Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings
Well this is it. In most fantasy football leagues, if you are fortunate enough to be playing this week then you have made it to the championship game of your fantasy football league. Technically I am still playing, but the third place game just doesn’t have the same thrill to it. Either way, you may need a couple of last minute adjustments for your team, so here are the final fantasy football playoff rankings for the year!
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins
If you took my advice last week and picked up Fitz-magic, he rewarded you with 20.46 fantasy points in traditional leagues. With a home match-up against the worst team in the league, Cincinnati Bengals, you may consider adding him now if you are in a pinch. Still available in 75% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Drew Lock – Denver Broncos
This rookie quarterback has had his ups and downs since taking over the reigns in Denver, but has shown the ability to put up yards and touchdowns against lesser competition. Queue the Detroit Lions, who haven’t stopped many teams this year, and you have a quarterback to fill in for your title game. Only owned by 6% of teams, he should be available in your league.
Mitchell Trubiski – Chicago Bears
Even with the ugly game against a pretty good Green Bay Packers team Sunday, Trubiski was still able to get something going in the second half, falling a couple yards short of possibly tying the game on a desperation multi-lateral play at the end of the game. Now that the Bears are officially out of the playoffs, look for Trubiski to be a little more relaxed against the Kansas City Chiefs and put up good numbers. Available in 77% of Yahoo leagues.
Adrian Peterson – Washington Redskins
Adrian Peterson has seemed to find the fountain of youth, but with Derrius Guice out he will get the touches and against a bad New York Giants team there are many opportunities for a good game here. Only on 54% of fantasy teams, there are much worse options to put in your lineup this week.
Patrick Laird – Miami Dolphins
Laird is never going to be in the running for the NFL rushing title, but he can help you this week get your fantasy football title. His ability to catch out of the backfield helps especially in PPR leagues, and he is available in 55% of Yahoo leagues.
Ronald Jones II – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones has had his opportunities this year, and hasn’t necessarily taken advantage of them. But with the Bucs being down wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin already, and now losing Scotty Miller to IR, there will be additional targets for Jones through the air. He is available in 38% of leagues if you need running back help.
Sterling Shepard – New York Giants
Since coming back from multiple concussions this year, Shepard has quietly put together a very consistent month, culminating in a 20 fantasy point outburst last week against the Dolphins. With a similarly easy game against the Redskins coming up, and still available in 37% of Yahoo leagues, he would be a good WR3 or slot fill in.
Breshad Perriman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Similar to what I said about Ronald Jones, Perriman will see a huge increase in target with just about every other receiver on the sidelines with injury. Only on 14% of fantasy leagues, he is a borderline WR1 this week against Houston.
Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears
Miller is one of many Bears who had a very disappointing start to the year, but has rebounded nicely into a surefire second receiving option for Mitchell Trubiski. With 5 straight games over double digit fantasy points (PPR leagues) look for Miller to continue this streak this week against the Chiefs which may end up having a high score. He is available in 73% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams
Higbee has put up good points in 3 straight games, and look at that trend to continue with the Rams fighting for their playoff lives. Still available in 33% of fantasy leagues, he is a good option to put in this week.
Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
Fant definitely falls into the category of boom or bust, but if you are desperate for tight end help he could possibly be in line for a good line this week against the Detroit Lions. Only on 31% of teams at the moment, this could be the move that puts you over the top.
Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins
Who would have thought 2 months ago that I would have 3 different Miami Dolphins on my list. Yet here we are, with Gesicki having at least 5 targets in 7 straight games and a match up with the new worst team, Cincinnati Bengals coming up. Still available in 72% of Yahoo leagues. Pick him up if you need a tight end.
When I still thought I had a chance of fantasy football gold, I picked up the Colts defense for this match up against the Carolina Panthers. They are still available in 70% of leagues, so if you need a good defense and yours has a tough match up this week, go ahead and pick them up.
This late in the season, if you do not have one of the top tier defenses, you have to play the match ups. And with the Broncos playing the Detroit Lions this week, there isn’t many better opportunities for a defense than going against the third quarterback for a team. Available in 74% of leagues.
With the season all but over, the Atlanta Falcons have decided to start playing their best ball of the season lately. With 2 double digit fantasy point games the last two weeks, including against the San Francisco 49ers, the Falcons will be a sneaky good play against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Only on 8% of teams, I am sure they are available in your league.
If you have made it this far, congratulations! It is tough to get this far. But you only have one more game to go! Good luck in you championship games this week, let me know in the comments below how it goes!