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Head-to-Head Best Ball: The Greatest Seasonal Format of All Time

These days I focus primarily on daily fantasy sports — that comes with the gig at FantasyLabs — but like most fantasy-obsessed people I got my start years ago in a regular seasonal league with some friends, and that league is amazingly still active. I will always have a soft spot for redraft leagues. At the same time, I wish that redraft leagues were better than they are. In general, seasonal leagues fall into one of two categories:
  • Head-to-head (H2H) with playoffs
  • Best ball (BB) without playoffs
Both formats have their strengths and weaknesses. My belief is that the best seasonal leagues of the future will combine the two formats to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. In this article I outline the ideal seasonal format of the coming years. The specifics of this format are rooted in fantasy football, but I’m convinced that this format could be easily applied to basketball, baseball, hockey, NASCAR, golf, etc. This isn’t a league type just for fantasy football. This is the ideal seasonal league for all of fantasy sports. 

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By Matthew Freedman | @MattFtheOracle | Archive

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  1. While I can understand what you are saying, it is completely subjective. There should be "All Ball" style leagues, that is to say, all players that you drafted on your team count. I hate H2H style because of the luck factor involved, lets take luck out of it the best we can so that the best player wins. All leagues should be total points - end of discussion. I did watch the Fantasylabs videos each week with you as the host, you did a great job.

  2. I play in a contract/keeper league that is head-to-head best ball. It is my favorite league bar none; all the focus in-season is on waivers and trading (mostly skill), not lineup setting (mostly luck). We have struggled with a playoff format and have considered changing it to something very similar to this; glad to hear it worked out.

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