We love fantasy baseball here at Razzball. We’re also sick bastards. Coincidence? Not sure.
What I do know is that we’re going to be running our second annual Fantasy Razzball league in 2009. What is Fantasy Razzball you ask? Fantasy Razzball is a fantasy baseball variation where you aim to manage the worst team possible. Last year’s inaugural season proved to be a lot of fun with yours truly (Rudy Gamble) besting blogmate Grey Albright and a hard-charging entrant from the then-Fantasy Baseball Generals (now Fantasy Pros 911).
This year’s going to be bigger and better. We’re going to put together as many blogger and Razzball Commenter leagues as demand warrants (Note: Razzball commenters interested in joining regular leagues, sign up here). It will be 10 teams per league. We’re going to then crown an overall winner by applying a factor to team points based on league strength. Grand Prize……$50 in Taco Bell gift certificates! The only gift that gives up more runs than Livan Hernandez’s fastball! Besides competing for this lofty prize, you’ll also be getting a lot of free PR for your blogs and/or having a lot of free fun.
(If at a loss on what to name your team, you can try our Fantasy Team Name Generator.)
We’ve tweaked our league rules from last year – moving from a standings league (top = 10, bottom = 1) to a points league. This format gives us more flexibility to incent teams to use starting hitters without requiring a whole bunch of manual work to determine the real standings.
Here are the rules:
- 10 Team Leagues, MLB universe, 20+ games previous season for position eligibility (10 games in-season)
- Weekly Roster Changes (leaves you time to lavish on your Daily Leagues)
- C / 1B / 2B / SS / 3B / CI / MI / 5 OF / 9 P
- No innings or AB mins/maxes
- Hitter Stats
- AB = +2
- H = -3
- R = -4
- HR = -10
- RBI = -4
- K = +2
- Pitcher Stats
- IP = -1
- HR = +4
- L = +8
- K = -1
- ER = +1.5
- H+BB = +1
The point structure makes it so that about 2/3 of the league’s hitters as well as just about every pitcher has positive value. So leaving a roster spot open or filled by a guy who plays once a week will hurt. Click here if you want to see how last season’s standings would look with this point structure as well as the points for all the hitters and pitchers. Here were the ‘top’ 10 in each:
|Michael Bourn||Livan Hernandez|
|Willy Taveras||Brandon Backe|
|Akinori Iwamura||Brian Bannister|
|Jack Hannahan||Carlos Silva|
|Khalil Greene||Kenny Rogers|
|Carlos Gomez||Nate Robertson|
|Gregor Blanco||Jeff Suppan|
|Jason Varitek||Daniel Cabrera|
|Jason Kendall||Barry Zito|
|Bobby Crosby||Zach Duke|
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this post if you’re interested in joining. I’ll be updating the participant list at http://razzball.com/fantasy-razzball-league-master-standings. Draft dates and service provider TBD (leaning towards ESPN but can be convinced if another service can accommodate and will host for free).