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Full-Playoffs Rankings (Divisional Round edition)

By Draft Sharks Staff 1:40pm EST 1/18/22


Well, the Dallas Cowboys kept the Wild Card Round from adhering to the seeds.

So now we come to the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs with the AFC's top 4 seeds alive and the 6th-seeded San Francisco 49ers joining seeds 1, 2 and 4 in the NFC.

This weekend's schedule goes:

#3 Cincinnati Bengals at #1 Tennessee Titans, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET
#6 San Francisco 49ers at #1 Green Bay Packers, Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET
#4 Los Angeles Rams at #2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday at 3 p.m. ET
#3 Buffalo Bills at #2 Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET

All the top seeds are favored in this round, with the current 2-point line in Bills-Chiefs the closest. We began the playoffs liking the chances of the Bills playing 4 games. And we're sticking with that even after Patrick Mahomes and crew brutalized the Steelers. Buffalo (arguably) looked even better in dismantling the rival Patriots, despite the frigid temps.

Below, you'll find updated rankings for full-playoff drafting. Of course, the key to winning most formats still operating is not to just follow ranks and select the "best" players. You'll want to stack even more than in regular-season tournaments, because winning matters. You'll also want to be flexible within each draft, in case your desired stack becomes impossible.

You don't need to abandon Mahomes, for example, just because Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are off the board. But you'll want to try to secure players such as Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson -- perhaps even RB Jerick McKinnon after the way Sunday night's game went. And if you do draft Mahomes -- or another AFC QB -- stack some NFC teammates to try to maximize your Super Bowl exposure.

Of course, the specific strategies can differ by format. And the way you approach your team stacks can be affected by how many teams you're drafting. (The more entries you have, the more you can play around with team builds.)

Finally, if you're playing in a format such as the large-field Underdog tourneys, don't underestimate the importance of late sleepers. If you make it to the championship round of that competition, you'll likely be facing plenty of other lineups with the same star players you have. Stealing a TD from a late-rounder such as Packers WR Randall Cobb or Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders could be the difference.


Top 50 Overall

  1. Davante Adams, WR, Packers
  2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Bills
  3. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers
  4. Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
  5. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
  6. Josh Allen, QB, Bills
  7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
  8. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
  9. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Bengals
  10. Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals
  11. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
  12. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
  13. Leonard Fournette, RB, Bucs
  14. Mike Evans, WR, Bucs
  15. Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
  16. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Bucs
  17. Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
  18. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs
  19. Tom Brady, QB, Bucs
  20. A.J. Dillon, RB, Packers
  21. A.J. Brown, WR, Titans
  22. Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
  23. Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills
  24. Sony Michel, RB, Rams
  25. Dawson Knox, TE, Bills
  26. Odell Beckham, WR, Rams
  27. Allen Lazard, WR, Packers
  28. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers
  29. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Chiefs
  30. Eli Mitchell, RB, 49ers
  31. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs
  32. Darrel Williams, RB, Chiefs
  33. Matt Stafford, QB, Rams
  34. Cole Beasley, WR, Bills
  35. Van Jefferson, WR, Rams
  36. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers
  37. Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
  38. Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams
  39. George Kittle, TE, 49ers
  40. Byron Pringle, WR, Chiefs
  41. Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs
  42. Julio Jones, WR, Titans
  43. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Bills
  44. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
  45. Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Bills
  46. Breshad Perriman, WR, Bucs
  47. Tyler Johnson, WR, Bucs
  48. Cyril Grayson, WR, Bucs
  49. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Titans
  50. Sony Michel, RB, Rams


QBs

  1. Josh Allen, Bills
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  3. Joe Burrow, Bengals
  4. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  5. Tom Brady, Bucs
  6. Matt Stafford, Rams
  7. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  8. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers


RBs

  1. Aaron Jones, Packers
  2. Devin Singletary, Bills
  3. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  4. Derrick Henry, Titans
  5. Leonard Fournette, Bucs
  6. A.J. Dillon, Packers
  7. Cam Akers, Rams
  8. Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
  9. Eli Mitchell, 49ers
  10. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs
  11. Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  12. D’Onta Foreman, Titans
  13. Sony Michel, Rams
  14. Zack Moss, Bills
  15. Ronald Jones, Bucs
  16. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Bucs
  17. Le’Veon Bell, Bucs
  18. Dontrell Hilliard, Titans
  19. Samaje Perine, Bengals
  20. JaMycal Hasty, 49ers
  21. Darrell Henderson, Rams


WRs

  1. Davante Adams, Packers
  2. Stefon Diggs, Bills
  3. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  4. Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
  5. Tee Higgins, Bengals
  6. Mike Evans, Bucs
  7. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  8. A.J. Brown, Titans
  9. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
  10. Gabriel Davis, Bills
  11. Odell Beckham, Rams
  12. Allen Lazard, Packers
  13. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  14. Cole Beasley, Bills
  15. Van Jefferson, Rams
  16. Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
  17. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  18. Byron Pringle, Chiefs
  19. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  20. Julio Jones, Titans
  21. Emmanuel Sanders, Bills
  22. Randall Cobb, Packers
  23. Isaiah McKenzie, Bills
  24. Breshad Perriman, Bucs
  25. Tyler Johnson, Bucs
  26. Cyril Grayson, Bucs
  27. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
  28. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Titans
  29. Jauan Jennings, 49ers


TEs

  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. Rob Gronkowski, Bucs
  3. Dawson Knox, Bills
  4. Tyler Higbee, Rams
  5. George Kittle, 49ers
  6. C.J. Uzomah, Bengals
  7. Josiah Deguara, Packers
  8. Cameron Brate, Bucs
  9. Anthony Firkser, Titans
  10. Geoff Swaim, Titans


Ks

  1. Tyler Bass, Bills
  2. Mason Crosby, Packers
  3. Evan McPherson, Bengals
  4. Harrison Butker, Chiefs
  5. Ryan Succop, Bucs
  6. Matt Gay, Rams
  7. Randy Bullock, Titans
  8. Robbie Gould, 49ers


DSTs

  1. Bills
  2. Packers
  3. Bengals
  4. Chiefs
  5. Bucs
  6. Titans
  7. Rams
  8. 49ers

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