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NFL Fantasy Football Playoffs: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em And FanDuel Picks

This is Mike's weekly spot to pick some over and underachievers in fantasy football, plus some picks for your weekly FanDuel game.

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Welcome to everyone who made the fantasy playoffs! Let's take a look at players I see as overrated/underrated for this week based on their ESPN rankings and players I will look at to construct my FanDuel lineup:


  • New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Cowboys are quite good versus the pass, I see this week as more Chris Ivory focused.
  • New York Giants QB Eli Manning: He is coming off a great game but the Panthers have been awesome against the pass.
  • Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota: It is not his talent, but the lack of talent around him that makes me uncomfortable starting him.
  • Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman:  He has barely been startable and even though the matchup is nice versus the Jaguars, I do not expect a huge game.
  • New Orleans Saints RB Tim Hightower: He received 28 touches last week, I expect this to come down big time.
  • Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray: He is really struggling, I think Derek Carr carries them this week.
  • Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin: He has been on an incredible run, but regression has to come at some point.
  • New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola: Game should be a blowout, plus the Patriots having Gronk back should limit his touches.
  • Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry: If he only had a decent QB.
  • Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge:  He has not exactly meshed with Manziel.


  • Oakland Raiders QB David Carr: I expect a huge bounce back this week vs the Packers
  • Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan: He has been awful but this will be his best performance of the season playing the Jaguars, as they are 2nd worst vs the pass.
  • Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: He continues to be a QB1 and gets the Redskins. He has finally made a connection with Watkins.
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill: He has been TD dependent, but with Dalton out I can see a heavy dose of 20+ carries this week.
  • Seattle Seahawks RB Bryce Brown:There is no other option and he should get at least 15 touches - even with Christine Michael being back.
  • New England Patriots RB James White: My hunch is, he get's the most snaps at RB.
  • Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper: He has slowed down and has had a ton of drops, but I think he comes back big this week.
  • Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb: Having McCarthy take over the play calling seems to gotten him back in the flow.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd: I will continue to list him every week as he produces every week.
  • Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers: The Raiders are bottom 5 defending tight ends.

Here are my FanDuel picks for the week. I will give some higher and lower salaries I like at each position. As you will see, I will be focusing on the defenses to pick on:


  • Oakland Raiders QB David Carr $7,200
  • Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan $7,200
  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford $7,800
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson $8,800


  • Carolina Panthers RB Fozzy Whitaker $4,800
  • Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews $5,400
  • Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West $5,900
  • Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson $6,200
  • Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy $7,900


  • Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett $6,000
  • Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd $6,100
  • Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree $6,700
  • Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins $7,200
  • Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson $8,000


  • Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas $6,100
  • Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed $6,300

Thank you for reading and have a great week. Feel free to ask any questions here or Twitter!