NFL Playoff Fantasy Football: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Conference Championships

Jason Schandl
Ryan Tannehill throws a pass against the Chiefs in Week 10.
Ryan Tannehill throws a pass against the Chiefs in Week 10. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The arrival of the NFL playoffs doesn't mean that fantasy football is done for the year. Whether you're playing DFS, a playoff-long fantasy league or any kind of single-week format, there are still plenty of ways to get your fantasy football fix in the postseason.

NFL Playoff Fantasy Football

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the conference championship round. Be sure to also check out our full conference championship fantasy rankings as well.

NFL Conference Championship Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Start Ryan Tannehill (TEN at KC): The Tennessee Titans' Cinderella playoff run has not had much to do with Ryan Tannehill, who has only completed a combined 15 passes in the last two games. Expect that to change this week as 7.5-point underdogs against the Kansas City Chiefs, per FanDuel Sportsbook. The Titans are likely going to be forced to throw the ball to keep up with KC's explosive offense, making this a good spot for a bounce-back from Tannehill, who averaged 22.0 fantasy points per game in 10 regular season starts.

Sit Aaron Rodgers (GB at SF): It's not often you see Aaron Rodgers at the bottom of any list of QBs, but that's the case in our fantasy rankings this week. Rodgers' 17.4 fantasy points per game in the regular season ranked third among this week's four starting QBs, and his brutal matchup against the San Francisco 49ers does him no favors. The Niners held opposing QBs to bottom-10 fantasy production in the regular season, and they check in at second in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric.

NFL Conference Championship Fantasy Football Running Backs

Start Damien Williams (KC vs TEN): Damien Williams took firm hold of the Chiefs' lead RB gig in Week 9, when he played a season-high 73 percent of the offensive snaps. Since then (and excluding Week 11, when he left early with an injury) he's averaged 22.1 PPR fantasy points per game. Favored by over a touchdown, we could also see the Chiefs fall into a more run-heavy game flow than usual if they're playing with a lead for the bulk of this one.

Sit Raheem Mostert (SF vs GB): While Raheem Mostert's injury doesn't seem to be anything to worry about, his workload is a concern. Even before leaving in the second half of last week's game, Tevin Coleman appeared to re-claim his status as the 49ers' top running back. Through three quarters, Coleman out-carried Mostert 17 to 12, and despite the value he carried in a brief stint as the lead RB, Mostert's falling volume makes him a shaky play in the NFC Championship.

NFL Conference Championship Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

Start Davante Adams (GB at SF): Nightmare matchup or not, Davante Adams is firmly in play. Our second-ranked WR for the week, Adams has no fewer than 11 targets in any of his last four games, averaging 118.0 yards and 8.8 catches on 13.3 targets per game with four touchdowns in that stretch. Adams had seven receptions on 12 targets and scored 19.3 PPR fantasy points in his lone regular season meeting with the 49ers this year, and he remains a top fantasy option this weekend.

Sit Emmanuel Sanders (SF vs GB): Like Mostert, Emmanuel Sanders has seen his volume drop off recently as Deebo Samuel has emerged as the 49ers' top WR. Sanders hasn't caught more than three passes in a game since Week 14, and despite playing at least 85 percent of the snaps in each of his last four games, he's averaged just 5.7 PPR points per game in that stretch. The 49ers are also sizable favorites, and there isn't likely to be enough passing volume to go around to support Sanders this week.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.