FFPC Playoff Challenge DFS Strategy (2023)

FFPC Playoff Challenge DFS Strategy (2023)

The FFPC (Fantasy Football Players Championship) has long been an industry leader among competitive high-stakes sites for season-long fantasy football. If you are looking for playoff action in the same vein, look no further. Once again, they are offering the FFPC Playoff Challenge and the FootballGuys Playoff Challenge with big prizes up for grabs. We’re talking serious cash here with the FFPC Challenge offering a $500k prize and the FootballGuys Challenge winner taking home $100k.

As always, if there is a big-industry fantasy football event, RotoBaller is there and the NFL playoffs are no different.

Find out how this competition works, what strategies you should keep in mind, and how to build the optimal lineup for success.

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Let’s Go Over the Rules

The first step in any fantasy football contest is knowing and fully understanding the rules. The rules of this contest are a little different than a regular-season league or DFS, but if you’ve played either, you’ll have no trouble getting the hang of it.

The Playoff Challenge is unique first and foremost because, unlike DFS lineups, you can only pick one player per NFL playoff team. That means no stacking your favorite QB-WR combo or picking and choosing the prime matchup spots.

For this contest, we’ll be choosing exactly 12 players from the 14 playoff teams to comprise our rosters. Two postseason teams will be omitted but all others must be represented. The good news is we can pick any players we want with no draft or salary cap.

In terms of scoring, the FFPC Playoff Challenge isn’t far off from the typical full PPR format, with a couple of exceptions. Most notably, like most FFPC contests, it features tight end premium scoring of 1.5 points per reception. Full details are listed below.


Ok, Let’s Go Over the Rules…Again

Remember, no draft, no salary cap…we’re just picking our players. Also remember…one player max per team, which means we’ll have one player each from 12 playoff teams with two teams not represented on our FFPC roster.

Once a team is eliminated, a player from that team will accumulate no more points. Players on teams that advance? They’ll accrue points for every game played with, get this, the Super Bowl counting as double points! As a result of this scoring system, we want to fill our rosters with players on teams that we believe are capable of making deep Super Bowl runs. That roster? It looks like this…

Defense and Kickers (Kind of) Don’t Matter

While every roster spot carries some importance, not all roster spots are created equal. Yes, we must choose both a Kicker and a DST, but these positions will usually impact our team’s results the least.

We also must be strategic in our thinking here. Remember, we can only roster one player from each team. So…while we might love the Buffalo Bills defense, do we really want to pass on Josh Allen or Stefon Diggs in order to roster the Buffalo DST?


About That TE Premium…

With TEs gaining an additional 50% on each catch in comparison to other positions, the availability of four FLEX spots makes it tempting to add multiple tight ends to your lineup, which could pay off big. If you played any fantasy football this year, then you are well aware of just how brutal the TE position has been in 2022. As a result, the masses will likely be a little scared to trust any tight ends outside of Travis Kelce and George Kittle.

Just like in DFS, we can use contrarian thinking to gain an advantage in this contest. Thinking outside of the box with our utilization of tight ends is a realistic way to gain leverage on our opponents. If you set multiple lineups in FFPC Playoff or FootballGuys challenges, it might be smart to try one TE-heavy lineup by adding guys from a team that you don’t expect much from at the other positions or pivoting to a TE on a team that will have a very popular player at another position. For example, rostering T.J. Hockenson rather than Justin Jefferson from the Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s an example from one of my lineups:


QBs Rule

Quarterbacks receive four points per TD and -1 per INT, so you will probably find that the top passers wind up as the leading scorers. If there is a position to prioritize for your Super Bowl favorites, it would be QB.

There is no shortage of options in this year’s playoffs as far as franchise quarterbacks go. The question then becomes, who do you trust to lead their team to multiple victories?

The AFC is absolutely loaded at the QB position. Signal callers such as Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Joe Burrow are all point-producing studs, but remember, only one team will emerge from the AFC, so we’ll need to choose wisely.

We don’t have crystal balls (unfortunately), but it would appear as though a player like Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles has a somewhat clearer path to advance to the Super Bowl, while also having the ability to produce points at an MVP-caliber level.

So while talented QBs like Justin Herbert or Trevor Lawrence might pop on your radar as viable contrarian options, rostering them comes at a huge risk, as we do not want our QB bounced after just one game.


Be Contrarian, Not Stupid

Like DFS, the FFPC Playoff Challenge is a strategy-based game. This means we can gain leverage on our opponents by utilizing calculated contrarian thinking. Remember, we don’t have to score the most points to win, we just have to score more points than all of our opponents.

While we want to make thoughtful pivots to gain leverage on the field, there’s a difference between being contrarian and, well, stupid. For example, rostering Dallas Goedert instead of A.J. Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles would be a contrarian type of play, while using our lone Eagles roster spot on Quez Watkins would also be extremely contrarian… and extremely stupid.

We can also get contrarian by betting on a team and player to make a deeper run than others might expect. Last year is a perfect example of a team like the Cincinnati Bengals making an unexpected trip to the Super Bowl thanks to amazing performances from a talented rookie in Ja’Marr Chase.

The bottom line…it’s excellent to think outside of the box in a contest like this, just be sure that your pivots make sense in the grand scheme of things.


Some Final Thoughts

Remember, we want to pick high-scoring players from teams that will play multiple games. Trust me, it’s easier said than done. The Super Bowl is of paramount importance, both to the actual teams in the NFL Playoffs and our FFPC Challenge squads. Championship rings for them, double fantasy points and lots of cash for us.

Ideally, our roster will contain two explosive players that are squaring off against each other in the Super Bowl and rack up points to take our team over the top. Make sure and factor that scenario into your lineup construction by trying to project which teams and players will still be in action for the big game while giving yourself plenty of chances to nail that final showdown on your roster builds.


Take the Challenge

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on how the league is played and some pointers on building a championship team, it’s up to you to take the next step. Sign up for the FFPC Playoff Challenge and try it out!

Playoff leagues provide a different twist on season-long fantasy football and offer a way to come up with unique strategies that will keep you invested in the NFL postseason even if your favorite team isn’t involved. Good luck, RotoBallers!

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