The Wide World of Fantasy Possibilities

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Behold the delicious dynamic of a fantasy championship won on the internet while sitting on your couch watching your commodities do all the gritty work.  I can understand why the Wall Street guys feel like they are on top of the world….

If you haven’t heard of fantasy sports you aren’t watching FX or checking out NY Times best sellers lately and that could very well be a good portion of the population.

The fake sports leagues have been rising in popularity for years to the point where even NFL.com hosts leagues.  They know that fantasy leagues are a great way to promote their product so that fans follow more than just the local team they support.

So if we all agree fantasy sports aren’t going away and are a pivotal point for promoting the product of NFL sports, let me put forward a few ideas to expand upon the basic head to head dominant structure of Fantasy Football leagues.

  1.  Rotisserie – How is it possible that this isn’t an option at the major hosting sites already?  Rotisserie is a mainstay in Basketball and Baseball but somehow hasn’t cracked into the scene in Football.  You could easily segue the other sports scenarios into a league with 10 categories of Passing Yards, Passing TD’s, Rushing Yards, Rushing TD’s, Receiving Yards and Receiving TD’s for Offenses with Sacks, Turnovers Forced and TD’s for Team Defense/Special Teams and Field Goals Made for Kickers. Now I don’t generally enjoy rotisserie leagues with the longer seasons of Basketball and Baseball but it might be possible that Football plays out with more up and down movement in rotisserie standings that creates a dynamism that the other sports lack.
  2. Huge Rosters – This is one that you can set up anywhere and this year I created this league as a ‘Selects League’ for previous champions.  If you had Doug Martin when he went for 272 yards and 4 touchdowns last year against the Raiders in week 9, you won.  It didn’t matter if your quarterback was Jake Locker… you won.  There’s an easy way to remedy this discrepancy and that is to enlarge the starting rosters.  That said I doubled traditional rosters and set up a league that starts 2 QB’s, 6 WR’s, 4 RB’s, 2 TE’s, 2 K’s and 2 Team Defenses.  The idea is that it will take a team to get a win not one superstar any given Sunday.  I know what your thinking though: rosters that deep in a regular league must look ugly at the bottom of starting lineups.  I went for a six team max and so should you.
  3. The Fantasy Horror Show – This one is a fresh one from my imagination to the attention of the non-typical sports fans who would like a strong aberration  from the standard fantasy league.  This league is a head to head league as typical as anything ever with one huge difference.  Each week one player off of an active roster is ‘Killed’.  The player goes to a ‘Zombie Team’ and after the 13 week regular season the ‘Zombie Team’ will have a complete roster.  Enter the playoffs:  take your pick for 5 or 3 teams making the playoffs and the other team in to round the league off at the traditional 6 or 4 team playoffs tournament will be the ‘Zombie Team’. Imagine the nerve wrecking prospects of matching up head to head with the ‘Zombie Team’ in the first week of the playoffs with your season on the line?  Keep your fingers crossed someone had Blaine Gabbert on their roster and that was the guy randomly selected to be the Zombie Team QB.
  4. The Team Survivor Series – Ideally a 16 team league where you don’t go head to head but leave the league wide open.  The lowest scoring team each week is eliminated. For instance the lowest scoring team in week one is done for the year with their roster locked.  Rinse and repeat for weeks 2 -16 until there is one team left standing.  The Survivor Series is complete week 16 with one team that slid through the full season without being the lowest scorer any week left on top of the pile as the Survivor Champion.
  5. The 2000-2001 Baltimore Ravens League – Basically the inverse of every league you have played in previously.  The Ravens won this championship with studs on defense and nobodies on offense.  Exhibit A – Trent Dilfer: widely considered the worst QB in the modern era to ever win a championship.  That said the inverse league I propose goes a little something like this: you draft a team offense and individual defensive players.  I know that your top pick might be the team offense that you want to roll with for a season but the pivotal point of a team will be your ability to draft a rotund defense similar to the one the Ravens rolled out in the 2000-2001 season.

Bottom line is the game is drawing more and more popularity in the same old format as ever.  There are over 30 million people playing fantasy sports and the best options are standard or auction leagues, we can do better.  We live in an infinite world of infinite possibilities and it’s about time the fantasy world live up to it’s name.