Fantasy Playoff Rankings & Strength of Schedule: Your Championship Blueprint
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- Sean Koerner -- FantasyPros' fourth-most accurate ranker through Week 10 -- reveals his rest-of-season fantasy football rankings and projections.
- You can use these projections to get a sense of playoff rankings as well as players' strength of schedule for the stretch run.
On the fringe of making your league’s fantasy football playoffs?
There’s still time to make a championship run, but it’s going to take more than hope and luck. That’s why I’ve calculated my rest-of-season rankings for each position.
These rankings are outlined into tiers so you can better visualize the drop-off in expected production at each position, but I’ve also included week-by-week projections for every player. Factored into these week-by-week projections, of course, is players’ strength of schedule.
You can parse these projections by Weeks 11-16 (the rest of the season) and by Weeks 14-16 (the most popular time period for fantasy playoffs). And while the projected points for each span can give you an idea of a player’s value for the stretch run, I’ve attempted to give a more fair representation of that by stripping out the noise (such as remaining bye weeks) to help you more accurately measure a player’s value — relative to their position, but also compared to all players.
What’s the purpose of measuring the value of a player in addition to their week-by-week projections? And how should you use both in conjunction with the rankings and tiers? Let’s explain in further detail then run through each position.
Note: All projections are as of Nov. 18 and based on half PPR scoring.
Fantasy Playoff Rankings
There’s a difference between a player’s total projection for the rest of the season vs. how valuable they could be to your team — the latter of which is what we’ve tried to capture in the “value” column.
In fact, these “values” can double as trade values.
For example, if you’re on the fringe of making your league’s playoffs, then a player like Texans running back Duke Johnson (who offers good short-term value but will be unplayable come playoff time) is more valuable to your mission of making the playoffs. But if you’re cruising to the playoffs, a player like Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (who is likely out this week and has a Week 13 bye) is more valuable to you as a likely top-five running back in the playoffs.
For the sake of really driving the point home, let’s run through one more example:
- QB A: Ranked seventh one week, 29th the next
- QB B: Ranked 16th one week, 16th the next
“QB B” might be projected for more points over those two games, but “QB A” offers far more value. In a case like this, you would play “QB A” for the game he’s ranked seventh and find a replacement-level QB for the next game.
Fantasy QB Projections & Values
Fantasy QB Rankings & Tiers
Fantasy RB Projections & Values
Fantasy RB Rankings & Tiers
Ronald Jones II
Duke Johnson Jr.
Anthony McFarland Jr.
Fantasy WR Projections & Values
Fantasy WR Rankings & Tiers
Will Fuller V
Michael Pittman Jr.
Fantasy TE Projections & Values
Fantasy TE Rankings & Tiers
Robert Tonyan Jr.
Irv Smith Jr.
Fantasy K Projections & Values
Fantasy K Rankings & Tiers
Fantasy DEF Projections & Values
Fantasy DEF Rankings & Tiers
Los Angeles Rams
Washington Football Team
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New England Patriots
Los Angeles Chargers
Las Vegas Raiders
New York Jets
New York Giants