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Scramble for the Ball: 2020 Staff Playoff Fantasy Draft

Andrew: We made it! We actually made it! Hello, and welcome to the first Scramble for the Ball of 2021, which shall forever be known as the Year of the Thank God That's Over. Assuming this thing does actually end at some point. We've had postponements and rescheduling. We've had games played without running backs, without wide receivers, and even one without quarterbacks. Despite all that, somehow, some way, no NFL games were cancelled in 2020.

Bryan: That's a remarkable feat in and of itself. Was it always pretty? Was it always fair? Heck, was it always necessarily the right thing to do? No, probably not. But considering the circumstances in which they found themselves, running a full 16-game schedule with a minimal amount of league-wide disruption, in a sport which does not lend itself well to bubbling, is a remarkable achievement

Sadly, we can't leave COVID entirely behind as we enter the postseason, as much as we'd like to. 2020 is getting its last licks in as the postseason begins, with news that the Cleveland Browns, playing in their first postseason game since the 2002 season, will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski, left guard Joel Bitonio, and a half-dozen other players and coaches due to a COVID outbreak

Andrew: It really is the most Factory of Sadness thing imaginable, isn't it? To finally make the postseason after almost two decades away, then lose your head coach and a big chunk of your roster to a global pandemic the week of the game against your biggest rivals.

Bryan: Then again, think of the story if special teams coach Mike Priefer leads the Browns to an upset playoff win. That's what the playoffs can give us -- unlikely heroes rising to the occasion and etching themselves forever into franchise history.

Possible stories like Ron Rivera, cancer fighter, and Alex Smith, coming back from a gruesome leg injury, leading a Washington franchise finally free of the baggage surrounding its name to the postseason. Or Josh Allen, relentlessly written off by scouts and analysts, having one of the greatest single-year improvements of all time and finally giving a title to the four-time bridesmaids in Buffalo. Drew Brees or Tom Brady winning a championship and walking into the sunset. Aaron Rodgers' return to MVP-quality play after four years in the (relative) wilderness. An AAF star leading the Rams to victory.

Andrew: Then there's the Bears going back to their much-maligned former No. 2 overall pick after a Super Bowl MVP flopped in the Windy City, and looking much the better for it. The Colts resurrecting a quarterback who would be a Hall of Fame candidate if he had played on a less accursed franchise for the majority of his career, and still might be if he can somehow grab a title in Blue and White. The Ravens and their young former league MVP, trying to get back to their previous form after winning a bout with the pandemic.

Bryan: Of course, the Chiefs'll probably just win again, but even that has some silver linings. A repeat champ would help counter accusations that 2020 is some kind of weird outlier year; if the defending champs, uh, defend, you can't call that a fluke championship. And, of course, an extended Chiefs run would be a breath of fresh air after two decades of Patriots domination, with the New England delegation now being led by the aptly named Sir Not Appearing In This Column.

Andrew: What we're saying is, we're excited. Excited for the new calendar year. Excited for an unpredictable postseason. Excited to pit the veterans against the young guns once more. Excited that we might soon be able to leave this entire mess behind. And more than all that, excited for the return of one of our favorite staff traditions!

2020 Staff Playoff Fantasy Draft

Bryan: The Football Outsiders Staff Playoffs Fantasy League is back for another run. But this year, we're making a slight tweak to the scoring rules! We are being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the PPR era, so we now receive one point per reception. Maybe this time, getting the No. 1 overall pick and drafting Patrick Mahomes is no longer an automatic win.

Other than that, we're using our traditional scoring rules

  • Six points for rushing or receiving touchdowns, four points for passing touchdowns.
  • One point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving, and for every 20 yards passing.
  • One point per reception.
  • A loss of two points for a lost fumble or interception.
  • Two points for a two-point conversion of any kind.
  • Kickers: three points for a field goal under 40 yards, four points for one between 40 and 49 yards, and six points for kicks of 50 yards or longer. Plus, one point for every extra point.
  • Defense: Two points for an interception or fumble recovery, six points for a touchdown, four points for a safety, one point for a sack, and a loss of one point for every seven points the defense actually allows (and a bonus five points for a shutout).

Teams are comprised of one quarterback, two running backs, three wideouts, one tight end, one kicker, and one defense. There are no substitutions, so if a player is injured or his team is eliminated, he ceases to produce points for his team. Your managers, in the order in which they drafted:

  • Scott Spratt, Fantasy Force
  • Dave Bernreuther, Mailbox Maestro
  • Aaron Schatz, Head Honcho
  • Andrew Potter, Scrambler (U.K. edition)
  • Vince Verhei, Editor Extraordinaire
  • Bryan Knowles, Scrambler (U.S. edition)

... wait, I'm last again? Who came up with this lousy draft order, sassafrassa.

This is a snake draft with a two-pick eighth round. The results were as follows:

Round 1
Scott:
Patrick Mahones, QB, KC
Dave: Travis Kelce, TE, KC
Aaron: Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Andrew: Josh Allen, QB, BUF
Vince: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
Bryan: Alvin Kamara, RB, NO

Round 2
Bryan:
Davante Adams, WR, GB
Vince: Aaron Jones, RB, GB
Andrew: Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
Aaron: Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
Dave: DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
Scott: Michael Thomas, WR, NO

Round 3
Scott:
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
Dave: Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
Aaron: Mike Evans, WR, TB
Andrew: Rob Gronkowski, TE, TB
Vince: Robert Tonyan, TE, GB
Bryan: Drew Brees, QB, NO

Round 4
Bryan:
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, NO
Vince: A.J. Brown, WR, TEN
Andrew: Chris Godwin, WR, TB
Aaron: Ronald Jones, RB, TB
Dave: J.K. Dobbins, RB, BAL
Scott: Mark Andrews, TE, BAL

Round 5
Scott:
Marquise Brown, WR, BAL
Dave: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
Aaron: Harrison Butker, K, KC
Andrew: Cole Beasley, WR, BUF
Vince: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Bryan: Latavius Murray, RB, NO

Round 6
Bryan:
Will Lutz, K, NO
Vince: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT
Andrew: Chris Carson, RB, SEA
Aaron: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, GB
Dave: Antonio Brown, WR, TB
Scott: Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT

Round 7
Scott:
Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Dave: Saints D/ST
Aaron: Jared Cook, TE, NO
Andrew: Bills D/ST
Vince: Buccaneers D/ST
Bryan: Chase Claypool, WR, PIT

Round 8
Bryan:
Eric Ebron, TE, PIT; Steelers D/ST
Vince: Tyler Bass, K, BUF; Tom Brady, QB, TB
Andrew: Devin Singletary, RB, BUF; Jason Myers, K, SEA
Aaron: Chiefs D/ST; Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
Dave: T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND; Mason Crosby, K, GB
Scott: Cam Akers, RB, LAR; Rams D/ST

2020 Staff Playoff Fantasy Draft
Pos Scott Dave Aaron Andrew Vince Bryan
QB Patrick Mahomes Russell Wilson Aaron Rodgers Josh Allen Tom Brady Drew Brees
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire J.K. Dobbins Ronald Jones Chris Carson Derrick Henry Alvin Kamara
RB Cam Akers Nick Chubb Jonathan Taylor Devin Singletary Aaron Jones Latavius Murray
WR Michael Thomas DK Metcalf Tyreek Hill Stefon Diggs A.J. Brown Davante Adams
WR Marquise Brown Antonio Brown Mike Evans Chris Godwin Tyler Lockett Emmanuel Sanders
WR Diontae Johnson T.Y. Hilton Marquez Valdes-Scantling Cole Beasley JuJu Smith-Schuster Chase Claypool
TE Mark Andrews Travis Kelce Jared Cook Rob Gronkowski Robert Tonyan Eric Ebron
K Justin Tucker Mason Crosby Harrison Butker Jason Myers Tyler Bass Will Lutz
DEF Los Angeles New Orleans Kansas City Buffalo Tampa Bay Pittsburgh

As always, assemble your Best of the Rest team in the comments from players we did not pick, and we'll track which commenter ends up with the highest total.

Bryan: Um. Geaux Saints, I suppose. One of these years, putting all my chips on one team is going to pay off. Just like it did when I picked so many Patriots last year! Or a nearly all-Rams team in 2017! Or, hell, like 2018, where our post-draft analysis started with me saying "Uh, geaux Saints, I suppose." Some of us learn lessons here. Others of us go kicking and screaming in the other direction.

Andrew: I'm trying to decide whether that is a better or worse strategy than my accidental one of picking the entire Bills roster, with the frustrating exception of the kicker. I'm assuming your tactic was planned. Mine was more, oops, I have Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, and Cole Beasley is my favorite remaining receiver option, so I may as well lean into that.

Bryan: It wasn't planned going in, at least. I took Alvin Kamara first overall because we're moving to PPR this year, and any format where you get points for receptions is a great one for Kamara. But when Vince passed up on the chance to take Drew Brees in the third round, leaving him sitting there for me, it was time to go all-in.

Andrew: Vince never takes a quarterback early. It's one of his tics. One of the keys to drafting well in a league that always has the same participants is knowing how they think. I'm not saying I drafted well, because I'm relying on the Buffalo Bills just a little more than I'd like, but Vince has been plain about that in the past.

Bryan: Well, if you're not going to say it, I am going to say you drafted well. I like my team the best, because if I didn't, I wouldn't have picked those players, but if I had to swap teams with someone, I'd swap with you.

Part of this is opportunity. With the second seeds no longer receiving the bye week, they're the teams most likely to play the most games -- the extra wild-card game matters a lot, and then they have the home game in the divisional round before heading into the conference titles. On average, I would expect the Saints and Bills, in that order, to play the most games this postseason, with the Chiefs, Packers, and Steelers rounding out the top five. Loading up on extra games matters!

Andrew: I admit, that was part of the logic of my selections. I like the Saints to beat the Bears and then either the Seahawks or Buccaneers, although the most Saints thing imaginable would be to lose to the Bucs in the playoffs after blowing them out in both regular-season games. I like the Bills to beat a Colts team with no offensive tackles and a Steelers team they've already beaten. At that point, it doesn't matter what happens in the conference title game -- the Bills (or Saints) are playing as many games as the Chiefs or Packers.

Bryan: But even when you get past the raw numbers, I think your team is actually quite good. I had two quarterbacks in my top tier: Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. And, had I picked the first quarterback in this year's draft, I really think I would have gone with Allen. That's partially because of the free wild-card game, but also his ability to make plays happen with his legs is great for fantasy. It feels really really weird to say that, but I think Allen's the better pick.

Andrew: That's exactly my justification. But also, the Bills have been really, really good this year outside one weird swoon. If you take out weird postponements and scheduling stuff, they're beating pretty much everybody you put in front of them. They only lost to the Titans on a rearranged Tuesday game that nobody knew when would eventually be played, then to the Chiefs on a short week the Monday after that, and finally to the Cardinals on the road in the last game before their bye.

Bryan: I don't think anyone can top your receiver trio of Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Chris Godwin, though part of me thinks you should have just gone with John Brown and really gone all-in there. And taking Gronk when Tonyan was still on the board is an odd choice, though a defensible one. But just, top to bottom, you're the team I'm most worried about.

My worst pick is Wil Lutz in the sixth round. I panicked when I saw Aaron open the casket of kickers. "Oh no!" I thought. "I must rush to get all the Saints on one roster; I must take Lutz now before someone else grabs him!" Like anyone was going to rush to get a kicker who is 23-for-28 this season. I also somewhat regret going with Latavius Murray over Chris Carson as my second running back, but I think a COVID-emergency handcuff for Kamara is a defensible position. But, like I said, when Brees was left, I had to go in. After Allen and Mahomes, I had Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees as my second quarterback tier, and I didn't want to drop from Brees to Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger or the Tannehill/Jackson decision. I also didn't want to play chicken with Vince for Brees in the seventh round. So, well, here we are.

Andrew: So you and I have obvious paths to success, and in the unlikely event the Saints face the Bills in the Super Bowl there's a good chance that will mean you versus me to win this thing.

Bryan: It's a shame that I'm picking a chalk Chiefs-Packers game, then. Saints-Bills is the fourth-most likely matchup per our playoff odds, so it's certainly not out of the question, but you know a thing or two about the Saints falling short of expectations.

Andrew: Nobody else has quite such a clear-cut path to victory. Dave paired Russell Wilson with DK Metcalf, so he's in good shape if the Seahawks advance, but that also gives points to me for Carson and Jason Myers, and Vince for Tyler Lockett. Seattle is also the D/ST I would have picked if Aaron had gazumped me on the Bills in Round 7, so I'm a little surprised to see them pass undrafted given their recent performance and tasty opening matchup. If the Titans go deep again, Vince has Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown, but he's otherwise spread pretty thin. He's probably relying on some unexpected outcomes.

Bryan: Vince has the kind of roster to finish second or third, as opposed to our rosters which are set to finish first or stone cold dead last. It's a matter of differing philosophies, I suppose.

Andrew: Exactly. You and I can either go big or go home. Vince will probably have one player active in just about every round, no matter what happens (assuming Washington, Chicago, the Colts, and the Browns don't go on a playoff tear). Aaron's good if the Buccaneers and Chiefs make the big dance, with Ronald Jones, Mike Evans, Tyreek Hill, Harrison Butker, and the Chiefs defense. He would still cede points to me for Godwin and Gronk, and Scott for Patrick Mahomes, but it would take a lot for either of us to outscore him in that event. Scott ... seems to be relying on the Rams and Ravens. That's not a position I'd prefer to be in.

Bryan: Every year, there's one team I single out as the team I hate. And every year, like clockwork, that team finishes above me. It may be the single most reliable indicator of success in this game there is.

So, with that in mind, congratulations, Scott! I hate your team!

Andrew: The biggest issue I see is his top running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, is likely to be useless until at least the AFC Championship Game due to his high-ankle injury, and quite possibly not to play at all.

Bryan: And his top receiver, Michael Thomas, is coming off of IR as well, though I think it's fair to expect more from him than from Edwards-Helaire. The Titans-Ravens game is the hardest for me to predict in the wild-card round, so loading up on either team is a dangerous strategy in my book; I don't like backing the Rams with John Wolford likely to start against Seattle, and I would have taken Josh Allen over Patrick Mahomes as my top quarterback.

Andrew: John Wolford is the reason I would have picked the Seahawks defense. I can't fathom picking the Rams defense in that matchup. Allen over Mahomes would have tempted me, but I do think I'd probably have played that one safer given his position. I was delighted to get Allen where I did though.

Bryan: At the very least, no one's going to mock you for taking Mahomes over Allen. Flip it around, and you have every chance to look like an idiot.

I hated Dave's team the last time he played and, after a long delay, he's back and ... well, I'm still not in love with it. J.K. Dobbins and T.Y. Hilton were not on my initial picks sheet, he said, cueing Fozzie-esque derision. Again, though, I bashed Dave's choices two years ago, and he ended up just barely losing in the title game while I finished 8 miles behind the pack, so what do I know.

Andrew: Kelce is the clear top tight end, at least. Wilson has a chance to put up some big points against the Rams if his defense shuts down Wolford, but the Rams defense is solid enough to make that a long day and the Saints in the Superdome could be a buzzsaw. The Seahawks have a rough path through the NFC.

Bryan: You also have to remember that Russ Cooking has been more Russ Reheating Slightly Questionable Leftovers over the past month. If Wilson and the Seahawks offense get back to their September form, Dave's got a much better chance.

Andrew: He's the only person who stands to benefit from a highly improbable Browns playoff run. In any other scenario, I think he gives up too many points to other people.

Bryan: In a non-PPR league, Vince's running back duo of Derrick Henry and Aaron Jones would be unstoppable, and I still like them quite a bit under the new rules. Brady isn't a bad guy to be left with in the final round in the draft, he has my best non-Kelce tight end in Robert Tonyan … it's just a strong overall team that doesn't have a lot of weaknesses, but also not a clear "team X and Y wins and I win" scenario. I'm torn between him and Aaron as the best non-Scrambler teams here

Andrew: I like Aaron's team the best, assuming no Bills or Saints title party, because Chiefs-Buccaneers is a very obvious yet not improbable route to a win. In all likelihood, the Bucs demolish Washington, play the very vulnerable Packers in the divisional round, then either head to New Orleans or Seattle for the NFC Championship Game. At that point, they've played three games, and anything else is a bonus. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are the clear AFC favorites and he has their top receiver, kicker, and defense.

Bryan: If Vince gets multiple games out of Henry and Brown, I think he's got the better of the two teams, but that's very much an open question. It's a tough call! And since I like both of them, they're both doomed; sorry, guys.

That just leaves the matter of the Best of the Rest teams. You have every member of the Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team to choose from, you guys!

Andrew: This is kind of incredible, because Lamar Jackson went from being last year's top pick to undrafted this year. If you grab Jackson and the Ravens defense, you're in very good shape if they can make a run. I'd still take the Seahawks, but that pair is tempting.

Bryan: The way I see it, you have four real options at quarterback for the Best of the Rest teams. The first two involve trying to solve the Ravens/Titans game by taking either Jackson or Ryan Tannehill. If you pick the right quarterback and get two games out of either, you probably have the best possible quarterback remaining on the board. The more risk-averse option would be to take Ben Roethlisberger. He hasn't looked his best over the last month, for sure, but with the Browns both already being the worst team in the field by DVOA and having all sorts of COVID problems, he's a safe bet to get at least two games.

Andrew: Yeah, a team comprised of Big Ben, the Steelers defense, Chris Boswell, and James Conner could be very beefy indeed. Then you augment that with, say, Corey Davis and Willie Snead, giving you one player for sure out of that Ravens-Titans clash, grab Leonard Fournette, Scotty Miller, and Cameron Brate on the Bucs, and you have a clear path to a big win if things break your way.

Bryan: Your FOURTH option, and the "let's get nuts!" choice, would be to take Taysom Hill, who is eligible at the quarterback position. The comments section last year laughed about that possibility, but this year, would you rather have Hill, Alex Smith, or Mitchell Trubisky? If you believe the Saints are going to get four games, Hill might not actually be a terrible choice!

Andrew: Especially because his coach is an actual nutjob about trying to prove he works as an every-position option, so he'll get rushing stats and receiving stats even when he isn't throwing passes. You're basically relying on the receiving PPR to make up for the lack of passing production. I've seen crazier ideas.

There's also the all-Colts route. If you think Philip Rivers is making the difference despite the lack of tackles, you can stack Rivers, Nyheim Hines, Zach Pascal, Michael Pittman, Trey Burton or Jack Doyle, Rodrigo Blankenship, and the Colts defense. I strongly favor the Bills in that matchup, but all it takes is the AFC's second-best DVOA defense to step up and you're suddenly in great shape.

Bryan: There are some names I thought would be gone that are still out there for the taking -- Jamaal Williams, Zack Moss, and Antonio Gibson are all available at running back; John Brown and Allen Lazard are out there at receiver. With two extra playoff teams this year, the Best of the Rest pool is deeper than ever before.

So take the All-Bears select and show these guys Ditka Power!

Andrew: Not the route I would go, but it would be just like the Saints to lose that game in hilarious fashion. My money's on a partially blocked field goal in overtime that doinks in off the crossbar.

Bryan: My money is on Sean Payton putting Taysom Hill under center to try to run out the clock, Hill fumbling the center-quarterback exchange, and Khalil Mack running it back for the game-winning score.

Andrew: See, that's the difference between us. I'm going for comedic irony, whereas you're going straight for the depressingly realistic. Either way, it should be fun, albeit the type of fun that has me crying into my glass of Bosteels. Once again, we made it! We actually made it! No matter what the outcome, we're all winners just for being able to have this conversation. Anything that we get to celebrate from here out is just a bonus. We look forward to seeing you all in the next round.


Weekly Awards

Keep Choppin' Wood

This ain't it, Jourdan Lewis:

In a game the Cowboys had to win to have any chance at the postseason, they just could not stop committing fouls. This was the most egregious, though at least it did not result in points -- on two of New York's three touchdown drives, the Cowboys gave up first downs via penalty. Lewis' hit was the kind of foul this writer can't believe doesn't result in an automatic ejection: a blatant head shot, long after the play is over, against an opponent who has no warning it's coming.

Herm Edwards Award for Playing to Win the Game

The Buffalo Bills had very little to play for in Week 17. Their division title was already assured, but they could not catch the Chiefs for the AFC bye week. The Steelers were resting many of their starters, virtually guaranteeing Buffalo the No. 2 seed. Their eventual wild-card opponent would largely be decided by factors outwith their control. They could be forgiven by most for treating the game as a mini-bye, and in fact many observers expected them to do just that. Instead, Sean McDermott played his starters, blew the Dolphins out by 30 points, and allowed the Colts into the playoffs as the beneficiaries of Miami's loss. Ironically, that Colts side is now Buffalo's opponent this weekend. Hopefully, that won't come back to bite them on Saturday afternoon.

John Fox Award for Conservatism

Following his team's defeat against the division-rival Packers, Bears head coach Matt Nagy lamented his team's red zone performance, stating that "You can't play the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers and kick field goals. ... We have to get touchdowns. There's no other way." Earlier that same day, facing fourth-and-2 on the 12-yard line, tied at 7 in the second quarter, Nagy had Cairo Santos kick a field goal. On second-and-goal from the 9-yard line, trailing 21-10 with only seconds left in the first half, Nagy had Cairo Santos kick a field goal. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, trailing 21-13 in the second half, Nagy ... had Cairo Santos kick a field goal. This is just a suggestion, coach, but if you can't beat a division rival because you keep settling for field goals instead of scoring touchdowns, shouldn't you maybe try going for touchdowns instead of settling for field goals on fourth-and-2?

Jeff Fisher Award for Confusing Coaching.

We're not going after Doug Pederson for putting Nate Sudfeld into the game. This was a meaningless affair for the Eagles, and as much as it annoyed Giants fans across the country, emptying the benches in Week 17 isn't exactly unheard of. We're not attacking the Bills for giving Matt Barkley a runout after all. And Pederson even told us before the game that he wanted to get Sudfeld some action, especially if the game was out of hand. And so what if the game wasn't out of hand, and the Eagles still had a chance of winning? The game was meaningless for Philadelphia, and things like talent evaluation and draft position arguably mean more than winning a prime-time game on your way out the door.

No, we're bashing him for his explanation after the game. When asked about the motivation for switching to Sudfeld, and whether or not the Eagles were tanking, Peterson said, explicitly:

Yes, I was coaching to win. … If there is anyone out there that thinks I was not trying to win the game, I mean, (Zach) Ertz is out there, Brandon Graham is out there, Darius Slay is out there, all our top guys are still on the field at the end so we were going to win the game.

Erm. A few follow-up questions, coach. If putting Sudfeld in was "coaching to win," why wait until the fourth quarter? What does it say about Jalen Hurts if moving to Sudfeld was the choice that helped the Eagles win? What does it say about the coaching staff if part of "coaching to win" involves playing someone who had not played at all this season?

No, in actuality, switching to Sudfeld was not the move that gave the Eagles the best chance to win, and Pederson knows this. It was always his plan to give Sudfeld some work, and he said as much both before and after the game. And you know what? That's fine. Lead with that. Getting Sudfeld work was more important to Pederson than the result of Week 17 -- not that they were intentionally trying to lose or anything, but the loss was less important than the work, a preseason-type atmosphere. Just say that, and while that will piss off people who insist you should play every second of every game in a lost season like it was the Super Bowl, and we're not talking about this today.

Also, while we're on the subject, I'd argue it's more important to get more work for your rookie, future-of-the franchise quarterback than it is to see a player who hadn't taken a snap since 2018. And, if you were giving young players the "opportunity to get some snaps," maybe you could have given some playing time to rookies such as Prince Tega Wanogho in the fourth quarter, rather than prioritizing five-year veterans who have been on the roster for four seasons. That's just me, however.

'(Don't You) Forget About Me' Fantasy Player of the Week

Isaiah McKenzie fell from Buffalo's third receiver to their fourth target this year after the Stefon Diggs acquisition. With Cole Beasley out in Week 17, however, McKenzie got the most offensive snaps of his career. He responded by scoring the Bills' first touchdown, making the score 7-3. And their second touchdown, making it 14-3. And their third touchdown, this time on a punt return, making it 21-3. It was a really good six and a half minutes of game time, OK?

Garbage-Time Performer of the Week

The Dolphins weren't hoping to be in this section this week, but it's one more chance to celebrate Salvon Ahmed, the undrafted rookie who finished second on the team with 319 rushing yards and a trio of touchdowns, finishing ahead of names such as Matt Breida. Ahmed got most of the work in the second half of the Bills game, scoring a touchdown on a draw to briefly cut Buffalo's lead to a manageable, er, 49-19 midway through the fourth quarter. Ahmed has done enough in his limited action this season to get a job next year -- perhaps not with Miami specifically, but the former University of Washington star had made the most of his opportunities in this strange season.

As for the Garbage-Time Performers of the Year? While both Ryan Tannehill and Gardner Minshew had more yards, Kirk Cousins is your quarterback, with a league-leading seven touchdown passes when down three or more scores; 661 passing yards ain't too shabby, either. Amari Cooper led the league with 21 receptions, resulting in 222 yards, 15 first downs, and a pair of touchdowns in nigh-hopeless situations; the yardage advantages of Terry McLaurin, Corey Davis, and Justin Jefferson aren't enough to tip them over Cooper's more "valuable" receptions. James Robinson had 90 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards and three scores during Jacksonville's many, many blowout losses; Zeke Elliott had a few more yards but only found the end zone once. Finally, T.J. Hockensen had a 10-83-2 line during three-score deficits to lead all tight ends. These gentlemen came up largest when the lights were dimmest; their fantasy managers thank them for their service.

Comfort in Sadness Stat of the Week

The last four teams eliminated in the regular season were the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants. Optimism for the Cardinals is easy: Kyler Murray appears well on his way to becoming a bona fide superstar. He's not quite the finished article yet, but his efficiency and production improved both rushing and passing in his second year, and Murray was a clear No. 1 in rushing DYAR with a tremendous 11 rushing touchdowns. The story in Miami is the much-improved defense, led by 10-interception cornerback Xavien Howard. At 27, Howard should reach the peak of his career just as the Dolphins come back into contention in the AFC East. Optimism in the NFC East is tougher to find, but we'll point to a pair of young receivers: CeeDee Lamb was an all-rookie contender in a deep and talented receiver class and made an explosive start to his career in a tough situation in Dallas. Over in New York, Darius Slayton built on a strong rookie year with a 750-yard contribution for a Giants team that also got far too much play from a remedial cast of quarterbacks. Neither club is set at the game's most important position, but whomever is under center will benefit from these talented young targets.

Game-Changing Play of the Week

With only one win-and-in, lose-and-out game this week, we're focusing on the Washington-Philadelphia game to find our game-changer. The Eagles -- and, by the transitive property, the Giants -- were still in a solid position, even after Nate Sudfeld came into the game in the fourth quarter. Even Sudfeld's first drive, which ended in an interception, ended up OK -- it was a deep shot, essentially an arm punt, and the Eagles got an interception themselves a few plays later. It was Sudfeld's second drive where things finally fell apart.

Was it Sudfeld's fault? The snap was certainly low, but not uncatchable, and at the very least, he needed to dive on the loose ball once it hit the ground. Full credit should go to Montez Sweat and Chase Young, who spent so much time in the Philadelphia backfield you'd think they were auditioning for Miles Sanders' job. But really, when you have a quarterback in the game who hasn't practiced with the center very much, should it come as a surprise the snap connection wasn't perfect?

Washington would go nowhere with the ball, but was still in range for a field goal to extend their lead to 20-14, and Philadelphia never crossed midfield the rest of the way. Ron Rivera becomes the first head coach to lead two teams with a losing record into the postseason.

Game-Changing Plays of the Year

Five teams ended up one game out of the playoffs when all was said and done -- five teams that, if you flipped just one result, would have found themselves in this year's expanded postseason. These are their stories.

Flip any Arizona Cardinals game to a win, and they'd be sitting a 9-7 in the seventh seed over the Chicago Bears. There's plenty of blame to go around, but you can just make it easy and blame Zane Gonzalez. He missed a potential game-winning field goal against New England and a potential game-tying field goal against Miami, both of under 50 yards. A slightly more reliable kicker, and the Cardinals would be traveling to New Orleans this weekend.

Flip any New York Giants game to a win, and they'd have won the NFC East, being 7-9 and reigning over Washington based on their head-to-head sweep. It's understandable that they want to blame the Eagles for putting in their third-string quarterback in Week 17. What they should blame the Eagles for is their Week 7 loss, as Carson Wentz hit Boston Scott with 40 seconds left for the game-winning touchdown. Stop the Eagles there, and the Giants would get yet another opportunity to ruin a Tom Brady postseason.

Flip any Miami Dolphins game to a win, and they'd be either the fifth or sixth seed -- an extra AFC win would have them at 11-5 with an 8-4 conference record, firmly atop the wild-card heap. They don't really have a single last-second loss on their resume to the same extent as the Giants or Cardinals, but they were driving late against the Broncos for a game-tying score until Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception to Justin Simmons in the end zone. FitzMagic giveth, and FitzMagic taketh away, and so Miami's sitting at home rather than getting ready to play Tennessee.

For the Minnesota Vikings, you need to specifically flip one of their seven NFC losses to get them into the postseason; that would put them at 8-8 with a better divisional record than the Bears and a better record in common games than the Cardinals, and so they'd be the seventh seed. Of all these five teams, the Vikings had the best chance of pulling off a victory. They had Russell Wilson and the Seahawks facing a fourth down with 20 seconds to go, needing a touchdown -- one stop, and the Vikings would be getting ready for another Saints playoff game today. DK Metcalf had other plans.

Finally, there's the Dallas Cowboys. To get into the playoffs, you'd need to flip either Washington game to a win, giving Dallas the NFC East title at 7-9. The problem is, Dallas lost those games 25-3 and 41-16; they weren't exactly close games. Still, at least they had a chance on the field, which is more than 13 other teams can say.


Weekly Predictions

Bryan: With the race for the title over, there's one piece of interest remaining: whether or not Andrew can get back over .500 to finish the season. He'd need to run the table to have a winning record; going 3-1 will get him at least to break-even. It's possible! I mean, mathematically, that is!

Money-Back Guarantee Lock of the Week

All picks are made without reference to the FO+ picks, while all lines are courtesy of Bovada and were accurate as of time of writing.

Records to Date:
Bryan: 13-4
Andrew: 7-9-1

Andrew: The thing about repeated playoff failure is that it tends to leave a lasting impression, whether in the minds of commentators, fans, or even players. The mindset among the small subset of Saints fans I interact with is not one of joy that the team won the division again, or even mild annoyance that a dumb home defeat in September by a notoriously slow-starting squad ultimately cost the team the NFC bye. It's car-crash rubbernecking curiosity about just how the Saints are going to blow it again this postseason. Starting out at home against the lowly Bears, they should be guaranteed at least one win, right? I guess so, but -9.5 is a high line against a Bears team that, Week 17 aside, has been considerably better with Mitchell Trubisky than Nick Foles. Admittedly, Chicago's only win of note came at home against Tampa Bay in October, but then I don't need them to win. They haven't made a habit of being blown out either, and that includes an overtime loss to the Saints earlier in the year. Do I think the Bears go to the Superdome and win? I wouldn't go that far. Do I think they keep it closer than 9.5 points? Yes, I do. The great thing about picking against my own team is I'll be delighted if I'm wrong. It's a win either way, and this year I'm taking whatever small wins I can get. Chicago (+9.5) at New Orleans.

Bryan: A rematch of last year's divisional-round upset? A repeat of Week 11's slobberknocker of a game? Yes, I'm very much looking forward to Ravens-Titans, which I think is the hardest game to pick outright this week. As fun as the Ravens offense is when it's going full steam, the matchup I'm most interested in seeing is how the Ravens are going to slow down A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry -- while both have had larger days this season, they also both smashed through Ravens' tacklers like they were made of tissue paper on their way to scores back in November. I have a sneaking suspicion that if either team gets out to a multi-score lead that they'll be able to hang on. For all of Lamar Jackson's heroics, Baltimore's run-based offense isn't as good at catching up as it is just smashing a team already into the ground; we saw what happened when the Titans jumped out to a 14-point lead against Baltimore last year. On the flip side, the Titans have yet to win this season after going two scores down; they want to take a lead and ride Henry throughout the fourth quarter.

Baltimore's recent win streak has come against non-playoff teams and also the Cleveland Browns. That's enough for me to be slightly more skeptical of them than the general betting public. And, when in doubt, take the points. Tennessee (+3.5) over Baltimore.

Comments

48 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2021, 11:51am

1 Cam Akers?Man, I'd consider…

Cam Akers?

Man, I'd consider taking Lamar Jackson -- he's pretty good for a RB.

The only thing about going with the Titans for a replay is that the Ravens will have Campbell and Williams this time. Campbell was out for that stretch when NE and Tennessee ran all over them.

2 Nah

Philip Rivers is absolutely, undeniably a Hall of Fame candidate. You have to really, really creatively redefine 'candidate' to make it otherwise. You need to change that paragraph.

Along those lines: Does anyone out there think Tom Brady will ever stroll into any sunset?? Some day "dragged kicking and screaming" seems rather like a certainty to me.

3 Bills WR Depth Chart

McKenzie is actually 5th on the WR depth chart, behind Diggs, Brown, Beasley, and Davis. The Bills just haven't had them all on the field together since week 10.

7 McKenzie is a homeless man's…

McKenzie is a homeless man's Tavon Austin.  I'm not sure "depth chart" really applies when the other WRs are healthy - his snap-count is dependent on how much end-around and bubble-screen action the Bills want to run.

4 Ugh double posts

Ugh double posts. Why is it not possible to delete posts?

5 Best of the Rest: QB: Lamar…

Best of the Rest:

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: Leonard Fournette

RB: Zack Moss

WR: Corey Davis

WR: Mecole Hardman

WR: John Brown

TE: Jimmy Graham

K: Ryan Succop

DEF: Seattle

8 BOTR

"I can't believe its not Football"

QB:   Taysom Hill
RB:   Leonard Fournette
RB:   Kareem Hunt
WR:  Scottie Miller
WR:  Sammy Watkins
WR:   Allen Robinson

TE:    Austin Hooper
K:      Cody Parkey
DEF:  Seattle Seahawks

11 You're short a wide receiver…

In reply to by andrew

You're short a wide receiver.

 

And...Scottie Graham, the Vikings running back from the 1990s?  Did you mean Scottie Miller?

9 Best of the Rest

oops

 

qb tannehill ten

rb n hynes ind

rb fournette tb

wr j brown buf

wr woods lar

wr c davis ten

te j smith ten

k succop tb

dst seahawks

 

10 Best of the Rest

QB Lamar Jackson

RB David Montgomery

RB James Conner

WR Allen Robinson

WR Robert Woods

WR Terry McLaurin

TE Tyler Higbee

K Ryan Succop

DEF Seattle

12 My best of the rest

QB: Big Ben, PIT

RB: Hines, IND

RB: Conner, PIT

WR: Davis, TEN

WR: McLaurin, WAS

WR: Woods, LAR

TE: Knox, BUF

K: Boswell, PIT

D: Seattle

13 Formatting issue

Looks like the whole article after the Pederson quote is indented to that same level.

14 For the record, I think…

For the record, I think Bryan and Andrew's analysis of my team is pretty accurate. I panicked mid-draft when I realized I was going Titans-heavy when I wasn't sure they would even get out of the first round ... but the way you win this competition is by loading up on one team in each conference and hoping they get hot. So, piece-by-piece, I've got a pretty strong roster, but the whole is less than the sum of its parts. What's going to happen in the second round, when Tampa Bay probably plays Green Bay and I lose either my QB or my WR/TE? Feels like I'm destined to finish in third place.

15 Best of the rest

QB  Lamar Jackson

RB  Nyheim Hines

RB  James Conner

WR  Allen Robinson 

WR  Jarvis Landry 

WR  Mecole Hardman

TE  Logan Thomas

K  Ryan Succop

D  Seahawks 

 

16 Best of the Rest

QB: Ben Roethlisberger

RB: James Conner

RB: Gus Edwards

WR: Allen Robinson

WR: Robert Woods

WR: Terry McLaurin

TE: Dawson Knox

K: Ryan Succop

D/ST: Packers

17 I don't play fantasy

So while I can see the rules I don't have the experience to really judge the whole defense/special teams picks. Kickers are their own thing and I don't see anything in the rules about punts or anything else special teams related so maybe I'm missing something there. 

So given I don't see anything else dealing with the bad parts of GB special teams to me it seems the GB D/ST is being underrated. GB allowed fewer points than Chicago, Seattle, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Tennessee. They were 7 points worse than KC and IND (so 1/16 of a fantasy point on the season). They have a better passing defense DVOA than KC, SEA, CLE, and TEN which seems to be more critical in the playoffs from a fantasy perspective. They also have a better running D than KC, and more sacks than KC. They were the 15th passing D and 18th rushing D. So very middle of the NFL.

I know that GB was harped on for having a poor D for much of the season but by DVOA they finished 17th and 14th in weighted. SEA finished 16th and 11th. We heard a lot about Seattle's turnaround but nothing really on GB outside of us fans in the comment sections. KC finished 22nd and 24th in weighted. 

If the fantasy thing is more about the yards given up than about the scores given up GB was 9th in yards allowed (7th passing, 13th rushing) giving up fewer than LA, CHI, BUF, KC, CLE, SEA, and TEN for the playoff teams.

Seems like they might be a better D to take than KC and SEA and not much different than BUF. I seriously feel like I might be missing something.

Over the last 6 games the averages of what seem to be the relevant stats for fantasy

  • GB vs -3.3 DVOA offenses gave up 18.5 pt/g on 291.7 yd/g
  • KC vs 1.1 DVOA offenses gave up 24.7 pt/g on 333.8 yd/g
  • SEA vs -11.5 DVOA offenses gave up 14.0 pt/g on 290.0 yd/g
  • BUF vs -5.8 DVOA offenses gave up 18.3 pt/g on 317.1 yd/g

So against a slightly harder schedule than Buffalo they had barely worse scoring results and better yardage.
Against a noticeably harder schedule than Seattle they had noticeably worse scoring and nearly identical yardage.
Against a slight easier schedule than Kansas City they had noticeably better scoring and yardage.

It's wordy, because I was thinking things through as I posted. But I honestly don't know if I'm missing something. Seattle's turn around was against a slate of really bad offenses. Green Bays was against 3 bad, 2 average, and 1 great. KC played 1 really bad, 2 poor, 1 average, 1 good, and 1 great. Buffalo was against 1 really bad, 1 bad, 3 poor, 1 average. 

More detailed break down that probably won't format well just slapping it in here for reference:
GB
CHI | -10.6 | 25 - 350
PHI | -16.9 | 16 - 278
DET | 0 | 24 - 242
CAR | -0.2 | 16 - 264
TEN | 18.4 | 14 - 260
CHI | -10.6 | 16 - 356
AVG | -3.3 | 18.5 - 291.7

KC                        
TAM | 19.8 | 24 - 417
DEN | -20.3 | 16 - 151
MIA | -2.1 | 27 - 367
NOS | 10.7 | 29 - 285
ATL | -3.1 | 14 - 367
LAC | 1.5 | 38 - 416
AVG | 1.1 | 24.7 - 333.8
                        
SEA                        
PHI | -16.9 | 17 - 250
NYG | -11.8 | 17 - 290
NYJ | -20.5 | 3 - 185
WAS | -21.8 | 15 - 353
LAR | 4.4 | 9 - 334
SFO | -2.4 | 23 - 328
AVG | -11.5 | 14.0 - 290.0
                        
BUF                        
LAC | 1.5 | 17 - 367
SFO | -2.4 | 24 - 402
PIT | -4.7 | 15 - 224
DEN | -20.3 | 19 - 255
NWE | -7.3 | 9 - 201
MIA | -2.1 | 26 - 454
AVG | -5.9 | 18.3 - 317.2

23 What you are missing

I don't play fantasy either. But here's what you are missing (other posters who play a lot, feel free to add something I am not.)

1. D/ST covers any type of return TD's--so someone like Devin Hester would be valuable in a season-long format. Also, a team that gets sacks/turnovers is more valuable than a "bend but don't break" defense.

2. Since this is just for the playoffs, at most teams will get 4 games; KC and GB can only get 3. As such, good players from teams such as BUF, PIT, NO, and SEA--the #2 and #3 seeds in each bracket--could create just as much value losing in their conference championship as KC & GB would by playing in the SB. If anyone outside of GB/KC reaches the SB, their players are extremely valuable in this format. In a season-long format, this doesn't apply.

3. Matchups matter a TON in this format. For example, in season long fantasy, your main players will have good and bad matchups, and you might bench a good player one week b/c he has a bad matchup, is in concussion protocol, etc. BUT--you wouldn't pick a sub-par QB for the season because he has a juicy matchup in week 1. Here, TB's defense is even more valuable than normal--because WAS is probably the worst offense in the playoffs. SEA probably the Rams backup who has only started 1 NFL game--last week! 

4. To add to #3--there is no bench, no subbing out players, etc. in this format. Here, some of these guys will only play once--for example, Nick Chubb. Overall in fantasy, good back, start him every week. Here, he could have a great game and score 25-30 points against PIT--and then done. Someone like Singletary for BUF, who is not as good, might outscore him because he will probably get 2 games, and possibly 3, to accumulate points.

5. This is a "total points" format. In previous years, some of the staff's fantasy team scored basically 0 points in the WC round b/c they mostly picked players from the four teams on a bye. Others scored a ton in WC week--but lost 4 players. The way to win in this format is by picking players from the teams who will at least get to the Conference Championship game, and esp. the SB. That's why both Bryan and Andrew will either win or lose horribly. As Vince mentions in his comment, he has a great team that probably will finish 3rd. But if the SB is NO-PIT, Bryan probably wins in a rout. Andrew wants BUF against the SEA/TB winner. In regular fantasy, this is completely different.

18 Best of the Rest

Name: Lizard People of the Titans

QB: Tannehill

RB: Montgomery

RB: Darrell Williams

WR: Davis

WR: Lazard

WR: Allen Robinson

TE: Jonnu

K: Gostkowski

Defense: Titans

20 The Remainders

QB- Tannehill

RBs - Kareem Hunt, Moss

WRs- David Moore, John Brown, Corey Davis

TE- Dawson Knox

K- Ryan Succop

DEF- Green Bay

21 Missing round

Everyone has 9 players, but you only posted 8 rounds?

26 Everyone picked two players…

In reply to by nath

Everyone picked two players in round 8.

Originally, I had each round 8 pick on it's own line; that got consolidated during editing for space reasons.  Apologies for the confusion!

24 BOTR

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: Carlos Hyde, Leonard Fournette

WR: John Brown, Dave Moore, Dez Bryant

TE: Greg Olsen

K: Ryan Succop

DEF: SEA

25 Best of the Rest

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: James Conner

RB: Zack Moss

WR: John Brown

WR: Corey Davis

WR: Robert Woods

TE: Dawson Knox

K: Ryan Succop

DEF: Ravens

27 BOTR

Tried not to look at other choices!

Lamar - Balt

Dillon GB, Moss Buff

J Brown Buff, Lazard GB, Woods LA

Knox - Buff

Succop - TB

Pack D

29 Best of the Rest

QB - Big Ben

RB - Conner

RB - G. Edwards

WR - Allen Robinson

WR - D. Robinson (KC)

WR - A. Lazard

TE - D. Knox

K - C. Boswell

D/St - Baltimore

30 BOTR

QB Ben Roethlisberger

RB James Conner

RB Jamaal Williams

WR Mecole Hardman

WR John Brown

WR Corey Davis

TE Logan Thomas

DST Packers

K Chris Boswell

31 They only choke at home, right?

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: Gus Edwards

RB: Darrell Henderson

TE: Jonnu Smith

WR: Allen Lazard

WR: Willie Snead

WR: Demarcus Robinson

K: Chris Boswell

D/ST: Baltimore

32 Best of the Rest

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: James Conner

RB: Leonard Fournette

WR: Allen Lazard

WR: John Brown

WR: Mecole Hardman

TE: Dawson Knox

K: Ryan Succop

DST: Seattle

33 Best of the Rest

QB: Lamar Jackson, BAL

RB: Gus Edwards, BAL

RB: Zack Moss, BUF

WR: Willie Snead, BAL

WR: John Brown, BUF

WR: Allen Lazard, GB

TE: Dawson Knox, BUF

K: Ryan Succop, TB

DEF: Baltimore

34 Best of the Rest

QB - Lamar Jackson

RB - James Conner

RB - Gus Edwards

WR - John Brown

WR - Allen Robinson

WR - Scotty Miller

TE - Dawson Knox

K - Ryan Succop

D - Baltimore

35 Best of the rest

In reply to by beargoggles

QB Ben Roethlisberger

RB Gus Edwards

RB Zack Moss 

WR John Brown

WR Allen Lazard

WR Corey Davis

TE Dawson Knox

K Ryan Succop

DEF Green Bay Packers

36 I haven't thought about this…

I haven't thought about this fantasy format too much; perhaps it is totally skewed towards QBs. But at first glance it looks like a big mistake not taking Kelce first overall. He's an order of magnitude better than any other TE. Meanwhile there are at least 6 viable QBs; wait until the end to take one of those.

37 Best of the rest

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: Zach Moss

RB: James Connor

WR: Allen Lazard

WR: Sammy Watkins

WR: Allen Robinson

TE: Adam Trautman

K: Ryan Succop

DEF: Packers

38 best of the rest

QB Ryan Tannehill (TEN)
RB LeVeon Bell (KC)
RB Carlos Hyde (SEA)
WR Corey Davis (TEN)
WR David Moore (SEA)
WR Mecole Hardman (KC)
TE Jacob Hollister (SEA)
K Stephan Gostkowski (TEN)
DEF Seahawks

39 Best of the Rest

QB Lamar Jackson (BAL)

RB Gus Edwards (BAL)

RB Le'Veon Bell (KC)

WR Mecole Hardman (KC)

WR Sammy Watkins (KC)

WR Demarcus Robinson (KC)

TE Dawson Knox (BUF)

K Ryan Succop (TB)

DEF Green Bay

40 Best of the Rest

The Forgettables

QB Lamar Jackson (BAL)

RB James Conner (PIT)

RB Leonard Fournette (TB)

WR John Brown (BUF)

WR Robert Woods (LA)

WR Corey Davis (TEN)

TE Jonnu Smith (TEN)

K Ryan Succop (TB)

DEF Baltimore

41 B.o.t.R

QB: Tannehill
RB: Conner
RB: McKissic
WR: Mclaurin
WR: John Brown
WR: Corey Davis
TE: Logan Thomas
K: Sloman
DEF: Wash

I liked Moss and Kareem Hunt, but I think Conner gets a 2nd game of starting carries, which those other two don't. I don't necessarily like Washington or Tennessee to advance, but considering the options, if I can swing a win from both on Wild Card weekend, it gives me a decent shot with a contrarian lineup (first time joining, so let's see how it goes!)

42 Best of the Rest

QB - Ben Roethlisberger
RB - David Montgomery
RB - James Conner
WR - Corey Davis
WR - Cooper Kupp
WR - John Brown
TE - Logan Thomas
K - Ryan Succop 
DEF - Baltimore 

43 QB: Ben Roethlisberger RB:…

QB: Ben Roethlisberger

RB: James Conner, David Montgomery

WR: John Brown, Corey Davis, Allen Robinson

TE: Jonnu Smith

K: Chris Boswell

DEF: Packers

Thanks for doing this again guys.

44 BOTR

QB Tannehill
RB Leonard Fournette
RB James Conner
WR Corey Davis
WR David Moore
WR Allen Robinson
TE J Smith
K Ryan Succop
DEF Seattle

45 "Best"?

QB  Lamar Jackson  (BAL)

RB  D Williams  (KC)

RB  Edwards  (BAL)

WR  Watkins  (KC)

WR  Brown  (BUFF)

WR  Lazard  (GB)

TE  Brate  (TB)

K  Succop  (TB)

D  SEA  (SEA)

46 QB: Lamar Jackson RB:…

QB: Lamar Jackson
RB: Leonard Fournette
RB: Darrel Williams
WR: Corey Davis
WR: Sammy Watkins
WR: John Brown
TE: Tyler Higbee
K: Ryan Succop
DEF: Green Bay

47 Best (?) of the Rest

QB: Roethlisberger

RB: Connor, McKissick

WR: Woods, A. Robinson, Landry

TE: Thomas

K: Succop

DEF: Seattle