The HP Fantasy Challenge, Year Two

Want to win two (2) free tickets to a BCS bowl game, plus have a shot at a bunch of other cool prizes?

Want to showcase your knowledge of college football and have fun while competing with other fans from around the country?

Then join the second annual Heismanpundit Fantasy Challenge!

This game is the only one of its kind on the internet. It’s simple, easy-to-manage and fun!

The Basics:

Each game participant will be issued the same 12-member team consisting of the players considers to be the leading candidates for the most prestigious award in sports.

In addition, each participant will be allowed one wildcard player of his choice to add to his team, making a total of 13 players per squad.

How To Play:

Each week of the season, pick one (and only one) candidate from your team to play. His stats will produce your points for that week. However, he can’t be used again for the rest of the season.

The Challenge is like a chess game. You must think ahead and study the schedules and matchups to decide which player to play on which week. Should you play John David Booty against a weak team and risk him being pulled early in a blowout, or wait until he plays a tougher team and has to throw more? What if Darren McFadden emerges as more of a passing threat by mid-season? Will Pat White or Steve Slaton be the Mountaineer to play against Louisville?

Injuries are a part of the game and if a player is hurt, then there is no replacement for him.

At the end of the regular season, the points will be totaled up and a winner declared. If there is a tie, then the tie will be broken by whoever comes closest (before the season begins) to predicting the vote total (out of 923) of the eventual winner of the Trophy awarded on Dec. 8. If that somehow also results in a tie, then the tiebreaker will be solved with whomever comes closest to picking the correct runner up in the final vote.

Maybe your favorite player won’t win the Heisman this year, but you can win regardless by showing your knowledge of college football.

How The Game Is Scored

General Scoring

6 pts per rushing or receiving TD
6 pts for player returning kick/punt for TD
4 pts per passing TD
2 pts per rushing or receiving 2 pt conversion (note: teams do not receive points for yardage gained during the conversion)
2 pts per passing 2 pt conversion
1 pt per 10 yards rushing or receiving
1 pt per 25 yards passing

Bonus Points

2 pts per rushing or receiving TD of 40 yards or more
2 pts per passing TD of 40 yards or more
(note: the player must score a touchdown to score the points)

Penalty Points

-2 pts per intercepted pass
-2 pts per fumble lost

The points will be totaled on a weekly basis and posted on

The 2007 Heismanpundit Fantasy Challenge Team

John David Booty, QB, USC
Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
DeSean Jackson, WR/KR, California
Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii
Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers
Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee
Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Michael Hart, RB, Michigan
Pat White, QB, West Virginia
Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State

Each participant must choose a ‘wildcard’ player before the season begins. It must be a quarterback, a running back or a multi-purpose player (no pure receivers). It must be from a Div. 1-A team.

Each week’s entry must be emailed in by 6 p.m. PT the day BEFORE that player’s game is scheduled (so by Friday at 6 p.m. PT for a Saturday game, Thursday at 6 p.m. PT for a Friday, Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT for a Thursday game and so on)

The scoring for the contest starts with the games on Thursday, Aug. 30 and ends with the games on Saturday, Dec. 1. The players can be entered in any games including and between those two dates. Late entries will be taken up until Sept. 7.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 3, unless a tie breaker contingent on the award ceremony is in effect. Then, it will be announced on Dec. 8.

How To Join The League

There is a small one-time fee of $19.99 to join the HP Fantasy Challenge.

The grand prize for winning the HP Fantasy Challenge is two (2) tickets to the 2008 Rose Bowl. Second place will win a free Sportscrack t-shirt, while third place will get a signed copy of Bruce Feldman’s book, Meat Market.

You can join the league by credit card or paypal account by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post, or by clicking on the ‘Buy Now’ button at the upper right of the website front page.

Once you have received your Transaction ID from Paypal confirming payment, you must send in an email that should include:

–Your Team Name
–Your Transaction ID from Paypal confirming payment
–Your Wildcard Player
–Two tie breaker picks: Your prediction of the vote total for the winner of the trophy awarded on Dec. 8 (out of 923 votes); and your pick for the eventual runner up in the race.

EMail these items and later your weekly player pick to

I will send you a confirmation email and you will be all set to go.


So, join in and have fun. The Rose Bowl awaits!

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Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.

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