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Hot/Cold List Playoffs Week 1

The playoffs are about to begin!! This list will include a handful of players at each skill position that has either a very favorable matchup or a matchup to avoid each week in the playoffs. May those players you selected for your fantasy playoff pools appear frequently on the steamy side while those you avoided stay frigid throughout the post-season.

 

Quarterbacks

Hot

Brett Favre, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): Favre has thrown for seven TDs in two games against the Vikes this year and will have similar success this week at the friendly confines of Lambeau field. Favre threw for 365 yards and three TDs just two weeks ago against Minnesota and will post solid numbers this week as well.

Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): Plummer is the key for Denver to advance. Despite his recent run of INTs, Plummer has thrown for two TDs each of the past two weeks and could easily surpass the 300-yard mark against a suspect Indy pass defense.

Cold

Drew Brees, San Diego (vs. N.Y. Jets): The last time Brees faced the Jets, his stats line consisted of 8-19, for 146 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Considering Brees has thrown for less than 200 yards in two of the past four games, he shouldn’t be someone you rely on to take your fantasy playoff team to the promised land.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle (vs. St. Louis): In the two games against the Rams, Hass has averaged 194 yards passing, and threw for 2 TDs and 1 INT. Not exactly stud-like numbers. Look for Seattle to control the game with the run meaning an average day for Hasselbeck and the Seahawks passing game.

 

Running Backs

Hot

Shaun Alexander, Seattle (vs. St. Louis): Alexander came within one yard of the rushing title and after a tirade and an apology, Alexander looks to make amends to his teammates. Given the fact that Alexander rushed for at least 150 yards in each of the previous meetings against the Rams, Seattle will accept his apology.

Tatum Bell, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): Bell has proven the nay-sayers wrong playing with an injured shoulder the last couple of weeks and playing well. Even though he’ll split time with Droughns, Bell is a good bet to reach the 100-yard mark and could post a score or two.

 

Cold

Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (vs. Seattle): Consider the RB torch passed to Steven Jackson in St. Louis. Faulk had only seven carries last week to Jackson’s ten carries. Neither back will be very valuable for your fantasy squad as the Rams will try to advance through the air keeping Marshall off most playoff rosters.

Michael Bennett, Minnesota (vs. Green Bay): Bennett has reclaimed the #1 RB spot in Minnesota but facing the Pack in Green Bay, he won’t be the difference maker. Moe Williams will steal some goal-line carries leaving Bennett to do the grunt work and it won’t come easy.

 

Wide Receivers

Hot

Randy Moss, Minnesota (vs. Green Bay): Moss has caught a TD pass in five of the previous six games. After Moss left the field early last week, he drew some negative attention in the press and in the locker room. Look for Moss to post big numbers this week which is the athlete’s version of, “I’m sorry.”

Rod Smith, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): Smith has caught at least six passes in each of the past four games and with Plummer likely to air it out often, Smith will see his fair share of action. Lelie may be the home run hitter, but Smith is the doubles guy that will not disappoint.

Torry Holt, St. Louis (vs. Seattle): Holt didn’t do much in the two games against the Rams posting a total of seven catches for 85 yards combined with no TDs. Holt has heated up the past five weeks catching four TDs and cracking the 100-yard mark three times. Expect Holt to impress this week making him a tempting option for your playoff squad.

 

Cold

Eric Parker, San Diego (vs. N.Y. Jets): Parker posted big numbers two weeks ago against the Colts, but the Jets will make things much more difficult for the Chargers and the passing attack. Parker along with the rest of the Chargers receivers shouldn’t be options this week.

Justin McCareins, N.Y. Jets (vs. San Diego): McCareins has been average, but not great. He could only muster two catches for 9 yards the last time San Diego faced the Jets and won’t post big numbers this week either.

Darrell Jackson, Seattle (vs. St. Louis): Jackson was held to only three catches for 33 yards the last time the Seahawks faced the Rams. With Hasselbeck unlikely to shine, Jackson will post mediocre numbers and does not come recommended as a starter.

 

 

Tight Ends

Hot

Antonio Gates, San Diego (vs. N.Y. Jets): The J-E-T-S held Gates in check the first time these teams met back in week two with Gates catching only four passes for 39 yards. Since then, Gates has established himself as a top-tier TE and even if Brees struggles, he’ll find Gates enough to make him an attractive option at TE.

Bubba Franks, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): In the two regular season meetings between the Pack and the Vikings, Franks caught a TD pass in each game. With Favre likely to have a big day in the air, you can expect Bubba to one again be a main target in the red zone.

Cold

Jerramy Stevens, Seattle (vs. St. Louis): Stevens did not have the type of fantasy impact that was expected this season for the Hawks. Stevens posted three catches in each of the two matchups against the Rams, but don’t expect big numbers this week as the Seahawks will run Alexander all day long.

Chris Baker, N.Y. Jets (vs. San Diego): Baker has started splitting time with Anthony Becht and hasn’t posted more than one catch since week seven. Don’t expect that to change this week as Pennington won’t post big numbers and Baker’s stats will suffer.

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