A perfect league. Is their such a thing? A league where the commissioner is fair & steady, stays on top of his duties for the entire season while still findings ways to increase member activity.
A league where not a complaint from a single owner can be heard. A league where the scoring system creates such an ebb and flow it mimics the exact feel of the actually game itself.
Is this possible? A Fantasy Utopia.
No such luck fellas. It is impossible to appease a group of grown men (or women for all the ladies out there) who eat, sleep, and bleed sports.
Fantasy is our way of saying, see Matt Millen, it's not so hard after all. William Clay Ford, hire me as your next GM. I have won multiple fantasy league championship's this past decade alone. Those are my credentials, and I'm sticking to it!
Now, in the real world, there is obviously more to running the day-to-day operations of an actual major sports franchise. But we as casual fans refuse to believe this. How can you blow four out of your last five top 10 draft picks Matt? Anything to say?
Well, it's been done & it will happen again.
Now, back to Fantasy Basketball. Category leagues or scoring based leagues? I do not like rotisserie leagues, therefore we won't touch on that. For a brief description of category & points-based systems, you can click on this ESPN fantasy link for more info.
I am much more in favor of a head-to-head points-based system. The reason being, it is the closest thing to fantasy football, which is the dominant fantasy sport in the world. Playing a category league you almost feel like a top tier player gets devalued for being poor in a single category.
For instance, let's take a look at Dwight Howard. He is a man-child, a beastly freak of nature, yet for all his god given super powers his one kryptonite, free-throw shooting, drops his value below what it really would in the actual game itself.
Why should one category be thrown away because Howard who contributes in all aspects of the game, has Shaqititus?
Now lets look at him in a scoring based league. Even in a league that penalizes for missed free throws, that can not outweigh a 30-point, 15-rebound, five-block effort. Not unless that league values free throws like Jenifer Lopez valued her rear end during the late '90s to the early 2000's.
Now here's a look into the fantasy basketball league I run & its scoring system.
I like these starter requirements because like in the real NBA a lot of teams stick with an 8-9 man rotation. I do not like leagues who start every player on the roster. It takes away from that sick feeling you get when you leave a player on the bench and he goes off for 50-10-5. I Love to rub that in to my fellow league buddies.
+1 PT FOR EVERY POINT SCORED, +1 PT PER REBOUND, +1.5 PTS PER ASSIST
-0.5 PTS PER MISSED FG AND MISSED FT, -1 PT PER TURNOVER
+3 PTS PER STEAL, +3 PTS PER BLOCK
+1 PT PER THREE POINT FG MADE
-2 PTS PER FLAGRANT FOUL/TECHNICAL FOUL/EJECTION/
BONUS PTS: +5 PER DOUBLE DOUBLE, +20 PER TRIPLE DOUBLE
Up to this point in the NBA season, these are the top 10 fantasy players in my league, based on a point per game average:
1. Chris Paul 50.4 PPG
2. LeBron James 46 PPG
3. Dwayne Wade 45.6 PPG
4. Dwight Howard 45 PPG
5. Marcus Camby 39.3 PPG
6. Tim Duncan 38.8 PPG
7. Al Jefferson 38.2 PPG
8. Dirk Nowitzki 37.6 PPG
9. Chris Bosh 36.6 PPG
10. Kobe Bryant 35.5 PPG
I believe this system is pretty accurate when measuring NBA players & giving them a value for fantasy purposes. The one person who might surprise you the most is Marcus Camby, but in fantasy, based on numbers, he is right up there with the best outside of his scoring.
A perfect league? Not possible. But if you can get your league to simulate the real game as much as possible, I believe that is a success.