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FANTASY FOOTBALL – Playoff Rankings & Roster Strategy


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Playoff Rankings & Roster Strategy

Shrink your bench.

Carrying six WRs, if you can only start four, is useless. Those roster spots are better served for immediate team needs and starting lineup maximization. Subterfuge too; Snidely Whiplash levels of dastardly deeds.

Week 15 Ranks: FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE & D/ST | Start/Sit
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If your opponent doesn’t have a tight end and there’s only one decent option on free agency (Dion Sims this week. Whenever a TE is playing the Jets/Bears), it’s worth cutting Michael Floyd, and the Michael Floyd types of the world, if they’re not a starter, just to block your opponent. STOP THE PRESSES: TE is a lewd, post-apocalyptic night terror. And if the opposition doesn’t own GRONKKKKKJimmy GrahamJulius ThomasGreg Olsen, Martellus Bennett or Delanie Walker (yes, Delanie Walker), then they’ll be scrambling for one of these guys:

Streaming: Week 15 TE Rankings
  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Jordan Reed
  3. Charles Clay
  4. Coby Fleener
  5. Dwayne Allen
  6. Owen Daniels
  7. Kyle Rudolph
  8. Levine Toilolo
  9. Zach Ertz
Streaming: Week 16 TE Rankings
  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Jordan Reed
  3. Coby Fleener
  4. Jermaine Gresham
  5. Zach Ertz
  6. Tim Wright
  7. Scott Chandler
  8. Eric Ebron

At this point in the season, if a player contributes nothing to your starting lineup, that place on the roster is more valuable taking points away from the competition. It’s not guaranteed to work, I mean, Josh Hill CAN score a TD, however swinging the probability in your favor, even marginally, is one of the few ways to actually impact your odds. Having an awesome team is more effective, still, these little things all add up.

This mindset applies across the board. Want to roster three defenses to be prepared for Weeks 14-16? Go for it:

Week 15 D/ST Rankings

BAL vs JAX
STL vs ARZ
NE vs MIA
DET vs MIN
ARZ at STL
TEN vs NYJ
GB at BUF
PHI vs DAL
HOU vs IND
TB at CAR
IND vs HOU
BUF vs GB
KC vs OAK
NYG vs WAS
SEA vs SF

Week 16 D/ST Rankings
  1. GB at TB
  2. DET at CHI
  3. NE at NYJ
  4. PHI at WAS
  5. CLE at CAR
  6. BAL at HOU
  7. STL vs NYG
  8. MIA vs MIN
  9. DEN at CIN
  10. CHI vs DET
  11. BUF at OAK
  12. TEN at JAX
  13. SF vs SD
  14. JAX vs TEN
  15. ARZ vs SEA

You should be stashing one, maybe two of these RBs. If the starter in front of any member of this group goes down, they’ll earn must-start status in the following weeks because of skill or volume, and for some, both. Latavius Murray and Daniel Herron are fine adds, yet if they’re just warming your bench, lose’em for an upside handcuff. Now, if they’re one of three RBs you rotate based on matchup, that’s different, in that situation, Murray/Herron/Fringy starter, possess more value to you than any of these backups:

Upside RB Stash Playoff Rankings
  1. Juwan Thompson
  2. Knile Davis
  3. Joseph Randle
  4. Alfred Blue
  5. Ka’Deem Carey
  6. James Starks
  7. Chris Polk
  8. Carlos Hyde
  9. Roy Helu
  10. Bryce Brown

Always pick up RBs in the Thursday/Saturday/Monday games as a preemptive attack on a catastrophic injury. If Matt Forte or Demarco Murray’s season meets an untimely end next Thursday night, having Ka’Deem Carey and/or Joseph Randle will prove you truly are an IDEAS MAN!!! If you simply have them on your bench and don’t start them, and nothing happens, waive them for someone else the next day. (NOTE: Check your settings, this does not apply in every league.)

While we’re at it:

Upside WR Playoff Rankings
  1. Davante Adams

That is all.

The rankings will obviously change with injuries and shifts in usage during the coming weeks, but not significantly. There’s so much random chance in winning a Fantasy football championship, the only thing you can truly control is your preparation. Knowledge leads to calculated risks which places you in best position to get lucky. Trust me, you’ll need luck.

JUST THE TIPS!!!!

Adding players off free agency then dropping them the next day to put them on waivers, so no one can use them is not against the rules – it’s merely frowned upon. Like a friend soiling your hotel toilet instead of their own.

Drop “name” players. If it’s not one of your elite guys, consider them expendable.

Capitalize on newfound opportunity. Ladell Betts has won me title in the past. Like Mike Anderson did before him. I even Marc Bulger’d my way to a championship one season, and that was well after Bulger was washed up.

Don’t fret over the weather. Unless there’s a record-breaking windstorm. You may want to avoid that. Rain or snow, don’t worry about it. Except kickers. Use dome kickers. I honestly don’t care if that’s actually a thing or not, it’s peace of mind. Next year, banish kickers from your league. It’s the only way Cody Parkey will never hurt you again.

Most importantly, remember, don’t fuck up.


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