A Rule About Scheduling
Let us paint you a little picture. It’s the first week of the playoffs. You have gone 13-1 and have the clear-cut best team in the league. Your QB sits with a minor injury. Your RB1 gets vultured twice and your WR1 has a season low three-catch game. You lose by 20, which was the amount you were winning by on-average each week of the regular season. HEARTBREAK. MISERY. SEASON-ENDING DUMPSTER FIRE HOGWASH. Well call us Bob Ross because we are about to let you in on a little secret to avoid this one and done playoff scenario we like to call the “Two-Weeker.”
The NFL is just about the only professional sport with single game matchups in the postseason. That does not mean your Fantasy League has to abide by these standards. Two-Week Playoff Matchups offer less room for flukey one-week disasters and should give the overall better team an advantage. This is a nice format for those leagues who offer no prize for the leader at the end of the regular season.
Decide when you want your playoffs to begin and how many teams will make the playoffs. Admittedly, this format works best for four-team playoff leagues due to doubling the length of matchups. The only difference with this rule is that teams will face-off two weeks in a row upon entering the playoffs and point totals will accumulate for the entirety of those two weeks. After two weeks, the team with the most points will move on to the next round. The championship round works exactly the same way. For example, four teams enter playoffs beginning in week 13. The first round of playoffs will be weeks 13 and 14 and the Championship round will run weeks 15 and 16.
Nuts and Bolts
- Many sites will provide the option for two-week matchups somewhere in the league settings.
- A decision will need to be made as to when playoffs will begin, which will likely be earlier than they would with one week matchups.
- If you would like your league to avoid playing the championship match during the NFL’s Week 17, begin your playoffs in Week 13.
Implementing a Playoff Rule such as this, will ultimately reduce the number of owners in the playoffs. This may prompt a discussion regarding the payout structure of your league. We suggest scrapping regular season champion payouts for an increased focus on first and second place overall payouts. As always, we suggest perusing the Last Place Wagers to find the perfect “punishment” for the owner at the bottom of the standings.
Other variations on this rule include deciding when your playoffs will run. If you still want some unpredictability and excitement then have your playoffs run right up until the end of the NFL regular season. Week 17 often sees some of the best players on playoff teams sitting to rest up for their run down the stretch and could put owners in some tough predicaments. Or you can choose to have your championship matchup end week 16 and begin earlier in the season. After all, you make the rules, we just provide options.