Idea: Start A Fantasy Throwdown League
We all understand that Fantasy Throwdown was spawned based on the idea of short, one-week (or one-day) games to avoid the season long commitment of a traditional fantasy football league, right? Okay, well, now I’m showcasing an idea that goes against that. It is a Fantasy Throwdown… League!
Get a group of friends together and form a league, but instead of a draft and roster of players you carry through the season, set up a schedule and play Fantasy Throwdown. This is not my idea. I learned about it last year from Throwdown member Scott Kuff who did just that – set up a Throwdown fantasy league.
He recruited eight guys (doesn’t have to be the more standard 10, 12 or 14 of course) for the league. They created a schedule for Weeks 1-16 of the NFL season (could be almost any length, really) where they each play three Throwdown matches a week. They earn wins or losses, track standings and have playoff weeks in Weeks 15 and 16 to determine the league champ.
One unique aspect of their league I really like is the schedule sets out the challenge rules for each week, whether it be a specified lineup, scoring system or something else. They mix in Team Defense or IDP, PPR or no PPR scoring, and then some more off the wall requirements include:
- Bench players only
- Lowest score wins (drafting all starters)
- 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE, 2 K, 2 DEF … 2 K and 2 DEF, really guys?
- Week 13: Thanksgiving Day games only
Last year was the inaugural Fantasy Throwdown league for these guys and they are back at it again this year. One issue the league had last season was unfinished challenges, which I also struggle with when we organize tournaments through the season. Scott instituted a penalty system for unfinished challenges and really promoted good communication between league members to kickoff this season, to hopefully eliminate unfinished challenges. Just something to keep in mind if you decide to start your own league.
So what do you say? You don’t even have to start Week 1 given the short notice, and as mentioned above, you don’t have to go the whole season. Consider a league of eight owners, play Weeks 2-8 (7 weeks), twice a week using a doubleheader schedule, and Week 9 for a round robin playoff between the top four from the regular season. Then you could do a second season Weeks 9-15 plus Week 16 for the championship.
That is just one idea in what must be an almost limitless number of options for forming your own Fantasy Throwdown League. Give it a shot, and let us know if you do and if there is anything we can help with on our end. Happy recruiting!
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