So, those who’ve been around here a while know that since something like 2001 there’s been a Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball league going that was started with mostly folks who were SDMB regulars back then. I ended up taking over as commissioner last year, so I’m the one who got the notification from Yahoo! to renew it for this year. Did that, and if you were in last year you should have received an invitation to re-join for this year. If you weren’t in last year and want to be, PM me and I’ll arrange to get you an invite.
For those not familiar with it, this league runs a bit differently from the standard. For one thing, it’s a 6x6 format instead of the usual 5x5 – OPS and SLG replace BA for hitters, and to keep things balanced Holds get added to the usual 6 pitching stats. So middle relievers, particularly those who get innings with low ERA and WHIP, actually have some value.
Other differences include larger starting rosters (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, IF, LF, CF, RF, OF, Util, plus 2 SP, 2 RP, 3 P) and larger rosters overall (2 DL slots and 6 Bench slots, in addition to the starters) – 26 slots total including the 2 DL). To accommodate the larger number of pitchers active, the maximum innings cap has been bumped up to 1300.
The BIG difference in most years has been the number of teams in the league, which combined with the size of the rosters, makes this an incredibly deep league. We’ve had at least 17 teams every year since 2004, and have typically had a max size of 20, which we’ve reached a few times. Usually there are 17-18 teams. The last 4-5 rounds of the draft typically are made up of guys who are never drafted in most other leagues, and few teams ever have the luxury of a viable starter in the real world being parked on the bench in the event of an injury, etc. Positional versatility can be a big advantage as injuries, etc., deplete the pool of start-worthy options. Deep sleepers, or guys poised for a comeback after missing time to injuries the previous year, are often the big wins of the draft for those lucky or insightful enough to score them.
Right now, the draft is set for Sunday, March 29, at 8:30 PM EDT. I’m open to changing that based on feedback from others if it’s a bad time for some.