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QB Matt Ryan ($7,700) – Green Bay at Atlanta
The NFL MVP front-runner against a beat-up and very generous Green Bay secondary? YES PLEASE! The fact that Ryan already torched this defense back in week 8 puts the icing on the cake.
RB Ty Montgomery ($5,600) – Green Bay at Atlanta
Montgomery probably isn’t going to rack up a ton of yards on the ground. But when you combine his potential in the passing game and the red zone, he makes for a no-brainer at this price point.
RB LeGarrette Blount ($4,400) – Pittsburgh at New England
This doesn’t look like a very good matchup for Blount on paper. But keep in mind that he lit the Steeler defense up for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns in Pittsburgh back in week 7. Furthermore, if the Patriots get anywhere near the goal line on Sunday, it’s a safe bet that Blount is getting the football.
WR Antonio Brown ($8,800) – Pittsburgh at New England
Brown comes at a hefty price tag, but that is because he is as close to a sure-thing as you will find at WR this week. He hauled in 7 passes for 106 yards against New England in their October 23 matchup. And that was with Landry Jones at quarterback. It’s not difficult to like his chances with Big Ben under center this time around.
WR Julian Edelman ($7,300) – Pittsburgh at New England
Edelman racked up a season-high nine receptions against the Steelers back in week 7. He is a threat to go the distance any time he touches the football as well. Tom Brady will likely target him early and often in this matchup.
WR Randall Cobb ($5,900) – Green Bay at Atlanta
The Green Bay receiving corps is starting to look like a MASH unit. Cobb is easily the best healthy option at receiver that Aaron Rodgers has left to target. That should pay off on Sunday.
TE Martellus Bennett ($3,300) – Pittsburgh at New England
He is a little dinged up with a slight knee injury. But he will be good to go on Sunday. Bennett’s potential in the red zone makes him a value at this price.
FLEX Tevin Coleman ($4,800) – Green Bay at Atlanta
Coleman is sort of a boom-or-bust pick, but he is always a threat to find pay dirt. The fact that he did not play in the first meeting against the Packers, making him somewhat of an unknown commodity, provides a sneaking suspicion that he will be heavily involved in the Falcons’ game plan on Sunday.
DST Falcons ($2,200) – Green Bay at Atlanta
There really isn’t a good or safe pick for defense/special teams given the options this week. The Falcons just make the most sense for the money. Regardless, no one is going to rack up a bunch of points with any of these DST’s.
NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:05 p.m. ET
Where: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
TV Channel: FOX
AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 6:40 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, MA
TV Channel: CBS
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS.