Regular Season and Playoffs Schedules for Custom Leagues
REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFFS OVERVIEW (ESPN Custom and LM Leagues)
The Regular Season and Playoff Settings page allows the league creator to customize the regular season and playoff settings of the league.

To view your league's playoff settings go to the "League Settings" page. These settings were established by the league creator during the pre-season and describe the basis for how your playoffs will work.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When customizing your Playoff Brackets, certain options will automatically be set based on your selections. The numbers below represent the Minimums and Maximums available for each category. Therefore, when creating your Playoff Brackets, you need to pay close attention to the options below when you make any changes. Any adjustment may impact the final results.

DIVISIONS (1-4)
For most leagues the number listed is equivalent to the number of teams the system will award automatic playoff berths to.

REGULAR SEASON LENGTH (9-16 Weeks)
In ESPN Custom and LM leagues, the playoffs can start after week 9 and run through week 17.

PLAYOFF DURATION (0-4 Weeks)
Playoff Weeks (0-8): This is the total number of weeks your league's playoffs will last. If you add Regular Season Weeks and Playoff Weeks together it will equal either 16 or 17. If 16, then your league does not play the final week of the NFL season (Week 17).

PLAYOFF TEAMS (2-16)
This number represents the number of teams the system places in the Winner's Bracket. All remaining teams are placed in the Consolation Ladder.

PLAYOFF ROUNDS (1-4)
This number represents the number of games which will need to be won in the Playoff Bracket in order to win the League Championship.

NOTE: Taking this number and dividing it by the "Playoff Weeks" will give you the length - in weeks - of each playoff matchup. The number will either be 1 or 2 weeks.

FIRST ROUND BYES (0-4)
The number of teams which have BYEs in the first-round in the Playoff Bracket.

CONVERSION TO PLAYOFF MODE (LM Leagues)
At this time the system looks at the Regular Season results, determines the league's playoff seeds (breaking ties if necessary) and generates all the first-round playoffs matchups. When a league converts into playoff mode these two pages become available:

    1 - View Playoffs: Available from League Office this is the main Playoff page. It displays each round's matchup (and results) in both the Winner's Bracket and Consolation Ladder.

    2 - Edit Playoffs (League Managers only) Available from LM Tools this page allows your league manager to manually edit any matchup (and results) during the playoffs.

    IMPORTANT NOTE : This page is the master page for ALL edits to playoff matchups/results. ANY manual scoring adjustments (either before or during the playoffs) will NOT change where each team is placed in the playoffs. To this point, you should use the page if you want to set your own seeds or playoff game tiebreaker rules.

The system will automatically process the entire playoffs - based on the League Settings described above and specifics listed below - without your League Manager having to edit anything. However the League Manager has the ultimate power to edit each playoff matchup (and winner) by placing the any team wherever they want in the bracket. This said, each League Manager should carefully examine the View Playoffs page and use the Edit Playoffs page to make any necessary adjustments before the first-round of the playoffs begin.

The playoffs work with the same general League Rules and Scoring Settings used during the Regular Season.

If your League Manager edits any league settings after the league converts into playoff mode, the changes will work retroactively for all previous weeks, including the Regular Season. During the playoffs, once your matchup ends, the scoring is final and no scoring corrections will be applied unless otherwise determined by your League Manager.

Yes, if you are the commish of your league! On the "LM Tools" page the commish can manually edit any matchup/result from the regular season and/or playoffs to change schedules and eliminate byes. In order to implement a schedule where you would play divisional foes twice and all other teams in the league once your league would need to fall under one of the following categories:

    12 Teams, 2 Divisions in a 16-week season
    10 Teams, 2 Divisions in a 13-week season
    8 Teams, 2 Divisions in a 10-week season

    Note: If you have an unequal division size in your league, the schedule will not have a preference toward in-divisional play.

WINNER'S BRACKET
You drafted well, put in the hard work and used all of your fantasy acumen to reach the playoffs: this is where you want to be! Now, if you won your division more than likely you got here automatically, but if you didn't then you earned one of the coveted Wild Card spots. Either way, your league will now feature a series of head to head matchups until one owner stands alone as the League Champion. If you happen to lose along the way you'll play other losers of games in the Winner's Bracket until the end of the season so don't forget to keep setting your lineup.

The Winner's Bracket first-round matchups are based on the following pairing of seeds:

    Two (2) team bracket: 1v2
    Four (4) team bracket: 1v4, 2v3
    Eight (8) team bracket: 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5
    Sixteen (16) team bracket: 1v16, 2v15, 3v14, 4v13, 5v12, 6v11, 7v10, 8v9

Any BYEs replace the seed starting with the highest number and work in ascending order. Example: Your league has 6 teams in an 8 team bracket. The two BYEs are assigned to seeds #7 and #8 which aren't filled by anyone, thus the #1 and #2 seeds have first-round BYEs.

CONSOLATION BRACKET
All remaining teams that didn't make the Winner's Bracket are placed here. Just like in the Winner's Bracket games are played head to head with a winner advancing to the next round, except here the object isn't so much to win the bracket as to not finish in dead last. So remember, set those lineups or be prepared for a long and strenuous off-season of ridicule from your fellow league-mates!

It's important to note that the "winner" of a head to head matchup in the Consolation Bracket cannot move "up" into the Winner's Bracket with a win regardless of the score of their match.

REGULAR SEASON TIEBREAKERS
You can kick back and relax because we've done all the work for you - our system automatically generates playoff seeds for your league based on the regular season standings. How was such such a feat accomplished you ask? There are two factors for determining these playoff seeds:

  1. Division Winner(s)
  2. Winning Percentage

If two or more of your league members had the same winning percentage at the end of the regular season your commish can select from the following options as the be-all end-all tie-breaking system (and if they choose to do nothing then they're stuck with the default order shown below):

  • Overall points scored (Default setting for all leagues unless changed by League Manager)
  • Head-to-Head Record*
  • Division record
  • Overall points-against

* When Head-to-Head record is selected as the tiebreak criteria, and in the event that three or more teams have the same winning percentage at the end of the regular season, these teams must have played the same number of games for it to be used.

If your league doesn't like the default order your commish can change them by going to the "Playoff Matchups" page and clicking on the "Edit" link.

PLAYOFF TIEBREAKERS
Throw the regular season tiebreaking rules out the window, they no longer apply...it's playoff time! Simply put, if there's a tie in a playoff matchup the higher seeded team will advance. That is, unless your commish changes it. Hopefully you're on good terms with them (and if you aren't, start being as nice as possible) because your commish has the ultimate power to change who advances in the playoffs using the "Edit Playoffs" page. If changes are made to the default "better seed advances" system we recommend posting the exact rules your league will enforce come playoff time on the league page before the season starts, otherwise we can pretty much guarantee it'll cost some serious controversy.

NOTE: In LM Leagues, the League Manager has the ultimate say on which teams advance using the "Edit Playoffs" page. Each league may establish their own tiebreaker system with the League Manager advancing the team which wins it. If your league uses its own playoff tiebreakers we highly recommend pre-defining them and posting them prominently on the League Office page. As an exception, "Most Points from Bench" is an option only available for grandfathered Custom Leagues which used such a tiebreaker rule in the past season.

SEEDING TIEBREAKER EXAMPLE

Below is an example of how tie breakers work. The main things to remember are:

  • Teams must have played the same number of head to head games amongst each other
  • Tiebreaker process starts over from beginning after each tie is broken for each bracket seed
  • All five teams in this example have a season record of 7-5

Team A: 3rd in division 1 with 825 points. They beat teams B and E, and lost to teams C and D
Team B: 2nd in division 1 with 918 points. They beat team C, lost to teams A and E, and did not play team D
Team C: 1st in division 2 with 725 points. They beat team A, and lost to teams B, D, and E
Team D: 2nd in division 2 with 720 points. They beat teams A, C, and E, and did not play team B
Team E: 1st in Division 1 with 920 points. They beat teams B and C and lost to teams A and D

First we take the division winners. Teams E and C won their divisions. Since team E beat team C in their head to head matchup, E gets the #1 seed and C gets the #2 seed.

Now we have to figure out the #3 seed. Since teams A, B, and D all have 7-5 records, we first look at their head to head records.

  • Team A beat team B and lost to team D, so they are 1-1 head to head
  • Team B lost to team A, and did not play team D, so they are 0-1 head to head
  • Team D beat team A, and did not play team B, so they are 1-0 head to head

Since the three teams did not play the same amount of head to head games we have to go the next tie-breaker - "Points For". This Awards the #3 seed to team B as they had 918 points.

Last we have to figure out the #4 seed. Again, since teams A and D have identical 7-5 records we look at their head to head matchup. Since team D beat team A, D would get the 4th and final playoff seed.