NFL Playoffs – Strategize with Sunday and Monday Night Specials

The 2015 NFL regular season is about to end, but that doesn’t mean your NFL daily fantasy sports is over. The playoffs are right around the corner and there is a different strategy that needs to be utilized.

The best contests to practice in are the Sunday Night Special and Monday Night Special GPP contests. Both of these contests only offer two games, so the pool of players is limited. It’s the closest thing to picking daily sports fantasy lineups for the NFL playoffs.

Here are a few tips to get you in the top 25%:

Configuring Different Combinations

One of the best ways to enhance your odds is by entering into one contest multiple times. For example purposes, let’s say Kansas City, Houston, Cincinnati, and the New York Jets (this will most likely change by the end of week 17) end up as the first 4 teams to play in the AFC.

If you enter your GPP contest four times, you can use each one of the quarterbacks. You will also be able to do this with the Tight End position and each team’s defense. Now, how you decide to create these combinations is up to you, but there are certain strategies that can help increase your odds of winnings.

Home Team Defenses and Quarterbacks

If you look back at the majority of the top winning lineups in the Millionaire Maker contest, the majority of the quarterbacks and defenses are home teams. By process of elimination you would probably end up with Alex Smith and AJ McCarron (or Keith Wenning if McCarron is still hurt).

If you’re the type of person that enjoys using or building algorithms to create lineups every week, those three names above don’t look like winners. However, the”flier” as they are called, is what you want to have against other entries in a GPP. So, if AJ McCarron is only owned by 2.9% of the entrants, and 575,000 entries are listed, you could make a huge dent if he comes through with a solid performance.

Oh, and if you’re still thinking an “AWAY” quarterback would be better; try it. I will tell you though, before Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin started going off on the road, Cam Newton was the only quarterback listed on a winning lineup that played on the road (this was through week 12 or 13).

The Sleeper Pick: Think more about the Game

When you build a lineup for the playoffs, you really have to consider how the game is going to be played. Do the New England Patriots plan on running the ball more or do you think they’ll blow out their opponent? This could mean Bolden or newcomer Steven Jackson could have bigger games than people

Another thing to consider is whether or not the defense will be blitzing more against your quarterback. This could mean bigger games for slot receivers, tight ends, and pass-catching runningbacks.
So keep an eye on different facets of each game while you build a lineup. One player could mean the difference between a $75 win and a $5,000 win (yes, I just recently experienced this bittersweet win).