Are you depressed that your fantasy season is over? Do you want more fantasy football? Well you’re in luck! Thanks to websites such as Fanduel.com, Draftkings.com, and ESPN Gridiron Playoff Challenge, you can still play fantasy football during the playoffs. And now that you can keep your fantasy football season going, it is important to draft and play the best players each week.
For the first week of the NFL playoffs, there is a solid amount of quality fantasy players available to draft, including: quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running backs Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster; and even some under the radar players as well.
For this article, we will look at which players have a solid chance of contributing to one’s perfect roster for fantasy football this week.
QB Aaron Rodgers
This should come as no surprise that I believe Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers will post the most fantasy points by any QB this week.
In last week’s game vs. the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers was able to score 28.60 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues, which was the second best of all QBs that week. I expect Rodgers to produce similar numbers this week, as he will be facing the Vikings once again.
Despite coming away with a victory last week against the Packers, the Vikings’ defense has struggled against passing teams much of this season, and has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Perfect running backs
RB Ray Rice
Baltimore Ravens’ RB Ray Rice is destined to score a large amount of fantasy points this week. Rice will be rushing against the Indianapolis Colts, who allowed the seventh most fantasy points to RBs this regular season.
RB Arian Foster
This may shock a few fantasy players out there, but I believe Houston Texans RB Arian Foster will put up bigger fantasy numbers than Adrian Peterson this week.
I know that Peterson ran for over 200 yards and two touchdowns last week vs. the Packers, but I believe the Packers will stack the box this week and make Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder try to beat them. Peterson will still produce some respectable numbers, but Foster will have a much easier path to fantasy points, as he has more offensive weapons around him; which in the end will take some attention off of him and the running game.
Perfects wide receivers
WR A.J. Green
Cincinnati Bengals’ WR A.J. Green has been one of the top fantasy WRs this year and this week will not be any different. Green is going against the Texans, who allowed the 11th most fantasy points to WRs during the 2012 NFL regular season.
WR Jordy Nelson
QB Aaron Rodgers has a handful of talented receivers to throw to each and every week, and any one of them could easily score in the top three of WRs this week, but I believe Jordy Nelson will score the most of any. Last week against the Vikings, Nelson accumulated three receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown.
WR Reggie Wayne
The Baltimore Ravens’ defense has not allowed many fantasy points to WRs this year, but I think this week could be a different story. The Ravens should get off to an early lead against the Indianapolis Colts, which will make QB Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense resort quickly to the passing game. This will free up veteran WR Reggie Wayne to put up some impressive fantasy numbers and keep the Colts in the game.
Perfect tight end
TE Owen Daniels
Arian Foster is not the only Houston Texan that will score a lot of fantasy points this week; TE Owen Daniels should also produce a quality fantasy outing. Owens’ opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to TEs this year and will allow the most this week.
K Adam Vinatieri
Indianapolis Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri has the best match-up and chance to score the most fantasy points of all kickers this week, as he is facing the Baltimore Ravens, who have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to kickers this year.
Perfect defense/special teams
D/ST Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers’ D/ST are primed to score the most fantasy points this week. The Packers’ defense will make Adrian Peterson’s day much harder than they did last week and should make QB Christian Ponder commit a few turnovers in the process.
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