Playoff Fantasy Football Rankings + Contest Selection
2021 Playoff Fantasy Football Rankings And Contests
The regular season has ended, but that doesn’t mean that the grind stops. None of us ever want to actually stop playing fantasy football, and the best part of fantasy sports is always drafting. With the expanded playoff format in the NFL in 2020/2021, there will be a slightly different strategy employed in playoff contests. I am going to run through some of the available playoff contests and then provide rankings to outline your selections in these contests.
NFL Playoff Fantasy Football Options
One of the biggest high-stakes playoff fantasy football formats is the NFFC Postseason Hold ‘Em Contest. There is a top prize of $125,000 and the top 50 positions overall payout, with the opportunity to at least make back your entry fee if you land in the prize pool range. From the NFFC description: “Owners must manage a team of 12 players throughout the playoffs to accumulate the most league points.”
The overview of the format is pretty simple: “The NFFC Post Season Hold ‘Em Tournament will begin with the first wild card games and continue through the final playoff game. Points will be accumulated throughout the playoffs, and the team with the most total points wins the grand prize. All other prizes will also be paid based on total points. Each week the number of points an NFL player earns for you will be multiplied by the number of consecutive weeks he has been on your roster, rewarding fantasy players who correctly can predict top players on this year’s teams that compete in the Championship game. Players who have first-round byes automatically earn two times their total points during Week 2 of the playoffs.”
The NFFC format is heavy on strategy as you are allowed to change your roster throughout the course of the playoffs as opposed to the “draft and hold” formats that several other playoff contests utilize.
An even bigger high-stakes playoff fantasy football challenge is the Fantasy Football Players Championship Playoff Challenge. This format includes $500,000 to first place (!!!!) with a $200 entry fee with a simple scoring system. From the FFPC Website: “FFPC scoring rules are in effect. The contest runs from the first week of the NFL playoffs through the Super Bowl. Each week’s score will be added to your team’s total, which will accumulate for the duration of the contest. Super Bowl points will count as DOUBLE the points toward each team’s total.” Each team starts 10 players, and you can choose from any playoff team but only ONE player per team. So, if you select Patrick Mahomes, you cannot also select Travis Kelce. The FFPC also runs a smaller version of the contest with a $35 entry fee and 100k to first place. The smaller contest offers the same format on a smaller budget.
Apex Fantasy Leagues offers a playoff fantasy football game for mid-stakes players with six-team leagues that features a draft for 14 roster spots with various pricing formats. These leagues are total points leagues without the setting of weekly lineups, which makes them, essentially, playoff fantasy football best ball leagues with no trading or waivers. These drafts also have a live clock, and the strategy should be pretty intuitive: without big wrinkles, you simply want to select as many players as possible on the teams that you think are going to advance to the Super Bowl.
It would also be reasonable if you simply wanted to run your own playoff fantasy football league with your own rules, stipulations, and payouts. If that is what you are looking to do with a postseason draft league, MyFantasyLeague is the easiest site to customize and use. You can use their default scoring or set up your own formats, deciding on custom scoring for TD passes, receptions, and much more if you so choose. In addition to draft style total points leagues, you can also create “contest style” formats where a player can only be used once during the entire NFL playoffs. In these formats, if you believe a team will be eliminated in any given week, but their best players will perform well, then you should roster them for a singular week.
2020 NFL Playoff Fantasy Football Rankings