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Fantasy football playoffs: Wild Card rankings

PPR rankings for the opening round of the NFL postseason

Earlier this week we posted overall standard league rankings for the NFL playoffs plus analysis from our writers following the FFToolbox mock draft. Now a look at specific PPR rankings for this weekend's Wild Card round.

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Quarterback

1) Nick Foles - Eagles

2) Drew Brees - Saints

3) Aaron Rodgers - Packers

4) Colin Kaepernick - 49ers

5) Andy Dalton - Bengals

6) Philip Rivers - Chargers

7) Andrew Luck - Colts

8) Alex Smith - Chiefs

Notes: Brees is the most intriguing name on the board because of the massive difference between his home and road splits. Of course the Eagles are not exactly great at stopping passers as evidenced by their 25th ranking versus fantasy QBs this season. ...The top four are fairly interchangeable with Dalton and Rivers not far back.

Running Back

1) Jamaal Charles - Chiefs

2) LeSean McCoy - Eagles

3) Frank Gore - 49ers

4) Eddie Lacy - Packers

5) Giovani Bernard - Bengals

6) Ryan Mathews - Chargers

7) Donald Brown - Colts

8) Danny Woodhead - Chargers

9) BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Bengals

10) Trent Richardson - Colts

11) Darren Sproles - Saints

12) Mark Ingram - Saints

13) James Starks - Packers

14) Bryce Brown - Eagles

15) Khiry Robinson - Saints

16) Kendall Hunter - 49ers

17) Knile Davis - Chiefs

18) Chris Polk - Eagles

Notes: Charles went for 13-106-1 with five receptions for 38 yards in Week 16 when the Colts hammered his Chiefs. ...Gore receives the biggest bump based on matchup; Green Bay ranked 25th against fantasy runners this season. ...As always, good luck guessing what happens with the Saints backfield from week to week. Pierre Thomas has been the only stable option in terms of role, but he scored single digits in four of his last five games - and has now been ruled for the Wild Card round. That bumps up Ingram and Robinson more than Sproles, in theory. ...Sneaky long shot play is Hunter against the Packers run D and especially if San Francisco takes an early lead and tries keeping Aaron Rodgers off the field.

Wide Receiver

1) A.J. Green - Bengals

2) Jordy Nelson - Packers

3) DeSean Jackson - Eagles

4) Marques Colston - Saints

5) Anquan Boldin - 49ers

6) Keenan Allen - Chargers

7) T. Y. Hilton - Colts

8) Randall Cobb - Packers

8) Michael Crabtree - 49ers

10) Marvin Jones - Bengals

11) James Jones - Packers

12) Riley Cooper - Eagles

13) Dwayne Bowe - Chiefs

14) Kenny Stills - Saints

15) Lance Moore - Saints

16) Jarrett Boykin - Packers

17) Andrew Hawkins - Bengals

18) Griff Whalen - Colts

19) Eddie Royal - Chargers

20) Da'Rick Rogers - Colts

21) Mohammed Sanu - Bengals

22) Dexter McCluster - Chiefs

23) Jason Avant - Eagles

24) Robert Meachem - Saints

Others: Not endorsing the Saints to win, but on paper Colston has the best matchup versus the Eagles' 32nd ranked pass defense. ...Standard league owners should take Jones over Cobb. That's the safer call even in PPR, seeing as we don't know if Cobb can ramp up to a full amount of snaps. Based on upside and usage in an ideal world, nod to Cobb. ...When the Bengals met San Diego in Week 13, Green went for 5-83-1, but Hawkins wasn't far behind with three receptions for 65 yards. Jones, however, offers more TD potential than Hawkins against the Chargers defense that ranked 30th versus fantasy WRs.