Hello all, Ive been a long time roto fantasy baseball player/commish and this year by majority decision we're switching to a H2H format. I've never done a H2H baseball league and was looking for some advice on what settings/rules/scoring would be recommended. I want to point out a few things about our current league. We have a12 team keeper league, formally roto format and we use Yahoo. Our keeper league rules are very custom and do not follow standard keeper league formats. Each team in our league is allowed to keep 5 players from their previous year end roster. However, no player that was drafted in the first four rounds of the previous year's draft is allowed to be kept, ensuring that a good majority of the better players will be not be kept. Also, once you keep a player, you can only keep him for 3 years consecutively max, meaning if you had a player for 3 years straight, he's going back into the draft the following year. The players we decide to keep have no impact on giving up draft picks - for example if I kept CarGo, I wouldn't lose any draft pick(s) to keep him. I know our league is quite different from all other keeper leagues, but the format has worked well for us for a few years and we're going to keep those rules. Also, we do allow trading future draft picks in our trades (something yahoo has added to their site but needs fixing bc they only allow trading for picks if you give up a pick which is not always the case in our league). I'm only explaining the rules in case someone(s) who are interested in giving advice would like to know. That all being said, we have been using a standard 5x5 roto format and now are switching to a H2H format, but most guys in our league have never done H2H and I would like some advice on what seems to work best for your leagues. I would like to keep it a 5x5 league if possible instead of a points based system so that the whole integrity of our keeper system remains intact, since all of us already have keepers from previous years and I don't want any specific category (IE - saves, steals, etc) to be unfairly weighted against another category. I guess what I'm asking is:
1) In terms of say pitching, what is a standard starts per week, min innings pitched per week, max innings pitched per week? Any do min and max starts also apply to offensive players? (we were using C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 3 OF, 1 Util - does this work well in H2H?)
2) As far as transactions, do you put a limit on the number of moves per week? Per year? At all? In our old format this wasn't really an issue b/c you had to pay $2 for each add/drop and so I never capped it so that the prize money pot would continue to grow. But I know in H2H formats this would be a problem bc I dont want someone have 34 starting pitchers go in a given week.
3) How do your playoffs work? We have 12 teams. When do the playoffs begin? How long do they last? If the top 6 make them, do first two teams have byes? Do 4 or 8 playoff team formats work better?
4) One win weeks versus category wins? If you have a 5x5 format, at the end of the week is being 1-0 versus say 7-3 more or less advantageous?
I'm sure I'll have more questions as the season gets closer, but if anyone has any advice (not including changing our keeper format) I would be extremely thankful. Good luck to all in your pre season draft preps.