Bobby Sylvester’s NFL Divisional Round Rankings
There are so many crazy playoff contests that I have no idea what the particulars of your league are. You can ask me questions on Twitter as always and I’ll do my best to respond to them all, but these rankings should do the trick for most standard scoring leagues. First, let me explain four of the more controversial ones.
Matt Ryan (QB #1)
Tom Brady has been lackluster over the past six games while he has played on a bad achilles. While Ryan hasn’t exactly been on fire by any means, the opponents strength at stopping the run, as well as a negative game script should lead to him throwing quite a bit against the mediocre Eagles’ secondary.
Dion Lewis (RB #6)
If it were just for the dreadful matchup against the Titans, I’d still have Lewis as a top 4 running back this week because he has been getting so many touches. The primary problem, however, is that the Patriots welcome back Rex Burkhead, James White and Chris Hogan, so Lewis will not only lose targets in the passing game and carries to Burkhead, but also some goal-line work.
Adam Thielen (WR #2)
Both Michael Thomas and Antonio Brown will be covered by top cover corners all weekend, plus Brown is playing at less than 100%. Thielen has a dominant wide receiver in his game in Marshon Lattimore, but he doesn’t go into the slot so Stefon Diggs will almost certainly draw his attention. We saw it play out this way in Week 1 against the Saints and wouldn’t you know it, Thielen went for 157 yards on 9 receptions.
Nelson Agholor (WR #9)
Much like Thielen, this ranking comes down to the fact that Agholor will be running routes out of the slot which means his matchup couldn’t be more ideal. Brian Poole is their slot cornerback and he has been terrible all season long. Agholor also has 42 targets over the last five Eagles games so we can expect plenty of opportunities for him again this week.