College Fantasy Football?
Has anyone played NCAA fantasy football? I've done NFL, but always wanted to play college. It seems like there are only a handful of places (CBS) that even offer a college setup.
I played it several years ago on CBS’ website, I think it might have been the first year they ever did it. The experience was bad, due largely to the very poor performance of the CBS website, although I imagine they’ve made improvements. It was also very different from NFL fantasy…and not in a good way. Because CF is so large - ~120 teams vs 32 – and the schedules so different from week to week, you had some guys putting up pinball numbers simply because of the quality of their opposition and it really became about picking good matchups week to week and not so much about the team you drafted. OK if you’re in to that, but not what I was looking for.
IMHO, the way to do it would be to limit the player pool. A buddy of mine (a Michigan fan) and I talked about doing a Big Ten only league this year…never got around to it, but I think that would be the way to go. Maybe add in another conference if you’ve got enough fantasy owners in the league to open up the pool a bit, but it seems to me that drawing from all of D-1 waters it down too much and it turns into a free-for-all.
I know CBS will allow you to control which conferences you add. You could do B1G, Big 12 and SEC only, for example.
Personally, I think the way to run College FF is to control a conference of maybe 6 teams - not a team with custom players. Instead of individual players, you have individual teams. You'd get points for wins/losses, winning rivalry games, winning streaks, upsets, conference titles, etc., etc.,
For example, you could have a league like this:
||The Big Reds
||South of the (35.N) Border
Just like an NFL roster, you'd manage BYE weeks by having maybe 6 active teams on a roster of 8 or 10. And you'd have to be careful about picking teams in the same league. "The Big Reds" have a ton of power teams, but with Nebraska, Wisconsin AND Ohio State, they're guaranteed at least 3 losses. "South... Border" has a great setup because they have one team each from the SEC, B12, PAC, ACC, SunBelt and CUSA.