Below you’ll find my Week 18 fantasy football rankings for PPR/Half-PPR leagues. Included are my top-25 QB Rankings, top-50 RB Rankings, top-60 WR Rankings, and top-18 TE Rankings. I actually submit these rankings to two different rankings competitions, one with PPR scoring, the other Half-PPR. They are far more accurate for PPR simply because PPR scoring is less influenced by touchdowns.
Matchups matter much less this week, it’s more about motivation and snaps. Playoff implications and contract incentives will dictate opportunity in Week 18. The playoff implications are described at the end of this article.
Patrick Mahomes would pass the all-time single-season passing record with 430 yards passing this week against the Raiders. Mahomes just wants to win to clinch the number 1 seed, but there’s no reason he can’t accomplish both.
|1||Patrick Mahomes II||KC||@ LV|
|2||Josh Allen||BUF||vs NE|
|3||Joe Burrow||CIN||vs BAL|
|4||Jalen Hurts||PHI||vs NYG|
|5||Trevor Lawrence||JAC||vs TEN|
|6||Justin Herbert||LAC||@ DEN|
|7||Aaron Rodgers||GB||vs DET|
|8||Dak Prescott||DAL||@ WAS|
|9||Kirk Cousins||MIN||@ CHI|
|10||Geno Smith||SEA||vs LAR|
|11||Jared Goff||DET||@ GB|
|12||Brock Purdy||SF||vs ARI|
|13||Deshaun Watson||CLE||@ PIT|
|14||Jarrett Stidham||LV||vs KC|
|15||Kenny Pickett||PIT||vs CLE|
|16||Mac Jones||NE||@ BUF|
|17||Russell Wilson||DEN||vs LAC|
|18||Sam Darnold||CAR||@ NO|
|19||Tyler Huntley||BAL||@ CIN|
|20||Andy Dalton||NO||vs CAR|
|21||Baker Mayfield||LAR||@ SEA|
|22||Desmond Ridder||ATL||vs TB|
|23||Joe Flacco||NYJ||@ MIA|
|24||Joshua Dobbs||TEN||@ JAC|
|25||Tyrod Taylor||NYG||@ PHI|
The Cowboys’ total weekly points since getting Dak Prescott back from injury: 24, 49, 28, 40, 28, 54, 27, 34, 40, 27.
The Las Vegas Raiders benched Derek Carr in favor of Jarrett Stidham to finish out the season, and Stidham responded with a 28-point (QB3) game. Davante Adams absolutely did NOT quiet-quit as I suspected.
Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams needs six yards rushing for 1,000 total rushing yards and a $250,000 bonus.
Bengals RB Samaje Perine needs 124 yards rushing to get a $100,000 bonus.
|1||Derrick Henry||TEN||@ JAC|
|2||Christian McCaffrey||SF||vs ARI|
|3||Kenneth Walker III||SEA||vs LAR|
|4||Travis Etienne Jr.||JAC||vs TEN|
|5||Joe Mixon||CIN||vs BAL|
|6||Aaron Jones||GB||vs DET|
|7||D’Andre Swift||DET||@ GB|
|8||Austin Ekeler||LAC||@ DEN|
|9||Najee Harris||PIT||vs CLE|
|10||J.K. Dobbins||BAL||@ CIN|
|11||Miles Sanders||PHI||vs NYG|
|12||Jerick McKinnon||KC||@ LV|
|13||Jamaal Williams||DET||@ GB|
|14||Nick Chubb||CLE||@ PIT|
|15||Rhamondre Stevenson||NE||@ BUF|
|16||Dalvin Cook||MIN||@ CHI|
|17||Ezekiel Elliott||DAL||@ WAS|
|18||Josh Jacobs||LV||vs KC|
|19||Isiah Pacheco||KC||@ LV|
|20||AJ Dillon||GB||vs DET|
|21||Devin Singletary||BUF||vs NE|
|22||Alvin Kamara||NO||vs CAR|
|23||Cam Akers||LAR||@ SEA|
|24||Raheem Mostert||MIA||vs NYJ|
|25||James Cook||BUF||vs NE|
|26||Tyler Allgeier||ATL||vs TB|
|27||Jeff Wilson Jr.||MIA||vs NYJ|
|28||Damien Harris||NE||@ BUF|
|29||Tony Pollard||DAL||@ WAS|
|30||David Montgomery||CHI||vs MIN|
|31||Jonathan Williams||WAS||vs DAL|
|32||Samaje Perine||CIN||vs BAL|
|33||Kareem Hunt||CLE||@ PIT|
|34||Alexander Mattison||MIN||@ CHI|
|35||Gus Edwards||BAL||@ CIN|
|36||Rachaad White||TB||@ ATL|
|37||D’Onta Foreman||CAR||@ NO|
|38||Joshua Kelley||LAC||@ DEN|
|39||Cordarrelle Patterson||ATL||vs TB|
|40||Jordan Mason||SF||vs ARI|
|41||Jaylen Warren||PIT||vs CLE|
|42||Latavius Murray||DEN||vs LAC|
|43||Zack Moss||IND||vs HOU|
|44||Zonovan Knight||NYJ||@ MIA|
|45||Chuba Hubbard||CAR||@ NO|
|46||Khalil Herbert||CHI||vs MIN|
|47||Saquon Barkley||NYG||@ PHI|
|48||Chase Edmonds||DEN||vs LAC|
|49||Corey Clement||ARI||@ SF|
|50||Keaontay Ingram||ARI||@ SF|
Derrick Henry has already hit a $500,000 incentive for 1,300 yards rushing. Henry did not play against the Cowboys in Week 17, but now Tennessee’s playoff bid is on the line against the Jaguars.
Jaguars WR Zay Jones currently has 78 catches for 802 yards. He can receive $250,000 for 80 receptions, and another $250,000 for 90. He also can land $500,000 for getting to 900 yards receiving.
Jacksonville WR Christian Kirk currently has 78 catches for 1,009 yards. He can earn $500,000 incentives at 80 and 90 catches, and 1,100 yards receiving.
Buffalo slot receiver Isaiah McKenzie needs two receptions to add $100,000 to his salary and 46 yards receiving to hit the next yardage threshold for another $100,000.
Chargers WR DeAndre Carter needs four receptions for $100,000 and 55 yards receiving for an additional $100,000.
|1||Ja’Marr Chase||CIN||vs BAL|
|2||Stefon Diggs||BUF||vs NE|
|3||Amon-Ra St. Brown||DET||@ GB|
|4||A.J. Brown||PHI||vs NYG|
|5||CeeDee Lamb||DAL||@ WAS|
|6||Tyreek Hill||MIA||vs NYJ|
|7||Davante Adams||LV||vs KC|
|8||Tee Higgins||CIN||vs BAL|
|9||DeVonta Smith||PHI||vs NYG|
|10||DK Metcalf||SEA||vs LAR|
|11||Justin Jefferson||MIN||@ CHI|
|12||Garrett Wilson||NYJ||@ MIA|
|13||Keenan Allen||LAC||@ DEN|
|14||Amari Cooper||CLE||@ PIT|
|15||Brandon Aiyuk||SF||vs ARI|
|16||Christian Kirk||JAC||vs TEN|
|17||Jaylen Waddle||MIA||vs NYJ|
|18||Mike Williams||LAC||@ DEN|
|19||JuJu Smith-Schuster||KC||@ LV|
|20||Allen Lazard||GB||vs DET|
|21||Christian Watson||GB||vs DET|
|22||DJ Moore||CAR||@ NO|
|23||Tyler Lockett||SEA||vs LAR|
|24||Chris Olave||NO||vs CAR|
|25||Jerry Jeudy||DEN||vs LAC|
|26||Terry McLaurin||WAS||vs DAL|
|27||Zay Jones||JAC||vs TEN|
|28||Drake London||ATL||vs TB|
|29||Michael Pittman Jr.||IND||vs HOU|
|30||Gabe Davis||BUF||vs NE|
|31||Diontae Johnson||PIT||vs CLE|
|32||Jakobi Meyers||NE||@ BUF|
|33||Rashid Shaheed||NO||vs CAR|
|34||Courtland Sutton||DEN||vs LAC|
|35||Chris Godwin||TB||@ ATL|
|36||Jahan Dotson||WAS||vs DAL|
|37||Marquise Brown||ARI||@ SF|
|38||Mike Evans||TB||@ ATL|
|39||Donovan Peoples-Jones||CLE||@ PIT|
|40||Brandin Cooks||HOU||@ IND|
|41||DJ Chark Jr.||DET||@ GB|
|42||George Pickens||PIT||vs CLE|
|43||Adam Thielen||MIN||@ CHI|
|44||Curtis Samuel||WAS||vs DAL|
|45||Treylon Burks||TEN||@ JAC|
|46||Michael Gallup||DAL||@ WAS|
|47||Van Jefferson||LAR||@ SEA|
|48||Corey Davis||NYJ||@ MIA|
|49||Tyler Boyd||CIN||vs BAL|
|50||Parris Campbell||IND||vs HOU|
|51||Romeo Doubs||GB||vs DET|
|52||Joshua Palmer||LAC||@ DEN|
|53||Chris Moore||HOU||@ IND|
|54||Mack Hollins||LV||vs KC|
|55||Greg Dortch||ARI||@ SF|
|56||K.J. Osborn||MIN||@ CHI|
|57||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||KC||@ LV|
|58||Darius Slayton||NYG||@ PHI|
|59||Kadarius Toney||KC||@ LV|
|60||Russell Gage||TB||@ ATL|
CeeDee Lamb has had three straight 100+ receiving yard games. The Cowboys still have a slim shot at the 1 or 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, so they will probably start strong and get a solid lead before resting their major players.
The Texans have allowed one WR1 (top-12) performance this year, and it came back in Week 1 (Michael Pittman Jr.). I doubt Pittman is able to repeat that feat this week, but it would be a fitting way to end this season.
Since Week 11, A.J. Brown is WR3 Overall and DeVonta Smith is WR5. Over this same stretch, they are averaging 37.8 PPG combined.
Bengals TE Hayden Hurst currently has 48 catches and 400 yards, he’s looking to earn $125,000 for 50 catches. His other bonuses seem way out of reach.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee is looking to earn an additional $125,000 with 13 more yards receiving to get to 600 total.
Chargers TE Gerald Everett needs five receptions to earn an additional $250,000.
|1||Travis Kelce||KC||@ LV|
|2||George Kittle||SF||vs ARI|
|3||Mark Andrews||BAL||@ CIN|
|4||T.J. Hockenson||MIN||@ CHI|
|5||Evan Engram||JAC||vs TEN|
|6||Taysom Hill||NO||vs CAR|
|7||Pat Freiermuth||PIT||vs CLE|
|8||Dallas Goedert||PHI||vs NYG|
|9||Dalton Schultz||DAL||@ WAS|
|10||David Njoku||CLE||@ PIT|
|11||Dawson Knox||BUF||vs NE|
|12||Darren Waller||LV||vs KC|
|13||Tyler Higbee||LAR||@ SEA|
|14||Cole Kmet||CHI||vs MIN|
|15||Juwan Johnson||NO||vs CAR|
|16||Gerald Everett||LAC||@ DEN|
|17||Tyler Conklin||NYJ||@ MIA|
|18||Hayden Hurst||CIN||vs BAL|
|19||Trey McBride||ARI||@ SF|
|20||Noah Fant||SEA||vs LAR|
|21||Hunter Henry||NE||@ BUF|
|22||Cade Otton||TB||@ ATL|
|23||Robert Tonyan||GB||vs DET|
|24||Jelani Woods||IND||vs HOU|
|25||Jordan Akins||HOU||@ IND|
When examining these rankings, consider that I am really only looking at positional ranks, not flex or overall rankings. When it comes to who you start in the flex, a lot will depend on your specific league rules and roster construction. If players are ranked within three spots of each other, the difference between them is negligible.
Good luck this week!
NFC Playoff Picture
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to clinch the NFC’s No. 1 seed, home-field advantage and a first-round bye against the playoff-bound New York Giants, who are locked in as the sixth seed.
The San Francisco 49ers are currently the second seed, but could clinch the NFC top seed with a win and a Philadelphia loss. The Vikings are currently the No. 3 seed, and they can be the No. 2 seed with a win and 49ers loss.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched the NFC South title after a comeback win over Panthers.
The Dallas Cowboys are looking at the fifth seed unless the Eagles and 49ers lose. They could then clinch the top seed with a victory in Washington. They could also clinch the NFC East division title and the second seed with a win and the Eagles losing.
The Green Bay Packers clinch a playoff berth with a win. The Packers host the playoff hopeful Detroit Lions, who need a win and a Seattle Seahawks loss. The Seahawks need a victory and a Packers loss to clinch the last Wild Card spot.
AFC Playoff Picture
The AFC playoffs are less clear after the NFL chose not to finish the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals contest from Week 17, and a resolution passed by the owners that affects the sites of some potential matchups depending on who faces who.
Kansas City and the Buffalo Bills are still in contention for the number one overall seed. Kansas City will clinch the top seed with a win, while Buffalo needs to win and Kansas City to lose to clinch the top spot.
The Bills and Bengals have the same scenario for the two and three seeds. Buffalo clinches at least the second seed with a win, but a Bills loss and Bengals win gives Cincinnati the two and Buffalo the three.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans meet to determine who wins the AFC South and the fourth overall seed.
The Chargers and the Ravens are sitting at the fifth and sixth seeds respectively. New England holds the seventh seed, but the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Jaguars (if they lose vs. Tennessee) all have pathways to taking it.