In 2000, a gritty bunch of veterans, role players, and youngsters almost did the impossible – beat the New York Yankees in a World Series.  Led by the mad genius of Bobby Valentine, the silver foxiness of Steve Phillips, and the support of a well-capitalized owner who gladly stayed out of the public eye (Fred Wilpon), the 2000 New York Mets were almost at the top of baseball’s pyramid. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Grey and I were invited back for Yahoo’s most prestigious expert league – the Yahoo! Friends & Family League (the other Yahoo!-sponsored leagues we’re in include acquaintances and hoi polloi).  The league has 14 teams consisting of 7 Yahooligans, 3 guys from Rotowire.com, 2 from Hardball Times, and one from Wall Street Journal and Razzball (two sites with a ton of audience overlap). Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Yahoo! Roto Arcade invited us back to be a part of their 14-team Head-to-Head ‘Pro-Am’ league.  They were so anxious to get things started that the draft was scheduled for February 23rd.  Something’s wrong when draft day is closer to Groundhog Day than Opening Day. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

If you read Razzball, you know that we’re not afraid to criticize the rankings of ESPN and Yahoo!.  You should also have realized by now that Grey and I don’t always agree on players.

Grey has his rankings based on watching a ton of games, poring through stats, fantasy acumen, and whimsy while my Point Shares rely on my cooked-up methodology (honed after a couple years) and various inputs that I’ve grown to trust (ZiPS, Marcel, FanGraph projections, Fantistics for playing time projections).   Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

This years marks our first time participating in LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) which is sponsored by USA Today and is the granddaddy of all fantasy baseball expert leagues.

We had an awesome time at the draft.  It was pretty crazy to be in the same room with a number of guys that we’d only known through the little headshots they have on their website.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

An optimist once said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  It was so inspiring that no one followed up with the relevant question, “Did life also give me sugar because, otherwise, this lemonade is going to taste like crap?”

There are plenty of lemons in baseball*.   Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

With our commenter leagues sign ups in full swing, we decided to look at different fantasy baseball league formats.  Most fantasy baseball league providers (inc. ESPN, Yahoo!, CBSSports.com) offer a number of league formats.  This post is a quick primer on how to find the league format that best fits you. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Positional weighting (aka ‘positional scarcity’ for fearmongers or fearophiles) in fantasy baseball is one of the most discussed and least understood variables when it comes to ranking players.  I have heard arguments ranging the whole gamut on how much a player’s value is impacted by their position – everything from ‘it means nothing’ to ‘it means everything.’

In my yearly review of my Point Shares methodology, I decided to test the underlying assumptions on positional weighting.   Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?