How to Set Up a Custom Fantasy League
First off, there's nothing wrong with the standard-issue, 5x5 Fantasy Baseball League setup. The standard league setup can be just as fun and just as challenging as, so long as you're in a competitive league (or at least in a league that's as competitive as you are). But, the fact that you're here checking out the expert advice of we, the Fantasy Baseball Bastards, chances are good that you want more from your fantasy baseball experience. One way to do that is to devise your own league rules, meaning deciding which categories you want to track in your league.
In our inaugural season, before the days of the internet when we had to do the fantasy stats by hand (what a bunch of old bastards!), we kept track of 10 offensive categories (Runs, Hits, Doubles+Triples, HR, RBI, Walks, Strikeouts, Stolen Base %, On-Base% and Batting Average), and 6 pitching categories (Win%, Saves, WHIP, K/9, ERA and Shutouts). We don't think you necessarily need to use all these stats in your custom fantasy baseball league, per se, but we chose those at the time (in 1992) because those were the categories that we thought were the best indicators of a players' value to an actual baseball team and to a teams' total worth.
Custom Fantasy League Setup: Use Stats that Matter
We see a lot of n00bs go all crazy on the stats once they realize they can set up their own, custom statistics for their fantasy baseball league. They start tracking all kinds of stupid stats that no one cares about and won't care about on draft day. I got dragged into a league once where the eggheaded, retard of a Commissioner decided that we would track triples as a separate category. All of a sudden, a bunch of slap-hitting speed merchants who batted in the 7th, 8th or even the 9th slots were being drafted ahead of guys who would hit 30 doubles every year like clockwork.
These days, there are a ton of stupid stats being kept that can make your league no fun at all. Making a league fun and competitive is really the key. Use stats that matter to you and the fantasy geeks in your league with you. If you're all kind of knowledgeable, use the standard 5x5 format. If you're a bunch of Fantasy Baseball gurus like the Fantasy Baseball Bastards (so you think), then pile up the stats that matter.
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