The consensus opinion of fantasy players seems to be that the Rotisserie version of the game is the most accurate way of testing one’s fantasy skills. H2H is seen as including too much “luck” based on factors such as being credited with a loss despite having one of the league’s best weeks, simply because your opponent scores more points; finishing with the best record and then being eliminated in the playoffs due to an unlucky week and more. The fact is that all of these “issues” can easily be disproven as well “issues”. H2H is more similar to how the game is played in real life and is actually a better way than Rotisserie to compare your knowledge and ability against others.

What’s the basic thing that a team has to do to be successful? It has to win more games than lose. How can a team do that? By scoring more runs than its opponents. It can load up on power hitters and have a solid rotation that just keeps enough runs off the board, it can play “small ball” by focusing on contact and speed in their lineup and support it with an elite pitching staff… there are many different strategies that a team can use to outscore their opponents. Why am I saying all of these obvious things? Simple, I’m bringing us to the essence of the game to make my point. Notice that the focus is on outscoring your opponents, not on having more home runs or stolen bases. It doesn’t matter how you rank in different categories, what matters is that you quite simply outscore your opponents. H2H in that way is clearly more similar to the game in real life.

Home runs are more important than stolen bases. A home run is a guaranteed run for your team, while a stolen base merely puts you at a better chance of scoring a run, assuming that your teammate drives you in with a hit of his own of course. In H2H, this is reflected as home runs are more valuable than stolen bases, in Rotisserie, they have equal value. It gets worse, walks and strikeouts are important statistics for hitters in real life, but play basically no importance in Rotisserie, they do however matter significantly in H2H. A great example is Billy Hamilton, he has little value in real life and in H2H, but significant value in Rotisserie. A closer that gives up two runs but earns a save isn’t seen as providing a good pitching performance. This result thus loses you points in H2H. It can affect your ERA and WHIP in Rotisserie depending on your other pitching performances, but you’ll still improve in saves with no consequences. There’s no argument that Rotisserie simply is not a realistic reflection of the game.

What about the “luck” factor? First of all, you play one opponent every week and not the whole league, so your points relative to the entire league should be irrelevant. Would anyone seriously have a problem with a team in real life losing a game, despite scoring more runs than other teams that won their games that day? It sounds ridiculous to even suggest that. As far as “unlucky weeks” in the playoffs, welcome to the reality of MLB and most leagues allow you to still stream pitchers and hitters, so even if one of your starters is injured or underperforming, there’s still a way for you to overcome that.

H2H is more reflective of how the game is played in real life. It allows you to build a team much closer to the way that real GM’s do than Rotisserie. Furthermore, H2H rates categories according to their value in real life, unlike Rotisserie. Finally, the general consensus seems to be that hat H2H is “more fun”. The idea that Rotisserie is in any way, shape, or form is better than H2H at reflecting the talent level of its participants as compared to the game in real life is simply not true.


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