NFL Wild Card Fantasy Rankings

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Published: January 4, 2013

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There are many fantasy football playoff pools going on this weekend, and Gridiron Experts has got you covered. We have decided to collaborate for the wildcard weekend to provide you with fantasy rankings and a quick blurb towards our thoughts on production for Saturday and Sunday’s action. Good Luck!

Rankings: Jody Smith
Write up: Mike Rodriguez

Quarterback

RK QBs Blurb
1 Aaron Rodgers Rodgers hasn’t thrown a INT in 4 weeks and is coming off a 4 TD game on the road against the Vikings.
2 Robert Griffin III Rookie battle edge goes to RG3 slightly. Griffin is facing a defense that is playing lights out football, but the added addition of rushing fantasy points should make Griffin a great start for your Playoff pool
3 Russell Wilson Wilson is ranked high based on the fact that many gurus are projecting the Seahawks to play spoiler. His fantasy stats many not shatter the record books Sunday, but his post season debut may not be short-lived
4 Joe Flacco Flacco is streaky, but he is a part of the hungriest team this weekend. The Ravens were one dropped pass away from going to the Super Bowl last season (thanks Lee Evans, where are you now?) and the team is geared to make a statement this Sunday
5 Andrew Luck Football Outsiders DVOA proclaims the Colts are the worst 11-5 team ever and the 4th worst team ever to make the playoffs, yet the Colts finds ways to win. Expectations should be modest this weekend.
6 Matt Schaub The Texans don’t want to put the game in Schaub’s hands, they want to re-establish the run game and rely on their defense.
7 Andy Dalton Dalton may be this weekend’s biggest gamble. If you guess right you will be thanking yourself come Monday, but we like the home team and Texans pass-rush in this contest.
8 Christian Ponder No fantasy points for handing the ball off. Seriously though, his match-up is the toughest of all QB’s this weekend

Running Backs

1 Adrian Peterson AP says he can play another 12 games and has offered to handle the kick returns. The guy needs to be tested, he may be a robot
2 Ray Rice Ray Rice is thankful for the OC change, his offensive role has increased and facing a young Colts team at home we expect solid production
3 Marshawn Lynch The Redskins have one of the leagues best rushing defenses, yet allow an rushing average of 4.2 yards per carry. Teams that don’t get frustrated and continue to pound the rock usually have the most success.
4 Alfred Morris The most underrated workhorse of the Redskins successful season.
5 Arian Foster The Bengals are going to force Houston to throw on early downs and rely on their pass rush for third and long. Foster will have his typical 85 yard day and score.
6 B. Green-Ellis The Law firm was banged up much of the week, but looks to be ready to go Saturday against the Texans. Houston has been vulnerable against the run yet Dalton and Green are more likely to expose the struggling Texans defense. Read more in the Bengals-Texans preview
7 Vick Ballard Don’t expect much, especially if the Colts need to take to the air after trailing in the second half.
8 DuJuan Harris Possible sleeper this weekend. The Packers may use draw plays on early downs to set up better second and third-down positioning.
9 Ben Tate backup role 5 to 7 carries tops
10 Ryan Grant backup role 5 to 7 carries tops

Wide Receivers

1 A.J. Green The Bengals have a chip on their shoulder from last year’s playoff game, expect big yardage and at least one score Saturday.
2 Andre Johnson Andre is an absolute beast, he will see double coverage for most of the game and still have solid production.
3 Reggie Wayne If your fantasy playoff league is PPR, Reggie Wayne could be one of the more productive wide receivers of wildcard weekend.
4 Pierre Garcon Garcon has been one of the main reasons for Redskins winning streak, he’s the deep threat that helps stretch the field. Yet his fantasy value is usually all or nothing
5 Randall Cobb Many writers here at Gridiron Experts have a man-crush on Randall Cobb, we were preaching for you to start him all year, and were not about to stop now.
6 Greg Jennings Jennings may step into a role similar to previous playoff runs, or take a backseat to the new breed of talent. His production hinges on risk vs. reward
7 Torrey Smith A deep threat that should be busy trying to exploit the Colts secondary Sunday
8 Sidney Rice Rice is a sleeper fantasy option that is more productive than many give him credit for.
9 Golden Tate Spectacular catches, yet streaky performances leave Golden Tate near the middle of our fantasy receiver rankings.
9 Anquan Boldin Possession receiver should be very active against the Colts. Possibly a better start than Torrey Smith in PPR leagues
10 Ty Hilton Hilton is a deep threat and seems to be getting better every passing game. He’s technically the third wide receiver, but is usually surpassing Avery in targets and production
11 James Jones James Jones is a part of elite receiving corps, he is clutch in around the red zone and is becoming more and more of a reliable target.
13 Marvin Jones Streaky player that could have a homerun hit or get blanked off the score sheet
14 Santana Moss old veteran should make some key grabs on third down, but overall expect modest numbers.
15 Donnie Avery not a reliable fantasy option this weekend
16 Jarius Wright not a reliable fantasy option this weekend
16 Doug Baldwin not a reliable fantasy option this weekend
17 Andrew Hawkins not a reliable fantasy option this weekend
18 Kevin Walter not a reliable fantasy option this weekend
19 Josh Morgan not a reliable fantasy option this weekend
20 Jerome Simpson not a reliable fantasy option this weekend

Tight Ends

1 Dennis Pitta One of the year’s biggest fantasy surprises, productive tight end that sees a high number of targets
2 Owen Daniels Technically the second wide receiver on the Houston Texans, He is more active as a wide receiver that he is as a blocker. Daniels should have strong game against the Bengals
3 J. Gresham Gresham doesn’t see as many targets as he should. A tall sure-handed tight end that can take a hit while running up the seem. Possible breakout game against the Texans
4 Jermichael Finley Finley is either making a clutch grab or putting the ball on the ground. Extremely streaky and frustrating
5 Kyle Rudolph If the Vikings want to have any hope of getting the Packers out of heavy run blitzing formations, Rudolph will have to get more involved. Expect decent numbers Read more in Vikings-Packers Preview
6 Zach Miller not a reliable fantasy option this weekend

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