yak rider wrote:i've been a fantasy baseball player for more years than i can recall. i personally prefer h2h over roto myself. i have played both dozens of times. the all star week issue might be a small irritant but can be solved either prior to the year or by comish decree. but i find most players in the league keep interest most all of the year if not to the end. i have found over and over in regular roto that those behind in era's and whip's and averages etc have basically no chance of catching up in those categories and either show little interest or give up completely. those cats move so little at this point that usually only a handful of competing teams remain interested. again, the leagues i have played in for the most part are single year leagues and not keepers. if it were keeper leagues i can see poorer teams keeping interest by trading some of their players for the bruces' and kershaws of the world. however, i for one enjoy h2h much better. jmo.
I agree with that. Roto leagues offer the best indication of how teams actually rank against each other, but by the end of the year only half the league is still interested - in some cases it's even less than that. I've always found H2H leagues more exciting because there is a bit of luck involved, whether that's fair or not, it adds to the uncertainty and turmoil of fantasy baseball.
It seems like in Roto leagues you have a general idea of how the final standings will turn out a month or two before the season actually ends. When in H2H leagues you'll find teams either rising or falling sharply in the standings much more frequently. Last year in one of my H2H leagues there was a team that was towards the bottom of the standings for the entire first half. He had a couple of players get hot in the second half, ended up just making the playoffs where knocked off two of the better teams in the first and second rounds. He lost the Championship Game by a good sized margin but just getting there was considered a heck of an accomplishment. That kind of run wouldn't have been possible in a Roto league, where he'd have probably ended up finishing in the middle of the standings.
As for the All-Star week dilemma, I've always wondered why they couldn't simply combine this shortened week with the following week. I'd rather have an extended game than a severely shortened one like this.