As I mentioned in my last post, a number of us basketbloggers were in the Hoops Addict Fantasy League last season. Fun was had, friends (and enemies – you know who you are) were made. How to enhance the experience for next year? I sent a survey to my fellow fantasy GMs to get their opinions. Here are the results:
1. Where do you want to play? Rate on a scale of 1 (most preferred) to 4 (least preferred).
Last season: Ultimate Fantasy Commissioner (UFC).
Next season: Yahoo! (average rating 1.46), UFC (2.07), Salary Cap Challenge (3.08), Other (ESPN was suggested a few times; 2.83).
The Evil Empire, Yahoo!, is the established leader and naturally got the votes. However, as noted in my UFC post, UFC will be totally revamped and seems worth a try. Who’s with me?
2. Which competition mode do you prefer?
Last season: Rotisserie.
Next season: Head-to-Head (86%). Ryan was worried that, if we played H2H, GMs would drop out when they started to fall behind. But that happened anyway with our roto setup.
3. What scoring system would you like?
Last season: Fantasy Points.
Next season: Fantasy Points (79%).
It was my first time playing in a fantasy points league (apart from Salary Cap Challenge), and I still prefer Categories. I agree with Nels (GiveMeTheRock.com) when he said, “the fantasy point system made picking up free agents who could make a difference nearly impossible. The size of the league [24 teams] also had an impact on that. When players got injured, there was no way to replace them with anyone who could even come close. With categories, you can at least pick up someone who gets a lot of a few categories and try to stay close that way.”
Also, I think categories give a team personality. You can say, “My guys are good at sharing the ball, but Pedro’s team is tops in boarding. How will we match up?” Not much you can do with the FP system.
4. What categories should we include in scoring?
Last season: Points, Total Rebounds, Offensive Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks.
Next season: Points, Total Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks were near unanimous. Treys Made came in at 57%, while half of all respondents want Field Goal Percentage, Free Throw Percentage and Turnovers. Also, Allan (Reggae Boyz) and Marc (Kwyjibo) would like us to count Double-Doubles and Triple-Doubles. Marc would also like to us to track Fouls and Sendoffs.
What do you guys want: a simple, five-cat league, or a stats monster? Personally, I prefer to keep it simple. I’ve already got two full-time jobs (my real one and blogging), I don’t want a third.
5. What do you think is the ideal number of teams?
Last season: 24
Next season: Suggestions vary widely, but most respondents prefer 20 or less. Only three people were happy with the 24-team setup. Perhaps, as Ryan and George suggested, we ought to split the league into divisions of eight or ten?
6. On a team roster, what do you prefer for positions and number of players?
Last season: Guards (2), Forwards (2), Center (1), Utility (2), Bench (3).
Next season: Guard (1), PG (1), Forwards (2), Center (1), Utility (2), Bench (3).
Not a huge difference here, apart from a little more definition at the guard spot. It was a close call between those who want two forwards (50%) and those who want one each of SF and PF (46%).
Other thoughts and suggestions:
Nobody wanted a limit on number of transactions. Thinking outside the box again, Ryan offered this: “how about a minimum?” I guess this is to keep GM’s participating and interacting.
We have floated out the idea of a keeper league. Anybody interested?
If we play in, say, two divisions, we can make one H2H/Categories, the other Roto/Fantasy Points.
The Zoner wants to set lineups weekly instead of daily.
From Allan: “If we keep the same format, eliminate the game limitations per position. You could still only start two guards, two forwards, one center and two utilities per day, but not limit it as towards the end of the season it gets difficult to get starts, especially if people sit who are out of the playoff hunt.”
For your reference – final standings (Hoops Addict writers’ teams in bold):
|1. Hooded Houdinis||13. Rising Suns|
|2. Celticsstuff Live Basta||14. Gheorghe’s Giants|
|3. TheHype’s Unrelatedness MAFIA||15. DNP-CDs|
|4. Dick Bavetta’s my Homeboy||16. Manute’s Webb|
|5. Reggae Boyz||17. The King of Kings|
|6. Impending Firestorm||18. Need4Sheed.com|
|7. Giorgio’s Bargnani Boyz||19. Give Me the Rockettes|
|8. Jeff’s Team U-S, Eh?||20. SPS Clippers|
|9. CR Flamengo||21. Kwyjibo|
|10. ChiTown Hustlers||22. Zoners|
|11. 7 Foot Smurfs||23. Shady Grove Playaz!|
|12. Mile High Nuggs||24. League of Roundie Henchmen|
Anything to add, Hoops Addict League GMs? Please comment below. Not a Hoops Addict League GM? Comment anyway.
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