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So, that’s what I thought we’d see more of in the regular season.  And of course I’m referring to TY Hilton’s wild, wild card weekend when he set franchise records for receptions (13), yards (224), and tied the team record of TD receptions (2) when they defeated the Chiefs at home. In fact, Hilton’s yardage is now the third best single game performance in post-season history.  A list that’s headed by the amazing shmun-uh-bluh…yeah, you probably don’t know these guys.  Or maybe I’m just an idiot.  Probably both.  But nevermind all that, let’s discuss a bit on this TY kid.  I liked him coming into the season and so wish this were the TY from game one until now but you can’t rush greatness.  I’m mentioning my TY love so you don’t think I’m bandwagoning here.  What I AM doing is looking at how New England is going to try and match up with the little tyke.  And believe me, he’s a little dude and fast as heck.  All this simply means Talib is probably not covering him much during the game due to the speed discrepancy.  In effect, Hilton could follow up his historic day with another one this weekend as I see Andrew Luck and company in what might amount to another shootout and plenty of passes to go around.  Truthfully, I’d be surprised if there were as many fireworks in the other games.  Since the playoffs really do play out like a new season – just ask the Andy Dalton who couldn’t match his great home numbers last week against what was considered a poor Chargers defense – your rankings have to reflect who you think is gonna win and how.  I think the Colts and Pats are a shootout that’ll eventually turn to Brady and company.  I will fully admit I’m worried about PFM and company.  San Diego really tried to grind down the clock on them the last two times the teams played.  First game, Rivers didn’t play well and the plan looked terrible.  Next time?  Rivers bordered on perfect.  If you’re expecting huge numbers like you’d normally get from your Broncos, I’d err on the side of caution if I’m playing in Daily Fantasy Leagues – and I am and I’m erring – I’m probably avoiding the big price associated.  In all, these rankings shouldn’t be too surprising.  The good defenses are well reflected except the Panthers.  The 49ers are a well-honed playoff team and I think too much jitter is gonna hit Carolina in their first go.  If I can avoid owning any Panthers, I’d like to.  Eh, I’m rambling at this point so I’m just gonna let’er go.  Here’s the second round rankings for the playoffs for the 2013 Fantasy Football season…


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  1. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Hey Sky,
    I have the 7th pick this weekend. Is Luck worth taking 1st/2nd round or should I sit on QB for my last pick?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Probably the only QB I’m not huge on starting this weekend is Cam. If you can avoid that, I think you’re fine if you can bulk up elsewhere.

  2. Cram It says:
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    Damn dude, 2nd round playoff fantasy rankings? Is it in your contract? This is hardcore.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m HAM all year, bro.

  3. Bryan says:
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    Why so high on Woodhead? You thinking they will be in catchup mode, or not sure about Matthews ankle?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Mainly Mathews. Mathews should’ve seen the ball 20+ times last week. Not getting that is a bad sign to me.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: last week Mathews usage str garbage and now “questionable” even with one day left.

  4. David says:
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    Need a little advice here if you guys would be so kind.

    In a fixed transaction/salary cap playoff league would you rather have:

    A) Montee Ball and TY Hilton with one transaction left (Ideally turning Hilton into Golden Tate when/if Hilton exits the playoffs)

    OR

    B) J Stewart and Decker with no transactions left

    Rest of lineup is:
    QB Peyton Manning
    RB Marshawn Lynch
    WR Deymarius Thomas
    TE Luke Wilson
    K Haushka
    SEA DEF

    Also I should note (for risk purposes) that I’m in first place by five points after the Wild Card Round and quite a bit of money goes to 1st place.

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      A)

      • David says:
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        @Sky:

        Much appreciated! I knew I could count on this site for second round playoff rankings/advice. You guys kill it.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Thanks David! Glad we could help…good luck!

  5. Hans says:
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    I’m in a matchup with another guy where we drafted a team back and forth. We can swap anyone up until the first game Saturday. The catch is that this is for the rest of the playoffs. So once a team is out, if you have a guy on that team, then he is out and so on. Would you recommend any switches for who you think will make it to the super bowl?

    My team:
    Manning
    Lynch
    Vereen
    Decker
    Hilton
    J. Thomas
    Gostkowski
    Seahawks

    His Team:
    Kaepernick
    Gore
    Moreno
    D. Thomas
    Tate
    Davis
    Prater
    Niners

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not sure I understand the question. Are you asking me about picking up FA guys that I’m not seeing? How is this scored? Total points? Are there waiver rules? If you don’t have a bench and only starters, you want the most points this week and you’ll have to play it by ear the following week. Give me a bit more info and I’ll do my best to respond.

      • Hans says:
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        @Sky:

        Sorry-We only draft one time. 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF from the players that are available this week. Once drafted, we have the option to change players up until the first game Saturday. Once the games start on Saturday, they are locked for the remainder of the playoffs. If you have a player on a team that loses, then you no longer have that player. It is head to head points versus the other players team. Our current rosters is what I had listed. Scoring is 6 points TD, 1 every 30 passing, 1 every 10 rushing/receiving, 5 point bonus at 300 passing/100 rushing or receiving, 2 per sack, 3 per turnover. Trying to figure out if there are any other players that I should swap to before Saturdays game that have a better opportunity to score more points and last further through the playoffs into the super bowl. Appreciate your help!

        • Hans says:
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          @Hans:
          For example, I currently have three Denver players. If Denver loses, I lose those three players and my opponent would get any players that he has advance. The strategy is to pick players on teams that will advance/have high scoring weeks. I currently have a strategy of being AFC heavy with Denver going the distance. Just wanted another opinion if I should change to any different available players that my opponent doesn’t have.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Gotcha. Problem is, it’s not just about who is going to go further, it’s about who’s better. I can’t see you dropping a Julius Thomas for Zach Miller. I dont’ think it helps you. You’ve got to take the guys who’ll score the most points.

            As an aside, if you’re really playing fantasy, you should have FA access after the first week…kinda silly to try and predict a roster to play through 3 weeks for. Should have some mobility after the fact. Anyway, just throwing that out there.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Sky: i’m in a thing just like this, but with no bench. also no pickups later. I got the buy in cut in half due to the crazy gambling nature of adding in problems of having to guess which team will advance. So far got lucky with Mathews advancing (if he plays and gets usage), didn’t expect Hilton to do that good, CIN’s defense actually losing in one game hurt a lot (they were biggest favorite team last week), hoping D.will doesn’t have load taken off by damn stewart miraculously coming back, Foles going out against NO (on the road, seriously?) didn’t help much.
              Hans you’re either playing like 6 handed or just have a monster squad there. I’m going 8 handed.

  6. royce! says:
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    Hey Sky- you’re in Seattle, right? I’m flying up for the game this weekend- the tickets are actually relatively affordable on stubhub right now (cheaper than the MNF game, strangely). You going to the game?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I live in Eugene, OR but I’m from Washington (East Side…flashes gang sign). I’ll be watching from my flatscreen at home, sadly. Pretty badass you’re going though. If you can’t ever hear anything again, I wouldn’t be surprised. Go 12th man!

      • royce! says:
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        @Sky: I grew up on the eastside as well…my parents moved every year or so, but we lived in Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, etc., until they got priced out and had to move to Oly. Hardly recognize that area anymore…

        Yeah, I was able to convince the wife that I should fly up for my mom’s bday, and since I’d be there, might as well take in a game, you know? Brilliant!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I tip my cap to your clever ways. Yeah, grew up in a little town called Prosser, WA. Let’s just say I’m very thankful I’m not there anymore. Cow-tipping and watching Fox News not highlights of my day, personally.

          • royce! says:
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            @Sky: Oh, East-of-the-Cascades-Side! That’s a whole different bag of nut jobs…best to stay west of those mountains, my friend.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              If I had a choice where I was born, my name would be North West.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oh and I’d love to go but I have some major house projects/writing projects going on right now. Don’t have the time to sneak away this weekend.

  7. Bryan says:
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    Starting Blount a mistake? I really want to flex him this week, love the matchup, it’s in Foxboro , and Belichick doesn’t trust Ridley…Blount coming off a big game as well…I’m also considering Brown but just wondering why so low on Blount?…Thanks in advance!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Trusting Belichick week to week isn’t something I like to do. It’s a messy situation and I’m not as high on the matchup as others might be.

  8. Jagan says:
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    Sky
    Why r u high on Jed Collins
    Jagan

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Fantasy pros PPR weirdness. You move someone slightly on standard and PPR can go haywire. He should be closer to 20

  9. Bryan says:
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    Weather looks awful for Seattle and Pats games…heavy rain and high winds. What to do?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      It’s the NFL and it’s January…not sure what to say. You have to play the guys who could give you the most points. Weather might be nice in Carolina, don’t think the fantasy points will be.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: does this fall into the sometimes real defenses make better defenses than warm weather with rain and wind type defenses? Even with the rain/wind both of these games have warm weather. Anybody else completely surprised by how in last week’s GB game almost no passes were dropped by what must’ve been nearly frostbitten hands of the receivers?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Not sure I follow. Don’t think weather was the culprit to Wilson having a bad game. He missed quite a few passes. Brady has been a game manager since Gronk went down so Saturdays results weren’t surprising.

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