Divisional Playoff Rankings

Mike Clay serves up his rankings and analysis for the Divisional round of the 2015 playoffs.

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Divisional Playoff Rankings

nelsonDuring the week leading up to each round of this year’s playoffs, I’ll be supplying you with positional rankings and analysis at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and defense. This week, it’s the Divisional round.

Playoff contests tend to vary greatly in terms of format, so I won’t be getting too into specifics. Instead, I’ll just be providing one-week, standard-scoring player rankings and analysis. Be sure to check out the wide receiver section, which provides projected primary coverage for each fantasy-relevant wideout.

Be sure to also check out our projections for the rest of the playoffs.

Want projected points/rankings custom to your unique league settings? Check out our Custom Rankings Tool.


1. Aaron Rodgers (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 21

Fantasy’s No. 2 quarterback during the regular season, Rodgers’ 38 passing touchdowns trailed only Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, and his five interceptions were fewest among all passers who attempted at least 250 passes. The Green Bay offense is fairly balanced and sits third in the league in touchdowns. Rodgers has eclipsed two passing scores in a game only once over his last six games, while Dallas has limited opponents to six passing scores over its last six games. That puts a slight damper on his upside, but Rodgers shouldn’t have much trouble getting the ball downfield to Jordy Nelson. He’s your best play.

2. Andrew Luck (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 21

The Colts snuck past the Bengals last week, but the Indianapolis offense scored only two touchdowns in the game. That’s somewhat notable because the Colts are now averaging 2.6 offensive scores per game since their Week 10 bye. That’s way down from 3.6 per game during Weeks 1-9. Of course, no team calls a pass-heavier game than Indianapolis, and the Colts will have no choice to throw the ball a ton in what figures to be, at least, a competitive game against Denver and its elite run defense. When these teams met in Week 1, Luck was 35-of-53 for 370 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran in a score.

3. Peyton Manning (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 20

After Manning threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns in 2013, we knew some level of regression was a guarantee. He was still a top-five fantasy quarterback, but Manning’s numbers fell quite a bit this past regular season. He racked up 4,727 yards and chucked 39 touchdowns en route to finishing fourth in fantasy points at the position. One reason for the statistical dip was a major late-season offensive philosophy change. During its first 10 games, Denver averaged 43 called passes and 24 called runs per game (64 percent pass). Over its last six games, however, the mark is 33 passes and 33 runs (50 percent). Game flow is obviously somewhat of a factor here (Denver will have to throw more against more-competitive opponents in the playoffs), but it’s clear that the Broncos are relying on their running game more than they ever have during the Peyton Manning era. Manning has six touchdowns over his past five games, while the Colts have held four of the last seven quarterbacks they’ve faced without a single passing touchdown. Denver’s offense is very good, but his ceiling isn’t as high as it has been in the past. Manning tossed three touchdowns and threw for 269 against the Colts in Week 1.

4. Tom Brady (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 19

Excluding Week 17 (starters rested), the Patriots enter the playoffs having won 10 of 11 games. The only loss was a tight 26-21 contest with Green Bay in Week 13. I mention this run because the distribution of touchdowns during the streak is interesting and relevant. Over the past two years, the Patriots have operated a run-balanced offense that has ranked near the top of the league in rushing touchdowns. During Weeks 6-9 (the first four games of the run), the New England offense scored 20 touchdowns, all of which were passes. We saw some quick regression to the mean (the Patriots mean, really), as the split was 11 pass:10 run the rest of the way. As a result, Brady hasn’t thrown more than two touchdowns in a game since Week 9. Meanwhile, the Ravens defense is very good, having allowed a grand total of four touchdowns (three passing) over its last five games. Brady is a mid-pack play this week.

5. Tony Romo (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 18

Romo’s regular season 34:9 TD:INT mark and 70 percent completion percentage were the best of his career. Despite Dallas turning to what was the league’s run-heaviest offense, Romo finished just two off his career high in passing scores. Because Romo does very little with his legs, had his attempts limited by the new offensive philosophy and missed one game, he finished 13th in fantasy points at the position. It’s the two former reasons that Romo is buried a bit in this week’s rankings, but it’s worth noting that the Dallas offense has scored four or more touchdowns in six of its last eight games. Additionally, the Cowboys 8-0 road record has been powered by 34 points per game, including at least 30 in seven of the eight affairs.

6. Russell Wilson (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 17

Wilson finished the regular season sixth in fantasy points among quarterbacks, but a huge reason for that was massive production with his legs. Wilson ran for 849 yards, which, for perspective, was 16th-most in the NFL (yes, including running backs). On the other hand, Wilson threw for 3,475 yards and scored 26 total touchdowns. That’s well behind Luck’s 4,761 yards and 43 scores. Seattle was one of four teams (Jacksonville, Minnesota, Tampa Bay) that failed to eclipse two passing touchdowns in a single game this season. In fact, Wilson is averaging a lowly one passing touchdown per game over his last 10 games. The Panthers defense is red-hot, surrendering a total of nine touchdowns over its last eight games. This figures to be a very low-scoring game, which leaves Wilson’s fantasy value heavily-reliant on big runs. He managed 199 passing yards, 35 rushing yards and one touchdown when these teams met in Week 8.

7. Joe Flacco (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 15

Similar to Wilson, Flacco has had trouble getting past the two-score mark. Flacco hasn’t eclipsed two passing touchdowns in a game since Week 6 and has 17 scores over his last 11 games (19 if we include rushes). Baltimore’s offense took a huge step forward under OC Gary Kubiak this season, but life won’t be easy against New England’s tough defense this week. The Patriots have allowed nine touchdowns in seven games since their Week 10 bye.

8. Cam Newton (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 13

Carolina has won four consecutive games, but Newton is averaging 28 pass attempts per game during the streak. Of course, he’s scored 10 touchdowns, which boosted his fantasy appeal quite a bit, but those games were against the Saints, Browns, Falcons and Cardinals (the exception). This week, Newton will face off with a Seattle defense that has held four of its last six opponents without a single touchdown. Over their last six games, the Seahawks have allowed three touchdowns. Newton was limited to 171 passing yards, 24 rushing yards and no scores in the first meeting.

Running Back

1. DeMarco Murray (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 18

Despite still shaking off his hand injury, Murray was a full go against Detroit, handling 44 of the 56 snaps worked by Dallas’ tailbacks. Murray carried the ball 19 times and was targeted on four occasions. The Packers have allowed only two rushing scores over their last eight games, but they’re not good enough to stop Murray.

2. Eddie Lacy (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 17

Lacy shared the Packers backfield with James Starks during the regular season, but Starks doesn’t figure to be a major factor during the playoffs. Lacy will handle a bulk of the carries and Rodgers is not afraid to target his hefty lead back. The Cowboys have allowed 15 rushing touchdowns over their last 10 games, including at least one in nine of those games. Lacy makes for a strong play and is a value at his Draftkings price.

3. Marshawn Lynch (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 15

Lynch scored 17 touchdowns during the regular season, which was easily most among running backs (Murray had 13). Like Dallas, Seattle operates a run-first offense, but the Seahawks don’t score as often or run as many plays. Additionally, Lynch shares some snaps with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael. As noted, Carolina is playing well defensively as of late, and this figures to be a low-scoring affair. Lynch totaled 64 scrimmage yards on 15 touches and failed to score in the first meeting.

4. C.J. Anderson (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 13

Anderson was fantasy superstar down the stretch this season, but his usage took a big hit when Ronnie Hillman returned to action in Week 17. Anderson averaged 28.6 touches per game during Weeks 12-16, but had 15 in Week 17. Hillman had 16. Anderson has been terrific this season, but it’s far from a lock that he even leads Denver in carries. He has a high ceiling, but is a risky play.

5. Dan Herron (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 11

The Colts finally expanded Herron’s workload in favor of Trent Richardson last week. Herron was on the field for 58 of the team’s 77 offensive plays, only deferring late-game carries to Zurlon Tipton. The Colts throw the ball a lot, so you can’t count on Herron for another rushing score this week, especially against Denver’s tough run defense. That said, Herron was the primary passing-down back, hauling in 10 of 11 targets for 85 yards.

6. Justin Forsett (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 10

Forsett was Fantasy’s No. 8 running back during the regular season, but he hasn’t been near as productive as of late. Forsett has failed to eclipse 48 rushing yards in three of his past four games and hasn’t scored since Week 14. He remains an important piece of Baltimore’s offense, but life won’t be easy against New England’s aforementioned tough defense.

7. Jonathan Stewart (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 9

Stewart, on the other hand, is playing very well, but has an even tougher matchup with Seattle. Stewart has eclipsed 120 rushing yards in three of his past five games and scored in three of those affairs. He’s averaging a healthy 4.7 yards per carry on the year, but has scored only four times on the ground despite 200 carries. Carry volume and effectiveness will be hard for Stewart to find this week, and he could easily lose a few carries and targets, including those at the goal line, to Mike Tolbert, DeAngelo Williams and Cam Newton. Stewart went for 94 yards on 19 touches in the Week 8 meeting.

8. LeGarrette Blount (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 9
10. Shane Vereen (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 7
11. Jonas Gray (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 5

Blount, Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray will share the New England backfield this week. Blount vs. Gray in the carry department is a tricky one, but Blount was ahead of Gray since arriving at team headquarters and dominated to the tune of 166 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s 43-22 shellacking of the Colts in the divisional round last year. Blount gets the edge, but he’s a risky start. Vereen is, of course, in no jeopardy of losing his passing-down gig, but he won’t carry it much. Vereen has some PPR appeal, but his prospects will be much better if New England trails in the second half.

9. Ronnie Hillman (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 8

As noted earlier, Hillman actually led the Broncos in carries in Week 17 – his first game back from injury. You may recall that he was playing well as Denver’s lead back prior to the injury. He’s a deep sleeper for a big game this week, but Anderson is likely to be a big factor.

12. James Starks (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 4
13. Robert Turbin (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 3
14. Zurlon Tipton (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 3
15. Fitzgerald Toussaint (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 2
16. Bernard Pierce (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 2
17. Mike Tolbert (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 2
18. Christine Michael (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 2
19. DeAngelo Williams (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 2
20. John Kuhn (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 1
21. Lance Dunbar (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 1
22. Joseph Randle (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 1
23. Trent Richardson (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 1
24. Kyle Juszczyk (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 1
25. Fozzy Whittaker (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: <1
26. Juwan Thompson (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: <1
27. Will Tukuafu (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: <1

Wide Receiver

Be sure to also check out this week’s Wide Receiver vs. Cornerback chart.

1. Demaryius Thomas (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 15

Primary Coverage: Greg Toler and Vontae Davis – Thomas dabbles in the slot, but a good 80 percent of his routes come from the outside (split evenly between the left and right of the formation). Davis (elite in coverage) and Toler (poor) are stay at home corners. The matchup provides a small upgrade for Thomas. He caught only four of his 11 targets for 48 yards in the Week 1 meeting.

2. Jordy Nelson (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 13

Primary Coverage: Brandon Carr (shadow) – Carr did not shadow at all from Weeks 1-13, but he has three times over Dallas’ last five outings. He shadowed all Alshon Jeffrey, Pierre Garçon and Calvin Johnson. Although Carr has struggled badly in coverage this season, he’s playing better as of late. Dallas’ coverage schemes against Detroit last week suggest Carr will be locked on Nelson, with Orlando Scandrick on the smaller, shiftier Randall Cobb. Upgrade Nelson.

3. Randall Cobb (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 12

Primary Coverage: Orlando Scandrick (shadow) – Scandrick shadowed DeSean Jackson in Week 17 and Golden Tate this past Sunday. As noted, he figures to follow Cobb around this week. Scandrick has been decent in coverage this season. Cobb is worth downgrading very slightly, but he remains a strong play.

4. Dez Bryant (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 12

Primary Coverage: Sam Shields – Bryant plays both outside spots in the Dallas offense. Shields is primarily a stay-at-home right corner, while Tramon Williams will cover the opposite side. Both corners have been slightly below average in coverage this season. It’s a slight boost to Bryant’s value this week.

5. Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 11

Primary Coverage: Vontae Davis, Greg Toler and Darius Butler – Sanders’ outlook is basically the same as Thomas’, except that Sanders will be in the slot quite a bit more. Davis is obviously a very tough matchup, but Sanders shouldn’t have much trouble against Butler or Toler. Sanders caught six of nine targets for 77 yards when these teams met in Week 1.

6. T.Y. Hilton (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 11

Primary Coverage: Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby – This one is very tricky because I doubt Denver will shadow (they didn’t when these teams met in Week 1) and Hilton moves all over the formation. That said, Hilton’s primary position is right outside receiver, which is also Talib territory. He also figures to see Harris in the slot and some of Roby. Talib and Roby have been decent this year, while Harris has arguably been the league’s best cover corner. Downgrade Hilton only slightly. He caught five of 11 targets for 41 yards in the Week 1 meeting.

7. Julian Edelman (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 10

Primary Coverage: Lardarius Webb and Anthony Levine – The Ravens secondary is pretty beat up, but the past few weeks gives us a good idea as to what to expect in terms of usage. Webb is the primary left outside corner, which is where Julian Edelman usually lines up. Webb has struggled in coverage this season. Edelman will see some of Anthony Levine in the slot and will run a few routes against Rashaan Melvin when lined up to Brady’s left. Overall, it’s a plus matchup for Edelman.

8. Brandon LaFell (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 10

Primary Coverage: Rashaan Melvin and Lardarius Webb – LaFell lines up on both sides of the formation, but is to Tom Brady’s left significantly more often. He’ll see a lot of Melvin, who is inexperienced, but hasn’t had many fantasy points scored against him when active. Still, it’s an upgrade for LaFell.

9. Torrey Smith (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 8
10. Steve Smith (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 8

It took me longer to study New England’s cornerback usage than it did every other team combined this week. None of their corners stay-at-home and they often shadow depending on the offensive personnel. Darrelle Revis has shadowed quite a few top receivers over the past couple months, including Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Keenan Allen, Randall Cobb, Golden Tate, Reggie Wayne and Demaryius Thomas. What’s interesting is that he will sometimes shadow early, but not late and vice versa. Browner, meanwhile, has shadowed Alshon Jeffery (some), Coby Fleener, Calvin Johnson, Malcom Floyd and Jordy Nelson. Steve Smith plays both sides, but leans toward Joe Flacco’s right. Torrey Smith’s situation is the same except that he’s generally to the left. Baltimore’s top-two weapons figure to see a lot of Revis and Browner. My guess is Revis will follow Steve Smith quite a bit, leaving Browner on Torrey Smith. That makes Torrey Smith the better play and hurts Steve Smith’s fantasy appeal quite a bit.

11. Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 8

Primary Coverage: Byron Maxwell – When these two teams met back in Week 8, Richard Sherman shadowed Benjamin. It was one of only two instances in which Sherman shadowed this past regular season. The key here is that Maxwell was inactive for that game due to injury. When Maxwell is active, Seattle has not chosen to shadow. I expect that will be the case this week, which means Sherman will be the stay-at-home left corner. He will only see Benjamin roughly 30 percent of the time. The Carolina offense will have its hands full at Seattle, which limits Benjamin’s fantasy appeal quite a bit, but he doesn’t figure to deal with Benjamin much. Benjamin caught four balls for 94 yards on seven targets in Week 8.

12. Doug Baldwin (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 6

Primary Coverage: Colin Jones – Baldwin lines up in the slot on roughly two thirds of his snaps, which means he’ll be busy against underwhelming Jones this week. It’s possible Carolina could make an adjustment in order to get Bene Benwikere or Josh Norman on Baldwin, but their regular season usage suggests it’s unlikely. Norman shadowed Josh Gordon in Week 16, but he played his side when these teams met in Week 8. It’s very much a plus matchup for Baldwin, who caught six of eight targets for 61 yards in Week 8.

13. Terrance Williams (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 6

Primary Coverage: Tramon Williams – Get ready for the “T Williams showdown”. Terrance plays the opposite side of Bryant and works from the slot less often. Tramon has been okay in coverage, but this doesn’t provide much of a downgrade for Terrance.

14. Jermaine Kearse (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 6

Primary Coverage: Bene Benwikere and Josh Norman – Kearse lines up all over Seattle’s formation, including the slot on occasion. He’ll primarily be lined up outside against one of Carolina’s talented top corners. Kearse is not an ideal flier this week.

15. Cole Beasley (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 5

Primary Coverage: Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward – Hyde and Hayward cover the slot for Green Bay. Both have been mediocre in coverage. It’s not a downgrade for Beasley, whose targets have been way up as of late. He’s a decent PPR sleeper.

16. Reggie Wayne (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 5

Primary Coverage: Chris Harris Jr. – When these teams met in Week 1, Harris played on the outside, leaving Roby to work against Wayne in the slot. It didn’t go well, as Wayne caught nine of 13 targets for 98 yards. Harris has since taken over as the team’s primary slot corner, which is bad news for Wayne, whose role is already being reduced. Wayne should be off your radar this week.

17. Donte Moncrief (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 4

Primary Coverage: Bradley Roby – With Talib on Hilton and Harris on Wayne, Roby will cover Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks on the outside. Roby is the worst of the team’s three top corners, but he doesn’t do too poorly in coverage. Moncrief gets a slight boost in target volume as a result of the matchup, but it won’t be a cake walk.

18. Wes Welker (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 4

Primary Coverage: Darius Butler – Butler has not done very well in coverage this season. He’ll take on Welker in the slot this week.

19. Davante Adams (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 4

Primary Coverage: Sterling Moore – I’m projecting that Carr will shadow Nelson and Scandrick will shadow Cobb, which leaves Moore on Adams all game long. Moore has been decent in coverage, meaning that this is a slight downgrade for the rookie.

20. Philly Brown (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 4

Primary Coverage: Richard Sherman – It won’t be every snap, but Brown will line up opposite Sherman quite a bit this weekend. Avoid him completely.

21. Jerricho Cotchery (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 4

Primary Coverage: Jeremy Lane – Lane has missed a ton of time due to injury this season, but he’s done a decent job when healthy. He’ll face off with Cotchery in the slot this week.

22. Hakeem Nicks (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 4 (vs. Bradley Roby)
23. Paul Richardson (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 3 (vs. Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere)
24. Kamar Aiken (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 2 (vs. Logan Ryan)
25. Danny Amendola (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 2 (vs. Anthony Levine)
26. Marlon Brown (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 2 (vs. Logan Ryan)
27. Jacoby Jones (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 1
28. Dwayne Harris (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 1
29. Jarrett Boykin (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 1
30. Brenton Bersin (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 1
31. Bryan Walters (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 1
32. Ricardo Lockette (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 1
33. Andre Caldwell (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: <1
34. Michael Campanaro (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: <1
35. Brian Tyms (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: <1
36. Devin Street (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: <1

Tight End

1. Rob Gronkowski (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 11

The year’s top fantasy tight end outscored second-place Antonio Gates by 30 points during the regular season. Gronkowski sat out only the season finale (rest), racking up 1,124 yards and 12 scores on 82 receptions when active. He’ll be Tom Brady’s 1A or 1B (Edelman) target this week and, as always, has an excellent shot to score.

2. Jason Witten (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 8

Witten’s targets have been all over the place this season, but he’s seen at least 19 percent of Romo’s looks in four consecutive games. He was heavily involved against Detroit last week and gets a slight boost in the divisional round with Dallas likely to have to throw the ball more than they’d prefer. All five of Witten’s touchdowns this season have been scored since Week 6, although he has one over his past six outings.

3. Dwayne Allen (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 7

Allen didn’t fare well in the boxscore against Cincinnati last week (three catches, 30 yards), but a look at his snap numbers provides a different story. Allen played 85.7 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps, which is his highest total of the year. He ran 33 routes, which trailed only Reggie Wayne. Routes tend to convert into targets for good players and Allen is one of Luck’s top targets near the goal line. He’s a sneaky Daily play this week.

4. Julius Thomas (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 7

Having scored 12 touchdowns in 12 games this season, Thomas obviously has a massive fantasy ceiling. That said, his production is way down since he returned from injury in Week 15. In two games, he has 63 yards and three receptions on eight targets. It’s possible he’s a full go and back to his normal, dominant self this week, but there’s also serious risk that he’s a situational player in a run-heavy offense.

5. Greg Olsen (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 6

Olsen was one of only two tight ends to go over 1,000 receiving yards this season, but he’s not a recommended play against Seattle this week. He was held to 37 yards against Arizona last week and has 85 yards and no scores on six receptions over his last three outings. Olsen was limited to one catch for 16 yards on three targets in the Week 8 meeting.

6. Coby Fleener (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 6

Although he did a massive chunk of his damage when Allen was out, Fleener finished the regular season sixth among tight ends in fantasy points. He matched Allen’s 33 routes last week, but was targeted only twice. Fleener could easily rack up a few long catches when the team is in catch-up mode, but he’s a risky play. He was held to three catches and 21 yards on eight targets in Week 1.

7. Owen Daniels (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 5

Daniels hauled in four balls for 70 yards against Pittsburgh last week. Joe Flacco might be forced to keep Daniels busy this week if Revis and Browner keep the Smith’s locked down, but it’s also possible Logan Ryan handles one of the receivers and Browner covers Daniels. Your best bet is to go elsewhere at tight end.

8. Andrew Quarless (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 4
9. Richard Rodgers (GB) vs. DAL: Proj. Pts: 4
10. Luke Willson (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 3
11. Tony Moeaki (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 3

Quarless/Rodgers and Willson/Moeaki will steal too many looks from each other to warrant a starting nod in fantasy this week. All four players will be touchdown dependent.

12. Timothy Wright (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: 2
13. Crockett Gillmore (BLT) vs. NE: Proj. Pts: 2
14. Gavin Escobar (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: 1
15. Ed Dickson (CAR) vs. SEA: Proj. Pts: 1
16. Jack Doyle (IND) vs. DEN: Proj. Pts: 1
17. Cooper Helfet (SEA) vs. CAR: Proj. Pts: 1
18. Jacob Tamme (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: 1
19. Virgil Green (DEN) vs. IND: Proj. Pts: <1
20. James Hanna (DAL) vs. GB: Proj. Pts: <1
21. Michael Hoomanawanui (NE) vs. BLT: Proj. Pts: <1


1. Seahawks (vs. CAR)
2. Broncos (vs. IND)
3. Patriots (vs. BLT)
4. Panthers (vs. SEA)
5. Packers (vs. DAL)
6. Ravens (vs. NE)
7. Cowboys (vs. GB)
8. Colts (vs. DEN)


1. Stephen Gostkowski (NE) vs. BLT
2. Stephen Hauschka (SEA) vs. CAR
3. Dan Bailey (DAL) vs. GB
4. Mason Crosby (GB) vs. DAL
5. Connor Barth (DEN) vs. IND
6. Adam Vinatieri (IND) vs. DEN
7. Justin Tucker (BLT) vs. NE
8. Graham Gano (CAR) vs. SEA

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