How To Play Playoff Fantasy Football
You don't want the Fantasy Football season to be over; none of us do. Heck, we don't want football to be over period. That just means seven months of sadness until the 2016 season starts. The other sports are fun, but nothing matches the football season… even though the NBA playoffs last nearly as long.
Well, don't fret football fan! You can keep playing, and you have more than one option.
NFL.com Playoff Challenge
The most simple, and still quite fun, format is NFL.com's. There, you pick one QB, two RB, two WR, a TE, K and DST each week. Pretty simple huh? The catch here is that scores get multiplier boosts depending on how long you own them.
You can pick players on a bye, and sometimes, that's the smart play. If you pick a quarterback that gets bounced in the Wild Card games, but someone else takes Tom Brady for example, and Brady throws for 300/3 in the Divisional games, you might have been better off carrying Brady through the bye. It's an interesting strategy, as the highest potential comes from a Wild Card weekend team making the Super Bowl. Truthfully, that's the key strategy: pick players you think will play in the Super Bowl, even if they are on a bye to start.
Players I like on NFL.com:
QB: Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger
RB: David Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, Marshawn Lynch, Jonathan Stewart (last two riskier)
WR: Antonio Brown, Doug Baldwin, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Martavis Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Julian Edelman
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen
As you can see, I'm heavy on the Seahawks making the Super Bowl with the Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots and Broncos in the mix.
MyFantasyLeague.com/Office Pools/Home Leagues
These leagues have varying rules and are pretty much up to whoever wants to run the league. You could have a draft with just a few teams (best to limit these to about six teams). You could draft a team similar to the NFL.com format where people can share players, but you can't swap players and you don't get multipliers. Those are the main two setups, but it's possible you find others. MyFantasyLeague.com is a good site to run a playoff league on with plenty of customization (scoring, etc.).
No matter your version of this format, picking your Super Bowl favorites becomes even more important. On NFL.com, you can pick a new player once a team is eliminated. In this format, that spot would simply be empty. A good strategy for this style and the NFL.com leagues is to hedge your bets with players from opposing teams. To clarify, if you really like the Cardinals but think the Seahawks are the second-best bet, pick players from both, thereby hedging your bets and increasing the odds that you have representation in the Super Bowl.
Here are a few rankings for the entire playoffs:
Russell Wilson, SEA
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
Cam Newton, CAR
Carson Palmer, ARI
Tom Brady, NE
David Johnson, ARI
DeAngelo Williams, PIT
Jonathan Stewart, CAR
Marshawn Lynch, SEA
James White, NE
C.J. Anderson, DEN
Adrian Peterson, MIN
Jeremy Hill, CIN
Antonio Brown, PIT
Doug Baldwin, SEA
Julian Edelman, NE
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Demaryius Thomas, DEN
Michael Floyd, ARI
A.J. Green, CIN
Tyler Lockett, SEA
John Brown, ARI
Rob Gronkowski, NE
Greg Olsen, CAR
Jordan Reed, WSH
Tyler Eifert, CIN
DraftKings, FanDuel, DFS
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This is the format you know and doesn’t change at all from the regular season. It's Daily Fantasy Football, and you don't care if the player's team loses.
Stack. Stack. And stack some more. Hedging your bets is not how you win the big one in DFS. If you think the Chiefs are going to score 40-plus (haha), load up with Alex Smith, Charcandrick West, Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce and the Chiefs D. You don't have to go crazy contrarian and Ryan Grant and Davante Adams, but if you have a strong feeling about one deep sleeper, you need to go for it.
As a quick tip, Vegas likes the Steelers-Bengals and Packers-Redskins as the two high-scoring games with over/unders of 47.5 and 46.0, respectively.
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