Totally agreed. I was a big dissenter of last year's setup...this is much more like real blackjack as the only choice you really have is to hit or stay, all the while trying to figure out whether you will bust or not. It's somewhat lucky/random to get 21, but it requires some thinking which is fun.
Getting one kicker and one random player is definitely the best starting hand because you get essentially guaranteed points with one and possible points with the other at which point you could stay or possibly "go for broke." It's kind of nice to get a kicker as your next card, but since it doesn't happen every time you have to make some choices after that.
The only possible change I would make is having the ability to switch the scoring players throughout the year in case of injury/byes/etc...that way you wouldn't have to click through a bunch of players to get one that isn't hurt or not playing.
Other than that, I think the game is going very well! Good job to all involved.