I want to finalize who is interested in joining the CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball League. At this point, 14 people (+ me) have expressed interest and I want to make sure there aren't any others dragging their feet. If you are interested, there is still room and we'd love to have more players! For those that are interested, I'll send you an email this weekend with the official invite to the league. Here is the current list of interested players: chazerize, UncleWeez, MixFMKyle, shrguy, thevole, RijoSaboCaseyWKRP, Geki, JD Arney, ben nevis, dmcgee77, Eastwindquinn, Packy, andromache, chesirecat.
The plan right now is to do a head-to-head points league. I know this isn't everybody's favorite, but it looks like we have several people new to fantasy baseball and it is my experience that head-to-head helps the learning curve and also allows lesser players to get lucky so that they aren't out of the competition early in the season. I've played in several leagues were standings were just overall rank in points and most of the teams in those leagues are done by mid-season as one or two good teams run away with it. I know head-to-head doesn't always mean the best team wins, but that's sort of the fun of it.
As for how the points will be structured, I'm still working on that. I don't want to go too sabermetric, but on the other hand I want to make sure a good player is a good player. After the jump I've put the default scoring for the CBSSports.com Commissioner League. I haven't looked at how it will affect individual players to make sure the points are logical, but I wanted to get your opinion as to whether or not you liked the categories used and if you thought the scoring worked. Let me know in the comments.
The draft will be a live draft held on March 22nd at 8pm ET. If you can't make the draft, you can rank your players for an auto-draft and the robots at CBSSports.com will pick your team for you. I'm am planning on this being a keeper league that we will start back up next season. However, do not feel obligated to commit to a second season if this is just your first time playing. If you decide fantasy baseball isn't for you, we'll pass your team on to another willing participant next year.
If you are still thinking about setting up your own fantasy league, just a reminder that you can get 50% off a new CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Commissioner league thanks to your good friends at SBNation.com. It's a nice deal, especially if you were going to choose CBSSports.com anyway.
|Scoring for Batting Categories|
|1B - Singles||1 point|
|2B - Doubles||2 points|
|3B - Triples||3 points|
|BB - Walks (Batters)||1 point|
|CS - Caught Stealing||-1 point|
|HP - Hit by Pitch||1 point|
|HR - Home Runs||4 points|
|KO - Strikeouts (Batter)||-0.5 points|
|R - Runs||1 point|
|RBI - Runs Batted In||1 point|
|SB - Stolen Bases||2 points|
|Scoring for Pitching Categories|
|BBI - Walks Issued (Pitchers)||-1 point|
|ER - Earned Runs||-1 point|
|HA - Hits Allowed||-1 point|
|HB - Hit Batsmen||-1 point|
|INN - Innings||3 points|
|K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)||.5 points|
|L - Losses||-5 points|
|QS - Quality Starts||3 points|
|S - Saves||7 points|
|W - Wins||7 points|
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