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2017 Fantasy Football: Playoff Wild Card Round Fire or Flop; Rankings from Top to Bottom

Which fantasy football players are likely to catch fire, and which ones might flop during the NFL playoffs Wild Card Round?

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Los Angeles Rams v Tennessee Titans

This is the NFL Playoffs Wild Card Round of “Fire or Flop”, highlighting my favorite and not-so favorite fantasy football plays of the week. Since the field of participating NFL teams has been cut down drastically, I am now going to rank the fantasy-relevant players rather than single some out. As always, my thoughts are with PPR in mind.

Obviously, the season for regular season-long leagues is over (unless you’ve now joined a playoff league), so the chief purpose for the remainder of this series this year is for week-by-week contests like in FanDuel and DraftKings.

Be sure to hit me up on my Facebook or Twitter if you have any lineup questions.


  • Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs — Saturday, January 6 @ 4:20 PM ET
  • Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams — Saturday, January 6 @ 8:15 PM ET
  • Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, January 7 @ 1:05 PM ET
  • Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints — Sunday, January 7 @ 4:40 PM ET

QUARTERBACK

  1. Jared Goff vs. Atlanta Falcons (20th | 17.3 FPPG)
  2. Cam Newton @ New Orleans Saints (17th | 16.9 FPPG)
  3. Drew Brees vs. Carolina Panthers (12th | 15.9 FPPG)
  4. Alex Smith vs. Tennessee Titans (16th | 16.8 FPPG)
  5. Blake Bortles vs. Buffalo Bills (7th | 14.0 FPPG)
  6. Matt Ryan @ Los Angeles Rams (8th | 14.8 FPPG)
  7. Marcus Mariota @ Kansas City Chiefs (25th | 17.9 FPPG)
  8. Tyrod Taylor @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1st | 11.7 FPPG)


RUNNING BACK

  1. Todd Gurley vs. Atlanta Falcons (11th | 22.9 FPPG)
  2. Leonard Fournette vs. Buffalo Bills (32nd | 27.8 FPPG)
  3. Alvin Kamara vs. Carolina Panthers (3rd | 20.4 FPPG)
  4. Kareem Hunt vs. Tennessee Titans (12th | 23.0 FPPG)
  5. Devonta Freeman @ Los Angeles Rams (29th | 26.1 FPPG)
  6. Christian McCaffrey @ New Orleans Saints (14th | 23.2 FPPG)
  7. Mark Ingram vs. Carolina Panthers (3rd | 20.4 FPPG)
  8. Derrick Henry @ Kansas City Chiefs (5th | 21.4 FPPG)
  9. Jonathan Stewart @ New Orleans Saints (14th | 23.2 FPPG)
  10. Tevin Coleman @ Los Angeles Rams (29th | 26.1 FPPG)
  11. LeSean McCoy @ Jacksonville Jaguars (13th | 23.1 FPPG) — McCoy is dealing with an ankle injury and has not been practicing so far this week. Keep an eye on it.
  12. Mike Tolbert @ Jacksonville Jaguars (13th | 23.1 FPPG)


WIDE RECEIVER

  1. Michael Thomas vs. Carolina Panthers (28th | 35.5 FPPG)
  2. Julio Jones @ Los Angeles Rams (10th | 29.3 FPPG)
  3. Tyreek Hill vs. Tennessee Titans (22nd | 33.0 FPPG)
  4. Robert Woods vs. Atlanta Falcons (12th | 30.2 FPPG)
  5. Devin Funchess @ New Orleans Saints (20th | 32.8 FPPG)
  6. Cooper Kupp vs. Atlanta Falcons (12th | 30.2 FPPG)
  7. Mohamed Sanu @ Los Angeles Rams (10th | 29.3 FPPG)
  8. Rishard Matthews @ Kansas City Chiefs (31st | 37.4 FPPG)
  9. Sammy Watkins vs. Atlanta Falcons (12th | 30.2 FPPG)
  10. Dede Westbrook vs. Buffalo Bills (11th | 29.6 FPPG)
  11. Ted Ginn vs. Carolina Panthers (28th | 35.5 FPPG)
  12. Keelan Cole vs. Buffalo Bills (11th | 29.6 FPPG)
  13. Corey Davis @ Kansas City Chiefs (31st | 37.4 FPPG)
  14. Kelvin Benjamin @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1st | 23.4 FPPG)
  15. Allen Hurns vs. Buffalo Bills (11th | 29.6 FPPG)
  16. Eric Decker @ Kansas City Chiefs (31st | 37.4 FPPG)
  17. Albert Wilson vs. Tennessee Titans (22nd | 33.0 FPPG)
  18. Brandon Coleman vs. Carolina Panthers (28th | 35.5 FPPG)
  19. Deonte Thompson @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1st | 23.4 FPPG)
  20. Marqise Lee vs. Buffalo Bills (11th | 29.6 FPPG) — Lee is dealing with an ankle injury and has not been practicing so far this week. Keep an eye on it.


TIGHT END

  1. Travis Kelce vs. Tennessee Titans (19th | 11.8 FPPG)
  2. Delanie Walker @ Kansas City Chiefs (6th | 9.7 FPPG)
  3. Greg Olsen @ New Orleans Saints (2nd | 9.1 FPPG)
  4. Austin Hooper @ Los Angeles Rams (18th | 11.8 FPPG)
  5. Charles Clay @ Jacksonville Jaguars (10th | 10.3 FPPG)
  6. Marcedes Lewis vs. Buffalo Bills (24th | 12.5 FPPG)
  7. Tyler Higbee vs. Atlanta Falcons (12th | 10.9 FPPG)
  8. Josh Hill vs. Carolina Panthers (5th | 9.7 FPPG)
  9. Nick O’Leary @ Jacksonville Jaguars (10th | 10.3 FPPG)
  10. Jonnu Smith @ Kansas City Chiefs (6th | 9.7 FPPG)


KICKER

  1. Harrison Butker vs. Tennessee Titans (32nd | 10.3 FPPG)
  2. Will Lutz vs. Carolina Panthers (20th | 8.2 FPPG)
  3. Josh Lambo vs. Buffalo Bills (26th | 8.8 FPPG)
  4. Matt Bryant @ Los Angeles Rams (9th | 6.4 FPPG)
  5. Sam Ficken vs. Atlanta Falcons (19th | 8.1 FPPG)
  6. Ryan Succop @ Kansas City Chiefs (5th | 6.2 FPPG)
  7. Graham Gano @ New Orleans Saints (12th | 7.4 FPPG)
  8. Steven Hauschka @ Jacksonville Jaguars (6th | 6.3 FPPG)


DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills (19th | 7.4 FPPG)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans (20th | 7.5 FPPG)
  3. New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers (14th | 6.7 FPPG)
  4. Los Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons (9th | 4.4 FPPG)
  5. Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints (2nd | 2.3 FPPG)
  6. Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonville Jaguars (10th | 4.4 FPPG)
  7. Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs (3rd | 2.6 FPPG)
  8. Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams (4th | 3.1 FPPG)