20 Players With the Best Fantasy Football Playoff Schedules

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Introduction:

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The fantasy football playoffs are almost here and that means this is crunch time when it comes to doing your weekly lineup. Every decision you make can either send you to the next round or end your season.

There are several studs that have absolutely horrible playoff schedules in 2012. For instance, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plays the Chicago Bears eighth-ranked run defense and the Houston Texans second-ranked run defense in Week 16. These are two brutal games for the NFL’s leading rusher; so don’t expect AP to carry you to a championship in 2013.

Even Tom Brady has a less than favorable matchup down the stretch by playing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 and the Texans in Week 15. Brady does not have a favorable fantasy matchup until Week 16’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the 28th-ranked run defense and 29th-ranked pass defense. However, in the playoffs the first two weeks can be full of surprises, so it will be a long two weeks for Brady owners.

However, there are also some players that have cakewalks for the final three fantasy games, which happens every season. This is one reason why paying attention to a potential player’s postseason schedule is just as important as paying attention to his regular season schedule or his bye week. It is the most crucial three weeks of the season, so it should matter while drafting.

Keeping in mind that the majority of the fantasy football world has their playoffs between Week 14-16, here are my top 20 players with a very favorable schedule for the 2012 fantasy football playoffs:

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20. WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 16 Opponent: @ Miami Dolphins

The Buffalo Bills wideout hauled in 106 yards last week, but more importantly was targeted 16 times. Buffalo is finally looking his way and Stevie will get some room to work in the final couple weeks of the 2012 season. Johnson will decimate a Seattle secondary in Week 15 that just lost their two starting corners to suspension, plus SJ plays a Dolphins defense in Week 16 that is ranked 26th in the league against the pass. Johnson will be a great second fantasy receiver throughout the month of December.

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19. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Houston Texans

Week 15 Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 16 Opponent: @ Jacksonville Jaguars

With superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski still out for an underdetermined amount of time, Welker has been the main benefactor of the extra targets. QB Tom Brady has finally renewed his chemistry with his favorite slot receiver, as Welker has received 10 or more targets in three straight games. He has also hauled in over 70 yards per contest, so expect him to have a huge final month for fantasy owners as the Pats are still fighting for home field advantage.

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18. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 15 Opponent: @ Cleveland Browns

Week 16 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles

Baltimore is ranked 26th against the run, Cleveland is ranked 19th, and Philly is ranked 18th against the run, so Morris potentially has a great road ahead of him. However, the only thing that could hinder the production of Morris overall would be the production of quarterback Robert Griffin III, because RG3 could just as easily end up being the one to get all the rushing yards. Regardless Morris has done it all year long, and has some great matchups to stare at on the calendar.

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17. WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Minnesota Vikings

Week 15 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

Week 16 Opponent: @ Arizona Cardinals

The Chicago wideout luckily plays two of his three December games inside of a dome by playing in Minnesota and Arizona. He has three games against less than impressive corners; so expect Marshall to use his size to win several matchups in the air. He will have a great playoff run this fantasy season.

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16. TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New York Giants

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 16 Opponent: @ Dallas Cowboys

Graham is finally healthy and will be looking to make some noise in the final weeks of the year. The Giants, Bucs, and Cowboys have collectively the oldest set of linebackers in the game, so expect Graham to have no problem getting open. It also helps Graham's case that the Saints play two games indoors this December.

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15. WR A. J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 15 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles

Week 16 Opponent: @ Pittsburgh Steelers

At first glance it appears that Green has a scary stretch of matchups. However, he has been uncoverable this season and has already hauled in 10 touchdowns, so don’t expect him to start posting mediocre numbers now. Green can embarrass any corner in the game, so just sit back and enjoy the show.

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14. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 15 Opponent: @ Chicago Bears

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Tennessee Titans

This is the lowest that Rodgers has ever been on any list in the history of fantasy football, but it is with good reason. Rodgers’ Week 15 matchup against the Bears is an ugly one, and considering that it is at Solider Field, just makes it worse. Rodgers will post outstanding numbers against Detroit, and potentially against the Titans in Week 16, but A-Rod owners must get past his brutal Week 15 matchup in order to reach the championships.

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13. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 16 Opponent: @ Denver Broncos

Richardson plays Kansas City, Washington, and Denver in the final three weeks of the fantasy season. All three of these defenses are aging by the day and will have a tough time matching Richardson’s downhill power and intensity. Look for T-Rich to score at least four times during this soft three-game stretch.

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12. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

Week 15 Opponent: @ Arizona Cardinals

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Calvin plays a skilled, but rather small set of corners, in Tramon Williams (5’11”), Patrick Peterson (6’1”), and Asante Samuel (5’10”). Johnson has a giant size advantage over them all, so look for the Megatron to use his massive six-foot-five frame to gain position downfield. Expect Johnson to have over 100 receiving yards in all three contests and easily score more than three touchdowns.

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11. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Carolina Panthers

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

Week 16 Opponent: @ Detroit Lions

Jones is finally over his hand and ankle injures and is ready to be a fantasy superstar when it counts. Roddy White has seen a huge decrease in his targets over the last month, as it appears that even with an injured ankle, Jones has still managed to secure the number one fantasy receiver tag in Atlanta. Jones will get to abuse some of the worst defenses in the game over the final month of the fantasy season, so make sure to keep him active at all times.

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10. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Washington Redskins

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 16 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

Rice’s scamper last week that clinched the game against the San Diego Chargers is foreshadowing for what Rice is about to do in the fantasy playoffs this year. Rice has been rather timid this season, but he always saves his best stuff for the end of the season.

Rice may play some tough run-defenses, but remember he has also caught 48 balls this year. Rice can get to the corner against any linebacker during the three-week playoff stretch, so he will average 100 all-purpose yards a game.

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9. QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Carolina Panthers

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

Week 16 Opponent: @ Detroit Lions

Ryan has some great matchups in the finals week. He faces the New York Giants 25th ranked defense in Week 15 in what will be an obvious shootout. Next in Week 16 “Matty Ice” plays a Detroit team that was just torched for 315 yards on Thanksgiving by Houston QB Matt Schaub. Ryan has all the weapons in the world. At this point the only thing that can keep him from 300 yards and at least two touchdowns a game is the big lead the 11-1 Flacons have in the NFC.

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8. WR Demaryius Thomas & WR Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Oakland Raiders

Week 15 Opponent: @ Baltimore Ravens

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

Right now it is hard to pick against either one of these wideouts. They are both putting up All-Pro numbers with Peyton Manning throwing them the ball, and are both playing like fantasy starters. Denver plays some poor pass defenses as well, so Thomas and Decker will get plenty of chances to make plays. Start them both with confidence throughout the playoffs this year.

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7. RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Indianapolis Colts

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Jets

Week 16 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

Johnson started the season off horribly with only one 100-yard rushing performance in his first six games of the 2012 season. However, in the five games since then he has averaged 128.1 rushing yards per start and has scored four times.

CJ2K also plays some easy defenses, as Indy is ranked 20th against the run and the Jets are pathetically ranked 30th. Johnson will easily averaged 100 yards and a touchdown per game down the stretch, so make sure to leave him in your lineup.

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6. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New York Giants

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 16 Opponent: Dallas Cowboys

Brees threw five interceptions on Thursday Night Football against the Falcons, proving there are times that the veteran still tries to force the ball. However, Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game, so do not hesitate to start him in the playoffs, especially looking ahead at his schedule.

The Giants defense is ranked 25th against the pass, so that is one defense that Brees will certainly pick apart. Also Brees threw four touchdowns against the Bucs earlier in the year, which may allow the quarterback take out some frustration against the division foe. He will rebound from his rough Thursday night game and easily throw eight or more touchdowns against these three weak pass defenses.

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5. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 15 Opponent: @ New Orleans Saints

Week 16 Opponent: vs. St. Louis Rams

The Eagles are 18th against the run, the Saints are dead last, and the Rams defense is not exactly a powerhouse of the league. Martin is the fourth ranked rusher in the NFL with 1,050 yards through 10 games, so expect “Muscle Hamster” to have a couple strong games.

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4. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New England Patriots

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

“Andre 3000” has hauled in 461 yards in his last two games alone and faces off against three of the worst pass defenses in the game. Johnson is set to explode this fantasy postseason, just hope that you either have him or are not playing against him.

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3. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New England Patriots

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Absolutely no one has been able to stop Foster this year, so there is no reason to think it will happen in the fantasy playoffs. Foster is the one back in fantasy that is a guaranteed 100 yards and a touchdown each game. Plus Foster has averaged 193 total yards in his last three games against the Colts, and has scored five times against them, so he could easily go over 200 yards in Week 15.

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2. QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 15 Opponent: @ Cleveland Browns

Week 16 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles

RG3 has been practically unstoppable this season, as he has developed into a fantasy star much quicker than anticipated. Griffin III has thrown eight touchdowns in the last two games, so he can beat teams with his arm as well as with his legs Baltimore’s defense is really banged up right now, which can only lead to more matchup problems all over the field for RG3 to expose. Also in Week 15 the young quarterback gets to play a less than stellar Browns defense that is averaging 362.1 yards against per game, plus he plays an Eagles defense in Week 16 that he just threw four touchdown passes against in Week 11. Expect huge numbers from RG3 in the fantasy playoffs this season.

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1. QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Oakland Raiders

Week 15 Opponent: @ Baltimore Ravens

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

Of all the players in fantasy football, Manning has the best playoff schedule. The four-time MVP plays an Oakland defense that is ranked 24th against the pass defense, a Baltimore team that is ranked 23rd, and a Cleveland team that is ranked 21st. All three of these pass defenses are near the bottom of the NFL, so you can bet that Peyton will pick them apart. Manning should easily throw 10 touchdowns over his three fantasy playoff games this year and once again lead many fantasy owners to an always coveted fantasy title.

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Introduction:

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Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

The fantasy football playoffs are almost here and that means this is crunch time when it comes to doing your weekly lineup. Every decision you make can either send you to the next round or end your season.

There are several studs that have absolutely horrible playoff schedules in 2012. For instance, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plays the Chicago Bears eighth-ranked run defense and the Houston Texans second-ranked run defense in Week 16. These are two brutal games for the NFL’s leading rusher; so don’t expect AP to carry you to a championship in 2013.

Even Tom Brady has a less than favorable matchup down the stretch by playing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 and the Texans in Week 15. Brady does not have a favorable fantasy matchup until Week 16’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the 28th-ranked run defense and 29th-ranked pass defense. However, in the playoffs the first two weeks can be full of surprises, so it will be a long two weeks for Brady owners.

However, there are also some players that have cakewalks for the final three fantasy games, which happens every season. This is one reason why paying attention to a potential player’s postseason schedule is just as important as paying attention to his regular season schedule or his bye week. It is the most crucial three weeks of the season, so it should matter while drafting.

Keeping in mind that the majority of the fantasy football world has their playoffs between Week 14-16, here are my top 20 players with a very favorable schedule for the 2012 fantasy football playoffs:

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20. WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 16 Opponent: @ Miami Dolphins

The Buffalo Bills wideout hauled in 106 yards last week, but more importantly was targeted 16 times. Buffalo is finally looking his way and Stevie will get some room to work in the final couple weeks of the 2012 season. Johnson will decimate a Seattle secondary in Week 15 that just lost their two starting corners to suspension, plus SJ plays a Dolphins defense in Week 16 that is ranked 26th in the league against the pass. Johnson will be a great second fantasy receiver throughout the month of December.

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19. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Houston Texans

Week 15 Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 16 Opponent: @ Jacksonville Jaguars

With superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski still out for an underdetermined amount of time, Welker has been the main benefactor of the extra targets. QB Tom Brady has finally renewed his chemistry with his favorite slot receiver, as Welker has received 10 or more targets in three straight games. He has also hauled in over 70 yards per contest, so expect him to have a huge final month for fantasy owners as the Pats are still fighting for home field advantage.

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18. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 15 Opponent: @ Cleveland Browns

Week 16 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles

Baltimore is ranked 26th against the run, Cleveland is ranked 19th, and Philly is ranked 18th against the run, so Morris potentially has a great road ahead of him. However, the only thing that could hinder the production of Morris overall would be the production of quarterback Robert Griffin III, because RG3 could just as easily end up being the one to get all the rushing yards. Regardless Morris has done it all year long, and has some great matchups to stare at on the calendar.

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17. WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Minnesota Vikings

Week 15 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

Week 16 Opponent: @ Arizona Cardinals

The Chicago wideout luckily plays two of his three December games inside of a dome by playing in Minnesota and Arizona. He has three games against less than impressive corners; so expect Marshall to use his size to win several matchups in the air. He will have a great playoff run this fantasy season.

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16. TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New York Giants

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 16 Opponent: @ Dallas Cowboys

Graham is finally healthy and will be looking to make some noise in the final weeks of the year. The Giants, Bucs, and Cowboys have collectively the oldest set of linebackers in the game, so expect Graham to have no problem getting open. It also helps Graham's case that the Saints play two games indoors this December.

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15. WR A. J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 15 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles

Week 16 Opponent: @ Pittsburgh Steelers

At first glance it appears that Green has a scary stretch of matchups. However, he has been uncoverable this season and has already hauled in 10 touchdowns, so don’t expect him to start posting mediocre numbers now. Green can embarrass any corner in the game, so just sit back and enjoy the show.

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14. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 15 Opponent: @ Chicago Bears

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Tennessee Titans

This is the lowest that Rodgers has ever been on any list in the history of fantasy football, but it is with good reason. Rodgers’ Week 15 matchup against the Bears is an ugly one, and considering that it is at Solider Field, just makes it worse. Rodgers will post outstanding numbers against Detroit, and potentially against the Titans in Week 16, but A-Rod owners must get past his brutal Week 15 matchup in order to reach the championships.

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13. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 16 Opponent: @ Denver Broncos

Richardson plays Kansas City, Washington, and Denver in the final three weeks of the fantasy season. All three of these defenses are aging by the day and will have a tough time matching Richardson’s downhill power and intensity. Look for T-Rich to score at least four times during this soft three-game stretch.

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12. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

Week 15 Opponent: @ Arizona Cardinals

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Calvin plays a skilled, but rather small set of corners, in Tramon Williams (5’11”), Patrick Peterson (6’1”), and Asante Samuel (5’10”). Johnson has a giant size advantage over them all, so look for the Megatron to use his massive six-foot-five frame to gain position downfield. Expect Johnson to have over 100 receiving yards in all three contests and easily score more than three touchdowns.

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11. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Carolina Panthers

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

Week 16 Opponent: @ Detroit Lions

Jones is finally over his hand and ankle injures and is ready to be a fantasy superstar when it counts. Roddy White has seen a huge decrease in his targets over the last month, as it appears that even with an injured ankle, Jones has still managed to secure the number one fantasy receiver tag in Atlanta. Jones will get to abuse some of the worst defenses in the game over the final month of the fantasy season, so make sure to keep him active at all times.

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10. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Washington Redskins

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 16 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

Rice’s scamper last week that clinched the game against the San Diego Chargers is foreshadowing for what Rice is about to do in the fantasy playoffs this year. Rice has been rather timid this season, but he always saves his best stuff for the end of the season.

Rice may play some tough run-defenses, but remember he has also caught 48 balls this year. Rice can get to the corner against any linebacker during the three-week playoff stretch, so he will average 100 all-purpose yards a game.

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9. QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Carolina Panthers

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Giants

Week 16 Opponent: @ Detroit Lions

Ryan has some great matchups in the finals week. He faces the New York Giants 25th ranked defense in Week 15 in what will be an obvious shootout. Next in Week 16 “Matty Ice” plays a Detroit team that was just torched for 315 yards on Thanksgiving by Houston QB Matt Schaub. Ryan has all the weapons in the world. At this point the only thing that can keep him from 300 yards and at least two touchdowns a game is the big lead the 11-1 Flacons have in the NFC.

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8. WR Demaryius Thomas & WR Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Oakland Raiders

Week 15 Opponent: @ Baltimore Ravens

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

Right now it is hard to pick against either one of these wideouts. They are both putting up All-Pro numbers with Peyton Manning throwing them the ball, and are both playing like fantasy starters. Denver plays some poor pass defenses as well, so Thomas and Decker will get plenty of chances to make plays. Start them both with confidence throughout the playoffs this year.

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7. RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Indianapolis Colts

Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Jets

Week 16 Opponent: @ Green Bay Packers

Johnson started the season off horribly with only one 100-yard rushing performance in his first six games of the 2012 season. However, in the five games since then he has averaged 128.1 rushing yards per start and has scored four times.

CJ2K also plays some easy defenses, as Indy is ranked 20th against the run and the Jets are pathetically ranked 30th. Johnson will easily averaged 100 yards and a touchdown per game down the stretch, so make sure to leave him in your lineup.

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6. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New York Giants

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 16 Opponent: Dallas Cowboys

Brees threw five interceptions on Thursday Night Football against the Falcons, proving there are times that the veteran still tries to force the ball. However, Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game, so do not hesitate to start him in the playoffs, especially looking ahead at his schedule.

The Giants defense is ranked 25th against the pass, so that is one defense that Brees will certainly pick apart. Also Brees threw four touchdowns against the Bucs earlier in the year, which may allow the quarterback take out some frustration against the division foe. He will rebound from his rough Thursday night game and easily throw eight or more touchdowns against these three weak pass defenses.

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5. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 15 Opponent: @ New Orleans Saints

Week 16 Opponent: vs. St. Louis Rams

The Eagles are 18th against the run, the Saints are dead last, and the Rams defense is not exactly a powerhouse of the league. Martin is the fourth ranked rusher in the NFL with 1,050 yards through 10 games, so expect “Muscle Hamster” to have a couple strong games.

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4. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New England Patriots

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

“Andre 3000” has hauled in 461 yards in his last two games alone and faces off against three of the worst pass defenses in the game. Johnson is set to explode this fantasy postseason, just hope that you either have him or are not playing against him.

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3. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ New England Patriots

Week 15 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Absolutely no one has been able to stop Foster this year, so there is no reason to think it will happen in the fantasy playoffs. Foster is the one back in fantasy that is a guaranteed 100 yards and a touchdown each game. Plus Foster has averaged 193 total yards in his last three games against the Colts, and has scored five times against them, so he could easily go over 200 yards in Week 15.

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2. QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 15 Opponent: @ Cleveland Browns

Week 16 Opponent: @ Philadelphia Eagles

RG3 has been practically unstoppable this season, as he has developed into a fantasy star much quicker than anticipated. Griffin III has thrown eight touchdowns in the last two games, so he can beat teams with his arm as well as with his legs Baltimore’s defense is really banged up right now, which can only lead to more matchup problems all over the field for RG3 to expose. Also in Week 15 the young quarterback gets to play a less than stellar Browns defense that is averaging 362.1 yards against per game, plus he plays an Eagles defense in Week 16 that he just threw four touchdown passes against in Week 11. Expect huge numbers from RG3 in the fantasy playoffs this season.

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1. QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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Playoff Schedule:

Week 14 Opponent: @ Oakland Raiders

Week 15 Opponent: @ Baltimore Ravens

Week 16 Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

Of all the players in fantasy football, Manning has the best playoff schedule. The four-time MVP plays an Oakland defense that is ranked 24th against the pass defense, a Baltimore team that is ranked 23rd, and a Cleveland team that is ranked 21st. All three of these pass defenses are near the bottom of the NFL, so you can bet that Peyton will pick them apart. Manning should easily throw 10 touchdowns over his three fantasy playoff games this year and once again lead many fantasy owners to an always coveted fantasy title.


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