Fantasy Extra: Take the challenge!
Your Fantasy season doesn't have to end just because the regular season is over. Our Jamey Eisenberg says playing playoff challenge games makes the run to the Super Bowl that much more enjoyable.
The playoffs are set, and now the real fun begins in the NFL. Will the Patriots lose? Can the Colts repeat? Is Jessica Simpson going to ruin the Cowboys chance for a Super Bowl?
So many questions still remain, but that's what makes the next few weeks so exciting, leading up to the Super Bowl in Arizona on Feb. 3. And you can still get your Fantasy Football fix while following along.
There are two ways for you to play Fantasy Football during the playoffs on CBSSports.com. You can sign up for our Playoff Challenge, which is a free game that uses a salary cap for players from that specific round. Or in a commissioner league you can reset your rosters and do another draft using only playoff-eligible players.
If you are re-drafting a league for the playoffs, your 2007 records could be erased or altered, so keep that in mind. And the best format for this type of league is Rotisserie to allow players to accumulate stats throughout each round.
The obvious strategy in this format is to take as many players you think will reach the Super Bowl and play well. For example, I'm drafting as many Patriots as possible, followed by Dallas, Green Bay and Indianapolis. But also take good players who will play at least two games, like San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson.
To let you know how I would draft, my playoff predictions are San Diego over Tennessee and Jacksonville over Pittsburgh in the AFC wild cards. Indianapolis then beats San Diego, and New England beats Jacksonville. The Patriots then advance to the Super Bowl.
In the NFC, Seattle beats Washington, and the Giants beat Tampa Bay in the wild cards. Green Bay then beats Seattle, and Dallas beats the Giants. The Cowboys then advance to the Super Bowl, with New England finishing off its perfect season.
My top 12 quarterback rankings are in this order: Tom Brady , Tony Romo , Brett Favre , Peyton Manning , Matt Hasselbeck , David Garrard , Eli Manning , Philip Rivers , Ben Roethlisberger , Jeff Garcia , Todd Collins and Vince Young .
My top 24 running back rankings are in this order: Marion Barber , LaDainian Tomlinson , Ryan Grant , Joseph Addai , Laurence Maroney , Fred Taylor , Brandon Jacobs , Maurice Jones-Drew , Clinton Portis , Shaun Alexander , Earnest Graham , Najeh Davenport , LenDale White , Julius Jones , Chris Brown , Kevin Faulk , Maurice Morris , Kenton Keith , Michael Turner , Brandon Jackson , Reuben Droughns , Michael Pittman , Ladell Betts and Leonard Weaver .
My top 24 wide receiver rankings are in this order: Randy Moss , Wes Welker , Terrell Owens , Reggie Wayne , Greg Jennings , Plaxico Burress , Donald Driver , Bobby Engram , Chris Chambers , Marvin Harrison , Deion Branch , Patrick Crayton , Reggie Williams , Santonio Holmes , Joey Galloway , Anthony Gonzalez , Hines Ward , Jabar Gaffney , D.J. Hackett , Amani Toomer , Santana Moss , Donte' Stallworth , Nate Burleson and Roydell Williams .
My top 12 tight end rankings are in this order: Jason Witten , Dallas Clark , Antonio Gates , Donald Lee , Benjamin Watson , Heath Miller , Chris Cooley , Jerramy Stevens , Kevin Boss , Marcedes Lewis , Marcus Pollard and Bo Scaife .
My top 12 kicker rankings are in this order: Stephen Gostkowski , Nick Folk , Mason Crosby , Adam Vinatieri , Nate Kaeding , Josh Brown , Josh Scobee , Lawrence Tynes , Jeff Reed , Matt Bryant , Rob Bironas and Shaun Suisham .
My top 12 DST rankings are in this order: New England, Dallas, Green Bay, San Diego, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington and Tennessee.
In the Fantasy Playoff Challenge, where only this week counts, my first-round lineup is as follows: Garrard (50 units), Tomlinson (69), Jacobs (33), Holmes (32), Burress (39), Cooley (29), Scobee (14) and the Seahawks DST (32). That comes to 298 units, which I feel is a good use of the salary cap.
Enjoy the playoffs. But more importantly, enjoy letting your Fantasy Football season continue for a few more weeks.
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