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Playoff IDP Rankings

By Matt Schauf 12:01pm EST 1/3/17

Warning: This year’s NFL playoffs feature a pretty crappy array of IDP options.

The top seeds don’t feature a lot of useful fantasy defenders. And, frankly, the whole group is quite short on stars. So what to do?

Like on the offensive side, you’re betting on teams as much as players at this point. We like the Packers’ chances of playing at least 3 games, with a shot at 4. So S Morgan Burnett tops the list, followed by a pair of Steelers – who similarly look like a solid bet to play at least 3 games.

Overall, though, you can get a little creative on defense. Grab generally low-value players on a team you believe will advance. Or use IDPs to hedge your offensive bets. We’re not betting on Seattle to make the Super Bowl but wouldn’t be shocked if they got hot. If that happens, players such as Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and the DEs could turn into fantasy-contest winners.

Or you could counter offensive investment in the Packers by snagging Cowboys LB Sean Lee, who could pile up the tackles if his team holds serve through the NFC playoffs.

These rankings give a nod toward position scarcity without overplaying it. If your league doesn’t care about position designations and uses just general IDP slots, then you might want to push the D-linemen down a bit. The biggest talents at that position in these playoffs look like poor bets to advance—with tough matchups in Round 1.

I'll update this list as injury situations become clearer this week. You won't find Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul listed, because he doesn't appear likely to play this weekend (and we're not betting on the Giants advancing). Falcons OLB Vic Beasley is dealing with a shoulder injury but looks like he plans to play through it. The bye week should help with that.

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