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Davis Mattek’s 2018 Playoff Fantasy Football Rankings and Notes

Davis Mattek’s 2018 Playoff Fantasy Football Rankings and Notes
Davis Mattek January 2, 2019 11:17AM EDT

Your Essential Playoff Fantasy Football Ranks

Here are Davis Mattek’s overall and positional Playoff Fantasy Football ranks for your leagues in PPR and standard formats. The ranks are hosted on FantasyPros.com. Davis Mattek finished Top 5 in the Fantasy Pros Sports Betting Accuracy Challenge for the regular season and finished second in the four-segment Action Network sports betting, season-long, DFS and survivor Fantasy Sports league.

Ranks are based on a combination of how far teams are projected to advance in the playoffs and potential overall production. Mattek’s favored teams to play three games are the Chiefs and Rams with the Patriots and Saints next.

 

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Fantasy Football Playoffs Quick Notes

  • The difficulty with Fantasy Football playoff rankings is that you’re forced to project how many games each team will play. I am expecting the chalk to hit in both conferences, though I tried to weight the Bears upset odds in, as I think they can beat both the Rams and the Saints.
  • I have Patrick Mahomes inside the Top 5 players for playoff Fantasy Football. In the regular season, that would be a disastrous ranking. However, for playoff Fantasy Football, Mahomes offers such a distinct advantage over every other player that he should be treated as a golden goose.
  • After Gurley, Kamara and Damien Williams, the RB player pool gets thin. The odds suggest that Melvin Gordon won’t get out of round one and the Patriots are using three running backs in every game. Ezekiel Elliott would be higher in my ranks were I more confident in Dallas handling business against Seattle but I am not. Tarik Cohen is probably the best sleeper of the whole group, as Chicago has decent Super Bowl equity and he is really the secret sauce of that offense.
  • The dearth of elite Fantasy wide receivers in the playoffs really hits home with these rankings. Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster, Mike Evans, Davante Adams, and Adam Thielen all are not in this year’s fantasy football playoffs. DeAndre Hopkins is coming off a truly stellar season with 115 receptions and zero drops. but Indy is a six seed that can win over a banged-up Houston team. Robert Woods is the wide receiver I am highest on based on who is available.
  • Tight end is really quite fascinating after Travis Kelce, as there really is not a good Fantasy tight end who is locked in to more than one game. I have Zach Ertz ranked the highest of any Philadelphia Eagle simply because one good game from him against Chicago could beat Blake Jarwin, Gerald Everett and Hunter Henry’s multi-game production combined.
  • The kicker and defense rankings should mostly mirror Super Bowl futures, as there is not a ton of edge in getting fancy at those spots. You really should just want to maximize the amount of games for your K and DST for your Fantasy Football playoff pool.

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