If this is the first week of your fantasy football league’s playoffs, then congratulations are in order. Regardless of where you wound up in the standings, as long as you made the playoffs, you have a shot. Remember last year’s non-fantasy football New York Giants and how they eked into the playoffs and then made their run. Or the year before, when the real Packers barely got in and suddenly became unbeatable. It has been repeated in fantasy football too by those astute enough to modify their rosters. So, by this logic, if you are the top seed, start worrying.
Every starter is suddenly more significant. Every matchup has to be more scrutinized. Every game and every play is more important. If you are vying for a cash reward or good old pride, now is your time.
If your season has ended and you are in some consolation round or no playoff at all, remember the sage words of any and all fantasy football players whose team does not win: “at least I have a life!”
Those are powerful words indeed; but do not apply to the few, the proud, and the vicarious.
There are players whose worth bears no secrets. Peterson and Rice will gain yards and score touchdowns. A lot of Johnsons will catch a lot of passes for a lot of yards. Brees, Rodgers, Stafford, Brady and Schaub will throw for a lot of yards. If your team includes any of them, then you are going to score a lot of points. What you need to move through the playoffs is a surprise that lifts you – by one point.
Tight end is a position that can get you those few extra points. Consider the Steelers’ Heath Miller. If Big Ben returns without the big arm, his underneath target should be even more important than before.
Ever since Colin Kaepernick has become the 49ers’ starting quarterback, Vernon Davis has just about vanished. On a related note, and in terms of disappearing acts, choose neither Penn nor Teller.
The Giants’ Martellus Bennett is a good acquisition if available. Another tight end who is very likely to be available is Dallas Clark. No, this is not a 2009 report – he now plays for the Bucs and has a good matchup against the Eagles. This could be a brief revival for a great player.
Running backs may return to the slot position due to teams playing it a little more conservative down their playoff stretches. Consider the Patriots’ Steven Ridley, the Colts’ Vick Ballard and the Steelers’ Jonathan Dwyer.
If it is one point that you may need, then a kicker might be just the person to deliver it. The Bucs’ Connor Barth and the Browns’ Phil Dawson are both capable and probably available. Speaking of the Bucs and Browns, their defenses should have worthwhile weeks.
It is the playoffs. You don’t have to win by a lot – the total-points posturing that is the subplot of the regular season is over. You just have to win by one. Who is available and who can help you is the answer and the question. If not at least you have a life!