Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge: Joe Flacco Was a Great Value Pick

By Rich Arleo
Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
Kirby Lee – USA Today

Just four teams are left standing in the 2013 NFL playoffs, which means the options for your fantasy football playoff challenge this Sunday are limited. When picking fantasy playoff teams, it was important to find value, and owners have found that in Joe Flacco.

With quarterbacks Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and the upstart Colin Kaepernick playing on Sunday, Flacco has become somewhat of a forgotten signal caller. However, he has proven to be one of the best value picks of the fantasy football playoff challenge this year and will continue to rack up points this weekend.

Flacco is coming off a big game against the Denver Broncos, in which he threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback utilized his big arm (and bad safety play by Denver) to complete a monster 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones to force overtime. In OT Flacco helped drive his team down the field for the upset win.

Average Joe is a quarterback who tends to be disrespected a bit, especially in the discussion among great quarterbacks, but he has been nothing short of great lately. He has thrown 126 straight passes without an interception, 57 of which have come this postseason, and that just ties his longest streak this season.

Flacco had just 10 interceptions all year with 22 touchdowns and has now thrown for five scores in the playoffs. This week he faces a New England Patriots secondary that struggled all season and just gave up 343 yards and two touchdowns to a struggling Matt Schaub. Back in Week 3, Flacco torched the Pats for 382 yards and three touchdowns, which was his highest yardage total of the season.

There’s no reason to believe Flacco can’t again throw for over 300 yards with multiple touchdowns, making him more than a viable fantasy option this Sunday.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rants Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rarleo and add him on Google+

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