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5 Breakout Fantasy Players of the 2013 NFL Playoffs

Gordie GoldCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

5 Breakout Fantasy Players of the 2013 NFL Playoffs

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    If you aren't using the 2013 NFL Playoffs as a time to start scouting breakout fantasy football studs, then you are not a diehard fantasy football owner.

    With the best teams in the NFL going head to head this postseason, several players are starting to break out and show they are worthy of a spot on a fantasy football roster.

    With only one game left, here are five fantasy football players who have had big performances so far in the playoffs. 

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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    Though Jacquizz Rodgers' statistics weren't overly impressive this postseason (20 carries, 96 yards), what made him stand out was the fact that he was much more involved in the Atlanta Falcons' offense.

    It looks like Michael Turner's days as the featured back for the Falcons are over. This postseason Turner only had 22 carries, which wasn't far off from the 222 carries he had during the regular season. This is a major drop-off from the 300-plus attempts he averaged during the last two seasons. 

    With Turner's production on the decline, expect Rodgers to make more of an impact next season.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

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    No player has had more of a breakout performance this postseason than Joe Flacco.

    Flacco has been absolutely sensational while leading the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl, throwing for 853 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    Fantasy football owners should not think that this a fluke. Check out Flacco's stats ever since Jim Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator in Week 15. Besides his Week 15 (Caldwell's first game ever as an offensive coordinator) and Week 17 (the Ravens rested their starters) games, Flacco has thrown for a combined 1,162 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    If Flacco can have another impressive outing in the Super Bowl, he has a legit shot of becoming a low end No.1 fantasy quarterback heading into next year.

DuJuan Harris, RB, Green Bay Packers

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    In his two postseason starts, DuJuan Harris proved to fantasy football owners that he is worth drafting next season, as long as he remains the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers.

    Not only did Harris carry the ball 28 times and score two touchdowns, but he also caught seven passes.

    If Harris beats out Cedric Benson for the Packers' starting running back position, he will have great value in PPR leagues.

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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    Michael Crabtree isn't breaking out this postseason. He is solidifying himself as one of the best receivers in the NFL.

    Crabtree had an excellent regular season, recording career highs in receiving yards (1,105) and touchdowns (nine). In two postseason games, Crabtree has caught 15 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

    With Colin Kaepernick only getting better, expect Crabtree to become a top 10-15 fantasy wide receiver in the league.

Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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    If you draft Ray Rice next year, make sure you also get Bernard Pierce.

    Pierce has done a terrific job in his rookie year as the Ravens No. 2 running back and is getting more involved in the offense every week. This postseason, Pierce has carried the ball 27 times and is averaging over six yards per carry.

    Rice is going to continue to get the bulk of the carries, but don't be surprised to see Pierce get at least 10-15 touches per game next year.

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