Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Fantasy Baseball- What Kind of League is right for you - part 3

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This is a series to assist fantasy owners in selecting the best kind of league for you. Fantasy Baseball has numerous variations and differences which can either enhance your fantasy experience or lessen the enjoyment. I hope to bring some understanding for those new to Fantasy Baseball and give some options to the savvy veteran owners.

Fantasy Baseball Draft vs. Auction
Draft Leagues uses a method of taking turns to pick the players you want for your team.  The most common draft style is the snake draft.  The snake draft has the teams set in order.  If there are ten teams in the league (most leagues have between 8 and 16 teams), then it will go from 1 to 10 in order for the first round. Then the second round goes back from 10 to 1. This order is usually set up as either random or the inverse order of where teams finished from the last season.  
Ideally the draft should set up teams to have the teams have a fairly even superstar, great players, good players, average players, and sleepers.  The teams rarely work out that way but ideally by taking turns, the teams should be evenly matched.
Auction leagues are set up with each team having a set amount of auction dollars (not real money) and bidding on players.  The most common dollar amounts allotted teams is $260 since that was the amount used in the original rotisserie leagues. This can vary from league to league. In most leagues, the auction dollars are only tracked during the draft but some leagues will ensure that you stay under the cap during the entire season.
The auction owners take turns with one owner throwing out a player for a specific dollar amount (usually in $1 increments).  Each owner is given a chance to bid more on the player. When no one else bids a higher amount on the player, the owner who bid the most gets the player.  The money bid on that player is subtracted from owners allotted money. Then the next owner throws out a player and the process begins again.  You do have to have enough money to fill your entire roster.  There is equal opportunity for every owner to get specific players.  
There are very different strategies for each style.  The snake draft strategy is to spend the early round picking the stud players.  You need ;to get the big names early or you will not pick them up.  The middle rounds should be used to pick up good players to fill in your active roster.  The last rounds are used for picking up those flyer players and the undervalued guys.
The auction is a very different creature.  In the early rounds when people have a ton of money, you are often better served by throwing out players either you do not want or you do not want at the price that others will want them for. You do not want to sit back and wait for all the good players to be taken but you can be wise on what players you are willing to pay for early.  Some owners will draft early and overpay for players and be left with very little money for the rest of their team.  Other owners will sit back and keep all their money and not be able to get the top level players.  You do not want to be either team.  
If your auction is a live in person draft, then there is strategy to reading the other owners and bidding up players so they get the player at a higher amount of money.  Be aware of this strategy because you can find the other owner was doing the same thing to you or they had a hard number they were willing to pay for players.  Never bid a dollar more for a player than you are willing to get the player for.
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