Archive for category Atlanta Falcons
Julian Edelman WR, New England vs NY Jets
With Danny Amendola most likely out thursday night and with not a lot of reliable options for Tom Brady, look for Edelman to get a lot of looks from Tom. After catching 7 passes and pulling in two touchdown passes last week against Buffalo, expect more of the same this week making him a starter in a lot of leagues.
Julius Thomas TE, Denver @ NY Giants
After a huge game opening night on thursday, a lot of people were comparing Julius to last years first week darling, Kevin Ogletree. I think that comparison is going too far and I can’t see Thomas fall off the face of the earth like Ogletree did last year. Mainly considering Peyton Manning is throwing to him rather than Tony Romo, no offense to Romo just like Manning a lot better. He most likely won’t have a 161 yard, 2 touchdown game but he will still be a productive tight end in the Denver pass happy offense.
Cecil Shorts WR, Jacksonville @ Oakland
Now that Chad Henne is the starter for the injured and worse quarterback Blaine Gabbert the offense in Jacksonville will open up and Cecil will see a lot more targets. Only getting three catches against Kansas City killed Shorts fantasy value in week one, but this week playing Oakland will get Cecil back to the projections everyone had for him in the offseason.
Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
The Pittsburgh offense last week against Tennessee was a disaster saved by a garbage time touchdown to make the final score look closer than the game. This monday night they play an even better defense in Cincinnati on the road so a low scoring, low offensive game is to be expected and a night of struggles will come to Big Ben.
Roddy White WR, Atlanta vs St. Louis
Roddy White last week against the Saints playing with a high ankle sprain and severely struggled only catching 2 balls for 19 yards and missing the amount of practices this week as he has I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t suit up. Even if he does play he won’t be the usual number one wideout he has been making him a very frustrating start for all of his fantasy owners.
Any Denver Running Back @ NY Giants
This one could be on this list every week after the lack of performance from all of them in week one. The combination of Monte Ball, Knowshon Moreno, and Ronnie Hillman rushed for only 67 yards on 21 carries. And seeing how pass happy the Broncos offense has been, don’t expect many monster fantasy games from any Denver running back this week included.
Baltimore @ New England
The Patriots and the Ravens meet once again in a rematch of last years memorable AFC Championship Game where the Ravens had the Super Bowl in their hands and dropped it. Now they return this year to fight for the same prize, but on the Ravens side they have a little more inspiration then they have had in previous years. Now that the Super Bowl is in site, Ray Lewis in his final year will be pushing even harder (if that was even possible) to get back to the big game where he won his first ring over a decade ago. On the other sideline is another great to play the game, Tom Brady. He leads the Patriots back to the AFC Championship game where now it seems like a given every year. After last years tough loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl, the Patriots want redemption this year. Tom Brady will get the Patriots offense moving over the Ravens Defense to get out to a lead but the Ravens will find a way to get it close. The Patriots will pull away late and return to the Super Bowl. New England 27 Baltimore 20.
NFC Championship Game
San Francisco @ Atlanta
Speaking of teams returning to the Championship weekend, the San Francisco 49ers return after their own heartache last year. This year, lead by red hot QB Colin Kaepernick, the Niners have returned to the Championship game to extract a bit of revenge from the loss last year to the Giants. Playing the “Giants” this year will be the Atlanta Falcons who got their illusive playoff win last week by blowing a lead to the Seattle Seahawks and just getting it back to squeak out a win and advance. Speaking of future hall of famers who’s last ride will be this year, Tony Gonzalez has just about said he will hang up his cleats after this postseason and this is the farthest he has ever gone in the postseason. The Niners, after dismantling the Packers last week, will start fast against the Falcons but the Falcons will counter and the game will be close throughout. The Niners will score late and face off with the Patriots in the Super Bowl. San Francisco 31 Atlanta 28.
Baltimore @ Denver
This is the reason why Denver brought in Peyton Manning, to win these deep postseason games and take the Broncos back to the super bowl. Peyton has already silenced all of his critics who didn’t believe he could play at his normal level again and now he must perform in the postseason to continue his magical season. One player standing in his way is Ray Lewis who in all likelihood is playing in his last game. Denver’s offense will pick apart the Raven defense and end the career of one of the best to play in the NFL. Denver 31 Baltimore 17.
Houston @ New England
Let’s all hope this will be a more competitive game than the week 14 beat down the Patriots put on the Texans. It should be after the Texans win last week over the Bengals and the added extra inspiration from the Boston Globe. However I still think the better team will win and that team is the Patriots. The Patriots offense needs to push around the Texans stout defense and possible defensive MVP J.J. Watt. The Patriots win, closer than the previous matchup, but still advance to the AFC Championship game in Denver. New England 27 Houston 14.
Seattle @ Atlanta
If Atlanta can’t win a playoff game at home this year, they may never. But they picked the worst matchup possible with the red hot Seahawks. It seems like the same story just about every year Atlanta is a top seed. They have a week off and play a low seed who is playing their best football and Atlanta plays flat and gets knocked out. They just can’t lose again. Matt Ryan will finally play a complete postseason game and the Falcons will eek out that illusive playoff win. Atlanta 20 Seattle 17.
Green Bay @ San Francisco
By far my favorite matchup of the weekend, the Packers vs the 49ers just has that classic game feel to it. This will be the first postseason game for the Niners electric young QB Colin Kaepernick and it will be interesting to see how he handles the moment. The Green Bay D will have to contain Kaepernick if they want a chance to win. The Packers offense will have to compete with the Niners always tough defense led by Aldon Smith. I will take Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to beat Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers and advance to the NFC Championship game. Green Bay 28 San Francisco 24.