One way to reduce the league sizes is to have a WNFF Head to Head
league that's separate from a WNFF Rotisserie league. I have little interest in a Rotisserie
league... even though I might have won it or did well, when we tried it on WNFF several years ago. It's almost like playing solitare, and it becomes too difficult for many mangers to move up, so they quit.
Each week, opponents face off in a Head to Head
manner. There will be 10 categories (as listed above) that the opponents will be competing against. At the end of the week the team with the best in each category will be awarded a point. The team with the most points at the end of the week receives the win."
I liked using OBP
instead of BA last year. The ONE thing I'd change
the Winner Take All
scoring for each weekly matchup. If the result in the 10 categories is 6-4-0 or 5-5-0 or 2-3-5, then THAT should be the final score, not 1-0 and 0-1 for each manager for that week.
We used that scoring in Head to Head
several years ago in a WNFF
league. The effect is to punish quitters
, those who stop managing their teams, as their rosters grow with more and more players on the DL each week. But those managers can still get lucky and win a week, based almost entirely on the initial draft. (good pitching, closers, steals, etc.) But the Quitters are unlikely to get an 8-2 victory on the 10 categories. By using their 6-4 win instead of 1-0, it doesn't penalize those who are actually participating.
With 26 weeks
in the baseball season, if someone is just going to draft a team and then ignore it, they shouldn't sign up at all. Managing a fantasy team is like checking your email once per day
. Just see if someone's gone on the DL, and move pitchers from your bench to starting when they get their starts. Keep an eye on Free Agents who are outperforming the players on your roster. Recognizing rising and declining talent, and acting on it, is what makes Fantasy Baseball fun. (I grabbed Ryan Braun
out of free agency when he was a rookie, after he hit 2 HRs in the same game against the Nationals.)