Published, 1/5/17

 

Wild-Card QBsWild-Card RBs | Wild-Card WRs | Wild-Card TEs

 

Note: Ranked by John Hansen’s projections as of Thursday morning.

 

Note: These player previews were published on Thursday afternoon. Based on late news, the write-ups and rankings for the following players could change dramatically. Make sure you look for our Sunday morning updates and practice report updates.

  • Randall Cobb
  • Sammie Coates

Wide Receivers

 

1. Antonio Brown (Pit, vs. Mia, Sun. 1:05 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 24/286/2 receiving (34 targets), 16.2 FPG (13th)

 

Brown pushed the Steelers into the postseason in Week 16, and the Steelers gave him a much-deserved day off in the season finale. Ben Roethlisberger figures to ride AB in the passing game, like always, and he finished behind only A.J. Green in FPG (20.7 to 20.5) and he had the most FP at the position with 307.3, despite sitting out the final game of the year. Big Ben averaged a whopping 31.2 FPG and an impressive 8.6 passing yards per attempt at Heinz Field this season, which bodes well for this weekend. Brown posted just 4/39 receiving on 8 targets against the Dolphins back in Week 6, struggling to get open against CB Byron Maxwell. The good news is that Maxwell could miss this week with his ankle injury or he’ll at least be severely hampered by the issue if he tries to play through it. They also could be without S Bacarri Rambo (chest), so they could be down to their third-string safety. Even if Maxwell can get back on the field this week, the Dolphins still don’t have anyone that can stop him. Our only concern is that the Steelers are 10-point favorites, and they could get out to a big lead and lean on Le’Veon Bell heavily in the second half. Still, the Dolphins are giving up 41.2 FPG to WRs over the last five weeks, so AB is clearly up with Odell Beckham as the top WR options this week.

 

Matchup: 4 Current Form: 5 History: 2 Role: 5 Injury status: N/A

 

2. Odell Beckham (NYG, at GB, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 36/452/2 receiving (60 targets), 18.8 FPG (2nd)

 

Odell also has the chance to absolutely go off against an extremely banged up Packers secondary, a unit that was using SS Micah Hyde at cornerback at the end of Week 17. He posted 5/44 receiving on 7 targets against the Redskins in Week 17, doing his damage before getting lifted late in the game. Beckham has finished as WR1, WR4, and WR5 in his first three seasons of his career. The only real comparisons for such elite, early-career production are Randy Moss (WR1, WR2, WR1) and Jerry Rice (WR22, WR1, WR1). OBJ also accounted for 35.2% of the Giants’ passing yards this season. Beckham posted a solid 5/56/1 receiving on 12 targets against the Packers back in Week 5. It’s going to be quite chilly in Green Bay this weekend, which isn’t ideal for the passing games. He scored 19+ FP in seven of his final nine games, and the Packers gave up a league-high 42.01 FPG to WRs this season. CBs Quinten Rollins (neck) and Damarious Randall (knee) will both be challenged to get back on the field this week. The Packers may have to depend on LaDarius Gunter, Micah Hyde and possibly UDFA rookie Herb Waters, a converted WR promoted from the practice squad this week. This is a golden spot against a Packers secondary that’s giving up 48.9 FPG to WRs over the last five weeks, and he ranks with Antonio Brown as the top WR options this week.

 

Matchup: 5 Current Form: 5 History: 4 Role: 5 Injury status: N/A

 

3. Jordy Nelson (GB, vs. NYG, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 36/503/5 receiving (44 targets), 23.3 FPG (1st)

 

QB Aaron Rodgers is getting most of the credit for the turnaround of the Packers, and deservedly so, but Nelson certainly has played a pivotal role in their success. Nelson caught 6+ passes in seven of his last eight games to close the regular season. He had just one game with single digit FPs in Week 7 against the Bears, and he’s been the top fantasy WR since then with 21.8 FPG and averages of 7.0/93.6/.9 receiving per game. Rodgers has an 18-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio in his last seven games, and he’s averaging 288 passing yards per game and a ridiculous 9.87 adjusted yards per attempt. Nelson posted 4/38/1 receiving on 13 targets against the Giants back in Week 5. The Packers will move Nelson around all over the formation, so he’s likely to see time against all three of Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Eli Apple. The Giants allowed just 15 passing TDs all season, including just 11 scores to WRs. Nelson scored 14 TDs himself, so something will have to give this week. Nelson has a little more downside than usual this week in this tough matchup, but he still has a great chance of going off with Rodgers playing at an elite level.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 5 History: 4 Role: 5 Injury status: N/A

 

4. Doug Baldwin (Sea, vs. Det, Sat. 8:15 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 33/361/2 receiving (47 targets), 16.3 FPG (12th)

 

Baldwin didn’t get a full run in Week 17 against, bowing out after about 45 minutes and posting 2/44 receiving on 4 targets against the 49ers. He figures to be extremely active this postseason with #2 WR Tyler Lockett (leg) done for the year. Russell Wilson finished as the QB2, QB5, QB11, QB4, and QB2 in his last five home games, so this passing attack has been much better in Seattle. Baldwin topped 24+ FP four times this season, but he’s also finished below 11 FP seven times this season, so he’s been a boom-or-bust option in this sporadic offense. We think he should be a little steadier with Lockett done, but it also depends on how this O-line holds up in front of Wilson. Baldwin does most of his work out of the slot, so he’ll avoid Detroit’s best CB Darius Slay for most of the game. The good news for this passing attack is that the Lions have one of the worst pass rushes in the league, so this terrible Seahawks O-line could actually give Russell Wilson time to get the ball downfield. The Seahawks are much better at home and the Lions are giving up 41 FPG to WRs the last five weeks, so he has a solid chance at having one of his boom games.

 

Matchup: 4 Current Form: 4 History: N/A Role: 5 Injury status: N/A

 

5. Jarvis Landry (Mia, at Pit, Sun. 1:05 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 30/403/2 receiving (42 targets), 16.4 FPG (11th)

 

Landry saw his first major work with Matt Moore, seeing 12 targets in a blowout loss to the Patriots. It was just the second time in 12 games that he’s reached double-digit targets after doing it in all four games to open the season. Landry has still topped 75+ yards in four of his last five games, including two of his last three with Moore. He finished with 9/76/1 receiving against the Patriots last week.  Landry has seen 26.4% of Moore’s targets the last three weeks, while Kenny Stills has seen 23% and DeVante Parker 21%. Landry posted 7/91 receiving on 9 targets against the Steelers back in Week 6 with Ryan Tannehill. The Steelers have allowed just 9 receiving TDs this season, and they allowed just 32.49 FPG to WRs this season. Still, Pittsburgh has allowed at least one receiver to score 15+ PPR points in six-straight games: Donte Moncrief (6/45/1), Odell Beckham (10/100), Sammy Watkins (4/54/1), Brandon LaFell (7/91), Steve Smith (7/79/1), and Terrelle Pryor (7/94). The Dolphins enter Pittsburgh as 10-point underdogs, so we’re expecting Landry to get plenty of volume if they play from behind in the second half.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 4 History: 4 Role: 4 Injury status: N/A

 

6. Davante Adams (GB, vs. NYG, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 17/221/4 receiving (34 targets), 12.6 FPG (27th)

 

Adams has been a crazy boom-or-bust type in terms of usage in his last nine games, finishing with fewer than 45 yards in six of those contests and topping 100+ yards in the other three games. Still, he has 7 TDs in that stretch, as he ranks second in the league behind his teammate Jordy Nelson in red-zone targets with 15. He scored twice in their Week 17 victory over the Lions, finishing with 6/31/2 receiving. Aaron Rodgers has an 18-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio in his last seven games, and he’s averaging 288 passing yards per game and a ridiculous 9.87 adjusted yards per attempt. Adams posted 5/85/1 receiving on 8 targets against the Giants back in Week 5. The Giants allowed just 15 passing TDs all season, including just 11 scores to WRs. Adams scored 12 TDs himself, so something will have to give this week. We’d expect Nelson to see the most of top CB Janoris Jenkins, leaving Adams to compete mostly with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple. His usage has been all over the map in the second half of the year, but he has the chance to be a little more active in this matchup, and he always has a great chance to score because of how active he is in the red zone.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 3 History: 5 Role: 5 Injury status: N/A

 

7. Golden Tate (Det, at Sea, Sat. 8:15 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 34/460/2 receiving (49 targets), 18.5 FPG (t-3rd)

 

Tate comes into the Wild Card Round on a nice little run, with 6+ catches in his last five games and he’s seen 9.8 targets per game in that span. He had a fine day in the season finale, posting 6/77/1 receiving on 10 targets against a banged up Packers secondary. This Lions passing game is running through Tate, but this passing game hasn’t been the same in recent weeks. While playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand, Matthew Stafford has seen his touchdown rate dip to an abysmal 1.6% over his final three regular season games. He tossed a touchdown pass on 4.7% of his attempts in Week 1-13. Tate had 3/29 receiving in his first #revengegame against the Seahawks last year. The absence of FS Earl Thomas has made the Seahawks secondary extremely vulnerable in recent weeks. Tate has been one of the best WRs at making defenders miss tackles in recent years, but Seahawks CBs Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead are one of the surest-tackling duos in the league. Tate will be a reliable option this week if you’re looking for 6-8 catches because Stafford will certainly target him and he’ll move around to avoid a Sherman shadow.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 5 History: N/A Role: 5 Injury status: N/A

 

8. Amari Cooper (Oak, at Hou, Sat. 4:35 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 16/227/2 receiving (31 targets), 10.1 FPG (t-43rd)

 

The Raiders QB situation went from the good (Derek Carr), to the bad (Matt McGloin) and now to the ugly (Connor Cook). The rookie QB Cook will get his first NFL start in the Wild Card Round against the Texans, which is obviously a less than ideal situation. Cooper posted 4/39/1 receiving in a tough matchup against the Broncos in Week 17, scoring on an impressive individual play against Chris Harris. McGloin also missed wide-open for what could’ve been a long TD. Cooper has now topped 60+ receiving just once in his last eight games, tying him for 51st among fantasy WRs with 10.5 FPG in that time. Michael Crabtree finished as a WR2 or better (top-24) nine times in the fantasy regular season (Week 1-16), while Cooper had just five WR2 or better finishes. With Carr at QB in Week 11, Cooper posted 4/57/1 receiving on 5 targets against the Texans. This isn’t an easy matchup on the outside going against CBs A.J Bouye and Johnathan Joseph, and Crabtree and Cooper combined for just 7/62/1 when these teams met earlier in Mexico City. Cooper said earlier this week that’s he’s “demanding the ball,” but he’s only a GPP option in DFS because the Raiders are likely to take a very conservative approach with Cook at QB. This game also has an incredibly low Vegas total of 36.5 points.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 4 History: 4 Role: 4 Injury status: Shoulder (probable)

 

9. DeAndre Hopkins (Hou, vs. Oak, Sat. 4:35 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 23/344/1 receiving (46 targets), 12.7 FPG (26th)

 

Well, the Texans have to resort back to Osweiler in the Wild Card Round with Tom Savage in concussion protocol. He’s been terrible all season, including in Week 17 when he completed 52.5% of his passes (21/40) for just 6.3 yards per attempt (253 yards). Hopkins did at least show some life with Osweiler, posting 7/123 receiving on 11 targets against the Titans in Week 17. It was a season-high in yardage and just the second time he’s topped 100+ yards in 2016. With Osweiler at QB in Week 11, Hopkins posted 5/58 receiving on 6 targets against the Raiders. The Raiders have given up a league-high 61 receptions that have gone for 20+ yards, so CBs Sean Smith and David Amerson are prone to giving up some big plays. Hopkins at least showed some signs of life with Osweiler playing slightly better off the bench last week. The Texans figure to play very conservatively this week, and this game has an incredibly low Vegas total of 36.5 points, so Hopkins is more of a GPP option in DFS this week.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 4 History: 3 Role: 4 Injury status: N/A

 

10. Sterling Shepard (NYG, at GB, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 21/207/3 receiving (32 targets), 12.1 FPG (t-29th)

 

Shepard didn’t put up great numbers in his rookie season, but his 8 TDs really boosted his fantasy value. He hasn’t topped 65+ receiving yards in a game since Week 3, but he has scored in six of his last nine games. Shepard failed to score in Week 17, finishing with 3/30 receiving on 5 targets against the Redskins. Shepard posted just 2/14 receiving on 7 targets against the Packers back in Week 5. It’s going to be quite chilly in Green Bay this weekend, which isn’t ideal for the passing games. The Packers could look to limit Odell Beckham at all costs possible, which could open things up for Shepard. It also helps that the Packers secondary is quite banged up heading into the postseason. CBs Quinten Rollins (neck) and Damarious Randall (knee) will both be challenged to get back on the field this week. The Packers may have to depend on LaDarius Gunter, Micah Hyde and possibly UDFA rookie Herb Waters, a converted WR promoted from the practice squad this week. Shepard has found the end zone with regularity this season, and the Packers are giving up 48.9 FPG to WRs over the last five weeks, so he could shake loose for a TD out of the slot against this banged up secondary.

 

Matchup: 5 Current Form: 4 History: 1 Role: 4 Injury status: N/A

 

11. Michael Crabtree (Oak, at Hou, Sat. 4:35 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 29/292/2 receiving (44 targets), 14.0 FPG (20th)

 

The Raiders QB situation went from the good (Derek Carr), to the bad (Matt McGloin) and now to the ugly (Connor Cook). The rookie QB Cook will get his first NFL start in the Wild Card Round against the Texans, which is obviously a less than ideal situation. He finished with 5/47 receiving on 8 targets in a tough matchup against the Broncos in Week 17, which actually led the passing attack. Crabtree managed to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time since 2012, and he finished the season ahead of Amari Cooper in FPG (14.8 to 14.2). Crabtree finished as a WR2 or better (top-24) nine times in the fantasy regular season (Week 1-16), while Cooper had just five WR2 or better finishes. With Carr at QB in Week 11, Crabtree had just 3/5 receiving on 7 targets against the Texans. This isn’t an easy matchup on the outside going against CBs A.J Bouye and Johnathan Joseph, and Crabtree and Cooper combined for just 7/62/1 when these teams met earlier in Mexico City. There’s nothing to get excited about here, and he’s only a GPP option in DFS because the Raiders are likely to take a very conservative approach with Cook at QB. This game also has an incredibly low Vegas total of 36.5 points.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 4 History: 1 Role: 4 Injury status: Finger (probable)

 

12. DeVante Parker (Mia, at Pit, Sun. 1:05 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 15/195/2 receiving (22 targets), 9.3 FPG (t-54th)

 

Parker has fallen behind Kenny Stills in the passing-game pecking order since Matt Moore has taken over, but the second-year WR is still the most dangerous weapon at Moore’s disposal. He posted 5/45 receiving against the Patriots in Week 17, and he does have 7 targets in each of his last two games. Jarvis Landry has seen 26.4% of Moore’s targets the last three weeks, while Stills has seen 23% and Parker 21%. Parker posted 5/28 receiving on 7 targets against the Steelers back in Week 6 with Ryan Tannehill. The Steelers have allowed just 9 receiving TDs this season, and they allowed just 32.49 FPG to WRs this season. Still, Pittsburgh has allowed at least one receiver to score 15+ PPR points in six-straight games: Donte Moncrief (6/45/1), Odell Beckham (10/100), Sammy Watkins (4/54/1), Brandon LaFell (7/91), Steve Smith (7/79/1), and Terrelle Pryor (7/94). The Dolphins enter Pittsburgh as 10-point underdogs, so we’re expecting Parker to get a few more chances than normal downfield if they play from behind in the second half.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 3 History: 2 Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

13. Eli Rogers (Pit, vs. Mia, Sun. 1:05 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 19/258/1 receiving (22 targets), 10.3 FPG (41st)

 

Rogers comes into postseason off three of his best performances of 2016, with three of his four best yardage totals of the season coming in Weeks 15-17 – he posted 15/220/1 in that span. With WR Antonio Brown and TE Ladarius Green out of the lineup in Week 17, Rogers caught all 6 of his targets for 61 yards against the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger averaged a whopping 31.2 FPG and an impressive 8.6 passing yards per attempt at Heinz Field this season, which bodes well for this weekend. Rogers posted 4/35 receiving on 5 targets against the Dolphins back in Week 6. Miami could be without CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) again this week, which would obviously hurt the depth of this secondary. They also could be without S Bacarri Rambo (chest), so they could be down to their third-string safety. We are a little concerned that the Steelers are 10-point favorites, and they could get out to a big lead and lean on Le’Veon Bell heavily in the second half. Still, the Dolphins are giving up 41.2 FPG to WRs the last five weeks, and Rogers should at least provide a decent floor as a cheap DFS option with 4-6 catches.

 

Matchup: 4 Current Form: 4 History: 3 Role: 4 Injury status: N/A

 

14. Kenny Stills (Mia, at Pit, Sun. 1:05 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 16/246/4 receiving (30 targets), 12.9 FPG (t-23rd)

 

Stills had a sneaky solid season thanks to 9 TDs, including a four-game scoring streak to end the year. He posted 4/41/1 receiving on 7 targets against the Patriots in Week 17, so he’s scored in all three of Matt Moore’s starts. Jarvis Landry has seen 26.4% of Moore’s targets the last three weeks, while Stills has seen a healthy 23% and DeVante Parker 21%. Stills posted 2/12 receiving on 3 targets against the Steelers back in Week 6 with Ryan Tannehill. The Steelers have allowed just 9 receiving TDs this season, and they allowed just 32.49 FPG to WRs this season. Still, Pittsburgh has allowed at least one receiver to score 15+ PPR points in six-straight games: Donte Moncrief (6/45/1), Odell Beckham (10/100), Sammy Watkins (4/54/1), Brandon LaFell (7/91), Steve Smith (7/79/1), and Terrelle Pryor (7/94). The Dolphins enter Pittsburgh as 10-point underdogs, so we’re expecting Stills to get a few more chances than normal downfield if they play from behind in the second half.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 4 History: 1 Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

15. Marvin Jones (Det, at Sea, Sat. 8:15 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 13/200/0 receiving (26 targets), 8.3 FPG (61st)

 

Jones has been mostly invisible since the first half of the season, but he did have his best performance since Week 7 in the Lions’ season finale. He posted 5/76 receiving on 9 targets against a Packers defense ravaged by injuries. Marv has at least seen 16 targets the last two weeks, but he’s hit 10+ FP in just two of his last eight games. This passing game also hasn’t been right in recent weeks. While playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand, Matthew Stafford has seen his touchdown rate dip to an abysmal 1.6% over his final three regular season games. He tossed a touchdown pass on 4.7% of his attempts in Week 1-13. The absence of FS Earl Thomas has made the Seahawks secondary extremely vulnerable to deep passes in recent weeks, and Jones certainly needs all the help that he can get at this point. Still, Jones figures to see plenty of Richard Sherman this week – along with DeShawn Shead – so he could have a tough time carrying over his success from Week 17.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 3 History: N/A Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

16. Anquan Boldin (Det, at Sea, Sat. 8:15 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 19/192/2 receiving (29 targets), 10.0 FPG (t-45th)

 

Boldin hasn’t been much of a TD threat since he left the Cardinals back in 2009, but that’s changed with the Lions in 2016. Heck, he even caught a Hail Mary TE at the end of Week 17, finishing with 4/57/1 receiving against the Packers. Boldin finished the year with 8 TDs and tied for third in red-zone targets (23) with Davante Adams and Odell Beckham. The Seahawks allowed just 16 passing TDs all season, including 13 to WRs. While playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand, Matthew Stafford has seen his touchdown rate dip to an abysmal 1.6% over his final three regular season games. He tossed a touchdown pass on 4.7% of his attempts in Week 1-13. The absence of FS Earl Thomas has made the Seahawks secondary extremely vulnerable in recent weeks. It’s a little easier to attack the Seahawks out of the slot, so Boldin has the chance to be a little more active against Jeremy Lane. Still, Boldin finished 2016 with a career-low 584 receiving yards this season, so you’re only using him this week in hopes of another TD.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 4 History: N/A Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

17. Randall Cobb (GB, vs. NYG, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 6/52/1 receiving (7 targets), 5.7 FPG (t-86th)

 

Frankly, Cobb hasn’t been very good this season, but he could easily change the narrative of his season with a strong postseason. In two games without Cobb (ankle) to close the season, they got more production from 6-foot-3 UDFA rookie Geronimo Allison out of the slot, who posted 4/66 and 4/91/1 receiving. Cobb went for 66+ yards just once since Week 7 and just three times all year. Aaron Rodgers has an 18-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio in his last seven games, and he’s averaging 288 passing yards per game and a ridiculous 9.87 adjusted yards per attempt, so he could easily get Cobb going. Cobb had his best game of the year against the Giants all the way back in Week 5, posting 9/108 receiving on 11 targets, and the Giants have been more vulnerable to inside WRs this year. It’s looking like Cobb will return to the lineup after practicing this week, pushing Allison to the bench. If he’s close to 100%, Cobb could pose more of a threat to the bigger Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (6’1”) out of the slot because of his quickness. He could potentially lose a little playing time to Allison, but Cobb has a chance to come through on the low end if Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams struggled to consistently get open on the outside.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 2 History: 5 Role: 3 Injury status: Ankle (probable)

 

18. Victor Cruz (NYG, at GB, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 12/124/0 receiving (23 targets), 4.9 FPG (t-98th)

 

Cruz caught 8 passes in Week 16. In the other seven games he’s played in since Week 9, Cruz has just 7 catches total. He posted just 2/7 receiving on 4 targets in the season finale against the Redskins. Cruz failed to catch either of his 2 targets against the Packers back in Week 5. It’s going to be quite chilly in Green Bay this weekend, which isn’t ideal for the passing games. The Packers could look to limit Odell Beckham at all costs possible, which could open things up for Cruz. He’s averaging just 3.9 targets per game the last eight games, but at least the Packers have been crushed in the secondary recently. CBs Quinten Rollins (neck) and Damarious Randall (knee) will both be challenged to get back on the field this week. The Packers may have to depend on LaDarius Gunter, Micah Hyde and possibly UDFA rookie Herb Waters, a converted WR promoted from the practice squad this week. Outside of his Week 16 performance, Cruz has done nothing warrant much consideration this week, but he’s worth a shot in the dark this week simply because of his matchup against a Packers secondary that’s giving up 48.9 FPG to WRs the last five weeks.

 

Matchup: 5 Current Form: 3 History: 1 Role: 4 Injury status: N/A

 

19. Jermaine Kearse (Sea, vs. Det, Sat. 8:15 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 12/157/1 receiving (32 targets), 6.7 FPG (78th)

 

The Seahawks certainly need someone to step on the outside in the playoffs with Tyler Lockett (leg) done for the year. Kearse will have the chance to do so after his disappointing 2016 regular season campaign. He posted 2/45 receiving on 7 targets in Week 17 against the 49ers. He saw 16 targets the last two weeks with Lockett done for the season, which is the most work he’s seen in a two-game stretch this year. Russell Wilson finished as the QB2, QB5, QB11, QB4, and QB2 in his last five home games, so this passing attack has been much better in Seattle. The good news for this passing attack is that the Lions have one of the worst pass rushes in the league, so this terrible Seahawks O-line could actually give Russell Wilson time to get the ball downfield. The Lions are giving up 41 FPG to WRs the last five weeks, so there’s a chance that Kearse could get behind this defense for a big play.

 

Matchup: 4 Current Form: 3 History: N/A Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

20. Will Fuller (Hou, vs. Oak, Sat. 4:35 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 17/186/0 receiving (31 targets), 7.1 FPG (t-74th)

 

Well, the Texans have to resort back to Osweiler in the Wild Card Round with Tom Savage in concussion protocol. He’s been terrible all season, including in Week 17 when he completed 52.5% of his passes (21/40) for just 6.3 yards per attempt (253 yards). Fuller did little with Osweiler in Week 17 against the Titans, posting 3/24 receiving on 7 targets. He literally hasn’t been fantasy relevant since Week 4, recording just 28/312/0 in 10 games since Week 5. With Osweiler at QB in Week 11, Fuller had just a 17-yards catch on 4 targets against the Raiders. The big plays haven’t been there of late for Fuller, but the Raiders have given up a league-high 61 receptions that have gone for 20+ yards. The Texans figure to play very conservatively this week, and this game has an incredibly low Vegas total of 36.5 points. Fuller is nothing more than a dart throw hoping that he can get behind this slow Raiders defense just once.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 3 History: 1 Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

21. Sammie Coates (Pit, vs. Mia, Sun. 1:05 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 1/10/0 receiving (4 targets)

 

Remember Sammie Coates? He has just 2 catches since Week 5, mainly because of a mangled hand, which really hindered his ability to catch. He finally got healthier and on the field more in Week 15 but a hamstring issue slowed him the last two weeks. He could’ve played last week, but the Steelers didn’t want to aggravate the injury in a meaningless game. He’ll be in a rotation with Cobi Hamilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey this week, and he certainly has most potential to rip off a big play. Ben Roethlisberger averaged a whopping 31.2 FPG and an impressive 8.6 passing yards per attempt at Heinz Field this season, which bodes well for this weekend. Coates didn’t have a catch against the Dolphins on 4 targets back in Week 6. Miami could be without CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) again this week, which would obviously hurt the depth of this secondary. They also could be without S Bacarri Rambo (chest), so they could be down to their third-string safety. We are a little concerned that the Steelers are 10-point favorites, and they could get out to a big lead and lean on Le’Veon Bell heavily in the second half. Still, the Dolphins are giving up 41.2 FPG to WRs the last five weeks, so he could be worth a low-end dart throw in case he sneaks behind this ravaged secondary.

 

Matchup: 4 Current Form: 2 History: 1 Role: 2 Injury status: Hamstring/hand (probable)

 

22. Geronimo Allison (GB, vs. NYG, Sun. 4:40 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 9/164/1 receiving (14 targets), 6.3 FPG (79th)

 

The 6-foot-3 UDFA rookie out of Illinois burst onto the scene the last two weeks. In two games without Randall Cobb (ankle) to close the season, Allison saw 18% and 15% of team targets going for 4/66 and 4/91/1 receiving. Cobb went for 66+ yards just once since Week 7 and just three times all year. Per Pro Football Focus, Allison has run over 70% of his routes from the slot in Weeks 16-17. Cobb had his best game of the year against the Giants all the way back in Week 5, posting 9/108 receiving on 11 targets, and the Giants have been more vulnerable to inside WRs this year. However, it’s looking like Cobb will return to the lineup after practicing this week, pushing Allison to the bench. If he’s close to 100%, Cobb could pose more of a threat to the bigger Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (6’1”) out of the slot because of his quickness. Cobb will likely take back most of his role out of the slot this week, so we could only trust Allison in a lineup if Cobb isn’t ready to play.

 

Matchup: 2 Current Form: 5 History: N/A Role: 3 Injury status: N/A

 

23. Paul Richardson (Sea, vs. Det, Sat. 8:15 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 8/82/1 receiving (12 targets), 5.7 FPG (t-86th)

 

The Seahawks certainly need someone to step on the outside in the playoffs with Tyler Lockett (leg) done for the year, and Richardson is going to get his chance to make some plays. He posted 4/40 receiving on 7 targets against the 49ers in Week 17. Richardson has recorded 8/82/1 receiving on 12 targets the last two weeks, easily his busiest two-game stretch of the season. Russell Wilson finished as the QB2, QB5, QB11, QB4, and QB2 in his last five home games, so this passing attack has been much better in Seattle. The good news for this passing attack is that the Lions have one of the worst pass rushes in the league, so this terrible Seahawks O-line could actually give Russell Wilson time to get the ball downfield. The Lions are giving up 41 FPG to WRs the last five weeks, so there’s a chance that Richardson could get behind this defense for a big play.

 

Matchup: 4 Current Form: 3 History: N/A Role: 2 Injury status: N/A

 

24. Seth Roberts (Oak, at Hou, Sat. 4:35 p.m.)

Last five weeks: 9/83/0 receiving (23 targets), 3.5 FPG (117th)

 

The Raiders QB situation went from the good (Derek Carr), to the bad (Matt McGloin) and now to the ugly (Connor Cook). The rookie QB Cook will get his first NFL start in the Wild Card Round against the Texans, which is obviously a less than ideal situation. Roberts caught all 3 of his targets for 26 yards against the Broncos in Week 17. He now hasn’t scored in five weeks after he posted 10 TDs in his first 27 games. With Carr at QB in Week 11, Roberts caught just a 6-yard pass on 3 targets against the Texans. He’s averaging just 3.5 FPG in his last five games, so he’s completely off the radar now. We could see Cook look more in the middle of the field if he’s tentative to throw outside the numbers, which could be good news for Roberts. Still, the Raiders are likely to take a very conservative approach with Cook at QB, and we can’t recommend using Roberts even as a dart throw in GPP formats in DFS.

 

Matchup: 3 Current Form: 3 History: 1 Role: 2 Injury status: N/A