The end of the NFL regular season does not mean the end of daily fantasy football, at least yet. For the next three weeks, most major DFS sites will continue to offer daily fantasy football contests — right up until the NFC and AFC Championships two weeks before the Super Bowl.
During the first two weeks of the playoffs — Wild Card Weekend and the Division Round — there four games and eight teams to choose your lineups from. During the Conference Championship weekend, daily fantasy football sites will be running contests for both games.
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NFL Playoff Daily Fantasy Strategy
With many fewer teams playing during the playoffs, NFL playoff daily fantasy strategy needs to be adjusted as it can be more challenging to pick a good lineup. But that is also where some good research for value picks can come in. During Championship Weekend, this is even more true where there will be significant overlap in lineups between DFS players.
Another consideration for your lineups is that these are do or die games that are being played. Starters who are banged up are going to muscle through their games and give it everything they have because by Monday they might on the couch.
NFL Playoff Slates
If you like to mix up your slate action, you will need to make adjustments during the playoffs. For the first two weeks of the NFL playoffs, DFS players will have a near-normal of selection of slates to choose from. If you miss the deadline or just want to mix up your action, you will up to four slates to choose from.
During NFL championship weekend, contests will be limited to a single slate covering both games. Just as there are no contests run on Monday night during the regular season, there will be no contests run for the last game of each week or during the Super Bowl. This is in part due to the limited number of players available but also because of legal reasons to differentiate fantasy sports from sports betting.
Players must select a lineup from at least two different games and two different teams. FanDuel has also a rule that you cannot pick more than 4 players the same team and can not pick more than four players from a team and the lineup must be from at least three different teams.
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Most sites will continue to run the same contests that they run during the regular season: guaranteed tournaments and leagues, head to head contests, 50/50s, double ups, multipliers and satellites.
Each of the top sites are offering large guaranteed prize pool contests the first week:
DraftKings – DraftKings’s Millionaire Maker is $3.5 million this weekend with $1 million going to first. They are also running guaranteed contests of $1 million and $500,000 and 15 other contests with guaranteed prize pools over $100,000.
FanDuel – At FanDuel, the top guaranteed tournament is guaranteeing $1.25 Million in the NFL Sunday Million Contest, which is followed closely by the $1 Million Saturday Rush. Over $100,000 will be awarded to the winner of each contest. Eight additional contests will feature guaranteed prize pools of $100,000 or more.
Yahoo – The NFL $150k Baller is Yahoo’s premier tournament this Saturday giving away $15,000 to first. After that, the GPPG prizes drop off a bit, with a handful of contests in the $10,000 to $25,000 range.
FantasyDraft FantasyDraft’s premier contest is a $50,000 guaranteed contest with a $20 entry fee but no rake take. FantasyDraft is also running a $10,000 Wishbone and $10,000 Double Up contest among its top guaranteed contests this weekend.
DraftOps – DraftOps top contest this weekend is a $7,500 guaranteed contest with $1,500 to first. They are also offering three additional contests with prize pools ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.