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Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017

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It is indeed Wild Card Weekend, which is indeed big fun albeit with a limited schedule.

So, aside from looking at the injuries, and posting my FantasyScore picks, we can also preview the picks for the Sunday games (I covered the Saturday games in Extra Points on Tuesday) and comment on those early picks. And note that because we are talking playoffs, chances are all point generators will do all they can to be ready to play.

Injuries

Houston has Alfred Blue (calf) and Brian Hoyer (ankle) as probable, Nate Washington (hip) as questionable and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) out facing the Chiefs, who say that Jeremy Maclin (concussion), Charcandrick West (hamstring), Travis Kelce (groin) and Spencer Ware (ribs) are all probable, though Maclin is going through concussion protocol.Note that J.J. Watt (groin) is probable if you are looking at the Houston defense.

Washington lists Jordan Reed (shoulder) and Alfred Morris (rib) as probable, DeSean Jackson (knee), Pierre Thomas (knee) and Pierre Garcon (knee) as questionable and Matt Jones (hip) doubtful facing the Packers, who have Eddie Lacy (rib) as probable. Also note that Clay Matthews (ankle) is probable should you be considering the Packers defensive unit.

Pittsburgh says DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is now out while Ben Roethlisberger (illness), Martavis Bryant (illness) and Heath Miller (unknown) probable against the Bengals, who suggest Andy Dalton (thumb) as out with A.J. McCarron (wrist) probable, while Marvin Jones (hamstring) and Tyler Eifert (concussion) are probable.

Seattle goes to Minnesota with Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) now listed as out, while Jermaine Kearse (calf), Doug Baldwin (hamstring) and Tyler Lockett (hip) are probable. Luke Willson (concussion) also out while the Vikings say that Adrian Peterson (ankle/shoulder) is probable.

Sunday DFS Plays

On Tuesday, I listed a collection of DFS plays for the Saturday games, and really only blew it on Tyler Eifert, who wound up being surprisingly more expensive than Travis Kelce, and that just solidifies my like for Kelce Saturday.

Note that although my basic thoughts are linked to FantasyScore, the same thoughts are applicable no matter where you play.

As for Sunday:

Green Bay at Washington

Randall Cobb: He should get a lot of targets, but that doesn't mean he will deliver a lot of points. Still, Cobb is a potential point maker.

Richard Rodgers: Maybe I am sentimental of the Cal-to-Cal Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection, but Richard is pretty good and I am indeed big on Tight Ends scoring, especially in tight games, which the post-season usually provides.

Aaron Rodgers: Not so much an endorsement as a note that I think the Pack will play from behind and that means passing.

Kirk Cousins: Priced just about the same as Rodgers, hard to pass up on the best priced and hottest hand at the helm. I have a feeling that despite the fact that both defenses surrender around 245 yards of passing per game, Washington will be ready to shred.

DeSean Jackson: Kind of like picking Yoenis Cespedes in baseball, Jackson is hit and miss, but when he hits, it is big time. Most likely target when looking for the big play.

Jordan Reed: With 11 scores and 952 yards, Reed has moved to the top of the post-season TE list. Having Jackson and Morris as foils will help, but obviously picking Reed means scrimping elsewhere.

Seattle at Minnesota

Marshawn Lynch: The Beast is back following a two-month hiatus. This could well be Lynch's swan song post-season with the Seahawks, but make no mistake, he comes to play. And generally, once he starts, he gets better. Kind of a crap-shoot, and not one worthy of any kind of handcuff, but big risk means big reward. Right?

Tyler Lockett: Speedy alternative to Baldwin. Still not cheap, but a fun play.

Seattle Defense: This team is red hot, and no disrespect to Houston or Kansas City, but this is also the best defensive unit taking the field this weekend.

Stefon Diggs: Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target is reasonably priced, although he is going against a killer defense.

Kyle Rudolph: I hate to be redundant, but Tight Ends are great plays against wicked defensive units, and that is what Seattle has.

Jerick McKinnon: Cheap alternative to A.P. if you need a slot to fill at a low price. He does have 51 carries and 21 receptions.

FantasyScore Plays

OK, so where did I go for my FantasyScore plays this week?

I have to take Kirk Cousins ($7900) against a team that seems to have lost a lot of its defensive punch. And, there is a chance for a shootout, but that just makes this pick better.

Hard to not grab Antonio Brown ($9500) and on the low end, I went with Mohamed Sanu ($2500).

Finally, I took the Chiefs ($3800) defense, thinking they will have better luck against Brian Hoyer than Seattle facing the improving Bridgewater.

Remember you can play against us at the FantasyScore Mastersball 50-team 50/50 Challenge.

Milestones

Robert Stigwood: Produced the Bee Gees, along with "Saturday Night Fever."

Vilmos Zsigmond: Academy Award winning cinematographer of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "The Deer Hunter," among others.

Stein Erickson: Olympic gold skier who changed modern downhill skiing.

Natalie Cole: Nat King Cole's daughter who scored some hits on her own.

Wayne Rogers: Trapper John on the TV version of M*A*S*H.

Vern Rapp: Former Royals and Reds manager was an ex-Marine who ran his teams accordingly, and became a kind of anachronism of himself. 

 Follow me @lawrmichaels.

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