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It’s that time of the season fellas: the playoffs. Whether it’s for money or for bragging rights, the first week of the postseason in fantasy football is win or go home for most leagues. Follow some of the advise below and you could end up winning it all or at least get a chance to move on up the ladder.
Nick Foles (vs. Detroit): The Detroit Lions do not do well at all against the pass, which means another huge contest for Foles as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Steven Jackson (vs. Green Bay): Jackson had a huge week in Week 13 with two scores against the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay has been susceptible to the run in recent weeks.
Riley Cooper (vs. Detroit): The No. 2 wideout against the Lions has really flourished in the past couple weeks. Cooper may have struggled his last two weeks, but it is time for him to step up.
Heath Miller (vs. Miami): The Dolphins defense has allowed eight touchdowns this season, including two of the last three contests. Miller has been hot of late and should keep it going.
Justin Tucker (vs. Minnesota): The Vikings have struggled defensively, which means Tucker should get some opportunities to hit some field goals.
Ravens DEF (vs. Minnesota): Another weak offense for the Baltimore Ravens in recent weeks. After not sacking the QB or getting turnovers against the Pittsburgh Steelers, expect this defense to really put the pressure on the Vikings.
Ryan Tannehill (vs. Pittsburgh): Tannehill may be finding his groove and chemistry with Mike Wallace, but the Steelers defense has really stepped it up and should get to the quarterback.
Rashad Jennings (vs. New York Jets): The Jets defense is weak on the pass and the Raiders will be chucking the ball down the field constantly. Jennings will get some touches, but he won’t be able to get too far against the run defense of the Jets.
All Green Bay Packers receivers (vs. Atlanta): With Matt Flynn expected to get another start as the passer for the Packers, it might be another struggle to get the ball down the field on offense. He looked awful against a terrible Lions defense against the pass and no receiver can be trusted on this team until Aaron Rodgers returns.
Jordan Cameron (vs. New England): The Patriots defense may have trouble with the run and the deep ball, but tight ends have struggled to get it going with the inside defensive effort of the linebackers and safeties. Proceed with caution on Cameron.
Nick Folk (vs. Oakland): With no quarterback to throw the ball, the Jets will be lucky enough to score any points against the Raiders defense, especially field goal attempts from their kicker.
Detroit DEF (vs. Philadelphia): After putting up a great effort on Thanksgiving against Flynn and the Packers, the Detroit defense won’t be even close to that good against a fast-paced Eagles offense.