In our (12 team) league, we punish the last place team. Besides that, positions 7-11 don't really matter. Can we get the option to make the consolation bracket (or losers bracket) determine the last place team? Something that would make the losers advance? The champion and the loser will be determined the same week.
Adam Durfee commented
This NEEDS to be a thing. It already is in 6-team playoff systems. Teams need the ability to play each other to determine final placement. My league needs it to determine the following year's draft order, allow the losing players to at least have a little fun (our league is a family league so we need another excuse to smack talk and chat across the country for two more weeks) as well as punish the last place team. Not sure why the functionality isn't currently allowed for 8-team playoffs, but it needs to be added.
Currently, the teams still accrue points individually, why not just give them a matchup and continue onward?
zack schneider commented
Lose to advance in the consolation bracket is a great idea that our league does. It would be nice if Yahoo supported this. It is the best way to determine the greatest loser.
Mike Plague commented
We have a 10 team league with 6 making the playoffs and the remaining going into a consolation bracket. Unlike real football, we like to keep all the owners involved and having something to play for until our SuperBowl.
Please bring back the consolation bracket.
Fred Smith commented
Our league would very much like the same thing - effectively it's an inverse bracket. 11 and 12 seeds get "byes" in the first round for being so terrible in the regular season, and the losers "advance" in the bracket. The entire purpose of the consolation bracket is to figure out who finishes dead last for the year, but can also operate like this.
13 week regular season
Week 14: 11 and 12 on bye. 7 plays 10, 8 plays 9. Losers "advance" in the consolation bracket. Winners move on to the "Top of the Bottom" game in week 15.
Week 15: "Top of the Bottom" game between winners in week 14 to determine the best of the losers bracket. Week 15 losers play 11 and 12. Winners of those two games are simply done. Losers of those two games move on to the Toilet Bowl in week 16.
Week 16: Only consolation game this week is between losers of week 15, with the loser of the game becoming the loser of the loser's bracket and subject to any punishment your league has.
We've always had to rig the scoring to make this the result in our league and it's been very messy. But inverse seeding and "losers advancing" is something fairly commonplace in other leagues. Furthermore, it keeps people participating through the end of the season. Nobody wants to finish DFL!