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Should fantasy football have Week 17 Finale??

Posted on: January 2, 2010 8:43 pm
It is a generally accepted concept that a good league will not have a Week 17 fantasy football championship game. I question this commonly accepted notion? It is akin to stating that life can only exist in the presence of water and oxygen just because that is all what we experience and know (okay I am extrapolating to extremes). Here is my argument to why this idea is not in line with the overall tenet of the game.

Fantasy football by definition is a mixture of good drafting, intelligent in season free agent pickups and ultimately luck. For a knowledgeable owner, a typical fantasy football team would be a good amalgam of players from multiple teams. Seldom does a FF team succeed having 3 or 4 skill players from the same team. In addition, every season is accompanied with an assortment of injuries to skill players that every team has to cope with. I do not see anyone complaining about injuries killing their roster and hence the team gives up. Success ultimately comes when the team can overcome injuries by having good backups and free agency moves. If a team has such a diverse and successful setup, a league championship on week 17 is not going to upset the applecart. Not every player is going to sit down for the final week. At the most, the team has to account for 3 to 4 players during the final week. It should be very similar to accounting for injuries or for nut heads like Brandon Marshall being banished to the bench. In addition, you would have at the most 2-4 teams, involved in scrouging for left over players. There are always hidden gems available during the final week of the season and it is identifying these gems that requires knowledge and skill. In fact, this is more conducive to helping the better player win the championship rather than a week 16 finale where you are depending on your studs to pull it off. Is that not better overall or should we still be sticking with our 1 dimensional thinking???????


Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2010 3:27 pm

Should fantasy football have Week 17 Finale??

I hate the games at the end of the season i n which you get screwed because your star players are not playing. PEYTON DAMMIT!

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