If you are in a crunch to see who to start in your playoff match-ups, check out this week’s column for some great picks to put advance you to the next round.
QB Brett Favre, MIN @ CAR
Minnesota will be able to control the ball against the Panthers, so this leads us to think that Favre will have a lot of short pass attempts in the game which rack up pretty quickly. While the Vikes will run the ball a lot, Favre will still put up decent numbers.
Projected stats: 23/29, 289 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
WR Sidney Rice, MIN @ CAR
Rice has been Favre’s favorite target this year, mainly because he is such a big target that Favre is comfortable throwing to him because he doesn’t have to be dead-on accurate. Rice will get a lot of short targets, especially in the Red Zone on Sunday night.
Projected stats: 10 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD
RB Jamaal Charles, KC vs. CLE
I know this is the second week in a row that Charles has been a suggested start, but look what he did last week! This should only continue against a week Cleveland Browns team, and Charles may just propel your team to advancing.
Projected stats: 25 rushes, 146 yards, 1 TD, 6 catches, 41 yards, 1 TD
TE Fred Davis, WSH vs. NYG
The Giants’ defense looked bad last Sunday night against Philly. Fred Davis is on the rise as a fantasy stud, and it doesn’t look like the Giants will be slowing him down at all this weekend.
Projected stats: 5 catches, 68 yards, TD
QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. GB
Green Bay’s defense is one of the best at forcing turnovers (and overall defense), and with the game at Heinz Field, don’t expect great conditions for passing. It could be a grind-it-out low scoring game focused on the run.
Projected stats: 18/25, 212 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 2 rushes, 9 yards
WR Miles Austin, DAL @ NO
The Saints will be looking to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs this weekend. The Cowboys should have their Romo December woes continue in this tough environment, so don’t expect much from Austin as Romo and Roy Williams have started to develop a little chemistry.
Projected stats: 3 catches, 58 yards, 0 TD
RB Pierre Thomas, NO vs. DAL
Reggie Bush has taken an expanded role in the offense, and Thomas simply hasn't been getting it done on an elite level as of late. The Cowboys do a solid job against the run, so look for Thomas's numbers to be down again this week.
Projected stats: 13 carries, 41 yards, 0 TD, 5 catches, 36 yards
TE Greg Olsen, CHI @ BAL
Olsen was shut down last Sunday against the Packers and simply hasn't been a consistent option since scoring three touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals over a month ago. You can expect him to have similar struggles against the Ravens defense this week.
Projected stats: 3 catches, 31 yards, 0 TD