Divisional, Playoff Challenge fantasy football rankings

The Wild Card round of the 2017 NFL postseason was well, wild. The Titans came back from a huge deficit to beat the Chiefs, who seem to be cursed when it comes in the playoffs. Heck, the last time this team won in the postseason, Joe Montana was their quarterback! That game produced two of the top performers in the NFL Playoff Challenge, as Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass to himself and scored 24 fantasy points while running back Derrick Henry equaled that total. Two other top performers, Christian McCaffrey (17 points) and Greg Olsen (16 points) have been eliminated from contention and need to be replaced in your Playoff Challenge lineups.

The rest of the best in the Wild Card round roster includes Ted Ginn (17 points), Julio Jones (16 points, Matt Bryant (18 points) and the Jaguars defense (18 points). Yes, a kicker and a defense outscored every running back (besides Henry), every wide receiver and every tight end. Next up is the Divisional Round, where the top seeds (Patriots, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings) enter the tournament and my DFS and Playoff Challenge rankings. Not surprisingly, at least for those of us who see New England getting back to the Super Bowl, there are a ton of Patriots players at the top of these lists pertaining to the Playoff Challenge.

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

Quarterbacks -- Divisional Round (DFS)

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots
    1. Case Keenum, Vikings
    2. Matt Ryan, Falcons
    3. Marcus Mariota, Titans
    4. Drew Brees, Saints
    5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
    6. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
    7. Nick Foles, Eagles

Quarterbacks -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots
    1. Case Keenum, Vikings
    2. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
    3. Drew Brees, Saints
    4. Matt Ryan, Falcons
    5. Nick Foles, Eagles
    6. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
    7. Marcus Mariota, Titans

Running backs -- Divisional Round (DFS)

  1. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
    1. Alvin Kamara, Saints
    2. Derrick Henry, Titans
    3. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
    4. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
    5. Mark Ingram, Saints
    6. Dion Lewis, Patriots
    7. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
    8. Latavius Murray, Vikings
    9. Jay Ajayi, Eagles
    10. Jerick McKinnon, Vikings
    11. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
    12. James White, Patriots
    13. LeGarrette Blount, Eagles
    14. Chris Ivory, Jaguars
    15. Corey Clement, Eagles
    16. Stevan Ridley, Steelers
    17. David Fluellen, Titans
    18. Kenjon Barner, Eagles
    19. Corey Grant, Jaguars

Running backs -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
    1. Dion Lewis, Patriots
    2. Alvin Kamara, Saints
    3. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
    4. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
    5. Mark Ingram, Saints
    6. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
    7. Latavius Murray, Vikings
    8. Jerick McKinnon, Vikings
    9. Jay Ajayi, Eagles
    10. Derrick Henry, Titans
    11. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
    12. James White, Patriots
    13. LeGarrette Blount, Eagles
    14. Chris Ivory, Jaguars
    15. Corey Clement, Eagles
    16. Stevan Ridley, Steelers
    17. Kenjon Barner, Eagles
    18. Corey Grant, Jaguars
    19. David Fluellen, Titans

Wide receivers -- Divisional Round (DFS)

  1. Antonio Brown, Steelers
    1. Julio Jones, Falcons
    2. Michael Thomas, Saints
    3. Adam Thielen, Vikings
    4. Brandin Cooks, Patriots
    5. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
    6. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
    7. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
    8. Chris Hogan, Patriots
    9. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
    10. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
    11. Ted Ginn, Saints
    12. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
    13. Rishard Matthews, Titans
    14. Marqise Lee, Jaguars
    15. Corey Davis, Titans
    16. Martavis Bryant, Steelers
    17. Eric Decker, Titans
    18. Keelan Cole, Jaguars
    19. Allen Hurns, Jaguars

Wide receivers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Brandin Cooks, Patriots
    1. Adam Thielen, Vikings
    2. Antonio Brown, Steelers
    3. Julio Jones, Falcons
    4. Michael Thomas, Saints
    5. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
    6. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
    7. Chris Hogan, Patriots
    8. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
    9. Ted Ginn, Saints
    10. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
    11. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
    12. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
    13. Rishard Matthews, Titans
    14. Marqise Lee, Jaguars
    15. Martavis Bryant, Steelers
    16. Danny Amendola, Patriots
    17. Keelan Cole, Jaguars
    18. Corey Davis, Titans
    19. Allen Hurns, Jaguars

Tight ends -- Divisional Round (DFS)

  1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
    1. Zach Ertz, Eagles
    2. Delanie Walker, Titans
    3. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
    4. Austin Hooper, Falcons
    5. Vance McDonald, Steelers
    6. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
    7. Jesse James, Steelers

Tight ends -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
    1. Zach Ertz, Eagles
    2. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
    3. Delanie Walker, Titans
    4. Austin Hooper, Falcons
    5. Vance McDonald, Steelers
    6. Jesse James, Steelers
    7. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars

Kickers -- Divisional Round (DFS)

  1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
    1. Chris Boswell, Steelers
    2. Wil Lutz, Saints
    3. Kai Forbath, Vikings
    4. Matt Bryant, Falcons
    5. Jake Elliott, Eagles
    6. Josh Lambo, Jaguars
    7. Ryan Succop, Titans

Kickers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
    1. Kai Forbath, Vikings
    2. Chris Boswell, Steelers
    3. Wil Lutz, Saints
    4. Matt Bryant, Falcons
    5. Jake Elliott, Eagles
    6. Josh Lambo, Jaguars
    7. Ryan Succop, Titans

Defense/special teams -- Divisional Round (DFS)

  1. New England Patriots
    1. Jacksonville Jaguars
    2. Pittsburgh Steelers
    3. Minnesota Vikings
    4. Atlanta Falcons
    5. New Orleans Saints
    6. Philadelphia Eagles
    7. Tennessee Titans

Defense/special teams -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. New England Patriots
    1. Minnesota Vikings
    2. Jacksonville Jaguars
    3. Pittsburgh Steelers
    4. Atlanta Falcons
    5. New Orleans Saints
    6. Philadelphia Eagles
    7. Tennessee Titans

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. Do you want the most up-to-date fantasy football news, updates and analysis? Follow Michael on both Twitter @Michael_Fabiano or Facebook!

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