by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger
My ten-team dynasty league has been around since 1994 and although we have gotten many things right, we had growing pains along the way, but we have not had a major rules change in over five years or since we went to the ‘Luck is Outlawed’ motto. Like many other leagues, we had allowed six teams to make the playoffs, and that sixty percent is obviously higher than the NFL, which allows twelve out of thirty-two, or thirty-eight percent, to enter the postseason. At least in the NFL, most of the poor teams that squeak into the playoffs are quickly cast aside by the big boys in road games, but not so in fantasy football. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when the fifth and sixth seeds, neither had an over .500 season, went to the title game. Our challenge was simple- keep the season relevant for as many teams as possible for as many weeks of the season as we could and more importantly, to crown a team worthy of the league title. Knowing that most leagues reward the playoff champion with the greatest prize, why make the regular season almost useless? Here is [...]
Today is my last vacation day here on Cape Cod. I’ll be returning tomorrow and back at it on Monday (probably Sunday). I’ve done some work here – general administrative and business stuff – but I’ve tried to avoid dealing with anything football related (the guys back in the office can handle that). That has been a nice break. On a related note, we’ll be posting the final NFL Team Report very soon. There’s not much going on, but it will catch you up on everything. We technically start our daily NFL News & Injury updates on 8/1, but we’ll probably start a few days beforehand, probably on 7/30.
That’s all for now, just wanted to check in just in case someone didn’t know I was on vacation and thought I slacked off on the blog.
I didn’t plan on checking in today, but my son has been begging me to get the word out on a contest he is a finalist it. It’s a Green Day site and the contest is best cover of their “Working Class Hero” John Lennon cover. His is pretty good. Not sure it’s the best, but it’s up there. He’s also 14 and many in the final 10 are 10+ years older. Judge for yourself and vote for Christian H if you like.
As you may know from reading this blog, I’m heading on vacation this week, starting tomorrow. This is a big deal since it’s the first time I’ve taken one in July for many, many years. That’s in part because I’ve been busy coaching or watching my oldest son in many baseball tourneys in June and July, but also because I’m usually swimming in work. But this year, I’m going to recharge the batteries by taking a week off with the family. So it’s been a hectic week, as I’ve tried to get as much done as I can knowing I won’t be working (at least too much) until 7/21. I have a ton of personal stuff going on too with some construction on the house, office stuff, etc.
That said, it wasn’t exactly great timing in terms of the CBS Sportline IDP Draft yesterday. As usual, I was forced to do like 17 other things while drafting, which is not advisable. It basically took up my whole afternoon since it was 29 ROUNDS! Yep, 2-9, with IDPs. I literally got to the point at which I would have drafted “anyone” if such a player existed in the site’s draft software. I [...]
I’m the first to admit that I’m not an expert on IDPs and IDP leagues. However, that hasn’t prevented me from winning probably the top IDP expert league out there, the CBS Sportsline IDP Expert League, two of the last three years (2004 and 2005). I was a competitive team last year and made the playoffs, but in the two years I won the league I absoluely dominated. In 2005, I scored 200 more points than my closest competitor.
Check out my points scored (second and third to last numbers) in 2005 in this league compared to others.
Team W L T PCT GB Strk Div Wks PF Back PA
Caplan (Footballinjuries.com) 9 4 0 0.692 0 W2 5-2-0 1 2163.0 274.0 1993.0
Fabiano (CBS) 8 5 0 0.615 1 L1 3-4-0 1 2224.0 213.0 2168.0
Modglin (Pro Football Weekly) 7 6 0 0.538 2 W1 4-3-0 1 2079.0 358.0 1975.0
Green (KFFL) 7 6 0 0.538 2 L2 4-3-0 1 2033.0 404.0 2043.0
Dobish (CBS) 3 10 0 0.231 6 W1 3-4-0 1 1817.0 620.0 2153.0
Quintong (Sports Illustrated) 2 11 0 0.154 7 L1 2-5-0 0 1802.0 635.0 2136.0
Team W L T PCT GB Strk Div Wks PF Back PA
Hansen (Fantasy Guru) 9 4 0 [...]