2017 Fantasy Football: Playoff Player Rankings







By Chet Gresham - @Chet_G
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Published Jan. 2, 2018.

Fantasy rankings for the playoffs are always tough, because the odds of getting the winners correct throughout the playoffs are about nil for even the sharpest of sharps, but that's what you need to do if you want to pick players who will play the most games for your fantasy teams.

In the AFC, it's impossible to not like the Patriots against whoever comes out of the wild-card round, which likely will be Kansas City, and then the Steelers will likely take on Jacksonville for the Roethlisberger five-interception-game rematch, in which I like Pittsburgh, and then the seemingly inevitable Pittsburgh/New England AFC Championship. Of course, an upset is in no way out of the question, but the AFC seems the most likely to go along with their seeding.

The NFC on the other hand looks like a churning bowl of jambalaya that we just threw a bunch of scraps into, with no regard to taste. First off, the No. 1 seed Eagles lost their MVP, and possibly the league's MVP, when Carson Wentz went down, and since then, Nick Foles has not looked the part. Any team in the tournament can beat the Eagles, but they also can pull out victories with defense and the ground game. We also have a bunch of similarly talented teams in New Orleans, Carolina, L.A., Atlanta and Minnesota, that on any given Sunday can probably beat each other on a neutral field. Thankfully for the lower-seeded teams, if they win, they take on the Foles-led Eagles, while the higher-seeded team heads to Minnesota.

I like the higher seeds to win in the wild-card round mostly because they get home games, and for the Rams, I think they are a better-coached team than the Falcons. That would put the Rams back in Minnesota where they lost already this season and the Saints heading to Philadelphia. There is nothing easy about picking those two games, but I'm going to be somewhat contrarian here and pick the Rams and Saints to play in the NFC championship and the Rams winning to take on the Patriots for a Super Bowl rematch. I have little faith in that actually happening, so would feel okay hedging with picks of players I like over number of games they'll actually play, but my thoughts on how these playoffs will turn out have to guide me somewhat.





Quarterbacks

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Ben Roethlisberger
  3. Jared Goff
  4. Drew Brees
  5. Case Keenum
  6. Alex Smith
  7. Cam Newton
  8. Matt Ryan
  9. Blake Bortles
  10. Marcus Mariota
  11. Nick Foles
  12. Tyrod Taylor



Running Backs

  1. Todd Gurley
  2. Le'Veon Bell
  3. Dion Lewis
  4. Alvin Kamara
  5. Mark Ingram
  6. Leonard Fournette
  7. Kareem Hunt
  8. Latavius Murray
  9. Devonta Freeman
  10. LeSean McCoy
  11. Derrick Henry
  12. Christian McCaffrey
  13. Rex Burkhead
  14. Tevin Coleman
  15. Jay Ajayi
  16. Jerick McKinnon
  17. James White
  18. Jonathan Stewart
  19. T.J. Yeldon
  20. Marcus Murphy
  21. Corey Clement
  22. LeGarrette Blount
  23. Mike Tolbert
  24. DeMarco Murray



Wide Receivers

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Brandin Cooks
  3. Michael Thomas
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  5. Robert Woods
  6. Tyreek Hill
  7. Julio Jones
  8. Chris Hogan
  9. Cooper Kupp
  10. Adam Thielen
  11. Stefon Diggs
  12. Keelan Cole
  13. Devin Funchess
  14. Dede Westbrook
  15. Mohamed Sanu
  16. Marqise Lee
  17. Rishard Matthews
  18. Sammy Watkins
  19. Alshon Jeffery
  20. Danny Amendola
  21. Ted Ginn
  22. Martavis Bryant
  23. Nelson Agholor
  24. Allen Hurns
  25. Kelvin Benjamin
  26. Albert Wilson
  27. Corey Davis
  28. Deonte Thompson
  29. Eric Decker
  30. Torrey Smith



Tight Ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Travis Kelce
  3. Kyle Rudolph
  4. Vance McDonald
  5. Greg Olsen
  6. Delanie Walker
  7. Zach Ertz
  8. Charles Clay
  9. Tyler Higbee
  10. Austin Hooper
  11. Marcedes Lewis
  12. Josh Hill



Kickers

  1. Stephen Gostkowski
  2. Chris Boswell
  3. Wil Lutz
  4. Sam Ficken
  5. Harrison Butker
  6. Josh Lambo
  7. Kai Forbath
  8. Matt Bryant
  9. Graham Gano
  10. Jake Elliott
  11. Ryan Succop
  12. Steven Hauschka

Defense/Special Teams

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Los Angeles Rams
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. Minnesota Vikings
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers
  6. New Orleans Saints
  7. Atlanta Falcons
  8. Kansas City Chiefs
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. Philadelphia Eagles
  11. Buffalo Bills
  12. Tennessee Titans

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