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The NFL Playoffs can be tough in daily due to the smaller player pool, but it just means we have to be even better! It took me a while to come up with a team I liked, but I did and here it is!
QB Colin Kaepernick $8,100 SF@GB
I’m not a fan of the unbelievable cold in Green Bay these two teams will need to endure, but the field is heated so they won’t be playing on concrete and there isn’t snow or high winds forecasted for game time.
Quarterback this week is tough. I’d like to play one of the dome quarterbacks, but I’m just not completely sold on Alex Smith, even though I like his price and the other quarterbacks seem a bit too expensive for my tastes. Kaepernick has been playing much better of late, i.e. since Michael Crabtree returned, and Green Bay’s defense hasn’t. In his last three games he has topped 20 FanDuel points for an average of 22 per game, while the Packers haven’t kept an opposing quarterback from throwing two or more touchdowns since Christian Ponder in Week 12. Kaepernick has also destroyed the Packers in the past, with huge games in the playoffs last year and Week 1 of this season. Unless a blizzard rolls in I’m on board the Kaepernick Express.
RB LeSean McCoy $9,800 NO@PHI
Shady McCoy led the league in rushing and total yards this season and will look to keep that going against the Saints at home. The Saints road woes also show up in their rushing defense. At home they rank seventh in rushing yards allowed at 93.8, but on the road they rank 24th with 129.5 yards allowed. The Eagles will run the ball even if the Saints have success on offense, which is always a plus.
RB Frank Gore $6,100 SF@GB
Gore has scored in each of his last three games against the Packers and has 100 + yards twice. Green Bay has been getting run on at will of late and are giving up more rushing yards at home than on the road (137 to 113). They’ve allowed ten running backs to top 90 yards rushing this season and running backs are averaging 157 rushing yards per game against them over the last six weeks, including eight total touchdowns. For his price he’s hard to pass up.
WR Jordy Nelson $7,200 SF@GB
Jordy Nelson returned to the fantasy elite as soon as Aaron Rodgers stepped back on the field last week. In Week 1 against the 49ers he had seven receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. Over the last two weeks the 49ers have given up 267.5 yards receiving per game to wide receivers. For my money it’s A.J. Green and Nelson for upside this week and I couldn’t fit Green in my lineup.
WR Marques Colston $5,800 NO@PHI
Colston averaged six receptions for 75 yards per game over the second half of the season and caught four touchdowns. He’s averaging nine targets per game in the second half and is finally the true #2 receiver on the team next to Jimmy Graham. Drew Brees has had road woes, but still averages 290 yards passing away from the dome. He will throw until the bitter end and Colston should get his.
WR Griff Whalen $4,900 KC@IND
Over the last three games Whalen has 20 targets, 15 receptions, 157 yards and two touchdowns. His upside is limited to be sure, but for his price he has value as the second most targeted player next to T.Y. Hilton over the last three weeks.
TE Jimmy Graham $7,600 NO@PHI
The Eagles just allowed 12 receptions and 135 yards to Jason Witten last week, but I think the fact that Graham finished with 73 more FanDuel points than any other tight end speaks for itself. I do like Vernon Davis due to his propensity for big playoff games, but Graham is the best tight end in the game and is the safest bet in a week full of risk.
K Ryan Succop $5,000 KC@IND
D Kansas City Chiefs $5,500 KC@IND
This game has the lowest over/under and Kansas City is only behind Seattle in takeaways and fifth in sacks. I admit they haven’t been great of late, but there just aren’t any matchups I love for defense this weekend so I’ll go with the guys who have been able to do it in the past.