Fantasy Football News and Updates: Playoff Round Two Players to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Playoff Round Two Players to Watch
January 8, 2014
Playoff Round 2 Players to Watch
Keenan Allen - Allen had a great rookie season as he finished the year as a top 20 fantasy WR with a nice stat line of 71 catches for 1,046 yards and 8 touchdowns. The concern around Allen is the fact he slowed down drastically as the season ended and he did not show up last week when the Chargers beat the Bengals in their wildcard playoff game. Allen had decent fantasy numbers as the season closed because he caught 5 touchdowns over the Chragers last 4 games, but he also only averaged 3 catches for 52 yards during that stretch as well. Allen's poor performance last week in the wildcard round can be attributed to the Chargers gameplan as Rivers only attempted 16 passes. Many fantasy owners were hesitant to claim Allen off the waiver wire this season and they will want to see a big playoff performance from Allen in order to feel comfortable drafting him as a top 20 fantasy WR next season.
LeGarrette Blount - Blount arguably finished the year as the hottest player in the NFL, and now fantasy owners are going to be watching to see if he can carry that momentum over to the playoffs. Blount could end up as a great value pick in the 2014 fantasy drafts if he can lock up the starting running back job in New England with a strong postseason. Based on the way carries were distributed at the end of the season, Blount is in line to get the first shot at leading the Patriots postseason rushing attack. Blount has characteristics that resemble the ability to hit "beast mode" and that makes him a dangerous cold weather runner. Fantasy owners need to watch Blount this postseason to see if he can become the lead back in New England and a great fantasy draft pick for next season.
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Marques Colston - Colston got off to a slow start this year but he had a very strong end to the season. Colston averaged 7 catches for 87 yards over the Saints last 4 games and he had 3 touchdowns over that stretch as well. The more important number for fantasy owners is the fact that Colston averaged 10.5 targets over that same four game stretch, and that shows the Saints want Colston to be heavily involved in their offense. That momentum did not carry over to the Saints first postseason game as Colston only had 2 catches for 16 yards against the Eagles. The Saints need Colston to have a big game in order for them to upset the Seahawks in Seattle, and fantasy owners need to see Colston have a strong playoff performance so they do not lose faith in one of the most reliable fantasy WR since 2006.
Frank Gore - For many seasons now Gore has dropped down draft boards because fantasy owners have been expecting him to breakdown. Gore has denied his critics the pleasure of being right as he has continued to be a solid fantasy option. Now the playoffs are here and the 49ers are going to need Gore to have a strong postseason in order to get to where they want to be. There are several young running backs on the 49ers depth chart ready to jump Gore and become the workhorse in San Francisco, but Gore does not look like he is ready to give up the reins just yet. The bottom line is that the 49ers are going to need Gore to be their leading rusher and fantasy owners should watch Gore to make sure he can continue to take a bellcow pounding through the postseason.
Seattle's WRs - The Fantasy Football World is very familiar with the term running back by committee, but the Seahawks have introduced the Fantasy Football World to a wide receiver by committee approach. The real fact of the matter is that the Seahawks do not appear to have a true #1 WR on their roster, and that is why fantasy owners need to watch and see who emerges as the go to WR during the postseason. Golden Tate was the Seahawks best fantasy WR this season, but he was very inconsistent. Tate led the Seahawks in targets with 98, but he finished the season with only 64 catches which was tied for 46th in the NFL. Doug baldwin had a few strong fantasy performances from weeks 9 - 15, but he completely disappeared during weeks 16 and 17. The reason the Seahawks invested in Percy Harvin is very obvious, and that is why fantasy owners need to watch and see who steps up in the postseason when Harvin is watching from the sidelines.
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