Two weeks left before the playoffs start, and there is all sorts of action going on in my league.
In my division, the top team suffered a defeat at the hands of the second-worst team in the league last week. Then this week, they clawed their way back into their matchup against the 3rd-place team only to lose at the last second. As a result, they have slipped to a tie for first place. The next two teams are also tied at one game back, which means one little game separates the top-four teams in a division where only the top three make the playoffs. The team that was formerly in first place has to play the 3rd-place team next week and then finishes up against the team they are currently tied with. That's drama.
But the other division isn't without its own drama. In a preview of what could be the Divisional Championship, the top-two teams squared off in a battle royale. They put up the highest and second-highest point totals for the week. In the end, the second-place team, the team that led the matchup from Monday to Saturday, lost by only a handful of points as the first-place team mounted a hefty Sunday comeback. Meanwhile, the 3rd- and 4th-place teams in that same division duked it out for 7 days with similar results. The 4th-place team led by a large margin coming into today only to see their playoffs hopes dashed as the 3rd-place team jumped ahead by literally a couple of points compliments of Chone Figgins in the last game of the night.
I don't care what you say, roto's got nothing on that.
Didn't even mention my game, that I pulled out in the last second against an already-eliminated team to stay alive in the playoff race (I'm one of the teams tied for third in the first division). I started Dontrelle this week and survived the roller coaster of emotions watching him pitch last night. He did well enough to get me back in the game, even though he didn't get the win. Then when it looked like all was lost, Andruw Jones and Russell Martin homer in the late afternoon to give me the lead for good. I was on the edge of my seat watching literally every at-bat on Sunday.
We might have to go down to third tie-breakers (total points scored) to see who makes the playoffs. It's going to kill me when I'm left out.
For the time I've played fantasy baseball, H2H has been my game. I think that it's so much more exciting than roto, but that's just me. I love the match ups against other teams every week, and changing your strategy depending on how the week arises. H2H playoffs is especially exciting. Obviously, like many people, I hate the fact that there's so much luck involved in it. You could have the best team in H2H and easily lose early in the playoffs. If you don't have the best team you can easily win by your players just being on a roll for the last few weeks of the season. Disappointing for the better team, but I think it's more fun.
As the giant killer from 3rd place, I had a slight edge over the #1 team going into Sunday with three starts coming up against his none. Bonderman, Jennings, and Marcum. Should have been open and shut.
Well, you can argue that, and I respect and buy into it, although roto can have drama of its own. Last year, I won the league by a half a point, because I started 6 spot starts on the last day to gain 5 points in K's and 2 points in wins on the last day to win it. Meanwhile, the team that was in last at the all star break had the lead in the entire league with a week left in the year to get 3rd, losing overall by 1.5 pts...not too bad for drama.
dbstrat wrote:I would never play H2H for money. When I play for money, I want luck to have as little as possible to do with it.
Myths and lies! If you do it properly, H2H is not one big, monkey-humping, luckfest, as a certain Madmin around here calls it.
The most important way to undo the luck factor in the post-season is to have two-week long matchups. That virtually eliminates the random two-start pitcher, and it definitely subdues the impact of a hitter that goes off for a couple of days. If your team can't win a two-week matchup, you weren't the better team, plain and simple.
We do two-week matchups for both the 2nd round (Div Champ) and the 3rd round (League Champ) when money is on the line.