Schedule (Custom)

The fantasy football season works very similarly to the NFL season. You have a regular season that helps determine who makes it to the playoffs. Then, the best of the best square off in a postseason tournament that determines the overall league champion. Custom leagues can choose to use the default NFL-provided schedule for their selected league size or the LM can use the Customize League Schedule tool to fully customize the regular season schedule on a week-by-week, matchup-by-matchup basis.

To access this full customization, after creating your league, navigate to the Manage tab and click to the Customize League Schedule tool. For more information, visit Customizing Your League: Custom Schedules.

Regular Season

In Custom Leagues, the League Manager can select the Regular Season to end in Week 13, 14 or 15 depending on the playoff format and the number of teams who make the postseason. As noted above, creating your league will initially generate a schedule based on the default NFL Fantasy schedule for your league size. To fully customize weekly matchups, utilize the Customize League Schedule tool.

Tie Breakers

Custom league managers can select from three standings tiebreakers - Head-to-head record, Division record and Points For.

By default, tie breakers for final regular season standings in the case of an overall W-L-T record tie are as follows:

  • Head-to-Head Record (NFL-Managed Default)
  • Divisional Winning Percentage (if your custom league uses multiple divisions)
  • Points Scored For
  • Points Scored Against (Most Difficult Schedule)
  • Coin Flip

By default, custom leagues do allow ties in weekly matchups. To customize this, NFL.com allows the LM to select a tiebreaker as follows:

  • Bench Points
  • QB Points
  • RB Points
  • WR Points
  • TE Points
  • Defense Pionts
  • K Points

For leagues that allow matchup ties, and a tie occurs in the playoffs, the team with a higher playoff seed will move on to the next round. For example, if the (3) seed ties with the (4) seed, the (3) seed wins the tiebreaker and moves on to the next round of the playoffs (or wins the league if this tie occurs in the championship game).

    Playoffs

    The NFL.com Fantasy Football Playoffs consist of two different brackets, a Championship bracket, in which the teams that made the playoffs battle for the league title, and a Consolation Bracket, in which many non-playoffs teams match up to determine the remainder of the final league finish order.

    In Custom leagues, the League Manager has a number of different options for Fantasy Playoffs in terms of weeks and eligible teams. For the Championship brakcet, these options are as follows:

    • Week 15 and 16 (4 teams)
    • Week 14, 15 and 16 (6 teams)
    • Week 15, 16 and 17 (6 teams)
    • Week 14, 15, 16 (8 teams)
    • Week 15, 16 and 17 (8 teams)
    • Week 13, 14, 15 and 16 (10 teams)
    • Week 14, 15, 16 and 17 (10 teams)
    • Week 13, 14, 15 and 16 (12 teams)
    • Week 14, 15, 16 and 17 (12 teams)
    • No Playoffs

    4 Team Playoffs

    First week of playoffs:

    • #1 Seed vs #4 Seed
    • #2 Seed vs #3 Seed

    Second week of playoffs:

    • Winner vs Winner = CHAMPION

    6 Team Playoffs

    First week of playoffs:

    • #1 and #2 Seed: Bye
    • Game 1: #3 Seed vs #6 Seed
    • Game 2: #4 Seed vs #5 Seed

    Second week of playoffs:

    • Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs #2 Seed
    • Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs #1 Seed

    Third week of playoffs:

    • Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4 = CHAMPION

    8 Team Playoffs

    First week of playoffs:

    • Game 1: #1 Seed vs #8 Seed
    • Game 3: #4 Seed vs #5 Seed
    • Game 2: #2 Seed vs #7 Seed
    • Game 4: #3 Seed vs #6 Seed

    Second week of playoffs:

    • Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 3
    • Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 4

    Third week of playoffs:

    • Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs Winner 6 = CHAMPION

    10 Team Playoffs

    First Week of Playoffs:

    • #1 Seed, #2 Seed, #3 Seed, #4 Seed, #5 Seed and #6 Seed = Bye
    • Game 1: #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed
    • Game 2: #7 Seed vs. #10 Seed

    Second Week of Playoffs:

    • Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. #1 Seed
    • Game 4: Game 2 Winner vs. #2 Seed
    • Game 5: #4 Seed vs. #5 Seed
    • Game 6: #3 Seed vs. #6 Seed

    Third Week of Playoffs:

    • Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
    • Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner

    Fourth Week of Playoffs:

    • Game 9: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 = Champion
    • 12 Team Playoffs

      First Week of Playoffs:

      • #1 Seed, #2 Seed, #3 Seed and #4 Seed = Bye
      • Game 1: #5 Seed vs. #12 Seed
      • Game 2: #6 Seed vs. #11 Seed
      • Game 3: #7 Seed vs. #10 Seed
      • Game 4: #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed

      Second Week of Playoffs:

      • Game 5: Game 4 Winner vs. #1 Seed
      • Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. #2 Seed
      • Game 7: Game 2 Winner vs. #3 Seed
      • Game 8: Game 1 Winner vs. #4 Seed

      Third Week of Playoffs:

      • Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
      • Game 10: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner

      Fourth Week of Playoffs:

      • Game 11: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10 = Champion
      • To learn more about the NFL.com Fantasy Playoffs and our Consolation Brackets, visit Customizing Your League: Consolation Bracket.


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