Well folks, we're closing in on that time of year. It's time to start thinking about the playoffs.
Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about the postseason. If you've already clinched a spot, congratulations. If you're still battling for a spot, best of luck to you.
Then for those of you who don't have a prayer of playing for the big prize, well ... maybe this will help your state of mind.
However, for those in the first two categories, it's time to start looking at the players who play some of their best football when it matters most for fantasy owners. Chances are you didn't necessarily draft players with an eye on Weeks 14-16, but this is the time of year when it starts to become a factor in trade decisions and waiver wire pickups.
That's why over the next few weeks, Going Deep will take a look not only at which players have the best playoff schedules, but which players have performed the best during the fantasy postseason. Of course, we'll start with quarterbacks.
Philip Rivers has the "easiest" schedule through the final weeks of the fantasy season, so he would seem to be the best choice if you're looking to acquire a quarterback, right? Maybe not. When it comes to those late weeks, Rivers hasn't been pretty mediocre, averaging just 15.50 fantasy points per game.
All right, then ... who are the guys who have traditionally gotten things done when fantasy bragging rights are on the line?
Before all of you Newton, Wilson and Kaepernick owners get too excited, let me play Buzz Killington and welcome you to another edition of Small Sample Size Theater.
Newton has played six games in the fantasy playoffs, while Wilson and Kaepernick have played six games COMBINED. It's not as though they have a long track record. There's a lot more reason to be confident in Aaron Rodgers if it weren't for, well, you know. By the way, Seneca Wallace is averaging 7.2 fantasy points over nine games. Just in case you were curious.
To begin with, Newton's Week 10 matchup against a quality San Francisco defense could give you a clue. Cam's been good at exploiting bad teams, but he's been average (at best) against the good ones. If he fails to post a solid fantasy total against the Niners, he might not be as matchup-proof as you'd hope.
There you have it. The trade deadline is coming. The playoffs won't be far behind. Choose your quarterbacks wisely. A fantasy title is riding on it. Next week, we'll talk running backs.