Rich Hribar

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Complete Playoff Ranks

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Running Backs


  1. Todd Gurley (LAR)
  2. Alvin Kamara (NO)
  3. Le’Veon Bell (PIT)
  4. Mark Ingram (NO)
  5. Dion Lewis (NE)
  6. Leonard Fournette (JAC)
  7. Kareem Hunt (KC)
  8. Latavius Murray (MIN)
  9. Devonta Freeman (ATL)
  10. Jerick McKinnon (MIN)
  11. Rex Burkhead (NE)
  12. Christian McCaffrey (CAR)
  13. Tevin Coleman (LAR)
  14. Jay Ajayi (PHI)
  15. LeSean McCoy (BUF)
  16. Derrick Henry (TEN)
  17. DeMarco Murray (TEN)
  18. LeGarrette Blount (PHI)
  19. James White (NE)
  20. Jonathan Stewart (CAR)
  21. Mike Tolbert (BUF)
  22. Corey Clement (PHI)
  23. Mike Gillislee (NE)
  24. Charcandrick West (KC)
  25. Marcus Murphy (BUF)
  26. T.J. Yeldon (JAC)

 

Notes: We get the option to use the league’s highest-scoring fantasy back right out of the box with Todd Gurley and get multiple games with him. Gurley posted 144.7 yards from scrimmage per game over the final 10 games of the season… No backfield has been as good as the Saints and they start off the playoffs as home favorites. Alvin Kamara has had the highest floor of the pair as he has at least 12.7 PPR points in 11 of his 12 games played since the Adrian Peterson trade with the only game under coming when he left after one drive. Mark Ingram is the touchdown threat, but his rushing output has dipped to close the season. Ingram has posted fewer than 50-yards rushing in four of the past six games and has been out-gained by Kamara 648 to 521 over that span despite Kamara basically missing an entire game…Dion Lewis closed the season on fire -with 29 and 32 touches over the final two weeks- and is unquestionably the back to own in New England, but if Rex Burkhead is back, then Lewis' touchdown upside becomes a question again. Burkhead out-touched Lewis 7-1 inside of the 5-yard line from Weeks 10-15 prior to his injury…Leonard Fournette averaged just 3.2 yards per carry over his final seven games, but still received 22.7 touches over that span. He gets a Buffalo team that has allowed a league-high 159.2 rushing yards per game over the past nine weeks while also could draw a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed 4.9 YPC to running backs since losing Ryan Shazier…Like Fournette, Kareem Hunt should get at least two games and the Chiefs have been back to giving him the ball a ton. Prior to Week 17, Hunt tallied 28, 31 and 33 touches…Over the final eight weeks of the season, Latavius Murray led the league in rushing attempts (10) and touchdowns (six) from inside of the 5-yard line… Of the one potentially done backs, Christian McCaffrey caught 14 passes for 134 yards and touchdown over his two games versus the Saints.

 

Wide Receivers


  1. Michael Thomas (NO)
  2. Brandin Cooks (NE)
  3. Tyreek Hill (KC)
  4. Adam Thielen (MIN)
  5. Antonio Brown (PIT)
  6. Stefon Diggs (MIN)
  7. Robert Woods (LAR)
  8. JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)
  9. Chris Hogan (NE)
  10. Julio Jones (ATL)
  11. Cooper Kupp (LAR)
  12. Ted Ginn (NO)
  13. Sammy Watkins (LAR)
  14. Devin Funchess (CAR)
  15. Alshon Jeffery (PHI)
  16. Martavis Bryant (PIT)
  17. Danny Amendola (NE)
  18. Nelson Agholor (PHI)
  19. Allen Hurns (JAC)
  20. Marqise Lee (JAC)
  21. Dede Westbrook (JAC)
  22. Keelan Cole (JAC)
  23. Rishard Matthews (TEN)
  24. Mohamed Sanu (ATL)
  25. Albert Wilson (KC)
  26. Eric Decker (TEN)
  27. Kelvin Benjamin (BUF)
  28. Demarcus Robinson (KC)
  29. Torrey Smith (PHI)
  30. Russell Shepard (CAR)
  31. Brandon Coleman (NO)
  32. Corey Davis (TEN)
  33. Pharoh Cooper (LAR)
  34. Malcolm Mitchell (NE)
  35. Phillip Dorsett (NE)
  36. Kenny Britt (NE)
  37. Willie Snead (NO)
  38. Kaelin Clay (CAR)
  39. Taylor Gabriel (ATL)
  40. Justin Hardy (ATL)
  41. Deonte Thompson (BUF)
  42. Zay Jones (BUF)
  43. Darrius Heyward-Bey (PIT)
  44. Tommylee Lewis (NO)
  45. Eli Rogers (PIT)
  46. Josh Reynolds (LAR)
  47. Jarius Wright (MIN)

 

Notes: We are flying in the dark on Antonio Brown, so I tried to represent that in the rankings as much as possible. We don’t need to be scared of a potential matchup with the Jaguars as he hung a 10-157 line on 19 targets against Jacksonville in Week 5, but after missing a month of action, we won’t know how healthy he’ll be if he’s active… Marqise Lee and Chris Hogan also find themselves in similar positions potentially returning from injury, with Hogan holding the most scoring upside as he was third in the league in targets inside of the 10-yard line prior to his Week 8 injury…Speaking of the Jaguars’ wideouts, if Lee returns, that potentially leaves Keelan Cole left out with Lee reoccupying his X position, Allen Hurns in the slot and Dede Westbrook playing at flanker. Cole and Westbrook could split each other’s reps or if Lee isn’t fully healthy, Cole works in with him as he’s filled in at both Hurns’ and Lee’s positions over the end of the season, but it’s messy hashing out who to like more between Cole and Westbrook…Michael Thomas has at least five catches in 10 of his past 11 games and starts off with a Panthers team that he posted 5-56-1 and 7-87-1 lines against on the season… Tyreek Hill started the year off with wonky home/road splits, but has 75, 88 and 109 yards receiving over his past three games at Arrowhead…Adam Thielen had seven or fewer targets in four of the final five games of the regular season after having fewer than seven in just one of his first 11 games… Stefon Diggs has shown some life over that same span, catching at least five passes in each of his past four games with a touchdown in three straight, but he’s hit 70-yards receiving just once over his past 10 games… Julio Jones is the most tantalizing “one and done” options, but he has been more of a floor play for fantasy all season with just three touchdowns, so it’s hard to vault him up too greatly if we’re only expecting one game from him… if Antonio Brown remains injured, JuJu Smith-Schuster notched 15 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns in the two games he was absent…Of the Rams’ wide receivers, Cooper Kupp has the best individual draw in the opening round, but is a completely touchdown dependent option. Kupp reached double-digit PPR points just twice all season long in a game without a touchdown while Robert Woods was active while Woods reached that mark five times…You also can’t completely forget about Sammy Watkins as he’s scored in six of his past eight games despite having more than three receptions in just one of his past 12 games.

 

Tight Ends


  1. Rob Gronkowski (NE)
  2. Travis Kelce (KC)
  3. Kyle Rudolph (MIN)
  4. Zach Ertz (PHI)
  5. Delanie Walker (TEN)
  6. Greg Olsen (CAR)
  7. Charles Clay (BUF)
  8. Jesse James (PIT)
  9. Marcedes Lewis (JAC)
  10. Vance McDonald (PIT)
  11. Tyler Higbee (LAR)
  12. Josh Hill (NO)
  13. Austin Hooper (ATL)
  14. Trey Burton (PHI)

 

Notes: Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are the clear top options here and you can use Kelce right away to bridge you to Gronk in formats that follow the salary structure… After the top tier, Kyle Rudolph is the best functional option to play multiple games…The following tier has comparable to better players than Rudolph, but all have potential to give you just one game. Zach Ertz has 26.5 percent of the targets from Nick Foles, but if you’re going that route, you must sit on him for a week.

 

Kickers


  1. Stephen Gostkowski (NE)
  2. Wil Lutz (NO)
  3. Kai Forbath (MIN)
  4. Chris Boswell (PIT)
  5. Harrison Butker (KC)
  6. Sam Ficken (LAR)
  7. Josh Lambo (JAC)
  8. Graham Gano (CAR)
  9. Jake Elliott (PHI)
  10. Matt Bryant (ATL)
  11. Ryan Succop (TEN)
  12. Steven Hauschka (BUF)
 

DST


  1. Minnesota
  2. New Orleans
  3. New England
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Jacksonville
  7. Kansas City
  8. Philadelphia
  9. Atlanta
  10. Buffalo
  11. Tennessee
  12. Carolina

 

Notes:  Both the kicker and D/ST ranks follow the similar theme of the ranks to this point of trying to maximize the games at the positions. In transactions leagues, you may end taking a zero at one of these spots along the line if you’re forced to go a cheaper route, so you want to stick with the teams with longer odds to play more games over chasing an early round matchup if you can. 



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Rich Hribar is a husband, father, sports meteorologist and a slave to statistics. A lifelong sports fan and fantasy gamer. You can find him on Twitter @LordReebs.
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