January 12 2011 Last updated at 08:00 AM ET
Playoff Fantasy Football 2011: Week 2 FanHouse League Preview
By R.J. White
Fantasy Football Analyst
Last week, we rolled out our new playoff fantasy football format, released our draft results and previewed the matchups. I was only able to correctly peg the winner of one game. Thankfully, it was my own.
First, a primer. Our first-round draft was held only with players that played last weekend being eligible. The four winning teams were able to keep any of their five players (QB, RB, WR, WR, TE) heading into this round, with the understanding that we were adding an extra three slots (QB and two FLEX players).
Here's how last week panned out. Top-seeded Sean defeated eighth-seeded Antonio on the strength of 18.4 points from Aaron Rodgers, his No. 1 pick, and 22 points from Julius Jones, a waiver pick made to replace Pierre Thomas. Antonio got next to nothing from Matt Cassel, and literally nothing from Dwayne Bowe. After the win, Sean kept Rodgers and Santonio Holmes for the second round.
Second-seeded Paul won a close matchup with seventh-seeded Dan, with Paul's team benefiting from a big day by Drew Brees and a solid performance from Mike Williams. Dan received good games from two Ravens (Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin) yet couldn't overcome Mark Sanchez's poor effort. Paul chose to keep Williams and Shonn Greene heading into the second round.
Sixth-seeded Ryan used a waiver pick on Matt Hasselbeck to replace Charlie Whitehurst on his roster; then, Hasselbeck went out and threw four TDs to lead Ryan to victory over Tom's Peyton Manning-led squad. The Beast Mode of Marshawn Lynch wasn't enough for Tom to take down Ryan's tandem of Hasselbeck and Jamaal Charles. Ryan kept Hasselbeck (remember, we start two QBs in the next round) and Dustin Keller.
If you'll recall, I was stoked about how my draft went, and it turns out I had good reason to be. Michael Vick scored me about 27 points as the fourth QB off the board, better than two of his predecessors. Pierre Garcon and Todd Heap both ran wild for my team, making up for the mediocrity of DeSean Jackson and Joseph Addai. My 65.6 points were enough to lead all teams in Week 1, yet I entered Week 2 with only Heap as a keeper.
Moving on, we shuffled things up and randomly generated a draft order for Week 2. I was lucky enough to get the first pick, followed by Ryan, Sean and Paul. Check out our picks below.
1. R.J. - Tom Brady, QB, NE
2. Ryan - Michael Turner, RB, ATL
3. Sean - Greg Jennings, WR, GB
4. Paul - Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
5. Paul - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
6. Sean - Roddy White, WR, ATL
7. Ryan - Ray Rice, RB, BAL
8. R.J. - Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
9. R.J. - Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
10. Ryan - Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
11. Sean - Matt Forte, RB, CHI
12. Paul - Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
13. Paul - BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE
14. Sean - LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ
15. Ryan - Wes Welker, WR, NE
16. R.J. - James Starks, RB, GB
17. R.J. - Johnny Knox, WR, CHI
18. Ryan - Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
19. Sean - Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
20. Paul - Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
21. Paul - Hines Ward, WR, PIT
22. Sean - Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
23. Ryan - Danny Woodhead, RB, NE
24. R.J. - Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
25. R.J. - Deion Branch
1 vs. 4
R.J.: Tom Brady, Jay Cutler, James Starks, Mike Wallace, Johnny Knox, Todd Heap, Marshawn Lynch, Deion Branch
Paul: Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Shonn Greene, Mike Williams, Hines Ward, Rob Gronkowski, Rashard Mendenhall, BenJarvus Green-Ellis
It's impossible to avoid cross-pollination of each other's rosters at this state: I want my Tom Brady to throw to Deion Branch and not Rob Gronkowski, Paul wants Ben Roethlisberger to avoid Mike Wallace in favor of Hines Ward, and so on. I'll definitely be rooting for a smash-mouth, low-scoring game between the Steelers and Ravens. I like my chances with Brady as my QB1.
2 vs. 3
Ryan: Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Wes Welker, Anquan Boldin, Dustin Keller, Ray Rice, Danny Woodhead
Sean: Aaron Rodgers, Mark Sanchez, Matt Forte, Santonio Holmes, Greg Jennings, Anthony Hernandez, Roddy White, LaDainian Tomlinson
The presence of Rodgers gives Sean the advantage at QB. I think Ryan may have reached a little bit for Rice considering he has to face an elite Steelers rush defense. On the other hand, will Tomlinson really make a big impact for Sean, or will Shonn Greene receive a bulk of the workload? I'm favoring Sean in this game thanks to the big disparity at receiver and the fact that Sean has the best QB.
Projected Final: R.J. vs. Sean. My hubris didn't work against me in Week 1, so we'll let it ride here.
Questions about the format? Be sure to review our Week 1 playoff post.
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