Ask the Experts
Posted Dec. 30 at 10:02 PM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
Who would you pick first in a playoff fantasy draft?
We think DeAngelo Williams is the pick here. One way to win fantasy playoff ball is to hit big on wild-card-game teams that go deep in the playoffs. Never was that example more spot-on than last year when the Giants played four playoff games and won the Super Bowl as the No. 5 seed in the NFC. However, generally speaking you want to take elite players on teams with a week one bye-week. While they can't play four games, they are the teams most likely to play three. Carolina will have a tough road to go to the Super Bowl, but will have a game at home (where they haven't lost all season) and almost certainly get to the NFC Championship game. At New York (most likely) is a tough draw, but the Panthers just took the Giants to overtime at the Meadowlands, and we'd be willing to saddle up with the most explosive player in the NFL right now in DeAngelo Williams and pull for the Panthers to get to the Super Bowl. Honorable mention: Peyton Manning is also a nice gamble. If you take Peyton No. 1 and the Colts go four games to the Super Bowl you are golden. According to the polls at Dynasty Rogues, 70% think Indianapolis will win that game (although San Diego has beaten them 3 out of the last 4, including last year in the playoffs).
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Probably Michael Turner, Brian Westbrook or DeAngelo Williams. All should play two games at least and do a lot on a per-game basis. If I had to pick, I'd say Westbrook, but it's close between those three, Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Manning.
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I’d go with Peyton Manning. I think the Colts are going to win in San Diego. I think they can win at Pittsburgh and Tennessee as well. (Maybe they even get lucky and the Ravens beat the Titans, allowing the Colts to host an AFC Championship game featuring two wild-card teams). And if Indianapolis goes on a four-game run, Manning would be the most valuable player, fantasy wise.
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Brandon Jacobs. He's the primary ball carrier on a team that will face the Eagles and Panthers in my opinion in the playoffs. Two teams he has already proven capable of running on, along with a Super Bowl matchup against either the Titans or Colts. Both of whom can also be run on. I think you get 3 games and 3 TDs from him.
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Can't remember when you could look at each and every team in the playoffs and see how easy any of them could lose in the first or second round. With no clear cut favorite, I would go with a team with a strong D like the Steelers, so I am going to grab Willie Parker with the 1st pick.
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The first thing to determine is which teams will play the most post season games. This means going through and determining who will be in the Super Bowl. I feel like IND has a good shot at making the Super Bowl. In fact, I like IND vs. CAR. The Colts will play four games if they make it and that puts a hot Peyton Manning as my No. 1 pick. The Colts will follow in the footsteps of the NYG and PIT in previous years by making the big game from a wildcard spot.
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I think it has to be Peyton Manning. He's going to have an absolutely huge game in the opening round at San Diego, and should be OK in a second round game where the Colts may lose but at least they will generate all their offense via the pass. Up next I'd go with either Brandon Jacobs or DeAngelo Williams -- I'm very confident that their teams will win their first games and one of the two will definitely be playing in the Super Bowl.
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