Kensat30 wrote:Yahoo leagues are pretty weak.
I did an experiment over a few of seasons on yahoo. I drafted about 50 teams for three years running and then just logged in and set my starting lineup each week. Took about 15 minutes a week to run. The first year I played all yahoo "competitive leagues". And in every year after that I played in yahoo "winner" leagues when I was able. Keep in mind that I made no waiver moves and no trades throughout the entire year and my win percentage was based solely on my drafting ability (or opponents lack of).
I made the playoffs in about 90% of those leagues.
I made the Super Bowl in about 70% of those leagues.
I won the Super Bowl in about 50% of those leagues.
So out of every 3 accounts that I made (4 teams each). Basically 11 out of 12 teams made the playoffs. 9 out of 12 made the Super Bowl. 6 out of 12 won the Super Bowl.
With the luck factor involved in fantasy, this pretty much led me to conclude that yahoo leagues are not worth the time and effort. Free leagues in general are not worth the time because people just don't pay attention. Even in the most competitive leagues, sometimes there is a 10-20% abandonment factor if there is nothing at stake.
Is 50 the actual number or were you exaggerating?
If it's the actual number, that's a pretty cool little experiment you ran there
It basically backs up my theory of skill "tiers" and a skill "ceiling" in fantasy football. With so much luck in the game, there is little differentiation of people from within a "tier", but rather only across tiers.
Meaning, if you took a league of 12 of the top FF'ers from the cafe and ran the league for 100 years, over that amount of time everyone would have basically the same amount of success. I don't think one or two guys would come out way ahead because once you hit a certain level of knowledge about the game, there's just no way to differentiate one person from the next over the course of time.
But, if you took one of those people and put them into a league with 11 other average joe's, they would come out way way on top over the course of 100 years.