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Fantasy Football - Playoff Edition

By James Quintong

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The excitement of fantasy football doesn't end when the regular season wraps up. With Gridiron Playoff Challenge, you can continue the fun throughout the NFL postseason, with the additional risk that the pool of available players shrinks as their teams are eliminated.

The basic gameplay is similar to the regular Gridiron Challenge game: You get $50 million in fantasy money to build the roster that scores the most fantasy points as possible each week. The team with the most points at the end of the playoffs wins a great prize.

However, there are a couple of wrinkles to this playoff version of the game that players should know when setting rosters.

First off, there are three scoring "weeks" in which you can adjust your roster: wild-card weekend, divisional playoff weekend and conference championship weekend. Thus, your roster for wild-card weekend should just include players with teams in those games. There's no reason to have players on your roster from the top two seeds in either conference during this week. You can put them in there for divisional playoff week.

Second, the roster you set for conference championship weekend lasts all the way to the Super Bowl. So not only are you predicting which players will score the most points in the conference title games, but you should also take into account which players you think will end up playing for the Lombardi Trophy.

So how well can you pick out the best fantasy performers given the constraints of a salary cap while also potentially predicting who's going to win the Super Bowl?

Good luck and hope your playoff dreams come true.

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