DRAFT Rankings for NFL Playoffs Divisional Round

DRAFT Rankings for NFL Playoffs Divisional Round
Rank Player POS TEAM Notes
1 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL The first pick this week is a coin flip between Zeke and Gurley, especially since RB has thinned out and will be an early need in all but H2H drafts.
2 Todd Gurley RB LAR Dallas is better against the pass than the run, so expect Gurley to have his usual bell-cow workload. I like Gurley a lot this week, but Zeke is the hotter hand.
3 Marlon Mack RB IND The Colts are giving Mack 20+ carries against a defense that can’t stop the run. He put up 22.4 fantasy points against a Texans defense last week, and it’s looking like another 20 point game is on tap.
4 Alvin Kamara RB NO The most dynamic playmaker on the Saints not named Brees, is playing against an undermanned Eagles defense. I think this matchup is too juicy to pass on.
5 Patrick Mahomes QB KC Mahomes vs. Luck is shaping up to be a wild offensive game, so I’m expecting the QBs from that game to come off of the board early.
6 Andrew Luck QB IND An easy drafting edge can be had this week by taking Luck after Mahomes is picked. This is especially effective in H2H and three-player drafts. You get a QB in a big game and you’re not taking a QB first.
7 Drew Brees QB NO Kamara gets the nod over Brees this week because of position scarcity. Otherwise Brees is in line for a very productive game against the Eagles.
8 Melvin Gordon RB LAC Has a good matchup against the Patriots lined up on paper, but it’s hard to imagine Belichick not ruining his NFL fantasy production in the playoffs.
9 Damien Williams RB KC Damien looks to have the most of the backfield touches wrapped up for this week, as Spencer Ware is still ailing and Charcandrick West has been an afterthought. He has an excellent floor this week.
10 Tyreek Hill WR KC Chiefs players will be a targeted early in every draft format. Tyreek has the highest ceiling of the position players, but the lowest floor.
11 Travis Kelce TE KC With running back being so thin this week, Kelce is the third position player for the Chiefs that I will be targeting. He’s going to need to score a TD to hit value, though.
12 Michael Thomas WR NO I think this is a good week to draft Thomas high, but it will take courage, as his floor is about five points. The upside is that he has big games and the matchup is as perfect for him as it gets.
13 T.Y Hilton – Q WR IND He’s nursing a sore ankle, so that could hurt his fantasy production, but a matchup against the Chiefs secondary is impossible to pass up. Definitely worth the late swap risk.
14 Julian Edelman WR NE He should be good for his customary 10 targets and a TD this week. Doesn’t have the ceiling of other WR’s this week, but his floor has been rock-solid.
15 Keenan Allen WR LAC He’s a random number generator disguised as an NFL player. Still, he could go off against the Pats, especially if they game plan around stopping Gordon.
16 Robert Woods WR LAR Not as talented as Cooks, but he’s been a more reliable producer, in terms of fantasy points. Facing a tough Dallas passing-D will keep the Rams WRs draft stock low.
17 James White RB NE I’m taking White over Michel because of his involvement in the passing game and in the playoffs, I expect Brady to lean on the passing-down back he trusts most.
18 Amari Cooper WR DAL Injury has taken a toll on the Rams secondary, so while Amari is a risky play, he has plenty of upside. The concern is that he hasn’t scored a TD in four weeks, which hurts his draft position.
19 Zach Ertz TE PHI The targets just haven’t been there for Zach lately, and there’s not much reason to expect them to return against a Saints defense that has been stingy to opposing TEs.
20 Brandon Cooks WR LAR Consistency has been a problem with Cooks’ fantasy production, but his ability to break big plays keeps him in the WR2 argument this week.
21 Sony Michel RB NE His lack of involvement in the passing game holds back his fantasy production too much to take him over James White. My strategy with him is to let other players take him too high.
22 Mark Ingram RB NO His carries have plummeted as the season has worn on, so he’s listed here in case of the Saints blowing out the Eagles and him getting garbage-time carries. Did I mention the RB was thin?
23 Alshon Jeffery – Q WR PHI If you’re banking on the Eagles/Saints game being a shootout, then don’t overlook the Philly receivers late in drafts. Jeffery and Tate both carry injury tags that is keeping them off of draft boards this week.
24 Golden Tate – Q WR PHI The good news is that he has developed a better relationship with his QB and finally seems to have found his place in the Eagles offense. The bad news is that he has a banged up knee.
25 Eric Ebron TE IND Excellent floor this week against the Chiefs, he’s a very desirable late-round pick for stacking the IND/KC game.
26 Dak Prescott QB DAL Gets the “running QB”-bump, which gives him a higher floor than pocket passers, and he’s still playing in a game Vegas expects to get 49.5 points.
27 Jared Goff QB LAR I have him over Big Dick Nick because the worst-case scenario for Foles is real and it is bad. Goff has a better set of offensive weapons to work with and plays on the more complete team.
28 Nick Foles QB PHI The cheap QB in an Eagles/Saints stack. He gets a pass defense that he can work with, and Vegas likes the game for 51 points… the problem is: the Saints could win 48-3 if the Foles flashes back into his pan.
29 Tom Brady QB NE In a shootout between old-timers, I’m siding with Brady. His fantasy production has been lackluster all season, but he’s been the better playoff QB throughout his career.
30 Philip Rivers QB LAC The Patriots/Chargers game is the least attractive scoring matchup, and both QBs could very well put up single digits. Getting old sucks.

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