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2011-12 Playoff Challenge Player Values

Senior Fantasy Writer
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The playoffs are here, and that means many varieties of Fantasy leagues based on postseason action are too.

The biggest game out there is CBSSports.com's Playoff Challenge Game, where a $5,000 cash prize can be yours if you set the right lineup between now and when the Lombardi Trophy is awarded.

Whether you're playing in our game or in a special Fantasy league of your own, here are our Player Values by position for you to consider when choosing players involved throughout the postseason.

2011 Playoff Challenge Values
Quarterbacks
Rank Player Units Rank Player Units
1 Aaron Rodgers, GB, (BYE) 81 7 Tim Tebow, DEN, (vs PIT) 61
2 Drew Brees, NO, (vs DET) 79 8 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, (@DEN ) 60
3 Tom Brady, NE, (BYE) 77 9 Joe Flacco, BAL, (BYE) 58
4 Matthew Stafford, DET, (@NO ) 72 10 Alex Smith, SF, (BYE) 57
5 Eli Manning, NYG, (vs ATL) 64 11 Andy Dalton, CIN, (@HOU ) 56
6 Matt Ryan, ATL, (@NYG ) 62 12 T.J. Yates, HOU, (vs CIN) 40
Running backs
Rank Player Units Rank Player Units
1 Ray Rice, BAL, (BYE) 64 15 Chris Ivory, NO, (vs DET) 29
2 Arian Foster, HOU, (vs CIN) 62 16 Ben Tate, HOU, (vs CIN) 23
3 Michael Turner, ATL, (@NYG ) 55 17 Danny Woodhead, NE, (BYE) 22
4 Darren Sproles, NO, (vs DET) 54 18 Ricky Williams, BAL, (BYE) 19
5 Frank Gore, SF, (BYE) 53 19 Ryan Grant, GB, (BYE) 19
6 Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG, (vs ATL) 49 20 Kendall Hunter, SF, (BYE) 19
7 Willis McGahee, DEN, (vs PIT) 45 21 Lance Ball, DEN, (vs PIT) 17
8 Kevin Smith, DET, (@NO ) 43 22 John Kuhn, GB, (BYE) 15
9 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE, (BYE) 39 23 Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL, (@NYG ) 15
10 Pierre Thomas, NO, (vs DET) 36 24 Stevan Ridley, NE, (BYE) 15
11 Brandon Jacobs, NYG, (vs ATL) 36 25 Maurice Morris, DET, (@NO ) 14
12 Cedric Benson, CIN, (@HOU ) 35 26 Brandon Saine, GB, (BYE) 11
13 Isaac Redman, PIT, (@DEN ) 31 27 Bernard Scott, CIN, (@HOU ) 10
14 James Starks, GB, (BYE) 31 28 Jason Snelling, ATL, (@NYG ) 9
Wide receivers
Rank Player Units Rank Player Units
1 Calvin Johnson, DET, (@NO ) 61 19 Deion Branch, NE, (BYE) 26
2 Roddy White, ATL, (@NYG ) 59 20 Eric Decker, DEN, (vs PIT) 23
3 Wes Welker, NE, (BYE) 58 21 Mario Manningham, NYG, (vs ATL) 22
4 Greg Jennings, GB, (BYE) 56 22 Jerome Simpson, CIN, (@HOU ) 19
5 Victor Cruz, NYG, (vs ATL) 54 23 Titus Young, DET, (@NO ) 19
6 Jordy Nelson, GB, (BYE) 51 24 Nate Burleson, DET, (@NO ) 18
7 Hakeem Nicks, NYG, (vs ATL) 50 25 Donald Driver, GB, (BYE) 17
8 Mike Wallace, PIT, (@DEN ) 49 26 Robert Meachem, NO, (vs DET) 14
9 A.J. Green, CIN, (@HOU ) 45 27 Kevin Walter, HOU, (vs CIN) 11
10 Julio Jones, ATL, (@NYG ) 40 28 James Jones, GB, (BYE) 10
11 Torrey Smith, BAL, (BYE) 38 29 Lee Evans, BAL, (BYE) 9
12 Marques Colston, NO, (vs DET) 37 30 Jacoby Jones, HOU, (vs CIN) 9
13 Andre Johnson, HOU, (vs CIN) 34 31 Hines Ward, PIT, (@DEN ) 9
14 Lance Moore, NO, (vs DET) 31 32 Harry Douglas, ATL, (@NYG ) 8
15 Antonio Brown, PIT, (@DEN ) 31 33 Chad Ochocinco, NE, (BYE) 8
16 Anquan Boldin, BAL, (BYE) 29 34 Randall Cobb, GB, (BYE) 7
17 Demaryius Thomas, DEN, (vs PIT) 28 35 Devery Henderson, NO, (vs DET) 7
18 Michael Crabtree, SF, (BYE) 27 36 Andrew Hawkins, CIN, (@HOU ) 6
Tight ends
Rank Player Units Rank Player Units
1 Rob Gronkowski, NE, (BYE) 38 9 Brandon Pettigrew, DET, (@NO ) 12
2 Jimmy Graham, NO, (vs DET) 37 10 Jermaine Gresham, CIN, (@HOU ) 11
3 Aaron Hernandez, NE, (BYE) 27 11 Ed Dickson, BAL, (BYE) 10
4 Tony Gonzalez, ATL, (@NYG ) 26 12 Joel Dreessen, HOU, (vs CIN) 7
5 Jermichael Finley, GB, (BYE) 21 13 Dennis Pitta, BAL, (BYE) 6
6 Vernon Davis, SF, (BYE) 19 14 Tony Scheffler, DET, (@NO ) 6
7 Owen Daniels, HOU, (vs CIN) 13 15 Heath Miller, PIT, (@DEN ) 5
8 Jake Ballard, NYG, (vs ATL) 13 16 Travis Beckum, NYG, (vs ATL) 3
Kickers
Rank Player Units Rank Player Units
1 David Akers, SF, (BYE) 26 7 Lawrence Tynes, NYG, (vs ATL) 17
2 John Kasay, NO, (vs DET) 24 8 Matt Prater, DEN, (vs PIT) 17
3 Stephen Gostkowski, NE, (BYE) 22 9 Matt Bryant, ATL, (@NYG ) 16
4 Mason Crosby, GB, (BYE) 21 10 B. Cundiff/S. Graham, BAL, (BYE) 15
5 Jason Hanson, DET, (@NO ) 20 11 Mike Nugent, CIN, (@HOU ) 15
6 Neil Rackers, HOU, (vs CIN) 18 12 Shaun Suisham, PIT, (@DEN ) 15
DSTs
Rank Player Units Rank Player Units
1 Steelers, (@DEN) 33 7 Saints, (DET) 23
2 Ravens, (BYE) 31 8 Patriots, (BYE) 23
3 49ers, (BYE) 27 9 Broncos, (PIT) 22
4 Packers, (BYE) 25 10 Texans, (CIN) 21
5 Giants, (ATL) 25 11 Falcons, (@NYG) 21
6 Lions, (@NO) 24 12 Bengals, (@HOU) 20

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