Champion AIC invested $11 in running back LaDanian Tomlinson.  L.T was
slowed by a sprained MCL and only managed 33 yards rushing (without a score)
in the two playoff games following the Wild Card Round.   Cologna’s high-priced
tight end, Antonio Gates, also injured (toe), amassed only 60 yards receiving
without a TD in 3 playoff games.  Although these big investments did not pan out
for AIC, they may have helped in a different way.  With limited cap room, AIC
had to invest in a pair of $5 wide receivers, Amani Toomer and Vincent Jackson.  
Toomer and Jackson wound up being the top two receivers in the 2008 pool.  
Amani Toomer had 280 yards receiving and 3 TDs while Vincent Jackson had 300
yards receiving and 2 TDs.  
AIC also had to squeeze in a RB for $3 and found
Giants’ rookie Ahmad Bradshaw, who finished as the fourth highest scoring RB in
the pool by amassing 208 rushing yards in 4 playoff games.  The three other
Giants, who played a big part in the AIC victory, were QB- Eli Manning, WR-
Plaxico Burress and K-Lawrence Tynes.  Eli was the Pool MVP and Super Bowl
MVP.  He threw 6 TD passes in the playoffs.  Burress broke out with an 11 catch-
154 yard performance in the NFC Championship which earned him 8 bonus
points.  Burress finally found the end zone with a TD catch in the last minute of
the Super Bowl.  Tynes was the the 2nd highest scoring kicker in the pool with 24
fantasy points.      

For the sixth time in nine years, an NFL team plays its way from the Wild Card
Round to the Super Bowl and thus plays four playoff games.  This year it was
the New York Giants.  The top 3 entries of the 2008 Fantasy Playoff Pool
were each loaded with six Giants on their roster.
Jimmy Newton’s ColtsGiants entered SBXLII only 5 points back of AIC.  Brandon
Jacobs was a big reason for that.  In his first 3 playoff games, Jacobs rushed for
155 yards and 4 TDs.  In SBXLII, Newton needed Jacobs to outscore kicker
Lawrence Tynes by 5 points.  Jacobs had outscored Tynes 38-19 over the course
of the first 3 playoff games, but in the Super Bowl Jacobs only managed 4
fantasy points against 5 for Tynes.  This landed the ColtsGiants as runner-up.  
The ColtsGiants had 5 players in common with champion AIC; Manning,
Bradshaw, Burress, Toomer and the Giants’ defense.  
In third place was Ken Sheehan, who had 7 players in common with pool
champion AIC; Manning, Tomlinson, Bradshaw, Burress, Toomer, Tynes and the
Giants’ defense.  The two spots that differed, WR-Chris Chambers and TE-Chris
Cooley, were outscored by AIC’s Vincent Jacskon and Antonio Gates 45-37.  
Sheehan, who entered SBXLII with no chance at the title, needed Tynes to
outscore Jacobs by at least 4 fantasy points to leapfrog the ColtsGiants for
second place.  That did not happen.