Yoda wrote:It depends on the person. I am in two H2H money leagues with people I know. I like it much better since each week I can look forward to even if I got creamed the last three weeks.
Plus playing against your friends means there is new smack talking every week. I prefer it to roto.
This is exactly why I like H2H
Agreed! Every week there's a chance to chat it up with a good buddy as we face off against eachother. That, to me, is what brings me back year after year...
Plus, each week is a new managing challenge. For example, you're winning in IP and K's but also ERA and WHIP. Do you start your pitchers over the weekend in hope for the CG SO points and to add on to your IP and K lead or is it not worth risking spikes in ERA and WHIP due to bad outings? The scenario changes as every weekend approaches!
The typical fantasy player will bemoan the "luck" involved in H2H playoff formats, but the savvy one has long since known which MLB teams have the best matchups during the playoff weeks and has built his team to flourish in those weeks.
jblank wrote:If its so wonderful, why do estimates show that 80-90% of fantasy baseball players play Roto? I suppose those same 80% of players don't get bored year after year after all.
But how many of those same players have a H2H league or even multiple leagues? Don't get me wrong, I love roto but I love H2H. Right now I'm last in my 16 man H2H money league, mostly due to lack of pitching and my offensive slump but I'm turning it around(oh and my 0-12 first week ) but I'm making some moves and am getting back to competitive and think I have a good chance at competing for the 2nd half prize(still don't know if it's possible to make playoffs since only 6 make it) But it's competitive. I have a roto league too where I like it because I'm also a stat junkie. In reality I like both leagues and that's why I love fantasy sports. Anything can happen. I really don't understand why people can't like to play both. I think it's just finding a good commited group.
Although I’ve warmed to the format myself, all three members of my “panel” noted that it lags rotisserie in popularity. Luciani estimates that no more than 10% of the questions he receives are related to the head-to-head format, although he added that “this may not be reflective of what percentage of people are playing because our own site is more focused in the direction of rotisserie-style fantasy leagues.”
Roberts also estimates a 10% popularity rating for head-to-head. “However, that number is increasing as certain sites allow owners to play head-to-head for free," he observed. "Many prefer the sudden change of head-to-head standings and the volatility in the standings.” Ray Murphy concurs, adding, “I think the minority that play head-to-head are quite attached to the format” – something I’ve noticed as well.