Here are some ideas for a historical fantasy baseball season. We'd pick players from history and play a fantasy "season". I have two ideas.
1. Win Shares Fantasy baseball
A typical draft as regular fantasy baseball. Every owner would pick a team and we'd add up the Win shares and the team with the most Win Shares is the winner. Here's the catch. Nobody would know which season would be used for each player. I would take the top 6-10 seasons for each player and RANDOMLY chose a season to use for their Win shares score. I'll use Babe Ruth as an example.
His best seasons by Win shares, I believe, were 1920-21. Now the owner who drafts him may or may not get his Win Shares score from those seasons. That owner might get Ruth's Win shares from his 10th best season. That is probably still a huge year but nowhere near his peaks years. Someone who drafts, say, Willie Mays may get Mays' best season and that would probably outscore Rutn. This gives the game a level of uncertainty. So an owner may pick an "inferior" player but get a more Win Shares because his best season was chosen. Does this make sense?
Why use Win Shares? This levels the playing field. Win Shares is a way to put all players throughout baseball history on a level playing field. If we just used regular baseball stats then everyone would just choose hitters from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1990s where every one had all the awesome hitting stats. Also, every everyone would pick pitchers from the dead ball era with all those 30 and 40 win seasons, 400+ IP, microscopic ERAs, etc.
I have another idea but I want to wait to see what kind of input this get. If anyone has an idea or suggestions please post it!