If you're interested in a realistic, nuanced, deep, huge, fantasy basketball league, feel free to join my league. There are two requirements: number one: you participate for the whole season -- no quitters; and number two: be available for the live draft. The exact time of the draft is Thu Oct 21 at 6:15am PDT (That's West Coast/Los Angeles time. Obviously, that would be 9:15 AM in New York/East Coast areas.)
The details: you will draft a team of 18 players with 15 starting players and three bench players. There will be three full squads of starters: 3 centers, 3 power forwards, 3 small forwards, 3 shooting guards, and 3 point guards.
The highlights: there will be 20 teams, but only 4 teams will make the playoffs. (Teams that finish 5-8 will compete in a consolation playoff.) The Stat categories are deep and comprehensive. Basically the idea is to reward players that play a lot of minutes and accumulate a lot in stats. The Stat categories are very balanced, I think. There are little man stats and big man stats and they are equally balanced. For example, big men are good at rebounds, offensive rebounds, blocked shots, free throws attempted, and field-goal percentage, etc. Little guys are good at three pointers made, free throw percentage, three point percentage, steals, assists, assist to turnover ratio etc. All of those categories count in our league.
The greatest thing about this league is that you will have to be extremely knowledgeable about marginal players such a the guys on this list -- in the article above. In a normal fantasy league Ramon Sessions is worthless, but in my league he could be a very valuable player. If your 10-18th best players are getting 10-15 minutes a game, you don't need to have one of the top 3-5 superstars to win the championship. This fantasy league is a great simulation of real basketball where superstars are important, but role players are also important.
Here is my NBA league: Chateau d'If
In order to join the league, go to Yahoo fantasy sports basketball (NBA) 2010 page, click the "Sign Up Now" or "Get Another Team" button and follow the links to "Join a Custom League". When prompted, enter the League ID# and password below.
League ID#: 6952 Password: Yuta
Here's a copy of the settings page so you can see the details of all the rules:
League ID#: 6952 League Name: Chateau d'If Password: Yuta Draft Type: Live Standard Draft Draft Time: Thu Oct 21 6:15am PDT [ Add to My Calendar ] Max Teams: 20 Scoring Type: Head-to-Head Max Moves: No maximum Max Trades: No maximum Trade Reject Time: 2 Trade End Date: March 3, 2011 Waiver Time: 2 days Waiver Type: FAAB w/ Continual rolling list tiebreak Can't Cut List Provider: Yahoo! Sports Trade Review: League Votes Post Draft Players: Free Agents Max Acquisitions per Week: 4 Weekly Deadline: Daily - Today Start Scoring on: Week 1 Playoffs: Week 22 and 23 (4 teams) Note: Week 23 runs 7 days from Mar 28 to Apr 3 Divisions: No Roster Positions: PG, PG, PG, SG, SG, SG, SF, SF, SF, PF, PF, PF, C, C, C, BN, BN, BN Players Stat Categories: Minutes Played (MIN), Field Goals Made (FGM), Field Goal Percentage (FG%), Free Throws Made (FTM), Free Throw Percentage (FT%), 3-point Shots Made (3PTM), 3-point Percentage (3PT%), Points Scored (PTS), Offensive Rebounds (OREB), Total Rebounds (REB), Assists (AST), Steals (ST), Blocked Shots (BLK), Turnovers (TO), Assist/Turnover Ratio (A/T)