Brad recently posted his Ottoneu Arbitration Omnibus which will tell you everything you need to know about one of the highlights of the Ottoneu off season. In summary, arbitration in Ottoneu refers to the competitive process all leagues go through to bring individual player salaries back into balance. In other words, it’s the economic counter weight to full scale dynasty that makes Ottoneu so unique compared to other fantasy platforms.
Most leagues choose the arbitration “allocation” process, which allows each owner in the league to assign a small salary increase to the players they believe are most valuable to their opponents’ rosters. This rule specifically states:
In the interest of maintaining competitive balance, there are two distinct arbitration options.
a. The allocation system gives a $25 budget to each team in the league.
b. The team must allocate this budget towards players on other teams.
c. Each team must allocate at least one dollar to every other team, and no team can allocate more than $3 to any other team.
d. At the end of the allocation period, all players have their salary increased by the amount allocated towards them.
e. Allocations take place after the initial offseason salary increase, so any allocations will be in addition to the $1 or $2 increase each player gets at the end of the season.
f. If a team does not allocate at least one dollar to every other team, none of their allocations will count and it will be as if they did not participate at all.
g. If a team does not allocate all $25, none of their allocations will count and it will be as if they did not participate at all.
Which players receive the most allocation dollars in arbitration? In general, it’s the best players from the previous season, and usually the players that have jumped in significant value from a previously low market price (salary).
With 2019 arbitration complete, here’s a quick look at the top 25 players to receive arbitration increases across several Ottoneu formats: