I'm doing three different fantasy playoff leagues this year. One is with the regular season fantasy football league I'm in. One is an old friend's league that I've played in the last few years. And one is an ESPN group that Rob started this year that is just for fun, for now. Each league has different scoring and lineup rules, which makes it interesting to keep track of things.
By far the most difficult is the regular FFL one, because you pick your lineup just once before the wild card round and that's it. You need to try to guess who will make it all the way to the Super Bowl and pick players accordingly, with perhaps some hedging with some players from other teams that might make it. With that in mind, here are my playoff predictions for the year:
Wild Card: I figured Houston would beat Cincinnati, Green Bay would beat Minnesota, Baltimore would beat Indianapolis, and Washington would beat Seattle. I missed that last one to go 3-1 for this round, and that one hurt because the only player on my roster from the Wild Card round was Alfred Morris of Washington. See ya, Alfred.
In the divisional round, I'm going with Denver over Baltimore, San Francisco over Green Bay, New England over Houston, and while I figured Washington would be the one to beat the Falcons, now I'll go with Seattle.
For the conference championships, I'll go with Denver and San Francisco going to the Super Bowl and Denver winning it all.
The other leagues are easier to manage because you can reset your roster each week. The ESPN league has the last roster change for the conference championships, the other allows a new roster of the Super Bowl.
The tally so far? I don't know about the first league because the commisioner hasn't sent out all of the rosters. In the other two I am hanging tough in second place, within striking distance for most total points still.
On to week two.