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PFF's 2023 fantasy football playoff guide

We’ve arrived. The fantasy football playoffs are finally here, and everything fantasy managers have built throughout the season comes down to the next few weeks.

Don’t be a one-and-done championship hopeful. Instead, find ways to push yourself through the playoffs.

NFL Week 15 positional fantasy football rankings

• Matthew Stafford is back in the top 10: After a quiet first half of the season, Stafford has scored 10 touchdowns in the last three weeks and has a great matchup against the Washington Commanders this week.

• Most accurate rankings: Nathan Jahnke’s fantasy rankings have been the most accurate in season rankings over the last 81 regular season weeks, per FantasyPros‘ rankings accuracy competition.

• Other ranking formats available: Our weekly rankings landing page includes rankings in other league formats, flex rankings and IDP rankings.

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NFL Week 15 fantasy football start ’em, sit ’em

• Start Matthew Stafford: The Los Angeles Rams quarterback is playing his best football of the season and has the perfect matchup to put up big numbers.

• Sit James Conner: The veteran running back has played very well this season but probably won’t get enough opportunities against the San Francisco 49ers.

• Start Rashee Rice: It’s taken 14 weeks for the Kansas City Chiefs’ top wide receiver to play more than 70% of his team's offensive snaps, but he can finally be relied on as a fantasy starter.

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5 league winners for the fantasy playoffs

• QB Brock Purdy might carry fantasy managers and the San Francisco 49ers to championships: With two matchups against bottom-three defenses to close out the season, Purdy is bound to be on plenty of championship rosters.

• Kansas City Chiefs rookie Rashee Rice is in his WR1 era: Rice has emerged as a focal point for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ passing offense since their bye week, and he has a favorable schedule that could make him a WR1 over the rest of the season.

• Whichever Houston Texans tight end is healthiest: A favorable schedule to close out the season, paired with Houston's injuries at wide receiver, could put Dalton Schultz or Brevin Jordan in a position to win managers a fantasy football championship.

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Risers and fallers heading into the fantasy playoffs

• Zack Moss isn’t producing: Moss has struggled since Jonathan Taylor has been out and shouldn’t be considered a locked-in starter.

• Evan Engram is hitting his stride: The Jaguars tight end had a career day in Week 14 and should continue to feature heavily.

• Delightfully Deebo SamuelSamuel is roaring up rankings after an incredible three-week stretch.

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QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs with the easiest schedules for the fantasy playoffs

• Kyren Williams can continue to shine: The Rams’ running back has been on fire since returning from IR, and he has the most favorable schedule among running backs.

• Rashee Rice’s nice schedule: The Chiefs wide receiver has the easiest remaining schedule at the position.

• Get ahead of the game: PFF’s Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.

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Top waiver targets at each position to push your team into the fantasy playoffs

• Add Matthew Stafford: The Los Angeles Rams‘ starting quarterback has thrown plenty of touchdowns recently and has an excellent Week 15 matchup.

• Watch for injury news: Injuries to Josh JacobsAlexander MattisonIsiah Pacheco and Brian Robinson Jr. could lead to big opportunities for their backups.

Dig in, draft deep, and dominate the waiver wire like a true fantasy football champion. For a full list of Week 15 fantasy football waiver wire targets, check out our comprehensive guide.

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Three WR/CB matchups to target and avoid in Week 15

• WR Gabe DavisBuffalo Bills vs. CB DaRon BlandDallas Cowboys: Davis’ matchup against Dallas’ ball-hawking perimeter cornerbacks generates contrarian appeal for bold, savvy fantasy managers.

• WR Calvin RidleyJacksonville Jaguars vs. CB Marlon HumphreyBaltimore Ravens: Ridley faces a difficult matchup, catching passes from an injured quarterback.

• Dominate your fantasy league in 2023: For up-to-date fantasy draft rankings and projections, check out PFF’s fantasy rankings tool!

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