Playoffs

Setting up your league's end-of-year tournament.

How do the playoffs works?

In weekly head-to-head matchup leagues there is a single-elimination playoff to determine the league champion at the end of every season

Can I edit who makes the playoffs?

Yes, the commissioner will have the option to place whatever teams they want into the playoffs after the regular season ends. Go to League >> Settings >> Edit Playoff Seeds.

Note This option will not show up until the last game of the regular season is finalized

What is the “re-seeding”? Why should I use it?

The NFL re-seeds after every round so that the worst-seeded team will always match up against the highest-seeded remaining team in the next round. If you select to re-seed, your league will also reseed.

For example, in a six-team playoff tournament with the top two teams getting byes, if the #3 seed faced the #6 seed in the first round and the #6 seed won, they would automatically face the #1 seed. If the #3 seed won, they would face the #2 seed with the winner of the #4 vs. #5 matchup facing the #1 seed in the 2nd round. (This is exactly how the NFL does it.)

If you don't re-seed, the playoff bracket will remain “fixed” throughout, just like it does in the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Is there a consolation bracket for teams that don't make the playoffs?

Yes. The consolation bracket is automatically scheduled. There is also a third-place game involving the losers of the semi-final round.

Can I set up a “toilet bowl”?

A “toilet bowl” is a playoff tournament where the losers advance. There's no explicit support for this, but the commissioner can manually advance the loser every week by going to League >> Settings >> Edit Past Box Score.

How are playoff seeds determined?

Fleaflicker's playoffs system mirrors the NFL's. Division winners are given the top seeds. The best remaining teams (wildcards) are seeded next. First round byes are awarded to the top teams, if necessary. Check your league's Power & Playoff Rank tiebreakers to see how seeds are determined.

Why didn't my team make the playoffs? How were tiebreakers applied to my team?

If you go to the playoff bracket (League >> Playoffs), there is a detailed breakdown of the tiebreakers (and playoff scenarios).

Why is the team seeded higher in the league not in the playoffs?

It depends on your tiebreaking rules, but keep in mind that if you have divisions and they are in your tiebreaking rules, they are applied and broken down in your order before the league rank in some cases. During the regular season and when waivers run a team may have a higher league rank because all teams are pooled together for waivers, but not in the playoffs as divisions are looked at.

Can I edit the bracket so teams play just their division before the championship (like conferences)?

No, we currently do not offer a way to do this, sorry.

Do consolation games count towards my overall Fleaflicker record?

Yes, consolation games count towards your Fleaflicker record under the overall column in the user page, but they do not count towards your playoff record.

Can teams set their lineups and pick up players through Week 17 and after, even after our fantasy playoffs have ended?

Yes, all leagues can set their lineups through Week 17 regardless of when your fantasy playoffs end. Fleaflicker allows teams to set their lineups and tally points on the Scores page. However, cuts and claims are only allowed in redraft leagues after the championship game - so keeper leagues can't change the players on their rosters through the free agent pool then.