DRAFT Rankings for NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round

DRAFT Rankings for NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round
Rank Player POS TEAM Notes
1 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL No need to overthink this one. Zeke will be carrying the ball as much, if not more, than he carries the Cowboys hopes of seeing Round 2.
2 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU Nevermind the injury report, Nuk will play in this one, and he will see plenty of targets against an Indy defense he torched for 205 yards and two TDs in two meetings.
3 Melvin Gordon RB LAC Since Week 10 (their bye), the Ravens have not allowed 30 points of offense and have only given up 20+ three times. There just aren’t a lot of points in this game, even if he’s healthy.
4 Chris Carson RB DAL Carson loses the overall talent battle with Gordon, and Seattle could change RB’s at a moment’s notice. He’s looking at 20 carries and almost nothing in the passing game.
5 Marlon Mack RB IND Like most of the backs this week, Mack is a one-trick pony who doesn’t see enough of the passing game to hit much of a ceiling. 20+ carries keeps him in the RB1 argument this week.
6 Jordan Howard RB CHI Finally started getting regular carries as the season wore on. Expect a conservative offense if the Bears get the lead, which means a great game-script for Howard.
7 T.Y Hilton – Q WR IND He had 314 yards through the air against the Texans this season. Injury questions are the only downside to his game this week. I have him ranked as if he was healthy, so watch the injury report.
8 Andrew Luck QB IND He had 863 yards(!) of passing against the Texans in two games this year to go with 6 TDs and one INT. I’m be aggressive with QB this week and Luck is my QB1 target, hands down.
9 Deshaun Watson QB HOU Solid numbers against the Colts, this season (642 passing yds., three TDs, one INT), but nowhere near Luck’s numbers in these matchups. I definitely want a QB from this game, though.
10 Russell Wilson QB SEA Not the best spot this week against a sturdy Cowboys pass defense, but it’s hard to pass up on playoff Russ against a Dallas team familiar with the Heimlich Maneuver come playoff time.
11 Lamar Jackson QB BAL Rookie QB, so we’re in uncharted waters with him not just because of the lack of experience, but also because he is still growing into the offense. Solid running game, ‘meh’ passing game.
12 Dak Prescott QB DAL I don’t trust Dak in the playoffs and he struggles against zone coverage, but his mobility will always keep him higher on fantasy lists than real-life football ones.
13 Alshon Jeffery WR PHI Extremely efficient in the last three games (16 rec. on 18 targets). His chemistry with Foles puts him in the race for high-end WR2 to start the playoffs.
14 Mitch Trubisky QB CHI The Bears offense has been more conservative since their playoff picture cleared up. Expect an uptick in passes against a depleted Eagles secondary as the Bears attack the Eagles weak defense.
15 Keenan Allen WR LAC The hardest WR to rank in the NFL this week because of his single-digit floor and the ice-cold Chargers offense. Faces an uphill battle against the Ravens.
16 Zach Ertz TE PHI Has cooled off considerably in the last few weeks but is still an elite target for a TE in the playoffs. He’s ranked because of his potential to produce an outlier game against a tough Bears D.
17 Tarik Cohen RB CHI My go-to RB2 and late-swap option most of this season. Has plenty of upside now that the playoffs are under way and the playbooks start to open up. Should be a weapon in the passing game.
18 Eric Ebron TE IND Has been a target sponge for Luck when healthy and he’s in good shape heading into the playoffs. Two TDs on the season against the Texans, so lock him into the second reciever slot.
19 Nelson Agholor WR PHI A little bit better in the fantasy points department than Alshon Jeffery but has been the beneficiary of more TDs since Foles became the starter. Could slip into a tertiary role in the playoffs.
20 Amari Cooper WR DAL The receiver position is weak for the first round of the playoffs, so Amari gets a bump because of his ceiling potential. He’s been all-or-nothing for the Cowboys since coming over from the Raiders.
21 Doug Baldwin – Q WR SEA Would be easier to rank higher if he were healthy, but he’s had a roller-coaster of production this year even when good to go. You can sneak him in as a late-swap with upside late in drafts.
22 Tyler Lockett WR SEA The Seahawks deep threat needs to be efficient to have any value because he sees about five passes a game. Ten TDs on the year, so the upside is there even if it seems like a crapshoot.
23 Allen Robinson – Q WR CHI Questionable but expected to play through a rib injury. That injury potential keeps his availability low considering he’s a nominal WR1 up against a bad secondary. A good late WR2 option.
24 Nick Foles QB PHI The Bears defense is a pretty big obstacle to Foles having a big fantasy week, but the Eagles secondary could make things interesting if Trubisky can capitalize on them.
25 Mike Williams WR LAC Might be the best chance at fantasy production among the Chargers WRs. Has three TDs in the last three games, so he has big-play upside.
26 Nyheim Hines RB IND The Colts will be throwing and that leaves Hines as a solid RB2 option in deep leagues. Low floor, but he has a 15-point ceiling in a potential shootout.
27 Lamar Miller RB HOU Not a lot of upside for a running back in a high-powered offense that should be playing with a lead. Not involved in the passing game and now has a healthy Donta Forman to deal with.
28 Gus Edwards RB BAL The only issue for Gus as a RB2 option this week is that he lacks TD upside and isn’t involved in the passing game. He has a 10-point floor, and even that could dip if the Ravens throw more.
29 Darren Sproles RB PHI Sproles has been catching passes out of the backfield since WW2 (at least it seems that way). Could be a sneaky late option that isn’t being drafted very aggressively at all, considering his potential.
30 Philip Rivers QB LAC A terrible spot for a QB that has struggled mightily the last two weeks (single digit fantasy production in big games, yikes).

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