Playoffs - Odd number of teams
This playoff format would allow for an odd number of teams in the playoffs. Currently, this is not an option for playoff formats.
Exactly right. This is BS. I had an idea for a 14 team league with no divisions and a 13 game schedule where everybody plays everybody once. Tie breaker is head to head matchup there would be no season splits. If two teams finished 11-2 at the top the team who won the head to head matchup would get a bye as the #1 seed and the other 11-2 team would be the #2 seed and play the #7 seed.
I agree. We have a 12-team league and want the 4 teams that don't make the playoffs square off in a Loser playoff to keep everyone interested and playing until the final week. This also gives the team in last place a chance to not come in last.
Agreed! They need a Wildcard option. You can just choose to have it be the team with the next best record, the team with the most points, or maybe even the team with the best division record. My ideal would be 12man, 2 divisions, div winners get top spots, followed by next two by record, and then the final two teams being those with the highest remaining point totals.
Jason Haglund commented
yeah I wanted to customize my playoff league too :(
i have a 16 team L, two divisions of 8. top two teams from each division make playoffs.
as someone else has posted, if yahoo doesnt offer the feature we'll have to do manual playoffs via the mag brd & have inaccurate history. this is our 11th yr & history means alot to us.
please allow us to create custom playoffs.
You could also just reward your regular season champ with a small money prize. Our regular season champ gets money equal to the original buy-in. They then obviously have the chance to still play for the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize.
I thought you were crazy at first but then I did the math lol. Great idea.
AFC vs NFC its black and white... Agreed!
Thats a fantastic idea!
Ya,but...I see ur logic, n its good thinking but no way. Its too unrealistic. That's part of competitive sports. Best team doesn't always win, that's life. I hear u, I get shafted a lot at P.Offs, many do. Helps the lil guy out, n hey u never know.
I somewhat like the idea.
However, using "Total Points Scored" to rank teams is already a working option, and it is better than the current Head-to-Head as well as the modification proposed here.
I agree this seems like an easy fix. I have a 14 team league, top 6 make the playoffs. But the consolation bracket only takes 6 teams as well, meaning there's two teams that don't even make the consolation playoffs. I should be able to do and 8-team consolation bracket. Same number of weeks, keeps everyone involved longer.
Long-time Player commented
Your idea is too complex. Why don't you just join/set-up a custom league that is "point-based."
The current format is more like actual football. "Any Given Sunday"
This idea is far from stupid. This setup makes a lot of sense! Unusual but logical!
Yeah I agree. I'd like to have a 14 team league, but they don't offer a consolation bracket to hold the bottom 6 or 8 teams.
**Every team in the league should have a chance to play in the playoffs or consolation regardless of how many teams there are in the league.
Do it yahoo. And then hire us to help you do your job better.
Your commish should be able to setup tiebreakers. We have them in our league.
This idea is stupid. If you want to compete against the whole league at once, go play ROTO. I like the H2H matchup rules. Sometimes you run into good competition, and sometimes they're weak. That's how it is!
Mr. Manager commented
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.