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Definition of a 'deep' or 'shallow' league?

Postby tigercat » Sat May 09, 2009 2:52 pm

I play in 2 fantasy baseball leagues, and I use this site to get suggestions on who to pick up out of the pool. I have played Fantasy Baseball for several years, but never knew the answer to this question.

Both leagues have 21-man rosters and start 7 pitchers and 9 hitters. Sportsline is a 10-team HTH points league where I set a weekly lineup. The other is a Yahoo league, consisting of 12 teams and using 5X5 Rotisserie catogories in a HTH format. Changes in that league can be daily. Personally, I'm not real 'keen' on the daily changes, but you gotta play by the public league rules or customize in a private league.

Do either of these leagues constitute a deep league? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Definition of a 'deep' or 'shallow' league?

Postby daullaz » Sun May 10, 2009 2:11 pm

tigercat wrote:I play in 2 fantasy baseball leagues, and I use this site to get suggestions on who to pick up out of the pool. I have played Fantasy Baseball for several years, but never knew the answer to this question.

Both leagues have 21-man rosters and start 7 pitchers and 9 hitters. Sportsline is a 10-team HTH points league where I set a weekly lineup. The other is a Yahoo league, consisting of 12 teams and using 5X5 Rotisserie catogories in a HTH format. Changes in that league can be daily. Personally, I'm not real 'keen' on the daily changes, but you gotta play by the public league rules or customize in a private league.

Do either of these leagues constitute a deep league? Thanks in advance.


Great question. One of our writers is going to answer it in our Monday Mail Call tomorrow, so check the front page sometime tomorrow for his take. ;-D
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Re: Definition of a 'deep' or 'shallow' league?

Postby flloyd » Sun May 10, 2009 4:11 pm

Well, its a definition that based on a smooth gradient and not a binary yes or no answer so I don't think you're ever going to get a unanimously agreed upon answer. For old school NL or AL only fantasy managers I doubt they would ever consider any MLB league deep unless it had 20+ teams.

For me personally I would think that the best dividing line for a deep or shallow league is whether people have players on their active roster (i.e. not in their reserve slots) who are part time players in MLB.

I don't think either of your leagues would be considered deep by anyone. A team that shallow simply has too many good players available in free agent pool.
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Re: Definition of a 'deep' or 'shallow' league?

Postby SlightlyStoopid » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:39 am

Here's the link to the Monday Mail Call: http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/2009/tips_mailcall051109.php

flloyd wrote:For me personally I would think that the best dividing line for a deep or shallow league is whether people have players on their active roster (i.e. not in their reserve slots) who are part time players in MLB.


That's definitely a deep league.

My opinion is any league that is drafting over 450 players (60% of the league). For keeper leagues, holding a minor league draft moves it up a couple notches on the deep ladder.
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