Fantasy Baseball, and the most popular variety called Rotisserie, has been around for around 30 years now. I've been participating in leagues for about 22 years, and they are always fun for the baseball fan. The league I participate in now is a keeper weekly Head-to-Heat points league with playoffs. The "keeper" there means that we can offer players on our teams 2 or 3 year contracts within the rule structures of the league. We choose players in an auction and each team has a salary cap. So you have to fill your fantasy roster with real players using fake money. Basically, if you really want Albert Pujols on your team you can spend the most money to get him, but it's probably gonna hurt the overall team you "field". It's all kinda complicated, but fun.
But I've been thinking back to a simpler time and I think I'd like to participate in an old-school 5X5 Roto league with a plain, old draft. Just for shits and giggles. So I thought I'd see if there was anyone here who reads this pathetic blog who would like to join me in this endeavor. I figure if I get another 9 or so people who want to join, then I will go ahead and do it.
- You don't have to be a big baseball fan to join. Just someone who thinks they might enjoy interacting and playing along with other like-minded folk. It's all in good fun.
- It will be a 5X5 Rotisserie League, probably run through Yahoo! Sports. If you don't know what a 5X5 Roto League is, but you are interested, you can email me and I will edumacate you.
- It will be an online draft. I'll select a time that is agreeable to all. All you will need is a couple of hours in front of your computer sometime in late March to be involved. There is an option with these leagues to set your draft order and let the software auto-draft for you, but what fun is that?
- The draft order will be randomly selected. Basically, I will randomly select the preference order and then ask each team, in order, where they want to pick. If there are 10 teams, then the team that picks #1 overall gets the 1st pick in the 1st round, the last pick in the 2nd round, the 1st pick in the third round, etc... The team that picks last gets the last pick in the 1st round, but the 1st pick in the second round. It's called a "snake draft". There is some strategy here. Some people prefer to pick in the middle of a round, some at the beginning, some at the end.
- This league will only be for fun. No money or prizes. Just something to make the long baseball league a bit more interesting for those involved.
Even if you aren't interested, maybe you can forward this around to some of your bloggy friends who might be interested. I can't imagine getting 9 other people from just my small number of readers. But I'll ask through Twitter as well, and maybe some of you kind folks can re-Tweet that shit and we'll see where we wind up. If there is enough interest after a week or so, I'll contact those who want to be involved and set the whole thing up. Easy peasy.
So what say you? Anyone interested?