With the NFL regular season over and many an owner counting their winnings from their fantasy football league title game, it's now time to clean the slate and look ahead to the Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings for 2014. If you've never tried a playoff league, I suggest you do so. Especially if you are as hardcore into fantasy football like I am.
There are usually 2 ways to draft a team. You can draft an entire team comprised of players from every NFL team who are in the playoffs, even those on bye for the first week. All points scored by each player will be accumulated each week. So if you take someone like LeSean McCoy, but the Eagles get knocked out in the first round, all the fantasy points he scored goes towards your total at the end of the playoff run. So you get to keep the points he scored against the Saints and take them into Week 2 of the playoffs.
Another league I've participated in allows you to take players from the first week only. And if those players make it to the second round, you get to change or keep that player spot for Week 2, while keeping the points from your first pick. So if your RB1 spot has LeSean McCoy and he makes it to Week 2 of the playoffs, you can either keep him, or opt to take a different player with more value (Ex: Marshawn Lynch). But if McCoy is knocked out, that spot freezes and you can't take anymore players as your RB1. Which means you will have to keep the points from McCoy only and essentially lose a spot on your roster.
I know both versions sound hard, but they aren't. Once you pick your team and you see how both work, you'll be able to understand fairly quickly.
With that said, here are the rankings for all the players in this years playoffs. As you can see, I included those players on byes. If you had your choice between an Alex Smith or Peyton Manning, you'd obviously take Manning because the chances of the Broncos going farther in the playoffs is pretty high. But if both teams only last one game, clearly Manning is going to outscore Smith (barring a miracle).
San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers