I didn’t do IDP rankings for last week’s Wild Card Round, as frankly after a long season and the madness of the holidays yours truly was ready for a breather, and I figured that perhaps the best chance my readers had of a successful first round in their playoff fantasy football leagues was if they
didn’t have my particular brand of IDP “wisdom” at their disposal.
I’m kidding, of course, as I have loads of empirical data to indicate that I am in fact correct in my recommendations and rankings nearly 17 percent of the time (31 percent in Canada), and after a number of requests it’s time to hop back on the horse and crank out some rankings for this week’s Divisional Round of the playoffs.
This may well be one of those “Be careful what you wish for” deals, but what can I say? I’m a man of the people, and the people want rankings.
Playoff fantasy football leagues are a different animal, so I’m using the scoring and rules for the BTR Listeners League sponsored by Fantasy Sharks and run by FSWA Hall of Famer Greg Kellogg, who I have the distinct pleasure of co-hosting Kellogg’s Komments with twice a week on Fantasy Sharks Radio. If you haven’t given a listen, you absolutely should, as Greg, Mike Pisani, and Chris Nunes are damned near capable of drowning my drivel out.
These rankings are based on the scoring for that contest, which awards 1 point for solos, .5 points for assists, 2 points each for fumbles forced and recovered, 3 points for interceptions, and sacks, 6 points for defensive touchdowns, 4 points for safeties, and 1 point for passes defensed, as well as return yardage for picks and fumbles, but those are fluke points best not chased.
It’s also a “one and done” format, which means that once you use a guy he’s through, so what may look like a great play this week may also involve a player you want to save for next. That makes it more important, especially early on, that you try to balance scoring and who you think will advance, so keep in mind that my rankings may reflect biases you may not share, and a bit of “bet-hedging”. (EXAMPLE: San Francisco 49ers linebackers Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman are both solid fantasy options, so regardless of whether I think they’ll win or lose I may burn one this week. They lose I got good production from one (hopefully). They win I still have one to use next week.)
No need to go more than 10 deep, so without further adieu…
1.) J.J. Watt – HOU at NE
2.) Elvis Dumervil – DEN vs. BAL
3.) Haloti Ngata – BAL at DEN
4.) Chandler Jones – NE vs. HOU
5.) John Abraham – ATL vs. SEA
6.) Justin Smith – SF vs. GB
7.) Bruce Irvin – SEA at ATL
8.) Paul Kruger – BAL at DEN
9.) Derek Wolfe – DEN vs. BAL
10.) Brandon Mebane – SEA at ATL
1.) Bobby Wagner – SEA at ATL
2.) Jerod Mayo – NE vs. HOU
3.) Ray Lewis – BAL at DEN
4.) Navorro Bowman – SF vs. GB
5.) Wesley Woodyard – DEN vs. BAL
6.) Brad Jones – GB at SF
7.) Patrick Willis – SF vs. GB
8.) Sean Weatherspoon – ATL at SEA
9.) Aldon Smith – SF vs. GB
10.) Von Miller – DEN vs. BAL
1.) Morgan Burnett – GB at SF
2.) Danieal Manning – HOU at NE
3.) Kam Chancellor – SEA at ATL
4.) Bernard Pollard – BAL at DEN
5.) Devin McCourty – NE vs. HOU
6.) Glover Quin – HOU at NE
7.) Richard Sherman – SEA at ATL
8.) Earl Thomas – SEA at ATL
9.) Carlos Rogers – SF vs. GB
10.) Charles Woodson – GB at SF
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