Fantasy Football Predictions: 10 Players Who Will Help You Win a Championship

Matt LeirdahlContributor IIINovember 2, 2011

Fantasy Football Predictions: 10 Players Who Will Help You Win a Championship

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    2011's championship week offers many great matchups such as Andre Johnson against the Indianapolis Colts or Ray Rice against the Cleveland Browns.

    Every fantasy football league is different, but for most leagues, championship week is Week 15, 16 or 17. 

    So, for this article, the best matchups of the last three weeks of the season and the players who will exploit them the best were chosen.

    Teams like the Green Bay Packers probably won't be playing Aaron Rodgers at the end of the season, so those teams and players were excluded. 

    Here are the players who will help you win in the final game of the season. 

Michael Turner

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    The Atlanta Falcons will be in contention for a wild-card position in the playoffs, meaning the games at the end of the season will actually matter.

    Michael Turner has been solid all season, scoring six touchdowns and being an extremely important component of the Falcons offense.

    In the final weeks of the season, the Falcons play the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Jacksonville has a mediocre run defense and probably will get killed by the Falcons, making running out the clock and running the ball a high priority for the Falcons.

    The New Orleans Saints have one of the worst run defenses in the league, giving up 124.1 yards per game.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not much better. They give up 123.4 yards per game and 24.1 points per game.

    Turner will be a great asset, especially late in the season. 

Matt Forte

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    The Chicago Bears are playing in one of the toughest divisions in football, the NFC North.

    This means that they will need to fight until Week 17 to get a wildcard spot.

    In the final weeks of the season, the Bears play the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers

    Bears RB Matt Forte will tear through theses defenses.

    Chicago is playing Seattle at home in Week 15, meaning that it will be cold and possibly snowing. This makes running the ball almost guaranteed.

    The Packers will have the No. 1 seed wrapped up by Week 16, meaning many starters will see limited playing time, perfect for the Bears offense. 

Michael Vick

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    Coming off a huge win against the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles are back in the hunt for a playoff spot.

    In Week 16, the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys again, and judging by his performance against the Eagles in Week 8, Michael Vick will have another big week.

    Against the Cowboys, he threw two touchdowns and 279 yards. He also didn't throw any interceptions.

    If Vick and the Eagles can get into a groove, they will be a tough team to beat and, because of their slow start, they will need to be playing deep into the season to make the playoffs. 

Ray Rice

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    As of Week 8, the Baltimore Ravens are in position for a wild-card spot, something they will have to fight for the rest of the season. 

    In order to stay in contention, the Ravens will need to depend on RB Ray Rice. He has seven touchdowns and more than 800 combined yards so far.

    In Week 16, the Ravens play the Cleveland Browns, who have one of the worst run defenses in the league. 

    They give up more than 30 points per game and average giving up 127.3 yards per game on the ground.

    There is no doubt that Ray Rice will take advantage of this. 

Fred Jackson

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    One of the biggest surprises of 2011 has been Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson.

    He has over 1000 combined yards and he has scored six touchdowns. 

    He is showing no signs of slowing down.

    The Buffalo Bills will be in contention late in the season either for a division title, or a wild-card position.

    In Weeks 15 and 16, the Bills play the Miami Dolphins and the Denver Broncos.

    These teams have mediocre run defenses and give up a lot of points. Those are two games that the Bills should have no problem winning.

    With Jackson being one of the main components of the Bills offense, he will be scoring a lot of the points to win those games. 

Andre Johnson

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    There is no doubt that the Houston Texans will be fighting for home-field advantage in the final part of the season. 

    In the last three weeks of the season, Houston will tear through the Carolina Panthers, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Tennessee Titans.

    Andre Johnson will make sure that happens, after he comes back from his hamstring injury.

    In the four games that he has played, Johnson scored two touchdowns and accumulated 352 receiving yards.

    The Panthers give up an average of 225.5 yards be game in the air, and they have not dealt will an all-star receiver yet this season. 

    The Colts are the Colts. They give up more than 250 yards per game and 32.6 points per game.

    When Andre Johnson makes his comeback, it will be a very big one, especially in Weeks 15 and 16. 

Adrian Peterson

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    Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the league. That will not change by the end of the season. 

    Peterson has 10 touchdowns in 2011. 

    In Weeks 15 and 16, the Minnesota Vikings play the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins.

    They both have weak running defenses. With rookie quarterback Christian Ponder now starting, the Vikings will need to rely on Peterson.

    The Redskins and Saints both give up more than 120 yards per game and Peterson will have no problem running right through them.

Tom Brady

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    Over the years, Tom Brady has been one of the most consistent fantasy football players in the league.

    Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will have to fight down to the wire for either the division title or home-field advantage. 

    During the last three weeks of the season, the New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and the Buffalo Bills. 

    These three teams have downright bad pass defenses. 

    The Broncos give up 249.7 passing yards per game.

    The Dolphins give up 270.7.

    The Bills give up 265.9.

    They will have no problem with the Broncos or Dolphins. 

    Look for big performances out of Tom Brady toward the end of the season. 

Darren McFadden

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    The Oakland Raiders may be in one of the most heated races in the league at the end of the season. 

    After Week 8, three teams are tied at 4-3 in the AFC West. 

    The Raiders will need to play hard for all 16 games in order to make the playoffs.

    In Week 15, the Oakland Raiders play the Detroit Lions who have the No. 30 ranked rushing defense.

    They give up 137.6 yards per game.

    McFadden will have a big week, especially if Carson Palmer doesn't get his act together by then. McFadden will be the entire Raider offense. 

Calvin Johnson

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    Calvin Johnson is the No. 1 fantasy football receiver in the league, and that is not going to change. 

    In Week 17, the Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers, the second worst passing defense in the league.

    By Week 17, the Packers will have wrapped up home-field advantage and will have nothing to play for. 

    Their starting defense won't be playing the whole game.

    This opens up great possibilities for the Lions offense, who will be playing for a wild-card spot or the No. 2 seed.