NFL Playoffs Challenge Rules, Prizes

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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.


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


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!

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4 Responses to “NFL Playoffs Challenge Rules, Prizes”

  1. Mike says:

    Updated the entries sold so far for the contest.

    Challenges will start to be issued to everyone who has signed up on Monday.

  2. Mike says:

    Calling an audible!

    I was putting the games in tonight and realized two things:

    1. Same lineup for both challenges is sort of boring.

    2. Lineup without a flex spot, particularly when we have four games forming the player pool in the first two weeks of the playoffs (and these are good teams), is a little light.

    So, I’ve adjusted the lineups on a per round and per game basis. Check the table above. I added variety of RB/WR/TE flex and QB/RB/WR/TE flex spots, plus dropped kickers from some of the lineups. Stupid kickers.

    This should make for some more interesting drafts for the contest!

  3. Mike says:

    Up to 18 entries Wed night, so still lots of room for people to get in. We’ve run through a lot of drafts already, but keep me busy Thu and Fri.

  4. Mike says:

    And thats it, 22 entries in our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Best of luck to our competitors!

    Pierre Thomas injury and out for the game caught me by surprise, and I drafted him in a few challenges, so those people have an advantage already in those ones. We’ll see how it plays out starting tomorrow.

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