2015 Playoffs: Quarterfinals
(6) Goldbergs Gorillas at (3) GoodmansGreatGuesses
After starting 1-4, Goldberg won six of his final eight games to finish at 7-6 and sneak into the postseason. The veteran manager made back-to-back trades after four straight wins, acquiring Eric Decker and DeMarco Murray for Stefon Diggs and Jonathan Stewart in separate deals.
Jason heads into the postseason on a two-game losing, squandering a chance at a first-round bye after his 29-point Week 13 loss.
The history: Both of these teams return to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.
This is Goldberg’s 7th playoff appearance in 11 seasons, as he looks to become the league’s first three-time champion.
This is Jason’s 4th playoff appearance in six seasons, as he seeks his second championship.
The management: With T.J. Yeldon at home against the Colts and DeMarco Murray’s role in jeopardy, Goldberg will have a tough choice to make at that RB2 slot. Ironically, Goldberg’s RB1 will be LeSean McCoy who faces Murray and his former team.
Jason has his own problems at RB2, as he continues to battle the Denver RB seesaw as an owner of both CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, with Ryan Mathews potentially returning and sliding into the starting RB role for the Eagles.
The game: Falcons at Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Jason – Greg Olsen, Carolina D
Goldberg – Cam Newton
The matchup: Goldberg -6.5
The key for Jason will be trying to slow down Goldberg’s WRs. The trio of Demaryius Thomas vs. Oak, Eric Decker vs. Ten, and Alshon Jeffrey vs. Was all get HOME, favorable matchups.
Seattle D at Baltimore (Matt Schuab!) could be the x-factor, a scary situation for Jason.
(5) A. Goodman at (4) #FreeBRADYansky
These two teams enter the postseason as the league’s hottest two.
Stan enters the playoffs on a three-game winning streak coming off a 150+ point must-win victory.
After a 1-5 start, Goodman ended the season a remarkable 6-1.
The history: This is just Goodman’s 3rd playoff appearance in 13 seasons and incredibly, his first playoff game since 2009 when he lost to the eventual champion Porter’s Playas in the semi-finals 126-92. Goodman goes for his 2nd championship and 1st in modern league history (post 2005).
After missing the playoffs last season, this is Stan’s 5th playoff appearance in 11 seasons. He has been one the league’s most dominant managers over the past few seasons, climbing his way all the way up to the top of the Aldo’s Leaderboard. Stan goes for his league-high third championship.
The management: Goodman’s key decision comes at WR2/Flex, when choosing two out of these three fantasy wack-a-moles: Vincent Jackson (vs. NO), Golden Tate (at Stl) and DaVante Adams (vs. Dal).
He also may have backed himself into a corner at TE. With Gronk likely out and Tom Brady staring daggers at him across the sidelines for Stan, Goodman will decide between Scott Chandler (at Hou) and Martellus Bennet vs. Was.
Stan will have a tough call at WR2 between the battered Willie Snead at TB and the rookie DaVante Parker vs. NYG on Monday night.
Secondly, at his flex spot, Stan can go with his normal flex in Duke Johnson vs. the putrid 49ers, or Darren Sproles at home vs. Buffalo in a potentially increased role, or either one of Snead or Parker.
The game: Patriots at Texans, 8:30 p.m.
Stan – Tom Brady, New England D
Goodman – Scott Chandler
The matchup: Goodman -1
The key here for Goodman is to establish the run. His No. 1 pick Adrian Peterson opens the matchup on Thursday night against an intimidating Arizona Cardinals defense. Then, his young workhorse Latavius Murray has a treacherous matchup against the league’s best defense at the Denver Broncos.
Stan will need to get production from one of his two Cleveland Browns, Johnson and/or Gary Barnidge, with Johnny Manziel starting at QB at home against the 49ers. Both are safe bets for double-digits, which Goodman will live with, but anything significantly more or less could flip the matchup.
Brady off two straight losses against the Texans in primetime is never a fun thing for any opponent, either.
Goodman will hope for a TD or two from the ascending Chiefs defense against his backup QB—Philip Rivers—and one of the NFL’s worst offensive line. A glorious matchup on paper for Goodman.
Bye: (2) Snake, (1) Tepel
After both teams missed the postseason in 2013, they have now finished 1-2 for the second straight year.
It’s Tepel’s 5th playoff appearance and 3rd first place finish in 14 seasons (2nd in a row). For Blake, this is his 6th playoff birth in 11 seasons.
Snake looks for a record third championship, while Tepel tries for his first title.