Divisional Round Picks for NFL.com Fantasy Playoff Challenge

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

Demaryius Thomas (DEN): Thomas has had a fantastic season, and hopefully you took my advice and grabbed him last week for the guaranteed 2x bonus in the Divisional Round. Though he didn't do much of anything (four catches, 13 yards) when the Broncos last played the Ravens, that was because Denver completely dominated the game from the start and didn't need any big plays. I expect the Ravens to keep the game closer this time around, prompting Peyton Manning to look to his leading receiver more often. I also expect the Broncos to win this game, and possibly the next game, so Thomas could get you some nice bonuses down the road.

Tight End
Sep 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 52-28. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Gronkowski (NE): Gronkowski is the best fantasy tight end in the league when he's on the field, which is why I advised taking him last week for the 2x bonus this weekend. I don't think I need to explain much here - if you had him last week, you should obviously play him; if your tight end from last week got knocked out, pick up the record-setting player who had the most fantasy points per game among tight ends this year.

Kicker

As I said last week, kickers are always kind of a crapshoot. I'll be sticking with Shayne Graham, who I had last week. If your kicker got knocked out, I'd probably go with Matt Prater. He'll be kicking through the thin air in Denver, and his team will likely be in a position in which they won't be forced to be aggressive, can sit back and settle for field goals.

Defense

Denver Broncos: 
I'll be sticking with the Seahawks, as I had them last week, but if you're in need of a new defense and are not getting a 2x bonus, I'd go with the Broncos. They are ranked 2nd in total defense and are playing against an offense that struggles on the road. In addition, the Ravens struggled to put points on the board the last time they faced the Broncos' defense. With the Broncos' Super Bowl chances looking pretty decent, they're a solid option for your defense.
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