Alright an idea came to me last night. I havent decided whether it can work or not, but considering everyone is always looking for a change of pace, I thought Id throw the idea out.
Now many of us enjoy playoff leagues. The idea I had is to use the 17 week season as the regular season of a fantasy league. After the regular season, the owners who made the playoffs will decide who they want to keep. (I would propose about 4 "keepers") Now obviously you would keep players who played on a playoff team. The rest of the players (including those of the non-playoff teams) would then enter the draft pool. For a 10 team league, I think a 6 team playoff would work best.
The playoff bracket would be much like the NFL playoffs. The top 2 seeds would get a bye, while the bottom 4 seeds duke it out in wild card weekend. In the divisional playoffs the final 4 would be cut down to the top 2. The finals could either be the conference champinship game or a two week championship including the superbowl.
For the draft, the sixth seed would pick first, fifth second and so on. I think it would have to be a serpentine draft. There would be some interesting strategy going on. Do you target guys you think will be playing in the championship, or go for the underdog studs who can help you get to the championship?
So thats basically it. I think that it can work if the rules are clearly laid out and everyone understands. I also think it would be harder to win, as you have to do well in the first draft, do well in a 17 week regular season, and then do a second draft for the playoffs.
Feel free to toss out ideas and questions. Hopefully I explained this clearly enough.