Alright. I know it's been a bit.
And I should be feeling guilty for not having kept this thing going with as much pace as I could...
So last night, I start Wayne and Clark in the Indy game. My goodness I am pleased with the performance. I may make the final in the Keeper League after all. Keep these guys playing I say!
Speaking of being pleased with performances, I spend Wednesday night watching Julie and Julia with the girlfriend. Turns out to be an interesting and engaging film - yes, there is more to this guy than an irrational love of football and Fantasy. If you have a girl in your life, and she likes movies with a brain and a conscience - pick this one up for a rental.
Meantime, I've spent some time trying to revise a handfull of rules for the Keeper and the Dynasty Leagues. I have a League meeting set up for when we draft for the Playoffs. Discussion and decisions will come down the pipe.
On one hand - I do more more as the Commissioner than all the other Owners combined. Yet, I cannot act unilaterally - that sort of thing makes you look like a dictator. Can't do that. But I do feel like others are short-sighted in terms of what would amount to the best changes. I am concerned that I won't get what I think the Leagues need, despite my leverage as the Commish...
PPR 1.0 versus 0.5
Balanced positional scoring
Tempering QB and TE scoring (where both our leagues score them better than Standard)
Making Kickers and Defenses good - but not too good, in terms of Scoring
These are the kinds of issues I am worried about as we go to make modest but significant changes to the Scoring System - a PPR Performance scoring system, in both Leagues. Where all positions, with the exception of Kicker, have equal value to a Fantasy team, and a good day for any one of them is 20-30 points. Receptions, yardage, TDs, and small bonus scoring combines to measure a players contribution to a given game, relative their position.
Philosophically, I am always trying to produce the best and most balanced Fantasy experience that I can, for as many Owners as I can - while simultaneously ensuring there is a competitive spririt. Without that - it boils off into irrelevance. Why care, if the money is split so many ways theat everyone, generally, wins? There has to be inequity - there can't be a perpetual celebration of mediocrity, a rough even splitting of all League funds...
Try balancing this stuff with the fact that most guys are fundementally competitive, coinciding with emotional maturity parallel to that of six year olds - they get mad, and they take their ball and go home. Yeah, it's a pain in the ass. As the Commissioner, I am working hard, always, to grow and expand the Fantasy Leagues, binding relative strangers with a love of football, together.
How much say should the Commissioner have? How much should he be able to guide his Leagues forward without the interference of less-informed Owners with selfish motives? How much CAN he get away with before it comes back to haunt his Leagues and chase Owners/friends away?
It's interesting, and I will let you know what comes for us.