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IDP Cheatsheet: Conference Championships

Last week’s Divisional Round of the 2013 NFL playoffs brought with it boatloads of exciting action, from a double-overtime thriller in Denver to a fantastic finish at the Georgia Dome and the postseason coming-out party for a certain second-year quarterback in the Bay Area.

The Divisional Round also brought with more than a few big IDP outings, including yet another huge game from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who seems set to finish off his NFL career by setting a record for tackles in one postseason. I’ll confess that I don’t know what that record is (of if it’s even tracked, as I couldn’t find it), but 30 in two games is, well, a lot.

The games last week also didn’t go according to script in many instances, which has likely left many fantasy owners in playoff IDP leagues scrambling to field a full lineup for this week’s conference championship games, much less a competitive one.

Playoff fantasy football leagues are a different animal, so I’m using the scoring and rules for the BTR Listeners League sponsored by Fantasy Sharks and run by FSWA Hall of Famer Greg Kellogg, who I have the distinct pleasure of co-hosting Kellogg’s Komments with twice a week on Fantasy Sharks Radio. If you haven’t given a listen, you absolutely should, as Greg, Mike Pisani, and Chris Nunes are damned near capable of drowning my drivel out.

Well, almost.

These rankings are based on the scoring for that contest, which awards 1 point for solos, .5 points for assists, 2 points each for fumbles forced and recovered, 3 points for interceptions, and sacks, 6 points for defensive touchdowns, 4 points for safeties, and 1 point for passes defensed, as well as return yardage for picks and fumbles, but those are fluke points best not chased.

It’s also a “one and done” format, which means that once you use a guy he’s through, so what may look like a great play this week may also involve a player you want to save for next. That makes it more important, especially early on, that you try to balance scoring and who you think will advance, so keep in mind that my rankings may reflect biases you may not share, and a bit of “bet-hedging”.

However, there are only four teams this week and two in the Super Bowl, so while it’s nice to look towards the future the present is the bigger concern right now, especially with last week’s outcomes being the surprises they were in many cases.

No need to go more than 10 deep, so without further adieu…

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

1.) Paul Kruger – BAL at NE

2.) Justin Smith – SF at ATL

3.) Terrell Suggs – BAL at NE

4.) Haloti Ngata – BAL at NE

5.) Chandler Jones – NE vs. BAL

6.) Vince Wilfork – NE vs. BAL

7.) Kroy Biermann – ATL vs. SF

8.) John Abraham – ATL vs. SF

9.) Ray McDonald – SF at ATL

10.) Art Jones – BAL at NE

LINEBACKERS

1.) Navorro Bowman – SF at ATL

2.) Ray Lewis – BAL at NE

3.) Jerod Mayo – NE vs. BAL

4.) Patrick Willis – SF at ATL

5.) Dannell Ellerbe – BAL at NE

6.) Sean Weatherspoon – ATL vs. SF

7.) Aldon Smith – SF at ATL

8.) Stephen Nicholas – ATL vs. SF

9.) Brandon Spikes – NE vs. BAL

10.) Rob Ninkovich – NE vs. BAL

DEFENSIVE BACKS

1.) Bernard Pollard – BAL at NE

2.) Devin McCourty – NE vs. BAL

3.) William Moore – ATL vs. SF

4.) Steve Gregory – NE vs. BAL

5.) Thomas DeCoud – ATL vs. SF

6.) Dashon Goldson – SF at ATL

7.) Cary Williams – BAL at NE

8.) Ed Reed – BAL at NE

9.) Corey Graham – BAL at NE

10.) Aqib Talib – NE vs. BAL

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