The long-running (since 2001, I think) SDMB Big League Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league is back again. I renewed the league a while ago and sent invites to all of last year’s managers; this year Yahoo’s renew feature automatically renews all of last year’s teams, so there are currently 15 teams with the cap set at 20. Have not set a draft date/time yet – it’s a live draft with autodraft if a manager is not online for it (i.e., if no selection is made during a 30 second window). Last year, several long-time participants weren’t able to make the draft time selected, so I’d really like to get everyone’s input on what will work best for them – I generally like to make it as close to opening day as possible to give everyone time to prep and so everyone’s aware of any late spring training injuries, etc. Keep in mind that we have managers across all US time zones, so evening time tend to work best (9 pm EDT is 6 pm PDT). Drafts typically run a couple of hours (24 rounds x number of teams x 30 seconds would be maximum). There was some sentiment against Sunday night last year, and I’m not going to be available on Sun, 3/25 myself. Opening day is Thu, 3/29. I tentatively selected Tuesday, 3/27 at 8:30 pm EDT, but I expect we will change that based on manager input.
There are several threads here from past years about the league including draft recaps, etc. Basics are this is a non-keeper rotisserie-style fantasy league, with a couple of twists. One is the format – rather than the traditional 5 x 5 (5 offensive categories and 5 pitching categories), we use a 6 x 6: OPS and SLG replace BA as offensive categories, and Holds are included as a pitching category. The other is depth – total number of teams/managers has varied from 13 to 19 year to year, with 15-17 being the most common total. With 24 roster slots + 2 DL slots for a total of 26 players per team, and 15-17 teams, there’s not a lot of value out there on the waiver wire at any given time, and it can be a challenge to come up with a trade that helps your team without giving up something critical to get it. You either have to draft really well or be aggressive about finding and dumping players who can help upgrade a position.
Also, I would still love for someone else to step up and take over as commissioner – this year is even more hectic and unpredictable for me than last year. There’s really not much involved, particularly once the teams and the draft date/time are set, but I feel like I haven’t done all I should’ve to promote things the last couple of years, and fresh blood would probably be a good thing.
We should have up to 6 open slots for managers this year (more if any of last year’s participants drop out) – if you want to join, or know someone who does, here’s the link to sign up: https://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/85059/invitation?key=412643548fa3ace1&soc_trk=lnk&ikey=14ee56617563fbdb