Draft Strategy

FFPC Playoff Challenge Strategy

By Jared Smola 11:01am EST 1/6/21

If you’re looking for the answers to the FFPC Playoff Challenge test, you’ve come to the wrong place. I don’t have the answers. And if I did, I’d just use them to win the $500,000 grand prize for myself.

This isn’t a picks article. It’s a strategy guide and data dump. It’s basically everything I’ll be using to put together my rosters.

Understand the Rules

You don’t need me to tell you that understanding the rules of the fantasy contest you’re entering is important. So I won’t. I’ll just leave the FFPC Playoff Challenge rules here.

I do think there are 2 crucial points to keep in mind when building your roster:

  1. FFPC scoring rules apply. That means 1 PPR for RBs and WR; but 1.5 PPR for TEs.
  2. Points double in the Super Bowl. So you want the 2 highest raw scorers on your team playing in that final game.

General Strategy Thoughts

This is a 6,250-entry contest with about 46% of the entire prize pool going to 1st place. The winner gets $500,000; 2nd place $50,000.

So, like in a DFS tournament, every move we make should be aimed at taking down that 1st-place prize. That might seem obvious, but lots of folks will build lineups that are far too chalky to have a realistic chance at winning.

Like in DFS tournaments, we should be prioritizing upside, taking some risks and getting contrarian with at least 1 or 2 picks.

Figuring Out Who Will Advance

Since we can only pick 1 player per NFL team in this contest, figuring out which teams will play the most games isn’t as important as it is in other playoff fantasy leagues. But we do need to nail the 2 Super Bowl teams. And we also need to predict which 6 teams — or more if a 1-seed loses its 1st game — will play only 1 game. (More on how that should impact player selection later.)

To help with that, here are the 12 teams playing on Wild Card Weekend, ordered from biggest favorite to biggest underdog.

Here are the chances that each team advances to each round of the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight.com's model:

Note that, according to this model, the Saints (63%) and Bills (55%) have the best chances of playing 3 games. They’re followed by the Chiefs (45%) and Packers (42%) — then it’s a big drop down to the Bucs (25%), Ravens (24%), Seahawks (23%) and Steelers (19%).

The Chiefs (23%) and Packers (21%) have the best chances to get to the double-points Super Bowl. But the Saints (19%) and Bills (16%) aren’t far behind.

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