Fantasy Football Analysis – Divisional Round Weekend!5 min read
Wild Card Weekend was a blast and I anticipate more to come before this NFL postseason is over! Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook were pacing their teams last week. While Kirk Cousins out played Drew Brees and Ryan Tannehill beat Tom Brady! The NFL’s top 2 passing leaders are out of the postseason. Now we are onto the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs and more fantasy football analysis. Below I breakdown my thoughts on the players with the best matchups for fantasy production in the 4 Divisional Round football games: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers.
Feel free to reference the Targets and TD’s pages as well to see who has gotten the looks and end-zone appearances through the regular season. Enjoy the fantasy football postseason analysis of players in this weeks games. Best of luck to you in any fantasy football playoff contests that you are partaking!
Fantasy Football Analysis Saturday 1/11/2020
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
You feel confident with starting: Emmanuel Sanders, Raheem Mostert, George Kittle and Dalvin Cook.
Able to start: Deebo Samuel, San Francisco D/ST, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
While you have upside plays of: Kyle Rudolph, Kirk Cousins, Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Jeff Wilson Jr., Alexander Mattison, Jimmy Garoppolo and Minnesota D/ST.
I anticipate Dalvin Cook to have many opportunities in this game. The San Francisco D/ST is healthier and should make it very tough on Minnesota (especially their wide receivers!). Will the San Francisco D/ST also get the pass rush going against Kirk Cousins? Or does Kirk keep balling out this postseason? Emmanuel Sanders, Raheem Mostert and George Kittle will get theirs in this game. Minnesota D/ST showed more last week than it has for most of the 2019 regular season. I do recall watching a perceived strong defensive game between the 49ers and Saints earlier this season, that had both teams topping 45 points. That is not expected here but the Minnesota D/ST can come to play and make it tough for the 49ers offense to put up points. I think the San Francisco 49ers D/ST leads the charge and stops the Vikings postseason run this week.
Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens
You feel confident with starting: Derrick Henry, Lamar Jackson.
Able to start: Mark Ingram, Mark Andrews and A.J. Brown.
While you have upside plays of: Marquise Brown, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Nick Boyle, Titans D/ST, Corey Davis., Ryan Tannehill, Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser .
The Titans knocked off one of the better home field advantages last weekend which has me feeling that they can hold their own. But I still believe in the offense and team in Baltimore to win this one. The Titans will try to pepper Derrick Henry to have long drives and limit the number of opportunities given to the Baltimore offense. Although Baltimore has proven well in maximizing opportunities and they will go for it more often than not on 4th down. Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and Mark Andrews should pace the Ravens while the likes of Marquise Brown, Nick Boyle and Gus Edwards have potential to add to it. Ravens should win but Derrick Henry has the ability to put the team on his back to pull the upset.
Fantasy Football Analysis Sunday 1/12/2020
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
You feel confident with starting: Deshaun Watson, Deandre Hopkins, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.
Able to start: Carlos Hyde, Damien Williams, Kenny Stills and Will Fuller V.
While you have upside plays of: Darren Fells, Duke Johnson, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Chiefs D/ST.
This one shapes up as a very fantasy friendly matchup for both teams. I do think that Chiefs D/ST has improved since the last time these two met but that Houston offense has plenty of options to still get points on the board. I think (like last time) Carlos Hyde will have the opportunity to dictate the game and get a lot of run in hopes to keep Mahomes and company off the field. I think this time the Chiefs D/ST will be making a few more stops. I am leaning towards Damien Williams getting the lead nod as the Chiefs start their playoff run. That could be a fluid situation moving forward depending how he does but that is where I will start with the Chiefs backfield. Kelce, Hill and Mahomes should be able to pace the Chiefs to a victory this week against the Houston Texans.
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
You feel confident with starting: Davante Adams, Aaron Jones and Russell Wilson.
Able to start: Aaron Rodgers, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.
While you have upside plays of: Marshawn Lynch, David Moore, Jacob Hollister, Allen Lazard, Packers D/ST, Jimmy Graham, Seahawks D/ST, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison.
The Seahawks are looking to make a run as we had been used to a few years back. With Russell Wilson at the helm anything is possible and I have a feeling that Marshawn Lynch will be looking to get a few more carries in this one. Green Bay didn’t finish the regular season in a convincing fashion to get a first week bye but they got it. Aaron Jones should be able to have his way and get the rock many times. Davante Adams should do well here as Seattle is not the Legion of Boom anymore. Does Lazard keep the good times going? Will Jimmy Graham come to life in the playoffs? It seems Green Bay should be able to win at home but never count out the Seahawks with Russel Wilson.
Enjoy the games this weekend! As always, give us a follow on Twitter @TargetsandTDs to stay current on last minute thoughts, analysis or injury updates prior to kickoff. The NFL Inactives should be out 90 minutes prior to kickoff to assist with any up to game time decisions that you may have to make as well.