What is a Guillotine League & why you NEED to make the switch - FantasyJocks

What is a Guillotine League & why you NEED to make the switch

Guillotine style fantasy football league are like a regular fantasy league, but with a lot more chopping. Let me explain what it is and why it's better than your traditional season long formats

What is a Guillotine League?

First off, let's start with the basics. A guillotine league is a type of fantasy football league where the lowest-scoring team each week is eliminated from the league, and their players are put up for auction for the remaining teams to bid on. It's like a game of musical chairs, but instead of chairs, it's fantasy football teams, and instead of music, it's the sound of your friends crying.

Now, why is this better than traditional leagues? Well, for one, it keeps everyone engaged throughout the season. In a regular league, once you're out of the playoff race, you stop caring. But in a guillotine league, every week is a fight for survival. 

Another benefit of a guillotine league is that it rewards consistency. In a traditional league, one bad week can ruin your entire season. But in a guillotine league, you can have a bad week and still survive as long as other teams do worse. 

Plus, the added element of player auctions can be a lot of fun. Having a mini-draft every week gives everyone a chance to improve their team, even if they didn't win the previous week. 

Of course, there are some downsides to a guillotine league. For one, it can be heartbreaking to get eliminated early in the season. It's like getting voted off Survivor first, but with more shame and less chance of getting a reality TV deal.

But overall, a guillotine league can be a fun and exciting way to spice up your fantasy football season. It's like a rollercoaster ride, but instead of loops and drops, it's emotional highs and lows based on how well your team performs. So give it a try, and remember to bring your best chopping skills.

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Strategies for Guillotine Leagues

When it comes to guillotine leagues, the strategies are a little different from traditional fantasy football leagues. Here are some tips to help you survive and thrive in a guillotine league:

  1. Focus on Consistency: In a guillotine league, you don't need to have the highest-scoring team every week, you just need to avoid being the lowest-scoring team. That means it's important to focus on consistency, rather than trying to hit a home run with a big week. Aim for a solid, reliable lineup each week that can consistently score you points.

  2. Be Aggressive in the Auctions: Every week, the players from the eliminated team will go up for auction, and you'll have a chance to bid on them. It's important to be aggressive in these auctions, as getting a top player can be the difference between surviving and getting eliminated. But also be careful not to overspend and hurt your chances in the long run.

  3. Know When to Take Risks: While consistency is important, there may be times when you need to take a risk to stay alive. If you're in danger of getting eliminated and have a player with a high ceiling, it might be worth taking a chance on them to try and get a big week. But be aware of the risks and don't make a desperation move that could hurt you in the long run.

  4. Keep an Eye on the Other Teams: In a guillotine league, it's important to keep an eye on the other teams and how they're doing. If you see a team struggling and likely to get eliminated, you might want to hold back on bidding for their players and save your money for the next auction.

  5. Stay Active on the Waiver Wire: Even though the auctions are important, don't neglect the waiver wire. There will still be players available each week that can help your team, so keep an eye on them and make sure to grab any gems that become available.

  6. Have Fun: Guillotine leagues can be stressful, but they can also be a lot of fun. Don't take it too seriously and enjoy the added excitement and competitiveness of this unique type of league.

So there you have it, some strategies to help you succeed in a guillotine league. Just remember, every week is a new challenge, and anything can happen. So be ready to adapt and adjust your strategy as the season goes on.

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