I think I've just about had it with my friends league.
It's a small (8 team) league and we have small lineups (no CI or MI, just 3 OF and one UTL, 5 SPs and 2 RPs, and only 3 bench spots). This means that guys like Juan Pierre, Rafael Furcal, and Bobby Jenks can be found rattling around the FA pool and we never have to delve too deep into the FA list.
Worst of all, because everyone has a pretty good team and the FA list is so deep, nobody ever makes trades (one so far this year) and the managers are all gun-shy when it comes to pulling the trigger. But then again, can you blame them? If you have a weakness in the OF, why give up a useful player from an area of strength to make an upgrade when you can just pick up Nick Markakis or Magglio Ordonez simply by dropping your worst player?
Although I've pushed for changes, I've also defended our league in the past. But I'm starting to get fed up with things. I know it's a friends league, but all the managers are competitive and the bragging rights are undeniable. Nevertheless, I feel our set-up is really problematic. Is it time to get look for something better?
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Being in that league would be very frustrating to me too. I don't hate smaller leagues, I just don't understand the hesitancy for the extra active positions and would have a hard time enjoying a league in which you can field a superstar team by picking up FA. You said they're competitive but do they not listen to suggestions b/c they don't follow it hard-core like some of us?
Bottm line: If these guys are your friends, maybe stick with 'em but w/o a doubt I'd be looking for another league - a real one.
traditional catcher,1b,2b,ss,3b,of,of,of, but we have two utilities sp,sp,rp,rp,p,p,p and 6 bench spots
That isn't a traditional league, thats a yahoo public league format. Traditional roto is 14 hitters, 9 pitchers.
If you are having fun go ahead and keep playing in the league but if you are serious about fantasy baseball you'll probably want to move to a format that is either AL or NL only or has at least 23 lineup spots.