If you recall, we put together a Playoff Fantasy League Primer together for you before the NFL Playoffs began. If you missed the article, check it out here: https://beerlife.com/playoff-fantasy-football-league-primer/
Today we wanted to look back at the results from this past weekend’s action. We also wanted to preview next week’s divisional round.
Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner (Recap)
I hope you followed along at home as we went 6-0 on picking the winners of last weekend’s action, including the 49ers upsetting the Cowboys at home.
We are not here to brag on the results but rather discuss the process. We recommended that you fade players from the Raiders, Patriots, Eagles, Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots as we thought they would be one and done. If you followed that strategy, you are likely in good standing in your playoff fantasy league as we make the turn to the divisional round.
AFC Divisional Round:
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans: Our advice will remain the same here as it was in the primer. The Bengals defeated the Raiders last week, but they didn’t look impressive in doing so. I expected a rested Tennessee Titans to control this game on the ground.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs: One can make the case that this game is the de facto AFC Championship game. The Bills and the Chiefs looked wildly impressive in their respective games. The Bills/Chiefs game will likely tilt your playoff fantasy league one way or the other. I was a bit concerned with the Chiefs’ slow start. The Chiefs got away with it last week as they faced an inferior opponent in the Steelers. If they play that way, they won’t get away with it against the Bills. I’m going to stick with our call from last week, that the Buffalo Bills will upset the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.
NFC Divisional Round:
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers: The 49ers played well enough to get the road victory against the Cowboys on Sunday. I wonder how healthy Jimmy Garoppolo is, and I wonder whether Nick Bosa will be able to suit up in this one. The 49ers played tight down the stretch against the Cowboys and almost blew it. The Cowboys made way too many mental mistakes. I don’t see the Packers at home making those types of errors. We will stick to our prediction that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers get it done at home and move on to the NFC title game.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If I were going to switch my convictions in any game, this would be the one. The Buccaneers were impressive against Philadelphia, but I can’t help to wonder what they will look like against a more formidable opponent. The Rams smashed the Cardinals from the coin-flip on and looked like a team on a mission. If we knew the status of Leonard Fournette, I would feel a bit more at ease, but we do not as of yet. I will stick to my guns and stay with Tom Brady at home to get it done, but I don’t feel great about it.
Marrying Predictions with Projections Review:
We recommended paying up for one of the big four quarterbacks: Josh Allen, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Patrick Mahomes. If you did that, you probably feel pretty good about yourself at the moment. The Chiefs/Bills game where only one of Mahomes or Allen will move on will decide so many playoff fantasy leagues out there.
We recommended prioritizing Bills’ skill players with three of them: Stefon Diggs (6), Devin Singletary (17), and Dawson Knox (18)–all in our top 20 overall. Those plays have worked out so far.
Enjoy one of the best football weekends of the year, and good luck in your playoff fantasy leagues.
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