Everyone has that movie they want to hate yet they can’t because it wasn’t terrible. It just didn’t live up to expectations. Sort of the same feeling you get when your fantasy matchup ends in a tie.
Author: Drew Loftis
Published: 2021-08-05 09:42 pm
Fantasy football: The innovative solution for breaking ties
nypost.com

Everyone has that movie: The one they want to hate because it wasn’t nearly as good as they wanted it to be, yet they can’t truly hate it because it wasn’t terrible. It just didn’t live up to expectations.

It’s frustrating. It causes internal strife. You almost wish the movie had just been awful so you could hate it without feeling guilty. It feels like defeat even when it isn’t.

Sort of the same feeling you get when your fantasy matchup ends in a tie. Computer screens or phones beware: There could be high-impact damages oncoming once something is thrown in disgust at realizing their fantasy match has ended in a deadlock.

So how can commissioners or providers solve this problem? Well, the easy answer is fractional points. But that is sort of like splitting the baby, it just doesn’t wash logically. The Falcons didn’t lead 28.8 to 3.3. You don’t kick an extra half-point. There are no spaces on stadium scoreboards for fractions, so why should there be on fantasy scoreboards? It’s lazy to diverge so drastically from the game the fantasy realm aims to mimic.

(Note: Exception made for daily fantasy contests, since thousands can be competing in the same contest. But no exception granted for season-long leagues).

(image)
Patrick Mahomes looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The better solution was actually introduced decades ago and somehow, inexplicably, disappeared when fantasy football became mainstream. Fanball, in its infancy in the late 1990s-early2000s range, included a slot for an “overtime” player.

At some point, someone at a big media conglomerate was building their first fantasy platform using sites like Fanball and Sandbox and others as their template. And they looked at this wonderful, universally unopposed option and said, “Nah, we know better.” And then the other big sites followed suit. And this glorious creation was lost to history. To our knowledge, whatever buffoon that made this initial decision to scrap the OT player has yet to be slapped around with a rubber chicken, and that is a travesty.

The idea is fantastically simple. You assign one of your bench players as the “overtime” player. If the game ends in a tie, only then are that player’s points applied, as well that your opponent’s OT player. Whoever has the highest-scoring OT player then wins the matchup.

If those two players tie, only then do you get an actual tie, in the regular season. In the playoffs, well, if the outcome isn’t resolved by the OT player, then you use the same sort of postseason tiebreaker measures we use now, but only as a fallback.

(image)
An “overtime” player could be the solution fantasy leagues need to end the dreaded tie.
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

This adds an additional element of strategy and could also help with tough roster decisions: Feel like Joey Rungood is gonna have a big game, but he hasn’t done enough to warrant a position in your lineup? Give him the OT slot. Think Jimmy Catchalot will have a big game, but he is facing a tough cornerback and you have other, safer options? The OT option gives you some comfort against benching those guys outright.

It’s amazing this option ever disappeared. It is long past time to reintroduce it. But I imagine the biggest hurdle is the proliferation of partial points leagues that rarely, if ever, need such an option.

Though, if such an OT option still existed, perhaps there would be no need for fractional points. And that is what we would call a better life.

Read Full Story

Man who allegedly killed mom struck her eye, fired at stranger as he fled

nypost.com - 8 months ago
The man who fatally shot his mother in East Harlem this week later fired shots at a stranger as he fled the scene, according to authorities. Musa Camara, 22, shot his mother, Jaiteh Fatuuomat, just after 9 a.m. Tuesday inside the Lehman Houses on East
Read More

Third bank cuts ties with Trump in wake of Capitol riots

nypost.com - 8 months ago
A third bank is severing financial ties to President Trump in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot he incited last week. Florida-based Professional Bank “has decided not to engage in any further business with the Trump Organization and its affiliates, and
Read More

Ellen Barkin dumps Fifth Ave apartment for $1.75 million

nypost.com - 1 month ago
Actress Ellen Barkin, who made her name in “Diner,” has sold her Gold Coast lower Fifth apartment for $1.75 million. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft is at 74 Fifth Ave., just off of Washington Square Park. It was on the market for $2.25 million in 2018
Read More

SoFi to go public after merger with venture capital investor’s blank-check company

nypost.com - 8 months ago
Online lending startup Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) said Thursday it has agreed to go public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp V, a blank-check acquisition company led by venture capital investor Chamath Palihapitiya. The deal
Read More