We've reached that special time of year -- Week 16. Championship Week (for most of us). If you're still alive, congratulations and good luck. If you're reading this, you're either very loyal or very bored at work. Either way, I'd like to thank you all for joining me here every week this season.
But enough about this season. Let's start thinking about 2013. A few weeks ago, I pointed to one of my most treasured ideas for fixing fantasy football: allowing top seeds to choose their playoff opponents. However, that's not the only modification bouncing around in my head. Fantasy football is great, but it isn't perfect, not by any stretch of the imagination. We might not ever be able to make it perfect, but I'm sure we can make it better. All we have to do as adopt the following rules.
A buddy of mine scored the most points in his league, yet came in seventh place in the standings. Unfortunately for him, only six teams made the playoffs. That means despite leading his league in the one true measure of performance, he was fantasy golfing while six of his leaguemates headed to the playoffs. Now this friend of mine likes that terrible movie Battlefield Earth with John Travolta, so perhaps he deserves to be taught a lesson. You, however, with your better taste in movies, do not deserve such a fate. Therefore, I propose that all fantasy leagues grant at least its final two playoff spots to the top point scorers who have yet to qualify for the playoffs. If six teams make the playoffs in your league, the top four seeds will still be determined by record, but the final two will go to the teams who have scored the most points among the six remaining teams. Because no one who leads their league in points should sit out of the playoffs, even if they do enjoy Battlefield Earth.
Instead of playing one person in your league every week, you play everyone. So if you're in a 12-team league, the owner with the highest weekly score goes 11-0 for the week, second highest goes 10-1, and so on. I know it feels like there's an element of rotisserie in there, but there I assure you there is not. All it takes for a bad team to get back in the thick of things is a couple hot weeks. In the playoffs, the top half moves on every week. Eight teams make the playoffs? The top four scores move in the first round move on to the semis, the top two to the finals, where you'll end up with a traditional head-to-head matchup. This will ensure that everyone stays involved, and will do a better job of rewarding the best teams in the league.
Instead of just shunting those in your league who miss the playoffs off to the Island of Misfit Fantasy Owners, give them a playoff bracket with a prize at the end: the first overall pick in the following season's draft. Not only would that give them something to play for, it would give a handful of owners who had a rough year a chance at a slight leg up the next year. Some owners may not want the first pick. That's fine, too. Instead of locking them in to the first pick, you can allow the winner of the consolation playoffs to pick his spot in the draft the following year.
If your league uses an auction, you can't embrace this fully. But you can probably figure out something else to play for that most, if not all, fantasy leagues play for already...
So that's what I think. Here's what I think about what other people think for Week 16.
? Andy Behrens over at Yahoo! discusses the
? The staff at NFL.com updates us on the
? One of Mario Puig's five things to know this week at RotoWire (subscription required) is that you
? Jamey Eisenberg at CBS.com recommends Tony Scheffler as a potential add in his
? All four writers at ESPN.com have Stevan Ridley outside their top 10 running backs this week, making him their
? Finally, Brad Evans strongly
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