Quarterback is one of the most important positions in Fantasy football, and depth will be on full display in the Divisional Round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs this weekend. Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers were among the most popular Fantasy football picks during the regular season, but can you trust them in the Divisional Round? Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, but now will face the Rams' top-ranked total defense, which gave up only 281.9 yards per game. How high should he be in your Fantasy football rankings?
Mahomes, meanwhile, has failed to eclipse 280 passing yards in his last two games, but he's expected to be high in the Divisional Round Fantasy football rankings. That's because Mahomes and the Chiefs take on the Cleveland Browns, who just gave up over 500 passing yards to Ben Roethlisberger. Before locking in your Fantasy football lineups, be sure to check out the Fantasy football rankings for the Divisional Round from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine's model beat human experts in Fantasy football last season when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.
Last week, the model was extremely high on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, saying he'd finish as a top-five player at his position. The result: Roethlisberger completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.
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One player the model is extremely high on this week: Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown. Baltimore's speedy wideout led the Ravens in all major receiving categories in last week's victory over the Titans, finishing with seven catches for 109 yards. He failed to score a touchdown for just the second time in his last seven games, but his 109 receiving yards were a season-high.
Now, Brown will look to keep the momentum going against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. Buffalo's defense gave up over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Colts last week, which bodes well for Brown's Fantasy value. The model says Brown will have a big game again, projecting him to finish as a top-five wide receiver.
And a massive shocker: Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who recorded 92 receiving yards and a touchdown last week against the Steelers, stumbles big-time and doesn't even crack the top 10 at his position. Landry has been one of Baker Mayfield's favorite targets in the red zone in recent weeks. In fact, all four of his receiving touchdowns on the season have come in his past six outings.
However, Landry has been held to fewer than 65 receiving yards in nine of his last 11 games, one of the main reasons why the model has him outside the top-10 in its Fantasy football rankings for wide receivers.
How to set your Divisional Round Fantasy football lineups
The model is also calling for a surprising running back you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its Fantasy football rankings, and his team could be in for a deep run in the playoffs. You can see who it is here.
So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising running back could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Divisional Round Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which running back is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that out-performed experts big-time last season.