I am pleased to announce that there will be some new head-to-head scoring options for Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball for the 2018 season. Scoring and scheduling will be more traditional in the first year, and more advanced options will be rolled out for seasons beyond 2018.
Switching to Head-to-head
Before the regular season starts, any league can change their scoring system. This is true today about switching from 4x4 to a points league, and will soon be true about being able to switch to either of these H2H scoring systems.
There will be two scoring options, FanGraphs Points and SABR Points. There will not be category-based (roto) Head-to-Head in 2018.
There will be a single matchup per week in 2018. Since scoring is a point system, you’ll get a single win/loss/tie based on who scores the most points in the week (Starting Monday, ending Sunday).
Playoffs will be optional.
There will be options for 2 or 3 divisions, and a wild-card round or no wild-card round. Without a wild-card round, the top 4 teams will make the playoffs, and with a wild-card round, the top 6 teams will make the playoffs. Each division winner will make the playoffs, and from there the best records, with points scored acting as a tiebreaker. Playoffs will start either the first or second week of September, depending on if there is a wild-card round.
These playoff options will be made available to all leagues, not just head-to-head leagues and have to be made before the regular season begins.
Head-to-head leagues that choose not to have the playoffs will not have divisions and the league champion will be established by record after the regular season is over.
UPDATE: Leagues that do not have head-to-head scoring but do want to have playoffs to determine their league champion will not have divisions, but instead will be seeded by finish the day before their playoffs begin.
Head-to-head leagues will not have a weekly lineup option. Head-to-head leagues will also only have 2 SP slots and 1 C slot, instead of the 5 SP slots and the 2 C slots of the existing Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball games.
Everything else will remain the same - 24h waivers, 48h auctions, budget, roster sizes, etc.
UPDATE: Per the thread below, I am leaning towards a matchup limit of 60 IP instead of switching from 5 SP slots to 2. Because of the nature of head-to-head rewarding daily engagement, I am still leaning towards moving to 1 C slot instead of 2.
I know there was some interest in having multiple matchups per week to reduce variance, but I ended up agreeing with @sakiehl’s thoughts about the luck factor. Multiple matchups might be introduced down the road.
I hope that this new game mode will attract new players to Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball and introduce some new elements to those of you who have been playing for a while. Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts - I’m spending most of my time building this stuff now, so now’s the best time to get your feedback in. I’m especially interested in thinking about the following questions:
- The trade deadline: should it be moved to August 15?
- Playoff timing: does anyone have good advice on this?
- Inning limits: will slimming down to 2SP/5RP help limit streaming, or should there also be a per-matchup innings limit?
Thanks as always for supporting me and Ottoneu, and I hope you’re all having a nice holiday season.
UPDATE (9:32am): Great questions below asking a lot of stuff that was in my head but not written out. I’ll update this post with answers.
UPDATE (1:12pm): I’ve updated this post with some clarity and answers in the thread below, but I still highly recommend reading the whole thread. Thanks everyone for the great questions and feedback, and keep it coming!