Fantasy Playoffs: Shocking result creates co-champions

In a classic case of Fantasy Playoffs officials creating short-sighted rules with big consequences, this year’s championship ended with co-winners for the first time ever.

Ilovehamlin11 and mmarkaholic came into the 10-player championship race with the same picks — along with chandlerf33. They each predicted Kyle Busch would win the title, Martin Truex Jr. would finish second, Kevin Harvick would finish fourth and Brad Keselowski would finish seventh.

All three of them got Harvick and Keselowski’s finishing position exactly right — but flip-flopped Truex and Busch’s positions.

With each missing the real-life finishing order by just one spot, it made the playoffs come down to a tiebreaker: Number of laps led by the champion.

Chandlerf33 predicted the champ would lead 142 laps, ilovehamlin11 said 96 and mmarkaholic said 60.

The correct answer: Martin Truex Jr. led 78 laps — which was the exact number to split ilovehamlin11 and mmarkaholic’s tiebreaker guesses!

Since Fantasy Playoffs officials failed to implement a contingency plan with a second tiebreaker, ilovehamlin11 and mmarkaholic have officially been declared co-champions for 2017.

Congrats to both and for everyone who made the Fantasy Playoffs this season!

Check back in February for the 2018 Fantasy Playoffs Entry form right here at

Name Champ score (lowest wins) Tiebreaker laps
Riles23 15
Lucas_Brack -1
Mark Mello 10
Vothski 7
Random NASCAR Fan 6
ilovehamlin11 -8 18
mmarkaholic -8 18
chandlerf33 -8 64
trey_chaffin 11
Jake Boyle -1