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See Which Cards I Scored on Ultimate Fan: Divisional Round

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Jan 21, 2022

Think Ultimate team/MyTeam meets NFT pack drops meets fantasy football. Interest piqued? UtimateFan may have the game for you. 

UltimateFan has created a unique fantasy offering where fantasy managers open packs to determine their squad and build a lineup. When you sign up, you will get a free pack that will include at least one gold card and will give you enough positional variety to fill out a team for your first week of action. To add more players to your team, there are a few options. The standard pack, available free of charge, can be opened once a week on Tuesdays. The silver packs guarantee you at least two silver cards and one gold. The gold packs guarantee two gold and one silver. The packs are not for sale like with Ultimate team or MyTeam but can be had via subscription. The silver package will grant you one silver pack drop per week for a month, while the gold package will grant one gold pack per week. 

Ultimate Fan has a special going on right now that provides all users a free weekly gold pack throughout the playoffs. Take advantage of this and see if you can net yourself a gift card or two before the second season wraps up. 

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UltimateFan’s settings are as follows: touchdowns worth four points for QB’s and six for all other positions. It is full-point PPR with bonus points. Quarterbacks get one point at 200+ yards, two points at 300+ yards, and three points at 350+. On the ground, one point is awarded for 40+ yards, one point for 70+, and three for 100+. Through the air, there is one point for 50+ and one point for 100+. Interceptions and fumbles lost cost one point. 

For the team cards, you get five points for a win and -1 for a loss. One point for field goals between 40-49 points, and two for 50+. Furthermore, one point is awarded per sack and two per interception. A special teams touchdown nets you six points. And for the D/ST-like scoring, you get eight points for a shutout, two points for allowing 1-13 points, zero for 14-28, and -3 for 28+. This scoring makes your lineup decision at that spot a critical piece of your weekly lineup decisions. The roster spots are QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, Team. 

Divisional Round Pack Results

With rosters continuing to thin due to the playoffs, Ultimate Fan is filling packs with cards of players still active in the playoffs. Last week that meant I was able to add Kyler Murray, Hunter Renfrow, Robert Woods, and Miles Sanders. This week, the pulls were even better. I had amazing luck and pulled Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, another Cooper Kupp dupe, a C.J. Uzomah dupe, and a Stanley Morgan dupe. 

The players I transferred out to fit Mahomes, Burrow, and Mixon on my roster were a Mark Andrews dupe, Derek Carr, and Mac Jones. The season is quickly coming to an end, and it is becoming more obvious that the trading system will not be implemented by the end of the season. This means there is no longer much of an impetus to hold on to duplicate cards anymore. Carr and Jones were only on my roster due to playing on teams that made the postseason. Now that they have both been eliminated, I can move on. 

Divisional Round Team-Building Decisions

QB: Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Joe Mixon, Austin Ekeler, Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds, Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, Miles Sanders

WR: Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Michael Pittman, CeeDee Lamb, Antonio Brown, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, Tyler Lockett, DeVonta Smith, Brandin Cooks, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Golladay, Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson, Will Fuller, Hunter Renfrow, Robert Woods, JuJu Smith-Schuster

TE: Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Dawson Knox, Mike Gesicki, Dalton Schultz

Team: Chargers, Ravens, Packers, Broncos, Titans

While the above are the players currently on my roster, I can only choose from those who play for an active playoff team. This leaves me with two players to choose from at quarterback, tight end, and team, three players at running back, and four at wide receiver. 

QB: Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow 

RB: Joe Mixon, Leonard Fournette, Derrick Henry

WR: Cooper Kupp, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Travis Kelce, Dawson Knox

Team: Packers, Titans

At quarterback, I have what is a tough debate between Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. Mahomes was on fire in the Wild Card round but may have a much quieter day against the Bills number one ranked scoring defense. Burrow has been on fire himself and is facing a Titans team that has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to the quarterback position. I have Burrow plugged in for this round, but I am already second-guessing my decision. 

At running back, Joe Mixon and Derrick Henry are getting the tap. Mixon gets the tap as the healthiest of the three backs available for this weekend. At flex, it comes down to Henry or Fournette. Both will be back in their first game from an injury lay-off, and while Fournette has a seemingly higher floor due to his full-PPR upside, Henry is a workload monster who should play a prominent role not only between the 20’s but in the red zone as well. While uncertainty makes this a tougher decision than it would normally be, Henry is the higher upside play. 

At wide receiver, it is still the Cooper Kupp show at WR1. Hopefully, the Rams make the Super Bowl because I have no other healthy receivers from any other team still alive in the NFC. At WR2, I have another easy decision as it is A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, and Emmanuel Sanders. A.J. is the high floor, high upside play out of this trio. Julio and Sanders will have their big games, but both are too inconsistent to trust over A.J. at this stage of the game and their careers. 

At team, I have to decide between the Titans and the Packers. As always, the crux of my decision comes down to which team has the higher win probability. Unfortunately, this week there are only two teams to choose from, both of which are on upset watch. Both teams are playing at home but will be facing teams with the personnel to give them issues. 

At tight end, my debate is between Travis Kelce and Dawson Knox. Dawson Knox was excellent last week, while Kelce was dominant as well. Kelce remains the top option at the position, but Knox is someone to take seriously if you don’t have the fortune of also having a Kelce on your roster.

Now for the golden helmet and the golden football. The golden football doubles the points of anyone who scores a touchdown. I will be placing it on Joe Burrow for this week. It still feels strange starting Burrow over Mahomes in a non-DFS setting, so it may switch to Mahomes before this weekend’s games kick-off, but it will be going on a QB over Henry for this week.   The golden helmet doubles the points of any player it is assigned to. The helmet will be going to Cooper Kupp. Kupp remains a no-brainer with Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler no longer in the weekly mix. Kupp disappointed last week and proved that he will not always be the right choice for the helmet. With that said, he remains the best choice in a full-PPR setting. 

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Raju Byfield is a featured writer for FantasyPros. For more from Raju, check out his profile and follow him @FantasyContext.

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