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  • Stu Stu Mar 7, 2013 3:47 AM Flag

    Free 20-team, H2H, needs 5 more...Draft live draft Sat. 3/23 at 10AM EST

    Go to Yahoo fantasy baseball page and click on “get another team” or “join a league,” then enter the following info:
    League ID #:46241
    password: tigers1984

    This is a new league where the top 4 will be promoted to my other league every year, and the bottom four from that league will be sent down to this league. I run free 20-team Yahoo H2H leagues in all of the 4 major sports, and they are getting very popular, so we came up with the idea of a "minor" league so that there is incentive to finish out of the bottom 4.

    I take a lot of criticism about my 27-category league, but I think it's an improvement on the standard format. We do not use silly categories like "sacrifice hits" or "shutouts."

    The stat categories are intentionally somewhat redundant. The purpose is to weight some of the elements that are more important, such as power. We add HR, SLG%, OPB, and total bases so that pure power hitting is around 15% of the scoring. And if the match is close, they are split-able. That means that if you have 6 HRs, and your opponent has 5, you lose HR, but you might win SLG, OPB, and total bases.

    There are tons of other details and examples, but I don't have space here. In a 5X5 league, it's very hard to apply nuance to the scoring system. In most 5X5 leagues, relief pitching is badly shortchanged with only one category. By the same token, the stolen base is wildly exaggerated. The bottom line is that with 27categories at about 3.7% each, I can adjust the weight of each category more finely than you can if you're changing things in chunks of 10% at a time.

    These 3.7% chunks create leagues where luck plays a smaller part and randomness is minimized.

    With the 27-category league, you can also provide some scoring to minor categories that would be overrepresented at 10% in a 5X5 league--or more likely not represented at all due to the small number of categories. For example, I always add plate appearances and relief appearances because those are important parts of the game. (I can hear the chuckling, so for those of you who don't believe me, do yourself a favor and research which players have had the most at-bats over the last five years. You'll find that every single one of the top 10 has been to multiple All-Star games: Ichiro; Prince Fielder; Adrian Gonzalez; Derek Jeter; Miguel Cabrera; Robinson Cano; Albert Pujols; Ryan Braun; Michael Young; and Mark Teixeira!)

    In summary, repetition and near redundancy reduce randomness and add depth and nuance to the fantasy game. The categories are somewhat redundant but not identical, so it's possible to split them. To give an simplified example, in a 5X5 league, a close contest in every category could conceivably go 8-2, 9-1, or even 10-0. The exact same performances in a 27-cat league would be more likely to go 20-7, 19-8, etc (which is better because total games don't matter! It's winning percentage that matters!) More categories also means that elements of the game that are nonexistent in 5X5 are accurately represented.

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL, DL, DL

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Walks (BB), Total Bases (TB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP), Slugging Percentage (SLG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS), Extra Base Hits (XBH), Net Stolen Bases (NSB), Plate Appearances (PA)

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Relief Appearances (RAPP), On-base Percentage Against (OBPA), Winning Percentage (WIN%), Walks Per Nine Innings (BB/9), Quality Starts (QS), Net Saves (NSV), Net Saves and Holds (NSVH)

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