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Postby jbird669 » Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:58 pm

Hello all, I was just curious why a lot of you are drafting this early, before spring training even begins? Aren't you concerned about injuries and guys not making the team? I did that in football and the 2nd pick was Ricky Williams, and you football fans know how that turned out. It makes little sense to me. And I understand it forced you to prepare more and pay attention to offseason moves, but there are too many factors working against you.
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Postby Carey Saders » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:02 pm

Cause I cannot wait. I get the fantasy baseball bug in Decemeber and am going nuts by February.
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Postby eftda » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:03 pm

I just sign up for draft dates when yahoo opens. If you sign up late then you get stuck with horrible draft dates.
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:04 pm

Sometimes it's just not feasible. While I've never drafted this early, I am playing in some cafe keepers where we want everyone to be active and draft their team. Since we all can't agree on a live draft time, we chose to do a slow draft during the course of spring training and a few weeks before.
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Postby Kingctb27 » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:04 pm

The reason I draft this early is because quite frankly I can't wait untill mid-march to have my drafts. Also you can have some time befor the season starts to get your line-up ready to go (basically trading).
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Postby ironman » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:11 pm

eftda wrote:I just sign up for draft dates when yahoo opens. If you sign up late then you get stuck with horrible draft dates.


While this may be true that good time slots fill up fast, Yahoo will wait for all the slots to fill and they will open all the slots again for more leagues. So even if you get stuck with a crappy day and time initially, if your commish is diligent they can keep checking back and switch to a better time slot when they open.

I'm really surprised with how many people are not aware of this. :-?
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Postby ironman » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:13 pm

I like to draft as late as possible but I also like to set my league drafts on days where the most can participate. I find sunday evenings work well, but the last sunday before Opening Day this year is Easter so I probably won't schedule it then. I also like Monday evenings. It seems most people are at home then.
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Postby WittyC » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:13 pm

I like to draft relatively early.

Preseason trades are pretty cool, but I also like to leave room for picks to get traded and rumors to swirl over who will be the number one pick.

Also, since I really only do one league that I care about, I like to have more time to get attached to my players. And in that league (run through Yahoo), I'm running a separate site for fake league news. I'm using photoshop to change players hats and colors based on the teams they are on for use in the stories.

This was my first attempt at it... I'm sure I'll get better as time progresses.

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Postby rscharnell » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:26 pm

the only people drafting this early are dynasty leagues where an injury doesnt hurt too much because you're drafting players that you wont start for a few months or years anyways...

In my keeper league, I dont make them turn their keepers until Mid-March and then set a draft date from there.
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Postby Zito is God » Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:33 pm

Well, out dynasty draft is offline so I will make the league as soon as it is done. Also, I enjoy having 1 Public league, its almost always a big joke, and I admit I don't pay too much attention to it aftert he draft cause guys like Glaus, Nevin, McPhereson will be on FA but its still fun for me. The winners' league is mildly competitive as well. And the biggest reason is that I can't wait, I love trading, and preseason trades are the best because of all the speculation and overating/underating of players, when you trade mid-year everyone already knows how much they are worth and what they did this year.
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