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WRs in the NFL Playoffs
- Updated: January 9, 2016
The NFL regular season is over, twelve teams have made it to the postseason and it’s only mere hours before the first game of Wild Card weekend begins. However, the fantasy football season is not yet over and even as the playoffs begin there are some key players that need to be addressed, specifically wide receivers.
Antonio Brown is the undisputed receiving champion for the 2015 season. The 6th year wide out for the Pittsburgh Steelers raked in 136 receptions for the year, with 1834 yards to match and ten touchdowns, and a Pro Bowl nod as well. This is his third straight year of catching over one hundred passes and more than one thousand yards, so naturally Ben Roethlisberger will make getting the ball to him a priority when they visit the rival Cincinnati Bengals.
Speaking of the Bengals, A.J. Green is clearly the go-to receiver for the team, after yet another year of having over one thousand receiving yards and ten touchdowns along with it. Anyone who chooses Green for their first round of the playoffs will likely be in good shape, however it should be noted that A.J. McCarron will be the starting quarterback for the Bengals this week with Andy Dalton out. This would only be McCarron’s fourth career start in his second year out of Alabama and against the rival Steelers, this will prove to be a good test for both McCarron and Green.
Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers is the number one receiving option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and has been for much of this past season. Though Cobb is a stable option at receiver and is healthy, the Packers’ offense hasn’t been as fiery as of late and Cobb hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 12 of the regular season. The Packers are visiting Washington this week and there’s always a good chance for Cobb to get back to the old ways and put up receiving yards and points, so keeping Cobb open as an option is a good idea.
Doug Baldwin is easily Russell Wilson’s favorite target, as the Seattle Seahawks’ receiver eclipses one thousand receiving yards this season and is tied with Brandon Marshall and Allen Robinson with fourteen touchdowns, the most in the league this year. It is obvious that much of the passing offense leans on Baldwin and given Wilson’s track record of playoff games, keeping Baldwin on any roster is a crucial move if one expects to win.
DeAndre Hopkins is the starting wide receiver for the AFC South champion Houston Texans, and is coming off a career regular season. He caught 111 passes for 1521 yards and eleven touchdowns to match, clearly proving he is starting material for the upcoming. For his work he has also been rewarded with his first ever trip to the Pro Bowl. With Brian Hoyer starting for the Texans, you can be sure he’ll be looking for Hopkins over the course of the game and get him some playoff experience.
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