The Z Files: Playoffs Primer, Part 1

The Z Files: Playoffs Primer, Part 1

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

I get it. After a long 162-game grind, for many the playoffs are a chance to kick back and watch some ball with only personal rooting interests in mind. However, for others, a playoff fantasy league is a means of redemption after a disappointing season. Plus, some simply enjoy having a little skin in the game.

I've been recruited to handle the site's playoff rankings this season, so I thought it fitting to review some playoff drafting strategies. Before delving in, here is how I'll approach the rankings, to be posted Tuesday morning. Playoff formats are almost exclusively points leagues. The problem is, scoring systems lack uniformity. That said, they're close enough to follow Jeff Erickson's lead from last season and provide ranks by position, then let you navigate your draft based on the league specifications. The initial rankings will encompass the wild-card games, then be updated once those games are completed Wednesday.

There are two general playoff league formats. The rankings will work for both styles.

The first is the way the National Fantasy Baseball Championship runs their postseason contest. Here, everyone is allowed to choose from the same inventory, but there are limits for the number of players allowed per team. The NFBC has an interesting twist where points increase for every round your players are alive. That is, points are scored normally (1x) in the Division Series, doubled (2x) in the Championship Series and tripled (3x) for the World Series. You're allowed to replace players who have

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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