Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings: Top Point Producers at Every Position
For those of you in fantasy football leagues that include the NFL playoffs, we have a lot of enticing matchups to explore.
In the playoffs, this is where the stars truly separate themselves while the pretenders get knocked around like a tackling dummy.
In that sense, make sure the players you are starting are either on a roll, face a great matchup or have a tendency to star in the big moments.
Here are the top point producers at every position for the NFL playoffs.
QB: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Not only did Matthew Stafford score the most fantasy points among quarterbacks in Week 17, he also faces a nice matchup against the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to QBs this season.
You can expect Stafford to be throwing the ball a lot in this game in a shootout with Drew Brees and that means plenty of fantasy points, my friends.
RB: Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster, after resting in Week 17, will start against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Round.
The Bengals have given up the 19th-most fantasy points to running backs so they aren't the greatest matchup, but there are certain players like Foster who can explode regardless.
I expect Foster to lift the offense on his shoulders with the passing game not as good under rookie T.J. Yates. After all, Foster averaged the most fantasy points among running backs this season.
WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
How many of these players do you have on your fantasy team?
Calvin Johnson has been nursing an Achilles injury, but you certainly can't ignore a combined 560 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his last three games.
Johnson has averaged the most fantasy points among receivers this season, is facing a forgiving Saints pass defense and just dropped 244 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17.
Do I really need to say anything more?
TE: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham doesn't have the best matchup against the Detroit Lions, but they did just allow Packers tight end Jermichael Finley to catch seven balls for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 17.
Plus, Graham is the best tight end in the Wild Card Round and he's averaged the second-most fantasy points among tight ends this season.
K: Neil Rackers, Houston Texans
When selecting kickers, I like to pick the ones facing tough defenses so their offenses won't get into the end zone.
Rackers faces the Bengals in the Wild Card Round, who have been good this season, and the Texans are starting a rookie in T.J. Yates at quarterback.
I expect the Texans to at least get within range a few times so Rackers can use his big leg to knock in some field goals.
He also set the franchise record with 135 (real) points this season.
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