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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.

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Patriots claim Harland Gunn off waivers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) The Patriots were awarded guard Harland Gunn, who was waived by Atlanta a day earlier, on Sunday, per ESPN

Gunn played in 13 games for Atlanta over the last two seasons. 


Redskins RB Matt Jones suffers knee injury Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Redskins running back Matt Jones is being evaluated after sustaining a knee injury during Sunday's practice, reports The Washington Post.

Jones was a third-round draft pick in the 2015 draft and is expected to compete for the starting running back role.


Redskins WR DeSean Jackson dealing with finger issue
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a dislocated finger during Saturday's practice and is having the injury further evaluated Sunday, reports The Washington Post

Jackson caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns last season.


49ers DT Darnell Dockett is 'ready to go'
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) 49ers defensive tackle Darnell Dockett did not participate in Saturday's practice, but coach Jim Tomsula said the team was just being cautious, reports ESPN.com.

"He's ready to go," Tomsula said of Dockett. "There's no limitations on him from the training room."

Tomsula added that the plan is to limit Dockett's work during team drills to protect his surgically-repaired knee, which cost him the entire 2014 season.


Report: Broncos LB Von Miller no longer in NFL drug program
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Broncos linebacker Von Miller was recently released from the NFL's drug program, a source told The Denver Post.

With Miller not failing a drug test over the last two years along with a new drug policy, Miller has been removed from the program and will no longer require multiple tests each week.

Miller violated the league's drug policy in 2013 and was suspended for six games.


Eagles limit running back DeMarco Murray in Sunday's practice
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Despite not being listed with an injury, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray did not participate in any of the team drills during Sunday's practice, reports ESPN.com.

Murray participated in the early portion of the practice, but then watched the rest from the sideline. Coach Chip Kelly did not mention any injury to Murray before the practice began.


Bengals DE Michael Johnson suffers apparent knee injury Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson had to be carted off the practice field Sunday after sustaining an apparent knee injury, reports NFL.com.

After the practice, coach Marvin Lewis said Johnson will be OK, but he still needs to be evaluated, according to ESPN.

Johnson produced four sacks and 27 tackles in 14 games last season. He signed a four year, $14 million deal during the offseason.


Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson leaves practice with hamstring injury
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson left Sunday's training camp practice early after suffering a hamstring injury . 

 Coach Todd Bowles said that Wilkerson "tweaked" his hamstring, and the team doesn't think it's serious, per ESPN New York.


Browns' Luke Lundy, Vinston Painter suffer injuries Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Browns running back Luke Lundy had to leave Sunday's practice after sustaining a concussion, reports the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Moreover, offensive tackle Vinston Painter suffered a neck injury, which also forced him to leave practice early.


Chiefs waive RB LaVance Taylor; sign RB Darrin Reaves
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) The Chiefs parted ways with one running back and signed another Sunday. The team announced it waived running back LaVance Taylor, while signing running back Darrin Reaves.

 
 
 
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