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Playoff Cheat Sheet: Positional Rankings for Postseason Drafts

Chris Liss

Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWIre Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.

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.

Patrick Mahomes Michael Thomas Travis Kelce
Drew Brees Tyreek Hill Rob Gronkowski
Jared Goff DeAndre Hopkins Zach Ertz
Tom Brady Brandin Cooks Trey Burton
Deshaun Watson Robert Woods Eric Ebron
Dak Prescott Julian Edelman Blake Jarwin
Lamar Jackson Amari Cooper Gerald Everett
Andrew Luck T.Y. Hilton Tyler Higbee
Russell Wilson Keenan Allen Mark Andrews
Mitchell Trubisky Ted Ginn Ben Watson
Philip Rivers Tyler Lockett Josh Hill
Nick Foles* Doug Baldwin Ryan Griffin
Nate Sudfeld Allen Robinson Antonio Gates
RB Josh Reynolds Hunter Henry*
Alvin Kamara Mike Williams Hayden Hurst
Ezekiel Elliott Tyrell Williams Dallas Goedert
Todd Gurley* Chris Conley Dalton Schultz
Mark Ingram Demarcus Robinson Jordan Akins
Melvin Gordon* Michael Crabtree Nick Vannett
Sony Michel Cole Beasley Ed Dickson
Damien Williams Michael Gallup Demetrius Harris
James White John Brown Jordan Thomas
Marlon Mack DeAndre Carter Nick Boyle
Chris Carson Alshon Jeffery Mo Alie-Cox
Tarik Cohen Dontrelle Inman Virgil Green
Kenneth Dixon Willie Snead Adam Shaheen
Gus Edwards Kelvin Benjamin Ryan Hewitt
Spencer Ware* Taylor Gabriel* K
C.J. Anderson Nelson Agholor Wil Lutz
Jordan Howard Phillip Dorsett Greg Zuerlein
Lamar Miller Tre'Quan Smith Harrison Butker
Rex Burkhead Travis Benjamin Stephen Gostkowski
Austin Ekeler Cordarrelle Patterson* Justin Tucker
Nyheim Hines Keith Kirkwood Michael Badgley
Josh Adams Chester Rogers Ka'imi Fairbairn
Mike Davis Anthony Miller* Cody Parkey
Rashaad Penny Chris Hogan Brett Maher
Alfred Blue Golden Tate Sebastian Janikowski
Wendell Smallwood Ryan Grant Adam Vinatieri
Darren Sproles David Moore Jake Elliott
Justin Jackson Sammy Watkins* D
Charcandrick West Zach Pascal Saints
D'Onta Foreman Chris Moore Rams
Rod Smith Keke Coutee* Bears
Jordan Wilkins Vyncint Smith Chiefs
Ty Montgomery Mike Wallace* Ravens
John Kelly Jordan Matthews Patriots
Dwayne Washington Jaron Brown Chargers
Darrel Williams Tavon Austin Cowboys
Taquan Mizzell Josh Bellamy Seahawks
James Develin Allen Hurns Texans
Zach Line Kevin White Colts
Detrez Newsome KhaDarel Hodge Eagles

*check status


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.