Daily Haze: Fantasy Playoff Prep, Divisional Weekend

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Daily Haze: Fantasy Playoff Prep, Divisional Weekend
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Week two of the NFL playoffs brings football fans a weekend of rematches. All of these teams have played their opponents at least once this season. Two of the games feature division rivals.

It truly is the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Last week I highlighted nine players fantasy owners should watch during the playoffs. Several of those players no longer are with us. Even still, there are plenty of good football players to continue monitoring during the tournament.

Ravens at Steelers

It is fun to watch these two teams knock the snot out of each other every time they play. Can Joe Flacco avenge his costly turnover in the most recent meeting?

Player to watch: Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers.

He had a nice 2010 regular season. Now let’s see if he is ready for big-time football. Fantasy owners are watching closely to see how he handles the heat.

Packers at Falcons

Green Bay and Atlanta was great football in the regular season. Matt Ryan led the Falcons back in the first meeting, but can he do it again?

Player to watch: James Starks, RB, Packers.

Starks was stellar against the Eagles, rushing for 123 yards on 23 carries. It was the kind of grind-it-out rushing the Packers missed most of the season. Ryan Grant is on notice.

Seahawks at Bears

Seattle beat Chicago in Soldier Field for one of their seven regular season victories. Can the Seahawks get to .500 on the season this weekend?

Player to watch: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks.

Lynch became a folk hero with his Tecmo-worthy run against the Saints last weekend. Can he continue building fantasy momentum now heading into the 2011 season?

Jets at Patriots

The last time these two played in Foxboro, the Jets got embarrassed 45-3. So who didn’t see this rematch coming?

Player to watch: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots.

Time for the LawFirm to secure his status as the team’s go-to running back, though the Patriots rarely give someone that title under Bill Belichick. If he can at least produce near the goal line, he could bolster his fantasy stock heading into 2011.

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