INJURY UPDATE Friday 4pm ET
Good news for the Eagles, as starting running back Miles Sanders declares himself ready to go against the Seahawks after getting his first practice in on Friday. If he can play his full snaps, Boston Scott takes a hit but should still see some usage as a receiver.
Nelson Agholor is out again, while Zach Ertz still hasn’t been cleared to play on Sunday. At this point it appears he will play if cleared and, of course, won’t play if he isn’t. It still seems like a long shot for him to play, but anything can happen. Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins get good boosts if he doesn’t play. Greg Ward, Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Deontay Burnett all see a modest boost as well with the limitations at wide receiver.
Will Fuller is questionable and will be a game time decision, but reports suggest he’s a long shot to play due to his groin injury. Kenny Stills will likely start opposite DeAndre Hopkins, while DeAndre Carter would potentially see a boost in targets.
Vikings DBs Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes are out, making Drew Brees’ job even easier.
Dalvin Cook will have no restrictions in his return to the field against the Saints.
There are many different ways to play fantasy football during the playoffs but if you need to choose a team for the entire playoffs and stick with those players, you need a good set of playoff rankings to help you out.
For playoff rankings, the most important aspect is accurately predicting who wins each playoff game. That, is of course, nearly impossible, but the closer you are, the better your team will likely be. If we go by the odds, these are the teams and how many games they will likely get to play:
Baltimore Ravens 3, San Francisco 49ers 3, Kansas City Chiefs 2, New Orleans Saints 3, New England Patriots 2, Seattle Seahawks 2, Houston Texans 2, Green Bay Packers 1, Philadelphia Eagles 1, Minnesota Vikings 1, Tennessee Titans 1, Buffalo Bills 1
These numbers are if the favorites win each game and we know that’s not going to happen, so to separate yourself, you’ll need to take a few risks. As it is, you want to stack up on Ravens and 49ers, but what if the Saints, who have to play in the Wild Card round, were to go all the way? That would give them four games and a distinct advantage over other players.
If you roster any players from the Wild Card round, you want to make sure it’s from a team you believe will win and have a chance to advance. The weakest team with a playoff bye is likely the Packers. They will take on either the Eagles or the Seahawks, so picking the winner of that game probably gives you a decent chance of getting three games out of their players.
Baltimore remains the favorite to win the Super Bowl and with Lamar Jackson’s upside each week, he should be the de facto No. 1 pick. But for my rankings, I’m going with the mild upset of the Saints beating the 49ers in the championship game and making it to the Super Bowl, Seattle beating the Packers and the Titans upsetting the Patriots. A Saints trip to the Super Bowl would give them four games and push Drew Brees right up there with Jackson and even make him my No. 1 pick with the extra game.
The Ravens are going to be tough to beat in Baltimore, so I’m leaning their way to make it to the Super Bowl from the AFC. But I’ll likely hedge my bets by grabbing Chiefs players as well as 49ers players. You can put all your eggs into one basket, but a few hedges are smart.
Above, I gave you the games played projections if matchups went to the favorite and here I’ll give you games played based on my likely flawed predictions:
New Orleans Saints 4, Baltimore Ravens 3, San Francisco 49ers 2, Kansas City Chiefs 2, Seattle Seahawks 2, Houston Texans 2, Tennessee Titans 2, Green Bay Packers 1, New England Patriots 1, Philadelphia Eagles 1, Minnesota Vikings 1, Buffalo Bills 1
With those numbers in mind, here are the overall playoff rankings:
Fantasy Football Divisional Round Playoff Rankings
|1||Patrick Mahomes II||KC||QB||vs CIN|
|2||Cooper Kupp||LAR||WR||vs SF|
|3||Joe Burrow||CIN||QB||@ KC|
|4||Matthew Stafford||LAR||QB||vs SF|
|5||Deebo Samuel||SF||WR||@ LAR|
|6||Joe Mixon||CIN||RB||@ KC|
|7||Tyreek Hill||KC||WR||vs CIN|
|8||Ja'Marr Chase||CIN||WR||@ KC|
|9||Jimmy Garoppolo||SF||QB||@ LAR|
|10||Travis Kelce||KC||TE||vs CIN|
|11||Elijah Mitchell||SF||RB||@ LAR|
|12||Cam Akers||LAR||RB||vs SF|
|13||Tee Higgins||CIN||WR||@ KC|
|14||George Kittle||SF||TE||@ LAR|
|15||Odell Beckham Jr.||LAR||WR||vs SF|
|16||Jerick McKinnon||KC||RB||vs CIN|
|17||Brandon Aiyuk||SF||WR||@ LAR|
|18||Tyler Boyd||CIN||WR||@ KC|
|19||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||KC||RB||vs CIN|
|20||Tyler Higbee||LAR||TE||vs SF|
|21||C.J. Uzomah||CIN||TE||@ KC|
|22||Byron Pringle||KC||WR||vs CIN|
|23||Van Jefferson||LAR||WR||vs SF|
|24||Jauan Jennings||SF||WR||@ LAR|
|25||Mecole Hardman||KC||WR||vs CIN|
|26||Sony Michel||LAR||RB||vs SF|
|27||Darrel Williams||KC||RB||vs CIN|
|28||Demarcus Robinson||KC||WR||vs CIN|
|29||Kyle Juszczyk||SF||RB||@ LAR|
|30||Samaje Perine||CIN||RB||@ KC|
|31||JaMycal Hasty||SF||RB||@ LAR|