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Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings: Position by Position

Cue the Jim Mora clip because it’s playoff time! If you are still in the hunt for a fantasy football championship, congratulations! But the work is not done just yet. We still have three weeks (assuming your league does not count Week 18) to account for. With this in mind, I am releasing my fantasy football playoff rankings at each position that consider only the next three weeks.

Much like the Flex rankings I have posted throughout the year, these are based on half-PPR scoring. Adjust as needed based on your league specs. I am including my rankings at each position, so hopefully, that will help you with any roster moves you need to make going forward. Keep in mind that these are cumulative rankings. Just because I rank a player in the top 10 at his position does not mean he is a top-10 option this week, and vice versa.

The good news for fantasy managers is that if you are in a three-week playoff format, you should hopefully avoid any late-season shenanigans. Teams will often bench players in the final week if their team’s fate has already been sealed one way or another. Both conferences have very tight playoff races with four weeks left to play. If that stays the case, most teams will at least go all out through Week 17. That means that fantasy managers should be getting as close to a full squad as possible during these next three weeks. The biggest potential threat to that is the Philadelphia Eagles. They currently have a two-game lead in the NFC. The Eagles face Dallas in Week 16. If they win that matchup, there is a chance they could ease off the throttle a bit in Week 17.

2022 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

More Week 15 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex Rankings

Quarterback Notes and Playoff Rankings

My first inclination was to only rank 20 or so quarterbacks. In most cases, if you are in the playoffs, it is because you have an obvious starter. Then I realized that my playoff team has Kyler Murray (torn ACL), Geno Smith (short week against the 49ers), and Mike White (possible broken ribs). It would feel a bit hypocritical of me to only list 20 QBs when I just put in claims for some rather unsavory names myself. So I listed 32 of them just in case.

While the injury to Kyler Murray is a blow to fantasy managers, at least we know he is done for the year. The picture is less clear for others such as Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson. I ranked Jackson as a mid-range QB2 in 12-team leagues because he is unlikely to play this week. If and when he comes back, you are playing him as an elite option. On the flip side, Tyler Huntley is my QB32 for the fantasy football playoffs. I think he only plays one game at the most, and he is probably a low-end QB2 in that game. As for Wilson, he finally got cooking last week, only to suffer a concussion late in the game. I have him ranked outside my top 20 for the duration of the fantasy football playoffs even if he suits up this week, which is in doubt at the moment.  

1Josh AllenBUF
2Jalen HurtsPHI
3Patrick MahomesKC
4Joe BurrowCIN
5Justin HerbertLAC
6Justin FieldsCHI
7Tua TagovailoaMIA
8Geno SmithSEA
9Kirk CousinsMIN
10Trevor LawrenceJAC
11Deshaun WatsonCLE
12Tom BradyTB
13Dak PrescottDAL
14Jared GoffDET
15Derek CarrLV
16Daniel JonesNYG
17Aaron RodgersGB
18Lamar JacksonBAL
19Ryan TannehillTEN
20Mac JonesNE
21Russell WilsonDEN
22Kenny PickettPIT
23Mike WhiteNYJ
24Matt RyanIND
25Brock PurdySF
26Andy DaltonNO
27Taylor HeinickeWAS
28Sam DarnoldCAR
29Desmond RidderATL
30Davis MillsHOU
31Baker MayfieldLAR
32Tyler HuntleyBAL

Running Back Notes and Playoff Rankings

We know that the Kansas City Chiefs are a pass-first offense. But Isiah Pacheco has now had at least 15 touches and 80 scrimmage yards in five straight weeks. He is the overall RB16 in that stretch, and that is precisely where I rank him here. However, he has the makings of a potential RB1 in each of the next two weeks. The Chiefs face the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks in that span. They rank one and two respectively in most fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season. Pacheco is not involved much in the passing game, but he has huge upside in those matchups. The Texans have allowed the most rushing yards and rushing scores to opposing backs on the year. And since their Week 10 bye, Seattle has allowed 677 rushing yards in three games.

 Speaking of Houston, Dameon Pierce has been one of the feel-good stories of the 2022 fantasy football season. Unfortunately, that story may have come to an end on Sunday. Pierce suffered a high-ankle sprain and has already been ruled out for Week 15. With the Texans having won just one game on the year, they may hold Pierce out the rest of the way. We have already seen their strange quarterback hijinks at play last week, as they went back and forth between Davis Mills and Jeff Driskel. Keep in mind this was after two weeks of starting Kyle Allen, who is arguably the worst quarterback to step on an NFL field this season. I want to remain positive, so I ranked Pierce as if he will play in Week 16. However, that is far from a certainty given Houston’s lack of incentive to win ballgames.

1Christian McCaffreySF
2Derrick HenryTEN
3Austin EkelerLAC
4Josh JacobsLV
5Jonathan TaylorIND
6Dalvin CookMIN
7Joe MixonCIN
8James ConnerARI
9Nick ChubbCLE
10Saquon BarkleyNYG
11Alvin KamaraNO
12Rhamondre StevensonNE
13Tony PollardDAL
14Travis EtienneJAC
15Aaron JonesGB
16Isiah PachecoKC
17Miles SandersPHI
18Kenneth Walker IIISEA
19David MontgomeryCHI
20Ezekiel ElliottDAL
21Najee HarrisPIT
22Rachaad WhiteTB
23Jamaal WilliamsDET
24Brian RobinsonWAS
25Zonovan KnightNYJ
26D’Andre SwiftDET
27D’Onta ForemanCAR
28Cordarrelle PattersonATL
29Raheem MostertMIA
30Devin SingletaryBUF
31J.K. DobbinsBAL
32AJ DillonGB
33Leonard FournetteTB
34Antonio GibsonWAS
35Latavius MurrayDEN
36Cam AkersLAR
37Jeffery Wilson Jr.MIA
38Jerick McKinnonKC
39Dameon PierceHOU
40James CookBUF
41Tyler AllgeierATL
42Chuba HubbardCAR
43Kareem HuntCLE
44Gus EdwardsBAL
45Michael CarterNYJ
46Damien HarrisNE
47Samaje PerineCIN
48Kyren WilliamsLAR
49Kenneth GainwellPHI
50Jaylen WarrenPIT
51Alexander MattisonMIN
52Joshua KelleyLAC
53Dontrell HilliardTEN
54Jordan MasonSF
55Boston ScottPHI
56Travis HomerSEA
57Kenyan DrakeBAL
58Rex BurkheadHOU
59Ameer AbdullahLV
60Deon JacksonIND
61Matt BreidaNYG
62Jamycal HastyJAC
63Keaontay IngramARI
64Caleb HuntleyATL
65DeeJay DallasSEA
66Nyheim HinesBUF
67Raheem BlackshearCAR
68Mike BooneDEN
69Justin JacksonDET
70Dare OgunbowaleHOU
71Ty JohnsonNYJ
72Benny SnellPIT
73Khalil HerbertCHI
74Zamir WhiteLV
75Marlon MackDEN
76Kyle JuszczykSF
77Darrynton EvansCHI
78Gary BrightwellNYG
79James RobinsonNYJ
80Zack MossIND
81Justice HillBAL
82Chase EdmondsDEN
83Tyrion Davis-PriceSF
84Pierre Strong Jr.NE
85Isaiah SpillerLAC
86Melvin Gordon IIIKC
87Trestan EbnerCHI
88Sony MichelLAC
89Alec IngoldMIA
90Mark Ingram IINO
91Snoop ConnerJAC
92Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC
93Brandon BoldenLV
94D'Ernest JohnsonCLE
95Chris EvansCIN
96Hassan HaskinsTEN
97Kevin HarrisNE
98Tony Jones Jr.SEA
99Dwayne WashingtonNO
100Malcolm BrownLAR
101Myles GaskinMIA
102Malik DavisDAL
103Darrel WilliamsARI
104Ke’Shawn VaughnTB

Wide Receiver Notes and Playoff Rankings

One of the byproducts of Trevor Lawrence’s stellar play during the second half of the season is that the Jacksonville Jaguars have been able to support two relevant fantasy wide receivers. Since Week 9, Christian Kirk is the overall WR12 and Zay Jones is the WR19 in half-PPR formats. Lawrence and Company face some tough matchups during the fantasy football playoffs. All of their three opponents rank in the bottom half of the league in receiving yards allowed to enemy wideouts this year. Because of that, I ranked Kirk and Jones a bit lower than their recent form would suggest. Still, Kirk has earned every-week starter status. Jones is probably more matchup-dependent, but he should be a WR3/Flex play more often than not.

As is the case with seemingly every aspect of their offense, the Houston Texans have some question marks when it comes to their receiving corps. It is too bad because they have high-quality matchups in each of the next two weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans are both pass funnels on defense. They are fourth and first respectively in pass attempts faced and in fantasy points allowed to opposing wideouts. Top wideout Brandin Cooks is still iffy with a calf injury, and Nico Collins missed last week’s game with a foot injury. Between their injury issues and the team playing musical chairs at quarterback, it is difficult to imagine any of the Texans wideouts providing value throughout the fantasy football playoffs. One of them could emerge in a given week, however, as Chris Moore (WR9) and Amari Rodgers (WR19) did a week ago.

1Justin JeffersonMIN
2Tyreek HillMIA
3Davante AdamsLV
4Ja’Marr ChaseCIN
5Stefon DiggsBUF
6CeeDee LambDAL
7DeAndre HopkinsARI
8Amon-Ra St. BrownDET
9A.J. BrownPHI
10Garrett WilsonNYJ
11DK MetcalfSEA
12Jaylen WaddleMIA
13Tee HigginsCIN
14Tyler LockettSEA
15Chris GodwinTB
16Chris OlaveNO
17Christian KirkJAC
18Mike EvansTB
19Keenan AllenLAC
20Amari CooperCLE
21Terry McLaurinWAS
22Christian WatsonGB
23Mike WilliamsLAC
24DeVonta SmithPHI
25JuJu Smith-SchusterKC
26Michael PittmanIND
27Brandon AiyukSF
28Jerry JeudyDEN
29Gabe DavisBUF
30Drake LondonATL
31Marquise BrownARI
32D.J. MooreCAR
33Diontae JohnsonPIT
34Zay JonesJAC
35Allen LazardGB
36Donovan Peoples-JonesCLE
37Darius SlaytonNYG
38George PickensPIT
39Treylon BurksTEN
40Adam ThielenMIN
41Jakobi MeyersNE
42Courtland SuttonDEN
43Michael GallupDAL
44Josh PalmerLAC
45Nico CollinsHOU
46Mack HollinsLV
47Curtis SamuelWAS
48Parris CampbellIND
49D.J. CharkDET
50Isaiah McKenzieBUF
51Julio JonesTB
52Elijah MooreNYJ
53Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKC
54Van JeffersonLAR
55Brandin CooksHOU
56Chase ClaypoolCHI
57Rondale MooreARI
58Alec PierceIND
59Robert WoodsTEN
60Terrace Marshall Jr.CAR
61Tyler BoydCIN
62Corey DavisNYJ
63Jarvis LandryNO
64Jahan DotsonWAS
65Demarcus RobinsonBAL
66Kadarius ToneyKC
67Tutu AtwellLAR
68DeVante ParkerNE
69Marvin JonesJAC
70Devin DuvernayBAL
71Olamide ZaccheausATL
72K.J. OsbornMIN
73Nick WestbrookTEN
74Richie JamesNYG
75Ben SkowronekLAR
76Chris MooreHOU
77Romeo DoubsGB
78Jameson WilliamsDET
79Deebo SamuelSF
80Nelson AgholorNE
81Josh ReynoldsDET
82Noah BrownDAL
83Skyy MooreKC
84Tyquan ThorntonNE
85Laviska Shenault Jr.CAR
86DeAndre CarterLAC
87Jauan JenningsSF
88Randall CobbGB
89David BellCLE
90Quez WatkinsPHI
91Marquise GoodwinSEA
92Trent SherfieldMIA
93Russell GageTB
94Equanimeous St. BrownCHI
95Rashid ShaheedNO
96Kendall HintonDEN
97Kendrick BourneNE
98Justin WatsonKC
99Isaiah HodginsNYG
100Hunter RenfrowLV
101Tre’Quan SmithNO
102Kalif RaymondDET
103Braxton BerriosNYJ
104Greg DortchARI
105Dante PettisCHI
106Mecole HardmanKC
107Jamal AgnewJAC
108Khalil ShakirBUF
109Cooper KuppLAR
110Byron PringleCHI
111Robby AndersonARI
112Odell BeckhamFA
113Phillip DorsettHOU
114DeSean JacksonBAL
115Steven Sims Jr.PIT
116A.J. GreenARI
117Keelan ColeLV
118Damiere ByrdATL
119Marquez CallawayNO
120Ashton DulinIND
121Cedrick WilsonMIA
122Ray-Ray McCloudSF
123Brandon PowellLAR
124Shi SmithCAR
125Denzel MimsNYJ
126James ProcheBAL
127Zach PascalPHI
128Velus Jones Jr.CHI
129Kenny GolladayNYG
130KhaDarel HodgeATL
131Sammy WatkinsGB
132Trenton IrwinCIN
133Scotty MillerTB
134Samori ToureGB
135Danny GraySF
136James WashingtonDAL
137Gunner OlszewskiPIT
138Trent TaylorCIN
139Dyami BrownWAS
140Jalen TolbertDAL
141Breshad PerrimanTB
142Jalen ReagorMIN
143Brandon JohnsonDEN
144Cam SimsWAS
145Amari RodgersHOU
146Laquon TreadwellSEA
147Mike StrachanIND
148David SillsNYG
149Jeff SmithNYJ
150Montrell WashingtonDEN
151Kyle PhillipsTEN
152River CracraftMIA
153T.Y. HiltonDAL
154Tom KennedyDET
155Kevin WhiteNO
156Bryan EdwardsKC
157Jamison CrowderBUF
158N'Keal HarryCHI

Tight End Notes and Playoff Rankings

If there was ever a referendum on how terrible the tight end position is, just look at Evan Engram. Coming into last week’s action, Engram was the overall TE15 on the year. He then proceeded to go nuclear, putting up 33.7 points last week. That vaulted him to the overall TE4. For reference, for a running wide or wide receiver to go from the 15th spot to number four in a given week, he would have to exceed 80 fantasy points. It is pretty safe to say that we have seen Engram’s best game. But the upside he displayed is not often found among tight ends. Because of that, I am willing to rank him as a low-end TE1 for the fantasy football playoffs.

One of the up-and-comers at the tight end position is Chigoziem Okonkwo of the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee used Okonkwo sparingly over the first half of the year. Recently, however, the rookie has been more involved, and the results have followed. He has had over 30 yards in six straight games and has now been targeted five times or more in three straight. He is the overall TE9 in half-PPR scoring since Week 9. Okonkwo still splits time with Austin Hooper, and Tennessee’s offense still revolves around Derrick Henry. Because of that, I am not quite ready to label him a must-start in leagues that start a single tight end. However, Okonkwo’s speed and big-play ability make him an intriguing weekly play at a position that largely lacks both.

1Travis KelceKC
2T.J. HockensonMIN
3Mark AndrewsBAL
4Dalton SchultzDAL
5David NjokuCLE
6George KittleSF
7Pat FreiermuthPIT
8Greg DulcichDEN
9Cole KmetCHI
10Evan EngramJAC
11Gerald EverettLAC
12Dallas GoedertPHI
13Dawson KnoxBUF
14Taysom HillNO
15Hunter HenryNE
16Chigoziem OkonkwoTEN
17Tyler ConklinNYJ
18Noah FantSEA
19Tyler HigbeeLAR
20Daniel BellingerNYG
21Darren WallerLV
22Hayden HurstCIN
23Juwan JohnsonNO
24Austin HooperTEN
25Robert Tonyan Jr.GB
26Foster MoreauLV
27Logan ThomasWAS
28Trey McBrideARI
29Cade OttonTB
30Mike GesickiMIA
31Jordan AkinsHOU
32Isaiah LikelyBAL
33Will DisslySEA
34Jelani WoodsIND
35Kylen GransonIND
36Cameron BrateTB
37Jonnu SmithNE
38Adam TrautmanNO
39Noah GrayKC
40Harrison BryantCLE
41Brevin JordanHOU
42Brock WrightDET
43C.J. UzomahNYJ
44Tommy TrembleCAR
45Mo Alie-CoxIND
46Ian ThomasCAR
47Durham SmytheMIA
48Jack StollPHI
49Colby ParkinsonSEA
50Mitchell WilcoxCIN
51Zach GentryPIT
52John BatesWAS
53Anthony FirkserATL
54Jake FergusonDAL
55Josh OliverBAL
56James MitchellDET
57Parker HesseATL
58Dan ArnoldJAC
59Teagan QuitorianoHOU
60Tre’ McKittyLAC
61Joe FortsonKC
62Geoff SwaimTEN
63Shane ZylstraDET
64Johnny MundtMIN
65Josiah DeguaraGB
66O.J. HowardHOU
67Cole TurnerWAS
68Pharaoh BrownCLE
69Quintin MorrisBUF
70Kyle RudolphTB
71Chris ManhertzJAC
72Donald Parham Jr.LAC
73Grant CalcaterraPHI

Defense/Special Teams Notes and Playoff Rankings

I generally try to stream Defense/Special Teams units based on the weekly schedule. For example, the Indianapolis Colts have allowed more fantasy points to D/ST than any team’s D/ST has scored this year. There have been 56 starting quarterbacks in the NFL this season. That should give fantasy managers plenty of opportunities to exploit these matchups. Even though I have the Buffalo Bills as the top fantasy defense for the playoff run, I doubt I would have them in the top spot in any of the next three weeks. So use your discretion when it comes to which offenses you want to attack from a D/ST standpoint. Weather can also come into play in certain matchups. Though it is early in the week, there are currently four matchups that could be played in freezing temperatures with double-digit mile-per-hour winds.

1Buffalo Bills
2San Francisco 49ers
3Kansas City Chiefs
4Philadelphia Eagles
5Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6Baltimore Ravens
7Dallas Cowboys
8New England Patriots
9New York Jets
10New Orleans Saints
11Denver Broncos
12Washington Commanders
13Green Bay Packers
14Tennessee Titans
15Cleveland Browns
16Indianapolis Colts
17Minnesota Vikings
18Miami Dolphins
19Los Angeles Chargers
20Pittsburgh Steelers
21Arizona Cardinals
22Los Angeles Rams
23Carolina Panthers
24Las Vegas Raiders
25Detroit Lions
26Cincinnati Bengals
27New York Giants
28Jacksonville Jaguars
29Seattle Seahawks
30Atlanta Falcons
31Chicago Bears
32Houston Texans

Kicker Notes and Playoff Rankings

Weather can be a major factor when it comes to the kicking game as well. Keep that in mind when selecting your kicker each week. Without knowing what the weather will look like beyond this week, it is hard to keep guys like Justin Tucker and Tyler Bass out of the top five. Their offenses are generally kicker-friendly. One situation to monitor is in Los Angeles, where Cameron Dicker has taken over following the injury to Dustin Hopkins. I would have ranked Dicker higher if I knew for sure that the team would stick with him for the remainder of the season. To his credit, Dicker has acquitted himself very well. He has hit 29 of 30 kicks in addition to 30 touchbacks on kickoffs. As a team, the Chargers have made 25 field goals. Only four individual kickers have more this year.

1Justin TuckerBAL
2Evan McPhersonCIN
3Harrison ButkerKC
4Tyler BassBUF
5Daniel CarlsonLV
6Brett MaherDAL
7Ryan SuccopTB
8Nick FolkNE
9Jake ElliottPHI
10Jason MyersSEA
11Robbie GouldSF
12Greg ZuerleinNYJ
13Greg JosephMIN
14Jason SandersMIA
15Younghoe KooATL
16Graham GanoNYG
17Wil LutzNO
18Brandon McManusDEN
19Cade YorkCLE
20Matt PraterARI
21Chris BoswellPIT
22Matt GayLAR
23Michael BadgleyDET
24Mason CrosbyGB
25Cameron DickerLAC
26Chase McLaughlinIND
27Joey SlyeWAS
28Randy BullockTEN
29Eddy PineiroCAR
30Riley PattersonJAC
31Ka’imi FairbairnHOU
32Cairo SantosCHI
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