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Playoff Challenge championship game analyst picks


After a relatively disappointing start to the NFL postseason with blowout after blowout unfolding before our eyes, the Divisional Round delivered. The Texans surprised the Patriots with a spirited two-plus quarters of stellar defensive football (before losing in a blowout), the Falcons dropped the Seahawks with a frighteningly potent offensive display, while the Chiefs and Steelers battled in a cold weather defensive showdown that came down to a failed two-point attempt in the fourth quarter. Oh, and I guess there was that instant classic down in Dallas between the Packers and Cowboys, too. Yeah, that one was pretty good. Thanks to those thrilling results we now have the Championship slate set, with the Packers taking on the Falcons and the Steelers traveling to face the Patriots. With only four teams left there are plenty of changes to be made to NFL Playoff Challenge rosters, and I break down the lineups of our NFL Fantasy analysts below. If you haven't joined NFL Playoff Challenge, it's not too late. You can get started in just a few seconds RIGHT HERE.

Michael Fabiano's Playoff Challenge lineup (on Twitter @Michael_Fabiano)

By constructing his lineup largely from Patriots, Fabiano only had to make one change for the Championship slate, swapping in Le'Veon Bell for Ezekiel Elliott. Even though players like Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount disappointed last week, both carry a hefty x3 multiplier for Fabs this time around. Hopefully, that can help make up for their meager offerings from the Divisional Round.

Matt Franciscovich's Playoff Challenge lineup (on Twitter @MattFranchise)

Building a roster around the Falcons and Steelers has really set Franchise up well for this weekend. All of his key offensive pieces are in place, facing good matchups and carry the 3x bonus. He lost Travis Kelce last week, but Jared Cook makes for a fine replacement. It's a decent hedge, that way if the Falcons fall to the Packers he'll at least have one player from the NFC carrying a multiplier into the Super Bowl. In addition, the Falcons don't really have one featured tight end and Ladarius Green is still working his way back onto the field from a concussion. So picking Cook makes sense in that regard, as well.

Alex Gelhar's Playoff Challenge lineup (on Twitter @AlexGelhar)

So far, so good for my lineup of all Patriots and Packers. It hurt getting a zero from Jordy Nelson, but now if he returns this week I still get his bonus, and if the Packers advance to the Super Bowl he'll still provide me with that x4 multiplier. Picking Dion Lewis proved a savvy move on my part as he found the end zone three times against the Texans, though I only got points for two of them (one was a kick return). Like Fabs, I'm hoping LeGarrette Blount and Martellus Bennett rebound this weekend against the Steelers.

Matt Harmon's Playoff Challenge lineup (on Twitter @MattHarmon_BYB)

The Chiefs falling to the Steelers crippled Harmon's lineup a bit, as he had to choose a new tight end, kicker and defense. Losing Doug Baldwin didn't do him any favors either, but better him than all four of the Falcons in his lineup. While half of his roster is missing those coveted multipliers, he does have the four most important parts of the Falcons attack ready to rock. Their matchup with the Packers could be an extremely high-scoring affair, and if the touchdowns fall he could easily make up for lacking multipliers at the other positions.

Marcas Grant's Playoff Challenge lineup (on Twitter @MarcasG)

Randall Cobb posted modest totals in the Divisional Round, but with Marcas making the switch from Nelson to Cobb last week, he's now set up for bonuses the rest of the way. He had to replace Ezekiel Elliott and Travis Kelce, but it's hard to complain when Le'Veon Bell and Jared Cook are the next men up. Other than that, Marcas, like many of us, is hoping for the Patriots to keep rolling into the Super Bowl.

Adam Rank's Playoff Challenge lineup (on Twitter @adamrank)

Rank's lineup has worked wonders for him so far. Ty Montgomery didn't do much in the Wild Card round, but his two touchdowns (and x2 multiplier) last week gave Rank a big boost. Rank might need to make a change from Ladarius Green if he remains out this week, but otherwise, the core of his lineup -- Aaron Rodgers, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown -- has him set up to coast into the Super Bowl week with a boat load of fantasy points.

Those are our picks for NFL Playoff Challenge. Hit us up on Twitter with your lineup. Enjoy the games, and good luck chasing that trip to Super Bowl LII!

Alex Gelhar is a fantasy writer/editor for Follow him on Twitter @AlexGelhar and "Like" his page on Facebook here.