MFL supports many different types of league formats, but almost all of the leagues on our system use a Weekly Head to Head Fantasy Schedule to accumulate wins and losses throughout the season. At the end of the fantasy season, the win-loss record is used to determine a champion, or to figure out who makes it into the fantasy playoffs. This year, with the potential for canceled or postponed games, we wanted to make you aware of other options that you could use as alternatives to traditional Head to Head competition.
This is the simplest alternative. Instead of a weekly schedule, you just submit a lineup and score points each week, and then the team with the most points at the end of the season is the winner. It’s easy to understand, and readily available as the “PF” column (Points For) in the Standings. There is also a separate Weekly Summary report that shows the weekly high scores and the overall YTD scores.
Another alternative is the “All Play” format, where each team plays against every other team each week. For example, in a 12-team league, the team with the highest score will have a win-loss record of 11-0 for the week, since they would have defeated everybody else. The 2nd highest scoring team will have a record of 10-1, and so on down to the lowest scoring team, which will be 0-11 for the week. By the end of the season, you might have teams with records such as 111-43 or 85-69. The All Play record can be added to the standings report as a column, and it can be viewed on a separate report called the Power Rank report.
Contingency Planning for Shortened Season
An NFL season that ends early is within the realm of possibilities this year, so it’s a good idea to think about how your fantasy league would handle a season without the full slate of 17 regular season weeks (especially if your league uses a Head to Head schedule). The above two options provide a great way to have a backup plan. Your league can use Total Points or All Play as a way to determine a champion if the season is cut short.