October 14, 2004

NBA fantasy league?: I'm provisionally creating a Yahoo league with a live draft time of 1:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, October 22nd, and hoping that I'll be able to change that time. (The live draft times are insanely limited, and there are no evening or weekend hours available that aren't this coming weekend.) Any interest?

posted by taupe to fantasy at 08:28 PM - 46 comments

League ID: #102126 Maximum teams: 20 Rotisserie scoring No maximums on player acquisitions or trades 2 days to protest a trade Trade deadline: March 3rd, 2005 Waiver time: 2 days No "Can't Cut list" provider Trades reviewed by league votes Undrafted players go on waiver list 82-game maximum per position, unlike last year Roster changes allowed daily League scoring started on Tuesday, November 2nd PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, Util, Util, Bench, Bench, Bench, IL, IL FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, OREB, REB, AST, ST, BLK, A/T (Why A/T? I thought the turnovers category last year was simply a consolation prize for fewest minutes played, and figured it would be nice to give assists a weight more comparable to that of rebounds and the scoring and shooting categories. Why keep offensive rebounds? I didn't think the additional weight for rebounds was that bad an idea.) If any of these are bad ideas, feel free to put together a new league.

posted by taupe at 08:45 PM on October 14, 2004

By the way, the password is "spofi" (I took a wild guess). I'm in, and the settings look good. The only thing I'd change is the draft date. If we had the draft on the 28th or 29th, it would be closer to the start of the season, when playing time and injury status are more certain. If there's an open slot, of course... ...and yes it's true that I KICK ASS!

posted by dusted at 09:22 PM on October 14, 2004

yea, I second having the draft later in time, and later in the day. Who's up by 1:30?

posted by jasonspaceman at 06:20 AM on October 15, 2004

My only fear/caution with the number of teams and players per team is falling into a "sausage factory" scenario, like we had last year (see dusted's comment at bottom of page -- I can't seem to link directly to it).

posted by smithers at 08:50 AM on October 15, 2004

In, and I second smithers comments.

posted by mbd1 at 11:08 AM on October 15, 2004

I'm in...hopefully I'm better at basketball than football...and I secon jason's comments, and third smithers'...

posted by MeatSaber at 12:41 PM on October 15, 2004

I prefer the term "sword fight" to "sausage factory".

posted by blarp at 01:32 PM on October 15, 2004

I'm in. I hope to improve my performance from last year.

posted by trox at 01:45 PM on October 15, 2004

We're currently using 15 players per team, including bench and IL, times 20 teams. So right now we're at a total of 300(!) players. Here's a couple of changes I came up with to make it less sausage-y. If all of the changes were made, the total players would be reduced to 180. Let's vote! 1. Limit the number of teams to 15 (same as last year). 2. Change the number of UTIL players to 1. 3. Change the number of Bench players to 2. 4. Change the number of IL players to 1.

posted by dusted at 01:58 PM on October 15, 2004

My votes: 1. Yes 2. No 3. Yes 4. Yes.

posted by dusted at 01:59 PM on October 15, 2004

Or... if we want to keep 20 teams, we could just use this roster: PG SG SF PF C Bench Bench Bench IL That would also reduce the total to 180 players.

posted by dusted at 02:04 PM on October 15, 2004

I like the latter suggestion better: small roster, with more teams....I think some people got left out last year with the 15-team limit, plus we have a couple hundred more members since then.

posted by smithers at 02:10 PM on October 15, 2004

I prefer the term MeatSaber....whoops, I mean...

posted by smithers at 02:11 PM on October 15, 2004

*backs away, rather quickly, from smithers*

posted by billsaysthis at 02:20 PM on October 15, 2004


posted by blarp at 02:33 PM on October 15, 2004

I like the idea of a smaller roster with more teams also...and smithers...stay on that side of the line, OK? =D

posted by MeatSaber at 02:39 PM on October 15, 2004

If you check back periodically you should see different times - that's always been the case for baseball (I think they try to balance server load by offering them up in blocks)

posted by YukonGold at 02:55 PM on October 15, 2004

I hope I can change all these things once we decide on them. If not, we'd have to recreate the whole league. So far, it's not looking good on this front.

posted by taupe at 04:36 PM on October 15, 2004

Oh, duh, just found the tools. They're buried down the page.

posted by taupe at 04:38 PM on October 15, 2004

(the thing about Spofi is that it isn't until you come back hours later that you realize how badly something came out sounding....please delete!!)

posted by smithers at 07:45 PM on October 15, 2004

As commissioner, I have unilaterally implemented dusted's last suggestion (20 teams, one at each position, 3 bench, one IL). Let me know if that works.

posted by taupe at 05:49 AM on October 16, 2004

sounds great....tks. taupe

posted by smithers at 12:58 PM on October 16, 2004

Thanks, taupe. No more Howard Eisley or Rafer Alston for me this year!

posted by dusted at 06:48 PM on October 16, 2004

Any chance on changing the draft time? It's cool if we can't, but I'll be at work then... =D

posted by MeatSaber at 12:29 PM on October 18, 2004

Last year was just training camp for me; this year I'm kicking ass and taking names.

posted by dusted at 09:47 PM on October 18, 2004

New blocks of live-draft times just opened up! (Why they weren't open to begin with remains a mystery.) Would a Monday-night-ish time work well for everyone? Say, the 9:00-p.m. hour Eastern, to give left-coasters a chance to show up?

posted by taupe at 03:38 AM on October 19, 2004

That time works for me...lessee what everyone else thinks...

posted by MeatSaber at 07:23 AM on October 19, 2004

Monday the 25th at 9pm works for me.....(8pm is the final episode of the Benefactor....go Femia!!).

posted by smithers at 08:38 AM on October 19, 2004

that time sounds good.

posted by mbd1 at 12:51 PM on October 19, 2004

Fine by me.

posted by dusted at 01:00 PM on October 19, 2004

Closest I could get without going earlier was 9:30 ET, Monday the 25th...so that's what it is now.

posted by taupe at 04:46 PM on October 19, 2004

Still only ten players in the league...

posted by dusted at 06:50 PM on October 19, 2004

I could be in, but in all honesty, I can't guarantee I'll be around for the whole season. Is that cool? I'd love to play for the third year in a row, but I may have to pass my team off to a friend come, oh, Feb. or March or so.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:38 AM on October 20, 2004

That reminds me of the Sopranos, when Tony tells the psychiatrist "I might take a vacation, but then I might not..." Got a jail sentence hanging over your head, Ufez?

posted by dusted at 10:14 AM on October 20, 2004

Heh. Gotta love the vagueness of life, eh? Nah, there's just a good chance that I'll (hopefully) be Peace Corps-ing it somewhere with a deployment sometime this Spring.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:36 PM on October 20, 2004

Just make sure we know where to send the care packages.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:48 PM on October 20, 2004

Will do bill, if it comes to fruition. I just fear my mailing address will be "Mont Qztelaovaca, Northwest Side, third hut south of the plantain farm". Actually, that'd be part of the appeal...

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:31 PM on October 20, 2004

I think we can give some leeway for a Peace Corps deployment! I've heard (and this is probably completely inaccurate) that you don't want to mention any French language skills or you will end up somewhere in central Africa. (Not that that's a bad thing.)

posted by dusted at 03:03 PM on October 20, 2004

Right on. I'm in and should be able to make the live draft. If I'm unable to make it through the whole season, I'll auction the team on e-bay offer it to a noob, or, failing that, a friend. I hate it when people bail on leagues.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:52 PM on October 20, 2004

Ufez, if there's no modern indoor plumbing and electricity, and probably high speed internet connectivity, I fail to see the appeal. But that's me.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:14 PM on October 20, 2004

Cool, Ufez - and now nine slots left. I know we've already monkeyed with the lineups, but what do you guys think about changing from three bench players to two and adding a utility player? It would look like this: PG SG SF PF C Util Bench Bench IL It would add some variation to the lineup and also allow us to correct for whatever category we need (for example, using a center in the Util spot if you're doing bad in FG%). It wouldn't add to the number of players drafted, either.

posted by dusted at 06:13 PM on October 20, 2004

We're at 13 teams now, which makes the league 104 players deep the way we've got it. Since I like dusted's one-Util idea, and since 104's kind of light, I'm adding the one Util slot and keeping the three bench positions. I'll check again this coming afternoon, and if we're not at at least 15 teams by then, we'll keep the nine-player rosters. If we break 15, we can expect eight (one Util, two bench).

posted by taupe at 03:38 AM on October 25, 2004

Thanks taupe. *golf clapping*

posted by dusted at 11:54 AM on October 25, 2004

It looks like we're going to stay at 13 teams. That's cool. A small league will be a nice change from last season when every player with a pulse was on someone's roster.

posted by dusted at 07:11 PM on October 25, 2004

Well, that was fun. The roster-setting seems to be bugged with the display of opponents, though.

posted by taupe at 09:47 PM on October 25, 2004

Does anyone need a center? I've got Yao, the Big Z and Dampier. I'd like a guard... pointing or shooting makes no difference, as long as he's good.

posted by dusted at 01:18 AM on October 26, 2004

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