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26 Dec 2011

2011 Football Outsiders Playoff Challenge

Here is a new game from Football Outsiders: The Football Outsiders Playoff Fantasy Challenge.

Our game works under normal fantasy football rules, except for one thing: You are limited to one player from each of the 12 playoff teams. So you can't load up on one or two teams you think are a good bet to go all the way. You have 12 spots on your roster. Do you pick a stud from a fifth seed, like Calvin Johnson? Or do you try to hide teams you think will lose in the first round by picking tight ends off those rosters?

Your team gets points as each player progresses through the playoffs. Weekly totals don't matter; each player gets a total score for any games they play, whether it is one game or four. You may not replace any players due to injury, and all players will count toward your total. Unlike the Loser League, the highest scoring total wins.

Your roster will consist of:

  • 2 QB
  • 4 RB
  • 4 WR
  • 2 TE

The full scoring rules are as follows:


  • 4 pts passing TD
  • 6 pts rushing or receiving TD
  • 1 pt per 20 yds passing
  • 1 pt per 10 yds rushing or receiving
  • -2 per fumble lost or interception

The winner of the contest will receive a copy of the 2012 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. In case of a tie in final score, the tiebreakers will be:

  • 1) Most touchdowns
  • 2) Fewest turnovers
  • 3) Highest quarterback score
  • 4) If still tied after three tiebreakers, everyone gets a prize!

Only one team per person, please. We'll update the full standings every week on the website and highlight some of the best performers each week in Scramble for the Ball.

Thanks to original Scramble for the Ball writer Ian Dembsky, who first hatched the idea for this competition.

Posted by: Pat Laverty on 26 Dec 2011