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It all came down to one week. No matter how dominant your team was during this fantasy football season, it all came down to your Week 15 matchup, a week that was the lowest scoring week of the entire NFL season.

Players that carried you to the playoffs put up complete duds. It was a laundry list of QB1s, RB1s and WR1s that abandoned their owners in the one and only week it mattered.


And since I'm sure this happens each and every season, there has to be a better way. There has to be a way where you score the second-most points in a week and don't end up with a tough-luck loss. There has to be a way not to give a team that scores 80 points in that same week a W in the standings.


We need to reward the teams that are the best, and not bump them from the playoffs because of an injury or a fluky low-scoring week.


With all of this in mind, here are the three easiest ways to fix season-long head-to-head fantasy football.


Play Everyone Every Week:

There's a little-known format called Play-All, and it's exactly what you think it is. Everyone plays everyone every week, with the top half of the league getting wins and the bottom half getting losses. 

Trust me, every week still comes down to the Monday night game in a battle for that last win of the slate. Plus, adding in a weekly winner here, where the first-place team in a given week gets paid out by the lowest score that week, is another great way to keep even the worst teams interested. In this format, there's still a playoff as the top four teams play in Weeks 14 and 15, with the top two advancing to the championship in Weeks 16 and 17.


Have 2-Week Playoff Matchups:

If you were one of those teams that had any combination of Drew Brees, Andrew Luck or Cam Newton at QB (all top-10 QBs), Saquon Barkley, James White or Philip Lindsay at RB (all top-12 RB), Tyreek Hill, Adam Thielen, Keenan Allen, JuJu Smith-Schuster or Amari Cooper at WR, and someone like George Kittle or Rob Gronkowski at tight end, you likely got knocked from the playoffs in Week 15. The list goes on as to what the worst fantasy lineup of the week likely looked like, but there's a way to eliminate this -- have each playoff matchup last two weeks.

If the playoffs began in Week 12, each round could last two weeks, and in 12-team leagues, there would be no advantage to one or two lucky teams getting two games against the bottom-feeders (and likely free wins) in your league. Weeks 12 and 13 for the quarterfinals, 14 and 15 for the semis, and 16 and 17 for the championship. By playing two weeks, there's no "I had a bad week" excuse as the cream should almost always rise to the top in a two-week matchup.

Eliminate Kickers:

Last, but certainly not least, get rid of the kicker spot. Let me preface this by saying that I truly enjoy streaming kickers every week, but a player like Ka'imi Fairbairn of the Houston Texans decided far too many Week 15 playoff matchups.

The next three best season-long kickers in Justin Tucker, Will Lutz, and Jason Myers combined for 19 points in Week 15. Fairbairn scored 22 all by his lonesome. So while it's fun streaming kickers each week, it definitely shouldn't be the difference between winning and losing in your fantasy playoffs.

Just remember, the best team in a fantasy football season is the team that scored the most points. You can't play defense in fantasy football so that's it, plain and simple. Score more than everyone else over a full season and you should be declared the winner.

Consider making these changes to your fantasy football league next season as they could improve your gameplay experience moving forward.


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