Fantasy Football: Player Breakdowns by Matchup, Wild Card Playoff Edition

Keet Bailey@@KeetBaileyCorrespondent IIJanuary 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs down field in a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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It’s playoff time, and if you’re in a fantasy league for the playoffs or simply need some advice for online fantasy football playoff games, you’re in the right place.

Not many folks play in playoff leagues, but they are quite fun if you can get them set up. It’s never easy, as there aren’t usually favorable matchups, as elite players go against elite defenses, and vice versa.

NFL Soup will continue its Weekly Player Breakdowns all throughout the NFL Playoffs, and we get it started with the first round’s fantasy matchups:

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco—I would consider sitting Flacco this week against a Kansas City secondary that’s much improved and has shut down some solid QBs this season. **

RB Ray Rice—Rice should fare well in this game against a defense that is susceptible against the run. ****

RB Willis McGahee—I wouldn’t touch McGahee. *

WR Anquan Boldin—Boldin has struggled for awhile now, and goes up against a tough Brandon Flowers. I wouldn’t recommend the start. **

WR Derrick Mason—Mason keeps making plays, as teams are focusing more on Boldin. I like Mason in the Flex. ***

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh—Housh isn’t worth starting at all. *

TE Todd Heap—Heap is back, and is a solid start this week against a team that isn’t the best against TE’s. ***

Baltimore Defense—This could be a tougher matchup as they don’t have a guy that can shut down Dwayne Bowe, and they’ll have to try and shut down Jamaal Charles. ****

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Matt Cassel—Cassel is still pretty solid, and faces an above average secondary. Not a terrible start. ***

RB Jamaal Charles—The Ravens play well against the run, but Charles can also make plays out of the backfield. ***

RB Thomas Jones—Jones is a mediocre Flex start this week.. **

WR Dwayne Bowe—Bowe should have a nice day against the Ravens. ***

WR Chris Chambers—I’d pass on the inconsistent Chambers. *

TE Tony Moeaki—Moeaki is a solid tight end, but I’ll pass this week against a team that’s strong against tight ends. **

Kansas City Defense—They could shut down Flacco, but I don’t know if they can shut down Rice. ***

New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez—Sanchez will probably be just mediocre this week. He’s struggling a bit as of late. ***

RB Shonn Greene—Greene is a solid start this week against such a weak running game. ****

RB LaDainian Tomlinson—Tomlinson should be a solid Flex start against the Colts. ***

WR Santonio Holmes—Holmes is a decent WR2, but Sanchez could struggle. ***

WR Braylon Edwards—I’d pass on Edwards this week, but he’s a Flex at the most.  ***

WR Jerricho Cotchery—Cotch hasn’t done much. He’s too inconsistent. *

TE Dustin Keller—Keller isn’t worth much as he’s not producing consistently. **

New York Defense—They should force a few turnovers as Manning struggles against 3-4 defenses. ***

Indianapolis Colts

QB Peyton Manning—Manning will throw touchdowns, but he’ll turn it over against this secondary. ***

RB Joseph Addai—Addai is back and ready to go. He’s a solid Flex this week. ***

RB Donald Brown—No thanks to Donald Brown with Joe Addai back. **

WR Reggie Wayne—Wayne will most likely be covered by Revis. I’d consider passing on starting him. ***

WR Pierre Garcon—Garcon is a nice option down field and he should produce in the Flex. ***

WR Blair White—White has decent Flex value with Collie out and in PPR. ***

TE Jacob Tamme—Tamme will be targeted heavily with Peyton Manning not having Wayne open much to throw to. ***

Indianapolis Defense—I’m not crazy about starting the Colts defense any week. *

Key Note- Dallas Clark is out for the season with a wrist injury. Austin Collie and Anthony Gonzalez were placed on the IR.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

New Orleans Saints

QB Drew Brees—Brees gets to go against one of the worst secondaries in the league. *****

RB Reggie Bush—Bush is a decent Flex play for PPR, but I don’t see much value even with Thomas and Ivory out. ***

RB Julius Jones—Jones is just a mediocre Flex risk this week assuming he gets the bulk of the carries. ***

WR Marques Colston—Colston will be heavily relied upon this week. ****

WR Lance Moore—I’d keep Lance in the Flex at the least. The Saints will have to pass. ***

WR Devery Henderson—Henderson can make plays, but he’s inconsistent. **

WR Robert Meachem—Meachem is frustrating. One week he can score two touchdowns, the next he’ll be invisible. Start at your own risk. **

TE Jeremy Shockey—Jimmy Graham seems to be stealing the spotlight. I’ll pass on Shockey. **

TE Jimmy Graham—Graham is a solid sleeper. He’s a nice red zone target. ***

New Orleans Defense—I like this defense against a weak offense in the Wild Card week. ****

Key NoteChris Ivory and Pierre Thomas have been placed on IR.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck—If H-Beck gets the start, he’s still just mediocre against a great pass defense.

QB Charlie Whitehurst—I’ll pass against one of the top pass defenses *

RB Marshawn Lynch—Lynch is barely worth a Flex start this week. ***

RB Justin Forsett—Forsett has great ability, but doesn’t get the touches that he deserves. **

WR Mike Williams—If Hasselbeck plays, he may be a solid Flex. ***

WR Ben Obomanu—Obomanu is risky Flex at the most. **

WR Ruvell Martin—Martin isn’t worth the risk this week. *

TE Jon Carlson—Carlson has done nothing in 2010. He shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

Seattle Defense—No thanks to Seattle’s defense against Drew Brees. *

Key NoteDeon Butler is out for the season with a compound fracture in his right leg.

Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers—Rodgers will produce regardless and he should have a solid game.  ****

RB Brandon Jackson—Jackson is a Flex start if you’re desperate, I wouldn’t advise it however. **

WR Greg Jennings—Jennings is a big play threat that should be started every week. ****

WR Donald Driver—Driver is worth a Flex each week. ***

WR James Jones—Jones isn’t a terrible Flex, but there could be better options. ***

WR Jordy Nelson—Nelson had a career game in Week 16. I don’t see him reproducing those stats this week though. **

TE Andrew Quarless—I’ll pass on Quarless in any week. *

Green Bay Defense—Green Bay is a risky choice against the Eagles top notch offense. **

Key NoteJermichael Finley is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Ryan Grant is done for the season.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Michael Vick—No reason to sit Vick in any week. ****

RB LeSean McCoy—McCoy should be in your lineup this week. ****

WR DeSean Jackson—Jackson will be fresh off of not playing in Week 17 and ready to make big plays. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin—Maclin is a Flex start at the least weekly. ***

WR Jason Avant—I’m not a fan of Avant. He doesn’t get enough looks.**

TE Brent Celek—Celek was targeted heavily in Week 16. He’s risky for this week, but the Packers aren’t the best against tight ends. ***

Philadelphia Defense—This should be a high scoring game. I’ll pass on this defense. **

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