Why We're Different
Let's not take anything away from
Rotisserie Baseball. It's a classic. It's easy
to understand. I play in Roto Leagues myself.
But wouldn't you like something beyond that? In Roto
Baseball, you draft a team of players and try to amass the
most stats in certain categories. Some systems allow
you to play head-to-head with other owners, but it's still
the same format - did your team hit more home runs than the
other team that week? More saves? More wins?
Like Real Baseball
Which of these sounds like more fun...
- "I had no chance in scoring any more
points in saves, so I traded Mariano Rivera for Jacoby
Ellsbury. With the extra steals from Ellsbury, I was able to win
that category and win the league."
- "My team was having trouble scoring
runs, so I made the decision to trade away my top closer,
Mariano Rivera, to get Jacoby Ellsbury. With
the top of my batting order, I had more speed and more
runs and with the extra cash I had after trading Rivera, I
could afford to sign Bobby Jenks to be a second closer.
I was able to overcome a 5-game deficit and win my
A Unique Scoring Formula
We'll admit, you're not going to be able
to open the sports page the next day and determine whether
or not you won your game yesterday. That's a beauty of
Fantasy Football that we can't quite copy. But, with
our scoring formula, it's more important for you to build
your team like a real team in order to win - not just to
look for the major Roto categories.
Does your team lack power? You may
have trouble scoring runs. Do you have only one
closer? Your bullpen might not be enough help to pull
out close games (we use 2 closers in the scoring formula).
Does your shortstop make a lot of errors? Each error
contributes to your opponent's offensive score, just like in
real life. Do you have several players dinged up?
You might have trouble filling a complete lineup each game.
Do you have a versatile utility infielder? He may be
able to fit into openings in your batting order and help you
pull out a pennant.
No All-Star Teams
We're not saying don't try, but you're
going to have to work really hard to put together a lineup
of just star players. First, you're competing against
15 other teams for the same players, while many Roto games
put you in 10 or 12-team leagues. In addition, you
don't just draft a team - you need to pay each player a
salary and you start off with a very tight salary cap.
In this game, guys like Pedro Feliz, Geoff Blum, or Scott
Shields can be valuable.
As you win games, you'll earn more cash.
You can cut or trade away high-priced players to get some
cash back. And you can sign minor league players for
next to nothing in the hopes that in another year or two
they'll contribute to your team. Benchwarmer Baseball
is a way of life. You build your team for a pennant
run, but you're also building your team for the future.
You get to keep the majority of your roster from year to
year. Can you build a dynasty, a one-year wonder, or
will you be a consistent middle-of-the-pack team. It's
all in your hands!