NFL Playoff Fantasy Football 101




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NFL Playoff Fantasy Football 101



The fantasy football season has concluded, but fantasy football lives on with postseason leagues.

Playoff leagues can be a lot of fun, and they are completely different than regular-season fantasy football. The key difference is that predicting game outcomes is perhaps the key factor in your success. In most situations, you’d rather have your player advance than have a big game and lose. That’s because once your player’s team is finished, so is the player. That means no more points and a big old dead spot in your lineup. For this reason, it is important to project the number of games each team will play.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression … unless we’re talking about fantasy football. In this realm, sweet redemption comes in the form of dominating the NFL postseason league of your choice. Before you blindly accept the scoring rules, terms of competition and entry fees of any random league, here are the fundamental and strategic differences of standard postseason (or “longevity”) leagues and weekly one-and-done (or “survivor”) leagues.



NFL Playoff Bracket


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Longevity Leagues


  • You must pick your entire team before the Wild Card games begin on Saturday
  • Your lineup shall remain unchanged throughout the playoffs
  • The goal is to maximize the number of playoff games for each starting slot


Rules to Live By


1. It’s all about the three-game quest

Before choosing a starters-only roster (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flex, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D/ST), ask these two crucial questions:


  • Are my preferred targets solid favorites to reach the Super Bowl or conference championship round?
  • Is each one a healthy lock for two, three or even four games?


If the answer for either one is no, then it’s probably wise to ignore these short-term assets in longevity leagues.

Regardless of how some superstars may look on paper (like Aaron Rodgers, Keenan Allen or maybe even Drew Brees), it’s essentially a wasted pick if they’re not locks for two or three playoff games.


2. The ‘opposite’ strategy can be a difference-maker with quarterbacks


A large segment of longevity-league owners will choose Manning, Tom Brady, Andy Dalton or Russell Wilson at quarterback. It’s seemingly one of the few no-brainer moves in this crapshoot-like process of building a playoff fantasy roster.

However, there is one concern: With everyone riding Manning, Brady, etc. during the playoffs, the potential to break free of the pack in overall QB points could be nonexistent for the first two or three rounds (remember: the Pats and Broncos have first-round byes).

Thinking out of the box, it might be beneficial to pursue passers like Andrew Luck, Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick, while taking the chance that Indianapolis, Carolina or San Francisco will advance to a conference championship (and beyond) … and that Denver, New England or Seattle gets upended in the divisional playoffs.

The upshot: Few GMs would have Luck or Kaepernick playing three or even four games.

The downside: The potential of missing out on Manning, Brady or Wilson points — for three games — could be your club’s ultimate failure.


3. Always factor in the elements before securing lineups


Weather should always play a role in starting picks. All things being equal, you would rather have a QB performing in a warm, comfy dome over one struggling in the wind, cold, rain and snow. But with the exception of Indianapolis (dome) and maybe Carolina (Charlotte), there aren’t any other guarantees of ideal-weather outings throughout the playoffs.
Bottom line: Check the NFL Weather Map before signing off on strategies involving cold-weather quarterbacks, receivers or kickers.



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Survivor Leagues


  • You can pick a new set of players before all four playoff rounds
  • You can only choose a particular player once during the playoffs


Rules to Live By


1. Stay one step ahead of the competition


Hypothetically speaking, let’s say the Chiefs (@ Indy on Sunday) are the first ones bounced from the Super Bowl tourney. Consequently, this week serves as the only chance to use RB Jamaal Charles or receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Or, if you think this round shall be Andrew Luck’s seasonal swan song, then by all means, play him over Colin Kaepernick — and save Kaep for another day. (In that scenario, the 49ers knock off the Packers in Green Bay).


2. Maximize your opportunities


Fantasy owners should shoot for the moon in every playoff round. Try to maximize your scoring at every turn. Treat every Saturday/Sunday like it’s the last stand of fantasy glory for a notable asset.


3. Don’t be left holding the bag on Super Sunday


If you believe Manning and Russell Wilson will be the starting QBs on the first Sunday in February, it’s imperative to keep one of ‘em on the sidelines during the AFC/NFC playoffs.


In other words, don’t be stuck with Brock Osweiler (Broncos) or Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks) as the only QB options for Super Sunday. Budget your assets in this crucial slot.

Source: WEEI | Foxsports


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FANFOOD Playoff Picks


At some point before Saturday, It’s best to sit down and brainstorm who you think the playoff winners will be, game by game, round by round.

Here are the FANFOOD Picks


Wild Card


Indianapolis  over Kansas City 

New Orleans  over Philadelphia 

Cincinnati   over San Diego 

San Francisco  over Green Bay 




Divisional Playoffs


Denver  over Indianapolis 

New England over Cincinnati  

Seattle   over New Orleans 

Carolina  over San Francisco 



Conference Championships


Denver  over New England 




Seattle   over Carolina 




Seattle   over Denver



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Smoked Stuffed Pork Chops



6 Bone-in double thick center cut pork chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick, cut with a pocket for stuffing.


for the paste:

1/2 medium sweet onion, chuked

2 Tbs Bourbon

1 Tb Brown Sugar

1 Tb ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsps canola oil


for the stuffing:

4 Tbs Butter

1/2 medium onion, chopped fine

1 celery rib, chopped fine

1 cup dry cornbread crumbs

1 dozen pitted prunes, chopped

2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley

1 Tb Fresh Sage, minced or 1/2 Tbs dried

1/4 tsp dry mustard

salt to taste

1-3 Tbs chicken stock


Chop Mop:

1 cup cider vinegar

2 Tbs bourbon

2 Tbs water



4 hours before your plan to smoke the chops, combine the paste ingredients in a food processor.

massage the chops inside and out with the paste. place in paper bag.

30 minutes before you plan to smoke, prepare your smoker and bring to temp between 200-220 degrees F.

remove the chops from the fridge and let them sit at room temp.

To make the stuffing:

melt the butter in a small skillet, add pepper onion a celery, cook until soft.

spoon the mixture into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients adding only enough stock to bind loosely.


Stuff the chops with the stuffing with equal portions.

next, warm the vinegar, bourbon and water in a small saucepan over low heat, keep warm.


Warm a heavy skillet over high heat. Quickly sear the chops on both sides

transfer to the smoker and cook for around up to 2 hours, turning a basting with mop every 30 minutes

They are ready when they reach 155 Degrees F.

Serve hot.





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