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Hakeem Nicks @ 49ers –

In case you fell into the trap that the media seemed to set about Victor Cruz being the only big-play threat in New York, true No.1 Hakeem Nicks has stepped up and put together back to back monster games in the playoffs. This week should be a greater challenge for Nicks as the 49ers tend to do a better job wrapping up (with an exception to the Jimmy Graham touchdown in the fourth quarter last week) pass catchers in the open field, as the Falcons and Packers have struggled in that regard all year.

More than a possession receiver, Nicks is one of the top five receivers in football, and he will continue to be a solid receiver for fantasy purposes for years to come. Last week we saw Drew Brees throw for 462 yards passing while top receiver Marques Colston totaled nine receptions for 136 yards and a score in San Francisco.

Coming into their first meeting with the 49ers week ten, Nicks was banged up and only totaled two receptions for 41 yards, but he did find the end zone. Keep in mind that the Saints had perfect weather to play in last week, and this week it’s expected to rain on Sunday, but Nicks is still deserving of being the top-ranked fantasy receiver going forward in the playoffs.

Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith @ Patriots –

Pay no attention to the Broncos in-effective ways against the Patriots secondary last week, as we all know by now that when it comes to passing, Tim Tebow is like a power hitter who swings for the fences every time and hits a .200 batting average. Sometimes he connects, and it’s a game changer and as was the case last week, other times he’s an easy three pitch strikeout.

While Joe Flacco continues to earn little respect from fans and annalists for his play in the playoffs, as the Ravens are likely to be playing from behind in the fourth quarter. Even if Balitmore’s defense shows up and Ray Rice is running well, it will come down to Flacco making plays in the passing game to win this game, much like Alex Smith had to do against the Saints last week. Bottom line is that Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin are respectable plays this week, as the Patriots are still a bad defense against the pass.

Last Updated – Jan. 16th

Championship Round Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | K/D

1 Hakeem Nicks @ 49ers
2 Wes Welker Ravens
3 Victor Cruz @ 49ers
4 Michael Crabtree Giants
5 Anquan Boldin @ Patriots
6 Torrey Smith @ Patriots
7 Deion Branch Ravens
8 Mario Manningham @ 49ers
9 Kyle Williams Giants
10 Ted Ginn Jr. (I) Giants

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