You thought fantasy football season was over? Think again.
With so many fantasy games to play during the NFL playoffs there is no reason not to stay in fantasy mode. And when you're looking for a quarterback to rely on to get you off to a fast start, you have to pick up one or two of these guys.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle's rookie quarterback emerged as one of the best fantasy options down the stretch, and he remains one as we enter the postseason.
There may not have been a hotter player in fantasy during the last three weeks of the regular season. Wilson averaged 28.7 points per game during that stretch, throwing for six touchdowns, rushing for four more and turning the ball over just once.
Wilson enters the playoffs playing his best football, and a favorable Wild Card matchup with the Washington Redskins certainly helps.
The Redskins have by far the worst pass defense in the playoffs, ranking 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (281.9). The team's secondary simply won't be able to stop Wilson from showing off that impressive arm that allowed him to finish the season with a 100.0 passer rating.
When you take into account Wilson's natural dual-threat nature, and Washington's ability to take away the run (ranking fifth in rushing yards allowed per game) and forcing opponents to pass, it's only natural to expect a huge game from Wilson.
Projected Stats: 24-of-34, 301 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 44 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown (28 fantasy points)
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Another rookie quarterback who took the NFL by storm, Luck is also in for a big week in his first ever playoff game.
Luck may not be quite as hot as Wilson entering the playoffs, but there is one key stat that should make fantasy owners drool over this matchup—turnovers.
Luck has not turned the ball over a single time in the last three weeks. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens defense that he will be facing has only forced one turnover during that span.
Speaking of the Ravens defense, it is no longer the feared unit it once was. Even with Ray Lewis returning from an injury and Baltimore trying to send its Hall of Fame linebacker out in style, the team still ranks in the bottom half of the league in passing yards allowed per game and will be picked apart by Luck.
There is a reason why this guy broke the NFL record for passing yards in a season by a rookie, and you can bet that he will have another huge game against a weak secondary on Sunday.
Projected Stats: 22-of-32, 315 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 14 rushing yards (23 fantasy points)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Our last quarterback on this list has a bit more experience than the two rookies who started us off. The former Super Bowl MVP is back, and he will be looking for revenge against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers are coming off a loss against the Vikings on the road, but this game will be played in Lambeau Field, and the Pack will be looking to prove that they are the better team once and for all.
Rodgers had a big game against the Vikings in Week 17, throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns. However, it wasn't enough, and this week he will be looking for even more against the Vikings' 24th-ranked pass defense.
He is almost as hot as Wilson right now, averaging 28.0 points per game in the last three weeks, and scoring 11 touchdowns (10 passing, one rushing) compared to just one turnover. While he isn't running for very many yards, he is lighting up opposing secondaries, including that of the Vikings.
Despite what Greg Jennings' sister thinks of Rodgers, he has been playing extremely well and is going to tear apart the Vikings.
Projected Stats: 30-of-41, 407 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns (31 fantasy points)