This year we have a scenario where 1 team is scoring a ton of points but due to unlucky match-ups is losing a ton of head to head games. We have floated the idea of adding a top 5 scoring element to the standings to help balance those weeks where a good, high scoring team gets beat by a team that had a huge week. We can all agree that losing 1 or 2 of those a year hurts but it’s an acceptable part of fantasy football. This year we have a team that has lost 4 of these games which means that he will most likely miss the playoffs even though he may finish in the top 3 (10 team league) in points scored.
The idea is that you add a win if the team finishes in the Top 5 in scoring that week and a loss if they finish in the Bottom 5. We had some worries about what that would do to the standings but it doesn’t seem to affect anything other than not crushing good teams as much when they get that unlucky match-up. It doesn’t make the bottom team less likely to catch up because if they start having good weeks they can go 2-0 each week.
If you were to do a roto type of thing and just compile points each week and have no head to head it would get boring and the bottom teams would lose interest. In this proposal each week everyone starts fresh, there is no carry over of your bad weeks so each week every team has a chance to go 2-0, 1-1 or 0-2. If you have a good week you will probably go 2-0, if you have a good week but a bad match-up you can go 1-1 limiting the damage of the bad luck draw and if you have a bad week you go 0-2.
Here is what the standings look like with head to head and then adding in the Top 5:
You can see that the standings don’t change but I Love Trans Olympians is still very much in the playoff hunt even though they lost 3 (soon to be 4) games when they were in the top 5 in scoring.
I also looked at 2014’s full season results:
The playoff teams wouldn’t have changed however the last two weeks would have been really interesting considering 2 wins were on the line each week for each team. Nutty’s Dogg Pound lost the last 2 games of the year but had they scored enough to get into the top 5 they could have tied or passed the Honey Pot Pounders for the final spot.
I also ran the 2013 results and we saw a major change:
The 5th Seed Nutty’s Dogg Pound was the 9th highest scoring team but had some lucky match-ups and finished 7-6. With this new scenario they would have missed the playoffs and the Honey Pot Pounders would have gotten in.
I like this idea. I think it’s fair and it helps to get the best teams in the playoffs. It rewards you for a good week, punishes you for a bad week and it helps to even out the unlucky match-ups that cost you wins on your good weeks.