Twinkie Town CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball League: Draft and Rules

Now that we have settled on the owners for the Official 2010 Twinkie Town Fantasy Baseball League, it's time to work out the league rules, rosters, draft and other miscellaneous details. For those of you who have never managed a CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Commissioner League, there are a ton of available settings and configurations available for each league. From the player universe to draft type (online draft / auction or offline draft conducted over multiple days) to stat categories (by my count, 54 for hitters, 57 for pitchers) to position eligibility, the product is quite flexible. And given this flexibility, as well as 14 Twinkie Town owners, we have some work to do in order to agree on the type of league we want to run. So I'm using this post and its comment threads to help us agree on settings for the league. Input is welcome from all, regardless of whether you are an owner in our league, but when it comes time for "voting" I'm only going to consider votes from league owners. And if you would rather set up your own league with your own settings, CBSSports.com is offering 50% off its Commissioner product, a $90 deal!

I'm opening this up for discussion until next Monday morning, 22 March, after which I will finalize the league settings.

There are a number of league settings where I'm just going to have to invoke Commissioner privilege and make a unilateral decision. If anyone has a big problem with any of these selections, leave a comment and I'll consider. But otherwise these are not up for debate. Sticking to the more important settings:

  • Draft Date: 01 April 2010, at 9:00 PM EDT. Rather than attempt to find a single time that works for all 14 owners, I'm just setting a time and hoping you can make it work. I've found that I can end up spending hours and hours trying to coordinate a time that works for everyone. But this is OBE if we do an offline draft over multiple days.
  • Player Pool: Mixed (AL and NL players) - Considering we have 14 teams, doing an AL-only or NL-only league would be too shallow.
  • Transactions: Will be effective on a weekly, as opposed to a daily basis. This will help to level the playing field among those who check rosters 50 times a day, and those who have less time on their hands.

Here are the settings where I want your input. I'll post a separate comment for each of these, please provide your own input as a reply to my original.

  • Draft Type: Standard (online or offline), or Live Auction?
  • Scoring System: Rotisserie, Points, or Head to Head
  • Categories: 4 x 4, 5 x 5, or something more exotic. With 50+ categories for both batters and pitchers, we can get creative. Or not.
  • Positions: SP and RP, or just Pitchers? OF or LF/CF/RF? DH or Utility? Number of games it takes to be eligible at a given position.
  • Roster: How many at each position? How many reserve / bench and DL spots? Minor league players?

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