Playoffs - Odd number of teams and more Bye week options
This playoff format would allow for an odd number of teams in the playoffs and other options for Bye weeks in the first week of playoffs. Currently, this is not an option for playoff formats.
There are several reasons to incorporate this option:
This option would guide the best teams into the playoffs. Teams making it into the playoffs under this setup would more than likely be the teams who have been winning games AND putting up the highest point totals throughout the season. When we see our playoff teams going for the championship, we would get to see the best competition in the final matchups.
Leagues that decided to have head to head matchups welcome competition. Forget about the fact that teams are playing the median score of other teams in the league for a moment, and think of it for what it really is, and that is another competitor.
The road to the playoffs is extremely tough at times. Teams will eventually reach a point during the season where it would be impossible to make the playoffs based on their win/loss standings. When including the extra competitor matchup, teams that are behind have more of an opportunity to come back with having twice as many games left in the season leaving the race to the playoffs more of a competition with double the amount of wins and losses available. This setup would prolong the life of every team in the league bringing hope to those just about to have an end to their season.
To recap some beneficial reasons to incorporate this option:
• Playoffs would have the hardest competition
• Teams get to play against two opponents each week
• Twice as many games give playoff hopes to lower ranked teams
Arguments that I have heard against incorporating this option include:
o Stuff happens
o It is fun to laugh at people who earn high points and get shafted by losing
o That is the way it has always been so nothing should change.
I certainly am bias for the arguments to incorporate the option of course, but if I may include a few final thoughts. It is in our human nature to fear change. Fantasy football has changed (I would like to say evolved) immensely over the years. If it had not, we would sill be doing everything with paper and pencil. Also, teams have been getting shafted in fantasy football for years, and teams would continue to get shafted by barely losing to their opponents and/or the median score. People could even argue that incorporating this option would allow for an increase of shafting due to the median score matchup. I believe that leagues that would give this option a try would enjoy all of the benefits mentioned above.
Thanks for reading!
bob clark commented
This might work IF it is a league setup item. No need to reinvent the wheel to accommodate the less capable in all fantasy leagues.
Do you want a mulligan when you lose in the first round too? Sh!t happens dude. It sucks, but it happens.
It's funny how often this happens. My league has had a tie with fractional points three years straight.
Another option to playing the league average would be to play the league median. This way, the outliers of extreme scores whether they be very high or very low would not affect the score that everyone would be playing against. In other words, the top half of the league would earn a win and the bottom half would get a loss for the week. Every team would then have a head to head matchup with an opponent for the week and against the Median Monster!
I had a suggestion for fantasy football that would direct the best competition into the playoffs and not leave managers feeling “ripped off”.
Teams play each week, they go head to head with another team, and they get a victory for a win. I suggest having all teams play against the league average as well. Therefore, each team would have two wins, losses, or a win and a loss for every week.
The reason for this is to get the best teams into the playoffs instead of the lucky ones. I don't think anyone believes it is fair to have the second highest score in the league with around 130 points for example walk away with a loss while another team puts up 70 points and wins for the week. Teams making it into the playoffs under this setup would more than likely be the teams who have been winning games AND putting up the highest point totals throughout the season.
I would like to see this option, and I believe that other commissioners would like to make their league fairer as well in this already crazy-lucky world of fantasy football.
Go Yahoo! fantasy football, and thank you for your consideration!