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Fantasy Football Playoff Weeks Rushing Matchups

By NFL Fantasy Analyst Russ Bliss

Now that we've gotten thru 9 weeks of the 2010 NFL season, there is enough hard data for us to analyze the matchups for the upcoming fantasy football playoff weeks. Knowing which teams (and therefore which players) have the best and worst matchups is the next step in securing a fantasy football championship. The fantasy cheat sheets below are for each team's rushing matchups and was created by taking the rankings of each opponent's defense against the run in weeks 14, 15, and 16 (as these are the standard weeks for most leagues fantasy playoffs) and adding the rankings of the opponents together. Just like our passing & receiving NFL predictions, the rankings for each defense reflect the generic "Fantasy Points per Game" formula I've described many times in my blog. I have also included (since not every league runs their playoffs weeks 14-16) the matchups for weeks 13 and 17, but they were not used in for the rankings seen below.

 

To put it in practical use, you'll quickly see that the Oakland Raiders have the most favorable schedule against the run during weeks 14-16. The Raiders 3 opponents (Jacksonville, Denver, and Indianapolis) currently rank in the bottom 4 defenses in rushing fantasy points allowed. If you have Darren McFadden, all you need to do is hope he stays healthy and you should enjoy a bounty of fantasy points these 3 weeks. It also would be a good idea to have Michael Bush on your roster as well in case the injury prone McFadden breaks down between now and then.

 

If you don't have McFadden, you should try trading for him now before everyone knows his fantasy playoff schedule is this good. Maybe you have Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson (both of whom have very poor matchups during these weeks). Offer them up to get McFadden in a trade. Or try to work a trade in any way that makes sense for your team. And use common sense when thinking about trades. I certainly wouldn't trade Adrian Peterson for Darren McFadden straight up despite the disparity in matchups during these weeks. But I might consider trading Peterson and a backup QB or WR for McFadden and a top flight QB or WR who represent upgrades to my team and have favorable matchups themselves against weak pass defenses during the playoff weeks.

 

 

 

 

Rank

Team

14

15

16

 

 

13

17

1

Oakland Raiders

@JAC

DEN

IND

 

 

@SD

@KC

 

 

29

32

30

91

 

11

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Washington Redskins

TB

@DAL

@JAC

 

 

@NYG

NYG

 

 

28

23

29

80

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Arizona Cardinals

DEN

@CAR

DAL

 

 

St.L

@SF

 

 

32

20

23

75

 

4

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Cleveland Browns

@BUF

@CIN

BAL

 

 

@MIA

PIT

 

 

31

25

15

71

 

12

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Denver Broncos

@AZ

@OAK

HOU

 

 

@KC

SD

 

 

26

21

16

63

 

10

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

New England Patriots

@CHI

GB

@BUF

 

 

NYJ

MIA

 

 

19

13

31

63

 

2

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Atlanta Falcons

@CAR

@SEA

NO

 

 

@TB

CAR

 

 

20

22

18

60

 

28

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Miami Dolphins

@NYJ

BUF

DET

 

 

CLE

@NE

 

 

2

31

27

60

 

5

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Indianapolis Colts

@TEN

JAC

@OAK

 

 

DAL

TEN

 

 

9

29

21

59

 

23

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Jacksonville Jaguars

OAK

@IND

WAS

 

 

@TEN

@HOU

 

 

21

30

8

59

 

9

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@WAS

DET

SEA

 

 

ATL

@NO

 

 

8

27

22

57

 

6

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Houston Texans

BAL

@TEN

@DEN

 

 

@PHI

JAC

 

 

15

9

32

56

 

17

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Tennessee Titans

IND

HOU

@KC

 

 

JAC

@IND

 

 

30

16

10

56

 

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Green Bay Packers

@DET

@NE

NYG

 

 

SF

CHI

 

 

27

24

3

54

 

7

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Detroit Lions

GB

@TB

@MIA

 

 

CHI

MIN

 

 

13

28

12

53

 

19

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Dallas Cowboys

PHI

WAS

@AZ

 

 

@IND

@PHI

 

 

17

8

26

51

 

30

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

Pittsburgh Steelers

CIN

NYJ

CAR

 

 

@BAL

@CLE

 

 

25

2

20

47

 

15

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

New York Giants

@MIN

PHI

@GB

 

 

WAS

@WAS

 

 

14

17

13

44

 

8

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

San Diego Chargers

KC

SF

@CIN

 

 

OAK

@DEN

 

 

10

7

25

42

 

21

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Seattle Seahawks

@SF

ATL

@TB

 

 

CAR

STL

 

 

7

6

28

41

 

20

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

Buffalo Bills

CLE

@MIA

NE

 

 

@MIN

@NYJ

 

 

5

12

24

41

 

14

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Chicago Bears

NE

@MIN

NYJ

 

 

@DET

@GB

 

 

24

14

2

40

 

27

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Philadelphia Eagles

@DAL

@NYG

MIN

 

 

HOU

DAL

 

 

23

3

14

40

 

16

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

Minnesota Vikings

NYG

CHI

@PHI

 

 

BUF

@DET

 

 

3

19

17

39

 

31

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

Baltimore Ravens

@HOU

NO

@CLE

 

 

PIT

CIN

 

 

16

18

5

39

 

1

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

San Francisco 49ers

SEA

@SD

@STL

 

 

@GB

AZ

 

 

22

11

4

37

 

13

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

St. Louis Rams

@NO

KC

SF

 

 

@AZ

@SEA

 

 

18

10

7

35

 

26

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

Carolina Panthers

ATL

AZ

@PIT

 

 

@SEA

@ATL

 

 

6

26

1

33

 

22

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

New York Jets

MIA

@PIT

@CHI

 

 

@NE

BUF

 

 

12

1

19

32

 

24

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

New Orleans Saints

STL

@BAL

@ATL

 

 

@CIN

TB

 

 

4

15

6

25

 

25

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Kansas City Chiefs

@SD

@STL

TEN

 

 

DEN

OAK

 

 

11

4

9

24

 

32

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

Cincinnati Bengals

@PIT

CLE

SD

 

 

NO

@BAL

 

 

1

5

11

17

 

18

15