Searching across the internet, I found an interesting alternative to playing fantasy baseball on yahoo. At sportingnews, they have a free game called "Fantasy Baseball" (well, Duh!)
http://fantasygames.sportingnews.com/ba ... t_yet.html
All the settings are set to be the same in every league (pretty standard, 5x5 roto, 18 man rosters, etc). So it's sort of similar to yahoo public leagues, with two twists.
You can create your own leagues (with passwords) which are essentially private leagues, but still the same settings.
But I suppose the main incentive is the prizes. Yup, even though it's free to play, there are prizes. You can win prizes both individually and with your league. The stats from all the teams in your league are added up, and then compared to every other league (in a roto format). Everyone in each of the top 5 leagues will get prizes ($100 a piece to the #1 league). So if everyone in your league is very knowledgable and active, you'll get a better "league ranking"
Also, if you have a great "universal ranking", you can also win prizes.
I fully understand that the chances of winning a league prize are very, very low (estamated 5,400 leagues). The prizes may or may not be an incentive to you, but it'd be interesting to see if a few mods and some cafe vets wanted to put together a league and see how good the cafe is compared to the rest of the fantasy baseball population
I'm guessing we'd fare pretty well since everyone seems to know their stuff.
I'm just throwing this idea out (to anyone, not just vets). I hope you guys fly with it. It sure seems like an interesting idea.