spodog wrote:I think the response that BeefSandwhiches posted, with the example given is the most appropriate to use for a fantasy league.
a CLEAR SWEEP of all teams does not appear to be required by the NFL, nor is it likely to provide a useful guidleine to break a 5, 6 or 7 team tie.
Just to return to this... the first tie break in tie with more than 3 clubs is A SWEAP of HEAD TO HEAD GAMES.
Three or More Clubs
(Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.)
1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
5. Strength of victory.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
9. Best net points in conference games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
12. Coin toss
When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.
You do the steps till you find the 1st winner. Then stop and start all over again with remaining teams (just considering these teams - head to head, common opponents, etc.) . This can dramatically change the math.
Each time you find a winner, stop, and then restart from the beginning with the remaining teams.