BTW, I hope the sizeable array of stats we use do not scare you away from joining. It looks scary at first glance, but if you read the article on the Extrapolated Runs formula ( http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/btf ... cingXR.htm
) and take a closer look at the points weightings, it'll help you understand that it's actually far better
than traditional 5x5 ROTO play if you're interested in something w/ more realistic results that translate to how teams might perform hypothetically in the real world.
There's less reliance on "luck" in this system than traditional 5x5 ROTO play -- and you don't have to worry about absentee or unreasonable owners leaving their lineup in a state that skews the standings for certain stats. And player evaluation is actually not that hard to do as things like AVG, OBP, OPS, SB:CS ratio, ERA, WHIP, K ratios and the like are very useful for evaluation. No need to be worried about getting "lucky" w/ R's, RBI's or even SB's to a good extent, and things like W's, SV's and K's do not become overvalued here as they are in traditional 5x5.
And playing w/ this system will definitely help you deepen your knowledge of baseball from the statistical side of things -- and that's what I (and some others) hope/look for in this. If you're gonna commit to a keeper league, why not go for something more substantive?
FWIW, I do wish we could implement a few other things to make it more interesting and realistic, eg. H2H using the points system (but probably no playoffs as Sept's always kinda wierd and messy), maybe player salaries (although I wouldn't want things to be too tight), etc., but Yahoo and other free services don't allow for such things. OTOH, if we get serious enough and build up a good league of dedicated owners, maybe a couple of us (who are programmers) might consider building our own web-based apps to help facilitate such things and provide more useful rankings and such.
Anyway, we still currently have 2 rosters available for new owners to take over, so who's up for the challenge?