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Weekly Rankings: Wild-Card Week Value Meter

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Update Complete (12:20 a.m. PT Saturday) - I will be offline most of the day Saturday, so make sure to check our breaking news before kickoff for any late-breaking changes.

Here are this week's Playoff Value Meter rankings. The rankings are strictly for this week. Go to Chris Liss's Playoff Draft Rankings if you want a resource for a full playoff draft.

Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: four points for a passing touchdown; six points for a rushing/receiving touchdown; one point for every 20 passing yards; and one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards. Flex Rankings are for PPR leagues.

I will update these once during the week during the playoffs, to account for injury or other news during practice. The timing of this update will vary based on the news at hand and my schedule for the given week. But it won't happen until Thursday at the earliest, most likely Friday. At any rate, I will post a "last updated" note at the top of the article, or an "update in progress" note if it's while I'm doing it.

By all means, if you want to discuss a rank, or want me to add a player, chime in on the comments. I try to be receptive to your feedback and try to respond to most comments, though on occasion the volume can be quite thick. Please refer to the rankings first when asking "should I start Player A vs. Player B?".

Quarterback

1.Russell Wilson SEA at Min
2.Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Cin
3.Kirk Cousins WAS vs. GB
4.Aaron Rodgers GB at Was
Note: Rodgers was sacked five times Sunday night, and that makeshift offensive line isn't getting any better.
5.*AJ McCarron CIN vs. Pit
Note: The Bengals are preparing McCarron to start again on Saturday night. Officially starting with Dalton out.
6.Brian Hoyer HOU vs. KC
Note: Hoyer will be without LT Duane Brown, who needs surgery to repair a quad injury.
7.Alex Smith KC at Hou
8.Teddy Bridgewater MIN vs. Sea
9.*Andy Dalton CIN vs. Pit
Note: Dalton had the cast removed from his broken thumb, but doesn't yet know whether he'll throw in practice, let alone play on Saturday night. In perhaps the least surprising news ever, Dalton has officially been ruled out for Saturday night's game.

Running Backs

1.*Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Sea
Note: Missed part of the second half with a back injury, but later returned and should play Sunday against the Seahawks. Limited practice early in the week, listed as probable after a full practice on Friday.
2.Alfred Morris WAS vs. GB
Note: Probably the lead back for the Redskins this week against a Packers run defense that's exploitable.
3.*Christine Michael SEA at Min
Note: Big bump up with Marshawn Lynch out this week.
4.*Spencer Ware KC at Hou
Note: Outproduced West on a per carry basis and is getting the goal line carries.
5.*Alfred Blue HOU vs. KC
Note: (Calf) Listed as probable.
6.*Eddie Lacy GB at Was
Note: (Ribs) Limited practice all week, listed as probable.
7.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Pit
8.Charcandrick West KC at Hou
9.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Pit
10.*Fitzgerald Toussaint PIT at Cin
Note: Likely to be the lead back Saturday night if DeAngelo Williams can't play. Jordan Todman and Will Johnson are also in the picture, and Johnson in particular could steal goal line carries. Williams ruled out, but don't overlook Todman and Johnson.
11.Bryce Brown SEA at Min
12.Jonathan Grimes HOU vs. KC
Note: Scored twice but had just four carries, though he also had four receptions.
13.James Starks GB at Was
14.Jordan Todman PIT at Cin
15.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. Sea
16.*Pierre Thomas WAS vs. GB
Note: (Knee) Was able to play through an injury in Week 17 against Dallas.
17.Chris Thompson WAS vs. GB
18.Chris Polk HOU vs. KC
Note: Had just three carries in the Week 17 win over Jacksonville - it appears he's back behind Blue and Grimes.
19.Fred Jackson SEA at Min
20.*Matt Jones WAS vs. GB
Note: (Hip) Sat out last week against the Cowboys. Officially listed as questionable, but coach Jay Gruden was not very encouraged by his progress this week.
21.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Min
Note: (Abdomen) Will take part in Wednesday's practice with the intent of playing Sunday. Ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
22.*DeAngelo Williams PIT at Cin
Note: Dealing with a foot injury, rather than an ankle sprain, according to coach Mike Tomlin. Keep in mind that he had a swollen foot earlier this season. He hasn't been ruled out yet, but it's not looking good. Officially ruled out for this week.

Wide Receivers

1.Antonio Brown PIT at Cin
2.A.J. Green CIN vs. Pit
3.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC
4.DeSean Jackson WAS vs. GB
5.Doug Baldwin SEA at Min
6.*Jeremy Maclin KC at Hou
Note: (Hip) Did not practice Tuesday. Listed as probable after full practices Wednesday and Thursday.
7.*Martavis Bryant PIT at Cin
Note: Missed the second half last week with a neck injury, but the Steelers believe he'll be able to practice and play this week. Full practice all week, listed as probable.
8.James Jones GB at Was
Note: Led the Packers with 13 targets in the loss to the Vikings on Sunday night.
9.Pierre Garcon WAS vs. GB
10.Randall Cobb GB at Was
11.*Tyler Lockett SEA at Min
Note: (Hip) Listed as probable, full practice Thursday.
12.Jermaine Kearse SEA at Min
13.Markus Wheaton PIT at Cin
14.Jamison Crowder WAS vs. GB
15.Marvin Jones CIN vs. Pit
16.Albert Wilson KC at Hou
17.Stefon Diggs MIN vs. Sea
18.*Nate Washington HOU vs. KC
Note: Day-to-day after aggravating a hip injury in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Listed as probable.
19.Mohamed Sanu CIN vs. Pit
20.Davante Adams GB at Was
21.Mike Wallace MIN vs. Sea
22.*Cecil Shorts HOU vs. KC
Note: (Hamstring) 'Has a chance' to play on Saturday against the Chiefs. Listed as probable, as is Washington.
23.Jarius Wright MIN vs. Sea
24.Jaelen Strong HOU vs. KC
25.*Adam Thielen MIN vs. Sea
Note: Had two big runs on trick plays, but later injured his shoulder and only has a nominal role in the offense anyhow.

Tight Ends

1.Jordan Reed WAS vs. GB
2.Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Pit
Note: Back in the scoring column after essentially missing three games.
3.Travis Kelce KC at Hou
4.Heath Miller PIT at Cin
5.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Sea
6.Richard Rodgers GB at Was
7.Cooper Helfet SEA at Min
8.C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU vs. KC
9.Ryan Griffin HOU vs. KC
10.Chase Coffman SEA at Min
11.Tyler Kroft CIN vs. Pit
12.Garrett Graham HOU vs. KC
13.Andrew Quarless GB at Was
14.Demetrius Harris KC at Hou
15.Jesse James PIT at Cin
16.*Luke Willson SEA at Min
Note: (Concussion) Ruled out for Sunday's game.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.Antonio Brown PIT at Cin
2.A.J. Green CIN vs. Pit
3.DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs. KC
4.DeSean Jackson WAS vs. GB
5.Doug Baldwin SEA at Min
6.*Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Sea
Note: Missed part of the second half with a back injury, but later returned and should play Sunday against the Seahawks. Limited practice early in the week, listed as probable after a full practice on Friday.
7.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Min
Note: (Abdomen) Will take part in Wednesday's practice with the intent of playing Sunday. Ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
8.Jordan Reed WAS vs. GB
9.*Jeremy Maclin KC at Hou
Note: (Hip) Did not practice Tuesday. Listed as probable after full practices Wednesday and Thursday.
10.*Martavis Bryant PIT at Cin
Note: Missed the second half last week with a neck injury, but the Steelers believe he'll be able to practice and play this week. Full practice all week, listed as probable.
11.James Jones GB at Was
Note: Led the Packers with 13 targets in the loss to the Vikings on Sunday night.
12.Tyler Eifert CIN vs. Pit
Note: Back in the scoring column after essentially missing three games.
13.Travis Kelce KC at Hou
14.Pierre Garcon WAS vs. GB
15.Randall Cobb GB at Was
16.*Tyler Lockett SEA at Min
Note: (Hip) Listed as probable, full practice Thursday.
17.Jermaine Kearse SEA at Min
18.Alfred Morris WAS vs. GB
Note: Probably the lead back for the Redskins this week against a Packers run defense that's exploitable.
19.Giovani Bernard CIN vs. Pit
20.*Spencer Ware KC at Hou
Note: Outproduced West on a per carry basis and is getting the goal line carries.
21.*Alfred Blue HOU vs. KC
Note: (Calf) Listed as probable.
22.*Fitzgerald Toussaint PIT at Cin
Note: Likely to be the lead back Saturday night if DeAngelo Williams can't play. Jordan Todman and Will Johnson are also in the picture, and Johnson in particular could steal goal line carries. Williams ruled out, but don't overlook Todman and Johnson.
23.Heath Miller PIT at Cin
24.*Eddie Lacy GB at Was
Note: (Ribs) Limited practice all week, listed as probable.
25.Jeremy Hill CIN vs. Pit
26.Charcandrick West KC at Hou
27.Jonathan Grimes HOU vs. KC
Note: Scored twice but had just four carries, though he also had four receptions.
28.Markus Wheaton PIT at Cin
29.Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. Sea
30.Jamison Crowder WAS vs. GB
31.James Starks GB at Was
32.Marvin Jones CIN vs. Pit
33.Albert Wilson KC at Hou
34.*Christine Michael SEA at Min
Note: Big bump up with Marshawn Lynch out this week.
35.*Pierre Thomas WAS vs. GB
Note: (Knee) Was able to play through an injury in Week 17 against Dallas.
36.Stefon Diggs MIN vs. Sea
37.Mohamed Sanu CIN vs. Pit
38.Davante Adams GB at Was
39.Richard Rodgers GB at Was
40.Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. Sea
41.Jordan Todman PIT at Cin
42.Chris Thompson WAS vs. GB
43.Bryce Brown SEA at Min
44.Mike Wallace MIN vs. Sea
45.Jarius Wright MIN vs. Sea
46.Jaelen Strong HOU vs. KC

Kickers

1.Chris Boswell PIT at Cin
Note: Has a decent chance of winning the Steelers' job next year if he doesn't flub in the playoffs.
2.Steven Hauschka SEA at Min
3.Dustin Hopkins WAS vs. GB
4.Cairo Santos KC at Hou
Note: Had one of the biggest fantasy games of the season this year, but also ranked 30th in FG accuracy.
5.Mike Nugent CIN vs. Pit
6.Nick Novak HOU vs. KC
7.Mason Crosby GB at Was
8.Blair Walsh MIN vs. Sea

Defenses

1.*Seattle Seahawks at Min
Note: Played without Kam Chancellor (pelvis) yet again in Week 17.
2.*Houston Texans vs. KC
Note: Jadeveon Clowney (foot) missed Week 17 and is day-to-day for this week.
3.Washington Redskins vs. GB
4.*Kansas City Chiefs at Hou
Note: Justin Houston (knee) hasn't played since Week 12, but could practice this week. LB Dee Ford is going through the concussion protocol.
5.Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pit
6.Pittsburgh Steelers at Cin
7.Minnesota Vikings vs. Sea
8.*Green Bay Packers at Was
Note: Sam Shields (concussion) sat out again in Week 17.