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NFL Playoffs Challenge Conference Championships (Round 3) Results

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Conference Championships gave us one heck of a football game from a competitive and, “What the heck just happened?” stand point. And then there was the mismatch of all mismatches, which I was fortunately watching on delay and zipped through most of the second half. Here are the results for Round 3 of our NFL Playoffs Challenge, with just one Throwdown game to go for the Super Bowl pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots.

The NFL Playoffs Challenge is a competition where each contestant plays two Throwdown games per week of the NFL Playoffs (one game for Super Bowl), and we tally points for how well they performed in those challenges. Players earn 2 points for a win, plus 0.5 points if they win a challenge by 21 or more fantasy points. There is an also an additional 0.5 points awarded after the Super Bowl, for each time they drafted the eventual Super Bowl MVP in all of their Throwdown games in this contest.

We have 20 entries in the contest, prizes for Top 5 overall finishers, plus a weekly prize. Check the full rules and results from Wild-Card Weekend and Divisional Playoffs.

Round 3 Standings

If this was Throwdown1 vs. Throwdown2 competition, T1 is winning that battle hands down. T1 went 14-6 while T2 did the opposite, posting a 6-14 record for the Conference Championships. Based on the rankings, T1 generally took Rob Gronkowski first overall (if given the first pick), and T2 took Marshawn Lynch. One would think the records would be flipped, but maybe since T1 didn’t take a RB early, perhaps they were more likely to nab LeGarrette Blount and his 3 TD day.

W L +21 Pts PF   PA   Dif  
1. tshnide #2 2 0 2 5 275.5 192.1 83.5
2. tshnide 2 0 1 4.5 266.9 199.7 67.3
3. Wilforkisland 2 0 1 4.5 263.3 212.1 51.3
4. gtrain 2 0 0 4 235.0 206.7 28.4
5. jeffNFL 2 0 0 4 237.2 223.4 13.9
6. thunder 2 0 0 4 236.5 229.7 6.9
7. Luxuriousdusti 1 1 1 2.5 240.5 224.1 16.5
8. WeilCats 1 1 1 2.5 230.1 227.4 2.8
9. mikemar 1 1 1 2.5 228.3 233.3 -5.0
10. Cacciatorini #2 1 1 1 2.5 205.3 239.2 -33.9
11. sguile 1 1 0 2 235.4 226.7 8.7
12. Cacciatorini 1 1 0 2 237.0 231.7 5.4
13. tinmac 1 1 0 2 208.5 203.3 5.3
14. sguile #2 1 1 0 2 206.8 212.9 -6.1
15. WeilCats #2 0 2 0 0 222.6 230.4 -7.8
16. rhazes_darkk 0 2 0 0 194.4 243.1 -48.7
17. Doclate 0 2 0 0 176.0 231.0 -55.0
18. laoch 0 2 0 0 176.5 232.7 -56.2
19. atcdav 0 2 0 0 175.3 234.0 -58.7
20. puntacanapeo 0 2 0 0 132.9 276.4 -143.5

tshnide was on fire this week! Not only did he win the weekly prize with a perfect 2 wins, both by 21+ points, but his closest competition was himself with his other entry! The #2 entry that topped our chart was the only entry to earn the full 5 points this week. Congrats!

Overall Standings

There is only one week to go in the contest and one game to play, but keep in mind that game is worth double points! Plus, the Super Bowl MVP bonus points will be awarded after the Super Bowl for all games played throughout the contest.

W L +21 Pts PF   PA   Dif  
1. mikemar 5 1 4 12 844.1 694.4 149.7
2. Wilforkisland 5 1 2 11 833.9 737.6 96.4
3. tshnide 4 2 1 8.5 817.6 758.5 59.1
4. gtrain 4 2 1 8.5 796.3 750.7 45.6
5. jeffNFL 4 2 1 8.5 821.4 779.0 42.4
6. sguile 4 2 0 8 789.0 747.0 42.0
7. tshnide #2 3 3 3 7.5 832.4 762.9 69.5
8. WeilCats 3 3 2 7 784.8 781.1 3.7
9. tinmac 3 3 2 7 747.1 769.8 -22.8
10. sguile #2 3 3 1 6.5 744.8 757.9 -13.1
11. thunder 3 3 1 6.5 766.5 782.4 -16.0
12. Luxuriousdusti 2 4 1 4.5 770.2 786.7 -16.5
13. rhazes_darkk 2 4 1 4.5 748.9 792.3 -43.5
14. Cacciatorini 2 4 1 4.5 731.3 791.0 -59.7
15. Cacciatorini #2 2 4 1 4.5 695.3 759.9 -64.6
16. puntacanapeo 2 4 1 4.5 688.5 796.7 -108.2
17. Doclate 2 4 0 4 698.0 798.2 -100.2
18. WeilCats #2 1 5 1 2.5 776.6 773.1 3.5
19. atcdav 1 5 1 2.5 714.1 795.6 -81.5
20. laoch 1 5 0 2 712.4 796.7 -84.3

Things got a lot tighter at the top of our overall standings. mikemar is still in first, but his 3 points lead over second place after the Divisional Playoffs dwindled down to just a single point. mikemar split his games this week, while Wilforkisland went 2-0.

After our top two, tshnide, gtrain and jeffNFL are all tied in points, and there are numerous entries right on their heels. Should be an exciting finish in our contest. Good luck!

Round 3 Game Results

Throwdown1 101.45
atcdav 97.7

Throwdown2 132.5
atcdav 77.6

Throwdown1 122.75
Cacciatorini 112.4

Throwdown2 108.9
Cacciatorini 124.6

Throwdown1 148.25
Cacciatorini #2 88.8

Throwdown2 90.9
Cacciatorini #2 116.5

Throwdown1 126.75
Doclate 88.6

Throwdown2 104.2
Doclate 87.4

Throwdown1 116.45
gtrain 126

Throwdown2 90.2
gtrain 109

Throwdown1 123.25
jeffNFL 129.1

Throwdown2 100.1
jeffNFL 108.1

Throwdown1 123.75
laoch 98.6

Throwdown2 108.9
laoch 77.9

Throwdown1 126.45
Luxuriousdusti 113.4

Throwdown2 97.6
Luxuriousdusti 127.1

Throwdown1 144.05
mikemar 92.8

Throwdown2 89.2
mikemar 135.5

Throwdown1 149.95
puntacanapeo 65.5

Throwdown2 126.4
puntacanapeo 67.4

Throwdown1 109.55
rhazes_darkk 106.8

Throwdown2 133.5
rhazes_darkk 87.6

Throwdown1 118.65
sguile 116.2

Throwdown2 108
sguile 119.15

Throwdown1 121.95
sguile #2 96

Throwdown2 90.9
sguile #2 110.75

Throwdown1 121.65
thunder 121.7

Throwdown2 108
thunder 114.8

Throwdown1 105.15
tinmac 90.6

Throwdown2 98.1
tinmac 117.9

Throwdown1 110.45
tshnide 131.4

Throwdown2 89.2
tshnide 135.5

Throwdown1 119.95
Wilforkisland 125.6

Throwdown2 92.1
Wilforkisland 137.7

Throwdown1 134.25
WeilCats 110.1

Throwdown2 93.1
WeilCats 120

Throwdown1 121.85
WeilCats #2 118

Throwdown2 108.5
WeilCats #2 104.6

Throwdown1 102.85
tshnide #2 140

Throwdown2 89.2
tshnide #2 135.5

Divisional Playoffs Showdown Results

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sword_140x140Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Check out the Throwdown Showdown page for rules and links to past results. This was the last week of Showdowns for the 2014-15 NFL season.

#58 – Wilforkisland vs. tinmac vs. mikemar vs. Mike

NFL Playoffs Challenge Divisional Playoffs (Round 2) Results

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Round 2 of our NFL Playoffs Challenge is in the books. The Divisional Playoffs gave us some great games, plenty of controversy, and also marked the midway point of our contest.

The NFL Playoffs Challenge is a competition where each contestant plays two Throwdown games per week of the NFL Playoffs (one game for Super Bowl), and we tally points for how well they performed in those challenges. Players earn 2 points for a win, plus 0.5 points if they win a challenge by 21 or more fantasy points. There is an also an additional 0.5 points awarded after the Super Bowl, for each time they drafted the eventual Super Bowl MVP in all of their Throwdown games in this contest.

We have 20 entries in the contest, prizes for Top 5 overall finishers, plus a weekly prize. Check the full rules, results from Wild-Card Weekend and now, here are the results for the Divisional Playoffs round.

Round 2 Standings

Our players had a nice push back this week against the Throwdown1 and Throwdown2 accounts. Throwdown1 continued their winning ways, going 13-7, but Throwdown2 could only muster 6 wins in 20 games.

W L +21 Pts PF   PA   Dif  
1. mikemar 2 0 2 5 330.8 242.5 88.3
2. tinmac 2 0 2 5 318.6 266.8 51.9
3. jeffNFL 2 0 1 4.5 340.6 274.6 66.0
4. rhazes_darkk 2 0 1 4.5 324.0 271.1 52.9
5. Doclate 2 0 0 4 310.8 298.5 12.3
6. tshnide #2 1 1 1 2.5 325.9 275.4 50.5
7. WeilCats #2 1 1 1 2.5 300.9 272.1 28.8
8. gtrain 1 1 1 2.5 312.8 286.1 26.8
9. puntacanapeo 1 1 1 2.5 296.7 271.3 25.5
10. atcdav 1 1 1 2.5 306.9 292.7 14.2
11. WeilCats 1 1 1 2.5 299.5 286.7 12.8
12. sguile #2 1 1 1 2.5 287.7 276.5 11.2
13. sguile 1 1 0 2 299.4 283.6 15.8
14. laoch 1 1 0 2 302.1 292.3 9.8
15. Cacciatorini #2 1 1 0 2 269.2 263.7 5.5
16. Wilforkisland 1 1 0 2 297.7 293.2 4.5
17. tshnide 0 2 0 0 289.2 301.8 -12.6
18. Luxuriousdusti 0 2 0 0 272.8 301.8 -29.0
19. thunder 0 2 0 0 252.3 296.6 -44.3
20. Cacciatorini 0 2 0 0 253.2 302.0 -48.8

Congrats – again – mikemar! He wins the weekly prize for the second straight week earning a perfect 2 wins, both by 21+ points. He wasn’t alone though, as tinmac matched him, but mikemar takes the top spot with a better combined margin of victory.

Overall Standings

As mentioned off the top, this is the midway point of the contest. There are equal points available for wins and margin of victory from now to the end as there were for the first two weeks. Even though contestants will only play one game for the Super Bowl, it is worth double. Plus, the Super Bowl MVP bonus points will be awarded after the Super Bowl for all games played throughout the contest.

W L +21 Pts PF   PA   Dif  
1. mikemar 4 0 3 9.5 615.8 461.2 154.7
2. Wilforkisland 3 1 1 6.5 570.6 525.5 45.1
3. sguile 3 1 0 6 553.7 520.4 33.3
4. tinmac 2 2 2 5 538.6 566.6 -28.0
5. puntacanapeo 2 2 1 4.5 555.6 520.3 35.3
6. jeffNFL 2 2 1 4.5 584.2 555.7 28.5
7. gtrain 2 2 1 4.5 561.3 544.1 17.2
8. rhazes_darkk 2 2 1 4.5 554.5 549.3 5.2
9. WeilCats 2 2 1 4.5 554.7 553.7 0.9
10. sguile #2 2 2 1 4.5 538.1 545.1 -7.0
11. tshnide 2 2 0 4 550.7 558.9 -8.2
12. Doclate 2 2 0 4 522.0 567.2 -45.2
13. WeilCats #2 1 3 1 2.5 554.0 542.8 11.2
14. tshnide #2 1 3 1 2.5 556.9 570.9 -14.0
15. thunder 1 3 1 2.5 530.0 552.8 -22.8
16. atcdav 1 3 1 2.5 538.8 561.6 -22.8
17. Cacciatorini 1 3 1 2.5 494.3 559.3 -65.0
18. laoch 1 3 0 2 535.9 564.0 -28.2
19. Cacciatorini #2 1 3 0 2 490.0 520.7 -30.7
20. Luxuriousdusti 1 3 0 2 529.7 562.6 -33.0

Having won the weekly prize both weeks so far, mikemar has a pretty nice lead on the overall number one spot, but there are still lots of points to be had, plus we have prizes for the top 5 overall spots, so keep at it. Games for Conference Championships should be added Tuesday, and good luck the rest of the way!

Round 2 Game Results

Throwdown1 149.95
atcdav 178.35

Throwdown2 142.75
atcdav 128.55

Throwdown1 173.85
Cacciatorini 134.3

Throwdown2 128.15
Cacciatorini 118.9

Throwdown1 159.25
Cacciatorini #2 147.95

Throwdown2 104.45
Cacciatorini 121.2

Throwdown1 158.65
Doclate 159.9

Throwdown2 139.85
Doclate 150.85

Throwdown1 164.15
gtrain 155.4

Throwdown2 121.9
gtrain 157.4

Throwdown1 146.4
jeffNFL 195

Throwdown2 128.15
jeffNFL 145.55

Throwdown1 165.05
laoch 159.8

Throwdown2 127.25
laoch 142.25

Throwdown1 159
Luxuriousdusti 142.25

Throwdown2 142.75
Luxuriousdusti 130.55

Throwdown1 133.25
mikemar 176.75

Throwdown2 109.2
mikemar 154

Throwdown1 149.25
puntacanapeo 177.45

Throwdown2 122
puntacanapeo 119.25

Throwdown1 144.7
rhazes_darkk 178.4

Throwdown2 126.35
rhazes_darkk 145.55

Throwdown1 161.85
sguile 161.75

Throwdown2 121.75
sguile 137.6

Throwdown1 151.75
sguile #2 127.75

Throwdown2 124.7
sguile 159.9

Throwdown1 157.05
thunder 118.45

Throwdown2 139.5
thunder 133.8

Throwdown1 150.25
tinmac 179.05

Throwdown2 116.5
tinmac 139.55

Throwdown1 160.85
tshnide 152.95

Throwdown2 140.95
tshnide 136.25

Throwdown1 166.85
Wilforkisland 152.1

Throwdown2 126.35
Wilforkisland 145.55

Throwdown1 181.85
WeilCats 140.4

Throwdown2 104.85
WeilCats 159.05

Throwdown1 155.6
WeilCats #2 140.05

Throwdown2 116.5
WeilCats 160.8

Throwdown1 159.4
tshnide #2 155.95

Throwdown2 116
tshnide 169.9

Wild-Card Weekend Showdown Results

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sword_140x140Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Check out the Throwdown Showdown page for rules, links to past results and to sign up for Divisional Playoffs (the last week of Showdowns for the 2014-15 NFL season).

#60 – tttimmyg vs. rhazes_darkk vs. Mike

NFL Playoffs Challenge Wild-Card Weekend (Round 1) Results

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Our NFL Playoffs Challenge is officially underway with the Wild-Card Weekend games kicking things off this past weekend to give us our opening round results in the challenge.

The NFL Playoffs Challenge is a competition where each contestant plays two Throwdown games per week of the NFL Playoffs (one game for Super Bowl), and we tally points for how well they performed in those challenges. Players earn 2 points for a win, plus 0.5 points if they win a challenge by 21 or more fantasy points. There is an also additional 0.5 points awarded after the Super Bowl, for each time they drafted the eventual Super Bowl MVP in all of their Throwdown games in this contest.

We have 20 entries in the contest, prizes for Top 5 overall finishers, plus a weekly prize. Read the original sign up post for full rules and details. Now without further adieu, here are the results from Wild-Card Weekend.

You vs. ___ ?

As everyone who played in the challenge quickly realized, once we picked the three games in the challenges, I was able to load picks for the Throwdown1 and Throwdown2 accounts which allowed our members to draft their entire team without needing to wait for an opponent to respond (or pretty close). Sort of like drafting against a computer player.

We did some of this during the Turkey Day Challenge, and I wanted to try it again here in the interest of keeping things moving, especially the first week with hectic schedules around New Year’s. At this point I need to come clean however and give credit where credit is due. These were not my own personal rankings.

The Throwdown1 account – games with O+ Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE) lineup – used rankings from 4for4.com and experts John Paulsen (@4for4_John) and Josh Moore (@4for4_Josh).

The Throwdown2 account – games with O Flex (RB/WR/TE) lineup – used rankings from Pro Football Focus, a blended ranking from three of their contributors, Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe), Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) and Ross Miles (@RossMilesNFL).

These experts really lived up to their names with a solid performance, especially considering it was nothing more complicated than inputting their overall rankings in the database, with no consideration for strategy based on how our members were drafting. The T1 and T2 accounts also did not take advantage of the Block. It was only used as a last round pick if needed (if a member blocked T1 or T2 during the draft). Even with some A.J. Green mixed in before late in the week realizing he wasn’t going to play, their records were very good.

Throwdown1, a.k.a. 4for4, went 14-6. None of the 6 losses were by 21 or more points. Congrats John and Josh! (Even though they didn’t know this was happening.)

Throwdown2, a.k.a. PFF, went 11-9. Only 4 of the losses were by 21 or more points. These rankings were a little more Cincinnati Bengals top-heavy, including Green as their #6 overall player, which cost them a few wins. Very nice job considering, Jeff, Mike and Ross! (Also didn’t know about this in advance.)

Okay, that is who you played against. Lets get to the Wild-Card Weekend and overall standings through Round 1 of the NFL Playoffs Challenge.

Round 1 Results

W L +21 Pts PF   PA   Dif  
1. mikemar 2 0 1 4.5 285.1 218.7 66.4
2. Wilforkisland 2 0 1 4.5 273.0 232.3 40.7
3. sguile 2 0 0 4 254.3 236.8 17.6
4. tshnide 2 0 0 4 261.5 257.1 4.4
5. thunder 1 1 1 2.5 277.7 256.2 21.5
6. Cacciatorini 1 1 1 2.5 241.1 257.3 -16.2
7. puntacanapeo 1 1 0 2 258.9 249.1 9.9
8. Luxuriousdusti 1 1 0 2 256.9 260.9 -4.0
9. gtrain 1 1 0 2 248.5 258.0 -9.6
10. WeilCats 1 1 0 2 255.2 267.0 -11.8
11. sguile #2 1 1 0 2 250.4 268.6 -18.2
12. WeilCats #2 0 2 0 0 253.1 270.7 -17.6
13. Cacciatorini #2 0 2 0 0 220.9 257.0 -36.2
14. atcdav 0 2 0 0 231.9 268.9 -37.0
15. jeffNFL 0 2 0 0 243.6 281.1 -37.5
16. laoch 0 2 0 0 233.8 271.7 -37.9
17. rhazes_darkk 0 2 0 0 230.5 278.2 -47.7
18. Doclate 0 2 0 0 211.3 268.7 -57.5
19. tshnide #2 0 2 0 0 231.0 295.5 -64.5
20. tinmac 0 2 0 0 220.0 299.8 -79.9

Congrats mikemar, who wins the Round 1 weekly prize, just edging out Wilforkisland on the margin of victory!

We can see with only four players going 2-0 after one week, this is still very much anyone’s ball game, because there are still five games to be played. The Super Bowl game counts for double points.

Divisional Playoffs round games will be input soon. Make sure to check back the rules so you know the lineup requirements for each game. Will I pre-load rankings again this week? Likely, yes. Am I going to say whose rankings they are? No.

Good luck!

Throwdown1 140.6
atcdav 109.8

Throwdown2 128.3
atcdav 122.1

Throwdown1 137.2
Cacciatorini 99.3

Throwdown2 120.1
Cacciatorini 141.8

Throwdown1 122.4
Cacciatorini #2 112.6

Throwdown2 134.6
Cacciatorini #2 108.25

Throwdown1 129.3
Doclate 119.5

Throwdown2 139.4
Doclate 91.75

Throwdown1 134.9
gtrain 123.4

Throwdown2 123.1
gtrain 125.05

Throwdown1 146.2
jeffNFL 111.45

Throwdown2 134.9
jeffNFL 132.15

Throwdown1 138.4
laoch 110.25

Throwdown2 133.3
laoch 123.55

Throwdown1 122.65
Luxuriousdusti 127.75

Throwdown2 138.2
Luxuriousdusti 129.1

Throwdown1 112.6
mikemar 126.2

Throwdown2 106.1
mikemar 158.85

Throwdown1 121.95
puntacanapeo 118.1

Throwdown2 127.1
puntacanapeo 140.8

Throwdown1 141.3
rhazes_darkk 117

Throwdown2 136.9
rhazes_darkk 113.5

Throwdown1 120.45
sguile 129.35

Throwdown2 116.3
sguile 124.95

Throwdown1 127.2
sguile #2 134.1

Throwdown2 141.4
sguile #2 116.3

Throwdown1 133.8
thunder 124.5

Throwdown2 122.4
thunder 153.2

Throwdown1 141.3
tinmac 109.5

Throwdown2 158.5
tinmac 110.45

Throwdown1 128.05
tshnide 131.45

Throwdown2 129
tshnide 130

Throwdown1 127.2
Wilforkisland 131.1

Throwdown2 105.1
Wilforkisland 141.85

Throwdown1 141.3
WeilCats 117.95

Throwdown2 125.7
WeilCats 137.25

Throwdown1 126.65
WeilCats #2 126.05

Throwdown2 144
WeilCats #2 127.05

Throwdown1 161.45
tshnide #2 102.95

Throwdown2 134
tshnide #2 128.05

Week 17 Showdown Results

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sword_140x140Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Check out the Throwdown Showdown page for rules, links to past results and to sign up for Wild-Card Weekend.

#57 – Wilforkisland vs. thunder vs. Mike vs. jeffNFL

Wk 17 – TS57 – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Mike 2 1 393.3 346.0 47.3
2. Wilforkisland 2 1 358.4 297.9 60.6
3. jeffNFL 1 2 345.3 384.3 -39.0
4. thunder 1 2 323.3 392.1 -68.8

Mike wins the group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Wilforkisland.

Wilforkisland 121.3
thunder 83.4

Wilforkisland 105.2
Mike 121.35

jeffNFL 93.1
Wilforkisland 131.9

thunder 129.95
Mike 129.5

thunder 109.95
jeffNFL 141.3

Mike 142.4
jeffNFL 110.85

Thanks everyone for playing! Feel free to sign up in one of the next available Showdowns.

Best of the Best Tournament Goes to laoch A-Champ and Doclate B-Champ

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medal_110x110Tournaments are larger scale, elimination competitions, with players split into groups, each attempting to advance from their group through a bracket to the Championship.

For our final tournament of the 2014 NFL season, we rounded up the top players from our Leaderboard, raised the stakes and called it the Best of the Best Tournament.

For more details, check the original Best of the Best Tourney post, BotB Round 1 Results plus the general Throwdown Tournament information page.

BotB (Weeks 15-16)

In this 16-team tournament started in Week 15, the winner of each 4-player group from Round 1 advances to the A-Championship in Week 16. The second place finisher in each group advances to the B-Championship. After Week 16, $30 plus a t-shirt and free entry in our forthcoming NFL Playoffs Challenge is awarded to the A-Champion, $15 plus a t-shirt to the B-Champion and a t-shirt for 3rd place. Champions, plus the 3rd place finisher (runner-up in A-Championship) each receive the medal icon plus 20, 10 and 5 achievement points, respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

A-Championship
Luxuriousdusti vs. Bigchief37 vs. mikemar vs. laoch

The winner is . . .

laoch

Wk 16 – BotB – $0 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. laoch 2 1 395.2 359.4 35.8
2. mikemar 2 1 397.6 388.6 9.0
3. Bigchief37 1 2 381.5 391.7 -10.2
4. Luxuriousdusti 1 2 365.6 400.2 -34.6

laoch wins the A-Championship group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over mikemar.

Congrats laoch! He wins the $30 cash prize, a free entry in our NFL Playoffs Challenge, a t-shirt plus the medal icon and 20 achievement points towards his Leaderboard ranking.

mikemar, as runner-up in the A-Championship, is our overall 3rd place finisher in the tournament. He wins a t-shirt and earns the medal icon and 5 achievement points.

Luxuriousdusti 89.35
Bigchief37 156.7

Luxuriousdusti 101.25
mikemar 134.35

laoch 109.1
Luxuriousdusti 175

Bigchief37 129.05
mikemar 174.6

Bigchief37 95.75
laoch 127.75

mikemar 88.65
laoch 158.3

B-Championship
Doclate vs. uswjnk85 vs. rhazes_darkk vs. thunder

The winner is . . .

Doclate

Wk 16 – BotB – $0 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Doclate 3 0 371.7 330.4 41.3
2. thunder 1 2 423.5 382.0 41.5
3. rhazes_darkk 1 2 347.4 380.1 -32.7
4. uswjnk85 1 2 341.1 391.2 -50.2

Doclate wins the A-Championship group with a perfect 3-0 record.

Doclate wins the $15 cash prize and a t-shirt plus the medal icon and 10 achievement points towards his Leaderboard ranking.

Doclate 133.65
uswjnk85 118.35

Doclate 112.95
rhazes_darkk 111.85

thunder 100.2
Doclate 125.1

uswjnk85 80.75
rhazes_darkk 120.65

uswjnk85 141.95
thunder 136.9

rhazes_darkk 114.9
thunder 186.35

Thanks everyone for playing this season! It was a blast as usual! Of course we aren’t quite done yet, with the NFL Playoffs on tap, but this closes out our tournaments, and we’ll bring these back bigger and better next season!

Week 16 Throwdown Showdown Results

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sword_140x140Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Check out the Throwdown Showdown page for rules, links to past results and to sign up for Week 17.

#54 – thunder vs. jeffNFL vs. mikemar vs. rhazes_darkk

Wk 16 – TS54 – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. jeffNFL 3 0 358.4 307.8 50.6
2. rhazes_darkk 2 1 378.9 319.1 59.9
3. mikemar 1 2 331.0 306.8 24.2
4. thunder 0 3 244.1 378.7 -134.7

jeffNFL wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

thunder 79.95
jeffNFL 118.1

thunder 64.65
mikemar 127

rhazes_darkk 133.6
thunder 99.45

jeffNFL 118.1
mikemar 106.5

jeffNFL 122.15
rhazes_darkk 121.3

mikemar 97.45
rhazes_darkk 124

#55 – mikemar vs. Doclate vs. Luxuriousdusti vs. Wilforkisland

Wk 16 – TS55 – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Doclate 3 0 349.3 310.4 38.9
2. mikemar 2 1 320.8 305.6 15.3
3. Luxuriousdusti 1 2 320.6 344.5 -24.0
4. Wilforkisland 0 3 279.8 310.0 -30.2

Doclate wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

mikemar 107.1
Doclate 124.85

mikemar 107.2
Luxuriousdusti 97.25

Wilforkisland 83.45
mikemar 106.5

Doclate 132.15
Luxuriousdusti 112.15

Doclate 92.3
Wilforkisland 91.15

Luxuriousdusti 111.15
Wilforkisland 105.15

#56 – Wilforkisland vs. thunder vs. Mike vs. Cacciatorini

Wk 16 – TS56 – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 3 0 346.9 293.0 53.9
2. thunder 2 1 327.5 303.1 24.4
3. Cacciatorini 1 2 300.0 334.0 -34.1
4. Mike 0 3 287.7 331.9 -44.2

Wilforkisland wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

Wilforkisland 122.85
thunder 107.3

Wilforkisland 113.65
Mike 100.5

Cacciatorini 85.2
Wilforkisland 110.35

thunder 98.4
Mike 85.3

thunder 121.75
Cacciatorini 94.9

Mike 101.9
Cacciatorini 119.85

Thanks everyone for playing! Feel free to sign up in one of the next available Showdowns.

NFL Playoffs Challenge – Play Daily Fantasy Football for Super Bowl XLIX

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The end of football season is near! No wait, lets be positive about this. The NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl are almost here, and our NFL Playoffs Challenge is back (last year)!

Sign up to play and receive specially marked Fantasy Throwdown challenges each week of the NFL Playoffs, including the Super Bowl, to be played against an independent Throwdown admin player.

Contestants earn points for wins, plus bonus points for margins of victory and for drafting the eventual Super Bowl MVP. Standings are tabulated after each week of the playoffs, and the overall winners are declared after the conclusion of Super Bowl XLIX.

It is $20 per entry, and we are capping the contest at only 20 entries, so don’t miss your chance to join! Read below for full rules and details.

Sign Up

EventPlayersPrizesJoin

In Progress

EventPlayersPrizesStatus
NFL Playoffs Challenge, $20atcdav, Cacciatorini x2, Doclate, gtrain, jeffNFL, laoch, Luxuriousdusti, mikemar, puntacanapeo, rhazes_darkk, sguile x2, thunder, tinmac, tshnide x2, WeilCats x2, Wilforkisland1st: $150
2nd: $75
3rd: $50
4th: $30
5th: $20
Weekly: $25*
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* First three weeks of the NFL Playoffs. There is no weekly prize for the Super Bowl.

Format and Rules

  1. Sign up by purchasing an entry in the NFL Playoffs Challenge. One entry is $20, and members can purchase multiple entries.

  2. Once the playoff schedule is known after the conclusion of Week 17, each contestant receives two official Fantasy Throwdown challenges marked “PC” (Playoffs Challenge) for Wild-Card Weekend.
  3. Contestants need to accept the challenges and finish their drafts against a representative from Fantasy Throwdown the week leading up to the Wild-Card Weekend games.
  4. Once results are in after the last game on Sunday, points are awarded for wins, and standings are tabulated for the Playoffs Challenge.
  5. Contestants earn 2 points for a win, plus a half point bonus if they win by 21 or more points. There is potential for an additional half point bonus awarded for drafting the eventual Super Bowl MVP.
  6. All contestants each receive another two Fantasy Throwdown challenges for Divisional Playoffs, and two for Conference Championships. Points are awarded and standings updated each week.
  7. All contestants each receive one Fantasy Throwdown challenge for Super Bowl. All available points are doubled for Super Bowl (4 points for a win, 1 point for a win by 21+, 1 point for drafting the Super Bowl MVP).
  8. Final overall standings after the conclusion of the Super Bowl determine our overall contest winners. There is also a weekly prize for the best single week performance (all games played for one entry) after each round of the first three weeks of the playoffs (no weekly prize for the Super Bowl).

Lineups and Scoring

WC Game 1 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O+, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
WC Game 2 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
DP Game 1 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O+, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
DP Game 2 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
CC Game 1 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
CC Game 2 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
SB 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF, 0 Block

WC = Wild-Card; DP = Divisional; CC = Conference Championship; SB = Super Bowl

O+ = Flex QB/RB/WR/TE; O = Flex RB/WR/TE

Standard performance + 1 PPR

Prizes

Overall Prizes

1st Place: $150

2nd Place: $75

3rd Place: $50

4th Place: $30

5th Place: $20

Weekly Prize ( each of 3 weeks )

1st Place: $25

NFL Playoffs Challenge winners (1st through 6th) also receive a special icon and achievement bonus points of 15, 12.5, 10, 7.5, 5 and 2.5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

Entry Fee

$20 per entry

This contest is capped at a maximum of 20 entries. Contestants can purchase multiple entries to help increase their chances of winning.

Important Points

Contest Entry Deadline

Wild-Card Weekend games start Saturday January 3rd. The deadline to join the NFL Playoffs Challenge is Friday January 2nd at 12:00pm Eastern, to help ensure drafts are finished prior to opening kickoff of the first playoff game.

Incomplete Drafts

If a contestant fails to accept and sufficiently complete their draft (at least 7 picks made) prior to Friday at 6:00pm Eastern of that week’s games, then Fantasy Throwdown cannot guarantee the draft will be finished before opening kickoff of that playoff week. An incomplete draft will expire, and no points awarded to the contestant for that match.

Standings Tie-breakers

In the event contestants are tied in the standings based on points earned, the first tie-breaker is overall point differential. The second tie-breaker is point differential for the Super Bowl.

Multiple Entries

Contestants can purchase multiple entries. These will be marked PC1 (first entry), PC2, (second entry), PC3 (third), etc., etc. Contestants cannot combine PC1 results from one week with PC2 results from another week, for example. Each entry must be tracked separately.

 
This is our last Fantasy Throwdown event of the season, and perhaps your only chance to play fantasy football for the Super Bowl! Sign up today so you don’t miss out. Good luck!

Three Keys To Victory – Week 16: Player Rater Scale

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The fantasy season is closing out, along with my first full year of writing at Fantasy Throwdown. Thanks to those loyal Throwdown readers/challengers for a great season, and here’s hoping you’ll all see victory this weekend (except against tttimmyg).

Many of you have already notched a lot of victories this year on the backs of players like DeMarco Murray or Antonio Brown, who have been two of the most valuable players in fantasy football and on their respective teams this season. The keys to their success are simple and threefold: A) Their team feeds them the ball, B) they are making magic happen when they touch the ball, and C) they are doing this on a consistent basis.

OR, in other words, an MVP player is a person who is given a lot of opportunity, and he produces consistently on every opportunity.

Using metrics for each of these categories (opportunities per game, points per opportunity, and consistency per game), I created a “player rater scale” to show who the most valuable players have been this year. This scale is similar to a value based drafting (VBD) chart where players are rated in a matchup-absent box. The results are below:

Player Rater Scale – PPR

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The number one thing I like about this scale is tells you just how much more valuable a player is based on a comparative search of opportunity + performance + consistency. For instance, you might look at the tight end chart and think “Why is Gronk so far above the rest?” or “Why is Greg Olsen considered more valuable than Jimmy Graham, who has a higher average?” A quick look at the stats clears it up:

Player Opp/G PPO Games
>10 FPts
Games
<10 FPts
Rob Gronkowski 8.6 2.1 13 0
Greg Olsen 8.4 1.8 11 3
Jimmy Graham 7.6 1.9 9 3

Gronk/Olsen have more targets/rushes per game, and they have higher consistency of top scoring. Olsen drops closer to Graham, though, due to the same amount of poor performances and an equal rate of points per opportunity.

Second Half Superstars

Grabbing top end players off the player rating scale has proved a very viable strategy in Throwdown games this year, and you should continue to grab these MVPs. If you apply the same rating scale to the second half only, you come up with some interesting trends that can push you over the top.

For instance, from the start of Week 10, Le’Veon Bell is the clear running back MVP, and outpaces the field by wide margin. His score is 100, of course, but the next closest running back scores out at 73. I won approximately 70% of games over the past two weeks with one strategy leading the way. Choose pick first option, ensure Steelers game is in the mix, and select Le’Veon Bell first. Knowing that opponent will select Antonio Brown next, I simply make sure there are as many 70+ rated receivers in the game, with very few running backs (if possible).

Another strategy is allowing fading players, like Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin, to go first, while selecting a higher rated player, lower drafted player (ADP) like Julian Edelman later in the draft.

The chart below will give you insight into the last five games’ MVP at each position. A 5 game scale has higher gaps in it, but you will also notice that quarterback, for instance, has several viable options (including a fading Peyton Manning); whereas, running back and tight end, similar to value based drafting, have a clear top end and larger gaps from top to bottom.

Using these three keys (opportunity + performance + consistency) can aid in your victories over those top leaderboard fellows. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

Player Rater Scale – PPR (weeks 10-15)

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