Playoff tiebreaker rules for Fantasy Sports

If a Fantasy Basketball or Hockey playoff game ends in a tie, the deadlock is broken (and a winner is declared) based on:

  • Head-to-Head (best win-loss-tie percentage in regular season games between the teams)
  • Overall playoff seed (highest seed wins)

Head-to-Head (standard) League winning percentage

In leagues using standard Head-to-Head scoring (all Public and Pro Leagues), winning percentage is based on each team's stat category wins and losses, not overall matchup wins and losses.

For example, let's say that the 2 teams matched up against each other 3 times during the regular season.

Matchup Winner Final Score
1st Matchup Batum Shakalaka 9-3-1
2nd Matchup Hold the O.J. Mayo 6-4-3
3rd Matchup Batum Shakalaka 7-5-1

Batum Shakalaka won 20 total stat categories (9+4+7), Hold the O.J. Mayo won 14 total stat categories (3+6+5), and the teams tied 5 times (each worth 0.5 per team).

Since Batum Shakalaka won/tied a higher percentage (.577) of the stat categories in the matchups (20 wins + 2.5 for ties = 22.5 / 39 total), they'd win the tiebreaker.

Head-to-Head (One-Win and Points) League winning percentage

In Custom Leagues using a "One-Win" or "Points" system, the team with the best overall matchup win percentage against the opponent during the regular season (not stat category wins) wins the tiebreaker.

For example, if Hold the O.J. Mayo wins 3 of their 4 matchups against Batum Shakalaka, they'd have the best winning percentage (.750) and would win the tiebreaker.

Custom League commissioners can't modify this tiebreaking system.

 Looking for regular season tiebreaker info about a specific sport? Check out our Head-to-Head tiebreaker articles for Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football, Fantasy Hockey, and Fantasy Basketball.