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Last week, Ben Falk of the PFC Warriors offered a new perspective on the Premier Fantasy Championship standings. We have a lot of whiners in our league, complaining that they've come out on the short end of the stick more often than not this season. Such is life in a Head-to-Head league.

Ben's goal was to uncover which teams have something to complain about (the unlucky) and which should be deathly silent (the lucky). He separated the two by taking team averages, projecting wins and losses over the entire season, and comparing to actual wins and losses.

This exercise got discussions going on the value of a Head-to-Head format in a league that is intended to find the best fantasy player in the world. I have never been a Head-to-Head supporter due to the luck factor. In fact, I am participating in more Head-to-Head leagues this season than I have in all other years of fantasy basketball experience combined. If you want to find the best team in your league, play roto. If you want entertainment, play Head-to-Head.

Which is why I chose Head-to-Head for the PFC. Sure, we might not be able to determine the true best team in this league, but it is at least entertaining to follow. Otherwise, I would have nothing to write about right now. Instead, my column would look something like this...

This week in the PFC, the Portland Trailblazers spent their 19th consecutive week atop the standings. Last week, I wrote that they were up by 15 points. This week, they're up by 14.5. Watch out for the Mavericks!

See you next week!

Boring. The risk of running a roto league for entertainment purposes is that the results can be decided midway through the season. That's great for people like me who want to be rewarded for my dominance. Bad for keeping teams involved and having something to watch from week to week.

Someone made the argument (I have to be honest with you, I can't keep up with the PFC message board to tell you who said it) that an alternative would be to have each team face everyone each week. So, it's effectively a roto Head-to-Head league. No more getting stiffed for having the second best week, facing the team with the best week. Luck gone.

But isn't the luck factor the reason people enjoy Head-to-Head in the first place? Although, one benefit would be that you could also keep your playoff system -- which isn't possible in roto. Although, luck would again rein once the playoffs begin since it makes no sense to have to pit your performance against everyone in the league when you are playing your championship game against one team.

For argument's sake, though, I wanted to perform another exercise and take this a step further. Spreadsheets ready. Let's do this.

I went through and collected each team's total stats for each week. First, let me point out the first flaw in this exercise. You plan for your opponent. In a given week, you may choose an inferior player from the bench to exploit an opponent's weakness. Granted, this doesn't happen as often in a league as deep as the PFC and with a bench two-men deep. Outside of the Trailblazers and a few others, most teams would use the same lineup regardless of whom they are facing.

Anyway, we're going to plug ahead. I need an article and there's no turning back now. Ben's exercise took overall year-to-date team stats, which don't take into consideration game count advantages, injuries, and hot and cold performances from week to week. This was a laborious exercise to say the least. Cut, paste. Cut, paste. I cut and pasted 520 times, to be exact.

Next, I ranked each team in all eight of our categories for each individual week. Yup, that means I also created 18 tabs in my Excel spreadsheet. This is a project. I had better get an "A" for this.

Instead of adding up wins in a single category, I took a short cut. Had to. This would get ridiculous otherwise. Instead of saying Team A had 20 Wins and nine Losses in the Rebounds category for Week 1, I took the team's rank in that category for the week and assigned them a Win if they finished in the top 15 for that week and a Loss if they were in the bottom 15. Simple.

Then I calculated wins and losses for every single week. We're in the middle of Week 19 now, one week from the start of our playoffs.

Our current standings are to the right. Let's take a look at what our standings look like with the "Fair" Head-to-Head method:

Eastern Conference

CENTRAL W L Win %
Indiana Pacers 98 46 .681
Milwaukee Bucks 78 66 .542
Detroit Pistons 66 78 .458
Cleveland Cavaliers 61 83 .424
Chicago Bulls 47 97 .326

ATLANTIC W L Win %
Toronto Raptors 83 61 .576
New Jersey Nets 76 68 .528
Philadelphia 76ers 70 74 .486
Boston Celtics 51 93 .354
New York Knicks 36 108 .250

SOUTHEAST W L Win %
Charlotte Bobcats 101 43 .701
Miami Heat 91 53 .632
Washington Wizards 87 57 .604
Atlanta Hawks 86 58 .597
Orlando Magic 78 66 .542

Western Conference

NORTHWEST W L Win %
Portland Trailblazers 104 40 .722
Utah Jazz 91 53 .632
Denver Nuggets 84 60 .583
Minnesota Timberwolves 73 71 .507
Seattle SuperSonics 68 76 .472

PACIFIC W L Win %
Golden State Warriors 74 70 .514
Los Angeles Clippers 74 70 .514
Sacramento Kings 72 72 .500
Phoenix Suns 70 74 .486
Los Angeles Lakers 59 85 .410

SOUTHWEST W L Win %
Dallas Mavericks 104 40 .722
San Antonio Spurs 76 68 .528
Houston Rockets 69 75 .479
Memphis Grizzlies 58 86 .403
New Orleans/OK Hornets 46 98 .319

First, notice that I do not use ties here. Ties would not be necessary since you are either in the top 15 (a win) or you aren't (a loss). At first glance, there aren't many major changes to our standings. Indiana, Toronto, Portland and Dallas remain in first place. Charlotte and Miami swap first and second in the Atlantic. The Pacific gets turned on its head, but that division is ridiculous to begin with.

Let's take it a step further. That's right, we'll finish this thing running. Now, compare the actual winning percentages to the adjusted percentages based on the "Fair" method:

TEAM Actual Win % "Fair" Win % Diff
Indiana Pacers .528 .681 -.153
Dallas Mavericks .597 .722 -.125
Los Angeles Clippers .399 .514 -.115
New Jersey Nets .424 .528 -.104
San Antonio Spurs .427 .528 -.101
Charlotte Bobcats .601 .701 -.101
Golden State Warriors .420 .514 -.094
Utah Jazz .576 .632 -.056
Washington Wizards .549 .604 -.056
Portland Trailblazers .670 .722 -.052
Milwaukee Bucks .500 .542 -.042
Sacramento Kings .462 .500 -.038
Seattle SuperSonics .455 .472 -.017
Denver Nuggets .569 .583 -.014
Phoenix Suns .472 .486 -.014
Atlanta Hawks .583 .597 -.014
Minnesota Timberwolves .503 .507 -.003
New York Knicks .250 .250 .000
Orlando Magic .542 .542 .000
Memphis Grizzlies .403 .403 .000
Houston Rockets .500 .479 .021
Toronto Raptors .608 .576 .031
Miami Heat .663 .632 .031
Los Angeles Lakers .444 .410 .035
Philadelphia 76ers .535 .486 .049
Chicago Bulls .378 .326 .052
Cleveland Cavaliers .490 .424 .066
Detroit Pistons .524 .458 .066
New Orleans/OK Hornets .410 .319 .090
Boston Celtics .517 .354 .163

On the surface, our results aren't much different than Ben's. The unluckiest team is Indiana and the luckiest team is Boston. He also had the Knicks as the second luckiest team whereas my method has them right where they should be. I believe my method is more precise. Why? Because I am the only one who is always right.

One more step further! Now, let's see how it affects our playoff picture. Based on our current league settings, here are the teams set to make the playoffs if the season ended last Sunday.

Eastern Conference: Indiana, Toronto, Miami, Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, Orlando and Philadelphia.

Western Conference: Portland, Phoenix, Dallas, Utah, Denver, Minnesota, Houston and Sacramento.

Now, let's take a look at which teams would make it to the playoffs under the "fair" method.

Eastern Conference: Indiana, Toronto, Charlotte, Miami, Washington, Atlanta, Orlando and Milwaukee.

Western Conference: Portland, Dallas, Golden State, Utah, Denver, San Antonio, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota.

The difference? Out East, Philadelphia would make the playoffs if the season ended today. With the fair method, it would have been Milwaukee. Out West, there is a much bigger discrepancy. Portland, Dallas, Utah, Denver and Minnesota make it either way. The "fair" method would replace Phoenix, Houston and Sacramento with Golden State, San Antonio and the Clippers.

Too bad for youse guys. Fun to look at, just makes you bang your head against the wall.

Next week, we'll dip back into the PFC talent pool for a playoff preview from PFC Denver's very own Keith Wayland.

AI wouldn't be enough for PFC 76ers to make the playoffs under the "Fair" method.
(Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

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Overall Records

Eastern Conference

CENTRAL W L T
Indiana Pacers 74 66 4
Detroit Pistons 74 67 3
Milwaukee Bucks 71 71 2
Cleveland Cavaliers 69 72 3
Chicago Bulls 52 87 5

ATLANTIC W L T
Toronto Raptors 87 56 1
Philadelphia 76ers 74 64 6
Boston Celtics 73 68 3
New Jersey Nets 58 80 6
New York Knicks 34 106 4

SOUTHEAST W L T
Miami Heat 94 47 3
Charlotte Bobcats 85 56 3
Atlanta Hawks 83 59 2
Washington Wizards 79 65 0
Orlando Magic 76 64 4

Western Conference

NORTHWEST W L T
Portland Trailblazers 94 45 5
Utah Jazz 82 60 2
Denver Nuggets 80 60 4
Minnesota Timberwolves 71 70 3
Seattle SuperSonics 63 76 5

PACIFIC W L T
Phoenix Suns 67 75 2
Sacramento Kings 64 75 5
Los Angeles Lakers 62 78 4
Golden State Warriors 59 82 3
Los Angeles Clippers 56 85 3

SOUTHWEST W L T
Dallas Mavericks 84 56 4
Houston Rockets 70 70 4
San Antonio Spurs 60 81 3
New Orleans/OK Hornets 57 83 4
Memphis Grizzlies 57 85 2