Chck out ESPN'S Gridiron Playoff Challenge...
How To Play
The objective of the game is to select a roster of NFL playoff players, while staying under the $50.0m salary cap, and accumulate the most points according to the scoring system.
Name Your Team (Optional)
After selecting your team you can name your team by clicking on the link labeled "Edit Entry Settings" found on your team page. Your team may have up to a maximum length of 25 characters. Once you have named your team, click on the "Submit Entry Settings" button. Your team name can be changed at anytime.
Select Your Players
Rosters must consist of eight (
players and one (1) team unit (defense/special teams) which fit under the $50m salary cap. The eight (
players on a team's roster consist of the following positions:
2 Quarterbacks (QB)
2 Running Backs (RB)
2 Wide Receivers (WR)
1 Tight End (TE)
1 Kicker (K)
The listed salaries are based on a combination of the players season-to-date and projected playoff statistics according to the scoring system and will adjust twice during this game: once after Wild Card Weekend and once after Divisional Weekend. The range of player values are $8.0-4.0m per and the range of defenses $6.0-3.0m per. Players are moved onto your roster by selecting the position you want to modify and clicking on the green Plus (+) icon next to one of the players in the available players list.
Roster Lock Periods
Roster slots lock individually at the scheduled start time of each player's game. The first lock is the weekend of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday, January 9, 2010 (exact time TBD) and you can change the players around as often as you like up until this time. After the Wild Card Weekend is completed, you will be able to select a new roster for the Divisional Playoffs games. After the Divisional Playoffs are completed, you will again be able to select a new roster if you wish. This is the last roster change period available as the roster you have set for the Conference Championship games is frozen for the remainder of the playoffs (i.e. the Super Bowl as well). The roster change periods are listed below:
Period #1 (Wild Card Weekend): Game launch (Dec. 16) until first kickoff of the Wild Card Weekend games (Jan 9 - time TBD)
Period #2 (Divisional Playoffs): Shortly after the Wild Card Weekend games are complete until first kickoff of Divisional Playoffs (Jan. 16 - time TBD)
Period #3 (Conference Championships): Shortly after the Divisional Playoff games are complete until first kickoff of Conference Championship (Jan. 24 - time TBD). This is the final roster lock.
In order to maximize your possible points for the game, you should have active players for the first 8 games of the playoffs. In other words, do not play any players from teams that have BYE's during the Wild Card Weekend games.
The Gridiron Playoff Challenge scoring system is as follows:
All positions (QB, RB, WR, K):
6 pts per rushing, receiving or return TD
4 pts per passing TD
3 pts per field goal (FG) made (any distance)
2 pts per passing, rushing or receiving 2pt conversion
1 pt per 10 yards rushing or receiving
1 pt per 25 yards passing
1 pt per extra point (XP) made
Defensive/Special Teams (D/ST):
10 pts for 0 points allowed
7 pts for 2-6 points allowed
4 pts for 7-13 points allowed
1 pt for 14-17 points allowed
0 pts for 18-21 points allowed (note: team defense is responsible for all points allowed)
-1 pts for 22-27 points allowed
-4 pts for 28-34 points allowed
-7 pts for 35-45 points allowed
-10 pts for 46+ points allowed
5 pts per team win
3 pts per defensive or special teams TD
2 pts per interception
2 pts per fumble recovery
2 pts per blocked punt, PAT, or FG (note: a deflected kick of any kind does not receive points)
2 pts per safety
1 pt per sack
There are no negative points for fumbles, interceptions, missed FGs or lost yardage.
In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the winner will be determined by the following tiebreakers, in order of listing:
Tiebreaker #1 - Your predicted total points scored guess in Super Bowl XLIV is compared to the actual game results. The entry with the smallest total difference is considered the winning entry.
Tiebreaker #2 - Same as above except with total rushing yards instead of total points.
In all cases, an entry that does not win a tiebreaker is eliminated from consideration.
Join a Group
Groups allow you to compete against the general public or against people you only know. There are two kinds of groups: Public and Private. Public groups are open for anyone to join while private groups can only be accessed by a password the creator of the group makes. All links to join or create a group are found on the main Group Directory page. Use the "Search" box to find a specific group you're looking for. Each entry can join up to 3 groups. Groups can be joined or left at anytime. Note: There is no prize awarded for winning a group.