Wild Card Round, Playoff Challenge fantasy football rankings

Did your fantasy football season end at the hands of Aaron Rodgers, Christian McCaffrey or Zach Ertz? Did you start Kenny Golladay over Robby Anderson in Week 16? Did you rest your championship hopes and dreams on Tom Brady? 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 LIV scheduled for February 3, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia!

So what is the NFL Playoff Challenge?

Unlike daily fantasy leagues, a player's stock includes the value of his team and how far you project his squad to advance in the postseason. That's because the further a player advances, the more points he can score due to the "multiplier" scoring system. For example, if Mitchell Trubisky leads the Bears to the Super Bowl and you started him in the Wild Card Round and kept him active throughout the playoffs, he would receive double points in the Divisional Round, triple points in the Conference Championship Round and quadruple points during the Super Bowl Round.

This multiplier rule alters fantasy player values in the NFL Playoff Challenge. We all know Ertz is the best fantasy tight end in the NFC playoffs, but his real value depends on how far you think the Eagles will advance in the postseason. If you believe the Bears are a Super Bowl contender and will knock the defending champs out of the playoffs in the Wild Card Round, you'd get just one week of production from Ertz with no chance of a points multiplier. Is that enough to start him?

Before we get to the player rankings for both the Wild Card Round (DFS) and the entire playoffs (NFL PC), here are a few interesting notes that could affect your decision-making process:

Rankings

Quarterbacks -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Andrew Luck, Colts
  2. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  3. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  4. Mitch Trubisky, Bears
  5. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  6. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  7. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  8. Nick Foles, Eagles

Quarterbacks -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (BYE)
  2. Drew Brees, Saints (BYE)
  3. Jared Goff, Rams (BYE)
  4. Tom Brady, Patriots (BYE)
  5. Mitch Trubisky, Bears
  6. Andrew Luck, Colts
  7. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  8. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  9. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  10. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  11. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  12. Nick Foles, Eagles

Running backs -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  2. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  3. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  4. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  5. Marlon Mack, Colts
  6. Jordan Howard, Bears
  7. Lamar Miller, Texans
  8. Gus Edwards, Ravens
  9. Kenneth Dixon, Ravens
  10. Darren Sproles, Eagles
  11. Wendell Smallwood, Eagles
  12. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  13. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  14. Josh Adams, Eagles
  15. Alfred Blue, Texans
  16. Mike Davis, Seahawks
  17. Jordan Wilkins, Colts
  18. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  19. Rod Smith, Cowboys
  20. Ty Montgomery, Ravens

Running backs -- NFL Playoff Challenge

Wide receivers -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  2. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  3. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  4. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  5. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
  6. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  7. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  8. Allen Robinson, Bears
  9. Mike Williams, Chargers
  10. Taylor Gabriel, Bears
  11. Keke Coutee, Texans
  12. Dontrelle Inman, Colts
  13. DeAndre Carter, Texans
  14. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
  15. Willie Snead, Ravens
  16. Chester Rogers, Colts
  17. Cole Beasley, Cowboys
  18. Tyrell Williams, Chargers
  19. Michael Crabtree, Ravens
  20. Michael Gallup, Cowboys

Wide receivers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Michael Thomas, Saints (BYE)
  2. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (BYE)
  3. Robert Woods, Rams (BYE)
  4. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  5. Brandin Cooks, Rams (BYE)
  6. Julian Edelman, Patriots (BYE)
  7. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  8. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  9. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
  10. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  11. Allen Robinson, Bears
  12. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  13. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  14. Josh Reynolds, Rams (BYE)
  15. Ted Ginn, Saints (BYE)
  16. Chris Conley, Chiefs (BYE)
  17. Mike Williams, Chargers
  18. Taylor Gabriel, Bears
  19. Tre'Quon Smith, Saints (BYE)
  20. Chris Hogan, Patriots (BYE)

Tight ends -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  2. Eric Ebron, Colts
  3. Trey Burton, Bears
  4. Blake Jarwin, Cowboys
  5. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  6. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  7. Jordan Thomas, Texans
  8. Ed Dickson, Seahawks

Tight ends -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs (BYE)
  2. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (BYE)
  3. Eric Ebron, Colts
  4. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  5. Gerald Everett, Rams (BYE)
  6. Trey Burton, Bears
  7. Ben Watson, Saints (BYE)
  8. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  9. Jordan Thomas, Texans
  10. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  11. Ed Dickson, Seahawks
  12. Blake Jarwin, Cowboys

Kickers -- Wild Card Round (DFS)

  1. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Texans
  2. Justin Tucker, Ravens
  3. Cody Parkey, Bears
  4. Brett Maher, Cowboys
  5. Adam Vinatieri, Colts
  6. Sebastian Janikowski, Seahawks
  7. Mike Badgley, Chargers
  8. Jake Elliott, Eagles

Kickers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Wil Lutz, Saints (BYE)
  2. Greg Zuerlein, Rams (BYE)
  3. Harrison Butker, Chiefs (BYE)
  4. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (BYE)
  5. Cody Parker, Bears
  6. Justin Tucker, Ravens
  7. Adam Vinatieri, Colts
  8. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Texans
  9. Mike Badgley, Chargers
  10. Sebastian Janikowski, Seahawks
  11. Brett Maher, Cowboys
  12. Jake Elliott, Eagles

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

  1. Bears
  2. Ravens
  3. Colts
  4. Texans
  5. Seahawks
  6. Chargers
  7. Cowboys
  8. Eagles

Defense/special teams -- NFL Playoff Challenge

  1. Saints (BYE)
  2. Bears
  3. Rams (BYE)
  4. Chiefs (BYE)
  5. Patriots (BYE)
  6. Ravens
  7. Colts
  8. Texans
  9. Chargers
  10. Seahawks
  11. Cowboys
  12. Eagles

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. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!

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