Scoresheet Fantasy Football FAQ
- Do you offer prizes?
- League champions receive trophies for their stellar efforts, and we also offer weekly and overall cash prizes as follows:
To determine our weekly and overall prize winners, we total the 15 offensive and defensive
positions for each eligible team each week (i.e., ignoring opposing players). We award $100 each of the
first 14 weeks (not during the 3 final playoff weeks) to the team which scores the most such game
points in ALL of Scoresheet Fantasy Football that week. We also award $50 to whichever team scores the
second most points throughout all of Scoresheet Fantasy Football each week. Also, the ONE league winner
with the highest 16-game point total in all of Scoresheet (not counting the wild-card games) wins a free
year's membership in all 3 Scoresheet Fantasy Sports: football, baseball and hockey. Only teams in leagues
with at least 12 teams are eligible for these weekly and overall cash prizes.
NOTE: A single team can only win at most one 1st place
prize per season, and at most one 2nd place prize per season. If the weekly winner has already
won a first place prize earlier in the season then the prizes will be awarded to the next two highest
point total teams that week.
- When are weekly depth charts (lineups) due?
- Depth charts, along with your free agents wanted list, are due before kickoff of the first game of each week.
We do also give you a reminder each week with the newsletter.
- When is the trading deadline?
- The trading deadline normally happens in mid to late November, on week 12 in the NFL. The exact date is posted on your league's home page well ahead of
schedule and will also be announced in our weekly emails. We must receive trade notices from both owners involved before the
trade will become official. This can be done easily by using your league website's "Report a Trade" link.
- How do the playoffs work in Scoresheet Fantasy Football?
- In each league, the 3 division winners and the 2 next best records (wild cards) make the playoffs. Ties
for division winners and playoff spots are broken using the same rules as in the NFL (which can be found
Wild card games are played during week 15, followed by the rest of the playoffs in weeks 16 and 17. The home
team (the team with the better regular season record or a division winner when playing a wild card team) is
given a 3-point advantage.
- What happens if I have an injured player?
- We do have rules built into our football program to facilitate automatic replacement for injured players,
or players who are on a bye week. The final selection of players for a given week is determined as follows:
If your starting QB has less than 12 pass attempts plus rushes that week, we go to your backup
players and play your first listed backup QB who has at least 12 pass attempts plus rushes. Exception -
if the QB you listed as a starter, or one of your backup QBs listed higher than the one who qualifies with
12 'plays', plays that week in the NFL (meaning he earns Scoresheet points that week), and earns more
points than the QB who qualifies we will use the (first such) higher listed QB. This works the same for
all positions. What this means is that you will not get penalized by having your starter score more
points than your backup, but then not get used because he does not qualify. These 'qualifying rules' are
designed to help you by automatically replacing injured players! However, a non-qualified starter
without enough plays to qualify that gets zero points does NOT play over a backup with negative points.
Otherwise team owners could purposely write in starters they know won't play - a guy who is injured or
on a bye - and then the worst they could get is zero. If no QB qualifies (has at least 12 rushes plus pass
attempts), we use your first QB listed who scores points. If none of your QB's score then you will
receive 0 points from the QB position. Similarly, we use a starting RB(s) if he has at least 5 rushes plus
receptions. If one of your starting RBs does not 'qualify' we go to your backups, using the top listed RB
who does qualify with 5 'plays', unless your starter (or higher backup) had more points, in which case
we use him. If no RB has 5 'plays' your first listed RB(s) who scores more than 0 points will play. For
all positions: if a player you have listed as a starter plays enough to qualify, he'll be used even if he
scores less than backups you've listed behind him. Your coaching decisions DO matter!
At WR and TE, a player with 1 reception will be used. Also, a 2nd starting RB or 3rd starting
WR may be replaced by a backup RB or WR - we will use the first listed qualifying backup from either
position. On defense, if a starter gets any non zero statistic then he will play. Otherwise, we revert to
your backups. The same applies for your kicker, punter, and kick return team - if they are not involved
in any plays then we go to your backup. If your starters qualify according to the above minimum
number of plays, then your backups naturally will not score for you that week.
We also have special qualifying rules for the playoffs. In week 16 of the NFL season (which is
used for the second round of our playoffs), someone who does NOT play enough to qualify as a starter
in Scoresheet can use his points that week, or the average of what he scored in weeks 15 and 16. In
week 17 a player who doesn't play enough to 'qualify' can use either the points he scored in the week 17
NFL game, or the average of what he scored in weeks 15, 16 and 17. This should help solve the
problem of one of your stars getting benched by his NFL team in the last week of the season as they rest
him up for the playoffs.
- How do the tiebreakers work in Scoresheet Fantasy Football?
- Our tiebreaking rules are based on the NFL's system. But, while
Scoresheet and the NFL both have divisions, there are not two
conferences in a Scoresheet league, so the tiebreakers used in
Scoresheet are a bit simpler (none of the NFL's tiebreakers
involving conference records are used in Scoresheet, since
conference record is the same thing as overall record in Scoresheet
Football.) On your weekly print-out, Net Points is your overall
winning margin in games played so far, and the stats under the
DIV heading include games only against your divisional opponents,
and are only used for tiebreakers if the tied teams are all in
the same division. Team's head to head records are printed with
the results to help you keep track of the tiebreakers.
To break ties WITHIN A DIVISION:
a) if two clubs from the same division are tied, the tiebreakers
used (in order) are: head to head record, then division record, then
division net points, then total net points.
b) if three or more clubs from the same division are tied, the tie-
breakers used (in order) are: winning percentage of head to head
games among the tied clubs, then division record, then division net
points, then total net points. For all ties among three or more clubs,
the NFL rule (which we use) is: "If two clubs are tied after any other
club is eliminated, then the tiebreaker goes back to the first step of
the 2 club rule."
To break TIES FOR THE WILD CARD:
a) If the tied teams are from the same division, then simply use the
division tiebreakers as described above. If two clubs from
different division are tied, the tiebreakers used (in order) are:
head to head record, then total net points.
b) if three or more clubs from different divisions are tied: First
apply the division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked
club in each division among the tied wild-card teams (in other
words, at most one club from each division takes part in the
tiebreaker for the first wild card spot. This is probably the rule that
causes the most confusion.) However, if there is a multiple team tie
for both wild card spots, then once the first wild card team is
determined the process starts again - both wild cards CAN end up
coming from the same division! Also, the original seeding within a
division holds for all subsequent applications.
Once again, if after eliminating all but one team from each
division in this tiebreaker procedure there are only two teams left,
we then go back to the two-team tiebreakers. If three teams are still
tied, then head to head records are used only is there is a sweep
(meaning one team got swept by, or did sweep, both the other
teams), and next total net points is used.