We ran two polls in the past week to understand in which types of leagues that Razzball readers will be playing in 2012. We got an overwhelming response (2,500 total responses between the two polls).
The volume of the response wasn’t the only surprise.Â Other surprises include:
- Only about 15% of Razzpondents plan on playing in a MLB league with 15, 16, 18, or 20 teams.Â We expected more.Â It must be that the people in those league formats disproportionately comment.
- More Razzballers use Yahoo (and its default roster format) vs. ESPN and CBSSports.com is a very close 3rd.Â We like and use all three services (and have used a few of the smaller ones too) but assumed a higher percentage were using the classic roster standard used by ESPN (C/1B/2B/SS/3B/5 OF/CI/MI/UTIL/9 P).Â I’ll have a post this pre-season on how ESPN vs. Yahoo roster formats impact player rankings/values and will produce Point Shares for both the ESPN and Yahoo format.Â (I’ll also note the impact of 1 catcher vs. 2 catchers).
- The biggest surprise was how many Razzpondents play non-5×5 formats.Â Only 47% play 5×5 and several stats (OPS, OBP, Holds, Quality Starts) are used in at least one league for over 20% of you.Â We’re thinking about how we can tailor our content to better reflect this breadth in categories.Â (FWIW, I prefer 5×5.Â I know the sabermetric flaws in just about every hitting stat but I don’t find using additional or alternate stats are any more fun.Â And I haven’t found a 6th pitching stat that I like…)
- We knew Head-to-Head was popular (and we play in a Yahoo!-sponsored expert H2H) but we were surprised that H2H edges Roto as the most popular format amongst Razzballers for their fantasy baseball leagues.
See below for all the survey results: