Wild Card Weekend: Notable Fantasy Football Playoff Performances
Regular fantasy football season is over and it's time for the fantasy playoffs. Fantasy playoffs are another way to extend the fantasy football season a little longer, giving hope to those whose season ended early due to injuries, bad luck or bad drafting.
This week’s top performers in playoff fantasy leagues:
Saints vs. Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks- Hasselbeck threw all over one of the league's toughest passing defenses. It looked like nobody was covering the Seahawk receivers all game. The 272 passing yards with four touchdowns proved that Hasselbeck can still be what he use to be just a few short seasons ago.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks- Lynch was held in check most of the game until the most important series of the game. With the Saints trailing by four and needing a stop, Lynch had one of the best runs in league history. His 67-yard touchdown run will be on highlight reels for years to come, giving the power back 131 yards rushing and one touchdown for the game.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints- Brees threw for over 400 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Saints offense to 36 points, but his performance was not enough to take down the Seahawks at their noisy stadium. This leads to the question, should there be a re-seeding when making the playoffs?
Julius Jones, RB, Saints- Jones finished with 59 yards rushing with two touchdowns, but it was his fumble that helped the Seahawks get back in the game when they were trailing early on. The fumble was a key play in the Seahawks win.
Jets vs. Colts
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets- The Jets were able to control the game on the ground thanks to 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Tomlinson. In a defensive minded game, the Jets rushing attack came ready to grind out a win.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts- With Reggie Wayne bottled up by Revis “Island,” the Colts needed another wide receiver to step up. Garcon decided it would be his night as the receiver caught five passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Ravens vs. Chiefs
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens- I am wacco for Flacco once again. Flacco was impressive, passing the ball for 265 yards and two touchdowns at Arrowhead Stadium. I thought the Ravens would rely on their running game, but Flacco used his arm to set up touchdowns instead.
Todd Heap, TE, Ravens- Heap was a huge reason Flacco was successful throwing the ball. Heap, who has been battling injuries the past few seasons, has not been the dominant tight end he once was, but on Sunday he showed he may be coming back with a 10 catch, 108-yard performance.
Packers vs. Eagles
James Starks, RB, Packers- Who knew the Packers had a running game? The Eagles didn't as they allowed Starks to rush for 123 yards on 23 carries. Starks running opened the field up for Aaron Rodgers to pick apart the Eagles defense.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers- Rodgers finally got the elusive big game victory in the playoffs he had been missing. He passed for only 180 yards, but added three touchdowns in leading the Packers to a road playoff win.
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles- Vick was his normal self, passing for 292 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 33 yards and one touchdown. He just did not have enough in the end, throwing an interception in the end zone while trying to lead his team to victory. Vick was a great story this season that the Packers were ready to end early.
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