Fantasy Football Playoff Primer (Tight Ends and Defense)


The fantasy football playoffs are quickly approaching and it's time to start planning for your championship run. If you've been reading Astronaut content this year, congratulations, you're on your way to greatness. This article will breakdown everything that you need to get the edge over your competition. As the end of the fantasy regular season approaches, individual weekly matchups become less important and it's critical to take the time to look ahead and prepare yourself for what's to come.

How do I use this information to win my league's championship?

At this point of the season, there is no one-size-fits all strategy. We crunched hundreds of data-points to put together these reports. Ultimately, you should be targeting assets strong playoff matchups and then prepare to pivot for weaker games. Opponents are labeled in green, yellow, and red based on their difficulty. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, this is an excellent opportunity to capitalize on current value by exchanging it for future performance. Look to trade a player who is playing well now but has a difficult playoff schedule for a player with easier matchups down the stretch.


This article uses half-point PPR and 4-point passing TD scoring for any reference to rankings.


Travis Kelce

Last 4 weeks: 19.6 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 20

Opponents: MIA NO ATL


Darren Waller

Last 4 weeks: 16.6 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 31

Opponents: IND LAC MIA


Mark Andrews

Last 4 weeks: 13.9 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 8

Opponents: CLE JAX NYG


Dallas Goedert

Last 4 weeks: 11.9 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 23

Opponents: NO ARI DAL


Robert Tonyan

Last 4 weeks: 11.2 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 19

Opponents: DET CAR TEN


Logan Thomas

Last 4 weeks: 10.5 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 26

Opponents: SF SEA CAR


Mike Gesicki

Last 4 weeks: 10.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 28

Opponents: KC NE LV


Rob Gronkowski

Last 4 weeks: 9.7 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 15

Opponents: MIN ATL DET


Eric Ebron

Last 4 weeks: 8.9 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 9

Opponents: BUF CIN IND


Hunter Henry

Last 4 weeks: 8.8 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 14

Opponents: ATL LV DEN


TJ Hockenson

Last 4 weeks: 8.6 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 21

Opponents: GB TEN TB


Jordan Reed

Last 4 weeks: 7.4 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 22

Opponents: WAS DAL ARI


Dalton Schultz

Last 4 weeks: 7.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 17

Opponents: CIN SF PHI


Evan Engram

Last 4 weeks: 7.2 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 12

Opponents: ARI CLE BAL


Trey Burton

Last 4 weeks: 6.7 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 29

Opponents: LV HOU PIT


Noah Fant

Last 4 weeks: 5.1 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 2

Opponents: CAR BUF LAC


Austin Hooper

Last 4 weeks: 4.5 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 6

Opponents: BAL NYG NYJ


Jordan Akins

Last 4 weeks: 3.6 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 5

Opponents: CHI IND CIN


New Orleans Saints

Last 4 weeks: 12.5 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 13

Opponents: PHI KC MIN


Carolina Panthers

Last 4 weeks: 12.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 10

Opponents: DEN GB WAS


Atlanta Falcons

Last 4 weeks: 12.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 27

Opponents: LAC TB KC


Pittsburgh Steelers

Last 4 weeks: 11.5 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 15

Opponents: BUF CIN IND


Los Angeles Rams

Last 4 weeks: 11.0 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 9

Opponents: NE NYJ SEA


New England Patriots

Last 4 weeks: 10.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 26

Opponents: LAR MIA BUF


Miami Dolphins

Last 4 weeks: 9.8 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 30

Opponents: KC NE LV


Green Bay Packers

Last 4 weeks: 8.8 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 28

Opponents: DET CAR TEN


New York Giants

Last 4 weeks: 8.7 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 23

Opponents: CAR BUF LAC


San Francisco 49ers

Last 4 weeks: 8.7 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 9

Opponents: WAS DAL ARI


Minnesota Vikings

Last 4 weeks: 8.0 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 25

Opponents: TB CHI IND


Cleveland Browns

Last 4 weeks: 7.8 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 3

Opponents: BAL NYG NYJ


Washington Football Team

Last 4 weeks: 7.5 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 20

Opponents: SF SEA CAR


Seattle Seahawks

Last 4 weeks: 7.0 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 4

Opponents: NYJ WAS LAR


Indianapolis Colts

Last 4 weeks: 6.8 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 29

Opponents: LV HOU PIT


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last 4 weeks: 4.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 12

Opponents: MIN ATL DET


Baltimore Ravens

Last 4 weeks: 4.0 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 7

Opponents: CLE JAX NYG


Arizona Cardinals

Last 4 weeks: 3.8 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 2

Opponents: NYG PHI SF


Kansas City Chiefs

Last 4 weeks: 3.7 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 31

Opponents: MIA NO ATL


Dallas Cowboys

Last 4 weeks: 2.3 fantasy PPG

Playoff Schedule Rank: 1

Opponents: CIN SF PHI


Bonus content for those who made it to the end of the article and are looking to prep their team for the Fantasy Football playoffs. Here's a quick snapshot of the defenses currently owned in less than 50% of leagues and the weeks that they have favorable matchups. You can use this to make sure that you've stashed the right teams to cover the 3 weeks of playoffs: