February 07, 2006

Anybody interested in doing some fantasy Baseball!: I'll oraganize a Yahoo league if anybody would be interested?!? In your responses let me know some details as to th type of league you would like

posted by daddisamm to fantasy at 08:39 AM - 70 comments

i would like to start one, but i have no clue how they work. maybe itl be a good way to learn.

posted by bigknotjustadrink at 08:46 AM on February 07

I'd be interested, I've never been in a fantasy league but I'm sure none of you are in my league when it comes to fantasizing. If someone could hook it up with a link regarding fantasy sports, rules, rosters, ect. I would appreciate very much.

posted by HATER 187 at 08:50 AM on February 07

So tempting. But uh uh.

posted by corpse at 09:06 AM on February 07

Dude, we're eleven days ahead of schedule here.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 AM on February 07

I was going to post about this. I'm up for what we did last year. I'll commish if no one else volunteers.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:21 AM on February 07

Look, DrJohn, Yahoo registration is open- I was just deciding how many league I was goin to do. I wanted to leave league for spofi. I know its a little early. and if you would want some-one else to do it, fine. Jersery girl if you want to commish I dont care-I'll play baseball is my game!

posted by daddisamm at 10:25 AM on February 07

Sorry, daddisamm. No offence intended. Just needling you while I was trying to remember what kind of setup we had last year. :)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:45 AM on February 07

I'm in for whatever format you guys choose. Wasn't it a basic 5x5 roto system?

posted by trox at 11:25 AM on February 07

I'm in again...every pack needs a middle.

posted by chris2sy at 11:55 AM on February 07

I'm in. I would rather do a head to head league, but if you guys are used to rotisserie I can deal with that too.

posted by tron7 at 12:55 PM on February 07

i'm in.

posted by goddam at 12:58 PM on February 07

I'll be in it if there isn't already a set list. I also agree with tron on the head-to-head league.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:52 PM on February 07

Sounds like we have a good crew and a lot of interest. Sometime this week I'll try to book us for a live draft (say about 8pm EST?) during the week in March, not on a Friday evening. That okay with everyone thus far?

posted by jerseygirl at 02:27 PM on February 07

I, by the way, am in. I'm open to either format.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:30 PM on February 07

Um, how long do live drafts go and is there a way to auto pick during a live draft?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:53 PM on February 07

YYM: Usually about an hour or so, and yes, you can set up a pre-draft ranking which the system will use to auto-draft for you.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:57 PM on February 07

i'm in. same format as last year (roto) would be sweet and painless imho.

posted by YukonGold at 03:35 PM on February 07

what's the way forward here? do spofi pool alumni get any signup advantage? 'cause we're probably double the size since the last baseball pool was setup. i reckon there will be lots of interest from people that haven't been in the mix in the past... meaning what for those that were? yeah, I'm in. in some format.

posted by gspm at 04:45 PM on February 07

you could maybe have two diferent formats going

posted by daddisamm at 05:17 PM on February 07

Does somebody already have a league started? if not I will get one fired up tomorrow!

posted by daddisamm at 05:19 PM on February 07

easy daddisamm. Easy. Got plenty of time.

posted by jerseygirl at 05:55 PM on February 07

I'm in, and if you could schedule the live draft on a Monday or Wensday night after 10pm est that would be better for me, and I think better for the left coasters.

posted by jbou at 06:02 PM on February 07

Think we're going to stick with the 8pm-ish timeframe, similar to what we did last year. 10pm EST is too late - the draft wouldn't end until at least midnight. Unless anyone wants to do a Saturday around noon or 1 pm EST?

posted by jerseygirl at 06:41 PM on February 07

saturday afternoon might be better. i think that's what we did last year.

posted by goddam at 10:14 PM on February 07

Saturday around noon time would be ok with me. Jersey, must we always be at odds?

posted by jbou at 11:06 PM on February 07

I'm in. I'm basically on East Coast Time, less an hour. Oh yeah, and plus 12. So Saturday at noon Eastern is Sunday at 1AM for me. I think. Whatever. I can make it work, just let me know. Weekend works best, eh.

posted by geekyguy at 05:15 AM on February 08

We'll do Saturday then. jbos - I didn't even realize you still posted here.

posted by jerseygirl at 05:30 AM on February 08

morning drafts during the week are best for me!

posted by daddisamm at 07:51 AM on February 08

do spofi pool alumni get any signup advantage? 'cause we're probably double the size since the last baseball pool was setup. Can we put a realistic limit on teams. I think football this year was great because we had a lot of teams, but we were also able to translate it to a format that worked very very well. That will be a lot harder with baseball. Rotisserie baseball is designed for 10-12 teams when you use the standard rule structure. Not 24. The fact that SpoFi has a couple thousand new members is gonna be a difficult wrinkle. Hoefully we can avoid having to Angel Berroa in the second round. As usual from me...several observations, zero solutions.

posted by YukonGold at 11:12 AM on February 08

we have 12-13 interested now.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:26 AM on February 08

we can avoid having to Angel Berroa in the second round. I'd like to think you meant "having to draft" rather than that you're using some obscure sexual reference I now have to look up on UrbanDictionary, but your use of "Hoefully" in the same sentence suggests otherwise.

posted by yerfatma at 11:44 AM on February 08

Nothing's gonna stop us now!

posted by YukonGold at 11:50 AM on February 08

We had 17 last year

posted by YukonGold at 12:07 PM on February 08

I'm in. Saturday draft is fine with me, and I'd prefer roto.

posted by dusted at 12:42 PM on February 08

Its up to you guys. What do you want to cap the league at?

posted by jerseygirl at 01:18 PM on February 08

I know the leagues are optimized for 10-12, but that's a pretty tough thing to do on SpoFi. We've tried some things in the past to make the talent level a little higher (restricting bench spots, for example) that seemed to work out reasonably well. I actually prefer the bigger leagues, since you really have to work to stay on top of the prospects and transactions in order to win. That's a lot more rewarding (to me, anyway) than having my All-Star lineup beat your All-Star lineup. Plus, you learn about minor players that never get media attention, and the last few rounds of the draft are complete crap shoots and wild guesses (you're drafting who?). Just my 2Ę.

posted by dusted at 02:26 PM on February 08

Yukon, are you still interested in a keeper league?

posted by dusted at 02:31 PM on February 08

I'm in, even if I have to autopick (my schedule is a bitch).

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:31 PM on February 08

I would like to try. I have never done anything like this but I am a quick study. If someone could post some rules I would appreciate it.

posted by skydivemom at 10:19 PM on February 08

Yukon, are you still interested in a keeper league? Definitely. I'll put up a post next week. Didn't want to confuse the situation while this discussion was going on.

posted by YukonGold at 07:24 AM on February 09

What do you want to cap the league at? If we keep it around last years size it will obviously work. 18?

posted by YukonGold at 07:25 AM on February 09

Twenty sould be doable--I have been in some fairly competive twenty team leagues.

posted by daddisamm at 08:43 AM on February 09

I like deep leagues. I'm currently enjoying being thoroughly screwed over by the depth of the SpoFi NHL league.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:51 AM on February 09

You know you're in a deep league when Washington Capitals players frequently appear as 'Adds' in the transaction list. You know you're in deep shit when you're the one picking them up.

posted by qbert72 at 11:17 AM on February 09

I'm in. And interested in the keeper league as well.

posted by mbd1 at 01:06 PM on February 09

I think it'd be neat to play with a 30-team league, thus having active every single MLBer (or NHLer as the season may be).

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:30 PM on February 09

I've thought about that as well. 30 teams with 25 man rosters: 8 position players, 1 DH, 5 SP, 7 RP, and 4 bench spots. And then make it a keeper league with a salary cap. Sweet.

posted by mbd1 at 01:57 PM on February 09

Yes, yes! And then tie it in with a stadium management simulation.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:20 PM on February 09

They tried that management thing in Madden. It's more fun to jack prices and play the games in a blacked-out empty stadium like some crazy billionaire with his own private football team.

posted by YukonGold at 06:46 PM on February 09

s/private football team/Chicago Blackhawks/

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:03 PM on February 09

When the pool does get made it'd be nice if a) the limited spots didn't go to folks that just drop by the lockerroom and grab the password even though they (seemingly) aren't members of Sportfilter (ala 5 of 28 members of the EPL pool this year) and b) (one can dream) the people that do sign up see the whole season through (or at least have the intention to do so from the start). I imagine that if the login/signup details are offered in a thread on Spofi that some of the past participants will find themselves on the outside. Would a commish-to-be be interested in starting with those from last year's pool and filling up the spots starting with alumni? I'd imagine that we just might possible have enough interest to run two pools (of 16 teams or so, an AL-alumni league and NL-newbie league, of sorts). the second one could be filled with an open call for participants. just me pontificating. I don't wanna exclude anybody, but I've been in the Spofi league the last two years (others, years longer) and would hate to miss out just because the login info was posted in some thread and somebody, even a non-member, wanders by and joins and grabs a spot. I'd hate to lose other regulars to something like that too. and don't want to scare away new interested participants, don't wanna sound cranky like that, no siree.

posted by gspm at 08:34 PM on February 09

I understand what your saying gspm but I would like to play. I don't want to be stuck with the trolls. I think I have established myself in here and it is not my fault I did not find it till after the league last year. If we have enough people to have two leagues great but I would like to compete against experienced people and not just newbies.

posted by skydivemom at 09:33 PM on February 09

I think it'd definitely be better to put together a list of people who are in the league before distributing the name and password. I don't mind dropping out if we can take a look and see for sure that there's more interest than we have room foróbut it's tough to say that with confidence when we're talking about it so abstractly.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:32 AM on February 10

I like gspm's AL/NL idea if we have too many players for one league. I don't mind being in the newb league if it means I get to play. I would like to compete against experienced people and not just newbies. I haven't played here before but i'm hardly a newbie. proof. Man did I bomb in '03.

posted by tron7 at 11:30 AM on February 10

I think the best way to do it would be to get a list of interested people (i.e. those who have posted here) and then email them the league name and password. Since you can see the emails on the profile page it might take a little bit but it would be a great way to keep out those who just happened to see the password.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:07 PM on February 10

Good idea YYM. Didn't mean to insinuate (spelling good grief) any one was a newbie at the fantasy league (I am though) but I was talking about one hit wonders who come into the sportsfilter yesterday and join the league today.

posted by skydivemom at 02:18 PM on February 10

I would be interested in playing if there is still a spot open. Obviously you can number me as a Spo-Fi newbie, but I've been playing in a 4x4 Roto league for twelve years and I've done a couple of Yahoo leagues to boot, so classify that as you will. I don't care a bit about format, but what I have noticed is that head-to-head leagues tend to keep people more interested in the second half than straight Roto -- teams that fall to the bottom tend to abandon their teams, or worse, make stupid moves to build an "All-Gonzalez" team, for example. In head-to-head, there is something of a clean slate every week, even if you are painfully behind in the standings. Just a thought.

posted by BullpenPro at 02:30 PM on February 10

I am all for head-to-head, so I guess I agree with BullpenPro.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:25 PM on February 10

I wanna play too, please.

posted by thatweirdguy2 at 05:37 PM on February 11

What exactly is a newbie?

posted by daddisamm at 09:57 AM on February 13

What exactly is a newbie?

posted by daddisamm at 09:58 AM on February 13

Somebody who still double-clicks the post button. I kid, I kid!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:12 AM on February 13

I have Created a Yahoo league. Its the SpoFi K League. Its a dumb name. Its a twenty team head to head league. Draft is scheduled for March 13th ant 9am cst. We'll set the final settings when the league it full. I'll take oldies or newbies-I just want people who will be ACTIVE. Private League # 90802 Password= chuck

posted by daddisamm at 10:13 AM on February 13

wait, we're still doing a roto league too, right?

posted by goddam at 10:16 AM on February 13

We sure are goddam. Just like last year. Capping it at 18 teams in the league, with basically the same stat setup as last year. Will be creating it this week with details to follow :)

posted by jerseygirl at 10:32 AM on February 13

There was alot of interest expressed in a head to head league. We can have both

posted by daddisamm at 11:21 AM on February 13

Are both leagues going to be first-come, first-served, or will the roto league be by invitation? And will participation in both leagues be frowned upon? (I am asking only for the record -- I definitely don't have time for two leagues, and I will probably do the head-to-head version if it is open).

posted by BullpenPro at 02:37 PM on February 13

I can only speak for the speak for the head to head league. This will be first come first serve. We have close to ten teams as I write this.

posted by daddisamm at 03:39 PM on February 13

I thought we were doing a keeper league?

posted by catfish at 08:07 PM on February 14

I am interested in the roto league, if not too late. And yes, I intend to be around the whole season (several actually). 4x4 or 5x5, no preference.

posted by elovrich at 04:12 PM on February 16

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