Let me first wish you all a Happy New Year! May 2013 bring you and your family happiness in this crazy and beautiful world we all share together. Life is so short so love every moment you live.
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With that said, let’s dig in and examine my initial playoff rankings for the 2012 NFL season. In rating each of the players in the below table, while it seems fairly simple to rank the quarterbacks from the only 12 teams to make the playoffs, with such few options, there is a greater range of error to be made when ranking the number four quarterback vis a vis the number five quarterback. Additionally, in these playoff rankings, my goal was to try to predict which teams would survive the longest in the playoffs. The players on those teams get a boost up the rankings because the more games a player plays, the more points he can rack up. Thus, in playoff fantasy football, you are looking for quantity over quality, which explains why I have Adrian Peterson outside the top 5 running backs.
Make no mistake – if you are reading these, you are likely playing in some sort of fantasy football playoff tournament. Maybe the weekly game is your choice or you like sticking to head-to-head games. No matter which option to choose, your opponent is probably poring over every morsel of fantasy knowledge online as you read this. Meanwhile, you are reading my drivel and build-up when you really want to skip to my rankings, which are also posted over at FantasyPros.com under the “Experts” tab.
I will update these rankings at least four times between today and kickoff on Saturday and Sunday. Please check back often as you will see updates as critical injury news flows through.
My final rankings will be published just before kickoff on Saturday with some minor tweaks on Sunday morning, but use this article as a guideline to make adjustments to your rosters as you strive to earn a “W”.
If you have sit/start questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. If I do not respond, use my rankings as a guide to your answer. However, I believe that I have managed to answer every question that I have received this season.
A 22-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am a fantasy sports analyst by night. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @JakobMD with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @slimcliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.