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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:18 pm    Post subject: New Playoff Format: Round Robin? Reply with quote

This has been done in custom leagues, but obviously not available for Yahoo, ESPN or NFL.com

The way it works is 6 teams qualify for a next tier.


The 6 teams play eachother once and the top 2 play in the Championship game.

This would usually be employed where the first 10 weeks are played as they are, then Weeks 11-15 are round robin and Week 16 is title game.


Pros
-In smaller leagues of 10 teams for example, a 13 or 14 week regular season becomes redundant after a certain point because either poor teams make playoffs and have a chance for a lucky upset or some teams benefit from facing weak teams to bolster record later in the year as the worst teams may forget to set lineups or aren't as active on waivers etc.

-The 6 qualifying teams would face eachother so there'd be less controversy over which team is better and a round robin would often be better to decide the better built team.

-Teams are more active earlier, such as making big trades Week 3 instead of waiting out.



Cons
-For some people, fantasy football is more a social activity than an obsession. As such, these people would get left out with more than a month to go in fantasy because their team didn't qualify.

-Many leagues see streaks, comebacks and lucky breaks. A 10 week season before cutoffs would in theory benefit teams that start off hot, even if their players decrease in production as the season goes on. A team could start 5-1 and simply be too far ahead to fall back. Consequently the same applies to teams that start off slow.
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