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January 2, 2014

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet | Playoffs Week 1 players to target and avoid



Playoff Week 1 (Week 18) starters

Let’s take a look at this week’s matchups and some smart plays for daily fantasy sports.


Drew Brees – Like one of my friends and former co-workers said the other day, Brees is the most likely QB to throw four TDs this week. That said, he’s also the most expensive QB. Difficult to get value out of the most expensive player on the board.

Colin Kaepernick – Like we said above, the Packers are a decent matchup for opposing QBs. One negative: The Packers don’t allow running quarterbacks to hurt them too much. Kaep only rushed for 22 yards against in Week 1.

Nick Foles, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers – According to fantasy points allowed these three QBs have the worst matchups this week..


Running backs

Frank Gore – Gore is the only running back with an exceptional matchup this week, and he is a good value at the daily sites.

LeSean McCoy – The best running back in the NFL this season has a negative matchup, but you need to pay for at least one stud running back in daily fantasy. I’ve rostered McCoy in all most all of my DFS leagues.

Donald Brown – Brown is a great value and has a plus matchup (opposed to the plus-plus for Gore) against Kansas City.


Wide receivers

Marques Colston – A few blurbs ago, I said Brees is most likely to throw 4 TDs. If he does, I have to figure Colston gets one of them. Even if he only throws 2, I’d still give Colston good odds.

A.J. Green – You’re supposed to pay for two stud receivers in daily fantasy sports. When a player like A.J. Green has a matchup like this he is almost a must-start.

DeSean Jackson and Jordy Nelson – If you’re embracing volatility, you’re probably going to look at DeSean Jackson and Jordy Nelson. They have the worst matchup among No. 1 wide receivers this week.

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