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Playoff Extra: Up for a challenge?

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Another way to enjoy the NFL postseason -- and keep your Fantasy fix going for another four weeks -- is the Playoff Challenge at CBSSports.com. There are also other games out there geared toward the postseason, and we're here to help you set your lineup.

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The best strategy is to pick players you think are going to last deep into the playoffs. The more games they play, the more stats you will accrue. The ideal situation is picking players from a team that will play at least three games. For example, a wild card team that makes it to the championship game or a team with a first-round bye that makes it to the Super Bowl.

In our Playoff Challenge you select one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one DST with a salary cap of 300 units. You are then allowed eight lineup changes throughout the rest of the playoffs.

Here is my roster for the wildcard round ...

QB -- Drew Brees, Saints -- 79
RB -- Darren Sproles, Saints -- 54
RB -- Isaac Redman, Steelers -- 31
WR -- Marques Colston, Saints -- 37
WR -- Robert Meachem, Saints -- 14
TE -- Jimmy Graham, Saints -- 37
K -- Shaun Suisham, Steelers -- 15
DST -- Steelers -- 33

As stated above, my strategy is to take players I believe will last the longest, and I'm counting on the Saints to make a long playoff run. For this weekend, I expect Brees to have an outstanding game against the Lions, with Sproles, Colston and Graham having a significant role like they have all season. And I went with Meachem as my second receiver since Lance Moore (hamstring) is likely out. I went with Redman at the other running back spot since he is now the starter with Rashard Mendenhall (torn ACL) out for the playoffs. And I also expect the Steelers to sneak by the Broncos this week, so I will lean on Suisham as a kicker and the Steelers DST to start for hopefully two scoring periods.

You can use our listing of units as a ranking for the Playoff Challenge since my colleague Dave Richard and I contributed to the values at each position. And you can also compete against me, Dave, Nathan Zegura and other members of our staff here at CBSSports.com.

Just follow this link here and sign up for your team in my buddy group. We welcome the challenge of you guys competing against us throughout the postseason.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyFB . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg and on Facebook .

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Eagles acquire Kenjon Barner from Panthers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Eagles acquired running back/return specialist Kenjon Barner from the Panthers Tuesday in exchange for a 2015 conditional seventh-round pick.

Barner was a potential cap casualty for the Panthers after seeing just six carries in his rookie season last year. A sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Barner played under Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon.


DeMarcus Lawrence remains on crutches
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence remains on crutches and is still several weeks from returning to practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"It feels great. Surgery went well," Lawrence said. "I’m glad it happened now than later. It set me back a little physically. I know I’m going to have to be into my playbook and the weight room now. Knowing that I’m coming back soon, maybe in the next month or two, keeps my head high."

Lawrence had surgery to repair a broken foot July 31 and will remain on crutches for the first month of his recovery. He's set for a doctor's visit Sept. 4.


Jeremy Hill, four other injured Bengals practice
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Five notable Bengals players practiced Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports: running back Jeremy Hill (shoulder), linebacker Sean Porter (knee), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hip), quarterback Jason Campbell (elbow) and offensive lineman Andre Smith (concussion protocol).


Kenny Britt returns to practice Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt returned to practice Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. Britt suffered a stinger in Saturday's preseason action, but the injury appears to be a minor issue.

Jake Long practices in full Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rams offensive tackle Jake Long practiced in full Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. He is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against Cleveland.

Michael Brockers returns to practice Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers returned to practice Tuesday, participating in individual and team drills, ESPN.com reports. He has been dealing with an ankle issue.


James Jones, Rod Streater named Week 3 preseason starters
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson revealed Tuesday that James Jones and Rod Streater will be the team's starting wide receivers for Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

The designation is notable in that most teams use the third preseason game as a dry run for the regular season. Jones started over Andre Holmes in the Raiders' last preseason game as well but caught just two of his seven targets for 42 yards.


Glenn Dorsey signs two-year contract extension
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) 49ers defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey signed a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season Tuesday, the team announced.

"Glenn is a true pro who has quickly become a valued contributor to our organization both on and off the field," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He is a quick study and a very good football player that has earned this extension, and we look forward to his future contributions."

Dorsey made 13 starts while playing in all 16 games for the 49ers last season.


Anthony Davis participates in individual drills Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) 49ers tackle Anthony Davis returned to the practice field Tuesday, taking part in individual drills while remaining sidelined from team drills, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports. Davis underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, but he is on track to play in the team's regular-season opener against the Cowboys.

Steelers sign Brett Keisel
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Steelers signed defensive lineman Brett Keisel Tuesday, ESPN reports. He started 12 games with the team last season and garnered interest from the Cardinals this week before agreeing to return to Pittsburgh.


 
 
 
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