2015 NFL Playoffs IDP Rankings
Jeff Ratcliffe ranks the top individual defensive players for 2015 playoff fantasy leagues.
2015 NFL Playoffs IDP Rankings
It’s hard to believe that 17 weeks of NFL football have already wrapped up, and while it’s sad to see it go, all things must pass. The good news is that the playoffs are on the horizon, and that gives us another opportunity to play some fantasy football.
NFL playoff fantasy leagues have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. At only a quarter of the length of the regular season, these leagues are a great way for those who are jonesing to get one more fix of fantasy or a chance for redemption to rid that bad aftertaste of a losing season.
Like the regular season, our goal in playoff leagues is the same – to score the most points. However, the single-elimination nature of the playoffs makes achieving this goal much trickier.
The key here is to draft not just quality players, but quality players on teams that have the best chance to play multiple games and hopefully advance to the Super Bowl. Before you draft, I’d suggest mapping out how you think the playoffs will play out.
Here’s my breakdown for this year’s playoffs:
Wild Card: CAR>ARZ, PIT>BLT, IND>CIN, DAL>DET
Divisional: NE>IND, DEN>PIT, SEA>CAR, GB>DAL
Championship: NE>DEN , SEA>GB
Based on these projected outcomes, I used the PFF Fantasy IDP scoring system and ranked out the Top 35 players at each position for the playoffs. You’ll notice that some of the bigger names are ranked behind marginal fantasy options. Remember, you’re shooting for more points, so one-and-done players won’t do you as much good as players who see three or even four games.
|Defensive Lineman||Linebacker||Defensive Back|
|1||Chandler Jones||NE||1||Bobby Wagner||SEA||1||Kam Chancellor||SEA|
|2||Rob Ninkovich||NE||2||Jamie Collins||NE||2||Earl Thomas||SEA|
|3||Michael Bennett||SEA||3||Dont’a Hightower||NE||3||Morgan Burnett||GB|
|4||Cliff Avril||SEA||4||K.J. Wright||SEA||4||Patrick Chung||NE|
|5||DeMarcus Ware||DEN||5||D’Qwell Jackson||IND||5||Devin McCourty||NE|
|6||Charles Johnson||CAR||6||Brandon Marshall||DEN||6||T.J. Ward||DEN|
|7||Mike Daniels||GB||7||Jerrell Freeman||IND||7||Barry Church||DAL|
|8||Vince Wilfork||NE||8||Von Miller||DEN||8||Richard Sherman||SEA|
|9||Cameron Heyward||PIT||9||Luke Kuechly||CAR||9||Darrelle Revis||NE|
|10||Kevin Williams||SEA||10||Lawrence Timmons||PIT||10||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||GB|
|11||Anthony Spencer||DAL||11||Anthony Hitchens||DAL||11||Mike Adams||IND|
|12||Derek Wolfe||DEN||12||Rolando McClain||DAL||12||Alfonzo Dennard||NE|
|13||Carlos Dunlap||CIN||13||Malcolm Smith||SEA||13||Brandon Browner||NE|
|14||Calais Campbell||ARZ||14||Sam Barrington||GB||14||Troy Polamalu||PIT|
|15||George Selvie||DAL||15||Thomas Davis||CAR||15||J.J. Wilcox||DAL|
|16||Cory Redding||IND||16||Julius Peppers||GB||16||Aqib Talib||DEN|
|17||Dwan Edwards||CAR||17||Clay Matthews||GB||17||Byron Maxwell||SEA|
|18||Ezekiel Ansah||DET||18||CJ Mosley||BLT||18||Roman Harper||CAR|
|19||Malik Jackson||DEN||19||DeAndre Levy||DET||19||Michael Mitchell||PIT|
|20||Kawann Short||CAR||20||Bruce Carter||DAL||20||Bradley Roby||DEN|
|21||Wallace Gilberry||CIN||21||Ryan Shazier||PIT||21||LaRon Landry||IND|
|22||Terrance Knighton||DEN||22||Bjoern Werner||IND||22||Tramon Williams||GB|
|23||Star Lotulelei||CAR||23||A.J. Hawk||GB||23||Rahim Moore||DEN|
|24||Nick Hayden||DAL||24||Jason Worilds||PIT||24||James Ihedigbo||DET|
|25||Demarcus Lawrence||DAL||25||Daryl Smith||BLT||25||Reggie Nelson||CIN|
|26||Jeremy Mincey||DAL||26||Bruce Irvin||SEA||26||Rashad Johnson||ARZ|
|27||Geno Atkins||CIN||27||Emmanuel Lamur||CIN||27||Brandon Carr||DAL|
|28||Ndamukong Suh||DET||28||Jonathan Casillas||NE||28||Chris Harris||DEN|
|29||Letroy Guion||GB||29||Akeem Ayers||NE||29||Kyle Arrington||NE|
|30||Datone Jones||GB||30||Vincent Rey||CIN||30||Micah Hyde||GB|
|31||Haloti Ngata||BLT||31||Nick Perry||GB||31||Sam Shields||GB|
|32||Chris D. Jones||NE||32||James Harrison||PIT||32||William Gay||PIT|
|33||Jordan Hill||SEA||33||Larry Foote||ARZ||33||Orlando Scandrick||DAL|
|34||Sylvester Williams||DEN||34||Terrell Suggs||BLT||34||Greg Toler||IND|
|35||Kony Ealy||CAR||35||Erik Walden||IND||35||Ike Taylor||PIT|
Jeff Ratcliffe is the Assistant Managing Editor and resident IDP maven of PFF Fantasy.
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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.