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Tiebreakers in Fantasy Football

Are you tied with another team and want to know how the tie will be decided? Here's how ties are broken.

Playing in a non-divisional league? Head on over to our help article for non-divisional leagues to see how tiebreakers are decided.

Yahoo Sports uses slightly different criteria to break ties that involve a division leader vs. for wild-card playoff spots.

Division Leader Tiebreakers

If 2 or more teams tie for the lead in a division, the following tiebreakers will be used to determine the division winner.

  1. Division winning percentage.
  2. Total fantasy points (season total).
  3. Fantasy points scored in most recently completed matchup.
  4. Fantasy points scored in the matchup two weeks prior.
  5. The comparison continues until the tie is broken or no more weeks remain to compare. At that time, a coin flip will settle the tie.

Understanding a tie

  • Teams must have identical winning percentages to be considered tied in the standings.
    • A team with an 8-4-1 (.654) record will be seeded ahead of a team with an 8-5 (.615) record.
    • A team with an 8-6 (.571) record will be tied with a team with a 6-4-4 (.571) record.
  • If 3 or more teams tie for a division lead, once the division winner is determined, all other teams involved in the tie are then seeded using the wild-card tiebreaking criteria.
  • In leagues that use divisions and use the playoff seeding option "All teams seeded according to overall standings," the wild-card tiebreaking criteria will be used to break all ties, including those that involve a division winner.
  • Division winners that finish with the same winning percentage will be seeded using the wild-card tiebreaking criteria.
  • Division winning percentage is determined in the same way as overall winning percentage, except it only includes games against division opponents.
  • Depending on your league's settings it's possible to have a better record than a team leading another division but still have a lower seed.

Wild Card Tiebreakers

If 2 or more teams tie for a wild-card (non-division leading) position, the following tiebreakers will be used to determine the standings

  1. Total fantasy points (season total).
  2. Fantasy points scored in the most recently completed matchup.
  3. Fantasy points scored in the matchup two weeks prior.
  4. The comparison continues until the tie is broken or no more weeks remain to compare. At that time, a coin flip will settle the tie.

Qualifiers

  • In public leagues, if a game is tied, it'll be scored as a tie. In private leagues, if a game is tied, the commissioner can manually edit scoring to account for any tiebreaker rules that are used in their league.
  • In leagues where division winners are guaranteed a playoff spot, wild card teams are selected without consideration for divisions. Non-division winners will be ranked in the playoffs according to winning percentage or the tiebreakers listed above.
  • It's  possible for a commissioner to configure a league to require a balanced number of teams from each division in the playoffs.
  • Head-to-Head results aren't considered when breaking a tie at the end of the regular season.
  • Yahoo uses these tiebreakers to determine the order of the standings during the regular season, as well as for determining the final playoff seeds.
  • It's not possible for commissioners to change the season tiebreaking criteria for their league.

Playoff seeding options

Playoff Seeding Options can be set by the commissioner from the "Edit League Settings" page. When using divisions, the commissioner can choose:

  • To award division winners the top seeds.
  • Advance division winners but seed all teams according to overall standings.
  • Seed all teams regardless of divisions based on overall standings.

 

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