Hey everybody. I've put below a description of the unique league that I'm. This league is coming up on it's 20th anniversary, I've been in it for 4 years now. Everything is done in a live draft at a bar where 90% of the league members live. I'd really appreciate any comments anybody has on this format. I happen to think it is great, but I'm sure there are lots of people out there that would criticize it. Really I'd like to see what some traditional fantasy players think of it, as everybody involved in the draft is obviously biased and interestingly very few play "traditional" fanstasy baseball.
I am in a 27 team draft with 4X2 scoring and no trades or waiver wire pickups. The hitting categories are HITS, AVERAGE, RBI, and HOMERUNS, while pitching categories are WINS, and ERA. Each team picks nine hitters (one from each position and one DH) and four pitchers. Detailed rules can be found at the bottom of this post.
Obviously, this format places a heavy emphasis on draft performance as there is virtually no chance to change your roster. Coincidentally, injuries are very powerful indicators of performance as an injured players stats is replaced with zeros while he is gone, not with the replacement level stats found in other leagues.
Also any feedback on what you think of my league setup would be interesting.
*VERY UNIQUE LEAGUE* 27 TEAMS
Scoring: 4X2 - Hitting categories are hits, average, RBI, and homeruns. Pitching categories are wins and ERA.
DRAFT: Teams draft in a classic snake draft format. Each team drafts ONE player at each hitting position and ONE DH that can have any position eligibility. Players are eligible for a position if they played 20 games there in the previous year, or if the majority of their games were at that position, or for those with no previous MLB experience, the position they are expected to play. Each team drafts FOUR pitchers.
REDRAFT: At the all-star break there is a redraft where each team has the ability to drop two players and pick up players to replace them that are eligible for that position (10 games played). The newly picked up players replace the dropped players' stats for the entire year. There are no trades, waiver wire (with 27 teams there would be very little leftover anyway), etc. At the end of the year the stats for all the players on your roster are added up with points going based on finish (i.e. finishing first in hits yields 27 points, last 1 point).