Regular Season and Playoffs Schedule in Standard Leagues (Free and Prize Eligible)
REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Bragging rights are what the game is all about. If your team has made the playoffs, then you are one step closer to attaining the ultimate prize! But first, a few notes on the ESPN Fantasy Football regular season and schedule.

LIVE SCORING (all season long!)
ESPN Fantasy Football provides Live-Scoring, free-of-charge, all season long. The live-scoring is displayed from your standings and Clubhouse pages.

SCORING CORRECTIONS
It's possible that over the course of the season some scoring plays and player statistics are modified, for example a running back's actual yardage may be adjusted post-game. In most cases these adjustments will be made within 24-hours. The official deadline for scoring corrections will be the following Saturday from the end of a game. Scoring changes that occur beyond the following Saturday will not be reflected. For example, a change to a Monday Night Football game player statistic may be changed as late as the coming up Saturday. Any changes entered in the system will automatically reflect in both your Box Score and Standings pages.

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
ESPN has set thirteen (13) weeks in the regular season for Free-Standard and Prize-Eligible Leagues. This is a fixed setting and thus cannot be altered. If you wish to play in a league which offers flexible regular season and playoff schedules, you must create or join a Custom league.



REACHING THE PLAYOFFS
The top four teams in a league make the playoffs. These four are comprised of the two division champs and two wild-card teams. Division champs are the teams that win the league divisions. The next two teams according to the tie-breaker below are the wild card teams.

PLAYOFF BRACKET SETUP

All teams continue to compete throughout the playoffs. The two Divisional Champions and two wild card teams (teams with the next best overall records) compete for the League Championship. The wild card teams may come from either division and are selected by their records, with ties resolved according to the tiebreaker categories below. The top-ranked division champion plays the lowest-ranked wild card team i.e. the first place team faces the fourth place team while the second place team faces the third place team.

The remaining teams compete in the consolation bracket. Though out of the running for the championship, this consolation bracket is still competitive since no one wants to finish in last place!



PLAYOFF SEEDING AND TIEBREAKERS (Standard Leagues)

Standard and Prize-Eligible League Playoffs: Playoff Seeding and Tie-Breakers
In the event that two or more teams have identical won-loss records at the conclusion of the Fantasy Football regular season, the following tiebreaking system is employed.

  1. Overall points-for
  2. Head-to-Head record
  3. Division record
  4. Overall points-against
  5. Coin Flip

NOTE: The Overall record is based on winning percentage. Therefore, a team that is 8-5-0 and a team that is 7-4-2 have the same winning percentage, and thus would be considered tied for overall record.

Standard League Playoffs: Tiebreaker for Playoff Games
In the event that two teams have the same number of points at the conclusion of their two-week playoff game, the tiebreaker for playoff games is each team's original seeding in the playoffs. In short, the team with the higher seed wins.

Playoff Schedule
Winner's Bracket: In the first round of the playoffs, the division winner with the best win-loss record plays the wild-card team with the worst win-loss record; the other division winner plays the wild-card team with the better win-loss record. In the second round, the winners of the first-round games (see table below) compete for the league championship. Each round of the playoffs spans a two-week period. The 5th through 10th-seeded teams in each league compete in the consolation bracket.

WINNER'S BRACKET PAIRINGS
GAME ROUND 1 - WKS 14 & 15
SEED VS. SEED
ROUND 2 - WKS 16 & 17
MATCHUPS
1 1 vs. 4 W1 vs. W2
2 2 vs. 3 L1 vs. L2
CONSOLATION BRACKET PAIRINGS
GAME ROUND 1 - WKS 14 & 15
SEED VS. SEED
ROUND 2 - WKS 16 & 17
MATCHUPS
1 5 vs. 6 W1 vs. W2
2 7 vs. 8 L1 vs. W3
3 9 vs. 10 L2 vs. L3

Final league standings following the second round of the playoffs

From the Winner's bracket:

  • 1st place - Winner of game 1, round 2
  • 2nd place - Loser of game 1, round 2
  • 3rd place - Winner of game 2, round 2
  • 4th place - Loser of game 2, round 2

From the Consolation bracket:

  • 5th place - Winner of game 1, round 2
  • 6th place - Loser of game 1, round 2
  • 7th place - Winner of game 2, round 2
  • 8th place - Loser of game 2, round 2
  • 9th place - Winner of game 3, round 2
  • 10th place - Loser of game 3, round 2

SEEDING TIEBREAKER EXAMPLE

Here's the default order of precedence according to the rules:

  • H2H
  • Points For
  • IntraDivision Record
  • Points Against
  • Coin Flip

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.

SCORING DURING THE PLAYOFFS
Scoring during the playoffs works much the same way as during the regular season. The big difference is that each playoff round lasts two weeks, not one week (as during the regular season).

Playoff Schedule
Winner's Bracket: In the first round of the playoffs, the division winner with the best win-loss record plays the wild-card team with the worst win-loss record; the other division winner plays the wild-card team with the better win-loss record. In the second round, the winners of the first-round games (see table below) compete for the league championship. Each round of the playoffs spans a two-week period. The 5th through 10th-seeded teams in each league compete in the consolation bracket.



PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Winner's Bracket: In the first round of the playoffs, the division winner with the best win-loss record plays the wild-card team with the worst win-loss record; the other division winner plays the wild-card team with the better win-loss record. In the second round, the winners of the first-round games (see table below) compete for the league championship. Each round of the playoffs spans a two-week period. The 5th through 10th-seeded teams in each league compete in the consolation bracket.

WINNER'S BRACKET PAIRINGS
GAME ROUND 1 - WKS 14 & 15
SEED VS. SEED
ROUND 2 - WKS 16 & 17
MATCHUPS
1 1 vs. 4 W1 vs. W2
2 2 vs. 3 L1 vs. L2
CONSOLATION BRACKET PAIRINGS
GAME ROUND 1 - WKS 14 & 15
SEED VS. SEED
ROUND 2 - WKS 16 & 17
MATCHUPS
1 5 vs. 6 W1 vs. W2
2 7 vs. 8 L1 vs. W3
3 9 vs. 10 L2 vs. L3

Final league standings following the second round of the playoffs

From the Winner's bracket:

  • 1st place - Winner of game 1, round 2
  • 2nd place - Loser of game 1, round 2
  • 3rd place - Winner of game 2, round 2
  • 4th place - Loser of game 2, round 2

From the Consolation bracket:

  • 5th place - Winner of game 1, round 2
  • 6th place - Loser of game 1, round 2
  • 7th place - Winner of game 2, round 2
  • 8th place - Loser of game 2, round 2
  • 9th place - Winner of game 3, round 2
  • 10th place - Loser of game 3, round 2