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For those of you not ready to turn your fantasy football attention to 2011, playoff leagues are popping up everywhere to keep your competitive juices flowing.

There is still time to join the Invitational Playoff Challenge.

During the regular season the main focus of owners is yards, touchdowns, receptions, targets etc.  All of those statistics are still important in playoff leagues but the most important stat is now games played.

Many experts and Vegas odds makers struggle to handicap the playoff field and it can be the most important decision when you decide who to draft or start.

Here is my attempt to help with my rankings:

AFC Wild-card Round Winner
Indianapolis NY Jets NY Jets
Kansas City Baltimore Baltimore
NFC Wild-card Round Winner
Philadelphia Green Bay Green Bay
Seattle New Orleans New Orleans
AFC Divisional Round Winner
New England NY Jets New England
Pittsburgh Baltimore Pittsburgh
NFC Divisional Round Winner
Atlanta Green Bay Green Bay
Chicago New Orleans Chicago
Conference Championships Winner
New England Pittsburgh New England
Green Bay Chicago Green Bay
Super Bowl XLIII Winner
New England Green Bay New England

On quick glance you will see I’m taking a huge risk projecting the Packers in the Super Bowl.  The Philadelphia-Green Bay first round matchup could easily go either way, but the Packers defense gives them the edge.

These rankings can be used in survivor-style or traditional drafts as well as once-and-done weekly lineup contests.

My strategy in once and done leagues is to save players I believe will advance to the Super Bowl and use superstars on teams I do not believe will advance.  For example, I will likely use Manning or Vick as my starter at QB this week with Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy at RB.  If you play it safe with saving players, you could miss the opportunity to use them in later rounds if their team loses.

Finally on to the rankings.  I have placed a strong emphasis on potential games played as well as potential points scored.  If you have a question about my rankings, contact me on Twitter – @Bryan_Fontaine

Good luck in your playoff fantasy football leagues!


  1. Aaron Rodgers, GB
  2. Tom Brady, NE
  3. Drew Brees, NO
  4. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  5. Jay Cutler, CHI
  6. Joe Flacco, BAL
  7. Michael Vick, PHI
  8. Mark Sanchez, NYJ
  9. Peyton Manning, IND
  10. Matt Ryan, ATL
  11. Matt Cassel, KC
  12. Matt Hasselbeck, SEA

Running Back

  1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE
  2. Ray Rice, BAL
  3. Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
  4. Matt Forte, CHI
  5. Danny Woodhead, NE
  6. Brandon Jackson, GB
  7. John Kuhn, GB
  8. Pierre Thomas, NO (IR)
  9. LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ
  10. Jamaal Charles, KC
  11. Shonn Greene, NYJ
  12. James  Starks, GB
  13. Reggie Bush, NO
  14. LeSean McCoy, PHI
  15. Michael Turner, ATL
  16. Marshawn Lynch, SEA
  17. Julius Jones, NO
  18. Willis McGahee, BAL
  19. Joseph Addai, IND
  20. Thomas Jones, KC
  21. Chester Taylor, CHI
  22. Isaac Redman, PIT
  23. Jason Snelling, ATL
  24. Fred Taylor, NE
  25. Dimitri Nance, GB
  26. Dominic Rhodes, IND
  27. Justin Forsett, SEA
  28. Mewelde Moore, PIT
  29. Jerome Harrison, PHI
  30. Donald Brown, IND
  31. Joe McKnight, NYJ
  32. Sammy Morris, NE
  33. Le’Ron McClain, BAL
  34. Leon Washington, SEA
  35. Javarris James, IND
  36. Mike Hart, IND

Wide Receiver

  1. Greg Jennings, GB
  2. Deion Branch, NE
  3. Wes Welker, NE
  4. James Jones, GB
  5. Donald Driver, GB
  6. Mike Wallace, PIT
  7. Marques Colston, NO
  8. Santonio Holmes, NYJ
  9. Jordy Nelson, GB
  10. Johnny Knox, CHI
  11. Lance Moore, NO
  12. Brandon Tate, NE
  13. Derrick Mason, BAL
  14. Anquan Boldin, BAL
  15. Hines Ward, PIT
  16. Braylon Edwards, NYJ
  17. Earl Bennett, CHI
  18. Robert Meachem, NO
  19. Dwayne Bowe, KC
  20. Roddy White, ATL
  21. Reggie Wayne, IND
  22. Pierre Garcon, IND
  23. DeSean Jackson, PHI
  24. Jeremy Maclin, PHI
  25. Devin Hester, CHI
  26. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, BAL
  27. Emmanuel Sanders, PIT
  28. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ
  29. Devery Henderson, NO
  30. Taylor Price, NE
  31. Brad Smith, NYJ
  32. Ben Obomanu, SEA
  33. Michael Jenkins, ATL
  34. Mike Williams, SEA
  35. Blair White, IND
  36. Antonio Brown, PIT
  37. Ruvell Martin, SEA
  38. Antwaan Randle El, PIT
  39. Jason Avant, PHI
  40. Donte’ Stallworth, BAL
  41. Julian Edelman, NE
  42. Rashied Davis, CHI
  43. Brandon Stokley, SEA
  44. Chad Hall, PHI
  45. Brett Swain, GB
  46. Adrian Arrington, NO
  47. Dexter McCluster, KC
  48. Chris Chambers, KC
  49. Harry Douglas, ATL
  50. Golden Tate, SEA
  51. Devin Aromashodu, CHI
  52. Brian Finneran, ATL
  53. Verran Tucker, KC
  54. Riley Cooper, PHI
  55. Terrance Copper, KC
  56. Eric Weems, ATL

Tight End

  1. Rob Gronkowski, NE
  2. Aaron Hernandez, NE
  3. Andrew Quarless, GB
  4. Todd Heap, BAL
  5. Jimmy Graham, NO
  6. Heath Miller, PIT
  7. Dustin Keller, NYJ
  8. Jeremy Shockey, NO
  9. Greg Olsen, CHI
  10. Donald Lee, GB
  11. Jacob Tamme, IND
  12. Tony Gonzalez, ATL
  13. Alge Crumpler, NE
  14. Brent Celek, PHI
  15. Tony Moeaki, KC
  16. Matt Spaeth, PIT
  17. Ed Dickson, BAL
  18. John Carlson, SEA
  19. Brandon Manumaleuna, CHI
  20. Clay Harbor, PHI
  21. Leonard Pope, KC
  22. Tom Crabtree, GB
  23. Cameron Morrah, SEA
  24. Chris Baker, SEA
  25. Justin Peelle, ATL


  1. Mason Crosby, GB
  2. Shayne Graham, NE
  3. Shaun Suisham, PIT
  4. Garrett Hartley, NO
  5. Nick Folk, NYJ
  6. Billy Cundiff, BAL
  7. Robbie Gould, CHI
  8. David Akers, PHI
  9. Adam Vinatieri, IND
  10. Matt Bryant, ATL
  11. Ryan Succop, KC
  12. Olindo Mare, SEA

Team Defense

  1. Green Bay
  2. New England
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. NY Jets
  5. Baltimore
  6. Chicago
  7. New Orleans
  8. Atlanta
  9. Kansas City
  10. Philadelphia
  11. Seattle
  12. Indianapolis
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