2015 NFL Playoffs IDP Rankings

Jeff Ratcliffe ranks the top individual defensive players for 2015 playoff fantasy leagues.

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2015 NFL Playoffs IDP Rankings


456888405-e1387212616200It’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
Rk Player Tm Rk Player Tm Rk Player Tm
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 one of the most accurate rankers 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.

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