Firstly it can help to know the right terminology when discussing looping
Your fantasy team has 21 players. 13 of those are your starting team
You then have 8 Reserves which is split up into 4 Interchange players (positions 14-17) and 4 Emergencies (positions 18-21)
Those terms are often used interchangeably, but technically - "Reserves", "Interchange" and "Emergencies" all refer to slightly different things.
Some people often get confused by advanced looping, but it isn't as hard as it seems. You just need to break down looping to its basic principles and everything flows on from there.
You get to name 17 scoring players every week. Your starting 13 players and 4 Interchange players
Your Interchange players are part of your reserves bench which is made up of 8 players that you rank in the order you would like them to take the field
You are able to adjust this ranking order during a round, which is what allows the glory of loop holing
If any of your scoring 17 players don't take the field that week, they will be replaced using the following Auto-Emergency (AE) rules
1. If that player is in your Interchange, then the highest ranked Emergency that took the field will score for them instead. Position does not matter
2. If the player is in your starting 13 then they will be replaced by the highest ranked player on your Reserves bench that has the position in which the non-playing player was named
2a If that Reserves player was in your Emergencies, no further changes are made
2b. If that Reserves player was in your Interchange, then the highest ranked Emergency moves into the Interchange.
2c If you have nobody in your Reserves that has the same position of the player you need an AE for, then no AE substitution happens and you will have 1 less scoring player that week.
You can have up to 4 Emergency players move into your scoring 17 in any round
Note, that unlike Supercoach - AE choices are made based on hwo your players are ranked on your Reserves bench. The score they produce does not matter, a player who scores -3 can still be used as an AE if he is ranked high enough in your Reserves and has any appropriate position.
Hopefully that explanation is somewhat clear. If you understand how AE substitutions work you can apply them in many wondrous ways. Some pictorial examples will follow in the next few posts.
There is 1 grey area around looping. What happens if your starting team contains a CTR that does not play, and a WFB that does not play
If your highest ranked Emergency is a dual eligible CTR/WFB - what position will they fill. This can be particularly important if you have an Emergency bench that has position requirements something like
If you need a WFB and a CTR as AE will it take 18 and 19, or 18 and 20?
Cookie and I did some tests a few years ago and I don't think we got any conclusive results.
Might do some more tests to confirm, but best as I can recall there are some smarts around getting the 2 highest ranked players, so if you need a CTR and a WFB
This setup will get 18 into WFB and 19 into CTR
This setup will get 18 into CTR and 19 into WFB
I would try to avoid a loop situation where this distinction is important, unless you are confident yourself in how it will work. Cookie may have a better memory/screen shot of how this sort of setup works
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