At least not this year. It factored into who I was able to keep and who I traded.
On reflection, I can't get past this. Sop's right.
There are provisions in the rules stating that ESPN is the only acceptable source for positions and that there's a defined period for discussing and voting on rule changes. That time had passed before this poll was opened. We shouldn't be changing rules at this point.
There's clearly interest in making the change to accept at least Yahoo as an additional position source, so we can look at this again next offseason.
Home Ice Advantage gives the tiebreaker in the weekly categories to the Home Team. For example, if the week ended with Goalie Wins tied at 3-3, the Home Team would get the category win for the week.
If you recall, this appears to have been introduced by ESPN last year, and was set as the default, so our league actually used this in week one before we went back and fixed it.
1. Ties would be eliminated in the regular season standings. 2. We play a 22 game schedule, so your team will play every other team twice: once at home and once on the road. 3. It is my understanding that seeding would dictate the home team in the playoffs. Hence, winning in the regular season will give your team a slight advantage in the playoffs.
For next season, why in a bracket format, are wins/losses of matchups in the consolation bracket not as important as they are in the winners bracket? Is there a reason why sweeping the losers bracket isn't a valid way to win it?
Note: I'm fine with the decision, as it was spelled out clearly in the rules that overall record, not tournament record, would be the deciding factor. It's just not consistent with the rest of the tournament.
I read this again, and I don't think I directly answered your questions. So let me try again.
First of all, there wasn't a ton of thought put into this. We all voted on making the consolation games matter, but probably didn't have much discussion on the details. I'm guessing here, but I don't recall any detailed conversation with Hodgey over this. So I'm 99% sure this was my call (and my fault, if you will).
I do know that we had to have slightly different rules for each level of the consolation round. The four teams that lost in the first round had a very simple, natural two-week tournament to win pick number 5. The two teams that lost in the second round also had a very simple one-week match to determine pick number 9. Having four teams and three weeks to play with doesn't lend itself naturally to an elimination tournament.
I'm guessing that I followed the nature of our regular season, which values the 14 individual category wins/losses in the standings instead of assigning 1 win for a weekly victory. Effectively, our regular season rewards a team that goes 14-0-0 and then 6-7-1 in two weeks moreso than a team that goes 8-6 and 7-6-1 in two weeks. In my other Fantasy Hockey league, it would reward a different team: the one that went 2-0 over the one that went 1-1. Having thought about this a bit more, I don't have a strong preference either way. As long as we are perfectly clear on how the system works, I'm fine.
Let me also add that I liked the fact that more people cared about their rosters during the playoffs, and the strategic aspect of having only 7 players to swap out during the week. I think this helped make the playoffs more focused.
I think it's fair to give everyone ONE pass. Life happens, you're not always reachable, I get it. I don't think you should lose control of your pick for one missed clock. Two, sure, but not one.
The issue is that 8 people could pick before you get a chance to get on the board and instead of getting the 15th ranked player, you're now getting the 23rd ranked player. That would annoy me if something happened and I was out of communication for a few hours.
I wish I knew why this was even a thing that needed to be discussed. Every team should be able to do what they want through the roster freeze. Again, do we really have examples of add/drops swinging matchups in the playoffs?
Hodgey and I briefly discussed. Here are the Playoff / Consolation Brackets for next year. You may approve or veto.
1. The 4 non-playoff teams will compete in a three-week round-robin consolation bracket for the top pick overall (assuming ESPN runs it the same way as last year). We will manually track the best overall record from this three-week round robin.
2. The 4 playoff teams eliminated in the First Round will compete in a two-week tournament to determine picks 5-8. The two winners of Playoff Week 2 will meet in Week 3, and the winner of this matchup gets pick #5. The loser gets pick #6. The two losers of Playoff Week 2 will meet in week 3, and the winner of this matchup gets pick #7. The loser gets pick #8.
3. The 2 playoff teams eliminated in the Second Round will compete in a one week battle in Week 3 to determine picks 9-10.