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Against the Spread (using the line)


The Basics

The spread, also referred to as the line or the odds, is always used in Play Money leagues, and is an option for Pickem leagues. When the line is being used, in order to have a correct pick the team you pick must "cover" the line. The favored team is always the team with the negative line. For example, if the line is Denver -4 over Seattle, that means Denver is the favorite and must win by more than 4 points to cover the spread.  If Seattle wins, or they lose by less than 4, they cover the spread (so a team can still lose and cover the line if they are the underdog). If Denver wins by exactly 4, its a "push" or a tie. The pick sheet will also have an (F) next to the team that is favored as an additional aid.

How the line is set

The opening line is set Tuesday AM around 4am MST. The lines will periodically update during the week and will stop updating for a game when that game starts. A line for a game will only be updated if it changes by 2 or more points, or if the line was OFF and becomes available. 

What if the line is OFF when I make my pick?

For pickem leagues, if the line becomes available before kickoff, then that will be the line the player will be assigned for that game.  If the line is still OFF after kickoff, the line becomes 0.  So how a player deals with this is simply making their best guess of what the line will be, or check shortly before game time to see if the line posted and decide if they want to change their pick. Lines that are OFF will typically post by at least 15 minutes before game time, but this is not a guarantee.

For Play Money leagues, you simply cannot pick a game that is OFF (it is grayed out on the Picks sheet). 

Configuration Options

For Pickem leagues, if you configure your league to use the spread, you can choose to 1) use the opening line, or 2) use the variable line that may change during the week. Some managers like to use just the opening line so that all their players are using the same line. The opening lines are set Tuesday morning. For any games that are OFF, the moment the line is available becomes that game's opening line.

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Date added: 2016-09-30 15:33:49
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