How League Size Changes Strategy

How the size of your league changes your strategy

As leagues get larger, there are important considerations you need to make around your strategy. More teams mean more starters, more players rosters, and more strategy in your teambuilding process. Below are some strategies to consider for larger leagues.

Move the Baselines

With more teams in your league, you will have different starting ranges at positions than you would in a traditional 10- or 12-team league. Players that would be fringe starters in a 10- or 12-team league likely are weekly starters in a 14-team league.

This moves the baselines of replacement players and can be seen easily at the quarterback position. Since 2000, in six-point passing touchdown leagues, the QB1 finisher has scored an average of 427 points. That is a big advantage over the QB12 finisher who averaged 283.3 points. Assuming each played a 16-game season, the average QB1 finished at 26.7PPG while the average QB12 finished at 17.7PPG. Throughout a 13-game regular season, that nine-point difference between starting the QB1 and QB12 is worth about 1.1 wins fantasy football wins.

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