NFL Playoff Pool, Postseason Fantasy Football rankings: Model that beat experts says start Dion Lewis, not Zach Ertz
Computer model that has outperformed experts all season tells you who to target in postseason leagues
Before setting your Fantasy Football playoff league lineups for the conference championship games Sunday, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say. When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine's model is beating human experts this season when there are big differences in ranking. And the model is the closest to the hole overall, meaning it has best pinpointed where every player will finish each week.
With an unpredictable playoff schedule ahead of us, that could literally be the difference between winning your Fantasy Football playoff league or going home empty-handed.
SportsLine's computer model ranked key fantasy players by taking into account their projected conference championship points, season-long scoring average and number of expected playoff games. Remember, the more games a player has, the more points they'll rack up for your team.
A player the model loves for the duration of the playoffs: Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who finished the regular season strong with two touchdowns in his final three games. He has also averaged 15 or more yards per reception in three of his past five outings. SportsLine's model says he'll finish as the top wide receiver and 13th-best overall player.
Another player the model is all-in on: Patriots running back Dion Lewis, who has scored four touchdowns in his past three games. Lewis is projected to finish as the No. 2-ranked running back and seventh-best player overall.
Against the Titans in the divisional round, Lewis rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries and caught nine passes for 79 yards for a team-leading 140 yards from scrimmage.
And a massive shocker: Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who had eight touchdowns in the regular season, finishes as just the third-best tight end.
Ertz, who averaged 11.14 yards per reception, was second among tight ends with 7.86 receptions per game this season.
The model is also calling for a surprising wide receiver to finish ahead of a red-hot running back whose team has a strong chance of making it to the Super Bowl.
So who should be in your Fantasy Football lineup for the playoffs? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Football rankings for every player, plus see which shocking WR could lead you to victory in your Fantasy Football playoff league, all from the model that's been crushing experts, and find out.
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