Playoff Cheat Sheet: Positional Rankings for Postseason Drafts
Playoff Cheat Sheet: Positional Rankings for Postseason Drafts
This list is geared toward playoff leagues with PPR fantasy scoring (4/6, 20/10) and that draft only once before the playoffs and count all scoring through the Super Bowl. So it's a mix of per-game production and the number of projected games for a given team.

For non-PPR rankings, not much changes. You could bump up Jordan Howard over Tarik Cohen, for example, but it's hard to think of anyone else who makes a significant move.

For postseason rankings for the upcoming week, check out Jeff Erickson's Weekly Rankings.

QBWRTE
Patrick MahomesMichael ThomasTravis Kelce
Drew BreesTyreek HillRob Gronkowski
Jared GoffDeAndre HopkinsZach Ertz
Tom BradyBrandin CooksTrey Burton
Deshaun WatsonRobert WoodsEric Ebron
Dak PrescottJulian EdelmanBlake Jarwin
Lamar JacksonAmari CooperGerald Everett
Andrew LuckT.Y. HiltonTyler Higbee
Russell WilsonKeenan AllenMark Andrews
Mitchell TrubiskyTed GinnBen Watson
Philip RiversTyler LockettJosh Hill
Nick Foles*Doug BaldwinRyan Griffin
Nate SudfeldAllen RobinsonAntonio Gates
RBJosh ReynoldsHunter Henry*
Alvin KamaraMike WilliamsHayden Hurst
Ezekiel ElliottTyrell WilliamsDallas Goedert
Todd Gurley*Chris ConleyDalton Schultz
Mark IngramDemarcus RobinsonJordan Akins
Melvin Gordon*Michael CrabtreeNick Vannett
Sony MichelCole BeasleyEd Dickson
Damien WilliamsMichael GallupDemetrius Harris
James WhiteJohn BrownJordan Thomas
Marlon MackDeAndre CarterNick Boyle
Chris CarsonAlshon JefferyMo Alie-Cox
Tarik CohenDontrelle InmanVirgil Green
Kenneth DixonWillie SneadAdam Shaheen
Gus EdwardsKelvin BenjaminRyan Hewitt
Spencer Ware*Taylor Gabriel*K
C.J. AndersonNelson AgholorWil Lutz
Jordan HowardPhillip DorsettGreg Zuerlein
Lamar MillerTre'Quan SmithHarrison Butker
Rex BurkheadTravis BenjaminStephen Gostkowski
Austin EkelerCordarrelle Patterson*Justin Tucker
Nyheim HinesKeith KirkwoodMichael Badgley
Josh AdamsChester RogersKa'imi Fairbairn
Mike DavisAnthony Miller*Cody Parkey
Rashaad PennyChris HoganBrett Maher
Alfred BlueGolden TateSebastian Janikowski
Wendell SmallwoodRyan GrantAdam Vinatieri
Darren SprolesDavid MooreJake Elliott
Justin JacksonSammy Watkins*D
Charcandrick WestZach PascalSaints
D'Onta ForemanChris MooreRams
Rod SmithKeke Coutee*Bears
Jordan WilkinsVyncint SmithChiefs
Ty MontgomeryMike Wallace*Ravens
John KellyJordan MatthewsPatriots
Dwayne WashingtonJaron BrownChargers
Darrel WilliamsTavon AustinCowboys
Taquan MizzellJosh BellamySeahawks
James DevelinAllen HurnsTexans
Zach LineKevin WhiteColts
Detrez NewsomeKhaDarel HodgeEagles

*check status

Notes:

These playoffs are more wide open than usual, so the key to your playoff draft will be stacking particular teams, virtually any of whom could go on a run this year.

Quarterback was the hardest position to rank as Watson through Trubisky could be listed in any order. It felt odd having Trubisky as the 10th QB, given the Bears are the biggest Wild Card weekend favorite, but even if Nick Foles isn't seriously hurt (and he might be), the Bears could win without Trubisky doing much. Put differently, the upside for Watson, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Andrew Luck seems higher, even though Trubisky put up big fantasy numbers earlier in the year. But I could be wrong about that, so order those however you like.

Running back was only tricky because of the injuries. Todd Gurley and Spencer Ware should be back, but at what capacity, and to what extent would Ware displace Damien Williams? Melvin Gordon is also hurt, though the Chargers deemed his injury minor.

The receivers were clearer cut for me, but it's interesting how many superstars (Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham) are missing from the playoffs. I could see an argument for taking Cooks/Woods over Hopkins given projected games, but if Hopkins gets even two, that could be a huge mistake, and the Rams are hardly guaranteed to beat a game Bears, Cowboys or Seahawks squad.

Tight end was a disaster - consider that the hobbled carcass of Gronk is still the No. 2 player on the board. There is only one good option, and drafting Kelce would give you a huge leg up.

 

 

Kicker and defense largely track the current Super Bowl futures odds, though I adjusted kicker somewhat for skill. There's no way I can put Parkey above Tucker even though the Bears are +1000 and the Ravens +2000 to win the Super Bowl, respectively.

Keep in mind these rankings were created Monday morning after Week 17, so check back for injury updates on players like Gurley, Gordon, Ware, etc.

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