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How does your league payout each year? What do you and don't you like? What do you think would be neat and keep things interesting?

I toss over this every year for our league. We just went to 14 teams at $100 a man, from 12.

I don't like having to split off small amounts of money in the end but I do like to keep everyone interested. In the past we did season total points, single game high points, division or league winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd playoffs. We also put a small amount towards a survivor pool amongst us.

I'd like to incorporate a weekly high points payout too but is it too knit picky? In the end, I don't want the champs barely getting their money back.

Thoughts?

 
We do a weekly high points prize. For your league buy-in it would be about $10 paid out weekly. We also pay out for for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place (league playoffs), of course year end high points and we also have a prize pool set aside for the actual NFL playoffs that involves our players. It's complicated and a pain in the a##. I don't like it and wouldn't recommend it.

My favorites are the weekly high points prize because it keeps everybody interested, even if they are out of the playoff hunt, and of course the traditional payouts.

 
We do a weekly high points prize. For your league buy-in it would be about $10 paid out weekly. We also pay out for for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place (league playoffs), of course year end high points and we also have a prize pool set aside for the actual NFL playoffs that involves our players. It's complicated and a pain in the a##. I don't like it and wouldn't recommend it.

My favorites are the weekly high points prize because it keeps everybody interested, even if they are out of the playoff hunt, and of course the traditional payouts.
12 team league, $80 per team entry. We do weekly high points payouts too ($5 per week for weeks 1-13), and for the same reason- it keeps people interested even if their team is out of it. We pay 3 places, a $20 payout for each of the three regular season division winners, and a Pro Bowl payout of $25. Pro Bowl is done in week 7. In addition to their normal matchup in week 8, each of three division leaders from week 7 get to submit a Pro Bowl lineup that's comprised of any players from teams in their division. it's a head-to-head-to-head format. Highest score of the 3 wins the payout.

 
How does your league payout each year? What do you and don't you like? What do you think would be neat and keep things interesting?

I toss over this every year for our league. We just went to 14 teams at $100 a man, from 12.

I don't like having to split off small amounts of money in the end but I do like to keep everyone interested. In the past we did season total points, single game high points, division or league winners, 1st, 2nd and 3rd playoffs. We also put a small amount towards a survivor pool amongst us.

I'd like to incorporate a weekly high points payout too but is it too knit picky? In the end, I don't want the champs barely getting their money back.

Thoughts?
That's the major problem I have with leagues that incorporate all sorts of seasonal and weekly prizes. $100 a team only goes so far as a season-end prize pool if you're awarding anything more than a nominal fee to the "one-off" winners. My personal rule of thumb has always been to keep the champ's share around 45-50% of the total.

Instead of a separate payout for total season points, I've always incorporated it as a "wild-card" entrant into my leagues' playoffs. So if you're doing a 4-team playoff (which I prefer as it makes the "Super Bowl" a cumulative two-week affair in weeks 15 and 16, which minimizes luck), it would be the two division champs, the next best record, and the best (or next-best) point total as the 4 qualifiers. I typically prefer a larger season-end prize for the single highest weekly total to a series of weekly high score prizes, as you can pay out (say) $75 or $100 once instead of $10 thirteen times and leave more for the winners' pool, but that's personal preference.

If you're not going crazy with the one-off prizes, consider a "consolation" bracket for the non-qualifying teams with the entry fee (or something close) paid back to the consolation winner.

So in a standard 12x$100 league structure, your payoffs could be: $75 to the 5th-place winner, $75 to the season weekly high score, and the remaining $1,050 divided $600 / $300 / $150, or alternatively $10 a week and the remaining $995 going $550 / $300 / $145 or some such.

 
Money goes to the champion and runner up.

I prefer larger percentage payouts for first, 80/20 or 70/30. If I make it to the finals I like having the option to chop it 40/40 and play for the 20% left, a lot easier to do when the person who loses will get 2-3x their buy-in.

 
I run a league for old high school buddies. Since we all play in so many money leagues we do the final prize a bit differently. We only collect $25 a team and 1st prize is an NFL Jersey of your team & number choice with your fantasy team name on the back. Sometimes we have to reduce the name down to fit, but the jersey is usually worth about $175.

 

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