Divisional Round Picks for NFL.com Fantasy Playoff Challenge

1/9/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

You certainly don't need any added incentive to watch football this weekend, with a good slate of games scheduled for the Divisional Round of the playoffs - particularly in the NFC. However, putting some time into your fantasy team on NFL.com's Playoff Challenge could ensure your interest in the event of a blowout. Here are my fantasy picks for this week's games:


Tom Brady (NE): 
If you had him last week in anticipation of the 2x bonus he'll receive this week, you obviously want to stick with him. If your starter lost last week, I'd still advise going with Brady for your Divisional Round team. Last time Brady played the Texans, he put up 296 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots are nine-point favorites to advance to the AFC Championship, and will also have a solid shot at making it to the Super Bowl.

Running Backs
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Marshawn Lynch (SEA): 
The Falcons have had an incredible season, finishing the year with the best record in the NFL, but one of their glaring weaknesses is defending the run. They give up 4.8 yards per carry, good for 29th in the league. Lynch has been fantastic all season, and ran for 132 yards with two total touchdowns last week against the Redskins 5th ranked run defense. The Seahawks have a real shot at beating the Falcons this week, and they are 2-0 against the teams they could potentially face in the NFC Championship. Lynch could be rolling with a 3x or 4x bonus for your fantasy team in the Super Bowl.

Stevan Ridley (NE): I had a hard time deciding between Ridley and Knowshon Moreno, but decided to go with Tom Brady's teammate so you can potentially have two big time players with big bonuses in the Super Bowl. Ridley has been a workhorse for much of the season, and ran for 72 yards and a touchdown the last time he played the Texans. The Texans are good against the run, but if they struggle to get the ball in the end zone (as they did against the Bengals last week), the Patriots will likely be pounding the rock with Ridley for much of the game.

Wide Receivers

Andre Johnson (HOU): 
I'm assuming most of you will be sticking with Johnson for the 2x bonus this week, as he was the highest started receiver on NFL.com for the Wild Card Round. Facing a high powered Patriots team, the Texans are going to have to put points on the board, and the best way for them to score quickly is to look to their best weapon in the passing game. Johnson is one of the league's best receivers, and the Patriots were ranked 29th in pass defense this season.
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