Thanks, Genie for all your work and communication with us here at the Cafe. A few responses to you, plus one additional feature suggestion:
Fantasy Sports Genie wrote:re: Customized playoff schedules
Oh. I just read this carefully and it isn't what I thought. This is an interesting idea. I happen to know the code around playoff matchups is really tough to work with. Normally when people ask for this, they mean that they want custom seeding, and the more we discuss this with users, I think what they really want is custom tiebreakers so we get the seeds the way they want to begin with. But I now understand what you're asking for in this case.
I think this feature is most often desired when a league manages certain aspects of the league off-line. For me, this comes up most often with football which is why I can't do football on Yahoo. We use double-headers in (only in some weeks) and track them offline and it affects the standings and playoff seedings. As an aside, ESPN allows for changing playoff seedings to set custom playoff matchups.
Fantasy Sports Genie wrote:re: Better mobile app
We put a lot of work into our mobile apps, and these days they are very highly rated, so if there are particular things you don't like, we'd be interested in hearing them. I noticed the request for one app with all the games in it. I'm pretty sure there was a particular reason they didn't do it that way, but I'm not remembering it at the moment.
I thought the baseball app was great last year, and I thought I even did my draft for one league with it - though I couldn't for hockey this year, which surprised me.
Fantasy Sports Genie wrote:re: Enforcing minimums within roto
I'm not really understanding this. I understand why you don't want people to tank, and you want them to play more, but if they aren't, I don't really know how to punish them or... un-punish them in an automated way. Do you just mean you'd want us to automatically change people's rosters if they fall sufficiently below the GP/IP limits?
Not sure I care about this, but one idea would be to give zeros for all stats until each position reaches a minimum. That way, counting stats wouldn't be affected, but ratio stats would be hit hard. This actually would have been PERFECT for us a few years back in hockey. We stupidly had two of our three goalie categories as ratio cats - one guy got a shutout in his first start and could have (he didn't) just not started another goalie all year and be guaranteed to win two of three goalie categories for the year.
Fantasy Sports Genie wrote:re: Allowing swapping directly into the DL slot
This comes up periodically, and there are opponents as well as proponents for the idea. It is unlikely to change, but it is a known point of discussion. Same for letting people do transactions with a healthy player in the DL slot.
I actually cannot conceive of an argument against this. Having to drop a healthy player in order to add an injured player to your DL spot is so inconvenient. I actually love the way the healthy player in a DL spot is handled - just don't let them make add/drops. Keep that the same please
Fantasy Sports Genie wrote:re: League transactions via e-mail, perhaps in a daily digest.
Interesting. Not sure I've heard that one before. I'll get it on "The List". It was also mentioned later in the thread to get these as mobile notifications; definitely on "The List".
Giant +1 here for me.
New suggestion: The ability to have a "commissioners message" on the front page of the league that is full rich text (i.e. you can use hyperlinks). This is another feature I need in my football league that I can see being applicable and useful in a baseball or hockey league.
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