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Kodiak wrote:I'm commish for a competitive, 5x5 10-team AL/NL league on Yahoo. This will be our ninth year and everyone is returning. I've been contemplating expanding to a 12-team league and making some changes. I've got some reasons for doing so, but perhaps you have some suggestions or advice?
(1) Expanding to 12 teams — It's been suggested that the league isn't deep enough — that it's basically an "All-Star League" — because we're only drafting the top 220 AL and NL players. By expanding to 12, we would be at 264. What is considered a good depth?
Yours is very shallow. For years I have played in an NL Only with 23 players and 11 Fantasy teams. We are choosing about the same number of players but your player pool is twice as big. I have always felt that 60% of the player pool should be drafted. You are drafting about 33%.
==========================(2) Keeping the number of draft rounds at 22 — Currently we start C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 1 Util, 2 SP, 2 RP and 3 P. We have six bench spots. I'm concerned that if we add too many more rounds that we would also then need to, at some point, perhaps add a second Util or go up on pitchers. I really don't want to change the starting positions. Should I add rounds?
You have to either decrease your player pool or increase your players drafted. You could play 5 OF and add a Corner Fielder (1B or 3B) and a Middle Fielder (2B or SS). Having a large bench does nothing for your team. Starters is what matters
(3) Change the playoff format — Last year, we had two divisions of five teams each. The division winners made the playoffs, but playoff seeds (six total) were determined by overall record. I've been told that this defeats the purpose of having divisions. I like having divisions, but last year I wasn't comfortable with handing the division winners an automatic first-round bye. But if we expanded to 12 teams and each division had six, I feel a little bit better about it. I would put one expansion team in each division. Should division winners get a first-round bye?
It sounds like you are having each team play the others twice. Yes this does defeat the purpose of having divisions. Your schedule be set up where you play inside your division more times than outside of it. With two six team divisions, you can play your own division three tims each and the other division once for 21 weeks. This makes divisions matter. I can make you a schedule if you want. == Divisions winners should get a bye if you are having six teams make the playoffs. If you are having eight make the playoffs there would be no byes.
Would my league be better if I made these changes? Or should I keep things the same? Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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