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Championship Game Rankings

Is it Lamar's time?

We've previewed all four teams over the last few days; now it's time to generate the rankings that result from those projections. A lot of 49ers position players grade out best. They've got a question mark at quarterback, but they're definitely facing the leakiest defense.

A few injury developments over the course of the week are factored in. The final injury reports won't come out until later this afternoon, but we can make some guesses as to who will or won't be playing.

  • For Baltimore, Mark Andrews (ankle) has practiced fully the last two days. He should play. There's an injury discount built in; second tight end Isaiah Likely will play more than he would have if Andrews was 100 percent, I think. But Andrews is the preferred option of those two.

  • For San Francisco, Deebo Samuel (shoulder) got in a limited practice yesterday. That's not necessarily a big deal -- getting in a limited practice probably means he was running around but not getting hit, and that's something the Lions won't cooperate with in the game on Sunday. But seems like he'll be active, perhaps wearing a harness of some sort, and maybe running routes -- maybe. Where he's ranked, he doesn't look like a great option, but it takes a little bit of the shine of Jauan Jennings. (In general though, I expect Deebo to be more of a decoy, if he's active at all.)

  • Kalif Raymond (knee) hasn't practiced for Detroit and probably isn't playing. Josh Reynolds (rib) has been limited, but is expected to play.

  • Isiah Pacheco (toe) hasn't practiced for Kansas City. He says he's definitely playing, and I expect he'll practice today. But slightly more of the running back numbers have been assigned to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Kadarius Toney practiced Wednesday then was limited on Thursday; who knows with him.

Here are the rankings (PPR scoring), with the assumption that those aforementioned players will be active, and everyone else is pretty much healthy for those teams.

QBBALLamar Jackson2130531.5422.8
RBSFChristian McCaffrey032811.2122.3
QBKCPatrick Mahomes2480231.7621.9
QBSFBrock Purdy2620101.8421.7
WRDETAmon-Ra St.Brown0882.4518.8
QBDETJared Goff248011.2617.5
WRSFBrandon Aiyuk0850.5316.6
TEKCTravis Kelce1680.5216.3
WRKCRashee Rice0650.4114.4
RBDETJahmyr Gibbs02054.5714.1
TESFGeorge Kittle0660.3913.4
RBKCIsiah Pacheco01552.4712.3
RBBALGus Edwards0949.7711.4
WRBALZay Flowers0453.2610.4
RBDETDavid Montgomery0855.4910.2
TEDETSam LaPorta0380.309.1
WRSFJauan Jennings0450.219.0
PKBALJustin Tucker000.008.0
TEBALMark Andrews0340.257.8
PKKCHarrison Butker000.007.2
WRDETJameson Williams0353.167.1
PKSFJake Moody000.007.0
WRDETJosh Reynolds0380.157.0
WRBALOdell Beckham1320.176.3
PKDETMichael Badgley000.006.2
RBBALJustice Hill01318.125.5
RBKCClyde Edwards-Helaire01317.125.3
WRSFDeebo Samuel0215.215.2
WRKCJustin Watson0250.195.2
TEBALIsaiah Likely0240.175.1
WRKCMecole Hardman0152.105.1
RBBALDalvin Cook0918.144.9
WRBALNelson Agholor0220.144.9
WRBALRashod Bateman0191.114.3
TEKCNoah Gray0160.143.9
WRKCM. Valdes-Scantling0180.073.4
TEDETZach Ertz0100.062.5
RBSFKyle Juszczyk080.112.4
RBSFElijah Mitchell0117.062.3
WRKCRichie James080.051.8
WRDETD. Peoples-Jones080.041.5
WRKCKadarius Toney050.031.5
TEBALCharlie Kolar040.02.9
RBBALPatrick Ricard030.01.8
TEDETJames Mitchell040.01.8
WRDETAntoine Green030.01.6
WRSFRay-Ray McCloud030.01.5
WRBALDevin Duvernay010.00.3
RBKCLaMical Perine010.01.3
WRSFRonnie Bell020.01.3
WRSFChris Conley020.00.3
TEKCBlake Bell010.01.3
TESFCharlie Woerner010.01.3
WRKCJustyn Ross010.01.2
QBSFSam Darnold300.02.2
QBKCBlaine Gabbert300.02.2
RBSFJordan Mason001.01.2
QBDETTeddy Bridgewater200.01.1
RBDETCraig Reynolds000.00.1
QBBALTyler Huntley100.01.1
TESFBrayden Willis000.00.1

For defenses, I'm going with Baltimore as the top group, but it's close. They had the most production during the season (first in both sacks and takeaways), but are facing the most accomplished and playoff-savvy quarterback. Detroit had the least production this year, but gets the most favorable matchup. Rankings assume 1 point for sacks, 2 for takeaways and 6 for all touchdowns. Points allowed are also factored in, part of why Detroit (anticipated to allow the most points) shows up last.

TeamTakeFumIntPtsSackTD DTD KFPG P
San Francisco1.35.60.7522.
Kansas City1.15.55.6024.

—Andy Richardson

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