Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome to the Show

Maybe it isn't exactly making The Show, but for a life-long baseball fan who was always better at the fantasy game than the real game, the opportunity I have before me is still pretty exciting. This year, I will be starting what should be a multi-year dynasty fantasy league with a group of top fantasy baseball experts.

My plan is to use this blog to document my attempt to beat the pros at their own game - and to just talk fantasy baseball in general. I expect to analyze basically every transaction that takes place in this league, delve into the other league I am playing in, and maybe add a bit of advice for any other fantasy players out there.

I was going to offer up some background on ottoneu, but all the information is now right here, thanks to Niv Shah, who first built a website to manage a game that no one else on the net could manage for us and has now made the game available to fantasy baseball fans world-wide through a partnership with FanGraphs.

As part of the launch of the game, FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris put together the aforementioned league of experts, and he and Niv decided I would be a good addition - my lack of credentials notwithstanding. I have won three championships in the short five-year history of the original ottoneu league, but beating friends in a game I helped invent seems like a rather flimsy resume compared to the gentlemen I have been asked to compete with (I'll introduce my competition in another post).

That said, I will be doing everything in my power to compete with the big boys, and I'll be documenting that (likely futile) effort here at Playing the Pros.

Opening Day is coming up shortly - as is the FanGraphs Experts League auction - so in the next few days I will be working hard preparing for the season. Expect 1) an introduction of the league including the rules we are using and my competition, 2) my positional player rankings, 3) a note on my strategy for the auction. If I have time, I may try to drop in something on the original ottoneu league, where I will be trying to defend my title.

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