In our Mixed, Deepest, Dynasty, Auction League you feel the ride of the archetype early ‘80s NL and AL Only Fantasy Leagues, with more than a few modern bells and whistles to enhance the competitive concept of the original Roto ride.
Here are a few hallmarks of our idiosyncratic way of doing things Roto:
A. Shortly after Sunday gloamings endure eight lightning rounds of Twitter moves in a 15-minute blitzkrieg burning with boundless blunder, bloody bravado, and brassy brilliance. Show me your Roto agility from 9 to 9:15 p.m.
B. Sunday- Sunday- Sunday. Make all your good Roto intentions a reality on Sundays. In a single day turn a week’s worth of your Roto feelings, suspicions, hunches, and theories (often called Roto Fancies by your competitors), well, into victory. The greatest thinker of the 20th century, Big Al, said genius is not having an idea; genius is making an idea a reality.
C. Upstairs and Downstairs Under one Zero Sum Roto Roof: After 26-weeks 2 owners will move upstairs in Roto weight class, while another 2 move downstairs. Six of our 13 teams will excel each season. Relegation and Promotion within a 2-division format makes our League more fun for the entire season. There will always be exactly 6 teams in Heavy Weights and 7 in Light-Heavy Weights. Ours is a highly competitive League.
D. Teams that continue to apply themselves will be able to find potential Keeper bargains during the August Dog Days Salary Specials.
E. Teams who have fought the good fight and are in a pennant race will not see their efforts derailed by the kind of trade dumping that fans should not tolerate in The Show. We use a limited, yet effective 2nd half Anti-Dumping Rule.
F. Play them, trade them, or risk losing them on the waiver wire. Make all healthy players active. No bench, 46 active roster slots.
G. The Categories are deliberately set up in opposition to one another, making for more tactical decisions. You’ll need both IP and Ks which you must balance against ERA and WHIP. You need BA, yet you need PA too. These are not easy decisions when the standings are so tight, because of the leveling effect from churning 46 active roster-slots. A lot of cumulative stats for each team.
H. In the double rosters we use a Swing Man, instead of a 4th catcher, who during the season can segue back and forth between hitter and hurler.
I. This is a League that makes tactics and roster construction equally as important as projecting player values. You really are a GM who can make a difference. This is not a daily or weekly setting of starting line-ups league. Everyone, all 46 players, play every day.
J. In the post-PED injury endemic era, even though all other non-trade moves are limited to one day per week, activating your own Roto team’s reserved player by 9 p.m. any night is effective with the next day’s games.
K. Player contracts are for 2 seasons, PLUS Topper Rights for a third, so you could keep a player you have man-love for his entire career, if and only if you are willing to include his Topper Rights in your limited Freeze Roster and pay one dollar more than the rest of the league on the subsequent Auction Day.
L. On Auction Day to offer an angle on angle strategy for those clairvoyants inclined to indulge their mystical talents: Anyone alive is NOW available for purchase, should you choose to spend part of your $520 salary cap in that manner. For instance, you can buy a kid in the minors or college or Japan or even the Korean League.
M. $20+ DL = REDEMPTION: If a player is bought for at least $20 in the current season’s Auction AND subsequent to Auction Day is placed on an MLB Disabled List his Roto team may release him before he is activated by his MLB team and redeem a portion of his current salary as an in-season FAAB Bonus.
N. Our single on-line Off-season Trading party on the eve of our Freeze Roster Deadline promotes off-season trading.
O. 6 x 6 Scoring Categories: Hitting - Plate Appearances, Runs Scored, Batting Average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, and Stolen Bases; Pitching - Innings Pitched, Strike Outs, Wins, Saves, Earned Run Average, and WHIP (walks + hits allowed per 9 innings pitched).
P. Active Roster Slots: 3 x Catchers, 1 x Swing Man (can alternate between any hitter or pitcher), 6 x outfielders, 2 x 1B, 2 x 2B, 2 x 3B, 2 x shortstop, 2 x middle infield, 2 x corner base, and 2 x utility + 22 x pitchers.
Q. FAAB participation bonuses can be earned in the first half of our season and paid in the 2nd half.
R. Teams in the Second Division earn a weekly FAAB Bonus.
S. Roto Rule 5 Three-Round Draft via Twitter on eve of first World Series game.
• 3 February 2013 – 40-minute Mock Auction#1, on Sunday night at 9.
• 6 February 2013 - 40-minute Mock Auction#2, on Wednesday night at 9.
• 02-12-2013 Spring Training: Pitchers & Catchers
• 02-15-2013 Spring Training: Positional Players
• 17 February 2013 - AUCTION DAY, Sunday morning, On-Line Auction Room opens at 9:45.
• 02-20-2013 Spring Training: Mandatory Reporting
• 04-01-2013 MLB Opening Day
• 7 April 2013 - 15-minute Tweet Blitz of First In-Season Transactions, on Sunday night 9.
• 14 April 2013 First Blind Vickery Bids for both waiver claims and First Round FAAB Moves, on Sunday.
And lastly just a few more League Basics:
• This is a brand new START-UP League in 2013.
• Dynasty League—limited (15) Keepers from season to season.
• Auction Day Only Salary Ceiling of $520 per Roto team.
• $10 fee and Roto swagger for all 6 eventual winners. As Dizzy Dean wolfishly grinned: It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.
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Stir Not, My Cold, Black Roto-Heart: a Retro Roto Blitzkrieg League
P.S. In the early 1980s when Fantasy Baseball was born; Mixed Leagues were rare, because you needed 26 different Roto Team Owners to have the same MLB player pool penetration as the NL and AL only Roto leagues.
Our Retro Roto League solves this problem with double sized active roster slots per Roto team; so only 13 team owners are needed. QUALITY OF TEAM OWNERS TRUMPS QUANTITY.
P.P.S. When the grand old game of Rotisserie League Baseball was rolled out in the early 1980s, the 14 hitters and nine pitchers roster composition made a good deal of sense because most MLB rosters were composed of 15 hitters and 10 pitchers. To provide enough MLB players in the Free Agent Pool, the first Roto league rosters used one less pitcher and one less hitter than in MLB, meaning 14 hitters and 9 pitchers, and that continues in nearly every standard Roto league to this day.
The problem for truly deep mixed Roto Leagues today, if you can find one, is that now nearly every MLB team carries 13 hitters, not 15, and 12 pitchers, not 10. However, since we are a uniquely DEEP Mixed AL and NL League we have adapted with the times using the modern equivalent of one less than the typical number of hitters and hurlers currently carried on an MLB team: 12 hitters and 11 pitchers, then double those active slots (Again, Quality of Owners trumps Quantity) and you get the proper player pool penetration of 24 hitters and 22 pitchers, all active.