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With the first round of the fantasy playoffs in the books, first of all congratulations to those who have made it this far into the fantasy season. But week 2 will be here before you know it. For the second week of the playoffs you have to continue to use plus matchups to your advantage. You will find players from all skill positions including QB, RB, WR, and TE. All players listed in this are available in over 66% of fantasy leagues. The statistics used in this article can be found at our website https://www.lineups.com/nfl.
WR A.J. Brown TEN vs HOU – 31.3% Rostered
Brown is coming off of his best game of the season, catching 5 of 7 targets for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. Totaling 31.1 fantasy points with that performance against the Oakland Raiders. Facing another plus matchup against the Houston Texans in week 15. Expect A.J. Brown’s production to continue. The Texans have allowed the 6th most passing yards, 11th highest yards per completion, 5th most passing touchdowns, and the 10th highest yards per attempt in the NFL. A very intriguing matchup to say the least. A.J. Brown has been playing like the star player they drafted Corey Davis to be. Currently leading the Titans wide receivers in receiving yards, touchdowns, targets, receivers, and red-zone targets. He has greatly benefitted from the change in quarterback from Mariota to Tannehill. A.J. Brown should be your top waiver priority for the second week of the playoffs.
WR Darius Slayton NYG vs MIA – 32.6% Rostered
Darius Slayton had some worries coming into this week about his connection to Daniel Jones transferring to Eli Manning. That worry was quickly put to sleep against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 14. Slayton scored 29.9 fantasy points in the first half of their game against the Eagles, THE FIRST HALF!! Slayton has quietly had a great rookie year this year. Leading the Giants wide receivers in yards, touchdowns, targets, and receptions. Facing the Miami Dolphins in week 15 is very promising for Slayton keep up his production. The Dolphins have allowed the 9th most receiving yards, 2nd most passing touchdowns, 3rd highest yards per completion (12.2 yards), and the 5th highest yards per attempt in the NFL. Slayton has become a fantasy receiver that you can ride through playoffs with. Facing Miami this week, Washington in week 16, and Philadelphia again in week 17. Facing a plus matchup and having consistent usage in the Giants’ offense makes Slayton a great sleeper pick in week 15.
WR Zach Pascal IND vs NO – 30.7% Rostered
Pascal had a great game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 14. Catching 5 of 9 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. Totaling 17.9 fantasy points against the Buccaneers. Pascal will face the New Orleans Saints secondary in week 15. Allowing the 12th most receiving yards, 8th most passing touchdowns, a yards per completion of 10.2 (21st), and a yards per attempt of 6.4 yards (22nd) in the NFL. The leading receiver in yards, targets, receptions, and red-zone targets. With T.Y. Hilton back from injury, he will most likely see shadow coverage from Marshon Lattimore, leaving Pascal with an easier matchup. Benefitting from the loss of Eric Ebron recently, Pascal has a safe target floor with a good matchup in week 15.
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RB Raheem Mostert SF vs ATL – 23.7% Rostered
Leading the backfield in carries in week 14 against a tough New Orleans Saints run defense. Mostert saw 10 carries for 69 yards with a rushing touchdown and topping it off with 2 receptions for 40 yards and a receiving touchdown. Playing 60% of the offensive snaps against the Saints, the second week in a row leading the backfield in snaps. Mostert has leap frogged Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman in the depth chart. After facing two of the toughest matchups against running-backs, Mostert will face a better matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Allowing the 17th most rushing yards, a yards per carry of 4.0 yards (23rd), and the 9th most rushing touchdowns. With how well Mostert has played against some of the toughest run defenses, this week should be no problem for him. With the potential for Mostert to see 20+ touches in San Francisco’s dominant rushing offense, Mostert is a great running-back pickup this week.
QB Gardner Minshew II JAX vs OAK – 12.8% Rostered
After struggling in his first two games back in the starting position, many are hesitant to play Minshew this week. Having to come in against the Bucs already down and then facing the LA Chargers are tough situations to be thrown right back into. With pressure still looming from Nick Foles behind him, Minshew will have to figure it out soon. And what better game to do it than against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have been very generous against opposing fantasy receivers. Allowing the 5th most receiving yards, 3rd most passing touchdowns, the highest yards per completion, and the most yards per attempt in the NFL. A fantastic matchup for Minshew to dial it in this week.
TE Tyler Higbee LAR vs DAL – 11.4% Rostered
Higbee has benefitted from the exit of Gerald Everett in week 12. Against the Seahawks in week 14 Higbee saw 11 targets, catching 7 for 116 yards. An impressive outing for this under the radar tight-end. Prior to this season, Higbee was given a contract extension making him a top-10 paid tight-end in the NFL. The Rams will want to make sure their investment was not wasted. Facing the Dallas Cowboys in week 15 who rank 23rd against opposing fantasy tight-ends. The Cowboys have been faltering recently while the Rams are coming off a dominant win against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams will be looking to continue their success as they keep their offense running. Tyler Higbee is a great tight-end pickup for the second round of the fantasy playoffs.
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