Daily Haze: Fantasy Playoff Prep, Championship Weekend
Last weekend’s games were full of intrigue and storylines. We kept our eye on four players from all the games, and here is how we think they fared.
Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: A virtual non-factor. He will need to have a better game this weekend against a better secondary to steady his stock.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Hard to have as much of an impact when your team gets behind the eight ball very, very quickly. Still nothing more than a mid-to-low end RB3 heading into next year.
Time to turn the attention to championship weekend.
Bears v. Packers
Third time’s a charm. The two teams split the regular season, but Green Bay comes in with all of the momentum. Jay Cutler played well in his first playoff start, and Aaron Rodgers has been on fire. This one should be lots of fun.
Player to watch: James Jones, WR, Packers
Jones made some spectacular catches, including a replay-worthy touchdown grab, against Atlanta after being widely criticized for some bad drops at Philadelphia. Can he follow up a good performance with another one?
Steelers v. Jets
Another rematch. The Jets beat the Steelers at Pittsburgh toward the end of the regular season to help secure a playoff berth. But the Steelers were without Troy Polamalu in that game and had four chances inside the Jets’ 10-yard line to win the game.
Player to watch: Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets
Poise. That is all anyone talks about with Sanchez. And in the playoffs, he has played with loads of it. Can he propel the Jets to the Super Bowl with another poised performance?
Here are today’s great reads:
- Interesting rumor of the day: Chad OchoCinco to Oakland. Would be a good fit for the Raiders, who could use a possession receiver of his caliber to go along with speedsters Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey. [ProFootballTalk]
- Play in a keeper league? It is never to early to take inventory of some of your keeper options for the 2011 season. Come back next week for our take on a few sleeper keepers. [FFToolBox]
- Now that the Pats have been bounced from the real NFL playoffs, fantasy owners have some time to reflect on the ragtag group around Tom Brady. Adding a big name receiver to this offense would really, really help bolster it. And it would not hurt if Bill Belichick decided to be a little more consistent with his running game strategy. [CBSSports]
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