What a start to the playoffs the Wildcard Round brought to us! Who saw the Rams man-handling Seattle? The Bills almost choke and lose to the Colts? Or the Browns blow the doors off the Steelers, and there was still a gut feeling that they would find a way to be the Browns and lose? We are gearing up for the Divisional Round and this weekend’s games separate contenders from pretenders. Can the Browns beat the Chiefs? Can the Rams beat the Packers? Probably not, but we will enjoy watching them try! What players have the biggest chance to make a splash for your playoff line up this weekend?
Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills
Fresh off a game where he threw for over 300 yards, Josh Allen will continue to add more touchdowns in their postseason run to a Super Bowl. The road for the Bills was going to be tough and rocket arm Josh Allen is up for the challenge. Not to mention, he will be out for vengeance as the last time these two teams met, the Ravens came away with a 24-17 victory. This was of course last season before the Bills were gifted Stefon Diggs.
J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens
Fun fact about J.K. Dobbins, he has found the end zone at least one time each game since Week 10 against the Patriots (did not play Week 12). The Ravens average more yards per game rushing than they do passing. With so many weapons and the constant threat of Lamar taking off and running downfield, much like he did last weekend against the Titans, Dobbins finds a lot of production. Dobbins is a no-brainer this weekend.
Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns
Nick Chubb had a monster game against the Steelers this past weekend. Logging 18 carries for 76 yards, while also catching four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, Chubb is looking to carry that momentum into this weekend to face a much more favorable match up in the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs allowed 122.1 rushing yards per game and for a back like Chubb who averaged 88.9 yards and 1 touchdown per game this season, I am taking that all day long.
Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas returned this past weekend and scored the opening touchdown in the victory against the Chicago Bears this weekend. Catching five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, is modest for Thomas. With this being his first game back, the Saints may have been easing him into the game plan. Look for Brees to target his favorite receiver a lot this weekend in their division rivalry match up.
Antonio Brown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A.B. has been red hot in his last few appearances and has scored a touchdown in every game since Week 15. With four straight weeks of recording touchdowns, Brown is a great bet to continue this trend, while also preserving both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans for the Conference Championship next weekend. Strike while the iron is hot.
Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers
I like Tonyan in this spot. He receives a lot of attention down near the goal line and Rodgers is usually able to find him or at the very least target him. With Green Bay going up against a Rams defense who can plug up the run with Aaron Donald and cover Davante Adams with Jalen Ramsey, Rodgers can find his favorite tight end all day long.
Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns
Normally, I would not recommend having a running back duo in your lineup at the same time. This is an exception because Kareem Hunt is a touchdown vulture in games like this. Hunt also has a lot of value as a pass catching back out of the backfield. Look for this game between the Chiefs and the Browns to have some scoring.