It is with the utmost sadness that I remind you, the fantasy enthusiasts, that this years season is over.
Or is it?
Well, yeah, it pretty much is, but owners can get their fantasy fix. Multiple sites allow fantasy players to continue playing fantasy football throughout the NFL playoffs. Surely it isn’t the same, but hey, it’s better than nothing.
Here’s how the playoff challenge works:
In most leagues, owners will choose one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end and a defense. You can choose different players each week but once a player is eliminated from the playoffs, you cannot use them. Duhh right? Anyway, the interesting part is if you pick a player in both round one and two, their points double. In round three they triple and so on and so forth. So, with a plethora of fantasy superstars to choose from, who should you count on at wide receiver?
Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson makes for a great fantasy playoff challenge option. He has been extremely productive lately, even when the Texans themselves haven’t. Over the past four contests, Johnson has two games with at least 140 receiving yards and zero with less than 90. The comforting factor is that he has been targeted a whopping 50 times by quarterback Matt Schaub over that stretch. Houston usually loves to pound the rock with their Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster and why wouldn’t they? However, during the playoffs, the Texans will have to throw a lot more than they have had to all year, making Johnson very valuable from fantasy land. Even with the Texans recent struggles, they are still a good bet to reach the Super Bowl, meaning mucho fantasy points for those who choose AJ.
If you haven’t already, I advise you to check out the playoff challenge. I’m sure it will help you fantasy addicts out there (I’m guilty too) stay sane until August.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.