July 28, 2017
A few weeks ago, there was some talk on the message board in one of my leagues about moving from weekly transactions and lineups to daily. I’m firmly on Team Weekly because I prioritize sustainability.
Daily lineups require more frequent interventions from their owners. Starting pitchers get skipped or moved back a day, position players get unplanned days off due to minor maladies and relievers get days off after working three of the past four days. Attentive owners do very well in this type of league and attentiveness is a positive attribute in an owner. What do I have against attentive owners?
Nothing, of course. It’s just that sustaining the type of attentiveness required to win a competitive league with daily transactions for six months is unrealistic and sometimes nearly impossible due to family obligations, travel plans or a million other things that fall into a category of living a life. Making owners choose between living a life and fielding a competitive team is a good way to ensure a high owner-attrition rate. Having a stable group of owners might be the most critical component for a good league. Making sure that the effort required to field a competitive team over the course of the season fits within the framework of the time your fellow owners have available will pay off in the long term in the form of lower owner turnover rates.