Wild Card, Playoff Challenge fantasy football rankings

Did your fantasy football season end at the hands of Russell Wilson, Todd Gurley or DeAndre Hopkins? Did you start A.J. Green over JuJu Smith-Schuster in Week 16? Did you rest your championship hopes and dreams on Drew Brees? I feel for you my friends, but I'm here with a solution to ease the pain of defeat (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 could win a trip to Super Bowl LIII scheduled for February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia!

So what is the NFL Playoff Challenge?

Well, Alex Gelhar gives a great description here. Unlike daily fantasy leagues, a player's value includes how far you project his team to advance in the postseason. We all know Julio Jones is a better fantasy wideout than Brandin Cooks, 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 Atlanta. 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 rankings throughout the postseason, so check back after each round. Enjoy!

Quarterbacks -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Cam Newton, Panthers
    1. Alex Smith, Chiefs
    2. Jared Goff, Rams
    3. Drew Brees, Saints
    4. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
    5. Matt Ryan, Falcons
    6. Tyrod Taylor, Bills
    7. Marcus Mariota, Titans

Quarterbacks -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots
    1. Case Keenum, Vikings
    2. Jared Goff, Rams
    3. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
    4. Drew Brees, Saints
    5. Cam Newton, Panthers
    6. Nick Foles, Eagles
    7. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
    8. Alex Smith, Chiefs
    9. Matt Ryan, Falcons
    10. Tyrod Taylor, Bills
    11. Marcus Mariota, Titans

Running backs -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

Running backs -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Todd Gurley, Rams
    1. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
    2. Alvin Kamara, Saints
    3. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs
    4. Mark Ingram, Saints
    5. Dion Lewis, Patriots
    6. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
    7. Latavius Murray, Vikings
    8. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
    9. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
    10. Jerick McKinnon, Vikings
    11. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
    12. LeSean McCoy, Bills
    13. Jay Ajayi, Eagles
    14. James White, Patriots
    15. Tevin Coleman, Falcons
    16. Derrick Henry, Titans
    17. LeGarrette Blount, Eagles
    18. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
    19. Corey Clement, Eagles

Wide receivers -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Michael Thomas, Saints
    1. Julio Jones, Falcons
    2. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
    3. Robert Woods, Rams
    4. Sammy Watkins, Rams
    5. Devin Funchess, Panthers
    6. Cooper Kupp, Rams
    7. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
    8. Ted Ginn, Saints
    9. Rishard Matthews, Titans
    10. Marqise Lee, Jaguars
    11. Keelan Cole, Jaguars
    12. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
    13. Corey Davis, Titans
    14. Albert Wilson, Chiefs
    15. Allen Hurns, Jaguars
    16. Kelvin Benjamin, Bills
    17. Eric Decker, Titans
    18. Deonte Thompson, Bills
    19. Kaelin Clay, Panthers

Wide receivers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Brandin Cooks, Patriots
    1. Adam Thielen, Vikings
    2. Antonio Brown, Steelers
    3. Michael Thomas, Saints
    4. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
    5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
    6. Robert Woods, Rams
    7. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
    8. Sammy Watkins, Rams
    9. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
    10. Julio Jones, Falcons
    11. Cooper Kupp, Rams
    12. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
    13. Chris Hogan, Patriots
    14. Ted Ginn, Saints
    15. Devin Funchess, Panthers
    16. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
    17. Marqise Lee, Jaguars
    18. Danny Amendola, Patriots
    19. Martavis Bryant, Steelers

Tight ends -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
    1. Greg Olsen, Panthers
    2. Delanie Walker, Titans
    3. Charles Clay, Bills
    4. Austin Hooper, Falcons
    5. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
    6. Tyler Higbee, Rams
    7. Josh Hill, Saints

Tight ends -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
    1. Zach Ertz, Eagles
    2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
    3. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
    4. Greg Olsen, Panthers
    5. Delanie Walker, Titans
    6. Jesse James, Steelers
    7. Austin Hooper, Falcons
    8. Charles Clay, Bills
    9. Tyler Higbee, Rams
    10. Gerald Everett, Rams
    11. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars

Kickers -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Wil Lutz, Saints
    1. Harrison Butker, Chiefs
    2. Matt Bryant, Falcons
    3. Josh Lambo, Jaguars
    4. Ryan Succop, Titans
    5. Sam Ficken, Rams
    6. Graham Gano, Panthers
    7. Steven Hauschka, Bills

Kickers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
    1. Kai Forbath, Vikings
    2. Wil Lutz, Saints
    3. Chris Boswell, Steelers
    4. Jake Elliott, Eagles
    5. Sam Ficken, Rams
    6. Harrison Butker, Chiefs
    7. Matt Bryant, Falcons
    8. Graham Gano, Panthers
    9. Josh Lambo, Jaguars
    10. Ryan Succop, Titans
    11. Steven Hauschka, Bills

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

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
    1. Kansas City Chiefs
    2. New Orleans Saints
    3. Los Angeles Rams
    4. Atlanta Falcons
    5. Buffalo Bills
    6. Carolina Panthers
    7. Tennessee Titans

Defense/special teams -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. New England Patriots
    1. Minnesota Vikings
    2. Los Angeles Rams
    3. Jacksonville Jaguars
    4. Pittsburgh Steelers
    5. Philadelphia Eagles
    6. Kansas City Chiefs
    7. New Orleans Saints
    8. Carolina Panthers
    9. Atlanta Falcons
    10. Buffalo Bills
    11. 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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