Not too long ago I had a discussion with another FFL’er that was telling me that in his league they keep 4 players from season to season. Myself being a big fan of keeper leagues for various reasons, decided to ask some probing questions. I like to see how other leagues are doing their business because although I have been playing fantasy sports for a few decades now, I am not the soul source of knowledge on the subject matter. Fantasy sports grows dynamically, and with each season I see different variations for common practices. The only reason that I can think of is because someone doesn’t agree with how things are done and so they either suggest a new way, or start their own leagues with the way they believe it should be done. This of course spins off another league with a variation to the x². Continue Reading
Recently I was talking to a friend that is the commish on a different league, and they also use auction drafts. I was bouncing some ideas off of him, as did he, and we both came to same conclusion regarding an auctioneer; not having one can cause a lot of problems and a lot of grumbling.
Why it’s being resisted by so many
… Too many in my opinion
It’s hard to put a finger on this because I’ve only actually started getting strong resistance towards this style in the last few of seasons. It seems like more and more folks simply do not want anything that would prevent them from playing in multiple other leagues, or taking them away from doing other things. What other things? Nothing, they just like to know that their options are there. But as I’ve mentioned before; it’ a hobby, not a religion. Stop acting like I’m asking for your firt born.
Here are the most popular excuses I’ve heard, and why I think they might be wrong:
Why it’s coming back around?
To say that auction drafts are coming back would actually be inaccurate. What it’s doing is making a comeback; slight difference, although you can make an argument towards the semantics. I guess the difference is that something that coming back would have had to been gone first. Where in this case it’s just gaining popularity again, never having left. Of’ course, I am no English scholar; I’m an IT developer. What do I know? If not for spellchecker, I don’t know what I’d do.
WHY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN BETTER…
… Or at least why I’ve always thought so
As I mentioned in the previous post, this is just one guy’s opinion, and for the most part each person will need to take from it what they will, if anything at all. I’ve been playing fantasy sports of one kind or another, different sports, online drafting or live, auction, serpentine, hybrids, free, paying leagues, as well as any combination of the mentioned which is hardly a comprehensive list. I’ve played in leagues as small as 4 owners all the way up to as many as 22 owners. IDP, no defense, and even played in one league once that only required a 5 man roster. I got my butt kicked on that one. Continue Reading
First let me say that this is not going to be like the other billion sites that all say the same thing regarding which is better… well, actually it is.
But, this is just one man’s opinion about the benefits of an auction draft over a serpentine draft for fantasy football. Talking to some friends it turns out that the gap in opinions closes a little depending on the sport. This is not going to be generically molded, but rather how things look from where I sit. Continue Reading
When I started to play around with the idea of starting WTJ, the first thing that I thought of was that it had to be a keeper league. The first time I played any kind of fantasy sports 30 years ago, it was a baseball league and they had keepers. I remember thinking “why wouldn’t you?” A few years later I joined a single season fantasy basketball league, and in spite of the fact that I took first place, it was the last time I did that. Continue Reading