I'm in my eighth season of hosting a 12-team, H2H, weekly locked roster league on Yahoo!. We converted to a keeper league last season, and I added a supplemental prospect draft in June to allow teams to draft up to five players who had zero MLB experience and keep them in a farm system until they were called up to the majors. Once they are called up to the majors, owners have two weeks to add them to their roster or they are sacrificed to the waiver gods.
So Yahoo! has an option for commissioners to only add players to the universe after they have been called up. But even with this option checked, players like Yonder Alonso, Steven Strasburg, Dustin Ackley, etc. are showing up in the player universe. I wrote to Yahoo! support and after six emails (yes, six emails), I finally got someone to admit that they randomly add top prospects to the player pool before the season. So basically, that option is worthless.
Now I have a bunch of minor league players in our player universe who are supposed to be in the minors. Yahoo!'s support team gave me the runaround for about about two weeks, saying "we only add players who are on the active roster," which was a lie. Finally, here was their explanation:
I appreciate your inquiry regarding certain players or prospects that
are projected to make a MLB team from Spring Training, but are not yet
available in your league. I apologize for any confusion.
The rule listed below only applies to players we added to the game after
the game was launched. Each season our Fantasy Experts form a list of
top prospects they want added before the game goes live for the season
and all of those players are available in every format. Any player added
after that has to follow the rules described below.
If your league uses the setting "Wait until called up to the Majors",
certain players will not be in your league's player pool until they are
on an active MLB roster. Most prospects that have made a MLB team will
appear on a MLB roster beginning April 4th that is the MLB season opener
and MLB teams have finalized their 25 man active roster.
In other words, "We give you the option to not include players with no MLB experience, then we take a giant dump on your head by going ahead and including them anyway." Thanks Yahoo!
Does anyone know of a provider who can meet the requirements of my league format? I wrote to CBS Sportsline's support department, and their answer was extremely vague. Does ESPN have options along this line? I've only ever played on Yahoo! leagues, but they have clearly fallen way behind the curve. How is it possible, that in this day and age, I can't feed the message board posts to an RSS reader? That technology is what, a decade old? Ugh.
I just cannot believe that Yahoo! randomly adds players to the universe. It just doesn't register in my brain, other than to say that the people in charge of Yahoo! Fantasy Sports don't actually play fantasy sports. How else is this possible?
Again, thanks for letting me rant a bit. Any feedback about other providers would be much appreciated. Thanks!