In all the leagues we have had several discussions on forfeits and how they might change the game. In the BCAPL/ACS Tuesday Night league, if there is a forfeit, the team that showed up get their average plus 10%. Not 160 points and 16 wins. The Friday Charity league has a no forfeits policy, recently changed with a now call no show rule. But lets take a look over the years at what forfeits might have done in the past.
A new formula was added to past Charity league team standings. Showing what would happen if so many games were given free. Remember that a forfeit would be 10 free games. Minus the fact that you might of won some of those games. So a better team would only really be getting 3 or 4 games. And a team in last place would get 8 or 9 free games. But even after looking at 7 seasons of the last 6-8 years, I find very little evidence that one forfeit can make a difference. In fact, most seasons the game spread was 20, 30, 40, even 90 games. That is to say that it would take that many games to have moved from 2nd place to 1st place. And teams after 2nd place needed even more free wins for the places to change.
There was a few close seasons. First Place and Second Place in 2011 was separated by 1.25%. Second Place would have needed 13 free wins to take First Place. That is at least 3 to 4 forfeits. Even closer was a match in 2015. First Place had 68.57% and Second Place had 67.30%. A difference of 1.27%, but still 11 games to make a change. And last year, there was a season even closer. Second Place was 0.48% out of First Place. This still would have to be 5 free wins to overtake First Place. First, Second, and Third Place teams lowest wins are 6 in a week. Very rare do they have a week where they did win 6 or more games. This still means that one forfeit did not change the standings. And, since you can only play your own team once in a season, fake forfeits have little chance of changing the standings.
But, since the elimination of them in the Charity league. The standings are much closer then they have ever been. And, that in it's self change be a big game changer. Teams see a big spread and they tend to give up. When two teams battle and they think they can make a change they will bring out what they never have before. Close races makes for exciting games.