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Your Own Playoff Game
by David M. Dorey

As we have done for several years and upon popular request, The Huddle is providing a way to play your own version of a playoff game and will supply the weekly stats for you to use.

The way this Playoff challenge works is that every "team owner" will build both an AFC and an NFC team by selecting one player from each conference for the listed positions of QB, RB1, RB2, RB3, WR1, WR2, WR3, WR4, TE, PK, DEF and ST. That gives a total of 24 players for each roster. Each position must be filled ONLY by the names that appear to the right of the position name.

There are no starting decisions to make. If the players selected score any fantasy points, they continue to benefit the team. This is a total points format, so select those players that will score the most points in the playoffs, That usually means players that will play in more games but not necessarily.

Make a copy of the below table and distribute it to your friends for them to decide which 24 players will represent their roster. Most just have people circle the players that they want to make it easy but you'll probably want to throw it all in a spreadsheet eventually.

American Football Conference
DEN
IND
NE
NYJ
PIT
SD
QB1
Jake Plummer Peyton Manning Tom Brady Chad Pennington Ben Roethlisberger Drew Brees
RB1
Reuben Droughns Edgerrin James Corey Dillon Curtis Martin Duce Staley L. Tomlinson
RB2
Tatum Bell Dominic Rhodes Kevin Faulk LaMont Jordan Jerome Bettis Jesse Chatman
RB3
RB Cecil Sapp James Mungro Patrick Pass Jerald Sowell Verron Haynes Michael Turner
TE1
Jeb Putzier Dallas Clark Daniel Graham Anthony Becht Jerame Tuman Antonio Gates
WR1
Rod Smith Marvin Harrison Deion Branch Santana Moss Hines Ward Keenan McCardell
WR2
Ashley Lelie Reggie Wayne David Givens J. McCareins Plaxico Burress Eric Parker
WR3
Darius Watts Brandon Stokley David Patten Wayne Chrebet A. Randle El Kassim Osgood
WR4
Luke Triandos Aaron Moorehead Troy Brown Jerricho Cotchery Lee Mays Tim Dwight
PK
Jason Elam Mike Vanderjagt Adam Vinatieri Doug Brien Jeff Reed Nate Kaeding
ST
DEN ST
IND ST
NE ST
NYJ ST
PIT ST
SD ST
DEF
DEN DEF
IND DEF
NE DEF
NYJ DEF
PIT DEF
SD DEF
National Football Conference
ATL
GB
MIN
PHI
SEA
STL
QB1
Michael Vick Brett Favre Daunte Culpepper Donovan McNabb Matt Hasselbeck Marc Bulger
RB1
Warrick Dunn Ahman Green Michael Bennett Brian Westbrook Shaun Alexander Marshall Faulk
RB2
T.J. Duckett Najeh Davenport Moe Williams Dorsey Levens Maurice Morris Steven Jackson
RB3
George Layne Tony Fisher Onterrio Smith Reno Mahe Mack Strong Arlen Harris
TE1
Alge Crumpler Bubba Franks Jermaine Wiggins L.J. Smith Jerramy Stevens B. Manumaleuna
WR1
Peerless Price Javon Walker Randy Moss Todd Pinkston Darrell Jackson Torry Holt
WR2
Dez White Donald Driver Nate Burleson Freddie Mitchell Jerry Rice Isaac Bruce
WR3
Michael Jenkins Antonio Chatman Marcus Robinson Billy McMullen Koren Robinson S. MacDonald
WR4
Brian Finneran Andrae Thurman Kelly Campbell Terrell Owens Bobby Engram Kevin Curtis
PK
Jay Feeley Ryan Longwell Morten Andersen David Akers Josh Brown Jeff Wilkins
ST
ATL ST
GB ST
MIN ST
PHI ST
SEA ST
STL ST
DEF
ATL DEF
GB DEF
MIN DEF
PHI DEF
SEA DEF
STL DEF

We will provide weekly statistics to help you score out your playoff league. The scoring we will use is standard performance scoring with values brought out to hundredths (0.00) to help eliminate ties. The scoring rules apply to any and all players no matter their position:

Passing yards = 0.05 points per yard
Rush/Receive yards = 0.1 points per yard
All touchdowns = 6 points
2 Point conversions = 2 pts all participants rush/pass/receive
Extra Points = 1 point
Field Goals = 3 points
Safeties = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Turnovers recovered = 2 points

All stats published here will be final, adjusted only if there is an error. No arguments on weird plays.

This is just a fun way to wind down the season and allow you and some of your friends and coworkers to continue to have some NFL fun. There are some entire workplaces that use this format from The Huddle and it has always been enjoyable and, of course, surprising since each season witnesses some surprise team do very well.

Good luck in the playoffs and time to huddle up!