Season-long fantasy football leagues are coming to an end, but with the NFL playoffs on the horizon, there is more fantasy football ready to be played. Playoff fantasy football has more variance than regular football leagues in regards to rules, scoring and league format, but it still gives players another option in the offseason.
The tricky part about playoff fantasy football is that some leagues utilize a survive and advance style format. This could add excitement for your lineups, but the No. 1 seed in both the AFC and NFC would get a first round bye. While players from those teams could give you studs with advantageous matchups in later rounds, you’d have to be able to get past their zeros from this week in order to reap those benefits.
The Ravens, 49ers, Eagles, Lions, Dolphins, and Cowboys are all in the playoffs, while the Buccaneers, Browns, Chiefs, Seahawks and Bills are very close to clinching a playoff berth. The Rams, Jaguars, and Colts are also close, but when drafting at this point, it’s probably best to play it as safe as possible. Garnering zeros in the first round is not how to win your league.
The tight end position had a lot more parity this season, and it wasn’t just Travis Kelce running away with it. He still heads the position because his 968 yards and five touchdowns are rather mundane from what we are used to seeing from him. Kelce has the benefit of the fact that Kansas City is unable to earn the No. 1 seed, so they will have a first round matchup. Given his talent, if he can find his past success in the playoffs, he would be a steal.
The rookie LaPorta is heading into Week 17 as the overall TE1 in half-PPR scoring. He has absolutely dominated defenses and has become a reliable weapon for quarterback Jared Goff. The Detroit Lions are still in play for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, though, so LaPorta actually has less value this week for weekly matchups because he could end up not playing in the first round. After that, though, you have to weigh how far you think the Lions could go in the playoffs and how much opportunity LaPorta could get. This is the defining feature of playoff fantasy football.
TE Playoff Rankings 2024