carter wrote:this has been on my mind alot lately... I read somewhere that Fantasy Baseball started in the 70's ... Does anyone know what kind of line-ups and settings they used?
I recently joined a league that was started in 1971. The rules haven't changed much and the stats used are relatively simple b/c everything was self-reported weekly via box scores. It is now website-based at customstat.com. Its a dynasty league with one roster and anyone can be drafted or traded for player or future draft picks. It has MLB-style roster cut-down dates. Stats used are R, HR, RBI, BA, W, L and ERA. All stats are retro-active once the final lineups are set. Only one non-injury sub is allowed thereafter. There are weekly H2H prizes, but the bigger payouts are the points-based year-end prizes.
As far as finding a satisfying league, the settings are far less integral than the qualitative aspects of your league. I prefer roto for real-life proxy value, but there's plenty of arguemtn to be made on that topic. If you want a satisfying league I would focus on these things:
stable, committed membership
auction draft with little or no keepers
order-of-finish draft for dynasty or high-keeper
draft in-person / annual meeting
minimal rule changes
strong, specific league constitution
fungible draft assets
little-to-no trade barriers (deadlines excepted)
high threshold for rule changes