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NFL Playoffs Fantasy Football Rankings

By Alex Korff | Updated on Tue, 23 May 2023 . 1:27 PM EDT

    

Playoff-long fantasy leagues are as much about picking the right teams as the right players. More games mean more fantasy points, so figuring out who will advance is key.

That presents a challenge this year because the tournament appears wide open. There isn’t a clear favorite in the AFC. The NFC features arguably the 3 best teams in the NFL in the Panthers, Cardinals and Seahawks.

Vegas pegs 6 teams — half the field — with Super Bowl odds between 9/2 and 7/1. Here are the full odds as of January 5:

Arizona 9/2

New England 9/2

Carolina 5/1

Denver 6/1

Seattle 6/1

Pittsburgh 7/1

Kansas City 24/1

Cincinnati 25/1

Green Bay 35/1

Minnesota 35/1

Washington 38/1

Houston 75/1

We like the Patriots, with the best combination of QB and defense, to emerge from the AFC. The NFC might come down to the 2 teams from the West division. Considering the Seahawks have a shot to play 4 games, we’re giving them the nod in the rankings.

These are for .5 PPR scoring. If you have specific questions about full PPR, non-PPR or anything else, feel free to shoot us an email at info@draftsharks.com.


QBs

1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Wilson and the Seahawks must win 3 road games – including 1 at Carolina – to reach Super Bowl 50. But they enter the postseason on fire, winning 6 of their last 7 games by a margin of 207-75. Wilson’s reached the Super Bowl twice over his first 3 seasons, while he also enters a Wild Card date with Minnesota with 25 scores over the last 7 weeks.

2. Tom Brady, Patriots

Brady suffered a sprained ankle last week in Miami. He’ll certainly play in the Divisional Round, but the Pats desperately need Julian Edelman and a couple of key pieces along the O-line to get healthy. That’s where the Pats’ bye week comes in handy. We see them representing the not-so-daunting AFC in the Super Bowl, and 3 games from Brady provides plenty of upside.

3. Carson Palmer, Cardinals

You shouldn’t be discouraged by Palmer’s dud in the season finale. A rematch with Seattle wouldn’t come until the NFC Championship game. And of course, Palmer just wrapped up his best season as a pro. The 36-year-old set career highs in yards (4,671), TDs (35) and QB rating (104.6). We like Seattle to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50, but Arizona checks in as a close 2nd.

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Big Ben hasn’t looked sharp in recent weeks – he’s turned it over 6 times since Week 15 – but there’s still obvious upside here. Roethlisberger ended the regular season with 8 games over 300 yards and 6 with 2+ TDs. Not bad for a guy who missed 4 games (and parts of others) due to injury. Despite poor fantasy numbers vs. the Bengals this season – 1 TD vs. 4 picks – his last outing against them (in Cincinnati) produced a 76.9% completion rate. Plus, Pittsburgh’s loaded offense gives them a legit chance to reach the Super Bowl.

5. Cam Newton, Panthers

If Seattle gets past Minnesota – as we expect – Newton will face a brutal test in the Divisional Round. Earlier this year, the Seahawks limited him to 269 yards, 1 score and 2 picks on 20 of 36 passing (55.5%). While he added a rushing score, the projected draw for Carolina gives fantasy’s #1 regular season QB some obvious postseason risk.

6. Alex Smith, Chiefs

We like Smith simply because he’s a decent bet to play 2 games. Sure, he carries some rushing upside (32 yards per game on the year), but the low passing volume makes him reliant on reaching the end zone. While he’s tossed 2 TD passes in 2 straight, Smith hasn’t topped 25 pass attempts since Week 12.

7. Peyton Manning, Broncos

We fully expect Manning to get the starting nod after relieving a turnover-prone Brock Osweiler in Week 17. Manning didn’t light up Mile High, but he looked healthy and helped guide Denver to a 1st-round bye. Still, there’s a lot of unknown regarding Manning’s arm strength and decision-making (he finished 2nd in INTs despite only 331 attempts).

8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Rodgers has been a major disapppointment for most of the season. He’s tossed more than 2 TD passes just once over his last 13 games. And over his last 3, he’s notched 3 total scores. The good news is that he draws the “easiest” Round 1 matchup, as he’ll travel to take on a burnable Washington secondary. We’d just bet against the former Super Bowl MVP playing more than 2 games.

9. Kirk Cousins, Redskins

Here are Cousins’ stat lines over his last 4: 300-1, 319-4, 365-4 and 176-3. Cousins managed to assemble those final numbers while playing only 1 half vs. Dallas. He’s certainly among the hottest QBs in football, but a matchup with Green Bay means he’ll face a unit that allows the 6th fewest yards per outing. And we’ll see if they can get top CB Sam Shields (concussion) back in uniform. Either way, Cousins looks like a below-average option given the small chance he makes a deep run.

10. A.J. McCarron, Bengals

McCarron completed 22 of 33 passes for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 2 picks against the Steelers in relief of Andy Dalton in Week 14. We expect the Steelers to pull out a win, though, while Dalton might be ready to return for the Division Round if Cincinnati manages to advance.

11. Brian Hoyer, Texans

Hoyer exceeded expectations this season, but he draws a brutal opening round matchup against a much-improved Kansas City pass D. Even if Houston advances to Round 2, we’d be shocked if they topple Denver or New England.

12. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings

The Vikings’ prize for beating the Packers in Week 17 is a date with Seattle. Likely to be one-and-done, Bridgewater doesn’t carry much upside into the postseason. The 2nd-year QB has tossed more than 1 TD pass just once over his last 10 games.


RBs

1. David Johnson, Cardinals

As the lead back over the final 5 weeks of the regular season, Johnson averaged 88 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards and 1 TD per game. That’s a 16-game pace of 2,096 total yards and 16 TDs that would have made him fantasy’s #1 RB. If Seattle knocks off Minnesota, Johnson will open the postseason against either the Redskins or Packers, who rank 14th and 12th, respectively, in fantasy points allowed to RBs.

2. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

If you’re on board with Seattle getting 4 games — or even 3 — Lynch is the type of pick who could win you a playoff league. There’s certainly risk in a guy who hasn’t played since mid-November. But that could also equip Lynch with fresh legs. He’s averaged 103 total yards and .9 TDs per game in 10 career postseason outings.

3. James White, Patriots

The fact that White sits this high says more about the playoff RB landscape than White’s projection. He averaged 4.6 catches, 50 receiving yards and .6 receiving TDs over the final 7 games. But he totaled just 14 carries for 36 yards during that stretch. Move him down 3-4 spots in non-PPR leagues. Move him down farther if you don’t expect the Patriots to win the AFC.

4. C.J. Anderson, Broncos

Anderson averaged a stout 6.4 yards per carry in 9 games following Denver’s Week 7 bye. Unfortunately, he reached double-digit carries in just 4 of those outings and was out-carried by Ronnie Hillman 129 to 85 in games they both played. Anderson should be Denver’s lead back in the postseason, but Hillman isn’t going away.

5. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos

While C.J. Anderson averaged 6.4 yards per carry after the Week 7 bye, Hillman mustered just 3.8. He averaged 14.1 carries and 1.8 catches in those 10 games, though. That could make him a strong fantasy choice if you think Denver gets 2 or 3 games.

6. Eddie Lacy, Packers

Lacy topped 85 yards in 4 of his final 7 games but was held under 45 in the other 3. He’s 1 of the toughest guys to project heading into the playoffs. He’ll open against a Redskins defense that finished 18th in fantasy points allowed to RBs and yielded 4.7 yards per carry.

7. Adrian Peterson, Vikings

AP is a good (albeit scary) fade in playoff leagues. He cooled off down the stretch, topping 3.5 yards per carry in just 1 of his final 5 games. That stretch started with an 8-carry, 18-yard outing against his 1st-round opponent, the Seahawks.

8. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

Stewart should be over his foot injury when Carolina opens its postseason schedule in 2 weeks. The problem is he could very well draw the Seahawks, who finished 1st in fantasy points allowed to RBs. A win there would likely bring the Cardinals, who ranked 8th. Nudge Stewart up 4-5 spots if you like the Panthers to reach the Super Bowl.

9. Charcandrick West, Chiefs

West found himself back in a committee backfield last week, getting out-carried 16 to 13 by Spencer Ware. West has still reached double-digit carries in 4 straight, though, and remains the primary pass-catching back. He gets the nod over Ware in PPR formats.

10. Spencer Ware, Chiefs

Over his rib injury, Ware carried 16 times for 76 yards and a TD in the regular-season finale. He’s now scored in 4 of the 5 games in which he’s seen more than 5 carries this year. Ware will remain in a timeshare with Charcandrick West, but his goal-line role makes him the better bet in non-PPR playoff leagues.

11. Jeremy Hill, Bengals

Hill could arguably be among the top 5 RBs if you believe the Bengals will knock off the Steelers in Round 1. He’s carried 16+ times in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games, averaging 65 yards and .7 TDs over that span. But Pittsburgh finished 3rd in fantasy points allowed to RBs and could send the Dalton-less Bengals home early.

12. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers

Pittsburgh might need to knock off the Bengals for Williams to take the field this postseason. He only has an “outside chance” to play in the Wild Card Round, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Williams would presumably be ready the following week, though, and the Steelers have the firepower to make a deep run. Williams averaged 125 total yards and 1.1 TDs in his last 7 full games.

13. Steven Jackson, Patriots

Steve Jax carried 7 and 14 times, respectively, in 2 regular-season games with the Patriots. He mustered just 2.4 yards per carry but still looks like the team’s top “big back” heading into the playoffs. Jackson is a sneaky bet for a few scores if New England reaches the Super Bowl.

14. Alfred Morris, Redskins

Matt Jones suffered a setback with his hip injury in practice last week and seems iffy for Sunday’s opener against the Packers. Morris closed the regular season with 50 carries for 233 yards (4.7 YPC) over the final 3 games. Green Bay yielded 4.2 yards per carry to RBs during that same stretch.

15. James Starks, Packers

Starks’ volume has been a bit more predictable than Eddie Lacy’s lately. He’s totaled between 11 and 15 touches in 5 of his last 6 games, with 3+ catches in 4 of those. His role in the postseason will likely hinge on Lacy’s performance. But with Green Bay looking unready to make a deep run, Starks’ upside is limited.

16. Gio Bernard, Bengals

Cincinnati leaned on Jeremy Hill down the stretch. Bernard topped 12 touches in just 1 of the final 6 games. In 2 games against the Steelers, his 1st-round opponent, he totaled 101 scoreless yards.

17. Matt Jones, Redskins

We’ll see if Jones is ready for this weekend after missing the final 2 regular-season games with a hip injury. He totaled 46 carries over the previous 3 games but averaged just 3.0 yards per carry.

18. Brandon Bolden, Patriots

Bolden appears 2nd in line for both running and pass-catching work in New England’s backfield heading into the playoffs. He has, however, tallied double-digit touches in 4 straight. There’s some deep-league value here if you expect New England to make a Super Bowl run.

19. Alfred Blue, Texans

Blue carried 15+ times in each of the final 3 games, reaching 20 carries and 100 yards twice. But it could be one-and-done for the Texans against a red-hot Chiefs defense that allowed just 3.6 yards per carry over the 2nd half of the season.

20. Fitzgerald Toussaint, Steelers

This is Pittsburgh’s lead back in the playoff opener if DeAngelo Williams sits with his injured ankle. Toussaint went undrafted back in 2014 after an uninspiring college career at Michigan. He’s a 5’10, 211-pounder with 4.5 speed. Toussaint would likely lose some touches to RB Jordan Todman against a solid Bengals run defense. Even in the Steelers’ high-scoring attack, there’s not much upside here.

21. Andre Ellington, Cardinals

Ellington totaled 11 touches in 2 games behind David Johnson to close out the regular season. Expect a similar workload in the playoffs. He’ll need to break a long 1 to pay the fantasy bills.

22. Mike Tolbert, Panthers

With Jonathan Stewart seemingly on track to return for the Divisional Round, Tolbert will return to the role that saw him average 3.5 carries and 1.2 catches per game. He’s a TD-or-bust pick.

23. Christine Michael, Seahawks

Assuming Marshawn Lynch is ready for the playoff opener, Michael figures to see just a handful of touches per game behind Beast Mode. He’s worth drafting as a handcuff.

24. Cameron Artis-Payne, Panthers

The rookie averaged a solid 4.6 yards per carry with Jonathan Stewart out for the final 3 weeks of the regular season. But with J-Stew expected back for Carolina’s 1st playoff game, Artis-Payne doesn’t project for more than a few touches.

25. Jonathan Grimes, Texans

Grimes scored twice in the regular-season finale … his only 2 TDs of the season. He never topped 10 touches this year and doesn’t boast much upside for a team likely to play just 1 game.

26. Jerick McKinnon, Vikings

McKinnon reminded us of his explosive ability with some big plays down the stretch. But Minnesota will ride or die with Adrian Peterson in the playoffs.


WRs

1. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks

Baldwin just finished tying for the league lead in TD catches, including a 5-94-2 line in his 1st trip to Minnesota. Now he opens the playoffs as the lead receiver for Vegas’ favorite among the non-bye teams to make the Super Bowl. That gives Seattle the best chance at playing 4 games.

2. Antonio Brown, Steelers

Brown enters the playoffs as the best fantasy WR still playing by a wide margin. Just his 2nd half included 4 games of 10+ catches, 5 of 118+ yards and 3 with 2 TDs. His more pedestrian lines in 2 meetings with Cincinnati – 7-87 and 6-47-1 – aren’t enough to knock him further down this list.

3. Julian Edelman, Patriots

When healthy, Edelman delivered the 7th most PPR points per game among wideouts this season. QB Tom Brady’s recent relative struggles show why we should expect Edelman to step right back into the #1 role, and his practice participation over the past 3 weeks has us expecting him to be ready after the bye.

4. Michael Floyd, Cardinals

Throw out Sunday’s loss to Seattle, in which Arizona pulled QB Carson Palmer before the middle of the 3rd quarter and Floyd entered at less than 100%. Floyd averaged 5.8 catches and 96.8 yards over his previous 4 contests, which didn’t even include his 7-113-2 at Seattle in Week 10. Vegas still has Arizona tied with New England as Super Bowl favorites.

5. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Even in that aforementioned Week 17 throwaway, Fitzgerald posted a decent 6-55-1 line to cap off a career-high 109 catches.

6. John Brown, Cardinals

Brown has trailed Floyd and Fitz in reception volume but scored in 3 of the season’s final 4 games. Sunday also marked the 4th time in the past 6 games that he drew at least 7 targets.

7. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

Thomas reminded us with his 72-yard catch-and-run TD Sunday why we should continue to love the player. And his 9 targets in that contest actually marked his lowest tally in 4 games. If Denver seemed a better bet to advance through the playoffs, we’d rank him higher on this list.

8. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

Lockett caught just 5 total passes for 69 yards over the past 2 games, but Sunday broke a string of 4 straight outings with 7 targets. He enters the playoffs as the #2 WR in an efficient passing game that has the best shot at playing 4 weeks.

9. Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs

Maclin has K.C.’s low pass volume and some tough matchups working against him. But he scored in each of the past 3 games and 5 of the final 6 while garnering a dominant share of QB Alex Smith’s targets. The Chiefs start with a Houston D that Football Outsiders ranks 8th in the league against the pass, but they enter as road favorites. So Maclin looks like a good bet to play at least 2 games.

10. A.J. Green, Bengals

Where to bet on the player over the team outlook is a key difference to playoff fantasy drafting, and we think this is the right spot for Green. Cincinnati’s a home underdog to a Pittsburgh team it already lost to at home this season. But Green has, at least, scored in 3 of 4 games with A.J. McCarron, including that last Pittsburgh contest. If the Bengals get through this weekend, Green might get Andy Dalton back.

11. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

Between talent, situations and recent performance, the position starts to get ugly after this. Sanders delivered receiving lines of 5-99 or better in 2 of his past 3 games, though, with TDs in 2 of those 3 games. And Vegas still gives the Broncos the AFC’s 2nd-best Super Bowl odds.

12. Danny Amendola, Patriots

Edelman should return for the Divisional Round and resume his #1 role. But New England doesn’t sport an obvious candidate to stand ahead of Amendola at #2. He caught just 3 total passes and missed a game over the past 3 weeks while dealing with knee trouble. But a healthy Amendola could spend 3 games as Tom Brady’s #2 wideout.

13. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

It’s not fair to Hopkins that he sits so low on this list, and he’s capable of putting up a big game against a Chiefs D that yielded the 9th-most WR points for the season across formats. But Hopkins enters the playoffs with Brian Hoyer as his QB on a home underdog. He also only reached 100 yards twice over the final 10 games of the regular season.

14. DeSean Jackson, Redskins

Before sitting out Sunday's meaningless finale, Jackson had scored in 4 of 6 games. His 17.6 yards per catch for the year ranked 6th among all players with at least 20 receptions. Jackson reached 4 catches just 4 times in 8 games, though, making him a boom/bust option on a team that's a coin-flip to survive Round 1.

15. James Jones, Packers

Jones' role has stabilized in recent weeks, with 4+ catches in 4 straight games and 9+ targets in 3 straight. That makes him Green Bay's top receiving option, with a decent chance at moving past Round 1. It certainly doesn't hurt that Washington presented a plus matchup for WRs during the season.

16. Randall Cobb, Packers

Cobb doesn't match Jones' fantasy upside at this point, but Sunday did at least mark the 4th time in his past 6 games that he caught at least 5 balls.

17. Martavis Bryant, Steelers

Bryant's terrible finish that included 2 straight 1-catch games, an injury and frustrating his QB knocks him down from what should be a much higher ranking. He at least retains physical and situation upside.

18. Ted Ginn, Panthers

We're guessing Ginn should be OK after the bye, given that he at least reached doubtful status in Week 17. But we're not so sure that his team will make it out of the Divisional Round. A single game that could very well come against Seattle wouldn't be too attractive. Ginn sits this high because we can't totally bet against Cam Newton.

19. Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks

Kearse has scored in 2 straight games and has the speed to break a downfield play at any time. He's a low-volume receiver in a low-volume passing game, though. This is more a bet on Seattle advancing and giving Kearse more opportunities.

20. Markus Wheaton, Steelers

Wheaton's 4 TDs over the past 6 games have pushed him closer to Bryant, who finished his season with a pair of 1-catch games and a neck strain. That's not quite enough for us to take Wheaton over his far more talented -- and more productive for most of the season -- teammate.

21. Marvin Jones, Bengals

Jones has proved serviceable with 4+ catches in 3 of 4 A.J. McCarron games, including a 6-61 line against Pittsburgh last time. Higher pass volume for the Bengals this weekend would bode ill for a run-leaning offense that's a home underdog.

22. Brandon LaFell, Patriots

LaFell blew his chance to step up for a battered Patriots pass offense over the past month. But upside remains in potentially playing 3 games with Tom Brady.

23. Pierre Garçon, Redskins

Garçon scored in 3 straight games to end the season, but that followed a 7-week no-TD streak. Sunday also marked the 5th time in 8 games the he caught 3 passes or fewer. Garcon's a low-floor, low-ceiling option on a team with a coin-flip's chance of advancing.

24. Devin Funchess, Panthers

Funchess broke out for a huge 7-120-1 in Week 17. But Ted Ginn should return for the playoffs, and that marked just the 2nd time all year Funchess caught more than 3 balls. If you're reaching this low, then taking a chance on the Panthers reaching the Super Bowl at least carries some reward potential.

25. Stefon Diggs, Vikings

Diggs fell short of 20 receiving yards in 3 of his past 4 games. The Vikings look like a poor bet for passing success, and Vegas says they’re a poor bet to get out of this weekend.

26. Davante Adams, Packers

Adams carries less reception and scoring upside than Cobb and Jones at this point, after 5 games of less than 50 yards among his past 6 and just 1 TD all season.

27. Albert Wilson, Chiefs

Wilson has caught 3+ passes in 4 straight games and 6 of his past 7. Add that his team's favored at Houston, and that makes for a decently attractive option this far down the rankings.

28. Philly Brown, Panthers

Brown hasn't caught more than 3 balls in a game all year but did, at least, see 6 targets in 3 of his past 4 contests while catching 3 in 4 straight.

29. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Steelers

DHB hasn't topped 2 receptions since Week 4. He gets a slight boost with Pittsburgh ranking 2nd among non-bye teams in Vegas' Super Bowl odds.

30. Cecil Shorts, Texans

Shorts expects to return from his hamstring injury for Saturday’s game against the Chiefs. He could see decent volume in that one if Nate Washington (hip) sits. But Shorts topped 63 yards just twice all year and isn’t a good bet to get a 2nd game.

31. Mike Wallace, Vikings

Wallace hasn't hit 50 yards in a game since Week 4, but at least he finally added his 2nd TD of the year in Week 14.

32. Nate Washington, Texans

Washington has finished 4 straight and 7 of his past 8 games with 3 catches or fewer. He’s iffy for the Wild Card Round with a hip injury.

33. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals

Sanu drew just 7 total targets over the past 3 weeks and finished just 1 of the past 10 games with more than 3 targets.

34. Jamison Crowder, Washington

Crowder enjoyed a huge game at Dallas last week but did so without DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed on the field. Before that came 6 straight games of less than 30 yards.

35. Keshawn Martin, Patriots

Martin seemed to break through for 7 catches and 68 yards in Week 16 but then regressed to just 1 reception on 2 targets in Sunday's loss to Miami. He has only topped 3 catches 1 time all year. And now Julian Edelman's coming back.

36. Jaelen Strong, Texans

The rookie's only 2 games of more than 2 targets came the past 2 weeks. Last week marked the 1st time he caught more than 2 passes, though.


TEs

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Gronk’s last 2 games produced only 6 grabs for 104 yards. Still, he’s the league’s top TE and plays for a team that looks like the AFC’s favorite to reach Super Bowl 50.

2. Greg Olsen, Panthers

A likely Round 2 matchup with Seattle means there’s a real chance Carolina doesn’t advance to the NFC Championship. Even if that’s the case, Olsen could post monster numbers against the Seahawks’ vulnerable TE defense. Back in Week 6, Olsen tallied a 7-131-1 line (11 targets) in Seattle.

3. Jordan Reed, Redskins

Reed recorded a 4-45 line in a meaningless Week 17. In 3 meaningful games before that, however, he combined for 25 grabs, 333 yards and 5 scores. Washington might not make it out of Round 1, but Reed’s massive upside means he can do 2+ games worth of damage across 60 minutes.

4. Travis Kelce, Chiefs

There’s clearly some risk in Kelce, who’s fallen short of 8 targets in 6 of his last 7 games. But he did pop off for 6-106-2 against Houston earlier in the year, and he remains a top-2 option in the Chiefs thin passing game. We just don’t expect the young TE to make it beyond the Divisional Round.

5. Tyler Eifert, Bengals

Eifert returned from a concussion last week vs. Baltimore and snagged all 4 of his targets for 51 yards and a score. He played 61% of the snaps in that matchup but should see a larger role in the postseason. The problem is that with A.J. McCarron under center, the Bengals figure to have a tough time getting by Pittsburgh.

6. Heath Miller, Steelers

Miller enters Round 1 with 23 targets and 20 catches under his belt vs. Cincinnati this season. You can’t expect that type of production to continue, but if DeAngelo Williams (ankle) can’t play, Pittsburgh might go extremely pass heavy. The Steelers clearly have the firepower to reach Super Bowl 50, so 4 games from Miller isn’t out of the question.

7. Owen Daniels, Broncos

Clearly, the Denver coaching staff has seen enough of Vernon Davis. Over the last 2 weeks, Daniels has out-snapped Davis 88-10. The starting role is nice, but Daniels still lacks upside as a plodding, short-range target.

8. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

On the plus side, Rudolph draws a Seattle defense that allowed the 10th most fantasy points to TEs this season. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on volume here, as he’s drawn 4, 6, 2, 3, and 1 targets over his last 5. And despite playing at home, the Vikings also enter this Wild Card matchup as 5.5-point underdogs.

9. Richard Rodgers, Packers

Rodgers’ 7-59 line in the season finale snapped a streak of 3 straight 1-catch outings. He’s now scored in 3 of the last 5 weeks, although those will be tough to count on given Green Bay’s continued struggles on offense. Even if the Packers defeat Washington, we’re skeptical that they’ll make a deep postseason run.

10. Luke Willson, Seahawks

Willson should slide back into the starting role if he’s cleared from his concussion. There’s not much to like here even if he gets the green light, though. The 26-year-old hasn’t caught more than 2 balls in a game this season.

11. Darren Fells, Cardinals

Fells isn’t a particularly attractive fantasy option. While Carson Palmer has played at an MVP level, his targets remain dominated by Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. Still, Fells enters the postseason with 2 games of 3 catches over the last 3 weeks. And we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Arizona represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.

12. Scott Chandler, Patriots

Injuries have helped keep Chandler off the stat sheet in 4 straight outings. But if healthy for the postseason, there’s some sneaky upside as a TD scorer whose team has a legit shot to reach Super Bowl 50. Note that Chandler scored 4 times on only 23 catches in 2015.

13. Cooper Helfet, Seahawks

With Luke Willson (concussion) out in Week 17, Helfet played 72% of the snaps. He posted a 4-42 line on 6 targets, although he watched as fellow TE Chase Coffman notched a 4-29-1 slash (5 targets). Even if Willson remains out, there’s not much upside to chase here – even if Seattle goes the distance.

14. Ryan Griffin, Texans

Griffin’s last 3 games have produced a mere 6 targets. You can safely avoid him, particularly with a brutal Round 1 matchup vs. Kansas City on tap.


Ks

1. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks

2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

3. Chandler Catanzaro, Cardinals

4. Brandon McManus, Broncos

5. Cairo Santos, Chiefs

6. Chris Boswell, Steelers

7. Graham Gano, Panthers

8. Mike Nugent, Bengals

9. Mason Crosby, Packers

10. Dustin Hopkins, Redskins

11. Blair Walsh, Vikings

12. Nick Novak, Texans


DEFs

1. Seahawks

2. Cardinals

3. Patriots

4. Broncos

5. Panthers

6. Chiefs

7. Steelers

8. Texans

9. Bengals

10. Vikings

11. Packers

12. Redskins


DLs

1. Rob Ninkovich, Patriots

2. Jabaal Sheard, Patriots

3. J.J. Watt, Texans

4. Chandler Jones, Patriots

5. Michael Bennett, Seahawks

6. Cliff Avril, Seahawks

7. Calais Campbell, Cardinals

8. Kawann Short, Panthers

9. Cameron Heyward, Steelers

10. Carlos Dunlap, Bengals

11. Geno Atkins, Bengals

12. Malik Jackson, Broncos

13. Derek Wolfe, Broncos

14. Everson Griffen, Vikings

15. Stephon Tuitt, Steelers

16. Jaye Howard, Chiefs

17. Mike Daniels, Packers

18. Brian Robison, Vikings

19. Chris Baker, Redskins

20. Michael Johnson, Bengals


LBs

1. Jamie Collins, Patriots

2. Bobby Wagner, Seahawks

3. K.J. Wright, Seahawks

4. Luke Kuechly, Panthers

5. Thomas Davis, Panthers

6. Dont’a Hightower, Patriots

7. Dwight Freeney, Cardinals

8. Danny Trevathan, Broncos

9. Von Miller, Broncos

10. Derrick Johnson, Chiefs

11. Lawrence Timmons, Steelers

12. Justin Houston, Chiefs

13. Brandon Marshall, Broncos

14. Ryan Shazier, Steelers

15. James Harrison, Steelers

16. Kevin Minter, Cardinals

17. DeMarcus Ware, Broncos

18. Eric Kendricks, Vikings

19. Jake Ryan, Packers

20. Chad Greenway, Vikings

21. Clay Matthews, Packers

22. Will Compton, Redskins

23. Jerod Mayo, Patriots

24. Brian Cushing, Texans

25. Anthony Barr, Vikings

26. Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins

27. Mason Foster, Redskins

28. Preston Smith, Redskins

29. Whitney Mercilus, Texans

30. Julius Peppers, Packers


DBs

1. Patrick Chung, Patriots

2. Deone Bucannon, Cardinals

3. Earl Thomas, Seahawks

4. Tony Jefferson, Cardinals

5. Logan Ryan, Patriots

6. Devin McCourty, Patriots

7. Kam Chancellor, Seahawks

8. Will Allen, Steelers

9. Malcolm Butler, Patriots

10. T.J. Ward, Broncos

11. Kurt Coleman, Panthers

12. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Packers

13. Dashon Goldson, Redskins

14. Morgan Burnett, Packers

15. Darian Stewart, Broncos

16. Harrison Smith, Vikings

17. Aqib Talib, Broncos

18. Bashaud Breeland, Redskins

19. Marcus Peters, Chiefs

20. Reggie Nelson, Bengals

21. Josh Norman, Panthers

22. Adam Jones, Bengals

23. Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals

24. Richard Sherman, Bengals

25. Johnathan Joseph, Texans

26. Eric Berry, Chiefs

27. Kareem Jackson, Texans

28. DeAngelo Hall, Redskins

29. Damarious Randall, Packers

30. Andrew Sendejo, Vikings


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