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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fantasy football playoff pools: WR and TE rankings

If you missed Part I of these rankings -- or if you have no idea what a fantasy playoff pool is -- click here.

Otherwise, it's time for Part II -- the diva section.


1. Roddy White, Falcons: With 115 receptions, 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season, he's the slam-dunk choice. My only concern: If the Eagles and Saints win in Round 1, New Orleans will visit Atlanta in the divisional round, increasing the odds that the top-seeded Falcons could be one-and-done in the postseason.

2. Wes Welker, Patriots: He has had only one game with more than 90 receiving yards this season, but he is the top target for the Super Bowl favorites.

3. Mike Wallace, Steelers: He has 209 yards and two TDs in his last two games, and he averaged 21 yards per catch and scored 10 times in the regular season.

4. Marques Colston, Saints: He sat in Week 17, but is expected to be fine after an 84-catch campaign.

5. Pierre Garcon, Colts:
He has five TDs in his last five games and gets the nod over Reggie Wayne because the latter likely will be matched up with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Saturday night.

6. Reggie Wayne, Colts: He had 111 receptions for 1,355 yards and six TDs in the regular season, but Revis has a tendency to crush fantasy hopes faster than Dwayne Bowe.

7. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles: In point-per-reception formats, he is a better play than DeSean Jackson after catching 70 passes and reaching the end zone 10 times in the regular season.

8. DeSean Jackson, Eagles: He had 1,056 yards and six TDs, but caught only 47 passes and tends to be big-play-or-bust.

9. Greg Jennings, Packers: He has better numbers than almost everyone on this list (76 receptions, 1,265 yards and 12 TDs), but if you take him, you better be certain the Pack will win at Philadelphia on Sunday.

10. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals: He's the Ravens' big-play threat, but in his last four regular-season contests, Boldin had eight catches for 67 yards and zero TDs.

The rest: 11. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs; 12. Deion Branch, Patriots; 13. Lance Moore, Saints; 14. Johnny Knox, Bears; 15. Santonio Holmes, Jets; 16. Braylon Edwards, Jets; 17. Hines Ward, Steelers; 18. Mike Williams, Seahawks.


1. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons: He had 70 receptions and six TDs in the regular season, but you're probably better served taking Roddy White or Michael Turner as your only Falcon.

2. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: He had 10 TDs as a rookie (four in his last four games), but has to be overshadowed by teammates Tom Brady, Welker and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

3. Jacob Tamme, Colts: Because of the top two's teammates, Tamme likely will be many owners' selection at tight end after he racked up 67 catches for 631 yards and four TDs in Indy's last 10 games.

4. Heath Miller, Steelers: A possible sleeper pick after tallying nine catches for 128 yards and a TD in Pittsburgh's final two games.

5. Todd Heap, Ravens: He missed Weeks 14 to 16 with a hamstring injury, but returned to catch three passes for 53 yards last week.

6. Greg Olsen, Bears:
He didn't score in the Bears' last five regular-season games, and he had exactly one catch in three of the five contests.

7. Brent Celek, Eagles:
He might have been the biggest fantasy bust at his position (42 receptions, 511 yards and four TDs).

8. Dustin Keller, Jets:
He has the numbers (55 catches, 687 yards, five TDs), but you would have to be confident of the Jets winning at Indy in the wild-card round.

The rest:
9. John Carlson, Seahawks; 10. Jeremy Shockey, Saints.

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