Best, worst fantasy football playoff matchups by FPA

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When it comes to the fantasy playoffs, managers are looking for every edge they can get. For some, that includes reading all of the content on NFL.com/fantasy (which I strongly encourage). Others might like “fantasy points against” matchups data to do the heavy lifting for them. While I don’t advise letting that lone factor dictate how you build your lineups, looking at a player’s playoff schedule can prove useful.


With that in mind, below are the players/teams ranked 1 to 32 in terms of the best fantasy football matchups for the playoffs (Weeks 14-16) based on fantasy points against at each main position (QB, RB, WR, TE). Use this data as you see fit, whether to decide between a tie in your lineup, figuring out who to add/drop, or what have you. I’ll update this each Tuesday after the new FPA data becomes available. Have at it.

Quarterback, team: Average FPA for playoff opponents
1) Philip Rivers, Chargers: 18.3
2) Trevor Siemian, Broncos: 17.8
3) Drew Brees, Saints: 17.6
4) Blaine Gabbert, Cardinals: 17.4
5) Tyrod Taylor, Bills: 17.3
6) Blake Bortles, Jaguars: 17.2
7) Derek Carr, Raiders: 16.9
8) Eli Manning, Giants: 16.9
9) Dak Prescott, Cowboys: 16.8
10) Marcus Mariota, Titans: 16.7
11) Matt Ryan, Falcons: 16.6
12) Jay Cutler, Dolphins: 16.6
13) Mitchell Trubisky, Bears: 16.5
14) Carson Wentz, Eagles: 16.5
15) Joe Flacco, Ravens: 16.2
16) Kirk Cousins, Redskins: 15.9
17) Jameis Winston, Buccaneers: 15.8
18) Alex Smith, Chiefs: 15.7
19) Cam Newton, Panthers: 15.6
20) Case Keenum, Vikings: 15.5
21) Matthew Stafford, Lions: 15.4
22) Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: 15.3
23) Josh McCown, Jets: 15.1
24) Brett Hundley, Packers: 15.1
25) Jared Goff, Rams: 15.1
26) Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers: 14.7
27) Andy Dalton, Bengals: 14.4
28) Tom Brady, Patriots: 14.4
29) Tom Savage, Texans: 13.5
30) DeShone Kizer, Browns: 13.2
31) Jacoby Brissett, Colts: 12.9
32) Russell Wilson, Seahawks: 12.8

Running back(s), team: Average FPA for playoff opponents
1) DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Titans: 20.1
2) LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, Eagles: 19.9
3) Kenyan Drake, Dolphins: 19.8
4) Frank Gore, Marlon Mack, Colts: 19.7
5) Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, Patriots: 19.5
6) Mike Davis, Seahawks: 19.3
7) LeSean McCoy, Bills: 19.3
8) Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Bears: 19.0
9) C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Broncos: 18.9
10) Kareem Hunt, Chiefs: 18.9
11) Lamar Miller, Andre Ellington, Texans: 18.7
12) Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Lions: 18.6
13) Adrian Peterson, Kerwynn Williams, Cardinals: 18.4
14) Peyton Barber, Doug Martin, Buccaneers: 18.4
15) Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Browns: 18.4
16) Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jets: 18.2
17) Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Chargers: 18.2
18) Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Falcons: 18.1
19) Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon, Vikings: 18.0
20) Alex Collins, Danny Woodhead, Ravens: 17.9
21) Samaje Perine, Redskins: 17.8
22) Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Saints: 17.5
23) Alfred Morris, Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys: 17.4
24) Le’Veon Bell, Steelers: 17.2
25) Leonard Fournette, Jaguars: 17.1
26) Giovani Bernard, Joe Mixon, Bengals: 17.0
27) Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, Panthers: 17.0
28) Carlos Hyde, 49ers: 16.3
29) Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Raiders: 16.3
30) Orleans Darkwa, Giants: 15.7
31) Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, Packers: 15.2
32) Todd Gurley, Rams: 14.5

Wide receiver(s), team: Average FPA for playoff opponents
1) Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Raiders: 23.3
2) Devin Funchess, Panthers: 23.2
3) Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Chargers: 22.5
4) Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Dolphins: 22.3
5) Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Falcons: 22.1
6) Zay Jones, Deonte Thompson, Bills: 21.8
7) Sterling Shepard, Giants: 21.8
8) Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Lions: 21.8
9) Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos: 21.5
10) Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Jaguars: 21.3
11) Dez Bryant, Cowboys: 21.0
12) Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: 20.9
13) Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Vikings: 20.8
14) Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, Rams: 20.7
15) Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers: 20.5
16) Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, Browns: 20.3
17) Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, Ravens: 20.2
18) A.J. Green, Bengals: 20.0
19) Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Eagles: 19.9
20) Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis, Titans: 19.9
21) Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Packers: 19.8
22) Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Redskins: 19.5
23) Tyreek Hill, Chiefs: 19.5
24) Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor, 49ers: 19.4
25) Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Buccaneers: 19.2
26) Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., Saints: 19.0
27) Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Jets: 18.8
28) Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Patriots: 18.7
29) Dontrelle Inman, Bears: 18.6
30) Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, Seahawks: 18.4
31) T.Y. Hilton, Colts: 17.2
32) DeAndre Hopkins, Texans: 17.1

Tight end(s), team: Average FPA for playoff opponents
1) Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals: 9.7
2) Virgil Green, Broncos: 9.3
3) Jason Witten, Cowboys: 9.2
4) Zach Ertz, Eagles: 8.8
5) Adam Shaheen, Bears: 8.6
6) Jack Doyle, Colts: 8.5
7) Charles Clay, Bills: 8.5
8) Hunter Henry, Chargers: 8.4
9) Benjamin Watson, Ravens: 8.2
10) Travis Kelce, Chiefs: 8.1
11) Jesse James, Steelers: 8.0
12) Vernon Davis, Redskins: 8.0
13) Garrett Celek, 49ers: 8.0
14) Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars: 7.9
15) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jets: 7.8
16) Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: 7.6
17) Josh Hill, Saints: 7.5
18) Richard Rodgers, Packers: 7.4
19) Gerald Everett, Rams: 7.3
20) Evan Engram, Giants: 7.3
21) Tyler Kroft, Bengals: 7.0
22) Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, Buccaneers: 7.0
23) Jared Cook, Raiders: 6.9
24) Jimmy Graham, Seahawks: 6.9
25) Delanie Walker, Titans: 6.8
26) Julius Thomas, Dolphins: 6.7
27) David Njoku, Seth DeValve, Browns: 6.5
28) Stephen Anderson, Texans: 6.5
29) Austin Hooper, Falcons: 6.3
30) Eric Ebron, Lions: 6.1
31) Kyle Rudolph, Vikings: 5.8
32) Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Panthers: 5.6

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