I am putting together an idea for a new type of fantasy football league. And I come into this having never participated in a league. But I have talked to others who have played FFL and I am hoping to solicit some opinions about my idea.
I understand participants don’t like having to mess around with their line-ups too much. In FFL, I see that you only pick players for a few positions, because there are many positions where the stats are difficult to measure (for example OG or a blocking FB. I’ve also noticed that many times defense and special teams are lumped together as a single unit of players. I find that too limiting and it makes the play of individual defensive players and ST players less interesting.
I am envisioning something more along the lines of combining the constant excitement of the stock market with the familiarity of the NFL. Every participant would start the season with the same amount of money, but they have to purchase a player at every position, offense, defense, punter and placekicker (no other ST positions). That would be 24 players total. Each player is pegged with a market value, starting the season with their stats from the prior season or expected stats for rookies.
Once the season commences you put in orders to buy and sell players based on their performance and potential performance. You may buy a rookie cheap and sell him high later in the season or buy a pro bowl player high and watch his stock fall when he gets injured (see Peyton Manning).
The object is not to have the most points at the end of the season but to have the most stock market value. You could have more than 24 players, but you must have enough players to field a team at each position. Failure to field a full team means elimination (although I suppose there could be a buy-in). You could buy, sell and trade players right up until an hour before the first kickoff of the first game of the week.
Stats are tallied at the end of the last game of the week and affect market value. If a player has a really great game, his value could double. If he has a bad game or gets injured, his value would plummet. A player’s value would be constantly in flux: up one minute, down the next, starting the day low and ending the day high; except this market would not close until that first kickoff. It would operate 24 hours a day in between games. The participant with the most market value after the Super Bowl is over is declared the winner.
Tell me what you think? Is this an idea that could work or am I overlooking something important? Thanks.