by Will Overton
Just because the regular season is over doesn’t mean the fantasy season has to be. If you still have that itch for fantasy football there are plenty of ways to get your fix during the playoffs and so are going to keep the rankings coming just for you. Here is how I see the wide receiver position shaking out for the first round:
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions @ Dallas
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit
- TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis
- Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona
- Golden Tate – Detroit Lions @ Dallas
- Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
- Mohammed Sanu – Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh
- Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina
- Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
- Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati
- Markus Wheaton – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
- John Brown – Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina
- Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati
- Jericho Cotchery – Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona
- Brandon Tate – Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis
- If the Steelers are playing without Le’Veon Bell or even if they are playing with a less than 100% percent Bell they will be attacking the Ravens through the air and doing it a lot. The Ravens secondary is very susceptible to it and the Steelers know that as well as anyone. In two games this season Antonio Brown has 18 catches for 234 yards against the Ravens this season with one score. There isn’t a safer play at any position this weekend than Antonio Brown.
- One of the other big questions for the wild card weekend is the health status of A.J. Green. Concussions are so unpredictable when it comes to whether a guy will play or not because it’s not something they can just go tough out if the symptoms are still lingering. We ranked Green as if he will play, but don’t put him in your lineup this week if you won’t be around before game time to change him if need be. Meanwhile, if he can’t go I like Mohammed Sanu even more than where I ranked him at now. The Colts can be thrown on, even by Andy Dalton, and Sanu should have a nice game eiher way, but it’ll be extra nice if Green can’t play.
- The inconsistency we have seen from Michael Floyd this season is absolutely maddening and I can’t blame you if you shy away from using him this week. At the same time when he is on like he was last Sunday he can rack up the points for you. It’s encouraging to know that Ryan Lindley was looking for Floyd early and often last week and will hopefully do it again this week. He’s a high risk/high reward player who could get you 100 yards and a pair of TD’s or could get you 20 yards on two catches. It’s all about whether you want to gamble or not.
- If you’re looking to save a little money on your last wide receiver spot, Jericho Cotchery could be an interesting option for you. He only has one TD all season and went through a five week stretch where he never caught more than two balls in a game. Still, over the last three games of the season when the Panthers were playing better he had 13 catches total. The Cardinals pass defense has given up a ton of yards this season and Patrick Peterson should be focusing his attention on Kelvin Benjamin for most of the game. That combination could make for a nice day for Cotchery.
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