The 2013 Fantasy Football season is dead and gone. We get that. However, with the NFL playoffs comes another chance to claim a title or at least win some cash. Whether you’re in a playoff league or just playing weekly games on various fantasy sites, we’re here to assist the fantasy owner or fantasy gamer along the way.
To get things rolling, let’s take a look at the top quarterbacks in fantasy football for the first round of the playoffs. There’s just four games, which means we only have eight quarterbacks to consider. Someone has to be first and there’s always a dead last, though, so let’s break them all down before the playoff weekend hits us:
1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
The only risk with Brees is that he’s playing away from home and he’ll be outside. Otherwise, the matchup rocks. Kyle Orton hung over 350 passing yards and two touchdowns on the Eagles a week ago, so I tend to think Brees will be okay.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Rodgers was rusty on the road in a huge game with the Bears, yet he put up over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. It’s hard not to love him at home against a 49ers defense he toasted on the road back in week one.
3. Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
Kaepernick destroyed the Packers in their last meeting for 400+ yards and three scores, and last year in the playoffs he killed them on the ground. One way or another, it’s hard not to imagine Kap doing much of the same this Sunday.
4. Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles)
Foles has been pretty solid all season and will be on his home field this week against the Saints. New Orleans has been a bit shaky on D, so he still has some upside, but it’s not an ideal matchup by any means.
5. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
I don’t love the matchup on the road against the Bengals, but Rivers has actually proven to be fairly matchup proof. I also like San Diego as a dark horse in the playoffs, so I see him as a solid fantasy option this week.
6. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
Luck is at home against a Chiefs defense that has been pretty weak in the second half of the season, but the talent is there for that to change fairly quickly. With that said, Luck hasn’t been killing it this year and if the Colts want to win they’ll probably play a ball control type of game. That isn’t likely to generate elite fantasy numbers for Luck.
7. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)
Dalton is at home and the Chargers have gotten burned badly several times in 2013, but their defense has been much better down the stretch this year. I just don’t trust Dalton. I’m sure he’ll put up decent yardage and a couple of scores, but he’s pretty erratic – evidenced by his four picks in the week 17 season finale.
8. Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs)
Smith has the talent and weapons to finish higher than here, but he’s on the road and he’s generally hard to trust. If any Chief is likely to go off, it’s Jamaal Charles and not Smith.