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Diary of High-Stakes Virgins: FFPC Playoff Edition

After our disappointing finish in the FFPC Main Event, there was very little chance we were going to sit out the FFPC Playoff Challenge. With a $100,000 top prize to first, it represents the perfect opportunity for redemption. Here are some thoughts on how we plan to build our lineup, using some back of the napkin projected ownership percentages to inform our decisions.

The Details

The FFPC Playoff Challenge is a massive contest with 2,750 entrants and a $480,000 prize pool. There is no draft, each owner simply selects a roster of 10 players (1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-Flex, 1-K, 1-D; Flex can be RB, WR or TE) with the caveat being that you may only select one player from each team. This team is your roster for the entire duration of the playoffs. No add/drops, no setting line-ups. The only other wrinkle is that the Super Bowl will count as double the points (2 points per reception, 12 points per touchdown, etc.). Otherwise, this is traditional FFPC scoring, which includes 1.5 points per reception for tight ends. You can check out the full set of rules and prize structure here. With a massive field and prizes being paid out to the Top 400 finishes, this contest clearly requires a GPP-esque mindset to cash.

The Goal

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By Peter Overzet | @peteroverzet | Archive

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  1. Dennis says:

    how would you tackle this if you were just playing 25 non professionals? Would you still look for leverage/contrarian plays or ownership be damned? i get 2 qbs, 3 rb 3 wr 2 te 1 d 1 k and dont know the strategy to use.

    i love your thinking though to never limit your upside to get to 440. best of luck

  2. ya, in that case I don't think you'd need to go quite as contrarian. depending on the scoring, i'd probably fill out the playoff bracket and work backwards, putting the two qbs you think will make the superbowl in those slots, and going from there.

    good luck to you, too!

  3. I hope Rotoviz does the same thing this upcoming week with all the matchups. I have a "pick one guy from all the remaining 8 teams" pool. Also there's still mult-week tourneys going on.

    It makes sense to me to dissect not only the weaknesses from each defense still available, but also predict who's going to win and see who has a solid matchup the following week.

    This site really stepped this week.

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