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Playoff Rankings

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


The 1st step to winning your playoff-long fantasy league is nailing who will advance in each round and eventually meet in the Super Bowl. More games = more fantasy points.

To help with that, let’s turn to Vegas. Here are the current odds for each team to reach the Super Bowl (courtesy of the DraftKings sportsbook):


AFC:

Ravens -110

Chiefs +200

Patriots +650

Texans +2000

Titans +2500

Bills +2800


NFC:

49ers +150

Saints +240

Packers +400

Eagles +1200

Seahawks +1200

Vikings +1600


The #1 seeds in both conferences are the favorites to reach the Super Bowl. But the Chiefs and Saints aren’t far behind. We’d recommend basing your playoff picks on some combination of those 4 teams meeting in Miami on February 2.

The rankings below are based on a Ravens-Saints Super Bowl.

We’re not betting against the Ravens at home, where they went 7-1 and out-scored their opponents 239 to 149 this year.

The NFC feels like a dead heat between the upstart ‘Niners and the seasoned Saints. We’re leaning toward the experience of HC Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees, though. And the reward for correctly picking the Saints as the NFC champion is amplified because you’ll get 4 games out of their players.

The 2nd step to winning your playoff league is choosing the right players based on matchups. The charts below show where each defense ranked vs. each position in Adjusted Fantasy Points allowed through 16 weeks. The higher the number, the worse that defense fared defending that position.


AFC


NFC


The rankings below are based on half-PPR scoring and that Ravens-Saints Super Bowl matchup. If your scoring is different, or you’re projecting a different Super Bowl, make the necessary adjustments to the rankings.

And, as always, feel free to email us questions at info@draftsharks.com.


Top 50 Overall

  1. Michael Thomas
  2. Alvin Kamara
  3. Lamar Jackson
  4. Drew Brees
  5. Tyreek Hill
  6. George Kittle
  7. Travis Kelce
  8. Mark Ingram (questionable, calf)
  9. Damien Williams
  10. Raheem Mostert
  11. Julian Edelman
  12. Patrick Mahomes
  13. Jared Cook
  14. Mark Andrews
  15. Devin Singletary
  16. Sony Michel
  17. D.K. Metcalf
  18. DeAndre Hopkins
  19. John Brown
  20. Aaron Jones
  21. Derrick Henry
  22. Deebo Samuel
  23. Tyler Lockett
  24. Dallas Goedert
  25. Dalvin Cook
  26. Latavius Murray
  27. Jimmy Garoppolo
  28. Davante Adams
  29. Marquise Brown
  30. Emmanuel Sanders
  31. Miles Sanders
  32. James White
  33. Carlos Hyde
  34. Cole Beasley
  35. Stefon Diggs
  36. Adam Thielen
  37. A.J. Brown
  38. Russell Wilson
  39. Josh Allen
  40. Tom Brady
  41. Jacob Hollister
  42. Travis Homer
  43. Rex Burkhead
  44. Tre’Quan Smith
  45. Sammy Watkins
  46. Deshaun Watson
  47. Carson Wentz
  48. Marshawn Lynch
  49. Zach Ertz (questionable, rib/kidney)
  50. Jonnu Smith


QBs

  1. Lamar Jackson
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Patrick Mahomes
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo
  5. Russell Wilson
  6. Josh Allen
  7. Tom Brady
  8. Deshaun Watson
  9. Carson Wentz
  10. Aaron Rodgers
  11. Ryan Tannehill
  12. Kirk Cousins


RBs

  1. Alvin Kamara
  2. Mark Ingram (questionable, calf)
  3. Damien Williams
  4. Raheem Mostert
  5. Devin Singletary
  6. Sony Michel
  7. Aaron Jones
  8. Derrick Henry
  9. Dalvin Cook
  10. Latavius Murray
  11. Miles Sanders
  12. James White
  13. Carlos Hyde
  14. Travis Homer
  15. Rex Burkhead
  16. Marshawn Lynch
  17. Boston Scott
  18. Jamaal Williams (questionable, shoulder)
  19. Gus Edwards
  20. Tevin Coleman
  21. Matt Breida
  22. Duke Johnson
  23. LeSean McCoy
  24. Darwin Thompson
  25. Jordan Howard
  26. Justice Hill
  27. Alexander Mattison
  28. Frank Gore
  29. Dion Lewis
  30. Mike Boone


WRs

  1. Michael Thomas
  2. Tyreek Hill
  3. Julian Edelman
  4. D.K. Metcalf
  5. DeAndre Hopkins
  6. John Brown
  7. Deebo Samuel
  8. Tyler Lockett
  9. Davante Adams
  10. Marquise Brown
  11. Emmanuel Sanders
  12. Cole Beasley
  13. Stefon Diggs
  14. Adam Thielen
  15. A.J. Brown
  16. Tre’Quan Smith
  17. Sammy Watkins
  18. Kenny Stills
  19. Ted Ginn
  20. N’Keal Harry
  21. Mohamed Sanu
  22. Greg Ward
  23. Will Fuller (questionable, groin)
  24. Mecole Hardman
  25. Demarcus Robinson
  26. Kendrick Bourne
  27. Allen Lazard
  28. Willie Snead
  29. Corey Davis
  30. David Moore
  31. Phillip Dorsett
  32. Geronimo Allison


TEs

  1. George Kittle
  2. Travis Kelce
  3. Jared Cook
  4. Mark Andrews
  5. Dallas Goedert
  6. Jacob Hollister
  7. Zach Ertz (questionable, rib/kidney)
  8. Jonnu Smith
  9. Kyle Rudolph
  10. Hayden Hurst
  11. Dawson Knox
  12. Darren Fells
  13. Jordan Akins
  14. Ben Watson
  15. Matt LaCosse
  16. Jimmy Graham
  17. Irv Smith


Ks

  1. Wil Lutz
  2. Justin Tucker
  3. Harrison Butker
  4. Robbie Gould
  5. Nick Folk
  6. Jason Myers
  7. Stephen Hauschka
  8. Jake Elliott
  9. Ka’imi Fairbairn
  10. Mason Crosby
  11. Dan Bailey
  12. Greg Joseph


DSTs

  1. Ravens
  2. Saints
  3. 49ers
  4. Patriots
  5. Chiefs
  6. Bills
  7. Seahawks
  8. Texans
  9. Eagles
  10. Packers
  11. Vikings
  12. Titans
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Alex Korff, Product Manager
Alex is an engineer by trade and focuses a lot on the game theory and the “value” of players. He spends most of his time in spreadsheets and building new fantasy football tools.
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