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)

Wide receivers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

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)

Kickers -- NFL Playoff Challenge

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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