While it’s true that Ottoneu never sleeps, some are often surprised to know that January and February are among the busiest months of the year for this growing fantasy sports platform. This winter frenzy period for baseball is refreshing because it keeps owners engaged even as they await free agent signings, and it is highly active because so many new leagues are forming. If you’re thinking about playing Ottoneu this season, here are some key resources for review:
In addition to its extremely deep player pool, its saber-economic foundations, and a highly active community of raving fans, Ottoneu’s dedicated developer (Niv Shah) is offering even more to customers this year: the introduction of Head-to-Head leagues. Niv’s accessibility to his customers sets Ottoneu apart from all other fantasy services, and he’s taken all your feedback to launch this new head-to-head version of the game in 2018.
Here are three key features of the upcoming H2H option:
All leagues will have the option to incorporate the H2H system into their schedule.
New leagues forming today can now choose the H2H option, but even better is that existing leagues can choose either to convert their league into an H2H schedule, or they can choose to simply add the H2H playoff feature (see below) into their current league. In other words, all these options (selected before the start of each season) offer leagues flexibility to find the perfect blend of game features to accommodate owner preferences. A few other key details:
- One matchup per week per team (2018 is a 25 week schedule) with daily roster changes.
- Two starting pitcher slots, with no caps on games started or innings pitched per matchup.
- One catcher slot (in non-H2H leagues Ottoneu allows two catcher slots but still limits 162 games played at the position).
- The trade deadline for all leagues will remain August 31st.
- All other rules remain standard to Ottoneu leagues (roster sizes, budgets, auction timelines, etc.)
Scoring options will include either FanGraphs Points (FGPTS) or SABR Points.
For 2018, the H2H scoring will be limited to either of the two more popular points formats, though Niv has already indicated that category-based Roto scoring for H2H may be coming in future updates. Either way, the linear-weighted points scoring system is a great place to start in Ottoneu and should help create a perfect blend into the new H2He format. You can read more about these points scoring game types here.
Playoffs are optional, with three different configurations available.
- Three-division (4 teams per division, 6 teams make the playoffs), “wild card” schedule with a two week championship matchup (best overall record determines teams 4-6)
- Two-division (6 teams per division, 4 teams make the playoffs), two week per round matchup (no wild card)
- Two-division (6 teams per division, 4 teams make the playoffs), two week championship matchup (available if you want to purposely avoid the final week of September)
In 2018, each playoff schedule will begin on September 3rd, but leagues will need to select a playoff option before their season starts. For H2H leagues that choose not to use a playoff system, the league champion will be determined by the team with the best overall record at the end of the regular MLB season. Likewise, for leagues that do not select the H2H system for the regular season but want to use playoffs to determine their league champion, playoff seeds will be determined by the standings on the last day prior to the start of the playoffs (top four or six teams).
H2H for Ottoneu is here, and is just one more great reason why you should give Ottoneu a try this season. Have questions before forming or joining your own H2H league? Feel free to ask in the comments.
Trey is a 20 year fantasy veteran and a five time Ottoneu champion, including the 2015 winner of the Ottoneu Champions League. He currently administers the Ottoneu community, a network of ~1,200 fantasy baseball and football fans talking trash daily. More resources here: http://community.ottoneu.com