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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Playoffs - Round 1 Players to Watch

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: 2013 NFL Playoffs - Round 1 Players to Watch

January 2, 2014

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Playoff Round 1: Players to Watch

The NFL playoffs can have a dramatic impact on a player's fantasy value for the following season. Where would Kaepernick had gone in drafts this year if the 49ers had not made the Super Bowl last season? Here are few first round players whose stock could rise over the course of the playoffs if they step up and make big time plays in January, when it counts the most.

T.Y. Hilton - Many fantasy owners are not sure what to make of Hilton at this point in time. Hilton probably won't get picked for too many fantasy playoff challenge teams, and that is understandable considering how erratic the Colts passing attack has been since Reggie Wayne went down. However, Hilton has shown signs that he can be a dominant fantasy force, and he could be the Colts best offensive weapon during the playoffs. Hilton's numbers have been improving since his worst game of the season in week 14 at Cincinnati where he had 2 catches for 7 yards. Since that game, Hilton has averaged 8 catches for 95 yards over the Colts last three games. Hilton is starting to be featured in the Colts offense again, and If he can find the endzone during the playoffs, then Hilton will be a fantasy star rising up next year's draft boards.

Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Playoffs - Round 1 Players to Watch

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Randall Cobb - Cobb was taken as a top 10 WR in most fantasy drafts this year, but he has become a forgotten man since he broke his leg back in week 6. Cobb played for the first time since his injury last week, and he scored two touchdowns on his only two catches. Cobb is getting back into form, and if the Packers make a deep postseason run, then fantasy owners can expect Cobb to once again be a top 10 fantasy WR on draft day. But if Cobb or the Packers struggle in the playoffs, then Cobb will be one of the best values on fantasy draft day next year.

Dwayne Bowe - Bowe was one of the biggest fantasy disappointment at the WR position this season, but he could return to being drafted as a top 20 WR next year if he can put together a strong postseason. The Chiefs showed they can be an explosive offense as the regular season came to an end, and they are going to have to stay explosive in order to make a deep run in the playoffs this year. There are several high octane offenses in the ACF this season, and teams will be pulling out all the stops in order to slow down Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs are going to need someone else to step up in order for them to have any chance of making the Super Bowl, and Dwayne Bowe is the player they need. Most fantasy owners will not trust Bowe for a fantasy playoff team, but fantasy onwers should keep an eye on his performances in the playoffs.

Marvin Jones - Jones caught the attention of fantasy owners for a few weeks this season with his massive four touchdown game in week 8, but he fell off the fantasy radar shortly after that breakout performance. Jones has started to creep back onto the fantasy scene lately as he finished the season fairly strong. Jones averaged 5 catches for 64 yards over the Bengals last four games, and he also caught three touchdowns in that span as well. The Bengals desperately need someone to step up and make big plays opposite of A.J. Green, and Jones is the guy that is going to have to do it. Jones has shown the ability to have a monster game, and opposing defenses will even be breaking out the kitchen sink in order to slow Green down this postseason. Jones will be given the opportunity to make plays in the playoffs, and if he can come through for the Bengals, his fantasy stock will go as high as the Bengals go deep into the playoffs.

Griff Whalen - The Colts offense has gone through a major overhaul since Wayne tore his ACL, and now Griff Whalen is a name fantasy owners should put on their radar. Whalen emerged as the Colts #2 receiver as the season came to an end. Whalen received 20 targets over the Colts last 3 games which he turned into 15 catches for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. Whalen was an undrafted free agent out of Stanford who just happened to be one of Andrew Luck's college roommates. Whalen and Luck are very familiar with each other, and Luck's performances on the football field would suggest he may have a better rapport with Whalen than with Fleener. Luck has shown he is as good as Brady and Manning this season, and he can turn an average receiver into a star. Whalen is one of Luck's best friends, and now Whalen is going to get the chance to prove he belongs in the NFL by performing well on the playoff stage. Whalen is a player fantasy owners need to watch this postseason as he could emerge as Luck's most trusted target.


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