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January 10, 2014

2013 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet | Playoffs Week 2: Players to target and players to avoid

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Golden Tate – It’s a bad matchup for the Seahawks pass game this week, but look at what Tate did in the last game of the regular season (8-129-1), look at the 28 points the Seahawks are supposed to score and his paltry $5.300 salary, then click ADD PLAYER.

Julian Edelman – If we like Brady this week, we have to like Edelman, especially in a format like FanDuel, where he scores a half a point per catch. It’s even more pronounced at daily sites like Draft Kings or Draft Street where players get a full PPR. Edelman is averaging 9.67 catches per game in his last three.

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Julius Thomas – Thomas makes trying to figure out which player will be Manning’s favorite each week even more difficult. He averages 1.21 targets per game in the red zone, slightly less than Welker and Decker and slightly more than Thomas. So we’re splitting hairs again? Not exactly. Thomas has scored four touchdowns in the last six games. He averaged more yards after the catch than Decker and Welker this year. More important than all of that is his price: $6,800. That’s $1,000 less than Welker, the cheapest of the Denver WRs. I know TE is one of those places owners look for value, but Thomas seems like the right play this week, especially if you fade the Broncos receivers.

Michael Hoomanuwanui – Yeah, right. I know. The Fantasy Pros have him as the 10th tight end this week – and there are only eight teams playing. They have San Diego’s backup (Ladarrius Green) and New Orleans’ backup (Benjamin Watson) ranked higher. None of the experts rank him higher than 8th. Still, there’s that whole Belichick hates fantasy players thing. This offense was built around the tight end. Hoomanuwanui also will probably be owned in less than 10 percent of your tournament league and costs the minimum $4,500. If he scores a touchdown – the Patriots are predicted to score four – he gives you an immediate value play.

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