Below, you'll find tiers and rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.
Last updated: 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 20
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- SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
- OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
- OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
- WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
- TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
- Projections: from PFF projections tool.
- Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game time decision
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|Tier||Rank||Player||Opponent||Total||Spread||Implied Points||QB SOS||OL PBA||PPR||Injury Status|
Removed from list: Baker Mayfield (out — shoulder)
Tier 1 – Lamar Jackson handles 23% of the Ravens' designed rushing attempts (second-most in the NFL) and owns the highest scramble rate (10%) in the league for quarterbacks with at least 150 dropbacks. Once inside the five-yard line, he is the team's No. 1 rushing option, with 63% of attempts. Now the team is on pace to throw the ball at a clip nine percentage points higher than last season. The Ravens have the sixth-highest implied points on the slate.
Tier 2 – The Rams could be up multiple touchdowns by halftime against the Lions, so Matthew Stafford may need to do his damage early in this one. However, he has the best-implied points and top-ranked QB SOS on the slate.
Tier 3 – Joe Burrow's matchup and implied points don't look great, but the Bengals' dropbacks per game have slowly risen over the past three games (excludes overtime), and their neutral first-down pass rate is up to 69% (third-highest in the NFL). As 6.5-point dogs, there is a chance we see Burrow's highest pass attempt total of the season.
Tier 4 – Sam Darnold has cooled off, but the Panthers' offense remains pass-focused with healthy volume and good receivers.
Tier 4 – Matt Ryan has two top-12 performances in as many outings, and the Falcons' offense is pushing the ball downfield more aggressively (11.5 and 8.0 aDOT) with heavy play-action passing (23% and 42%). Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson have big-play ability, and Ryan draws an above-average QB SOS.