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NFL Playoff Cheat Sheet: By-Position Rankings

Chris Liss

Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWIre Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.

This list is geared toward playoff leagues with standard fantasy scoring (4/6, 20/10, non PPR) and that draft only once before the playoffs and count all scoring through the Super Bowl. So it's a mix of per-game production and the number of projected games for a given team.

For PPR rankings, not much changes. You could bump up James White a couple slots, for example, but it's hard to think of anyone else who makes a significant move.

For postseason rankings for the upcoming week, check out Jeff Erickson's Weekly Rankings.

* = check status
Tom Brady NE Antonio Brown PIT Rob Gronkowski NE
Russell Wilson SEA Doug Baldwin SEA Greg Olsen CAR
Cam Newton CAR Julian Edelman* NE Tyler Eifert CIN
Carson Palmer ARZ Tyler Lockett SEA Jordan Reed WAS
Ben Roethlisberger PIT Demaryius Thomas DEN Travis Kelce KC
Peyton Manning DEN Emmanuel Sanders DEN Luke Willson SEA
Alex Smith KC Michael Floyd ARZ Heath Miller PIT
Andy Dalton* CIN Larry Fitzgerald ARZ Owen Daniels DEN
Kirk Cousins WAS John Brown ARZ Kyle Rudolph MIN
Aaron Rodgers GB A.J. Green CIN Scott Chandler NE
Brian Hoyer HOU DeAndre Hopkins HOU Richard Rodgers GB
Teddy Bridgewater MIN Martavis Bryant* PIT Vernon Davis DEN
AJ McCarron CIN Jeremy Maclin KC Ryan Griffin HOU
Brock Osweiler DEN Brandon LaFell NE Darren Fells ARZ
RB Tm DeSean Jackson WAS Jermaine Gresham ARZ
David Johnson ARZ Ted Ginn CAR Virgil Green DEN
Marshawn Lynch* SEA Jermaine Kearse SEA C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU
DeAngelo Williams* PIT James Jones GB Ed Dickson CAR
Jonathan Stewart* CAR Randall Cobb GB Cooper Helfet SEA
C.J. Anderson DEN Markus Wheaton PIT Andrew Quarless GB
Ronnie Hillman DEN Devin Funchess CAR Justin Perillo GB
Charcandrick West KC Stefon Diggs MIN
James White NE Pierre Garcon WAS K Tm
Adrian Peterson MIN Danny Amendola NE Stephen Gostkowski NE
Eddie Lacy GB Chris Conley KC Steven Hauschka SEA
Jeremy Hill CIN Keshawn Martin NE Chandler Catanzaro ARZ
Alfred Blue HOU Corey Brown CAR Graham Gano CAR
James Starks GB Nate Washington* HOU Chris Boswell PIT
Christine Michael SEA Marvin Jones CIN Brandon McManus DEN
Cameron Artis-Payne CAR Jamison Crowder WAS Cairo Santos KC
Giovani Bernard CiN Jerricho Cotchery CAR Mike Nugent CIN
Andre Ellington ARZ Jaron Brown ARZ Dustin Hopkins WAS
Steven Jackson NE Davante Adams GB Nick Novak HOU
Brandon Bolden NE Mohamed Sanu CIN Mason Crosby GB
Fitzgerald Toussaint PIT Mike Wallace MIN Blair Walsh MIN
Spencer Ware KC Jarius Wright MIN D Tm
Alfred Morris WAS J.J. Nelson ARZ Seahawks SEA
Mike Tolbert CAR Darrius Heyward-Bey PIT Patriots NE
Jonathan Grimes HOU Albert Wilson KC Panthers CAR
Jordan Todman PIT Cecil Shorts* HOU Broncos DEN
Jerick McKinnon MIN Cody Latimer DEN Cardinals ARZ
Bryce Brown SEA Jordan Norwood DEN Chiefs KC
Chris Polk HOU Jeff Janis GB Steelers PIT
Pierre Thomas WAS Bengals CIN
Matt Asiata MIN Texans HOU
Kerwynn Williams ARZ Redskins WAS
Juwan Thompson DEN Packers GB
Matt Jones* WAS Vikings MIN


I ranked the Patriots players as having the most projected games because the AFC is the weaker conference, i.e., while the Panthers, Cardinals and Seahawks might be the league's three best teams, they have to contend with one another. I ranked the Seahawks No. 2 because they have a chance to play four games, and though they have to travel, they're dangerous to the NFC's bye-week teams. The Steelers are the other Wild Card week team with Super Bowl upside, but their defense makes them vulnerable at Cincinnati in the first round, especially if Andy Dalton plays.

But my Pats preference is by a small margin, and if you preferred to bankroll the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Broncos or even Steelers, I wouldn't try to talk you out of it.

The running backs were the hardest to rank, especially with DeAngelo Williams' injury and Marshawn Lynch's and Jonathan Stewart's uncertain statuses. If Williams is out, bump up Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman significantly.