Playoff fantasy games are gaining in popularity, and just like weekly salary cap games, they can make the playoffs fun even if your NFL team didn't make it. For those in playoff leagues, here's my ideal lineup based on the matchups this week.
Fantasy football 'Perfect Team'
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NFL rookie impact
The quarterback class of 2012 will be on full display in Maryland on Sunday in the wild-card round when Andrew Luck tries to get past the Ravens to advance to the AFC playoffs in Baltimore and Robert Griffin III hosts Russell Wilson in Landover. Those three have been the most ballyhooed of what turned out to be a historically good crop of first-year players at many positions. In fact, since the Houston Texans came into existence in 2002 to bring the NFL to its current 32-team format, no other rookie class accounted for more points than the 1,360 scored by the 2012 crop, signaling what may become one of the best fantasy classes in league history. Here's the breakdown of total points scored by rookies in each of those seasons and the non-kickers who scored at least 10 touchdowns. Keep in mind that this isn't necessarily a trend and the 2013 draft is considered thin for offensive skill players, but as Wilson and Alfred Morris showed us, you never know.
Fantasy basketball clicks
The Clippers' power forward is just the latest great athlete to make his way to Sesame Street. Here are some of our other favorites: Jackie Robinson (with a no-nonsense recitation of the alphabet); Kobe Bryant; Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire; David Beckham; and we couldn't leave out the time when "Birds" collided on the cover of
Fantasy baseball countdown
Only 37 days until pitchers and catchers report! In the coming weeks we're going to start rolling out fantasy baseball draft preparation help. In the meantime here's something to help you count down the milliseconds until players hit the fields in Florida and Arizona.