Phil Dawson Niners
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football kicker rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
2. Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
5. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
6. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
7. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
8. Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints
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Vontaze Burfict
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football team defense rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. San Diego Chargers
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Philadelphia Eagles
8. New Orleans Saints
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football tight end rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham averaged 75.9 yards and a touchdown per game. He’s the undisputed top tight end in the game and is going up against the league’s worst pass defense in terms of yards allowed. The Philadelphia Eagles allowed 289.8 passing yards per game.
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2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis averaged 56.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He scored in the final six games. He’ll look to extend that streak against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 247.3 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. Davis had 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first game against Green Bay. In his past five playoff games he’s averaging 109.2 yards and a touchdown.
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3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates averaged 54.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s a clear step down from the top two, but he’s the best of the rest. Gates takes on the Cincinnati Bengals.
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4. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Celek averaged 31.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. In his final five games he averaged 42.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Celek takes on the New Orleans Saints.
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5. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener averaged 38 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s a little hit-or-miss, but he had seven games with at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown. Fleener faces the Kansas City Chiefs.
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6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Zach Ertz averaged 29.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. In his final six games he averaged 44.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
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7. Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless averaged 45.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his final four games. He’s a low-end play against the San Francisco 49ers.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football wide receiver rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green averaged 89.1 yard and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He scored five touchdowns in the past five games. Green faces the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts allowed 258.7 passing yards per game.
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2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson (10 catches, 161 yards) welcomed Aaron Rodgers back in a big way. He had seven catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the opener.
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3. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin averaged 73.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns this year, but averaged 86.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his final seven games. Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers.
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4. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson averaged 83.3 yards and and 0.6 touchdowns. He was quiet the past two games, but is primed to break out against the New Orleans Saints.
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5. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen averaged 72.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his final six games. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals allowed 1.4 touchdown passes per game.
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6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers wasn’t the only Packer to make a triumphant return. Randall Cobb came back to catch a pair of touchdown passes last week against the Chicago Bears. He had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Niners.
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7. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston closed out the season averaging 86.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his final four games. He should have continued success against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles allowed 289.8 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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8. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished strong averaging 95 yards in his last three games. He only scored five touchdowns on the year and those came in two games. He has a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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9. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree averaged 56.8 yards per game. He’s not all the way back, but he’s close. He should have a solid game against Green Bay.
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10. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Jones burst on the scene with a four-touchdown game, but he finished with 10 scores. He averaged 63.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his last four games.
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Jamaal Charles running
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles averaged 132 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. He got a week to rest up before facing the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 125.1 rushing yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. Charles scored 11 touchdowns in his final five games.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 yards. He averaged 134.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints allowed 111.6 rushing yards per game.
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3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore averaged 79.3 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Green Bay Packers. The Packers allowed 125 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground. Gore had 65 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Packers. Last year in the playoffs he had 167 total yards and a touchdown against Green Bay.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy averaged 95.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He had 72 total yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.
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5. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews averaged 134.3 total yard and 0.8 touchdowns during the San Diego Chargers’ four-game winning streak that propelled them into the playoffs. He’ll have his work cut out for him against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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6. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard 75.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Chargers. The Bolts allowed 107.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
BenJarvus Green-Ellis averaged just 47.3 yards per game, but he scored seven touchdowns, including four in the last five games. He’ll need to get in the end zone to be a fantasy asset.
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8. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Pierre Thomas averaged 66.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, but he was quiet down the stretch averaging 34 total yards with just one touchdown in his last five games. He’s got a decent matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Thomas is trending in the wrong direction.
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9. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown averaged 54 total yards and 0.9 touchdowns in his final eight games. He has a tough draw against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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10. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Richardson also has a tough draw against the Chiefs, but he has been more involved of late. T-Rich is averaging 72.5 total yards in his past four games.
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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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Blair Walsh
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football kicker rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
Walsh led the Wild Card kickers in scoring with 35 field goals and 36 extra points. He has the leg and accuracy to drill the long field goals. The Green Bay Packers allowed 26 field goals and 34 extra points.
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2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Tucker was third among Wild Card kickers in scoring with 30 field goals and 42 extra points. The Indianapolis Colts allowed 32 field goals and 39 extra points.
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3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks’ offense is on fire. Hauschka finished with 24 field goals and 46 extra points. The Washington Redskins allowed 28 field goals and 36 extra points.
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4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Crosby made 21 field goals and 50 extra points. He made all four of his field goals in his past two games, including a 48-yarder and a 51-yarder. His confidence should be improved. The Vikings have allowed 25 field goals and 33 extra points.
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5. Shayne Graham, Houston Texans
Graham was second among Wild Card kickers in scoring with 31 field goals and 45 extra points. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed 27 field goals and 33 extra points.
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6. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Vinatieri finished with 26 field goals and 37 extra points. The Baltimore Ravens allowed more field goals (37) than any other Wild Card team.
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7. Kai Forbath, Washington Redskins
Forbath finished with 17 field goals and 33 extra points. The Seahawks allowed 23 field goals and 24 extra points.
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8. Josh Brown, Cincinnati Bengals
Brown made 11 field goals and eight extra points in four games. The Texans allowed 21 field goals and 38 extra points.
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