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Wild Card, Playoff Challenge fantasy football rankings

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Did your fantasy football season end at the hands of Aaron Rodgers, David Johnson or Jordy Nelson? Did you start Julio Jones over Adam Thielen in Week 16? (All right you made the right move, but still ... 32.6 fantasy points!) I feel for you, but the pain of defeat can be eased (at least somewhat) with a new challenge. The NFL Playoff Challenge! You can set up your own league with friends and family, or you can join my league and compete against me. You can even win a trip to Super Bowl LII scheduled to take place in February 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

So what is the NFL Playoff Challenge?

Well, Alex Gelhar gives a great description here so check that out. Unlike daily fantasy leagues, a player's value also includes how far you project his team to advance in the postseason. We all know Odell Beckham Jr. is a much better fantasy wideout than Julian Edelman, right? Well that's not the case in the NFL Playoff Challenge, at least not if you believe that the Patriots will advance a round or two further in the postseason than New York. That's where you'll see a difference in the player rankings below. One set is for the Wild Card Weekend alone (DFS), and one is for the entire duration of the postseason (NFL PC).

I'll be updating these suckers all throughout the postseason, so check back after each round. Enjoy!

Quarterbacks -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
4. Eli Manning, Giants
5. Matthew Stafford, Lions
6. Matt Moore, Dolphins
7. Brock Osweiler, Texans
8. Connor Cook, Raiders

Quarterbacks -- NFL Playoff Challenge

1. Tom Brady, Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
3. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
5. Matt Ryan, Falcons
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
7. Alex Smith, Chiefs
8. Eli Manning, Giants
9. Matthew Stafford, Lions
10. Matt Moore, Dolphins
11. Brock Osweiler, Texans
12. Connor Cook, Raiders

Running backs -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

1. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
2. Lamar Miller, Texans
3. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
4. Latavius Murray, Raiders
5. Ty Montgomery, Packers
6. Paul Perkins, Giants
7. Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
8. Zach Zenner, Lions
9. Rashad Jennings, Giants
10. Alex Collins, Seahawks
11. DeAndre Washington, Raiders
12. Damien Williams, Dolphins
13. Jalen Richard, Raiders
14. Alfred Blue, Texans
15. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers
16. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
17. Christine Michael, Packers
18. Dwayne Washington, Lions
19. Aaron Ripkowski, Packers
20. Marcel Reece, Seahawks

Running backs -- NFL Playoff Challenge

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
2. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots
3. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
4. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
5. Lamar Miller, Texans
6. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
7. Spencer Ware, Chiefs
8. Ty Montgomery, Packers
9. Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
10. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
11. Latavius Murray, Raiders
12. Paul Perkins, Giants
13. Dion Lewis, Patriots
14. James White, Patriots
15. Zach Zenner, Lions
16. Rashad Jennings, Giants
17. Charcandrick West, Chiefs
18. Alex Collins, Seahawks
19. DeAndre Washington, Raiders
20. Alfred Blue, Texans

Wide receivers -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
3. Jordy Nelson, Packers
4. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
5. Davante Adams, Packers
6. Golden Tate, Lions
7. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
8. Amari Cooper, Raiders
9. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
10. Sterling Shepard, Giants
11. Michael Crabtree, Raiders
12. Kenny Stills, Dolphins
13. Anquan Boldin, Lions
14. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
15. Eli Rogers, Steelers
16. Marvin Jones, Lions
17. Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks
18. Will Fuller, Texans
19. Victor Cruz, Giants
20. Paul Richardson, Lions

Wide receivers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. Julian Edelman, Patriots
3. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
4. Jordy Nelson, Packers
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
6. Julio Jones, Falcons
7. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
8. Davante Adams, Packers
9. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
10. Taylor Gabriel, Falcons
11. Amari Cooper, Raiders
12. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
13. Michael Crabtree, Raiders
14. Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
15. Sterling Shepard, Giants
16. Golden Tate, Lions
17. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
18. Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots
19. Cole Beasley, Cowboys
20. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons

Tight ends -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

1. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
2. Ladarius Green, Steelers
3. Eric Ebron, Lions
4. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans
5. Jared Cook, Packers
6. Dion Sims, Dolphins
7. Will Tye, Giants
8. Clive Walford, Raiders

Tight ends -- NFL Playoff Challenge

1. Martellus Bennett, Patriots
2. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
3. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
4. Jason Witten, Cowboys
5. Ladarius Green, Steelers
6. Jared Cook, Packers
7. Eric Ebron, Lions
8. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans
9. Austin Hooper, Falcons
10. Will Tye, Giants
11. Dion Sims, Dolphins
12. Clive Walford, Raiders

Kickers -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

1. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
2. Mason Crosby, Packers
3. Chris Boswell, Steelers
4. Nick Novak, Texans
5. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
6. Matt Prater, Lions
7. Robbie Gould, Giants
8. Andrew Franks, Dolphins

Kickers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
2. Matt Bryant, Falcons
3. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
4. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
5. Cairo Santos, Chiefs
6. Mason Crosby, Packers
7. Chris Boswell, Steelers
8. Nick Novak, Texans
9. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
10. Robbie Gould, Giants
11. Matt Prater, Lions
12. Andrew Franks, Dolphins

Defense/special teams -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Houston Texans
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Oakland Raiders
6. New York Giants
7. Detroit Lions
8. Miami Dolphins

Defense/special teams -- NFL Playoff Challenge

1. New England Patriots
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Green Bay Packers
8. New York Giants
9. Houston Texans
10. Oakland Raiders
11. Detroit Lions
12. Miami Dolphins


Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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