Daily Haze: Fantasy Playoff Prep, Divisional Weekend
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.
Here are today’s great reads:
- There still are several great options for playoff fantasy football if you still have the itch. I am participating in one playoff league on NFL.com and it is quite different from anything else I have done. Seems that scoring systems in playoff fantasy leagues are a dime a dozen, but all fun! [Fantasy Pros]
- For those of you looking forward to next fantasy football season—if there is one—here is an early look at the first round. Despite Arian Foster’s break-through campaign, Adrian Peterson still takes the cake. [FanHouse]
- Fantasy owners will have lots of questions this offseason: What will happen with Michael Vick and the Eagles’ QB situation? Will Shonn Greene and/or Ryan Mathews bounce back? The 2011 fantasy season, like all fantasy seasons, should be full of intrigue. [SI.com]
- Is your favorite 30 plus year old NFL player a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame? The jury still is out on mine, Drew Brees. But I agree with this assessment: “I think he’s almost there right now, and one or two more good seasons makes him a lock.” [The Big Lead]
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