Fantasy Football Playoffs: Top 10 Players For Divisional Round

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Fantasy Football Playoffs: Top Players For Divisional Round

Divisional
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The joy of fantasy football is definitely not over yet this season! The playoff edition of this popular game definitely brings a great deal of competition out in its players. Last weekend in the Wild Card round, there were many players who people did not expect to have an impact, who did just that! On the other hand, there were players like A.J. Green, Jamaal Charles, and Drew Brees who did not have the games that everyone thought they may have in their playoff match-ups.

Heading into the Divisional round this weekend, many fantasy players are looking for a replacement because some of those key guys lost in their first round games. If you played anyone from the teams that won last weekend, and your league gives you double the point value for them this week, you cannot bench them at all, period! Even though they may have a tough match-up this weekend, the rest of the rounds are going to be tough. Any of the players from the four teams that won all have a shot, maybe not a good one, but a shot to have a good game this weekend.

If you need a replacement player and you are looking at the players who are playing this week, and you are only getting single-digit point values from them, I have some guys who I feel can have very nice weeks for you.

There are some players who I left off of this list who I do feel will have a major impact in their games. These players are people like Michael Crabtree, Keenan Allen, and Ryan Mathews. All have a very good chance of having huge games for their teams. If you are in need of some big statistical games from particular positions, the ones who I will go into more detail with are your better choices.

Here is my list for the Divisional round. Again remember, if you have any players who are earning double points, please start those players over these guys this weekend. Nothing is better than getting double points.

Now, off to the picks!

Dom DeCarlo is a Fantasy blogger for RantSports.com. Follow him @DomDecarlo1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10. Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas

Thomas
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If you are a person like me that feels Peyton Manning is going to have a huge day, then you have to believe that his favorite target Demaryius Thomas will be the chief benefactor of his huge day. Earlier in the season, Thomas had a huge game against the Chargers totaling 108 yards and three touchdowns. I do not think he will have three touchdowns, but I do believe that he will score and have around 80+ yards in this Divisional round game.

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9. Tight End: Colby Fleener

Fleener
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

With all of the great tight ends playing this weekend like Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen and Vernon Davis you are probably wondering why I would tell you to start Colby Fleener. The reason being is that the Patriots are going to try to shut down T.Y. Hilton in this game. Fleener is going to have to come through in a big way if his Colts are going to have any chance in beating the Patriots. I can see Fleener getting a few red zone targets in this game. We all know the Patriots will put up points, and if that is the case, Fleener has to be the answer for the Colts.

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8. Kicker: Phil Dawson

Dawson
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Clutch from the Wild Card Weekend was the San Francisco 49ers’ kicker, Phil Dawson. Dawson made every one of the field goals his team asked him to make including a last second field goal to win the game for the 49ers over the Green Bay Packers. In this Divisional round, the 49ers are taking on the Carolina Panthers, who held them to just field goals in their previous meeting. I see another solid defensive performance by both teams, which means the field goal kickers will be called upon to make some crucial points. If you need a kicker, Dawson will be your guy.

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7. Team Defense: San Francisco 49ers

49ers
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, the 49ers' defense held the very dangerous Green Bay Packers to only 20 points. That was pretty good, especially given the situation the 49ers were in: on the road in the freezing cold. This week, the 49ers are heading to Charlotte to player the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers defense did an excellent job against the Panthers in their first meeting holding them to only 10 points. Look for more of the same from a veteran defense in this Divisional game.

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6. Team Defense: Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I could not pick just two team defenses this week for all of you. If you look at the stats, the Seattle Seahawks are a must-start against the New Orleans Saints. They destroyed the powerful Saints’ offense earlier in the season and look to do it again in the post-season. I do feel that the Saints will win this game on the road (yes I know it sounds crazy, but I just have a feeling). However, I do believe that the Seahawks will force Brees to throw at least two interceptions and will definitely have a few sacks in this game. I like San Francisco better this week, however if you feel that the Seahawks will beat the Saints, they by all means roll with them instead.

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5. Wide Receiver: Julian Edelman

Edelman
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season was Julian Edelman. No one would have imagined that he would be Tom Brady’s new favorite receiver after Wes Welker left for Denver. However, Edelman has established some nice chemistry with Brady this season. Fellow receiver Danny Amendola just has not really got clicking with Brady as of yet. Look for Edelman to have about 100 yards in receiving in this game. The Colts could not stop Dwayne Bowe last weekend when they took on the Kansas City Chiefs and I feel that they will not be able to stop Edelman in this game.

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4. Running Back: Donald Brown

Brown
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Many managers of playoff fantasy football teams took either LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles in the Wild Card round. Both of these players and their teams did not advance. In the Divisional round, it is going to be very difficult to find a running back with a great matchup. If you are in need of a guy who has a nice chance this weekend it will be Donald Brown of the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots will be looking to stop the passing game of the Colts and I feel that will leave Donald Brown with a great chance to put up some nice numbers in this game. Look for Brown to find the end zone at least once and to have around 90 total yards.

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3. Running Back: Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a player that will either be featured in this game or hardly get the ball at all. Marshawn Lynch’s stats after his Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints will be determined if the Saints’ offense can show up. If the Seahawks can take an early lead, look for Lynch to have a huge game like he did against them in 2010. Lynch has scored a touchdown in three of the four playoff games he has played in his career. I think at worst, he will score a touchdown for you in this game. I can’t guarantee 100 total yards, but he should score in this one.

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2. Quarterback: Tom Brady

Brady
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

I know, big surprise I picked Tom Brady as the second quarterback to start in the Divisional round. There is no denying the success of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in the playoffs during his time there. The Patriots will be playing in New England against an Indianapolis Colts team that had a huge come from behind victory in the Wild Card round. This will not happen against the Patriots. I look for Brady to show off his clutch play again this week and have a big game for the Patriots to move onto the next round.

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1. Quarterback: Peyton Manning

Manning
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, I know many of you are saying that I either played it safe with this pick or that this is a sucker-pick because of how this player plays in the cold weather and the playoffs. Look, Peyton Manning and our next quarterback are the two best quarterbacks of our generation. Manning is getting close to 40 years old and knows that he does not have many more chances to win another Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos have a rubber match against the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional round. The Chargers gave Manning a tough game last time in Denver. This will not happen again. Look for Manning to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in this very important game in his career.

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Fantasy Football Playoffs: Top Players For Divisional Round

Divisional
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The joy of fantasy football is definitely not over yet this season! The playoff edition of this popular game definitely brings a great deal of competition out in its players. Last weekend in the Wild Card round, there were many players who people did not expect to have an impact, who did just that! On the other hand, there were players like A.J. Green, Jamaal Charles, and Drew Brees who did not have the games that everyone thought they may have in their playoff match-ups.

Heading into the Divisional round this weekend, many fantasy players are looking for a replacement because some of those key guys lost in their first round games. If you played anyone from the teams that won last weekend, and your league gives you double the point value for them this week, you cannot bench them at all, period! Even though they may have a tough match-up this weekend, the rest of the rounds are going to be tough. Any of the players from the four teams that won all have a shot, maybe not a good one, but a shot to have a good game this weekend.

If you need a replacement player and you are looking at the players who are playing this week, and you are only getting single-digit point values from them, I have some guys who I feel can have very nice weeks for you.

There are some players who I left off of this list who I do feel will have a major impact in their games. These players are people like Michael Crabtree, Keenan Allen, and Ryan Mathews. All have a very good chance of having huge games for their teams. If you are in need of some big statistical games from particular positions, the ones who I will go into more detail with are your better choices.

Here is my list for the Divisional round. Again remember, if you have any players who are earning double points, please start those players over these guys this weekend. Nothing is better than getting double points.

Now, off to the picks!

Dom DeCarlo is a Fantasy blogger for RantSports.com. Follow him @DomDecarlo1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10. Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas

Thomas
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If you are a person like me that feels Peyton Manning is going to have a huge day, then you have to believe that his favorite target Demaryius Thomas will be the chief benefactor of his huge day. Earlier in the season, Thomas had a huge game against the Chargers totaling 108 yards and three touchdowns. I do not think he will have three touchdowns, but I do believe that he will score and have around 80+ yards in this Divisional round game.

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9. Tight End: Colby Fleener

Fleener
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

With all of the great tight ends playing this weekend like Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen and Vernon Davis you are probably wondering why I would tell you to start Colby Fleener. The reason being is that the Patriots are going to try to shut down T.Y. Hilton in this game. Fleener is going to have to come through in a big way if his Colts are going to have any chance in beating the Patriots. I can see Fleener getting a few red zone targets in this game. We all know the Patriots will put up points, and if that is the case, Fleener has to be the answer for the Colts.

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8. Kicker: Phil Dawson

Dawson
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Clutch from the Wild Card Weekend was the San Francisco 49ers’ kicker, Phil Dawson. Dawson made every one of the field goals his team asked him to make including a last second field goal to win the game for the 49ers over the Green Bay Packers. In this Divisional round, the 49ers are taking on the Carolina Panthers, who held them to just field goals in their previous meeting. I see another solid defensive performance by both teams, which means the field goal kickers will be called upon to make some crucial points. If you need a kicker, Dawson will be your guy.

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7. Team Defense: San Francisco 49ers

49ers
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, the 49ers' defense held the very dangerous Green Bay Packers to only 20 points. That was pretty good, especially given the situation the 49ers were in: on the road in the freezing cold. This week, the 49ers are heading to Charlotte to player the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers defense did an excellent job against the Panthers in their first meeting holding them to only 10 points. Look for more of the same from a veteran defense in this Divisional game.

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6. Team Defense: Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I could not pick just two team defenses this week for all of you. If you look at the stats, the Seattle Seahawks are a must-start against the New Orleans Saints. They destroyed the powerful Saints’ offense earlier in the season and look to do it again in the post-season. I do feel that the Saints will win this game on the road (yes I know it sounds crazy, but I just have a feeling). However, I do believe that the Seahawks will force Brees to throw at least two interceptions and will definitely have a few sacks in this game. I like San Francisco better this week, however if you feel that the Seahawks will beat the Saints, they by all means roll with them instead.

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5. Wide Receiver: Julian Edelman

Edelman
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season was Julian Edelman. No one would have imagined that he would be Tom Brady’s new favorite receiver after Wes Welker left for Denver. However, Edelman has established some nice chemistry with Brady this season. Fellow receiver Danny Amendola just has not really got clicking with Brady as of yet. Look for Edelman to have about 100 yards in receiving in this game. The Colts could not stop Dwayne Bowe last weekend when they took on the Kansas City Chiefs and I feel that they will not be able to stop Edelman in this game.

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4. Running Back: Donald Brown

Brown
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Many managers of playoff fantasy football teams took either LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles in the Wild Card round. Both of these players and their teams did not advance. In the Divisional round, it is going to be very difficult to find a running back with a great matchup. If you are in need of a guy who has a nice chance this weekend it will be Donald Brown of the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots will be looking to stop the passing game of the Colts and I feel that will leave Donald Brown with a great chance to put up some nice numbers in this game. Look for Brown to find the end zone at least once and to have around 90 total yards.

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3. Running Back: Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a player that will either be featured in this game or hardly get the ball at all. Marshawn Lynch’s stats after his Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints will be determined if the Saints’ offense can show up. If the Seahawks can take an early lead, look for Lynch to have a huge game like he did against them in 2010. Lynch has scored a touchdown in three of the four playoff games he has played in his career. I think at worst, he will score a touchdown for you in this game. I can’t guarantee 100 total yards, but he should score in this one.

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2. Quarterback: Tom Brady

Brady
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

I know, big surprise I picked Tom Brady as the second quarterback to start in the Divisional round. There is no denying the success of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in the playoffs during his time there. The Patriots will be playing in New England against an Indianapolis Colts team that had a huge come from behind victory in the Wild Card round. This will not happen against the Patriots. I look for Brady to show off his clutch play again this week and have a big game for the Patriots to move onto the next round.

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1. Quarterback: Peyton Manning

Manning
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, I know many of you are saying that I either played it safe with this pick or that this is a sucker-pick because of how this player plays in the cold weather and the playoffs. Look, Peyton Manning and our next quarterback are the two best quarterbacks of our generation. Manning is getting close to 40 years old and knows that he does not have many more chances to win another Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos have a rubber match against the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional round. The Chargers gave Manning a tough game last time in Denver. This will not happen again. Look for Manning to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in this very important game in his career.


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