Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Could you tell us a little more about how the nba.com thing would work?
NBA.com fantasy basketball is way more hardcore than Yahoo, with a ton more features.
1) It has the keeper option (unlike Yahoo where you have to do the offline draft every year since there is no keeper option). You only register once for the league and don't need to re-register every year. Even within the keeper league system, it can get more hardcore and complicated, where you have keepers designated for a specific number of years, or auction drafts with players salaries (not too sure how this works yet).
Keepers: The fun has just begun. Once you've worked your way up the chain of fantasy games and still want a challenge, you are ready for keeper leagues. Whereas the typical fantasy competition ends with the final game of the regular season, keeper leagues keep going and can last for several seasons -- for as long as the league is intact.
How does it work? First, when you're setting up a league, indicate that it is a keeper league. You will then need to specify a number of players for everyone to keep at the end of the season. Likewise, if you are carrying over a keeper league, specify your settings when setting up the league. A relatively common number of players to keep is four, but you can keep anything from one to an entire roster. Whatever works for your league.
After the season and prior to the start of the next season, you will need to announce your keepers by a designated date. At that point, all teams will start out with four players and build around those players with a draft. Therefore, the value of a #1 draft pick is greatly diminished, assuming the top players were kept.
Some keeper leagues go beyond simply keeping players and utilize contracts and salaries. Players are drafted in an auction to set a salary, and are owned for a designated number of years. In some cases, their salary goes up a designated amount for each year they are kept. In this case, player value gets more complicated. It's not just the performance of your player you want to consider, but his value. Even a LeBron James can be overpriced and too expensive to hold on to.
Regardless of whether salaries are included, owners in keeper leagues assess player value differently than owners in your standard one-season sprint. Depending on the number of players kept, you're thinking like a true GM. Whereas a single-season owner is only concerned about the short-term, you may be looking at the potential of a player next season -- particularly if he can be had for a cheap price or you keep a decent number of players.
2) Plus, NBA.com has the option of splitting up the league into divisions, where division winners get a bye for the playoffs.
The draft order is staying the same, btw, in case anybody was wondering. I'll set a specific date and time in a month.