Preview: Packers at Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers were expected to battle for the NFC North title, but both clubs are looking up at the Chicago Bears with six games to play. Although both teams are coming off losses, Green Bay is in the more desperate position, sitting one game behind the second-place Vikings and winless in five road games entering Sunday night’s matchup at Minnesota.

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“I definitely didn’t expect to be sitting where we’re sitting but our record is what it is,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Obviously, Minnesota has a strong team. They’re probably surprised where they’re sitting as well. So I don’t think either of us are out of (it).” Rodgers was hobbled by a knee injury during the team’s first matchup, when the Vikings scored 22 fourth-quarter points in Week 2 in a game that ended in a 29-29 tie. Minnesota, which reached the NFC title game last season, had a chance to move atop the division last weekend but dropped a 25-20 decision in Chicago to fall 1 1/2 games behind the Bears. “We’re a good team. We know that,” Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said. “It’s just about going out there and doing it. Quit talking about it. … We’ve got to point the finger at ourselves, so we’ve just got to get the job done, period.”

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Vikings -3. O/U: 47.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS (4-5-1): Rodgers keeps putting up big numbers — 19 touchdowns against only one interception — and threw for 332 yards and two scores last week in a 27-24 loss at Seattle, but again was unable to end the road skid. Running back Aaron Jones was held to 40 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries but set season highs with five receptions for 63 yards and a score against the Seahawks. Tight end Jimmy Graham did not practice due to a broken thumb sustained against Seattle, but Rodgers has been locked in on Davante Adams, who set a season high with 166 yards on 10 catches last week. The Packers are No. 5 against the pass (223.0 yards) but are dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (5-4-1): Minnesota has struggled offensively for the past three games as Kirk Cousins has five touchdowns passes and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns in losses to New Orleans and Chicago. Wide receiver Adam Thielen failed to score for the first time in seven games last week but still went over 1,000 yards while Stefon Diggs had a season-high 13 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. The running game, however, was non-existent against the Bears as Dalvin Cook was limited to 12 yards on nine carries. The Vikings’ defense ranks sixth against the pass (226.0 yards), will get a boost with the expected return of linebacker Anthony Barr after a three-game absence.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rodgers had 26 TDs and zero interceptions in his past 10 division games.

2. Thielen had 12 catches for 131 yards and a TD in the Week 2 matchup.

3. Adams has a TD catch in his last three against Minnesota.

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Preview: Packers at Seahawks

The Green Bay Packers have been making fans of the home team happy this season, as they are 4-0-1 at Lambeau Field and, well, 0-4 everywhere else. The Packers look to put an end to their road woes on Thursday as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks, who begin a stretch of five home games in the next seven weeks.

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“I like our chances at home, but we’ve got to win some road games or we’re going to be at home in January — for good,” said Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tossed two touchdown passes to Davante Adams in Sunday’s 31-12 romp over Miami. The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player has thrown 10 scoring strikes against zero interceptions in the last five weeks overall and has seven TD passes without getting picked off in his last two Thursday games. Seattle has answered winning four of five by dropping two hotly contested matchups versus the Los Angeles contingents. Russell Wilson tossed three touchdown passes in a 36-31 setback at the Rams on Sunday heading into his return to CenturyLink Field, where he has 13 scoring strikes against one interception in his last six games.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: Seahawks -2.5. O/U: 49

ABOUT THE PACKERS (4-4-1): Affectionately known as the “other” Aaron, running back Aaron Jones is making his presence felt after rushing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games — including a career-high 145 yards with two scores on a season-high 15 carries against the Dolphins. “He’s a great player. We just need to continue to give him more opportunities,” Rodgers said of the 23-year-old Jones, who aims to exploit the Seahawks’ rush defense that has been gashed for 5.0 yards per carry this season. A promising ground attack could create more opportunities for Adams, whose 31 touchdown receptions since 2016 are tied for the most in the league.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (4-5): Seattle appears to be getting healthier as running back Chris Carson (hip), right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) and strong safety Bradley McDougal (knee) are in line to be available for Thursday’s game. Carson rejoins a backfield that saw first-round rookie Rashaad Penny rush for a career-best 108 yards and a touchdown against the Rams while fellow running back Mike Davis had his first career receiving score. “It’s a good group, it’s a good problem. Not a great problem for the running backs, but it’s good for us and we’ll try to make the most of it,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters ahead of facing a Packers defense that has surrendered at least 123 rushing yards in each of the last four weeks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Seattle WR Tyler Lockett has a touchdown reception in seven of nine games this season.

2. Packers TE Jimmy Graham has just six catches for 90 yards in his last three contests heading into a tilt with the Seahawks, with whom he collected 18 touchdowns in three seasons.

3. Seattle LB Bobby Wagner has recorded back-to-back 13-tackle performances and has 29 tackles in his past three home games.

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Complete NFC North Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Vikes, Lions, Packers and Bears this season…

Minnesota Vikings

When the Vikings gave QB Kirk Cousins the league’s richest and first-ever fully guaranteed multi-year contract, they bragged about being “all in.” Well, the pressure is on. Big time. The Vikings hand-picked the franchise quarterback to pair with the league’s top-ranked defense. If the Vikings stay healthy — a big if given this team’s track record at quarterback the past two years — nothing short of a Super Bowl will be acceptable. There’s certainly enough talent to get the job done.

Green Bay Packers

A few folks inside Lambeau Field wondered aloud after last season if such a painful step backward without QB Aaron Rodgers might be just what this team needed to move forward after NFC Championship Game losses in two of the previous three seasons. A healthy 16 games from Rodgers virtually guarantees a 10-6 finish at minimum — the Packers are 94-46 in games Rodgers started and didn’t leave with a broken collarbone over the past 10 years. Whether Rodgers gets to the second Super Bowl of his career, however, depends on whether his younger teammates elevate their games, and how many contributions the rookies can make.

Detroit Lions

The Lions haven’t won a division title in a quarter-century, and last season’s 9-7 finish felt like another missed opportunity, given the key quarterback injuries in Green Bay and Minnesota. Still, coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the mid-1990s, Detroit has the talent — and the quarterback — to be a playoff contender. And a playoff-starved fan base is banking on an engaging new coach in Matt Patricia to do what so many others before him couldn’t. Forget about the Patriot Way, he says: “After you have some success, that’s when you start calling it ‘The Lions Way.’”

Chicago Bears

New head coach Matt Nagy seems to be more in sync with GM Ryan Pace than John Fox ever was. This year’s additions in free agency did an excellent job of specifically addressing weaknesses, although Pace’s track record in the market has been uneven at best. Everything revolves around making QB Mitch Trubisky the franchise quarterback, from personnel to staff. Nagy’s presence as an offensive mastermind, along with innovative offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and holdover quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, should help. Pass-catching talent was added in free agency, but Trubisky will be throwing to several players with whom he’s never taken a snap in an NFL game. He’ll also be operating in his third system in as many years. That’s a lot to handle for a young quarterback. But the defensive improvement should continue under Vic Fangio, and the Bears should improve on last year’s 5-11 record.

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NFL Fantasy Football News

FanPicks NFL (click & play here) all-time best QB Peyton Manning can finally see his legacy fulfilled after month of being shrouded with controversy.

Peyton Manning is innocent.

After a 7 month NFL investigation on whether former pro-football quarterback Peyton Manning did or did not take performance enhancers, the conclusion announced on Monday that he played the game clean. He did not use any drugs restricted by the league, according to the reports. Taking up on retirement a month after winning his second Superbowl last February, the future Hall of Famer saw his legacy potentially tarnished by a documentary televised by the american broadcast of Al-Jazeera. The program listed out a number of professional athletes around different sport that would have consumed steroids. The name of the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos QB was included among them. The NFL found no credible evidence to confirm that the Al-Jazeera claim was valid. The investigation included an examination of Manning’s medical file.

Issue across every sports

Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, who were mentioned on the list of doped athletes, will sue Al-Jazeera America for libel. Manning has, on the other hand, decided not to file suits against them. Green Bay Packers linebackers, Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews, as well as James Harrison from the Pittsburgh Steelers will need to submit explanation to the NFL. Mike Neal, former Packers and currently free agent, has also been summoned by the American Football magna.

Manning illustrious career

Manning had a prestigious career in the NFL. Number 18 wore the Colts colors until 2011. That year, he got sidelined for the season due to a neck injury. In 2012, he joined the Denver Broncos. He holds most of the NFL passing records, like the most touchdown passes (539 TD) and the most passing yards (71,940 yards). Invited 14 times in the Pro Bowl and 7 times within All-Pro First-Team, Manning mainly distinguished himself in 2013. He collected 55 touchdowns during that year, breaking the previous record of 50 held by Tom Brady since 2007 (which Brady broke from Manning’s 49 in 2004). The right-handed quarterback also led the season in passing yards with 5,477 yards. He completed a total of 6,125 of his 9,380 passes in the regular season, while committing 303 interceptions.

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Doping – NFL probing 3 superstars

Breaking news in the NFL today during the off season when news broke out today that a report linked to Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison to doping products. They will be be interviewed in the coming months by NFL authorities and this article of Doping – NFL probing 3 superstars is brought you by FanPicks where you can play the only fantasy cross-sport contest in the world. (Click to playClick).
A letter from the senior vice president of NFL Adolpho Birch was obtained Friday by The Associated Press said the linebackers Matthews Green Bay Packers and Peppers and linebacker Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers will be interviewed at the opening of training camps.

The Packers will launch their camp on 26 July, while the Steelers will meet on 29.

The letter also mentions the name of self-defensive lineman Mike Neal, who will also be met. No mention of the shift in retirement Peyton Manning, who had yet been identified in the report of Al-Jazeera in December.

But USA Today, citing an unidentified source, reported that the investigation into the actions of Manning also progressing.

The NFL first informed Matthews, Peppers, Harrison Neal of its investigation on 11 January. The investigation has progressed, but Birch says the Association of NFL players did not respond to “several requests for interviews” with the players, who will be accompanied by a union representative.

Al-Jazeera America reported allegations of Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern in an anti-aging clinic. Sly is however retract thereafter.

Running back Darren McFadden Cowboys inactive for two months

Running back Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden will miss two months of activities after suffering a broken elbow in the last days.

Running back 28 years has inflicted the injury by doing chores around his home.

McFadden has amassed 1,089 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns last season, his first with the Cowboys.

Often kept out of the game by early career health problems, McFadden has played 16 games for his club in the last two campaigns.

The amateur draft in April, the training led by Jason Garrett was selected in the first round Ezekiel Elliott rusher, product of Ohio State University.

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Fantasy Football NFL Draft Preview

We’re less than a week away from the highly anticipated NFL Draft and it’s time to monitor what improvements the teams can do with some critical acquisition. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This Fantasy Football NFL Draft preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears will need to get stronger in defense if they want to close in on their NFC North rivals this upcoming season. Their head coach John Fox as well as their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio hope to find a pass rusher that they’ll be able to pair with Pernell McPhee. This is most likely their most important priority. So far, they’ve upgraded their front 7 through free agency with the signing of Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman and Akiem Hicks. It’s also likely that they recruit at the corner back position.

Top 3 round picks: 11th and 41st, 72nd selections.

Detroit Lions

Detroit are in the need of serious play maker. Riley Reiff was built to become a right tackle or a guard. They will also need a tone-setter in the middle of the defense. They will also try finding a book-end pass rusher a priority.

Top 3 round picks: 16th and 46th, 77th selections.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have played Clay Matthews all over the field but they must recruit another big man like him either in the inside or outside. Offensively speaking, they’re fine but should still look for a swing tackle that can play on either side. Green Bay are always looking for a good tight end.

Top 3 round picks: 27th and 57th, 88th selections.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are quietly emerging in the NFC as a contender a large part due to their awesome running game and super athletic defensive players. In order to close out that gap between the heavyweight in the conference, they will need to solidify their receiver position. A top of the line receiver would be ideal to complement Teddy Bridgewater and take them to the next level.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd and 54th, 86th selections.

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NFL NFC North Fantasy Football Review

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Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

NFC North Fantasy Football

The NFC North division came down to the wire in the last game of the season when the Vikings clinched the division besting the Packers in Green Bay.

 

  • Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

The Vikings won the NFC North for the 1st time since 2009 and captured their 1st playoff berth since 2012. Major improvements were seen on both side of the ball for the Vikings compare to their prior campaign. Adrian Peterson’s 327 carries, 1485 league leading rushing yards and 11 TDs  kept their offense steady and afloat all season.

Stefon Diggs complemented Peterson’s rushing game leading the team in receptions and receiving yardage. He will be a top target for their QB Teddy Bridgewater in the future and Fantasy picks wise.

Their week 6 win against the Chiefs was the 1st of 5 game winning streak, helping them to finish the season winning 9 out of their last 12. They will be looking to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss in the playoffs when their kicker, Blair Walsh missed a 27 yards field goal with 22 seconds game in the NFC Wildcard game.

 

  • Green Bay Packers (10-6)

The last time the Packers entered the playoffs as a wild-card, they won the Super Bowl and ended up winning the division 4 years straight until this campaign. Jordy Nelson’s loss during the preseason due to an injury slowed down their offense.

Despite Aaron Rodgers’ decent numbers, their running back Eddie Lacy struggled to assert himself as the leading rusher splitting the task with James Stark.

They will be a promising contender and favourite to conquer the NFC North throne once again.

 

  • Detroit Lions (7-9)

The Detroit Lions finished their season on a positive note after their terrible 0-6 start. They will also have huge shoes to fill if their superstar receiver Calvin Johnson leaves as rumors are stating. However, this would leave more room to growfor the  22 year old, Eric Ebron a solid fantasy pick for the near future after his impressive season (537 yards, 5 TDS, 47 receptions)

 

  • Chicago Bears (6-10)

The Chicago Bears will have a lot of work to do in the off season. Despite Matt Forte’s season ending injury, the Bears seem to have found their future QB with Jeremy Langford. They will have to recruit more in depth to be a contender for the next few seasons.

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NFL Divisional Round Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City at New England

 

With the return of Edelman and Gronkowski, the Patriots show that they are still a Super Bowl threat. Although the final score was 27-20, Patriots, they were far more in control of the game than that indicated. Brady had a solid day with 302 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown, totaling 29 fantasy points on the day.

 

Gronkowski led the league at tight end this weekend catching 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions for 83 yards. This brought his total to 25.3 fantasy points, back to his usual numbers after some disappointments throughout this season. Edelman also returned from injury with no hiccups as he caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a total of 23 fantasy points.

 

All the fantasy value however was centered around the Pats in this game, you weren’t going to win any NFL cash drafts this weekend by loading up on Chiefs players.

 

Green Bay at Arizona

 

 This game had plenty of fantasy value to be found in both likely and unlikely places. The big surprise of this game was Jeff Janis for the Packers with a breakout performance of 7 receptions for 145 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns—36.5 fantasy points.

 

The Palmer and Fitzgerald stack also produced some serious numbers as Palmer threw for 349 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns for 27 fantasy points (after subtracting his 2 interceptions) and Fitz had 8 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown—34.6 fantasy points.


Seattle at Carolina

 

This game lacked both the competitiveness and the low scoring defensive battle that was expected. Carolina went up big in the first half with Jonathan Stewart scoring 2 touchdowns and running for 106 rushing yards. Cam Newton had the lowest scores of the season however with only 161 passing yards and a touchdown giving him about 11 fantasy points.

 

Despite the loss, there was a lot of garbage time value to be found from the Seahawks as they tried to rally in the second half. Russell Wilson led the quarterback for the weekend with 366 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. The big receiver to pair him with was Jermaine Kearse as he caught 11 passes for 110 passing yards and 2 touchdowns— 37 fantasy points.


Pittsburgh at Denver

 

This game was lacking the competitiveness from the start with Antonio Brown ruled out and Big Ben questionable. Ben took the field however and found Martavis Bryant to fill that top receiver role as Bryant tallied 9 receptions for 154 receiving yards as well as 40 yards rushing—31.4 fantasy points.

 

Denver came out ahead in terms of the game but in the fantasy world, CJ Anderson was the only worthwhile pick for Denver. He ran for 72 yards, got a touchdown, and 2 receptions for 14 fantasy points to lead his team.

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Green Bay Packers versus Arizona Cardinals NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-16-2016

 

The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs will feature in prime time the Arizona Cardinals hosting the Green Bay Packers. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to NBC TV on Saturday January 16th at 8:15PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day real money leagues.

 

This is a rematch of the regular season meeting between these teams back on December 27th. It was all Arizona as they crushed the Packers 38-8 at home. The Cardinals got a great performance on both sides of the ball. Carson Palmer passed for 265 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. It was a three headed monster for the Cardinals running game as they rushed for 121 yards. The Arizona defense had a fantastic game by limiting the Packers to just 178 yards and registered nine quarterback sacks.

 

Arizona is on a bye week as the number two seed in the playoffs. They possess the number one rated offense in the NFL as they gain 408 yards per game. They average 30.6 points per game which is second best in the league. The Cardinals has been outstanding on the defensive end as they limit opponents to 321 yards per game.

 

Green Bay is only the 25th ranked passing team in the NFL. They have not been able to overcome the injury of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The Packers defense has performed well as they sit sixth best in the league in pass defense by giving up 227 yards passing per game. They went 0-2 to close out the regular season scoring just eight points at Arizona and 13 points at home to Minnesota to close the regular season. The team improved off those two dull efforts with the 35-18 road victory in the NFC Wildcard game last week against the Washington Redskins. The Packers moved the football on the Redskins defense for 210 yards passing and two touchdowns thrown by Aaron Rodgers with 141 yards rushing. The difference in the game came in the red zone. Green Bay was 4 of 5 while Washington was 1-4. That is a huge swing as the Redskins were able to move the football through the air in the passing game with Kirk Cousins passing for 329 yards. Arizona is better in the red zone in scoring and defending than the Washington Redskins. The Cardinals would be the preferred playmaker choices from this playoff meeting.

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

 

Aaron Rodgers

 

The Packers wide receivers have been graded by NFL scouts as being the slowest off the line of scrimmage of any unit in the league. It will be hard to hear the snap count for Green Bay at a noisy Cardinals stadium in this playoff game. In the playoff win last week at Washington Rodgers completed 58.3% of his throws for 210 yards with two touchdowns. He has touchdown passes in ten straight games and he has thrown for multiple touchdowns in six of ten games. Pass protection will be vital in this game for Green Bay as Rodgers took nine sacks last times these two teams met.

 

Green Bay Packers RB:

 

Eddie Lacy

 

Lacy is splitting carries with James Starks. That does not offer fantasy value. Last week Lacy had 12 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown for 5.3 yards per carry. But the issue is Lacy is receiving an average of only 12 carries over his past four games.

 

Green Bay Packers WR:

 

James Jones

 

The veteran wide out for the Packers has caught 50 balls for 890 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones had seven grabs last week for Green Bay for 81 yards. In Week 17, Jones had 102 receiving yards with four catches.

 

Arizona Cardinals QB:

 

Carson Palmer

 

The veteran quarterback for Arizona is coming off an outstanding regular season. He has been injury free starting all 16 games. Palmer is completing 63.7% of his passing for 4671 yards with 35 touchdowns and 11 picks. The yardage and touchdown passes are all career highs.

 

Arizona Cardinals RB:

 

David Johnson

 

The Cardinals have been hit hard with injuries to their running back position. Johnson has 125 carries for 581 yards with eight touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry average. He had a three touchdown performance at Philadelphia in Week 15.

 

Arizona Cardinals WR:

 

John Brown

 

Brown is a big play receiver for the Cardinals. He has caught 65 passes for 1003 yards and seven touchdowns with 15.4 yards per catch average.

 

NFL Playoffs Real Money Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

RB: David Johnson (Cardinals)

WR: John Browns (Cardinals)

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NFL Divisional Round Stacks to look out for

 

Its hard to pick your stacks in the divisional round as almost all of the 8 teams remaining has a top 8 defense.  The matchup in the divisional round are

 

Kansas City @ New England

 

Green Bay @ Arizona

 

Seattle @ Carolina

 

Pittsburgh @ Denver

 

The weak link as far as pass defenses goes is clearly Pittsburgh.  The only reason they have made it this far is by relying on their offense with most of their games being very high scoring shootouts.  Last time Denver played Pittsburgh this year Emmanuel Sanders caught 10 passes for 181 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown while Demaryius Thomas had 5 catches for 61 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.  And this was with Brock Osweiller at quarterback and not Peyton Manning, who will be back and starting in their Divisional Playoff.  Peyton, Sanders, and Thomas is the most predicable value stack of the weekend, which like always risks high ownership.

 

However, Denver still lost this game as Antonio Brown had a gigantic fantasy day with 16 catches for 189 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.  Pittsburgh has a lot of question marks with health going into this game with Deangelo Williams out, Big Ben questionable with a shoulder injury, and Antonio Brown with a concussion.  Despite the strength of the Denver defense, if Ben and Brown are healthy going into this game, they always have the potential for huge fantasy value.

 

In my opinion, anything could happen with the Seattle Carolina game.  This is a matchup of the two top ranked teams in the playoff and is one most would probably like to see wait until the Superbowl.  While arguably the top 2 defenses, their offenses are just as explosive.  A Wilson/Baldwin or Newton/Ginn(Questionable)/Olsen stack is a nice contrarian stack that may end up profitable in a NFL Daily fantasy tournament.

 

The Patriots and the Chiefs game should be a low scoring victory for the Patriots, although Tom Brady may put up some big numbers.  However, it is always a crapshoot who to stack Brady with since he spreads the ball out so much (the same could be said about Rodgers or Manning this week).  That leaves Carson Palmer, who may be able to have a big day considering Kirk Cousins was able to put up over 300 passing yards in their loss against the Packers in the wild card round.

 

The top stacks are Manning/Sanders, Newton/Olsen, Wilson/Baldwin, and Palmer/Fitzgerald.  The edge in my mind goes to Palmer and Fitz but anything can happen in the playoffs, and Palmer has less experience here than many of the other Quarterbacks (Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Wilson, Roethlisberger)

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NFL Weekend Recap

 

Kansas City Defense Dominates

 

The Chief’s started the game by sending a message with a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown and that would have been enough for the Chiefs to win the game without their offense ever needing to take the field.  Hoyer didn’t do much to make things difficult for the Chief throwing 4 interceptions, giving Kansas City’s defense a total of 34 fantasy points with the kickoff return touchdown, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, and 0 points allowed.

 

Besides the Chiefs defense, there was not much other fantasy value from this game.  Travis Kelce had a big receiving game with 8 receptions for 128 receiving yards giving him 20.8 fantasy points.  Spencer Ware ran for 67 rushing yards and had a rushing touchdown giving him 12.7 fantasy points on the day.

 

 

Steelers win a scrappy game

 

This was an ugly game in terms of injuries.  At one time or another each Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and AJ Green all left the field with no guarantee of returning.  Furthermore, it wasn’t the usual shootout type game we see with the Steelers.  However there were some areas where fantasy value could be found.

 

Jeremy Hill had 50 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, 3 receptions, and 27 receiving yards totaling 16.7 fantasy points.  Fitzgerald Toussaint (filling the role at running back after the list of injured steelers running backs we’ve seen this year) had 58 rushing yards, 4 receptions, and 60 receiving yards totaling 15.8 fantasy points, despite his dirt cheap fantasy salary.  While far short of his normal value, Antonio Brown had 7 receptions for 119 receiving yards totaling 21.9 fantasy points.  Lastly, AJ Green snuck in a touchdown in the end, along with his 71 receiving yards and 5 receptions he totaled 18.1 fantasy points.

 

 

 

Cold weather halts offensive attacks

 

This game began with -6 degrees and -26 windchill up in Minneapolis.  It looked early like the Seahawks were out of their element with a scoreless first half.  However, the Vikings seemed equally hampered by the cold as they generated only 204 total offensive yards (Seattle had an equally unimpressive 239 total offensive yards).

 

As far as fantasy value, both quarterbacks had very abysmal games, rushing was very poor, and only Doug Baldwin put up relatively decent numbers 5 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (15.2 fantasy points).

 

 

 

Packers find their groove just in time

 

This season has been very disappointing for the Packers so far, barely making it to the playoffs.  However, they seem to be coming around just in time with the best offensive performance of the weekend.  Despite less total offensive yardage than the Redskins (GB 351 vs WSH 413), the Packers had a decisive victory.

 

For the Packers, fantasy value was spread out all over between Lacy, Starks, Jones, Adams, and Cobb with all of them scoring just over 10 fantasy points.  For the Skins however, it was all Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson as Jordan Reed had 9 receptions for 120 receiving yards a touchdown (28 fantasy points) and Chris Thompson had 25 rushing yards, 8 receptions, and 89 receiving yards for 19.4 fantasy points.  Kirk Cousins was by far the highest scorer at quarterback with 329 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown.  That brought Cousins total to 26 fantasy points.

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Fanpicks.com NFL Playoff Sunday NFC Wildcard

Fantasy Football Picks

 

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Sunday afternoon will feature a gridiron battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. While the forecast does not announce rain or snow; the cold weather may be a determining factor in this game. These initially squared off on December 6th with the Seahawks showing all the momentum leading 21-0 at halftime and overcoming the Vikings by a final score of 38-7. The Seattle defence held strong against the Vikings offence. The Seahawks played a superb man to man strategy and staked the line to severely cripple and Adrian Peterson offence attacks. We think that the Seahawks will continue with this strategy in this game; offsetting the running game to force Teddy Bridgewater into his weaker position going to the aerial attack. No doubt, Peterson’s bad back will further offset his passing accuracy.

 

In their last appearance, Seattle limited Vikings offensive attack to 31 yards rushing and 118 passing yards. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the number one rushing and scoring defense and were number two against the pass. Seahawks will burn clock with a conservative approach on offense. No need to take chances when you have the defense to limit scoring chances for the opponent here. Fewer possessions will lead to fewer yards and points for the Vikings.

 

Play Seattle Seahawks Defense

 

Teddy Bridgewater will be a desperate quarterback as we believe this game will be taken away from Minnesota. Bridgewater will have to test the Seahawks secondary and will get picked off by the veterans of which Earl Thomas has five picks this season.

 

Play Earl Thomas

 

Seattle Seahawks S

 

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is coming off a successful regular season. He completed a career high 68.1% of his passes for 4024 yards with 34 touchdowns and 8 picks. Completion percentage, yardage and touchdown throws were all highs in his four years in the pros. In the playoffs, look for Wilson to take more chances in the run game. He rushed for 553 yards on 103 carries this year for 5.4 yards per carry average.

 

Play Russell Wilson

 

Seattle Seahawks QB

 

The Washington Redskins take on the Green Bay Packers for your evening NFL viewing pleasure. The Green Bay offence has shown some weakness in recent games; being held to only 9 and 13 points respectively against Arizona and Minnesota.

 

On the opposing side the Redskins were the surprise winner of the NFC East this year despite a measly 9-7 record which takes into account their 6-2 home record. Nonetheless, Washington’s offence have sparked to life scoring more than 34 points to win in their final three games of the season

 

The Redskins have been moving the football. Green Bay’s defense is good in the red zone. Washington has a good kicker in Dustin Hopkins who went 25 of 28 in the season. There is a possibility that Hopkins could be successful with at least three field goal tries in this game. The kicker in the Wildcard round you should take for your daily leagues will be Dustin Hopkins.

 

Play Dustin Hopkins

 

Washington Redskins K

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Green Bay Packers versus Washington Redskins NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-10-2016

 

The final Wildcard playoff game of the weekend will feature the Washington Redskins hosting the Green Bay Packers. NFL fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX at 4:40PM Eastern Time on Sunday January 10th to track the results of their one day league roster picks.

 

Green Bay has had an up and down season. They have had trouble trying to adjust to life without Jordy Nelson who has missed the entire season with a knee injury. The Packers receivers have been clocked by NFL scouts to be the slowest off the line of scrimmage in the league. That explains the issues the team has had with their lack of scoring and 25th ranked passing attack in the NFL. This will be the third straight playoff team that the Packers have faced. They lost the previous two as they scored just 8 points at Arizona and only 13 at home for the NFC North division against the Minnesota Vikings.

 

The Washington Redskins at 9-7 were champions of a weak NFC East division on the year. They closed strongly winners of four straight games scoring 34 or greater points over their past three contests. The Redskins have faced soft competition down the stretch facing non-playoff teams in their past six games. They traveled to Carolina on November 22nd and were beaten 44-16. Washington had the 11th ranked passing attack in the league and the 28th overall defense. The Redskins are 25th against the pass and 26th against the rush. They can move the football and their field goal kicker Dustin Hopkins has made 25 of 28 picks and has been successful on 39 of 40 extra point attempts.

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

 

Aaron Rodgers

 

Rodgers is greatly hampered by his slow footed receiving corps. But he is a sly veteran who has the ability to make plays with his feet. He will not be afraid to run the football because the time to take high risks with running is in the playoffs. For the year Rodgers has completed 60.7% of his passes which is a career low as a starter. He threw for 3821 yards with 31 touchdowns and 8 picks. His 344 rushing yards is his second highest total in his career.

 

Green Bay Packers RB:

 

Eddie Lacy

 

The veteran running back is sharing carries with James Starks. The injury report lists that Lacy is dealing with rib injury and will play on Sunday. In his past three games he has rushed a total of 36 times for 117 yards which averages out to just 3 yards per carry. He has just two rushing touchdowns since Week 2.

 

James Starks

 

Starks has rushed 148 times for 601 yards with two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.1 yards per carry just like Lacy. These two Packer backs shares carries. The Packers running back has had less than ten carries in six of his past seven games. It is tough to back any of the Packers running backs in this spot. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Aaron Rodgers ends up being the leading rusher in this game since both Lacy and Starks shares carries.

 

James Jones

 

The veteran wide out leads the Packers with 50 catches for 890 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones is averaging 17.8 yards per carry and has the ability to make big plays especially if Rodgers decides to run the football in this game. James Jones is a fantasy pick for this game because he could be a huge beneficiary for big plays with Rodgers scrambling and giving the Redskins secondary a threat to run.

 

Washington Redskins QB

 

Kirk Cousins

 

The Redskins signal caller has completed 69.8% of his passes for 4166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 picks. Washington faced only two playoff teams the entire season and lost both games by 17 or greater points scoring an average of 13 points per game. Pass on Cousins.

 

Washington Redskins RB:

 

Alfred Morris

 

The Redskins run game has been inconsistent throughout the year. Alfred Morris has 202 carries for 751 yards with only a single touchdown. Not a good sign inside the red zone. That’s why the play from the Redskins will be on their placekicker and their tight end.

 

Washington Redskins TE:

 

Jordan Reed

 

Reed leads the Redskins with 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Look for Reed to get targeted in the red zone. He has seven catches or greater in three of his past four games.

 

NFL Playoff Real Money Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Aaron Rodgers (Packers)

WR: James Jones (Packers)

TE: Jordan Reed (Redskins)

K: Dustin Hopkins (Redskins)

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