Fancy fantasy football: reaction to Reality Sports Online draft, auction

      August 7, 2012 @ 16:45:18 PDT

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The Huddle's John Tuvey e-mailed each of the members of the RSO Experts League (10 teams, 16-man rosters) to solicit thoughts on the platform's format as well as our league's draft, which took place on Sunday.

This is going to sound like Grade A payola. I've done that, and I don't intend to do so ever again. This is no bull.

Reality Sports Online's revolutionary dynasty format is pretty exciting stuff. It presents a much more stimulating challenge than the average fantasy football league. Frankly, that kind began to bore me years ago.

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles
Charles: cornerstone

We have to manage an NFL-level salary cap ($120.6 million), with guaranteed money counting against it, including in future years. We have a Rookie Draft (for which I revealed my initial adjustment of pre-draft rankings - which, yes, I altered a couple of times afterward ... and, I actually ended up with the second pick, which was awesome). We can slap a franchise tag on one of our upcoming free agents.

Industry people have often referred to participants as "fantasy GMs." Members of serious dynasty leagues were kinda close, but my guess is that, at least in fantasy football, RSO's game is the closest you can get. It requires some synthesis, but it's not terribly complex, because of a very simple auction process. Oodles of possibilities.

In our league, there'll probably be a good deal of luck involved in the outcome, just like in your typical head-to-head league, because ours isn't deep. Beyond that, participants should learn from what transgresses, especially their mistakes. (Of course, you'd think that real-life GMs would need to do the same, but some don't and still have or get jobs.)

Year 1 is providing an excellent learning experience. Part of my strategy was just to mix some dangerous chemicals and see what happened. Biggest goal: to come away with a couple of building blocks - reasonably paid players on multi-year contracts - for future seasons.

First of all, I was pretty lucky to end up with the No. 2 pick in the Rookie Draft. If Doug Martin turns out to be half as good as his hype, I'll have a nice foundation for a couple of seasons. Rookie contracts are for three years and based on draft slot. Anyone who becomes a fantasy starter is going to be a bargain.

I wanted to avoid contracts of more than one or two years for most RBs. There's plenty of turnover at the position from year to year, and many have difficulty repeating RB1- or RB2-worthy seasons.

I didn't have someone like Jamaal Charles (three years, $28.5 million) in mind as a target because I figured that he'd draw high-end bids. Once I saw that his offers were dying down at more than reasonable amounts, I decided to pounce. I believe that Charles is one of the exceptions.

I presume that interest waned because Charles will play this season on a reconstructed knee. Barring an additional disaster, however, he's going to be RB1 material, or very close to it, in 2013 and 2014 - at a fraction of the cost. I thought that he was a steal, especially considering his age (25).

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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