seasoned pocket passers.
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4. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo averaged 247 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. He has a tough draw against the Detroit Lions, but Romo closed the season with 12 touchdowns and one interception in his final four games.
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5. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco averaged 249.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game. In his past three postseasons Flacco has 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Flacco averaged 234.5 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford had a down year by his standards averaging 266.1 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game. He faces the Dallas Cowboys on the road. Stafford averaged 250.1 yards and 1.1 scores in eight road starts.
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7. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton took a major step back this year averaging just 212.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game. Dalton has one touchdown and six interceptions in three postseason starts.
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8. Ryan Lindley, Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Lindley averaged 266 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in two starts to close out the season. He is easily the weakest option in the playoffs. Lindley faces the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers allowed 227.8 passing yards per game.
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Super Bowl XLVIII pits the old guard against the new guard when it comes to the quarterback matchup.
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Peyton Manning came into the league in what seems to be a lifetime ago with all the expectations in the world. He has delivered on that promise over the years, including leading the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl XLI victory.
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Peyton has had plenty of success with the Denver Broncos, including setting NFL records with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He is basically an offensive coordinator on the field. He always seems to be a step ahead of the defense. Even the raised stakes of the playoffs hasn’t slowed him as he has averaged 315 yards and a pair of touchdowns in wins over the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots.
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Seattle can get pressure up front and have a talented secondary. I don’t see Peyton having a monster day, but I just can’t go against Peyton in this historic year.
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Meanwhile, Russell Wilson is the new breed of quarterback that can do damage with his arm and his feet. Wilson was a third round pick that was a bit of a surprise last year as he won the starting job over Matt Flynn.
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Wilson averaged 209.8 passing yards, 1.6 passing touchdowns and 33.7 rushing yards. He hasn’t been asked to much in two playoff wins as he has averaged just 159 passing yards, 0.5 passing touchdowns and eight rushing yards. Seattle has relied on its defense and a strong rushing attack featuring Marshawn Lynch.
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Against Denver things are likely to change. The Broncos are going to put points on the boards. As good as Seattle is on defense, I can’t see them shutting down Denver’s high-powered offense. Wilson is going to have to put the Seahawks on his back and make plays with his arm.
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Denver allowed 254.4 passing yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season.
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While I think Peyton has the better day, I do think Wilson will put up decent numbers as well.
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Super Bowl XLVIII
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Here are the Lester’s Legends quarterback rankings for the  the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2013-14 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning averaged a ridiculous 342.3 yards and 3.4 touchdowns per game. The New England Patriots held him to 150 yards and a pair of scores in the first meeting. I don’t think the Pats will contain him quite as well in this one. Manning has too many weapons. Despite all of his success, Peyton still has plenty to prove. As long as he doesn’t press he should have a big day.
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2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady had 344 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting with Denver. He averaged 314.9 yards and two touchdowns in the final eight games of the regular season. Brady threw for 198 yards in the playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts. He didn’t throw a touchdown, but that was due to the Patriots scoring six on the ground. Brady will be asked to do more this week. I believe he’ll be up to the challenge.
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3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick didn’t have a banner regular season, but he’s averaging 211.5 passing yards, a passing score, 56.5 rushing yards and 0.5 rushing touchdowns in two playoff games. Kaepernick was held to 302 passing yards, one passing touchdown (four interceptions) and 118 rushing yards in two games against the Seattle Seahawks. Kaepernick should continue to get the job done with his feet and his arm thanks to having a solid trio of weapons in Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
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4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson continued to provide reduced production as he was held to 103 passing yards and 16 rushing yards against the New Orleans Saints. In two games against the Niners he averaged 170.5 passing yards, a passing touchdown, an interception and 17.5 rushing yards. He could pick up the victory, but I don’t expect Wilson to produce big numbers.
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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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Drew Brees spiral
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
If it weren’t for Peyton Manning’s historic season we would likely be talking about Drew Brees’ fourth 5,000-yard season. Brees averaged 322.6 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. Brees averages 68.5 fewer yards and 1.9 fewer touchdowns on the road, but he should offset that due to his matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles allowed a league-worst 289.8 passing yards per game.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers shook off some rust and finished with 318 yards and a pair of touchdowns to propel the Green Bay Packers into the playoffs. He faces the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in the season opener against them.
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3. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick averaged just 199.8 yards and 1.3 touchdowns through the air, but he added 32.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on the ground. He threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in he first meeting with the Packers. He had his coming out party against them in last year’s playoffs with 181 rushing yards, 263 passing yards and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). The Packers allowed 247.3 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles led the league with a 119.2 passer rating. He threw 27 touchdowns and had more rushing touchdowns (three) than interceptions (two). He faces the New Orleans Saints in what should be a shootout.
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5. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton quietly finished the season with 4,296 yards and 35 touchdowns (33 passing, two rushing). Dalton had 11 touchdowns in his past four games and 20 touchdowns en route to an undefeated home record. He faces the San Diego Chargers at home. The Chargers allowed 258.7 passing yards per game.
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6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck averaged 238.9 passing yards, 1.4 passing touchdowns, 23.6 rushing yards and 0.3 rushing touchdowns. He has a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he is playing at home.
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7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers averaged 279.9 yard and a pair of touchdowns per game. He had nine touchdown passes during the four-game winning streak that put the Chargers into the playoffs. A tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals hurts his value.
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8. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith is capable, but he isn’t asked to do as much as the other options since Jamaal Charles is such a force. Smith did average 220.9 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns and a sneaky 28.7 rushing yards.
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