Fantasy Football Rankings, Divisional Round: Model that beat experts says start Damien Williams, but sit Philip Rivers

The divisional round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs offers a new opportunity for Fantasy football players, and there is plenty of money and pride on the line for anybody participating in postseason Fantasy football formats like the NFL Playoff Challenge, NFL DFS or a more straightforward playoff league. But high stakes mean that every decision can be taxing. Can you trust any of the Eagles running backs (Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles) against a solid Saints run defense? Or can Tre'Quan Smith of the Saints repeat his huge performance against the Eagles back in Week 11 in the rematch now that Ted Ginn Jr. is back? Answering questions like that gets easier with the aid of a solid set of Fantasy football rankings, which is exactly why you'll want to check out the projections from the advanced computer model at SportsLine before setting Fantasy football lineups of any kind.

When it comes to ranking players, their model beat human experts in Fantasy Football last season when there were big differences in ranking. And the model was closest to the hole overall, meaning it best pinpointed where every player would finish each week. With an unpredictable NFL playoff schedule ahead of us, that could literally be the difference between winning your Fantasy Football playoff league or going home empty-handed. 

Last week, the model was extremely high on Colts running back Marlon Mack, saying he would finish as a top-three running back. The result: Mack recorded 148 rushing yards and a touchdown. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.

Now the model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has revealed its latest divisional round Fantasy Football rankings. One of the players that the SportsLine Projection Model is recommending in its Fantasy football rankings: Chiefs running back Damien Williams.

Even with Spencer Ware returning from injury this week, Williams has done more than enough to ensure that he's going to get a healthy number of touches. And with those touches, we've seen that he can do tremendous things. In the last four weeks, Williams has been responsible for six touchdowns and has accounted for 367 yards from scrimmage. So get him in your lineup ahead of running backs like Marlon Mack, Mark Ingram and Sony Michel this week.

And a massive shocker: Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers stumbles big-time this week against the Patriots and finishes outside the top five. He's a player to bench this weekend. 

Rivers led the Chargers to a win against the Ravens, but failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second time in three weeks. He has now failed to top 200 yards in each of his past three outings, and SportsLine's model says he'll struggle big-time again this week on the road against the Patriots, who have allowed an average of just 8.3 points in their past three home games. 

The model is also calling for a shocking wide receiver 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 NFL playoffs. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.

So who should be in your Fantasy Football lineup for the divisional round? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Football rankings for every position, plus see which shocking wide receiver could lead you to victory in your Fantasy Football playoff league, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season, and find out.

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