The NFL’s postseason kicks off with four games this weekend and it seems each of them have players to watch when it comes to collecting football cards.
Here’s one player from all eight teams Buzz says could be of interest — some obvious, some not.
J.J. Watt — The Houston Texans’ defensive dynamo and part-time tight end is basically a household name with his bloody noses and his Papa John’s commercials, but when it comes to autographed Rookie Cards he might be overvalued. He’s one of very few defensive stars to really get attention when it comes to cards, so it would take a monster game against the Chiefs to make those Contenders Rookie Cards even better buys. Sorry for the bad news there. (Maybe him being able to successfully complete a pizza curl in a follow-up Papa John’s commercial would help?)
Marcus Peters — The Kansas City Chiefs DB is Buzz’s pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year with a league-leading eight interceptions — and two of those were returned for touchdowns. Unlike Watt, he’s a player who doesn’t get a lot of attention (like most guys on defense) so there’s perhaps some added cardboard potential here if he performs well against the Texans under the postseason spotlight.
Antonio Brown — This Steelers WR has been a dominator this season as part of a high-powered offense that’s helmed by Ben Roethlisberger. His 1,834 receiving yards were barely topped by Julio Jones for the NFL crown, his 136 receptions tied Jones for the league lead and his 10 touchdowns are impressive, though several guys broke that plateau. This guy is the guy to watch against the Bengals on Saturday. Period.
A.J. McCarron — The Cincinnati Bengals are going with their QB who is basically a rookie (he didn’t play last season) in place of the injured Andy Dalton once again. The last time his team faced the Steelers was when Dalton was lost and when this former Alabama Crimson Tide star got his first real playing time in a real game. He threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns (albeit with two picks) in that one, which was a 33-20 loss — but his best game of the year. A big game and a win here will add to the interest in his cardboard.
Doug Baldwin — The Seattle Seahawks WR arguably went into beast mode with Beast Mode out of action this season. He had 78 catches for 1,069 yards — not amazing — but with 14 touchdowns. Between Nov. 29 and Dec. 27, he scored 11 of those touchdowns. Crazy. That five-game hot streak ended last week when he was held scoreless, but Buzz doesn’t see that happening against the Minnesota Vikings. Russell Wilson gets the hobby dollars here, but Baldwin should keep picking up steam.
Teddy Bridgewater — The Minnesota Vikings QB isn’t the obvious offensive star here (that’s the well-established Adrian Peterson), but he’s probably the guy who will reap the benefits of a win the most when it comes to cards if it happens. He’s not cheap and he’s a name — but he’s probably overlooked quite a bit compared to other young quarterbacks out there who are (rightly) coveted by collectors. (You know, the guy sitting at home right now … but seen in creepy TD Ameritrade commercials playing with beard hair.)
Eddie Lacy — The bust label is certainly applicable for this Green Bay Packers RB this season (and the obvious choice who should be here is QB Aaron Rodgers and his 31 TDs), but Buzz thinks a monster game from this guy would make many forget about the awful season he had. He posted just three touchdowns and just 758 yards this season — after 20 TDs and more than 2,300 yards in the last two years. What will happen for Lacy in Green Bay and for Lacy cards in the future? It probably all hinges on this game against Washington (if it’s not decided already).
Kirk Cousins — Washington’s QB wasn’t the heir apparent to the throne back on draft day or even in recent years, but he went out and posted the best passing season in franchise history this year. He threw for a record 4,166 yards and added 29 touchdowns. He’s probably not yet peaked in terms of cardboard but a win would help get him closer to that. A loss? Well, it’s Washington — they’ll probably still have off-field drama and a QB debate next season. (Kidding on the debate. Maybe.)
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