|Ching Chang Chong Leagues - Ready for Action.
||[Sep. 11th, 2005|09:30 am]
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It was a long week for me, but the Ching Chang Chong leagues are now ready for play.
As your League Manager, I am quite pleased with the results. Despite the snafus with the drafts on Saturday, people did wait for the start of the drafts, and in the case of the #3 league, they waited for over one hour before we could connect. I salute them, and I salute everyone who showed up for the 2005 Ching Chang Chong Fantasy Football Drafts. It was a fantastic tour de force.
This week is a tune-up for the rest of the season. I offer you some advice, and it is quite simple:
Your team is not as bad as it looks.
As your league manager, you'd think that I would have flawless drafts filled with sound decisions and few mistakes. In fact, I did make a number of mistakes, and often, I winged my picks because I was busy with my attention on you. I spent my time with as best an eye I could to help as many people as I could.
This league tries to emulate the collective experience of the NFL. It also mirrors the NFL in other ways. Take the Detroit Lions, for example.
In the last 30 years, the Lions have probably earned a lion's share of top ten draft picks. Yet, they never seem to make it to the Super Bowl. In fact, they rarely taste success in the post-season. In fact, they rarely get to the post-season.
Why is that?
Over the years, the Lions simply do not make solid decisions on the field.
That is also true for your fantasy teams. You must make the right calls, but in these leagues, you make choices on 20 starting positions. One player out of 20 is not as likely to decide a game. It takes your team's collected points from those 20 starters to get a win.
Here are some things to keep in mind about Ching Chang Chong:
1) In this league, the individual defenders plus the special teams balance the point totals of the individual starters on offense.
Too many times, I've watched someone lose their best running back or quarterback, and I've watched everyone chuckle and wave that person's season good-bye. In this league, a Peyton Manning or a LaDainian Tomlinson can score a large number of points, but they cannot dominate the league as they do in standard leagues. Certainly, a top performer at an offensive position makes it much easier to win, but there are weeks where the collective efforts of the defenders can outscore the offense.
I've played this style for the two previous seasons. I am familiar with the results. In this league, attention to players and their matchups, good trades and waiver work, these make the difference in your success.
2) You will be right as much as you will be wrong in playing your starters.
I can't tell you how many times I've started a player, only to see his backup score twice as much from the pine. It happens.
As the season progresses, you will become more shrewd with your choices.
Just like in the NFL, teams will need to adjust and work on their coordination. The pro ranks are filled with a bunch of individuals, but the best team still wins.
3) You better do some waiver work and make some trades.
I state this point for anyone who may not be experienced in this respect.
Trades are simple. They never work unless the offer benefits both people. You gotta give up something from where you have strength in order to get something to help your weakness.
If negotiation is not your strong suit, then you can always find someone in free agency. In fact, you have to find people from free agency. 16 bench spots seem deep, but you probably don't have enough backups to spell those starters in their bye weeks. Some guys will have to be dropped to injury or a need to make room for new guys.
Week 1 of fantasy football is always crazy. Plenty of surprises will take place. After this first week plays, then come roster moves and shakes.
If you have a question, then I have an inbox.
Your Doctor of Football wishes you well. Let the games begin.