7 Wild Card Weekend Must-Starts
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WR DOUG BALDWIN, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS. WR GOLDEN TATE, DETROIT LIONS
A story not mentioned much this week will be Baldwin vs. Tate. The Hawks chose to let Tate go and pay Doug Baldwin. In three seasons with the Lions, Tate has 280 receptions for 3221 yards and 14 TDs. Baldwin has 238 receptions for 3022 and 24 TDs. These two are going to battle for top WR, and it's personal. At $7,000 and $6,300, playing a WR from each team in this matchup could pay dividends.
With injuries to Dolphins defensive backs, a home-cooked "Burger" is a must-start in Wild Card weekend. Did you know the Dolphins finished 30th in total defense? Do you think the 30th ranked defense will derail the Steelers mighty offense? In six career games vs. the Dolphins, Burger has 10 TD passes During Miami's late-season run where they won four of five, they were all about big plays, that's the Steelers game and Big Ben will execute the big play often in this matchup.
Play Wilson at home vs. the Detroit Lions defense that has lost three straight and over that span given up 10 TD passes.The Hawks have won nine straight home playoff games, the most in NFL history. In 10 career playoff games, Wilson is 10-3 with 18 (16 passing/2 rushing) TDs. Don't underestimate Wilson's ability to take chances downfield and make plays with his legs/rushing in the do-or-die NFL playoff format.
Even at $10,300 or a top pick in playoff format contests, no other RB even comes close so let the Bell toll this weekend. Miami has struggled to stop the run this season. They are the 30th-ranked defense vs. the run allowed 12 rushing TDs and average of 140.4 rushing yards per game. Look for Bell to see record volume in this game.
I like Nuk at home after facing all the pressure already; he's the one WR that could be most dangerous in the Wild Card round at $6,700. I like the way Osweiler played in week 17, and he was feeding Hopkins. With Osweiler getting a second chance he will most likely go to No. 10 early and often.
So much chatter about Eric Ebron this week, meanwhile Graham is licking his chops. Graham's previous playoff game at C-Link Field was a member of the Saints that included a famous pre-game dustup with Bruce Irvin. You can count on Graham showing up this Sunday in a big way. Remember Detroit allowed 10 TDs to TEs, tied for third-most in the regular season. All six of JG's TDs came in home games so don't be afraid of the $5,300 price point.