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2022 NFL Schedule: Joe Burrow, Tyreek Hill Among Stars With Tough Opponents During Fantasy Playoffs

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Those playoffs are in Weeks 15-17 (it had been Weeks 14-16), as the league expanded to a 17-game slate (and 18-week regular season) last year. Using the fantasy points allowed data (home/road) from this past season, here are the fantasy players who could lead you to a league championship, and those whose playoff schedule could cost you a chance at the title.

Quarterbacks

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Top 5

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one. James WinstonSaints: Winston has the easiest postseason schedule, facing the Falcons, Browns and Eagles. They all allowed 18-plus points a game to QBs in 2021.

2. Trey Lance, 49ers: Assuming it’s Lance under center, he could be a hero for fantasy managers with postseason games against the Seahawks, Commanders and Raiders.

3. Jared GoffLions: Could Goff help you win a fantasy title? He has better weapons, and a postseason slate that includes games against the Jets, Panthers and Bears.

4. Zach WilsonJets: Wilson won’t be more than a late-rounder in drafts, but postseason matchups against the Lions, Jags and Seahawks makes him streamable.

5. Drew LockSeahawks: Trusting your title hopes to Lock isn’t so easy, but it is notable that he faces the 49ers, Chiefs and Jets in the fantasy football playoffs.

Bottom 5

T-32. Joe BurrowBengals: We all like Burrow to move into the next level of fantasy stardom, but facing the Buccaneers, Patriots and Bills in the postseason is brutal.

T-32. Derek CarrRaiders: I love Carr overall this season, but he could be unreliable in the fantasy playoffs with games against the Patriots and Steelers in the first two weeks.

thirty. Justin FieldsBears: As if we need more reason to doubt Fields, he’ll have to face the Eagles and Bills in the first two weeks of the fantasy football postseason in 2022.

29. Dak PrescottCowboys: This doesn’t look bad on the surface, but Prescott faces three teams (Jags, Eagles, Titans) that allowed 16 or fewer fantasy points per game to QBs last year.

28. Matt RyanColts: Ryan will face the Vikings, Chargers and Giants in the fantasy postseason. None of those teams allowed more than 16.4 points a game to QBs.

Running backs

Top 5

one. Breece HallJets: Hall and Michael Carter have a tasty postseason slate against the Lions, Jaguars and Seahawks. They all allowed 25-plus point a game to backs in 2021.

2. Elijah Mitchell49ers: Mitchell could be a massive superstar for fantasy managers, as he faces the Seahawks, Commanders and Raiders during the postseason stretch.

3. Christian McCaffreyPanthers: Assuming McCaffrey makes it to the final three weeks of the fantasy season, he’ll face weak run defenses like the Steelers and Lions.

4. Kenneth WalkerSeahawks: Walker, Rashaad Penny and maybe Chris Carson get to face the Chiefs and the Jets in the final two weeks of the fantasy football playoffs.

5. Clyde Edwards-HelaireChiefs: CEH isn’t the most trustworthy back, but he and Ronald Jones get to face the Texans and Seahawks among their three playoff games.

Bottom 5

32. Miles SandersEagles: Not only do Eagles backs have the toughest overall slate, but Sanders and crew will have to face the Bears, Cowboys and Saints in the playoffs.

31. Nick ChubbBrowns: Chubb and Kareem Hunt should remain productive overall, but games against the Ravens, Saints and Commanders in the playoffs aren’t favorable.

thirty. Cordarelle PattersonFalcons: Patterson and the rest of the Falcons backs have to go up against the Saints, Ravens and Cardinals during the fantasy football playoffs.

29. Saquon BarkleyGiants: Barkley has a pair of tough matchups in the postseason, facing the Commanders in Week 15 and the Colts during championship weekend.

28. Austin EkelerChargers: Ekeler is mostly matchup-proof in fantasy land, but he does have tough games against the Titans, Colts and Rams in the fantasy postseason.

Wide Receivers

Top 5

one. Keenan AllenChargers: Allen and Mike Williams have the best postseason slate for wideouts, facing three teams that allowed 38-plus points a game to the position.

2. Terry McLaurinCommanders: McLaurin and Jahan Dotson should benefit from matchups against the Giants and Browns during the fantasy football postseason.

3. Drake LondonFalcons: London, one of the top rookie wideouts, faces three teams (Saints, Ravens, Cardinals) that allowed 37.9 or more points per game to wideouts last season.

4. Kenny GolladayGiants: It’s tough to trust any Giants wideouts heading into your drafts, but they do face the Commanders and Vikings in the first two playoff rounds.

5. Brandin CooksTexas: Cooks, Nico Collins and John Metchie III could be useful postseason options for fantasy managers when facing the Chiefs, Titans and Jaguars.

Bottom 5

32. Tyreek HillDolphins: Dolphins wideouts have one of the toughest schedules this season, and facing the Bills, Packers and Patriots in the postseason is really brutal.

31. Davante AdamsRaiders: Adams is a fantasy star and matchup-proof, but keep in mind that he’ll face the Patriots and Steelers during the first two weeks of the playoffs.

thirty. Darnell MooneyBears: Mooney has high expectations in fantasy land for this season, but he has a tough postseason slate with games against the Eagles and Bills.

29. Cooper KuppRams: The schedule won’t affect Kupp so much, but Allen Robinson and crew face the Packers, Broncos and Chargers during the fantasy postseason.

28. AJ BrownEagles: Brown remains a No. 1 fantasy wideout in Philadelphia, but he and DeVonta Smith will face the Bears and Saints in two of three postseason weeks.

Tight Ends

Top 5

one. Austin HooperTitans: Hooper won’t be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in drafts, but he could be useful in the playoffs with games against the Chargers, Texans and Cowboys.

2. Pat FreiermuthSteelers: Time will tell how Freiermuth will perform without Ben Roethlisberger, but he does face the Raiders and Ravens in the fantasy postseason.

3. George Kittle49ers: A top-four fantasy tight end, Kittle should be a postseason hero with positive matchups against the Seahawks, Commanders and Raiders.

4. Evan EngramJaguars: Engram could be tough to trust with his new team, but he does have a positive postseason slate against the Cowboys, Jets and Texans.

5. Cole KmetBears: Kmet could be a nice bargain in fantasy drafts, and a postseason slate that includes games against the Eagles and Lions make him even more attractive.

Bottom 5

32. Dallas GoedertEagles: Goedert remains a No. 1 fantasy tight end, but keep in mind that postseason games against the Bears and Saints are considered difficult.

31. Dawson KnoxBills: A breakout tight end in fantasy leagues a season ago, Knox has a tough slate in the postseason against the Dolphins, Bears and Bengals.

thirty. Hayden HurstBengals: Hurst won’t have a ton of fantasy value in 2022 and facing the Patriots and Bills in the final two postseason weeks won’t help his overall appeal.

29. Darren WallerRaiders: No one is sitting Waller in the postseason, but the Patriots will be a tough matchup in Week 15 followed by games vs. the Steelers and 49ers.

28. Mike GesickiDolphins: Gesicki has two absolutely brutal AFC East matchups during the fantasy postseason, facing both the Bills (Week 15) and Patriots (Week 17).

More fantasy & NFL coverage:

  • SI Fantasy’s Experts Mock Draft
  • Fantasy Strength of Schedule: Quarterbacks
  • Fantasy Strength of Schedule: Running Backs
  • Fantasy Strength of Schedule: Receivers
  • How the NFL Built the 2022 Schedule

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Click here to read all his articles here on SI Fantasy. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTubeand Instagram for all of the late breaking fantasy news and the best analysis in the business!

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