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The 2012 NFL season has just about wrapped up. Thirty-two teams started the year with aspirations of playing this week in the Superdome, but only two squads accomplished that goal, and on Sunday night the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will do battle with the Lombardi trophy on the line.

Super Bowl XLVII features a number of prominent Individual Defensive Players (IDP), from the 49ers’ dominant linebacker group to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is closing out his Hall of Fame career this week amid accusations that he used a banned substance while recovering from an arm injury earlier this season.

This week also brings with it the end of the line for fantasy football playoff leagues, which means there’s one more chance for IDP owners to rack up some points and lay claim to the title of champions before another long, dark offseason begins.

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 one point for solos, 1/2 points for assists, two points each for fumbles forced and recovered, three points for interceptions and sacks, six points for defensive touchdowns, four points for safeties, and one 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. That’s not really a concern anymore since this is it, but depending on how well you predicted how the postseason progressed you could be very hard pressed to field anything resembling a full lineup this week.

With that said, get
someone in your lineup, even if it’s a desperation play. Sure, Baltimore linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo probably isn’t going to make a huge dent in the box score, but if your league awards points for special teams tackles he should at least get you a few points, and you never know which little-known player might come up with a huge turnover in the NFL’s biggest game.

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


1.) Terrell Suggs, Baltimore

2.) Justin Smith, San Francisco

3.) Paul Kruger, Baltimore

4.) Haloti Ngata, Baltimore

5.) Ray McDonald, San Francisco

6.) Art Jones, Baltimore


1.) Navorro Bowman, San Francisco

2.) Ray Lewis, Baltimore

3.) Patrick Willis, San Francisco

4.) Dannell Ellerbe, Baltimore

5.) Aldon Smith, San Francisco

6.) Ahmad Brooks – San Francisco


1.) Bernard Pollard, Baltimore

2.) Corey Graham, Baltimore

3.) Dashon Goldson, San Francisco

4.) Donte Whitner – San Francisco

5.) Ed Reed, Baltimore

6.) Chykie Brown, Baltimore

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