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Postseason Rankings

Playoff-Only Top 40 Rankings

by John Daigle
Updated On: January 20, 2022, 2:42 am ET

Unlike season-long lineup decisions, playoff-only leagues require projecting for the entire postseason prior to locking in your lineup ahead of Wild Card weekend. That includes weighing which players will go deepest into the playoffs, potentially jostling their overall ranking a full 10-15 spots higher because they capped the year off with a full game’s worth of snaps over their peers and, in some formats, double the points in the Super Bowl.



The Official FFPC Playoff Challenge — a format that’s invoked an equal amount of time, joy, and misery from myself over the last few seasons — homepage describes it best:


Each team will choose twelve (12) players from any of the 14 NFL playoff teams but ONLY ONE PLAYER PER TEAM. To be clear, if you choose Tom Brady as your QB, you may NOT have any more Buccaneers players on your roster, including Kicker & Defense. Each team will consist of twelve (12) NFL players in the following starting roster format: 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 4-Flex, 1-K, 1-D (Flex can be RB, WR or TE)


The following Playoff-Only Top 70 is based on full PPR scoring (and 1.5 PPR for Tight Ends) and takes into account an estimation of injuries, role changes, and games played for every player throughout the postseason. Keep in mind that your own personal adjustments are equally as important as this list; quarterbacks are almost entirely subjective since their number of starts will tip the scales. We should also emphasize game scripts since some players are easily avoidable if projecting a team to trail or log 60 minutes of action. Focus on using those (perceived) eliminated pieces at a lower scoring position like Defense and Kicker unless building for top-heavy payouts in larger fields.

Additional thoughts for optimal tournament strategy are included at the bottom.


Player, Team (Projected Games Played) – Positional Rank

1. Davante Adams, Packers (2) – WR1

2. Cooper Kupp, Rams (1.6) – WR2

3. Travis Kelce, Chiefs (1.9) – TE1

4. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers (1.7) – RB1

5. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (1.9) – QB1

6. Josh Allen, Bills (1.9) – QB2

7. Derrick Henry, Titans (1.9) – RB2

8. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (1.7) – WR3

9. George Kittle, 49ers (1.6) – TE2

10. Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers (1.7) – TE3

11. A.J. Brown, Titans (1.9) – WR4

12. Deebo Samuel, 49ers (1.6) – WR5

13. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (1.9) – WR6

14. Devin Singletary, Bills (1.9) – RB3

15. Stefon Diggs, Bills (1.9) – WR7

16. Cam Akers, Rams (1.6) – RB4

17. Aaron Jones, Packers (2) – RB5

18. Ryan Tannehill, Titans (1.9) – QB3

19. Elijah Mitchell, 49ers (1.6) – RB6

20. Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals (1.5) – WR8

21. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (2) – QB4

22. Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs (1.9) – RB7

23. Matthew Stafford, Rams (1.6) – QB5

24. Tom Brady, Buccaneers (1.7) – QB6

25. A.J. Dillon, Packers (2) – RB8

26. Julio Jones, Titans (1.9) – WR9

27. Odell Beckham, Rams (1.6) – WR10

28. Joe Mixon, Bengals (1.5) – RB9

29. Gabriel Davis, Bills (1.9) – WR11

30. Dawson Knox, Bills (1.9) – TE4

31. Allen Lazard, Packers (2) – WR12

32. Byron Pringle, Chiefs (1.9) – WR13

33. Tyler Higbee, Rams (1.6) – TE5

34. Tyler Boyd, Bengals (1.5) – WR14

35. Tee Higgins, Bengals (1.5) – WR15

36. Joe Burrow, Bengals (1.5) – QB7

37. Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers (1.6) – WR16

38. Giovani Bernard, Buccaneers (1.7) – RB10

39. Isaiah McKenzie, Bills (1.9) – WR17

40. C.J. Uzomah, Bengals (1.5) – TE6


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John Daigle

John Daigle is an Emmy and FSWA award winner who has been covering the NFL and fantasy football for over a decade, working with NBC Sports EDGE for almost four years. He enjoys watching golf and Jon Moxley, not necessarily in that order. You can follow him on Twitter @notJDaigle.