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FFPC Playoff Challenge Strategy


Week 17 of the NFL season is in the books, putting a wrap on the fantasy season … right?

Wrong!

For all of us fantasy football degenerates out there, the NFL playoffs are just another way we can play our beloved hobby before the 2018-19 season comes to an end. There are many different types of fantasy playoff competitions, but my game of choice is the Fantasy Football Players Championship Playoff Challenge.

Those familiar with the FFPC love its roster flexibility and its premium TE scoring (1.5 PPR for TEs). The Playoff Challenge offers a $750K prize pool and a $200,000 grand prize! That’s a nice little chunk of change to finish off the fantasy season.

Let’s go over a few of the main points of the FFPC Playoff Challenge:

- Contest runs the entire length of the playoffs
- Starting roster requirements: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 flex (RB, WR, TE), 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF
- Only one player can be chosen from each team to fill 10 roster spots. (That leaves 2 teams that you will not have a player from.)
- You do NOT start a new roster each week and it is not a draft. You select one player from 10 of the 12 teams when the playoffs start and that is your roster for the entire Challenge.
- Each week’s score is added to your team total and the Super Bowl is worth DOUBLE points.
- Highest scoring team after the Superbowl wins. The Playoff Challenge pays out 600 spots.

Since the FFPC Playoff Challenge is similar to a DFS tournament I like to play multiple teams. But with a $200 entry fee (don’t tell my wife), there are only so many I can do.

The main difference between this type of competition and standard fantasy football is that not only do you want the most fantasy points from your players but you also want your best players to win and advance to the Super Bowl for those double points. Team success is almost as important as player success. It is a unique, challenging and exciting way to compete for a $200K prize.

A lot of owners will take the best players on all the favored teams and form a chalky lineup. That’s a fine strategy if you are looking to break even. But you are competing against 4,249 other entries and many teams will have that strategy. I prefer to make some contrarian decisions when building my lineups. It can be the #2 WR on a really good team favored to go to the Super Bowl. Or it can be the top player on a team that’s expected to lose early but ends up making a deep playoff run. So many different ways to build your lineup and think outside the box.

What is chalky anyways? Do we really know who is going to the Super Bowl and who the top players will be? I like to use Vegas to guide my decision making when it comes to planning on what teams will go the furthest — ‘cuz let’s face it… nobody is better than Vegas. Below are the Vegas lines to win the Superbowl.

Saints 11/4
Rams 9/2
Chiefs 6/1
Patriots 7/1
Bears 10/1
Chargers 12/1
Ravens 20/1
Cowboys 25/1
Texans 25/1
Seahawks 25/1
Colts 33/1
Eagles 33/1

So let’s take a look at some players I like and some players I don’t at each position in the FFPC Playoff Challenge.