8 Great Fantasy Baseball League Ideas

Apr 03

8 Great Fantasy Baseball League Ideas

Think back to last season, and how a few of your leaguemates had begun to forget to set their lineups in August, and how a few of your leaguemates spent weeks complaining about a certain rule. So now is as good a time as any, before your draft and with your owners attentive, to make some rule suggestions. Here are a couple handfuls of suggestions to help add some spice to your league. Think of it as putting sexy lingerie on your wife – or better yet, on Brad Pitt’s wife!   Modest Proposals: 8 Fantasy Baseball League Ideas   Don’t think about all of these suggestions together, but think of them individually. Your league might not be able to use all of them – or any of them – but feel free to think outside the box. Also, please feel free to come up with another cliché that’s not as overused as “Thinking outside the...

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Alternative Fantasy Baseball League Ideas

Apr 01

Alternative Fantasy Baseball League Ideas

Your teams are all drafted. Your rosters are tighter than Dick’s hat band (that’s one you don’t hear often enough). Your lineups are set and your rotations are locked. There’s only one thing left to do once Opening Day (truly) begins on Wednesday — have fun. Did he just say, “Have fun,” like my Aunt Maureen always used to tell me before church? Does he not realize I have more money invested in my leagues than I do in my kid’s college fund? Who are we kidding, he has roadie written all over him. Why is he making me think in italics? You need some new Fantasy Baseball league ideas. OK, sorry about that shock to your system. Let me explain what I mean. It seems like as each year passes, we find ourselves joining more and more leagues, stretching our Fantasy attention/dollars across several formats/websites/scoring systems, and before we know it – we’re rooting for and against every player in the majors. So for those fun addicts out there, here are a few Fantasy Baseball league ideas to change up your Fantasy fix, as a side dish to your regular Fantasy meal.   AL-only vs. NL-only = Awesome-only Eight years ago, when I worked at CBSSports.com, I created a league called the BIGS (Baseball in Grand Scale). Basically, it’s a 20-team Head-to-Head Fantasy Baseball league. But in order to make this league a little different from the rest, our content staff came up with this idea. There are 10 teams that draft AL-only players, and 10 teams that draft NL-only players. During the regular season, the BIGS NL teams (yes, they get a DH) play against other BIGS NL teams, and the same goes for the BIGS AL teams. But during interleague play during the real MLB schedule, the BIGS also goes through interleague play, pitting AL vs. NL clubs for four weeks of the regular season. After 20 weeks of regular season play (with interleague play mixed in at Weeks 7, 10-12), four teams (two division winners and two wildcards) in each league battle in the playoffs for the right to face the other BIGS league’s champion in the finals. The BIGS World Series is a three-week...

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Our Crazy Tout Wars 2012 Draft Weekend in New York

Mar 31

Our Crazy Tout Wars 2012 Draft Weekend in New York

Tout Wars never fails to deliver when it comes to good story-telling. And the Tout Wars 2012 Draft weekend was no different. You might remember my last Tout Wars tale from a few year ago, which happened to be the year I ended up winning the whole shebang! So before I discuss my Tout Wars Fantasy Baseball team, let me tell you about the whole Tout Wars weekend!   New York, New York I always love traveling to New York each spring, and even though I’ve been about a dozen times now, it’s still relatively foreign. I still end up getting switched around on which side of Times Square I’m on. And the avenues seem to be just enough far apart so that you can’t see which number avenue is that way and which one is that way, so you walk to it – and it’s always the one you didn’t want it to be. I went up with my old CBSSports.com co-baseball writer Emack, my wife, Sara, and our friend Shannon. We all stayed in one room at The Sanctuary Hotel, in a room smaller than my living room – but outfitted with two queen beds. It really was a nice room, but a little tiny. I’ve had bigger buckets of chicken wings. On the plane ride up, another former co-worker at CBS, Jamey Eisenberg, happened to be on our plane. He sat in first class with the aristocrats, while Sara and I sat in Thunderdome. (I had to win a knife fight just to get pretzels!) Jamey was going up to see family, including his aunt who just turned 100 years old, and his cousin, Jesse Eisenberg – the Oscar-nominated actor from “The Social Network.” Jesse was filming a movie in the city, with Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine. Needless to say, Sara and I were hoping to become extras in “Beerfest II” or whatever they called their movie. Spoiler alert: It didn’t happen. We met up with Emack and Shannon and had lunch in Chinatown – worst nachos I’ve ever eaten.   Foley’s: Where Every Stat-Guy Knows Your Name Every Tout Wars weekend, the entire gang gets together at Foley’s Bar, near the Empire...

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Being a So-Called Fantasy Expert

Jan 15

Being a So-Called Fantasy Expert

If you are reading this, you are a special kind of person. I don’t mean short-bus special, but I mean, special in the “information addict” kinda way. If you aren’t reading this, then I’m not writing this. What? That’s right. I just blew your mind. My name is David Gonos and I’ve been a “so-called Fantasy expert” for over a decade now, including a five-year stint as a senior fantasy writer at CBSSports.com. All that means is – I’ve been writing about Fantasy sports for a long time. And when you write about something – that’s what happens — people call you an expert, whether you call yourself that or not. But in the strange case of Fantasy sports, everyone that plays is pretty close to an expert. So while people are checking out “start-sit” suggestions or a writer’s rankings, they’ll say something like, “Well, the ‘so-called fantasy experts’ say that Bartolo Colon isn’t worth a Bernie Madoff IOU.” But, in reality, many fantasy players that are knowledgeable enough don’t write for a site for a variety of reasons: They am not good writer peoples. Not enough time away from their job trying to take over the world. Their keyboard is missing the keys R S T L N and E – and as we know, they’re the most common Wheel of Fortune letters, so they’re kinda important. They have a short attention span, like mine, and they get distracted easily because of the They’re just plain evil and they don’t want to share their smarts with possible opponents. So now that you understand why I’m a so-called fantasy expert, let me introduce you to my Fantasy drafting personality … I call him, “Rico.” Rico likes tier drafting. Rankings sometimes keep you from seeing Forrest Whitaker through the trees or something like that. You see that nine shortstops are gone, so you react by grabbing the 10th just so you don’t have the worst one, but if you take a step back, you’ll realize that the difference between the 10th and 13th shortstops is much smaller than the difference between four spots at another position. So grab players at a dwindling tier at another position, then get your SS...

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Tout Wars: Drunk in New York

Jan 03

Tout Wars: Drunk in New York

As some of you might know, I’m a Fantasy sports writer. You can tell because I capitalize Fantasy — who else does that? Well, this past weekend, I took a trip to New York City for the Tout Wars, which happens to be a famous Fantasy Baseball league. To say it’s famous though, is like saying that Sonny Shroyer is famous (only Dukes of Hazzard-ites would know that he played Enos). The Tout Wars was relatively famous within the Fantasy community since its inception in 1998. But when the top-selling book FantasyLand came out a couple years ago, chronicling a Fantasy rookie’s season in one of the toughest leagues in the land, the Tout Wars tripled in fame. Now, tens upon tens of people have heard of it.  For those that are unclear on what Fantasy Baseball is, imagine a group of sportsfans/dorks/used-to-be-athletes/never-were-athletes-because-they-were-allergic-to-dirt that get together to draft baseball players to build a team that statistically is measured up against other teams. It’s like Dungeons and Dragons, with baseball players instead of half-elves. It’s just one more way for men to not grow up … It’s AWESOME! Nando, one of the main characters in the FantasyLand book, has become a pretty good friend of mine throughout the past few seasons, so my trip to NYC is based around the drafts and going out on the town with him and his friends. His real name is Ferdinando Difino, but it’s hard to say that without wanting to tell him he looks Mahhhhvelous, or asking where Tattoo is.   So I call him Nando. And if you are like me, you call him, NANdo, which is the incorrect pronunciation (or as Emack ironically says, “ProNOUNciation.” It should be NONdo. But since he calls me GOnos (like Stop and GO-nose) and my name is closer to GON(-or-off)-iss, we’ll call it a draw. Either way, you don’t care.   I left for Manhattan early Friday morning from Fort Lauderdale, just one night after doing an auction draft for Tresky with a bunch of guys from SportsLine. (Yeah, I said it. SportsLine. From what the execs tell me, every time someone says “SportsLine” instead of “CBSSports,” a puppy dies. Sorry, Mr. Floppington.)  I didn’t get to...

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