January 5 2011 Last updated at 09:40 PM ET
Playoff Fantasy Football 2011: Week 1 FanHouse League Preview
If you're addicted to fantasy football like I am, you never want the fun to end. There's no reason it has to stop once the NFL reaches its playoffs, so we at FanHouse organized a little fantasy football playoff league.
We threw a bit of a monkey wrench in the rules to add a little complexity and hopefully intrigue to the league. Here they are:
We redraft after every playoff round, and only players competing in the current week's round are eligible to be drafted. When you see players like Tom Brady and Michael Turner surprisingly absent from our Week 1 results below, now you know why. Scoring remains the same as our FanHouse Fleaflicker League from the regular season.
Draft order is determined randomly for each round. The schedule, however, is not. In the first round, the team with the No. 1 pick plays the team with the No. 8 pick. No. 2 plays No. 7, No. 3 plays No. 6, and No. 4 plays No. 5.
Rosters for Week 1 include one QB, one RB, two WR and one TE. No backups are drafted; however, teams do have the opportunity to submit waiver claims on Friday to make any changes to their roster. The original waiver order is the inverse of the draft order and resets in each round.
The four winners in Week 1 move on to Week 2, where things are a little different. Three starters are added to each lineup, one QB and two flex players than can be either RBs, WRs or TEs. Winning teams have the opportunity to keep as many players from Round 1 as they like, forfeiting their last draft pick for each. For example, if I win and keep three players from Round 1, I'll only draft in Rounds 1-5 in the second week of competition.
Let's take a look at the draft results and preview this week's games.
1. Sean Lalley - Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2. Paul Bourdett - Drew Brees, QB, NO
3. Tom Herrera/Tom Lorenzo - Peyton Manning, QB, IND
4. R.J. White - Michael Vick, QB, PHI
5. Chris Burke - Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
6. Ryan Dembinsky - Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
7. Dan Graziano - Ray Rice, RB, BAL
8. Antonio D'Arcangelis - Matt Cassel, QB, KC
9. Antonio - Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
10. Dan - Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
11. Ryan - Marques Colston, WR, NO
12. Chris - LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
13. R.J. - DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
14. Tom - Greg Jennings, WR, GB
15. Paul - Jacob Tamme, TE, IND
16. Sean - Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
17. Sean - Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
18. Paul - Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
19. Tom - Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
20. R.J. - Pierre Garcon, WR, IND
21. Chris - Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
22. Ryan - Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
23. Dan - Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
24. Antonio - Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
25. Antonio - LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ
26. Dan - Brent Celek, TE, PHI
27. Ryan - Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ
28. Chris - Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ
29. R.J. - Todd Heap, TE, BAL
30. Tom - Derrick Mason, WR, BAL
31. Paul - Robert Meachem, WR, NO
32. Sean - Donald Driver, WR, GB
33. Sean - Donald Lee, TE, GB
34. Paul - Mike Williams, WR, SEA
35. Tom - Tony Moeaki, TE, KC
36. R.J. - Joseph Addai, RB, IND
37. Chris - Andrew Quarless, TE, GB
38. Ryan - Charlie Whitehurst, QB, SEA
39. Dan - Lance Moore, WR, NO
40. Antonio - James Jones, WR, GB
1 vs. 8
Sean: Aaron Rodgers, Pierre Thomas, Santonio Holmes, Donald Driver, Donald Lee
Antonio: Matt Cassel, LaDainian Tomlinson, Dwayne Bowe, James Jones, Jimmy Graham
I'll take the eighth seed here. Antonio's receivers give him a big edge over Sean, and Graham will also be a huge edge against Lee, if the New Orleans tight end is healthy enough to play. Sean obviously will be picking up a running back from waivers, and he may as well make it a Packer back. Aaron Rodgers will have to carry his team.
2 vs. 7
Paul: Drew Brees, Shonn Greene, Robert Meachem, Mike Williams, Jacob Tamme
Dan: Mark Sanchez, Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Lance Moore, Brent Celek
Paul obviously has a huge edge at quarterback, while Dan enjoys a big running back advantage. Paul gets high marks for taking the top tight end, but it forced him into selecting two WRs late. Dan used the penultimate pick of the draft on Lance Moore, whom I had ranked higher than any of the other three receivers in this matchup, and I think it'll help him win this game.
3 vs. 6
Tom: Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Jennings, Derrick Mason, Tony Moeaki
Ryan: Charlie Whitehurst, Jamaal Charles, Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne, Dustin Keller
Ryan skipped on a QB to take Charles in the first round, and it wound up meaning he was stuck with Whitehurst. The gap between Manning and the Seattle QB could be too large to overcome. If it can be done, Ryan should do it, as he definitely has the manpower to do it. Still, I really like Tom's receiving unit and ultimately feel he has the edge.
4 vs. 5
R.J.: Michael Vick, Joseph Addai, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Todd Heap
Chris: Joe Flacco, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Braylon Edwards, Andrew Quarless.
I'm obviously biased toward my team, but I really, really like it. I had Vick rated No. 1 at QB, Jackson No. 1 and Garcon No. 5 at WR, Heap No. 2 at TE and Addai No. 5 at RB. If my rankings even come close to actual performance this weekend, I have this in the bag. Still, playing a team with two Eagles on it definitely worries me, as does Flacco against the Chiefs.
Projected Final Four: Antonio, Dan, Tom, R.J.
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