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NFL Playoffs Challenge Super Bowl Round and FINAL Results

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

WHOA BABY! That was one heck of a Super Bowl. One to talk about for years and years. I didn’t have a lot of rooting interest in either team so I, like many, wanted to see a good game. We got that! Congrats New England Patriots. Tough one to lose Seattle Seahawks. Only one team could win it so without spending any time here to dwell on, “the call”, we’ll just say, great game.

The conclusion of the Super Bowl marked the last hurrah of Fantasy Throwdown for the 2014-15 NFL season, and individual game results went out last night. One more thing to decide however is our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Lets get to that.

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, Divisional Playoffs and Conference Championships.

Round 4 Standings

Pretty straight forward strategy by me manning the Throwdown1 account. If you guys gave me the first pick, I took Marshawn Lynch. If you guys took Lynch first overall, I took Rob Gronkowski. Both had great games, and the advantage provided by each guy was pretty equal.

I did like Julian Edelman a lot, but I may not have taken him to pair with Gronk out of concern taking a big miss at RB. Mistake. I did have Tom Brady ahead of Russell Wilson. Too much Jermaine Kearse, figuring Doug Baldwin would be shut down by Darrelle Revis. No one drafted Chris Matthews, that is for sure. The defenses and kickers made little to no difference.

Remember, 4 points for a win and a full point for winning by 21 or more points.

W L +21 Pts PF   PA   Dif  
1. tshnide #2 1 0 1 5 127.9 86.3 41.7
2. Wilforkisland 1 0 1 5 126.5 89.8 36.8
3. WeilCats #2 1 0 1 5 121.0 95.3 25.7
4. puntacanapeo 1 0 1 5 118.6 95.6 23.0
5. sguile 1 0 1 5 118.7 97.6 21.1
6. sguile #2 1 0 0 4 113.1 103.2 10.0
7. gtrain 1 0 0 4 109.8 106.5 3.3
8. atcdav 1 0 0 4 105.2 102.2 3.0
9. mikemar 1 0 0 4 108.3 108.0 0.4
10. thunder 1 0 0 4 108.3 108.0 0.4
11. tinmac 0 1 0 0 102.9 113.4 -10.6
12. tshnide 0 1 0 0 99.5 114.7 -15.2
13. Doclate 0 1 0 0 97.8 118.5 -20.7
14. Cacciatorini #2 0 1 0 0 92.9 114.5 -21.6
15. jeffNFL 0 1 0 0 93.1 123.2 -30.1
16. WeilCats 0 1 0 0 93.1 123.2 -30.1
17. laoch 0 1 0 0 85.6 121.8 -36.2
18. Luxuriousdusti 0 1 0 0 88.3 128.0 -39.8
19. rhazes_darkk 0 1 0 0 86.3 130.0 -43.8
20. Cacciatorini 0 1 0 0 81.7 125.7 -44.1

Ten wins and ten losses for our group as a whole. Only 5 of the 10 wins were by 21+. There is no weekly prize this week – sorry tshnide! – so lets move on to the final overall standings.

Overall Standings

W L MVP
Pts
Total
Pts
PF   PA   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 6 1 2.5 18.5 960.4 827.3 133.1
2. mikemar 6 1 2 18 952.4 802.4 150.1
3. tshnide #2 4 3 3 15.5 960.3 849.2 111.1
4. gtrain 5 2 1.5 14 906.0 857.2 48.8
5. sguile 5 2 0.5 13.5 907.7 844.6 63.1
6. thunder 4 3 2 12.5 874.8 890.4 -15.6
7. sguile #2 4 3 1 11.5 857.9 861.1 -3.2
8. tshnide 4 3 2.5 11 917.1 873.2 43.9
9. jeffNFL 4 3 2.5 11 914.5 902.2 12.3
10. puntacanapeo 3 4 0.5 10 807.1 892.3 -85.2
11. WeilCats #2 2 5 2 9.5 897.5 868.4 29.1
12. WeilCats 3 4 2.5 9.5 877.9 904.2 -26.4
13. tinmac 3 4 0.5 7.5 849.9 883.2 -33.3
14. atcdav 2 5 0.5 7 819.3 897.8 -78.5
15. Cacciatorini #2 2 5 2.5 7 788.2 874.3 -86.1
16. Cacciatorini 2 5 1.5 6 813.0 916.7 -103.7
17. Doclate 2 5 2 6 795.8 916.6 -120.8
18. Luxuriousdusti 2 5 1 5.5 858.4 914.7 -56.3
19. rhazes_darkk 2 5 0.5 5 835.1 922.3 -87.2
20. laoch 1 6 1 3 798.0 918.4 -120.5

Two Patriots fans at the top of the board. How fitting! And, not unlike the Super Bowl conclusion, Wilforkisland snatched the championship at the virtual 1-yard line from mikemar, who held the lead since our opening round. Wilfork caught up thanks for winning his Super Bowl match by 21+, and ultimately for drafting Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady 4 our of a possible 5 times. mikemar drafted Brady 3 times.

tshnide (entry #2) went only 4-3 on won-loss record, but maximized his wins with numerous 21+ point margins of victory, and he drafted Tom Brady more times than any other member in the contest, the maximum possible 5 times.

gtrain went 5-2 in the contest and drafted Brady 3 times to help propel him to 4th overall. sguile wasn’t high on Brady, drafting him only once, but won his Super Bowl match by 21+ by a mere 0.05 points to earn the bonus and finish in 5th place.

Congrats Wilforkisland! He takes the championship and wins $150. mikemar earns 2nd place and $75. tshnide wins $50, gtrain $30 and sguile $20. Great job by our Top 5, and really awesome job everyone for getting their drafts done every round.

Thanks everyone for playing! Hope you enjoyed our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Have a great offseason and see you back next year!

Round 4 Game Results

Throwdown1 102.2
atcdav 105.15

Throwdown1 125.7
Cacciatorini 81.65

Throwdown1 114.45
Cacciatorini #2 92.9

Throwdown1 118.45
Doclate 97.8

Throwdown1 106.5
gtrain 109.75

Throwdown1 123.15
jeffNFL 93.1

Throwdown1 121.75
laoch 85.6

Throwdown1 128
Luxuriousdusti 88.25

Throwdown1 107.95
mikemar 108.3

Throwdown1 95.6
puntacanapeo 118.55

Throwdown1 130
rhazes_darkk 86.25

Throwdown1 97.6
sguile 118.65

Throwdown1 103.15
sguile #2 113.1

Throwdown1 107.95
thunder 108.3

Throwdown1 113.4
tinmac 102.85

Throwdown1 114.65
tshnide 99.5

Throwdown1 89.75
Wilforkisland 126.5

Throwdown1 123.15
WeilCats 93.1

Throwdown1 95.3
WeilCats #2 120.95

Throwdown1 86.25
tshnide #2 127.9

NFL Playoffs Challenge Conference Championships (Round 3) Results

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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

NFL Playoffs Challenge Divisional Playoffs (Round 2) Results

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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

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

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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

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

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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!

NFL Playoffs Challenge Super Bowl and Final Results

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

That wasn’t the game anyone expected! Sure, I saw lots of win predictions for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos, but man, I don’t think anyone even wanted to believe it would be such a big blowout. We’ve had so many good, closely contested Super Bowls lately, this brings me back to the Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys days. Bad memories! Or the San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers Super Bowl. I think that one I ended up playing pool in my university bar for the second half.

Well, as we close the books on another season, lets first get down to business and figure out who won our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Remember the Super Bowl match – there was just one challenge per player in the contest – is worth double points in the standings.

There were also points up for drafting the Super Bowl MVP throughout the NFL Playoffs Challenge, but since that wasn’t Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson or even Percy Harvin, who got drafted a lot this week and even a bunch of times in the Seahawks win over the New Orleans Saints, no one drafted the MVP.

Congratulations to LB Malcolm Smith for landing the MVP honor. Maybe I should give the MVP bonus points to everyone who drafted the Seattle Seahawks defense? Technically, I cannot do that, as that wasn’t clear in the rules previously. I’ll definitely think about adding that in the future, however, that if a defensive player wins MVP then the points go to that team defense. It sure makes sense in Seattle’s case.

Personally, I had an absolutely terrible final week of the season playing Fantasy Throwdown. “Manning” (pun intended) the Throwdown1 account for this challenge, I went 7-15. All but two of the losses, my opponent won by 21+ fantasy points for the. . . lets call it the ass-kicking, bonus.

No loss was bigger than the one handed out by Wilforkisland. He won by 93 points! Final score 136-43. He got his hands on Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, and took Seattle defense and Steven Hauschka early, in the 5th and 6th rounds, between me adding Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. He nabbed Doug Baldwin with his final pick, the final nail in the coffin.

Didn’t I say just last week I was shocked Wilforkisland was in last place, winless, in this contest? Figures he took it to heart and finished strong with the biggest win in the Super Bowl round. He wins the $50 weekly prize.

Now down to the big dogs who finished in the Top 5 overall for this contest. This is I guess what you would consider our first guaranteed prize pool, or GPP in daily fantasy sports lingo. Not that all of our cash games aren’t guaranteed prizes, so it is a bit confusing. Players flock to GPP though, so GPP it is! First place in this contest wins $300, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $75 and 4th and 5th place, each $40.

Drumroll please. . . and. . . our Top 5 last week all won, and won big this week. No change! Womp womp womp. Since we didn’t have any points awarded for the MVP, that couldn’t come into play. All of these guys brought their A-game to get the maximum 5 points for Super Bowl (4 for the win, 1 for winning by 21+). And those guys start with. . .

Champion rhazes_darkk! He finished with a 6-1 record in the contest and won 4 of those games by 21+. Great job, rhazes_darkk!

Second place, Bigchief37 (5-2, 3 by 21+) wins a points differential tie-breaker over third place, Luxuriousdusti with the exact same record.

Kjhawkey finished 4th, also with a 5-2 record but I managed to keep most of those wins close. He won once by 21+, the Super Bowl being the only one. mr_punisher is 5th with a 4-3 record but all 4 of those wins he won by 21+ to edge out three more players who all finished 4-3.

Congrats to our winners! Thanks again to everyone for playing. As I said in the email last week, I really enjoyed this format and I hope you guys did too. We’ll look to do more of these multi-week, bigger group events next season. Without further adieu, here are the weekly results from Super Bowl and final overall results from the inaugural NFL Playoffs Challenge:

 
Super Bowl Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 1 0 1 5.0 93.1
2. Airbus79 1 0 1 5.0 76.5
3. mr_punisher 1 0 1 5.0 75.5
4. rhazes_darkk 1 0 1 5.0 50.1
5. BeastModeCV 1 0 1 5.0 44.8
6. Haysie 1 0 1 5.0 44.6
7. Luxuriousdusti 1 0 1 5.0 31.5
8. jeffNFL 1 0 1 5.0 31.1
9. Bigchief37 1 0 1 5.0 30.3
10. raptors 1 0 1 5.0 30.3
11. Kjhawkey 1 0 1 5.0 27.3
12. j0eo1s 1 0 1 5.0 25.7
13. ffrittle 1 0 1 5.0 23.9
14. eddieprobro 1 0 0 4.0 17.9
15. Scott Kuff 1 0 0 4.0 8.5
16. spridlewv 0 1 0 0.0 -7.2
17. awilde27 0 1 0 0.0 -16.9
18. Doclate 0 1 0 0.0 -17.3
19. Fantasytaz 0 1 0 0.0 -19.1
20. NiteHawk55 0 1 0 0.0 -33.6
21. robmcangus 0 1 0 0.0 -35.7
22. atcdav 0 1 0 0.0 -60.3

 
Overall Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 6 1 4 16.5 166.3
2. Bigchief37 5 2 3 14.0 73.9
3. Luxuriousdusti 5 2 3 14.0 1.1
4. Kjhawkey 5 2 1 13.0 29.8
5. mr_punisher 4 3 4 12.5 209.3
6. raptors 4 3 3 12.0 55.2
7. jeffNFL 4 3 3 12.0 11.2
8. BeastModeCV 4 3 1 11.0 -63.2
9. ffrittle 3 4 2 9.5 -80.7
10. Airbus79 3 4 1 9.0 -11.8
11. Scott Kuff 3 4 0 8.0 -60.1
12. atcdav 3 4 3 7.5 4.2
13. Haysie 2 5 2 7.5 -123.8
14. j0eo1s 2 5 1 7.0 -95.8
15. eddieprobro 2 5 1 6.5 -60.0
16. Wilforkisland 1 6 1 5.0 -83.9
17. awilde27 2 5 1 4.5 -5.4
18. spridlewv 2 5 1 4.5 -143.4
19. NiteHawk55 2 5 0 4.0 -157.1
20. Fantasytaz 1 6 1 2.5 -103.2
21. Doclate 1 6 0 2.0 -174.8
22. robmcangus 1 6 0 2.0 -276.6

 
Game 7 Results

atcdav 59.9
Throwdown1 120.2

Doclate 81.4
Throwdown1 98.7

Wilforkisland 136.6
Throwdown1 43.5

Scott Kuff 94.3
Throwdown1 85.8

robmcangus 72.2
Throwdown1 107.9

Bigchief37 105.2
Throwdown1 74.9

rhazes_darkk 115.1
Throwdown1 65

spridlewv 85.2
Throwdown1 92.4

eddieprobro 98.2
Throwdown1 80.3

Luxuriousdusti 105.8
Throwdown1 74.3

ffrittle 102
Throwdown1 78.1

BeastModeCV 112.9
Throwdown1 68.1

mr_punisher 127.8
Throwdown1 52.3

raptors 105.2
Throwdown1 74.9

Haysie 112.8
Throwdown1 68.2

awilde27 81.6
Throwdown1 98.5

Airbus79 128.3
Throwdown1 51.8

Kjhawkey 103.7
Throwdown1 76.4

j0eo1s 102.9
Throwdown1 77.2

jeffNFL 105.6
Throwdown1 74.5

Fantasytaz 80.5
Throwdown1 99.6

NiteHawk55 73.7
Throwdown1 107.3

NFL Playoffs Challenge Conference Championship Results

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Regardless of what you think about Richard Sherman . . . (it seems everyone is commenting on Richard Sherman today in a free-for-all for hits and retweets #RichardSherman #ErinAndrews #MichaelCrabtree #LegionOfBoom #trolling #justkidding #apologies) . . . those were two excellent games yesterday. Really lived up to the word “Championship” in Conference Championships.

Now we are down to two teams set to compete for the Super Bowl in two weeks – Denver Broncos versus Seattle Seahawks! Hey, that is pretty much what the majority predicted way back in August and September. That never happens, so you could almost consider it unexpected two number one seeds advance to the big game.

I received marketing emails from a lot of daily fantasy sports websites last week hailing the Conference Championships mark the end of fantasy football for the season. Say what? We are open for business. Yes, there is just one game or two teams to form the player pool for your draft, but it is the biggest game of the year. We couldn’t let the Super Bowl go by and not play Fantasy Throwdown.

Lineup options are reduced, and the Block is off the table for Super Bowl challenges, but otherwise, get in there and do a draft against a friend. If you haven’t played Throwdown yet, this is a nice way to get your feet wet and try it out. It doesn’t have to be for money. Simply play for free if you prefer.

On to the business at hand, it was week three of our NFL Playoffs Challenge, with just one game to go for the Super Bowl (worth double points) to decide our inaugural NFL Playoffs Challenge Champion. Plus there is a weekly prize for this past week and Super Bowl week.

Tim, member tttimmyg, had another very good week as Throwdown1, while I went a bit overboard on the LeGarrette Blount Kool-Aid, and it cost me playing as Throwdown2. Tim went 16-6 in his challenges, while I was a measly 10-12. I’d like to blame my trip to Las Vegas last week, but I know it was too much Blount, Frank Gore, New England Patriots Defense and not enough Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch.

Five of our players went 2-0 this week. Three of them won both of their games by 21 or more points. That means it comes down to a tie-breaker to decide our weekly winner. And the winner is . . . atcdav! His two wins combined for an almost 104 point margin of victory to help him win the $50 weekly prize. Our other 2-0 players were jeffNFL, Luxuriousdusti, Bigchief37 and rhazes_darkk. r_d went 2-0 and won the $50 last week, so he is on a big time roll.

r_d is now alone in 1st place overall with a 5-1 record and 1.5 points up on Bigchief37 and Luxuriousdusti. mr_punisher shared 1st place with r_d after last week, and held the tie-breaker, but dropped down to 5th place after going 0-2. Kjhawkey is in 4th place, while atcdav moved way up with his big week and is now in a tie for 5th.

I think the most shocking ranking for me is Wilforkisland, way down now by himself in last place and 0-6 in the competition. Wilfork is our Turkey Day Challenge winner, Top 10 on the Leaderboard and holds a 3-2 record over my own “Mike” account this season since Week 9. The playoffs just aren’t going the way he expected or wanted, I suppose, as of yesterday especially since he is a Pats fan.

Conference Championship week standings below, then the updated overall standings, and we’ll get rolling for Super Bowl.

 
Conference Championship Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. atcdav 2 0 2 5.0 103.8
2. jeffNFL 2 0 2 5.0 83.4
3. Luxuriousdusti 2 0 2 5.0 61.2
4. Bigchief37 2 0 1 4.5 71.4
5. rhazes_darkk 2 0 0 4.0 20.8
6. ffrittle 1 1 1 2.5 8.2
7. Fantasytaz 1 1 1 2.5 -28.4
8. Airbus79 1 1 0 2.0 -0.3
9. Kjhawkey 1 1 0 2.0 -0.7
10. robmcangus 1 1 0 2.0 -1.2
11. Scott Kuff 1 1 0 2.0 -19.7
12. raptors 1 1 0 2.0 -21.8
13. BeastModeCV 1 1 0 2.0 -56.4
14. awilde27 0 2 0 0.0 -19.4
15. j0eo1s 0 2 0 0.0 -20.7
16. Doclate 0 2 0 0.0 -23.0
17. Wilforkisland 0 2 0 0.0 -35.5
18. mr_punisher 0 2 0 0.0 -37.4
19. eddieprobro 0 2 0 0.0 -56.0
20. NiteHawk55 0 2 0 0.0 -95.7
21. Haysie 0 2 0 0.0 -119.3
22. spridlewv 0 2 0 0.0 -127.7

 
Overall Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 5 1 3 11.5 116.2
2. Bigchief37 4 2 2 9.0 43.6
3. Luxuriousdusti 4 2 2 9.0 -30.4
4. Kjhawkey 4 2 0 8.0 2.4
5. mr_punisher 3 3 3 7.5 133.8
6. atcdav 3 3 3 7.5 64.5
7. raptors 3 3 2 7.0 24.9
8. jeffNFL 3 3 2 7.0 -20.0
9. BeastModeCV 3 3 0 6.0 -108.0
10. awilde27 2 4 1 4.5 11.6
11. ffrittle 2 4 1 4.5 -104.6
12. spridlewv 2 4 1 4.5 -136.2
13. Scott Kuff 2 4 0 4.0 -68.6
14. Airbus79 2 4 0 4.0 -88.3
15. NiteHawk55 2 4 0 4.0 -123.5
16. eddieprobro 1 5 1 2.5 -77.9
17. Fantasytaz 1 5 1 2.5 -84.1
18. Haysie 1 5 1 2.5 -168.4
19. j0eo1s 1 5 0 2.0 -121.5
20. Doclate 1 5 0 2.0 -157.5
21. robmcangus 1 5 0 2.0 -240.9
22. Wilforkisland 0 6 0 0.0 -177.0

 
Super Bowl

One game to go. This game is worth double points in our competition. Also, remember you’ll earn bonus points for drafting the player named the Super Bowl MVP, assuming it isn’t Richard Sherman or other defensive player.

Super Bowl MVP bonus points are calculated from every week of this contest, so if the MVP is Peyton Manning and you drafted Peyton in every NFL Playoffs Challenge match all the way from Divisional Playoffs (Broncos and Seahawks didn’t play Wild-Card Weekend), you’ll get the maximum bonus of 0.5 per game, or 3 points total (5 Throwdown games, plus double for Super Bowl). That could make a big difference in our final overall standings.

For clarity, the Super Bowl MVP bonus points will not be used to determine the weekly winner for Super Bowl week, just as they haven’t been used to determine the weekly winner so far.

No Block in these Super Bowl challenges. The lineup is:

1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF

Games will be added middle of this week. We have two weeks to finish, so not an urgency to get them done this week. Remember, even if you are out of the running for Top 5 overall, try to win that weekly prize. Thanks again for playing, and good luck!

 
Game 5 Results (RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 133.85
Throwdown1 97.2

Doclate 112.7
Throwdown1 118.65

Wilforkisland 103
Throwdown1 122.75

Scott Kuff 98.8
Throwdown1 128.75

robmcangus 102.4
Throwdown1 116.25

Bigchief37 122.7
Throwdown1 102.65

rhazes_darkk 114
Throwdown1 111.75

spridlewv 77.4
Throwdown1 156.25

eddieprobro 80.9
Throwdown1 125.05

Luxuriousdusti 125.3
Throwdown1 102.05

ffrittle 106
Throwdown1 133.65

BeastModeCV 77.5
Throwdown1 147.95

mr_punisher 108.75
Throwdown1 120

raptors 94.45
Throwdown1 127.7

Haysie 76.9
Throwdown1 149.95

awilde27 99.55
Throwdown1 118

Airbus79 103.2
Throwdown1 118.55

Kjhawkey 113.8
Throwdown1 107.55

j0eo1s 110.6
Throwdown1 111.65

jeffNFL 136.85
Throwdown1 96

Fantasytaz 78
Throwdown1 132.85

NiteHawk55 80.9
Throwdown1 133.65

 
Game 6 Results (No Flex)

atcdav 148
Throwdown2 80.85

Doclate 103.1
Throwdown2 120.15

Wilforkisland 101.15
Throwdown2 116.9

Scott Kuff 114.4
Throwdown2 104.15

robmcangus 126.95
Throwdown2 114.3

Bigchief37 144.95
Throwdown2 93.6

rhazes_darkk 121.3
Throwdown2 102.75

spridlewv 88.45
Throwdown2 137.3

eddieprobro 106.65
Throwdown2 118.5

Luxuriousdusti 140.7
Throwdown2 102.75

ffrittle 131.5
Throwdown2 95.65

BeastModeCV 119
Throwdown2 104.95

mr_punisher 102.4
Throwdown2 128.55

raptors 119.2
Throwdown2 107.75

Haysie 90
Throwdown2 136.25

awilde27 107.45
Throwdown2 108.4

Airbus79 123.6
Throwdown2 108.55

Kjhawkey 112.1
Throwdown2 119.05

j0eo1s 102.7
Throwdown2 122.35

jeffNFL 134.8
Throwdown2 92.25

Fantasytaz 129.25
Throwdown2 102.75

NiteHawk55 89.1
Throwdown2 132.05

NFL Playoffs Challenge Divisional Round Results

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Round 2 – Divisional Playoffs – of our NFL Playoffs Challenge is in the books. We are at the halfway point and this is still a wide open competition for who is going to claim each of the coveted Top 5 money spots, including number one overall after the Super Bowl.

This was a very good week for the “home” side. Not that we (Throwdown) win anything as players are trying to earn points in this competition relative to one another. Throwdown1, this week manned by my “ringer”, Tim Grinstead or better known as member tttimmyg and writer of the Three Keys to Victory column all season, went 15-7. I focussed on the Throwdown2 account this week, and my record was 18-4.

You can guess what went right for both of us. We didn’t discuss strategy going in, as I just asked Tim to do the QB-Flex lineups, but apparently we each independently loved LeGarrette Blount this week and grabbed him whenever we could. Getting the first pick was big this week too, assuming it was used on Marshawn Lynch. Keenan Allen looked nothing like a rookie and scored the best at WR with his two scores.

The quarterbacks were all huddled together and none really stood out, except Tom Brady in a negative way about 10 points behind the other five starters. Jimmy Graham was shut down. I opted for Julius Thomas first at TE, but if I didn’t get him then I still fell for the name recognition of Graham a few times. Stellar season but bumbled it at the end for fantasy players with a poor Week 15, and mostly invisible playoffs.

Even with only a combined 11 losses in 44 games for Throwdown1 and Throwdown2, two of our players still managed to win both of their games this week. rhazes_darkk and Kjhawkey each went 2-0. Nicely done gentlemen. Adding to this accomplishment, rhazes_darkk won both of his games by 21+ points for the 0.5 point bonus in the standings, and he wins the weekly prize of $50 for this week.

r_d was clearly high on the Blount train. I liked Blount a lot, but waited expecting to get him later in most challenges, and I’m guessing Tim was the same. r_d took Blount in the 3rd round of his Throwdown2 draft. It paid off for him big time.

r_d pulls into a first place overall tie with mr_punisher, who went 1-1 for the week. mr_p holds the tie-breaker right now though, given his huge margin of victory in his DP win vs. Throwdown2. He won by a 109 points! Yes, I did field a lineup as bad as that sounds. He grabbed Lynch first overall, Blount in the 5th, Marques Colston, Anquan Boldin. I had Brady, Graham. It was a massacre. Definitely the largest margin of victory this week in the whole contest.

Kjhawkey is in third overall. Last week’s top player, raptors, falls to fourth. Then we have a logjam at the next six spots, all 2-2 and just half a point separating them.

One more quick props out to Fantasytaz, who was the only player who drafted LaVon Brazill in all of Fantasy Throwdown this week, not just our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Rewarded for his bold call with 2 touchdowns.

Okay, lets get to the weekly standings for Divisional Playoffs, followed by updated overall standings.

 
Divisional Playoffs Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 2 0 2 5.0 63.5
2. Kjhawkey 2 0 0 4.0 22.0
3. mr_punisher 1 1 1 2.5 80.4
4. awilde27 1 1 1 2.5 31.8
5. Bigchief37 1 1 1 2.5 -14.2
6. Scott Kuff 1 1 0 2.0 -3.7
7. NiteHawk55 1 1 0 2.0 -31.8
8. Doclate 1 1 0 2.0 -40.8
9. BeastModeCV 1 1 0 2.0 -44.8
10. Fantasytaz 0 2 0 0.0 -4.3
11. eddieprobro 0 2 0 0.0 -41.3
12. atcdav 0 2 0 0.0 -68.8
13. Airbus79 0 2 0 0.0 -78.0
14. j0eo1s 0 2 0 0.0 -80.9
15. spridlewv 0 2 0 0.0 -81.6
16. raptors 0 2 0 0.0 -86.2
17. jeffNFL 0 2 0 0.0 -88.2
18. Haysie 0 2 0 0.0 -92.1
19. ffrittle 0 2 0 0.0 -94.7
20. Wilforkisland 0 2 0 0.0 -97.7
21. Luxuriousdusti 0 2 0 0.0 -113.9
22. robmcangus 0 2 0 0.0 -118.2

 
Overall Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. mr_punisher 3 1 3 7.5 171.2
2. rhazes_darkk 3 1 3 7.5 95.4
3. Kjhawkey 3 1 0 6.0 3.1
4. raptors 2 2 2 5.0 46.7
5. awilde27 2 2 1 4.5 31.0
6. spridlewv 2 2 1 4.5 -8.5
7. Bigchief37 2 2 1 4.5 -27.9
8. NiteHawk55 2 2 0 4.0 -27.8
9. BeastModeCV 2 2 0 4.0 -51.6
10. Luxuriousdusti 2 2 0 4.0 -91.6
11. eddieprobro 1 3 1 2.5 -21.9
12. atcdav 1 3 1 2.5 -39.3
13. Haysie 1 3 1 2.5 -49.1
14. Scott Kuff 1 3 0 2.0 -48.9
15. Airbus79 1 3 0 2.0 -88.0
16. j0eo1s 1 3 0 2.0 -100.8
17. jeffNFL 1 3 0 2.0 -103.4
18. ffrittle 1 3 0 2.0 -112.8
19. Doclate 1 3 0 2.0 -134.5
20. Fantasytaz 0 4 0 0.0 -55.8
21. Wilforkisland 0 4 0 0.0 -141.5
22. robmcangus 0 4 0 0.0 -239.7

 
Conference Championships

Conference Championships up next! Each person is due for another two games this week, but keep in mind the player pool is cut down to two-thirds its normal size because there are only two games on the schedule. When you accept your challenge, you only need to decide if you want the first pick in the draft, or the second plus third picks in the draft.

The lineups for this week are:

1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block (Flex RB/WR/TE)

vs. Throwdown1, and:

1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block (no Flex)

vs. Throwdown2.

Games will be added shortly. Keep fighting to the end, because you can make up ground quickly in this competition. Same points are awarded this week as the last two weeks. Points are double for the Super Bowl, and there are still bonus points for how many times you drafted the eventual Super Bowl MVP, which we won’t know until the end of the big game on February 2nd. Good luck!

 
Game 3 Results (QB/RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 108.65
Throwdown1 156.35

Doclate 131.25
Throwdown1 127.85

Wilforkisland 129.35
Throwdown1 165.15

Scott Kuff 154.65
Throwdown1 152.6

robmcangus 124.5
Throwdown1 146.15

Bigchief37 163.2
Throwdown1 134.95

rhazes_darkk 139.3
Throwdown1 99.9

spridlewv 119.35
Throwdown1 142.15

eddieprobro 117.45
Throwdown1 137.45

Luxuriousdusti 112.55
Throwdown1 173.3

ffrittle 120.55
Throwdown1 174.45

BeastModeCV 150.65
Throwdown1 148.05

mr_punisher 132.2
Throwdown1 160.75

raptors 134.95
Throwdown1 174.55

Haysie 131.95
Throwdown1 147.25

awilde27 141.1
Throwdown1 107.2

Airbus79 101.85
Throwdown1 174.65

Kjhawkey 137.65
Throwdown1 135.3

j0eo1s 107.9
Throwdown1 166.15

jeffNFL 113.6
Throwdown1 138.6

Fantasytaz 138.45
Throwdown1 141.65

NiteHawk55 100.65
Throwdown1 152.25

 
Game 4 Results (RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 113.7
Throwdown2 134.8

Doclate 112.1
Throwdown2 156.3

Wilforkisland 80.2
Throwdown2 142.05

Scott Kuff 125.8
Throwdown2 131.6

robmcangus 90.4
Throwdown2 186.95

Bigchief37 105.7
Throwdown2 148.15

rhazes_darkk 147.3
Throwdown2 123.25

spridlewv 108.1
Throwdown2 166.9

eddieprobro 85.55
Throwdown2 106.8

Luxuriousdusti 106.2
Throwdown2 159.3

ffrittle 96.5
Throwdown2 137.3

BeastModeCV 103.8
Throwdown2 151.2

mr_punisher 176.45
Throwdown2 67.5

raptors 104.4
Throwdown2 150.95

Haysie 81.3
Throwdown2 158.05

awilde27 108.5
Throwdown2 110.6

Airbus79 121.7
Throwdown2 126.85

Kjhawkey 140.7
Throwdown2 121.05

j0eo1s 115.3
Throwdown2 137.95

jeffNFL 97.3
Throwdown2 160.5

Fantasytaz 131.55
Throwdown2 132.6

NiteHawk55 128.5
Throwdown2 108.7

NFL Playoffs Challenge Wild-Card Weekend Results

Monday, January 6th, 2014

We kicked off a new format special event for the NFL Playoffs, and everyone who took the plunge and signed up appears to be very into it given the quick pace at which we got 44 challenges drafted last week. It is called the NFL Playoffs Challenge, and is played from Wild-Card Weekend through the Super Bowl, with each participant playing two games of Fantasy Throwdown per week against a representative from FT (most likely, me).

The more you win, and win big, the more points you score in the standings to rise up the ranks of the competition. We are excited to offer this event, because it is one method by which we can scale Fantasy Throwdown to allow more people to play in a combined competition than the leagues or tournaments we’ve run throughout the year.

Check the rules for details about the competition, but the basics are we had 22 entrants, they earn 2 points per win plus an extra half point if they win by 21 or more points. The first tie-breaker is points differential. The overall winner after the Super Bowl wins $300, and the Top 5 earn a prize. Plus there is a weekly $50 prize.

From what I would consider a somewhat bad drafting week – I drafted Jamaal Charles at every opportunity, then Jimmy Graham, plus I was high on Marques Colston, and had very few drafts with Alex Smith, Andrew Luck or T.Y. Hilton – the Throwdown1 account went 8-14. No surprise there. However the Throwdown2 account somehow produced a record of 15-7 for a combined record of just over .500.

As for our competitors, only four players went 2-0 for Wild-Card Weekend. Two of those four earned both blowout bonuses for winning by 21 plus fantasy points, so the weekly prize of $50 came down to the tie-breaker and was awarded to raptors, just edging out mr_punisher.

I have to give special recognition to member Haysie. Not only because it was his first ever game of Fantasy Throwdown, but because he recorded the biggest lopsided victory of the week. He won vs. Throwdown1 by 104.4! Damn! Luck to Hilton! Where was that Chiefs defense? The closest game of the week, Throwdown1 wins by 0.8 points over Wilforkisland.

Below are the weekly and overall standings after one week.

W L W by 21+ Pts  Dif  
1. raptors 2 0 2 5.0 132.9
2. mr_punisher 2 0 2 5.0 90.8
3. spridlewv 2 0 1 4.5 73.1
4. Luxuriousdusti 2 0 0 4.0 22.3
5. Haysie 1 1 1 2.5 43.0
6. rhazes_darkk 1 1 1 2.5 32.0
7. atcdav 1 1 1 2.5 29.5
8. eddieprobro 1 1 1 2.5 19.4
9. NiteHawk55 1 1 0 2.0 4.0
10. awilde27 1 1 0 2.0 -0.8
11. BeastModeCV 1 1 0 2.0 -6.8
12. Airbus79 1 1 0 2.0 -10.0
13. Bigchief37 1 1 0 2.0 -13.7
14. jeffNFL 1 1 0 2.0 -15.2
15. ffrittle 1 1 0 2.0 -18.1
16. Kjhawkey 1 1 0 2.0 -18.9
17. j0eo1s 1 1 0 2.0 -19.9
18. Wilforkisland 0 2 0 0.0 -43.8
19. Scott Kuff 0 2 0 0.0 -45.2
20. Fantasytaz 0 2 0 0.0 -51.5
21. Doclate 0 2 0 0.0 -93.7
22. robmcangus 0 2 0 0.0 -121.5

Its still early, because there are two more games to be played for each of Divisional Playoffs and Conference Championships, plus one for Super Bowl worth double points, so everyone is still in it, and don’t forget there is a weekly prize up for grabs every week.

The game results from Wild-Card Weekend are included below. The Divisional round games will go in later today so we can get rolling with those. The lineups are similar to last week with one challenge a QB Flex option, and the other a Flex RB/WR/TE.

Thanks to everyone who is playing in the NFL Playoffs Challenge, and good luck the rest of the way!

 
Game 1 Results (QB/RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 106.15
Throwdown1 111.85

Doclate 84.15
Throwdown1 123.95

Wilforkisland 106.95
Throwdown1 107.75

Scott Kuff 99.5
Throwdown1 120.15

robmcangus 72.45
Throwdown1 101.55

Bigchief37 100.8
Throwdown1 89.6

rhazes_darkk 144.85
Throwdown1 94.15

spridlewv 168.05
Throwdown1 106

eddieprobro 107.1
Throwdown1 84.5

Luxuriousdusti 111
Throwdown1 101.25

ffrittle 83.65
Throwdown1 103.65

BeastModeCV 109
Throwdown1 97.35

mr_punisher 144.15
Throwdown1 95.95

raptors 168.35
Throwdown1 79.8

Haysie 182.85
Throwdown1 78.45

awilde27 107.7
Throwdown1 93.8

Airbus79 94.2
Throwdown1 86.7

Kjhawkey 109.35
Throwdown1 106.85

j0eo1s 87.35
Throwdown1 108.85

jeffNFL 98.75
Throwdown1 94.85

Fantasytaz 93.05
Throwdown1 104.15

NiteHawk55 105.65
Throwdown1 91.55

 
Game 2 Results (RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 144.85
Throwdown2 109.65

Doclate 77
Throwdown2 130.85

Wilforkisland 77.45
Throwdown2 120.45

Scott Kuff 87.05
Throwdown2 111.55

robmcangus 80.75
Throwdown2 173.15

Bigchief37 105.35
Throwdown2 130.2

rhazes_darkk 87.4
Throwdown2 106.15

spridlewv 105.8
Throwdown2 94.75

eddieprobro 132.7
Throwdown2 135.95

Luxuriousdusti 105.95
Throwdown2 93.45

ffrittle 110.25
Throwdown2 108.3

BeastModeCV 85.2
Throwdown2 103.65

mr_punisher 155.3
Throwdown2 112.75

raptors 143.85
Throwdown2 99.55

Haysie 82.55
Throwdown2 144

awilde27 97.3
Throwdown2 112.05

Airbus79 94.05
Throwdown2 111.55

Kjhawkey 99
Throwdown2 120.35

j0eo1s 123.95
Throwdown2 122.35

jeffNFL 94.1
Throwdown2 113.15

Fantasytaz 108.25
Throwdown2 148.65

NiteHawk55 121.45
Throwdown2 131.55

NFL Playoffs Challenge Rules, Prizes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Weeks 16 and 17 of the NFL season does not need to signify the end of fantasy football for another year! Instead, it highlights the fact that Fantasy Throwdown keeps on rolling right through the NFL Playoffs including the Super Bowl!

We are already hearing non-stop playoff scenario talk heading into the final weeks of the regular season, but that is okay, because . . .

What is our NFL Playoffs Challenge? This is different than the prior years. Here goes:

 
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 playoffs.

Lineup:

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

Scoring: Standard performance + 1 PPR

 
Prizes

Overall Prizes

1st Place: $300

2nd Place: $150

3rd Place: $75

4th Place: $40

5th Place: $40

Weekly Prize ( each of 4 weeks )

1st Place: $50

 
Entry Fee

$20 per entry

This contest is capped at a maximum of 50 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 4th. The deadline to join the NFL Playoffs Challenge is Friday January 3rd at 6:00pm 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.

 
I hope you decide to join us in this contest to wrap up a great season of fantasy football at Fantasy Throwdown. Sign up early so you don’t miss out. Good luck!