Your Guide on Daily Fantasy Football Playoffs
Traditional Season-Long Fantasy Football Playoffs
Season long leagues determine playoff qualifying by your record at the end of the season. In the season long league, you’re making adjustments to your lineup throughout the season, looking to win the next game with a long term goal in mind.
Typically, the teams with the best records make the playoffs. The number of your teams in your league will determine the number of playoff spots. For example, the top 4 teams make the playoffs. They are then put into a bracket, and it becomes a single elimination tournament through 3 rounds. The winner in the final game is obviously the champion.
If your league is split into divisions, the playoffs are a little trickier. The top teams in each division will advance to the playoffs, regardless of their record compared to teams in other divisions. So if you’re in a really tough division, you could miss the playoffs but still have a better record than some teams that made the playoffs. This is because they were at the top of their division (not yours).
The playoff bracket for leagues with divisions is the same, with a single elimination tournament determining the champion.
Depending on the size of the league, there may or may not be teams with ‘byes’ in the first round of the playoffs. This means that they automatically advance to the second round because they had the best 1 or 2 records in the league (for example). This depends on your specific league and you should verify these rules with your own league or league commissioner.
How Do Daily Fantasy Football Playoffs Work
With daily fantasy football leagues, every game is a playoff. There is no season ending record that determines playoff seeding, it’s simply who wins that 1 game. Depending on your league, you might have a regular snake draft or you might be assigned a salary cap with which you draft your players (based on their salaries and what you can afford).
Each game becomes very heavy on strategy. You don’t need the best players in the league, you need the players who are going to perform the best for that one game. Research becomes more important, such as which quarterbacks perform better at home or on the road.
There is a champion every day, which means payouts every day! DraftKings.com, for example, is one of the leaders in daily fantasy football. If you want more information on the structure of their league and how it works, visit their site and browse through.