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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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