#1 By: Micah Winchester, December 4th, 2017 10:21
I would like some ideas on how to set up my playoffs next year. I am in a ten team league with two divisions. This year we did the 2 division leaders get in and then the next 4 in points overall. Seeding is done by Power Rankings. I have a guy pissed because he will be tied for the 3rd best record, but will be left out because of lack of points. I don't like record only because you can score the second highest each week and get screwed, but points only is boring.
#2 By: Bettino, December 4th, 2017 10:32
There are lots of other stipulations you could put in to help yourself out.
For example, you've already stipulated the 2 division winners make the playoffs.
A few other ideas:
- highest points on the year automatically qualifies for playoffs
- best division record (one per division)
- highest single week score during the season
- keep track of 'luck' points and team with the worst luck during the season gets a wild card spot
If any of the teams occupy two of these titles (ie team with the best overall record also had the best division record and the highest single week score of the season), those stipulations are put aside for the year, and teams with the next best records make the playoffs.
All in all, however, if you're going to have a head to head league, the record has to be the top qualifier for making the playoffs. You can simply have special stipulations where teams with an overall worse record get in because of 'x' accomplishments.
These stipulations must be clearly stated BEFORE the season, so everyone knows what to expect. A weekly or monthly update on those 'standings' is also recommended so no one is left in the dark. Being a Commish is always a thankless job!
#3 By: Robert Strong, December 4th, 2017 10:45
@Micah I feel his pain but the opposite. In our 16 team work league I finished 3rd in points overall but missed out on record for the playoffs. You could go to a Victory Point method to even things out. One option is give the 1st two seeds to the division winners and then go record for the next x spots and have the last spot go to the highest point scorer for a certain number of weeks or for the season.
#4 By: McG, December 4th, 2017 11:16
One league I know does playoffs by record, but each team plays two "games" each week. One H2H versus an opponent and 1 versus the league average.
#5 By: Matt, December 4th, 2017 14:17
I am a commish who is interested in doing something like this (head to head and versus league average each week) next year potentially. Do you know if this is doable on Yahoo?
#6 By: Shawn Siegele , December 4th, 2017 15:02
I like @StrongIAm's suggestion of Victory Points. In the Kitchen Sink league we have two head-to-heads each week (2 points a piece) and the top 4 in scoring get 2 points and 5-8 get one point.
It's a lot more dynamic than h2h, making it a lot more exciting to scoreboard watch each week (which is the point of h2h). It also does a good job of balancing consistency and explosiveness. And every week feels very important with 6 points at stake. Obviously there's still some "points against" luck, but not quite as much.
You can also do all-play, which is kind of fun in that it also emphasizes the weekly element (and consistency) but rewards high-scoring teams much more than lucky teams.
@mateoloco I'm not sure if Yahoo has it.