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Playoff-Only Top 50

by John Daigle
Updated On: January 6, 2020, 8:27 am ET

Unlike season-long fantasy football lineup decisions, playoff-only leagues require projecting for the entire postseason prior to setting your lineup for kick-off of Wild Card weekend. That includes weighing which players will go deeper into the playoffs, potentially jostling their overall ranking a full 10-15 spots higher because they capped off the year with 60-plus minutes of extra reps over their peers.

The Official FFPC Playoff Challenge — a format I've invested both time and joy into the past few seasons — homepage details it best:

Each team will consist of ten (10) NFL players in a FFPC starting roster format: 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-Flex, 1-K, 1-D (Flex can be RB, WR or TE). This will be your roster for the duration of the playoffs. There will not be any changes, substitutions or free agent pickups for any reason once rosters are locked at the start of the NFL playoffs. As NFL teams get knocked out of the playoffs, so will your players so draft your team accordingly.

The following Playoff-Only Top 50 is based on 0.5 PPR scoring and takes into account my estimation of injuries, role changes, and games played throughout the postseason. Keep in mind that your subjective adjustments are equally as important as this list; you’re likely bumping Damien Williams to RB4 or higher, for example, if you personally believe LeSean McCoy was healthy scratched and glossed over for more than “workload management” purposes in Kansas City’s last two games. A similar approach in building lineups to account for upsets can be used for those willing to take on risk to gain an advantage over larger fields.

 

 

Player (Estimated Games Played) -- Positional Rank

1. Lamar Jackson (3) -- QB1

2. Michael Thomas (2) -- WR1

3. Alvin Kamara (2) -- RB1

4. Aaron Jones (2) -- RB2

5. Tyreek Hill (2) -- WR2

6. Patrick Mahomes (2) -- QB2

7. George Kittle (3) -- TE1

8. Travis Kelce (2) -- TE2

9. Davante Adams (2) -- WR3

10. Drew Brees (2) -- QB3

11. Mark Ingram (3) -- RB3

12. Raheem Mostert (3) -- RB4

13. Mark Andrews (3) -- TE3

14. Damien Williams (2) -- RB5

15. Julian Edelman (2) -- WR4

16. Deebo Samuel (3) -- WR5

17. Jared Cook (2) -- TE4

18. Devin Singletary (2) -- RB6

19. Tyler Lockett (2) -- WR6

20. DeAndre Hopkins (1) -- WR7

21. Derrick Henry (1) -- RB7

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (3) -- QB4

23. Emmanuel Sanders (3) -- WR8

24. Marquise Brown (3) -- WR9

25. James White (2) -- RB8

26. Aaron Rodgers (2) -- QB5

27. DK Metcalf (2) -- WR10

28. Russell Wilson (2) -- QB6

29. Gus Edwards (3) -- RB9

30. Latavius Murray (2) -- RB10

31. Tom Brady (2) -- QB7

32. Sony Michel (2) -- RB11

33. Mecole Hardman (2) -- WR11

34. Stefon Diggs (1) -- WR12

35. A.J. Brown (1) -- WR13

36. Travis Homer (2) -- RB12

37. LeSean McCoy (2) -- RB13

38. Dalvin Cook (1) -- RB14

39. Tre’Quan Smith (2) -- WR14

40. John Brown (2) -- WR15

41. Deshaun Watson (1) -- QB8

42. N’Keal Harry (2) -- WR16

43. Tevin Coleman (3) -- RB15

44. Miles Sanders (1) -- RB16

45. Dallas Goedert (1) -- TE5

46. Sammy Watkins (2) -- WR17

47. Marshawn Lynch (2) -- RB17

48. Carlos Hyde (1) -- RB18

49. Cole Beasley (2) -- WR18

50. Rex Burkhead (2) -- RB19