Luke Kuechly
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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. Carolina Panthers
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. Detroit Lions
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. Cincinnati Bengals
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Adam Vinatieri
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football team kicker rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
2. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
3. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
5. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
6. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
7. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
8. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
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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. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen averaged 63 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. His 1,008 yards were a career-high and second only to Rob Gronkowski (1,124 yards) among tight ends. Olsen faces the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards allowed 259.5 passing yards per game.
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2. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener averaged 48.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He finished the year averaging 61.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in the final five games. Fleener had 64 yards in the first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten averaged 43.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, but averaged 69.3 yards in the final three games of the year. Despite having a down year Witten is capable of turning in a decent performance against the Detroit Lions.
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4. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Heath Miller averaged 47.6 yard per game on the year. He averaged 59 yards per game in the final three weeks of the season. He faces the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens ranked 24th with 248.7 passing yards allowed per game.
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5. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens
Owen Daniels averaged 35.1 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He averaged 40.5 yards and a touchdown in two meetings with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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6. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Dwayne Allen averaged 30.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s dealing with a knee injury, but should be able to go against the Bengals. When healthy he’s one of the premier red zone targets at his position.
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7. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Jermaine Gresham averaged 30.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He caught 10 passes for 48 yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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8. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
Eric Ebron averaged 19.1 yards per game. He’s not a reliable fantasy option.
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Antonio Brown
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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. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown led the NFL with 1,698 yards and finished second with 13 touchdowns. He averaged 117 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two meetings with the Baltimore Ravens. Brown had at least 90 yards in 13 games.
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2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant averaged 82.5 yards per game and led the league with 16 touchdowns. He scored six touchdowns in the final three games and 12 in the final nine games. A tough matchup against the Detroit Lions keeps him out of the top spot.
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3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson averaged 99.8 yards and a touchdown in the past five games. He should be busy against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys allowed 251.9 passing yards per game.
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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green averaged 80.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He was held without a catch in Week 16, but finished with eight receptions for 82 yards. He’s a solid option against the Indianapolis Colts. Indy allowed 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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5. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 96.1 yards in his first 14 games before a hamstring injury forced him to miss one game and be limited in the season finale. He should be ready to roll against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hilton had 107 yards against them in the first meeting.
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6. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin averaged 63 yards and 0.6 yards in a sensational rookie year that was overshadowed by Odell Beckham, Jr. and Mike Evans. Unlike those phenoms, Benjamin is still playing. He faces the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards ranked 29th in the league with 259.5 passing yards per game.
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7. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith averaged just 47.9 yards per game, but scored 11 touchdowns on the year, including one in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He scored three times in the last two games.
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8. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Golden Tate averaged 83.2 yards per game. He took a back seat when Megatron returned, but he’s still a dangerous weapon.
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9. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith averaged 66.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He averaged 53.5 yards in two meetings with Pittsburgh.
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10. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd averaged 52.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He finished the year with 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has the potential for a big game, but the Cardinals’ passing attack is suspect.
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Le'Veon Bell
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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. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell averaged 138.4 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He closed out the year averaging 171.7 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his final six games. Bell averaged 82.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two meetings with the Baltimore Ravens.
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2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray averaged 141.3 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Despite a hand injury Murray averaged 89.5 total yards and a touchdown in the final two games. His tough matchup with the Detroit Lions top-ranked run defense keeps him out of the top spot, but Murray is a plus start regardless of his opponent.
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3. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill averaged 83.7 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He closed out the year averaging 136.3 total yards and a touchdown in the final three games. In the five games that Hill received 20 carries he averaged 140.2 yards. He should find success against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 113.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell averaged 78.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. In the final five games he averaged 98 total yards and a touchdown. Bell stands a good chance of scoring against the Dallas Cowboys. Only the Atlanta Falcons (21) allowed more rushing touchdowns than Dallas’ 18.
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5. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett was one of the biggest fantasy football surprises averaging 95.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He averaged 88.5 total yards in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart averaged 76.2 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. J-Stew averaged 108.8 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns in his final five games. He faces the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards allowed 108.7 rushing yards per game.
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7. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Herron averaged 73.5 total yards in the final six games of the year. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals allowed 116.3 yards and a touchdown per game.
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8. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard averaged 79.2 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Despite losing the feature back role to Hill, Bernard averaged 82.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the final three games.
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9. Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals
Kerwynn Williams averaged 64.3 total yards in the final four games of the year. He faces the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers allowed 112 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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10. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush averaged 69.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game in the final two games of the season. He could play a factor against the Cowboys, but he’s a risky fantasy option.
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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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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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