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dgtiger3
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My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


My friends and I have been hashing out ideas for a more serious Fantasy Baseball League. I had a few ideas that I thought I could get some quality feedback from some of the posters on this board.
It's a little lengthy but here are some of the main points.

-The league will use players real life salaries for each season, you can keep up to 5 players each year.
This adds another dimension to the draft, you are no longer simply trying to draft the best players, but the most valuable players.

-$60 entry fee (14 teams) covers $120 Million in Cap Space. You have the option of spending more or less up to $220 Million. Whatever you go over you will owe towards the league fund. $220 Million equals $110 total in entry fees (Half of the Millions you spend on roster.)
The additional revenue made by the league will be totaled and distributed back to teams depending on how much they spent under the cap. This gives an incentive for teams to try and replicate a Small Market team. If your teams roster holds at the end of the year only total $60 Million, you will be due back approximately $30 of your original $60 entry fee. I am still working on the exact formula but it will be based on percentages of how much each under the cap team is owed.
This will also create owners that want to spend the money and be hated by the other owners (Yankees).

-There will be 3 Key Free Agent signing dates, this will help generate Big Free Agent dates and Trade Buzz around these dates. The first will be after the first 1/4th of the season and any player taken in that period you will only be held to paying 75% of his 2014 actual salary. The second will be around the All Star Break and you will only be responsible for 50% of the players salary if you pick them up after that point. The last will be 25% you get the point.

-You are responsible for a Players salary until someone else adds him on their roster via trade/ or drop and add. So just because you were an idiot and draft ARod, you can't just shed his salary unless somebody else agrees to pick up the tab by signing him.

-You will be limited to 2 or 3 transactions a week as it will be a task of keeping a Google Doc updated with each teams current Salary situation.

- Also throwing out the idea of having an option of holding up to 5 minor league players that don't cost against the cap, will help promote people trying to shed some of their bigger contracts at the end of the year and build towards the future.

- Will also have a playoff with the Bottom 6 Teams at the end of the season that will payout first and second place, to help keep owners engaged in playing for something (Money)







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Brian Wilson
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re: My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


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-There will be 3 Key Free Agent signing dates


I like the overall idea. Are you trying to get it up and running this year?






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dgtiger3
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re: My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


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I like the overall idea. Are you trying to get it up and running this year?


Yeah I am, I already have a handful of friends that are pretty big baseball nerds that are committed to it.

As far as the 3 Key Free Agent signing dates, you can still sign a free agent anytime throughout the season, they are just dates that signify a discount on the price of the player you acquire.






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Brian Wilson
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re: My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


I'm sure there will be lots of moving parts. My best advice would be to make sure there is some sort of tentative league constitution. Work out the kinks as you go.





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The White Lobster
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re: My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


It's too unbalanced because players make nothing in their first three years and well below the market rate for their next three.

The best player in baseball will make like $500,000 next year






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dgtiger3
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re: My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


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It's too unbalanced because players make nothing in their first three years and well below the market rate for their next three.

The best player in baseball will make like $500,000 next year


I appreciate the input but I'm not really sure about the unbalanced comment. Yes whoever gets the number 1 overall pick will get Mike Trout, which will be a clear advantage. But after that it's pretty much fair game as far as who you draft.

The entire reason I wanted to add another layer of depth and strategy to the long grind that is fantasy baseball. Right now the strategy is adjusting your roster each day, drafting the best players available, and making smart and timely waiver wire decisions.

I wanted to make the owners think about the financial implications of each move they make, it will be a fantasy game about making money/profit almost as much as it is about winning. Which simulates certain situations real life owners and General Managers have to face. If the first half of your season does not go so well do you try and cut costs and trade some of your big buck guys for lower priced "prospects." This is the type of situation I am trying to create that you do not generally get out of the normal fantasy setup.

Here is a list of a writers Top 30 fantasy players and their salaries next season. Yes there are a fewer lower priced steals out there, it's each owners decisions to weigh the costs/production values of each player.

1 Mike Trout LAA OF $0.50
2 Miguel Cabrera Det 3B $22.00
3 Andrew McCutchen Pit OF $7.25
4 Paul Goldschmidt Ari 1B $1.10
5 Robinson Cano Sea 2B $24.00
6 Hanley Ramirez LAD SS $16.00
7 Carlos Gonzalez Col OF $10.50
8 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF $21.14
9 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP $4.00
10 Adrian Beltre Tex 3B $17.00
11 Troy Tulowitzki Col SS $16.00
12 Chris Davis Bal 1B $10.35
13 Adam Jones Bal OF $13.00
14 Prince Fielder Tex 1B $24.00
15 Carlos Gomez Mil OF $7.00
16 Ryan Braun Mil OF $10.00
17 Joey Votto Cin 1B $12.00
18 Edwin Encarnacion Tor 1B $9.00
19 Yu Darvish Tex SP $10.00
20 David Wright NYM 3B $20.00
21 Bryce Harper Wsh OF $2.15
22 Adam Wainwright StL SP $19.50
23 Felix Hernandez Sea SP $22.86
24 Max Scherzer Det SP $15.53
25 Jason Kipnis Cle 2B $0.50
26 Cliff Lee Phi SP $25.00
27 Evan Longoria TB 3B $7.50
28 Giancarlo Stanton Mia OF $6.50
29 Freddie Freeman Atl 1B $0.56
30 Justin Upton Atl OF $14.25
31 Stephen Strasburg Wsh SP $3.98
32 Jose Bautista Tor OF $14.00
33 Dustin Pedroia Bos 2B $12.50
34 David Price TB SP $14.00
35 Cole Hamels Phi SP $22.50






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The White Lobster
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re: My idea for a more in depth and engaging fantasy baseball league.


I think you're just looking for a league with an auction draft and a free agent budget. That would help





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