We did this last year.
In NFL Pick 'em leagues, each player predicts the outcome of every NFL game. There are three different types, and we run all three. You can join any or all of them.
Straight up: You simply pick the winner of each game, and get a point.
Spread: A spread is determined for a game (like with sports betting), where one team has a certain amount of points given to them, and you have to pick the game with that adjustment taken into account.
Confidence: The most complex one, but in my view also the most fun. There are no spreads, so you pick the winner straight up. But you get a confidence value you can assign to every game, 1 through the number of games being played that weekend, and can only use each number once. So if there are 16 games that weekend, you’ll assign the confidence number 16 to the game where the outcome seems most clear to you, 15 for the next one, all the way down to 1 for the one you’re least sure of. If you pick correctly, the confidence value of your pick is added to your weekly score.
And survival football: Each player picks one team that has to win each week. If your picked team fails to win, you’re out for the season. You can only use each team once.
These leagues can hold up to 50 players each, so we’re not really at risk for filling up, and you’re competing against the whole league, not one other team per week like fantasy football, so it’s not a big deal if you end up dropping out. I’d like for everyone to play all the way through the season, but it’s not a big deal if you don’t, so feel free to sign up if you’re only a little interested.
To Join to go fantasysports.yahoo.com, go to NFL pick 'em (and/or survival) and join the following groups:
Straight up: League #18853
The password for all leagues is “cecil”