Playoff formats in Fantasy Football

You play to win the game! In Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football, you make the playoffs by finishing at the top of the standings at the end of the regular season.


Playoff format overview

All Public and Pro Leagues use the same playoff format, but commissioners in custom leagues can select any of the playoff structures when setting up a league, including:

  • 4 team playoff (includes a consolation bracket)
    • Taking place during Weeks 15 and 16 (used in all Public and Pro Leagues)
    • Taking place during Weeks 16 and 17
  • 6 team playoff (includes a consolation bracket) 
    • Taking place during Weeks 14, 15, and 16
    • Taking place during Weeks 15, 16, and 17
  • 8 team playoff (Does not include a consolation bracket)
    • Taking place during Weeks 14, 15, and 16
    • Taking place during Weeks 15, 16, and 17
  • No playoffs
    • In leagues without playoffs, the team with the best overall record at the end of the regular season and after stat corrections are applied for Week 17 is the league champion.

4-team playoffs

In the 4-team playoff format, the top 4 teams in the league standings after the last week of the Fantasy regular season qualify for a 2-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion.

The next 4 teams (or 2 if the league is only 6 teams) qualify for a consolation bracket to determine 5th through 8th place. The season is over for everyone else.

  • Teams - 4 championship, 4 consolation
  • Playoff Weeks - 2 options:
    • Weeks 15 and 16 (used in all Public and Pro Leagues)
    • Weeks 16 and 17

First week

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(P1) Playoff Match-Up #1 #1 seed vs #4 seed
(P2) Playoff Match-Up #2 #2 seed vs #3 seed
(C1) Consolation Match-Up #1 #5 seed vs #8 seed
(C2) Consolation Match-Up #2 #6 seed vs #7 seed

Second week

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Championship Match-Up Winner (P1) vs Winner (P2)
3rd Place Match-Up Loser (P1) vs Loser (P2)
5th Place Match-Up Winner (C1) vs Winner (C2)
7th Place Match-Up Loser (C1) vs Loser (C2)

6-team playoffs

In the 6-team playoff format, there are two ways that the playoffs can be structured -- each depending on the size of the league.

+ 6-team playoffs (12+ team leagues)

The top 6 teams in the league standings after the last week of the Fantasy regular season qualify for a 3-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion.

The next 6 teams in the standings qualify for a consolation bracket to determine 7th through 12th place. The season is over for everyone else.

  • Teams - 6 championship, 6 consolation
  • Playoff Weeks - 2 options:
    • Weeks 14, 15, and 16
    • Weeks 15, 16, and 17

First week

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Playoff Bye Weeks (No Game) #1 seed and #2 seed
(P1) Playoff Match-Up #1 #4 seed vs #5 seed
(P2) Playoff Match-Up #2 #3 seed vs #6 seed
Consolation Bye Weeks (No Game) #7 seed and #8 seed
(C1) Consolation Match-Up #1 #10 seed vs #11 seed
(C2) Consolation Match-Up #2 #9 seed vs #12 seed

Second week

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(P3) Playoff Match-Up #3 #1 seed vs Winner (P1)
(P4) Playoff Match-Up #4 #2 seed vs Winner (P2)
(C3) Consolation Match-Up #1 #7 seed vs Winner (C1)
(C4) Consolation Match-Up #2 #8 seed vs Winner (C2)
5th Place Match-Up Loser (P1) vs Loser (P2)
11th Place Match-Up Loser (C1) vs Loser (C2)

Third week

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Championship Match-Up Winner (P3) vs Winner (P4)
3rd Place Match-Up Loser (P3) vs Loser (P4)
7th Place Match-Up Winner (C3) vs Winner (C4)
9th Place Match-Up Loser (C3) vs Loser (C4)

+ 6-team playoffs (6-10 team leagues)

The top 6 teams in the league standings after the last week of the Fantasy regular season qualify for a 3-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion.

The next 4 teams (or the remaining teams if the league has fewer than 10 teams) qualify for a consolation bracket to determine 7th through 10th place.

  • Teams - 6 championship, 2-4 consolation
  • Playoff Weeks - 2 options:
    • Weeks 14, 15, and 16
    • Weeks 15, 16, and 17

First week

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Bye Weeks (No Game) #1 seed and #2 seed
(P1) Playoff Match-Up #1 #4 seed vs #5 seed
(P2) Playoff Match-Up #2 #3 seed vs #6 seed

Second week

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(P3) Playoff Match-Up #3 #1 seed vs Winner (P1)
(P4) Playoff Match-Up #4 #2 seed vs Winner (P2)
5th Place Match-Up Loser (P1) vs Loser (P2)
(C1) Consolation Match-Up #1 #7 seed vs #10 seed
(C2) Consolation Match-Up #2 #8 seed vs #9 seed

Third week

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Championship Match-Up Winner (P3) vs Winner (P4)
3rd Place Match-Up Loser (P3) vs Loser (P4)
7th Place Match-Up Winner (C1) vs Winner (C2)
9th Place Match-Up Loser (C1) vs Loser (C2)

8-team playoffs

In the 8-team playoff structure, the top 8 teams in the league standings after the last week of the Fantasy regular season qualify for a 3-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion. The season is over for everyone else.

  Note: The consolation bracket in 8-team playoff leagues is for the first-round losers only, and determines 5th through 8th places. 

  • Teams - 8 championship, 0 consolation
  • Playoff Weeks - 2 options:
    • Weeks 14, 15, and 16
    • Weeks 15, 16 and 17

First week

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(P1) Playoff Match-Up #1 #1 seed vs #8 seed
(P2) Playoff Match-Up #2 #4 seed vs #5 seed
(P3) Playoff Match-Up #3 #3 seed vs #6 seed
(P4) Playoff Match-Up #4 #2 seed vs #7 seed

Second week

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(P5) Playoff Match-Up #5
Winner (P1) vs Winner (P2)
(P6) Playoff Match-Up #6
Winner (P3) vs Winner (P4)
(P7) Playoff Match-Up #7
Loser (P1) vs Loser (P2)
(P8) Playoff Match-Up #8 Loser (P3) vs Loser (P4)

Third week

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Championship Match-Up
Winner (P5) vs Winner (P6)
3rd Place Match-Up
Loser (P5) vs Loser (P6)
5th Place Match-Up
Winner (P7) vs Winner (P8)
7th Place Match-Up Loser (P7) vs Loser (P8)

 

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