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2021 fantasy football playoff rankings

Are you in a playoff fantasy football league? Here are our overall rankings to help you out.

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills makes a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quartrer at Bills Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

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. The longer a player lasts in the playoffs, the better you’ll do, so strategy takes on a different approach in playoff fantasy football.

These rankings are based on .5 PPR scoring.

Playoff predictions strategy

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:

Kansas City Chiefs (3), Green Bay Packers (3), Buffalo Bills (3), New Orleans Saints (3), Baltimore Ravens (2), Pittsburgh Steelers (2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2), Seattle Seahawks (2), Chicago Bears (1), Los Angeles Rams (1), Washington Football Team (1), Indianapolis Colts (1), Cleveland Browns (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. This season we get a bit of a wrinkle, as there are only two teams with a bye in the first round, whereas their are usually four. That puts teams like the Bills and Saints into an extra game and, if they can get to the Super Bowl, four total games.

So, do you want a possible three games from Patrick Mahomes or a possible four games from Josh Allen? The extra game might not materialize for any team if the Packers and Chiefs play in the Super Bowl, but it does give your team a lot of upside if you end up getting four games from a good chunk of your fantasy playoff team.

Non-Chiefs favorites

My favorite non-Chiefs teams to make it to the Super Bowl are the Bills, Ravens and Buccaneers. With the NFC looking like the weaker of the two conferences, the Buccaneers would be my favorite of the group to get to four games.

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:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4), Buffalo Bills (4), Kansas City Chiefs (2), New Orleans Saints (2), Baltimore Ravens (2), Pittsburgh Steelers (2), Seattle Seahawks (2), Green Bay Packers (1), Chicago Bears (1), Los Angeles Rams (1), Washington Football Team (1), Indianapolis Colts (1), Cleveland Browns (1)

If you feel like the Buccaneers and Bills don’t match up in the Super Bowl, then these rankings might not be for you. I believe you need to set yourself apart in playoff leagues and that means going out on a limb. I probably wouldn’t pick Washington to win it all, but I can see scenarios for the Bucs and Bills. I still like the Chiefs, but so will a lot of people in your league. Make a plan. Take a stand. Win or more likely get demolished.

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

Rank Player Team Pos
Rank Player Team Pos
1 Josh Allen BUF QB
2 Patrick Mahomes II KC QB
3 Tom Brady TB QB
4 Stefon Diggs BUF WR
5 Lamar Jackson BAL QB
6 Tyreek Hill KC WR
7 Alvin Kamara NO RB
8 Derrick Henry TEN RB
9 Ronald Jones II TB RB
10 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB
11 Latavius Murray NO RB
12 J.K. Dobbins BAL RB
13 Travis Kelce KC TE
14 Drew Brees NO QB
15 Zack Moss BUF RB
16 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
17 Aaron Jones GB RB
18 Michael Thomas NO WR
19 Emmanuel Sanders NO WR
20 Russell Wilson SEA QB
21 Chris Carson SEA RB
22 Chris Godwin TB WR
23 John Brown BUF WR
24 Devin Singletary BUF RB
25 Jared Cook NO TE
26 James Conner PIT RB
27 Mike Evans TB WR
28 Rob Gronkowski TB TE
29 Le'Veon Bell KC RB
30 Diontae Johnson PIT WR
31 Davante Adams GB WR
32 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR
33 Jonathan Taylor IND RB
34 Gus Edwards BAL RB
35 Antonio Brown TB WR
36 Cole Beasley BUF WR
37 Nick Chubb CLE RB
38 Marquise Brown BAL WR
39 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
40 Sammy Watkins KC WR
41 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
42 Tyler Lockett SEA WR
43 Chase Claypool PIT WR
44 David Montgomery CHI RB
45 Ryan Tannehill TEN QB
46 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR
47 Philip Rivers IND QB
48 A.J. Brown TEN WR
49 Allen Robinson II CHI WR
50 Mitchell Trubisky CHI QB
51 Terry McLaurin WAS WR
52 Leonard Fournette TB RB
53 Buffalo Bills BUF DST
54 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB DST
55 Mecole Hardman KC WR
56 Baker Mayfield CLE QB
57 Jamaal Williams GB RB
58 Robert Woods LAR WR
59 John Wolford LAR QB
60 Cam Akers LAR RB
61 Antonio Gibson WAS RB
62 Kansas City Chiefs KC DST
63 Cooper Kupp LAR WR
64 Mark Andrews BAL TE
65 Ryan Succop TB K
66 Alex Smith WAS QB
67 James Washington PIT WR
68 Kareem Hunt CLE RB
69 Dawson Knox BUF TE
70 Carlos Hyde SEA RB
71 Tyler Bass BUF K
72 New Orleans Saints NO DST
73 Harrison Butker KC K
74 Baltimore Ravens BAL DST
75 T.Y. Hilton IND WR
76 Allen Lazard GB WR
77 Darrel Williams KC RB
78 Jarvis Landry CLE WR
79 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT RB
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT RB
81 Isaiah McKenzie BUF WR
82 Justin Tucker BAL K
83 Demarcus Robinson KC WR
84 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT DST
85 Corey Davis TEN WR
86 J.D. McKissic WAS RB
87 Los Angeles Rams LAR DST
88 Gabriel Davis BUF WR
89 Eric Ebron PIT TE
90 Nyheim Hines IND RB
91 Robert Tonyan GB TE
92 Logan Thomas WAS TE
93 Rashard Higgins CLE WR
94 Darnell Mooney CHI WR
95 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR
96 Mark Ingram II BAL RB
97 Jonnu Smith TEN TE
98 Malcolm Brown LAR RB
99 Cam Sims WAS WR
100 Seattle Seahawks SEA DST
101 Josh Reynolds LAR WR
102 Miles Boykin BAL WR
103 Green Bay Packers GB DST
104 Darrynton Evans TEN RB
105 Peyton Barber WAS RB
106 AJ Dillon GB RB
107 Chicago Bears CHI DST
108 David Moore SEA WR
109 Jacob Hollister SEA TE
110 KhaDarel Hodge CLE WR
111 Ty Montgomery NO RB
112 Zach Pascal IND WR
113 Rashaad Penny SEA RB
114 Austin Hooper CLE TE
115 Jimmy Graham CHI TE
116 Wil Lutz NO K
117 Dez Bryant BAL WR
118 Washington Football Team WAS DST
119 Mason Crosby GB K
120 Cordarrelle Patterson CHI WR
121 Tennessee Titans TEN DST
122 Cleveland Browns CLE DST
123 Scotty Miller TB WR
124 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
125 Rodrigo Blankenship IND K
126 Anthony Miller CHI WR
127 Matt Gay LAR K
128 Cole Kmet CHI TE
129 Gerald Everett LAR TE
130 Jason Myers SEA K
131 Trey Burton IND TE
132 Adam Humphries TEN WR
133 Steven Sims WAS WR
134 Cairo Santos CHI K
135 Jack Doyle IND TE
136 Indianapolis Colts IND DST
137 Chris Boswell PIT K
138 Dustin Hopkins WAS K
139 Cody Parkey CLE K
140 Stephen Gostkowski TEN K
141 Jared Goff LAR QB