Last Week’s Question:
What website does the best job of hosting
fantasy leagues during the NFL playoffs?
Jeremy’s question about fantasy leagues that focus on the
NFL playoffs was echoed by another reader named Jerry:
I too run a fantasy playoff league every year.
Actually, I enjoy this type of league more than the normal regular
season FFL leagues. We run the league very similar to Jeremy.
We draft just a starting lineup and you keep those players throughout
the playoffs. There are no waivers, trades or any type of pickups
due to injuries.
As far as strategy, the winners in our league in previous years
have always had a combination of players from teams in the bye
week and wildcard teams. This year, I think you can foresee some
wildcard teams playing deep into the playoffs [which would mean
getting even more productivity out of them].
I also have to run our league manually! From the draft to calculating
players’ points each week, I have to manage the league by
hand. Like Jeremy, I would like to know if there are any websites
that can host and run a playoff fantasy league online.
It is amusing to me that so many FF-aholics seem to have
independently adopted similar approaches to squeezing FF competitions
out of the NFL playoffs. As I indicated in last
week’s column, I have participated in playoff leagues
such as the one that Jeremy describes. At the time, I thought
they were freakish leagues-of-last-resort for diehards who simply
couldn’t let go of their fantasy teams just because the
regular NFL season was over.
Apparently such post-season leagues are more common than I imagined,
but I only heard from one owner-turned-commissioner who is happy
with his solution for automating the scoring of such leagues.
According to Daryl:
I participate in a post-season fantasy league
with two other owners from my regular league every year. After
the regular season championship game, the real commissioner of
our league makes me the commissioner on our website. The 3 of
us who compete in the playoffs are the only owners who remain
active. We have a mini-draft; I change our teams to reflect what
they are supposed to look like in the playoffs; and the website
handles everything from there just like in the regular season.
Our league is hosted by RTSports.com, but I assume this would
work [with other league-hosting services].
I know that many of the regular readers of and contributors
to this column are busy traveling over the holidays, so I will
invite anyone who wants to chime in on the discussion of managing
post-season fantasy leagues to get back to me at their convenience.
If I receive enough
additional material, I will be happy to return to this topic for
Next Season's Questions:
You have from now until June to help set
the agenda for FFToday’s Q&A in 2011.
This is the final Q&A column for the 2010 season. I am grateful
to all of the readers who submitted questions and/or answers to
the column. I am especially grateful to Mark Den Adel for providing
the Last Man Standing picks each week (even though the Dallas
Cowboys had it out for him this year). Of course, I remain grateful
to Mike Krueger and the whole team at FFToday for providing the
FF community with this forum for discussion.
Assuming that labor and management in the NFL will have everything
worked out for the 2011 season, Q&A should return in June
with more questions and answers from commissioners who continue
to tweak their leagues. Please
contact me before June with any questions you would like to
see addressed in the 2011 season.
Last Man Standing Picks (Courtesy of
Mark Den Adel)
Mark’s struggles last week were at least in part attributable
to the delay of the Eagles game (which apparently affected Michael
Vick in much the same way that it affected Mark’s prognosticating
prowess). Mark is now 34-13 on the year, and there are 11 teams
that he cannot use this week. I wish him the best of luck in the
final week of the regular season and would like to echo the thanks
of the many readers who consult this column primarily for his
#1 – St. Louis over Seattle
Sam Bradford played great last week in the win over the 49ers.
LeGarrette Blount managed to run all over the Seahawks, so Steven
Jackson should do at least as well this week. It seems likely
that Hasselbeck will be out, and Seattle has won only 3 times
#2 – Kansas City over Oakland
Be warned that it is not clear whether KC will be playing many
of their starters in this contest. If you are willing to gamble
on the Chiefs wanting to finish the regular season on a high note
(as I am), then this pick should pay off for you. The Chiefs’
running game has been great all year, and I think they can continue
that at home against Oakland. If Cassel doesn’t play and
Croyle does, this pick may be in trouble (as Croyle is 0-10 as
#3 – NY Jets over Buffalo
I’m not sure if the Jets will use their starters or not,
but then again I’m not sure that it takes starters to beat
Buffalo. My best guess is that the Jets will be feeling some pressure
to make the Bills look as bad as New England did last week. Rex
Ryan and company should have little trouble with a Bills team
that clearly just needs to make it to the offseason to lick its
Upset of the Week – Arizona over
My record on upset picks this season is a disappointing 5-10,
but I have consistently been drawn to picks that come down to
the wire. The lesson here is that my picks may be wrong more often
than not, but you will probably be biting your nails down to the
quick even if you decide to pick against my upset choices. This
week I suspect that the 49ers will turn in a flaccid performance
as they are out of the playoffs and their coach just got fired.
Coaching changes obviously fired up both Minnesota and Dallas
earlier this year, but those clubs had enough time left in the
season to redefine themselves in the eyes of their fans. The 49ers
are in a different emotional place, and it looks to me like the
air has simply gone out of the team.
For responses to this week's fantasy
question please email me.