Fantasy Football Playoff WR Rankings (Divisional Round)
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It appears that the Seahawks will get back their prized offseason addition of Percy Harvin (hip) for this week's playoff game against the Saints.
Considering Harvin has played in only one game and has only one reception on the season, it's unclear what Harvin will provide in his second game with the Seahawks this season.
That said, it's a virtual lock that one (or more) of the Broncos receivers will be an absolute stud this week as they occupy the top two spots in my wide receiver rankings for this week's games.
Here are my fantasy wide receiver rankings for the Divisional Round of the playoffs:
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
In the final eight games after the team's bye, Thomas had five 100-yard games including a 7/108/3 performance against the Chargers in Week 10.
2. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
Decker had his share of less-than-great games, but when he was good, he was great. In the final five games of the season, Decker posted a total stat line of 32/491/8. During that span, he had three 100-yard games and set the franchise record for most receiving touchdowns (four) in a game.
3. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
Even if it's Eddie Lacy, not Allen, that wins the Offensive Rookie of the Year (like I project), Allen had an outstanding season as a rookie receiver. He is only the fifth rookie to go over 1,000 receiving yards since the turn of the century.
4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
Last week, Hilton had one of the greatest performances by a receiver in NFL postseason history. Not only did he set a franchise record with 224 receiving yards, but that is the third-highest total in the playoffs ever.
Although Hilton has been inconsistent since the loss of Reggie Wayne (torn ACL), he has back-to-back 100-yard games with double-digit receptions. In those two games, he has a total of 24 catches for 379 yards and two touchdowns.
5. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. IND)
Edelman set career highs this season with 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns. In a way, his season was broken down into three stretches of good, bad (or no more than average) to great, as follows:
- Games 1 to 4: 34 receptions for 319 yards for two TDs
- Games 5 to 10: 18 receptions for 181 yards and two TDs
- Games 11 to 16: 53 receptions for 556 yards and four TDs
In those past six games, Edelman had at least nine receptions in four games and at least six receptions in all six of those games.
6. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (at CAR)
The "greatest catcher of all time," Crabtree hauled in eight receptions for 125 yards against the Packers on Sunday.
Only two teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing receivers this season than the Panthers. Even though Crabtree did not play in their matchup during the regular season, Colin Kaepernick threw for only 91 yards in that game.
7. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
After missing the final two regular-season games with a concussion, Welker is expected back for this weekend's game against the Chargers. Welker had only 73 receptions for 778 yards this season, but he caught a career-high 10 touchdowns this season. That said, nine of those 10 touchdowns came in the first eight weeks of the season.
8. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (at SEA)
It was a quiet day for Colston on Saturday and this week's matchup is much tougher from a fantasy perspective. In the regular season, no team allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Eagles (last week's opponent) while no team allowed fewer fantasy points than the Seahawks (this week's opponent).
9. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (at CAR)
Boldin had a quiet game last week as well as in his first matchup against the Panthers this season, but he finished the regular season strong. In the final seven games immediately following that Panthers matchup, Boldin had a total of 44 receptions for 605 yards and five touchdowns.
10. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (vs. SF)
On a personal (or fantasy) level, it was a disappointing season for Smiff. Although combining for more than 2,500 yards in the previous two seasons, he finished with only 64 catches for 745 yards and four scores with less than 70 yards in every game this season.
Here are the next 15 wide receivers:
11. Danny Amendola, New England Pariots (vs. IND)
12. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NO)
13. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NO)
14. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NO)
15. Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
16. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (at SEA)
17. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (vs. SF)
18. Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots (vs. IND)
19. Da'Rick Rogers, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
20. Griff Whalen, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
21. Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (at SEA)
22. Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
23. Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots (vs. IND)
24. Lavon Brazill, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)
25. Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints (at SEA)