Walden warriors wrote:Can anyone recommend an online service to handle a draft? It seems like this would really be what we need. Thanks!
I don't know if your question is directly about a "program" or app. or a tracker-tool other than the server (espn, yahoo) where you play THE fantasy itself, or not?
As a commish who started an auction league with my closer friends, I'm all for Yahoo's interface, which is always upgraded (better features) every year, but not overly complicate or messy (too many stuffs you wonder where to click).
Though, I found a problem with the Yahoo auction "preload" (or whatever they call it). Basically before the draft, you plug in an auction value for all players in your league. Supposedly, if you can't make it to the draft (or a part of it), Yahoo will auto-draft for you based on the value. Now, Yahoo has an algorithm that determines WHAT POSITION is a priority, based on the league settings for positions AND the predetermined "Yahoo value."
Here's where the problem start [I have work so I'm cutting short]... Let's say your league sets for each team may position 5 SP and 5 1B, 2 MI, then benches to round off a 13-man roster. You have a date and ran out, left Yahoo's system to do the job. It would draft Prince Fielder and Miggy C. by, say you placed $ 75 before the draft, for each. Yahoo would bid until that max (75) reached. That's REGARDLESS of how much is left on your draft fund and what other positions you need to fill.
You might end up drafting 8 1B, 1 MI, 4 SP, short of one MI , short of a SP, but TOO MANY 1B... because that's how the algorithm thought the BEST VALUE was. Sorry gotta go. Hope this helps you think about how to manage a preload draft fund for each player you want...