Well if you are still looking at my rankings I am going to guess that you made it through the first week of the playoffs. It only gets tougher from here. Just remember to do exactly what you have been doing all year as this is not the time to start second guessing yourself. Hopefully my rankings are able to prevent you from doing so. So to keep this brief, let's just dive right into the rankings and then talk about a few of the players.
|2||Odell Beckham Jr.||Giants||Lions|
|36||Steve Smith Sr.||Ravens||Eagles|
Julio Jones - While being inactive last week was a shock to some of us, this week it appears he is going to be ready to go. With a matchup against the terrible 49ers defense, I think we see one of those big Julio Jones games. Just incase he has another late scratch though, it would be best to try and have Taylor Gabriel on your bench to plug in.
Julian Edelman - Even with a matchup against a tough Broncos secondary, I see Edelman as being matchup proof for this game. He is a guy who will make you pay through his volume of work from the slot. This is something that the Broncos are not used to having to shutdown. Most of the top receivers that they are stopping are the prototypical number 1 outside guy who can go deep down the field. Edelman should still have his high floor and produce nice numbers in this game.
Alshon Jeffery - After the 4 game suspension Jeffery is finally going to be suiting back up. Since his absence Matt Barkley has become the starting QB. I don't really know how to rank Jeffery because of this shift to Barkley. On the one hand he has been a serviceable guy back there and has allowed one receiver each week to kind of be the guy. The problem is that the receiver is always different each week. If we could know that Jeffery was going to be heavily targeted I would rank him in the top 10. The uncertainty is what has him only at number 20 this week. I still feel good about starting him in all leagues and think this could be the guy that really outperforms his spot.
Michael Thomas - This ranking is a lot lower than I usually have him. With Thomas sitting out the last game with a foot injury, one has to wonder if he does play this week if he will be at full strength. Foot injuries have a tendency to linger longer, so my guess is Thomas won't be 100%. This and the only average matchup forces him down to barely in WR3 and FLEX territory. This may be a spot where if you feel at all uneasy about playing him just go with a safer option.
Donte Moncrief - He is in a similar situation as Thomas here. Moncrief is currently nursing a hamstring injury that took hiim out of last weeks game. Currently he is questionable, but even if he gives it a go, how productive will he be? Because of his ability to score redzone TD's, he finds his way in the same class as Thomas. Again, like Thomas if you don't feel good about him just opt for a safer option to play instead.