Bobby Sylvester’s NFL Divisional Round Rankings

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jan 11, 2018

Matt Ryan should throw 35+ passes this weekend

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.


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1Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
2Dion Lewis (NE)RB
3Jay Ajayi (PHI)RB
4Latavius Murray (MIN)RB
5Jerick McKinnon (MIN)RB
6Rex Burkhead (NE)RB
7Stefon Diggs (MIN)WR
8Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
9James White (NE)RB
10T.J. Yeldon (JAC)RB
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12LeGarrette Blount (PHI)RB
13Corey Clement (PHI)RB
14Brandin Cooks (NE)WR
15Alshon Jeffery (PHI)WR
16Marqise Lee (JAC)WR
17Nelson Agholor (PHI)WR
18Chris Hogan (NE)WR
19Danny Amendola (NE)WR
20Dede Westbrook (JAC)WR
21Allen Hurns (JAC)WR
22Keelan Cole (JAC)WR
23Jarius Wright (MIN)WR
24Torrey Smith (PHI)WR
25Zach Ertz (PHI)TE
26Kyle Rudolph (MIN)TE
27Michael Floyd (MIN)WR
28Marcedes Lewis (JAC)TE
29James O'Shaughnessy (JAC)TE
30Laquon Treadwell (MIN)WR
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2Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)1B
3Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
4Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
5Mookie Betts (BOS)RF
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7Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
8Joey Votto (CIN)1B
9Kris Bryant (CHC)1B,3B
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13Corey Seager (LAD)SS
14Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)RF
15Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
16Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
17Daniel Murphy (WSH)1B,2B
18Nelson Cruz (SEA)RF,DH
19George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
20Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
21Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
22Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)1B,DH
23Josh Donaldson (TOR)3B,DH
24Yu Darvish (FA)SP
25Robinson Cano (SEA)2B
26Bryce Harper (WSH)RF
27Miguel Cabrera (DET)1B,DH
28J.D. Martinez (FA)RF
29Madison Bumgarner (SF)SP
30Jose Abreu (CWS)1B,DH
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3James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
4Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
5Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
6Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
7Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
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15Jimmy Butler (MIN)SG,SF
16Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
17Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
18Hassan Whiteside (MIA)C,PF
19Myles Turner (IND)PF,C
20Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
21Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
22Draymond Green (GSW)SF,PF
23Kristaps Porzingis (NYK)PF,C
24Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
25CJ McCollum (POR)PG,SG
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27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Klay Thompson (GSW)SG,SF
29Marc Gasol (MEM)C
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