I realize most fantasy leagues are over by now - which means most of us recently donated $50 to the guy who took a chance on AP's knee and scooped up Crabtree as their last wide receiver. Nonetheless, some of us have playoff leagues going. If that's you, read this post. Here are the guys I like heading into Wild Card Weekend...

Russell Wilson -- QB, Seattle Seahawks -- In the battle of favorites for Offensive Rookie of the Year (I think Luck has too many INT's), I like Wilson. Besides the fact that Seattle is arguably playing the best football of any team heading into the playoffs, he's going up against a Redskins defense that was awful against the pass. Washington gave up 282 yards a game in the air during the regular season, which is more than every other team except New Orleans and Tampa Bay. They also gave up 31 TD's, second only to Philadelphia (33). The Redskins were, however, in the top 5 against the run, so if the Seahawks are going to win (and I think they are) Wilson will have to put points on the board.


Ray Rice -- RB, Baltimore Ravens -- The obvious start here is Adrian Peterson. In his two games against the Packers this year he averaged 204.5 yards. That's not a misprint. But I like Rice in this spot too. The Colts give up 138 rushing yards a game, which is 29th in the league. The Ravens are at home and have a lot more playoff experience than Indy. Rice always seems to show up in the second season and I envision Flacco depending on him in the passing game.

Greg Jennings -- WR, Green Bay Packers -- Jennings is still getting back into the fold after his injury, but look for Rodgers to get his main man more involved as the games start to get serious. With Cobb questionable and Nelson's health in flux, Jennings again is the primary target (even if James Jones had a whole bunch of TD's). Last week against the Vikings he put up 120 yards and 2 TD's. No reason why he couldn't do it again.

Anthony McCoy -- TE, Seattle Seahawks -- As I said above, Wilson will need a big day for Seattle to win this game - so if Russell puts up numbers, so may McCoy. He has jumped Zach Miller on the depth chart and has been more impressive later in the season. In all honesty, it's not a great week for TE's. None of the league leaders are in the mix. Kyle Rudolph might be the best one playing, but I'm pretty sure one of the Ten Commandants says something about never relying on Christian Ponder for fantasy points in his first playoff game which happens to be at Lambeau.

Houston Texans -- D/ST -- Picking a defense this week might be harder than a tight end. You can't go wrong with Seattle since they were #1 in the league for points against (15.3), but I like Houston here too. I think Watt (everybody's defensive player of the year), will create at least 1 turnover - good for some fantasy points - and Cincy won't be able to score much. Andy Dalton hasn't exactly been lighting it up recently, with only 13 points scored in week 16 and only 78 total passing yards in week 17.

J. J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS  (Brett Davis, USA Today Sports)

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AuthorWilliam Tuttle