I hope everyone enjoyed the first season of GeekDad Fantasy Football. I have a few questions to see if we want to continue it and (assuming so) what changes you would like to see for the second season:
I think it has been a fun season and will enjoy seeing how the rest of the playoffs unfold. I look forward to your feedback.
assistant manager of the Imperial Right Guard
1. Butler has had a blast! It has been incredible to scour the waiver wire each week after a disappointing draft and take fliers on so many players. Some have worked out (Alfred Morris and our trade for Adrian Peterson -- seriously who saw THAT comeback???) while others have been more than disappointing (Rob Gronkowski's injury was just a kick in the shins). I have always been a fan of defense and the lineman (I actually own a linemans jersey. B-Town will appreciate it. Remember Olin Kreutz? LOVE that guy) so my kids always wonder why we can't pickup Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman or Henry Melton. For some reason they don't request Bears lineman. I wonder why that is. :)
3. I actually recommended Yahoo and still thinks it is the best free format. The discussion forums could use some work though so I will second that. If we could change one thing I think it would be something Yahoo implemented in the middle of the season with rolling daily waivers. This would prevent runs on players that might become available in the middle of the day due to injury from being first come first serve. It might provide a nice balance between the two times a week waivers we used in baseball and the free for all format football had. We benefited from this several times but I recognize I have the benefit of working with my kids (I plead the fifth on whether I ever pulled them from line in the hallway to discuss a pickup). This would give everyone the chance to sit down at night if they wish and make moves. Just a thought to make things more fair.
4. PPR leagues tend to give an overemphasis on obscure WR's that catch a lot of short throws (Danny Amendola would make us look really smart for instance) and pass catching RB's are Gold in these scoring formats. They might be closer to real football but I actually like just the standard scoring format. To me if you start trying to make WR's a premium closer to RB's why not up the scoring for Kickers, Defenses and TE's? But that is just me. We will play with whatever format is chosen.
5. As many as can stay active. I know we have had trouble with teams only paying attention past the draft and maybe the first few weeks but I would like this format to stay open to as many as we can hold. Obviously you have to draw the line somewhere and 10-12 teams is optimal with fewer leading to less competitiveness and more leading to harder play. I try to stick to 12 teams in the leagues I run. It tends to be a nice balance. But again I think the spirit of these leagues is the more the merrier.
6. Weekly questions? A live draft supported with Google Hangout or some other format? This is a hard one with everyone spread out.
Great feedback so far... I look forward to hearing from the other owners.
One more question that Kevin made me think of - do we go keeper or not? Since we did not spell it out at the beginning of this season, I suggest that we do not have any keepers this season. However, we could go that route next season. My son is a die hard Steelers fan (tough to swallow for a die hard Browns fan dad but I love him despite this tragic shortcoming). He is also a big fan of the "star" NFL players. Every week, he wanted me to make a deal for the "IT" player of the week. By avoiding keepers, it might make it more fun for the kids. I'd like to hear the other owners input on this.
Kevin - what did you have in mind for special bye rules??
RE: Bye rules
We have a 20-team league, so the scarcity is a serious issue. Even scaling back the number of keepers from 8 to 6 (and only one developmental instead of 2) to improve the draft, there are very limited opportunities to pick up starting QBs. Ks have a similar numbers problem, but there are usually plenty available in the draft to make it a strategic choice. WR and TE are equivalent positions (both are treated as WR), and we allow legal formations that have 2, 1 or no RBs, so those positions generally aren't affected by byes as much.
To compensate, we allow temporary trades that last only 3 weeks, to encourage sharing the wealth. Since we are a keeper league, we also have the next three drafts to work with in trading picks, and borrowed players tend to go for a 6th to as high as a 3rd. Often, there is some mutual exchange (a backup K for a backup QB in overlapping bye weeks).
We also allow a special formation of Wishbone, which substitutes the missing QB with a third RB.
Other strategies would be to set aside a pool of QBs and Ks that are not drafted as a shared resource, allowing teams with byes a free exchange for that week without losing their main player. If they really wanted to dump their starter, they could waive/sign as normal to make it permanent. But this would allow the franchise QBs to remain with their teams without having the team suffer that week.
This was all much worse when the byes lasted longer in the season and there were two of them.
I think we could easily work toward a Keeper league, btw, by protecting just 1 or 2 players this year. That would give each team some base continuity without penalizing the freewheeling types like Btown who waived Andrew Luck and Danny Amendola because they weren't going to help any more than the guys who could be picked up later from the available free agents.
A 1-2 keeper league would be intriguing. I would hate to make it more than that though. "Dead" teams could be taken over by new owners and they would then get their selection from what that team had (a few gems there I might add).
I hope this reaches many of the former owners in the GeekDad Fantasy Football League. I am just getting the league started for the upcoming season. Here are a few thoughts I have. I welcome your input.
1 - Allow teams with or without a child. GeekDads/GeekMoms are welcome even if their kids don't want to play or have a passing interest. The only request I have is that we keep it clean for the teams that are a Parent/Child combo like my team.
2 - After discussion with others, I am recommending we go to a PPR (1 Point Per Reception) format. Scoring is identical to last year but each reception is also worth one point. Based on today's pass-happy NFL, this seems to be the best statistical fantasy football format.
3 - I would like to start keepers. After referring to other fantasy gurus, they recommended announcing the change now and implementing the keepers next season. Keep this in mind as you draft and as you make transactions during the season. Next year, you will have the option to keep two players from your team. If you keep one player, you give up your first round pick. If you keep a second player, you give up your first and second round picks. If you throw everyone back, you get to pick in both of those rounds but expect the top talent to be a little bit depleted from the keepers.
4 - Please invite any other interested GeekDad/GeekMoms to join.
Let me know if you would like to see any tweaking on the above items. I am looking forward to another season of GeekDad Fantasy Football.