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As I promised last week, we have created a Fantasy League for our favorite readers of The Crawfish Boxes! Technically speaking, our favorite readers are all of our readers, so this Fantasy League is open to all of you. So that you don't have to wade through another of my attacks of verbosity, I'll go ahead and post the information right up top so you don't have to search for it.
Go to: http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/register/joinleague
League ID: 15011
As I mentioned previously, the sooner this league fills up, the sooner I'll open a second one for spillover. Details about the league and obligatory babble to follow the jump.We are using Yahoo! because we like Yahoo!, and they are currently partnered with SB Nation. Obligations aside, I have always used Yahoo! for my fantasy leagues and have never had a problem with them. Indeed, every season they add improvements to make the game more enjoyable.
The format is a Head-to-Head, 16 Team league. I chose Head-to-Head format for two reasons. First off, I don't like Roto leagues because I feel like they lack the weekly drama of H2H, but secondly (and most importantly), a H2H league will give me good opportunity to use weekly match-ups to inspire goofy weekly articles about the progress of the league.
Just imagine: "CRPerry13 defeats clack in a clash of the titans....clack was winning until saturday, when his best pitcher Livan Hernandez hit CRPerry13's worst hitter, Albert Pujols, with a 72 mile per hour fastball, thus walking home a run that pushed CRPerry13 into glorious victory. And there was much rejoicing."
Roto leagues just don't provide that kind of drama, and for me...plot is everything.
The positions available more closely match a real baseball team than they do a standard 5x5 roto league. They are:
C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL
SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P
BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL
Stats that will be tracked during the weekly matchups:
Hitting Stats: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS
Pitching Stats: W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9
Question: But Chris, why use K/9 instead of K?
Answer: I'm glad you asked, unidentified internet spook. I use K/9 instead of K because it prevents managers from streaming pitchers all week in the interest of winning the strikeout category. Once you get used to it, you will thank me.
Question: But Chris, the "Loss" stat stinks because it's usually out of the pitcher's control.
Answer: I agree, and I'm open to suggestions for a replacement that isn't redundant of one of the other stats or worse, like HPB. How do you feel about "Home Runs Allowed?" Comment below.
Question: How many pancakes does it take to cover a doghouse?
Answer: Red, because snakes don't have eyelids. Next question.
Question: Do I get a prize if I win the league?
Answer: I doubt it, but I'm not in charge of the league. How about I design a cool avatar that proclaims your greatness as the 2012 TCB Fantasy Baseball League Champion, and you can sport it proudly for the rest of your existence?
Ok, all that said, please sign up for the league - it's gonna be fun.