Friday, January 1, 2016

Ask the Expert Question: What do you believe is the best format for a playoff fantasy league (salary cap, one draft, draft after each round, etc.)? Do you participate in such leagues yourself?

What do you believe is the best format for a playoff fantasy league (salary cap, one draft, draft after each round, etc.)? Do you participate in such leagues yourself?

Love the idea of a salary cap playoff-but sounds like hard work for the commish especially if it changes every week of playoffs. I am the commissioner in my local league and I run a playoff contest that is similar to other high stakes contests. Each owner can pick only 1 player per playoff team. So if you pick Tom Brady from the Pats you CANNOT also have Rob Gronkowski. We usually use 10 roster spots so two playoff teams will not have players on your roster. I also change the rules in the playoff contest to "try out" rule changes for next year. So if we are thinking about going to a 1.5 PPR for TE-I use it in the playoff contest. No two rosters can be the same. So the first one with a QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, 2 Flex, K and Def has that roster for the duration and no other owner can have the exact same lineup. They can change one position and have a totally different roster. The roster is for the entire playoffs and Super Bowl and...players that make it to the Super Bowl get double points in that game. Again very similar to another high stakes contest but I change the scoring rules every year to reflect possible rule changes the competition committee are considering so everyone gets a feel for them and can give some good feedback. I will be playing in the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) Main Event in 2016. Hope to see everyone in Vegas in September for the the live draft! Happy New Year!

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