Texans fans, this is not your father's version of fantasy football. The HoustonTexans.com Home Team Challenge is an innovative and unique version of a hobby that continues to grow by leaps and bounds each NFL season. We've all been there — drafts that haven't gone as planned, a running back that got snagged one pick ahead of you, or waiting too long to select that backup quarterback. Home Team Challenge removes the draft altogether and instead allows each player to select a new team every week.
Texans fans will compete (for free) against their counterparts on a weekly basis for great prizes. Each week, a team has 300 units to spend on players. Want to secure a stud QB? Spend 70 units. Don't care about defense? Use 15 units. It's just that simple. Home Team Challenge participants will select eight positions (seven position players and one defense), none of which will carry over to the following week so you won't be hampered for a whole season by one bad draft pick.
Participants will battle for great prizes week-to-week, all while accumulating points for a season award for the player who racks up the most points over the 17 weeks of the NFL regular season. It's free to play and takes only minutes or hours, depending on the level of commitment by each player. Player values are set by NFL.com and will fluctuate from week-to-week based on performance. Let's say you pick up Andre Johnson for Week 1 at a price of 30 units — a good deal. If Andre goes out and catches two touchdowns while racking up 130 receiving yards against the Kansas City Chiefs, you can bet that he is going to cost you more than 30 units the following weekend when the Texans travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers.
That leaves a tough decision: Spend more on the same player, or look for a bargain somewhere else? Maybe tight end Owen Daniels is available for 22 units in Week 2 after letting Andre rack up all the points in Week 1. It could be Daniels' turn against the Panthers' defense or maybe running back Ahman Green — that's for you to decide. Care to take Matt Schaub as your quarterback in Week 4 against the Falcons, but not willing to commit to him for the full season? This is the game for you. We're using Texans players as examples here, but every NFL roster is available to players on a weekly basis.
The best part is that you'll never have your defense facing your quarterback and be stuck in that quandary of whether to root for an interception or a touchdown pass. It's conceivable in Home Team Challenge that a player might put his team in that spot, but that would be pretty poor management based on the parameters of the game.
Scoring is based on several categories, much like a typical fantasy game. Selections start Tuesday and participants have until one hour prior to kickoff of the first game to set their roster. Ties are broken by the player who has accumulated the most points to date during the season. If two players are tied for the overall season championship, the player who won the most weekly prizes will take home the grand prize.
HoustonTexans.com will offer weekly columns and features on the game and you can always track your progress online. With no fees and tons of great prizes, Home Team Challenge is a must for any NFL fan.
Every week your team will compete against thousands of other participants. Each team will accumulate points based on the statistics accumulated by its players.
You can spend a maximum of 300 units to select your roster of NFL players. You will not be allowed to set a lineup that is more than 300 units or a lineup that does not meet the roster requirements. All lineup changes made after the lineup deadline will take effect for the games of the next Tuesday–Monday scoring period.
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