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How many leagues is too many?Offseason question 1


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#1 kidtwentytwo

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:17 AM

Will be posting a few of these questions to argue/discuss until opening day.

First is how many leagues do you think is too many?  Obviously different strokes for different folks and some can handle more than others, but I hear stories of people running 30-40 teams in all sorts of different leagues which is mind blowing.

How many is the most you can handle without the quality of your fantasy baseball team management suffering?

For me, my limit is about 5 and at least 2 of those 5 need to be low maintenance.  After 5 it becomes too tedious to set lineups, waiver picks....and trades?  Forget it.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:42 AM

The most I've personally done is 7, which was pushing it, then you start to get a bit confused, rooting against certain players in your H2H matchup, then realizing oh crap, I OWN them in another league. I keep it at 4 or 5 now.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:56 AM

5 is a good number. I am hoping to do only 3 but pretty sure ill end up with 5
yahoo pro100 12 team h2h 5x5
The Dead Rabbits
c- Wieters 1b- E.E. 2b- Carpenter 3b- Machado ss- Segera of- Cutch of- Harper of- Ellsbury
util- Stanton util- Bruce bench- of Kemp of Yelich ss- Alexei ss- Baez 3b Frazier
sp1 Cole sp2 Wheeler sp3- Richards sp4- Eovaldi
rp1- Frieri rp2- Grilli rp3- Kelley


yahoo pro100 12 team h2h 5x5
   IR ii IP IP IL IE
c- Molina 1b- Abreu 2b- Gyorko 3b- Seager ss- Han-Ram of- Stanton of- Bruce of- Kemp
util- Tulo util- Hill bench of- Yelich of- Eaton 2b/3b- Rendon of- kaulhon
sp1- Cole sp2- Wacha sp3- Teheran sp4- Salazar sp5-Ventura sp6- Walker sp7- Bradley
rp1- Cishek rp2- Rodney  


yahoo pro250 12 team h2h 5x5
  Mr. Pink
c- Montero 1b- Freeman 2b- Kipnis 3b- Machado ss Hanley of- Stanton of Kemp of- Yelich
uitl- Rizzo util- Butler bench 1b- Adams of- Granderson 2b/3b Gyorko ss A Cab ss Baez
sp1- Sale sp2- Cole sp3- Cashner sp4- Archer sp5- Wheeler sp6- Walker sp7- eovaldi
rp1 Rosenthal

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:44 AM

3 tops.  Too much management after that.
20 team keeper H2H (took over the team), standard Yahoo.  Keepers below.  NA's get put into NA slots (5 max)
C:  d'Arnaud 1B: Eric Hosmer 2B: Brad Miller SS: Owings 3B: Manny Machado OF: Stanton OF: Heyward OF: Myers
Util:  Jose Abreu Bench: Avila, Schoop, Solarte, Baez (NA)
SP: Homer Bailey SP: Shelby Miller RP: Rosenthal RP: Soria P: Motte, Broxton, Withrow, Storen, Allen, Webb
Bench: Pineda, Ryu, Stroman and Meyer (Both NA's)
Trades: 1) Taijuan Walker and 5th rounder for Ryu and 4th rounder

Money league Roto
C- Carlos Sant 1B) Mash Abreu 2b) Altuve 3b) E5 SS) Rollins OF- Braun, Harper, Werth Util- Melky Morse
Bench: Brad Miller, Hosmer, Hill, Solarte  NAs: Bryant and Springer
SPs:  Sale, Cain, Ventura, Hudson RPs:  Reed Balfour Papelbon Soria Bench: Ubaldo DL- Walker
Trades: 1) Joey Bats and Panda for E5 and Werth

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

View Postsupac720, on 15 February 2014 - 07:42 AM, said:

The most I've personally done is 7, which was pushing it, then you start to get a bit confused, rooting against certain players in your H2H matchup, then realizing oh crap, I OWN them in another league. I keep it at 4 or 5 now.

LOL, yeah that happens all the time to me.

The very first year I tried out fantasy baseball I did 8 basic Yahoo 12 team re-draft public leagues (4 h2h, 4 roto) to "learn it all quicker" as I thought of it.   I "learned" not to do that again, heh.

I try to keep it to 4 leagues -- all dynasty but one new this year to replace one that isn't returning -- though I get a little tempted by new league posts or replacement posts round about the week before Opening Day.  So I could tilt to 5 teams on impulse at the last minute unless I keep away from those threads.  I try not to scroll too far down here to even see the thread on this site let alone scan it.

Edited by The Big Bat Theory, 15 February 2014 - 10:54 AM.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:02 AM

I play in two leagues...

One is a normal keeper league (can keep four players) and it is a 7x7 H2H league that has been in existence since 2002...

The other is a homers league where I take one team and can only have players that have played for that team...  For example, I am the Nationals and players like Harper, Zimmerman and Strasburg that are exclusvie to me, I don't have to draft...  If no one is Oakland, Gio Gonzalez is mine as well...  But if the Tigers or Mariners owner is playing, I will have to go through a normal draft and try to get Fister before he does...  I really enjoy this league...

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:08 AM

I did 4 leagues last year and thought that was too many. I'm maxing out at 2-3 this year.
$100 Yahoo PRO 12 team H2H
C: Jonathan Lucroy / 1B: Prince Fielder / 2B: Jason Kipnis / 3B: Pedro Alvarez / SS: Jhonny Peralta
OF: Ryan Braun / OF: Matt Kemp / OF: George Springer / UTIL: Aaron Hill / UTIL: Mike Napoli
BN: Grady Sizemore DL: Shane Victorino
SP: David Price / Anibal Sanchez / Masahiro Tanaka / Michael Wacha / Doug Fister / Ian Kennedy / Nathan Eovaldi / Jose Quintana
RP: Sergio Santos / Mark Melancon / Joaquin Benoit
/ Luke Gregerson

$50 Yahoo PRO 12 team H2H
C: Jonathan Lucroy / 1B: Prince Fielder / 2B: Dustin Pedroia / 3B: Kyle Seager / SS: Jonathan Villar
OF: Carlos Gonzalez / OF: Jose Bautista / OF: Matt Kemp / UTIL: Hunter Pence / UTIL: Aaron Hill
BN: George Springer / Javier Baez
/ Kole Calhoun
SP: Justin Verlander / Anibal Sanchez / Sonny Gray / Mike Minor / Shelby Miller / Yordano Ventura / CJ wilson / Tyson Ross
RP: David Robertson / John Axford
/ Jose Valverde

$20 Yahoo PRO 12 team H2H
C: Wilin Rosario / 1B: Prince Fielder / 2B: Kolten Wong / 3B: Josh Donaldson / SS: Brad Miller
OF: Ryan Braun / OF: Shin Soo Choo / OF: Matt Kemp / UTIL: Matt Adams / UTIL: George Springer
BN: Allen Craig / Javier Baez / Kole Calhoun DL: Shane Victorino
SP: Justin Verlander / James Shields / Julio Teheran / Doug Fister / Chris Archer / Ervin Santana / Yordano Ventura
RP: Greg Holland / Joakim Soria
/ Luke Gregerson

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:09 AM

I agree 3 should be max for optimum management.  having a couple of leagues with weekly roster changes helps.
so many leagues, so little time.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:10 AM

Depends on league settings. In weekly leagues you could do as many as you want, those are very low maintenance, but these leagues are more rare. Personally, I usually hover around 2-4, all daily. Usually end up getting similar players so I don't get the conflicts too much, but once you hit 5 teams or more those conflicts will keep coming up.

In football I'm usually doing 5+ in addition to separate survivor and pick'em pools, but all you really need for football leagues is to set your waivers on Tuesday night and set your lineups on Sunday morning, so its easier to handle.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

I did 4 last year and will be adding a 16 team redraft this year:
A.L. only dynasty
N.L. only dynasty
Mixed 14 team with 9 keepers
Mixed 12 redraft
Mixed 16 redraft

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:20 AM

I'd say 3. But only if the third one is low maintenance. I have two deep keeper prospect leagues. Those take a lot of management and wear on you over 6 months. A third of equal challenge and you start blending your teams and not sure your strategy.

Though it depends on how much time you have to devote and how much organization and notes you can prepare.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:34 AM

When it gets to big that you are watching games and things happening are contradicting one another.  I think everyone has a "go-to" league that they truly care about, for me most years that is all I do which is a Roto 5x5 auction keeper league.
Seems everybody's jogging or heavy into health s?&t, don't tell me that I otta get rolfed, cause I love Cajun martinis and playing afternoon golf-JB from we are the people are parents warned us about

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:37 AM

Looks like I am going to be the glutton for punishment. Cut it down to 9 this year with 5 basic keeper leagues, 3 dynasties (1 new) and 2 public leagues). Disabled and have the time to devote. Keep spreadsheets on all teams for trade offers both for those I send and those I get (helps in knowing the other managers tendencies in players).

I also don't root against certain players as I enjoy baseball period and usually have one game or another on all day, from the first game of the day till the last one ends. Have found that the Giants announcers are the best to go to sleep by. Just a smooth broadcast. LOL

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:49 AM

View PostAn Old Hippie, on 15 February 2014 - 11:37 AM, said:

Looks like I am going to be the glutton for punishment. Cut it down to 9 this year with 5 basic keeper leagues, 3 dynasties (1 new) and 2 public leagues). Disabled and have the time to devote. Keep spreadsheets on all teams for trade offers both for those I send and those I get (helps in knowing the other managers tendencies in players).

I also don't root against certain players as I enjoy baseball period and usually have one game or another on all day, from the first game of the day till the last one ends. Have found that the Giants announcers are the best to go to sleep by. Just a smooth broadcast. LOL

I don't think you are a glutton for punishment given your situation.  This is your workplace now complete with spreadsheets et al.  It's a good thing to have a job to get up for early in the morning and a schedule for the day no matter what the work is.  And your work is fun and something you love.  You got a good thing going.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 12:39 PM

i've been playing 7 leagues for the last few years.  1 big $$ league which gets most of my attention, 1 small $$ league which gets 2nd most, the other 5 are free leagues.  All my leagues are daily lineups, 1 is H2H, 2 are keepers.  I tend to have a lot of the same players, although different formats push me towards some differences.  Last year i won 3 of my 7 leagues, finished top 3 in 3 of them, and outside top 3 in one.  That included 2nd in my big $$ league and 1st in my small $$ league.  I've cashed in my big $$ league the last 3 years (only played in it for 4 years, 2 2nds and a 3rd) and my small $$ league in 3 of the last 4 (winning it 3 times).

I find being in a lot of leagues and paying attention to transactions helps me identify some good potential adds for some of my other leagues, plus, having to pay attention to that many more players from my own teams clues me in to other goings on.

I work in front of a computer, so i usually manage to find time to keep up with all my leagues, although i definitely pay more attention to trade opportunities and really manage my stat categories in my 2 primary leagues.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

I don't think it's actually possible to compete to your fullest in more than 2-3 leagues, especially if they are trading leagues.  Leagues without trading can be managed a bit easier.

If you're in like 5+ leagues but you only really care about 1-2, unless you just luck out with a monster team in the others, I get it. But really, I dedicate a lot of time to fantasy baseball and I think 3 serious leagues would be spreading myself too thin.

Edited by brockpapersizer, 15 February 2014 - 01:00 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:17 PM

I do 4-5 football only 2 baseball (1 free but very competitive, helps a lot with the money league)

Way too much daily monitoring needed in baseball ... I think I'd end up in an asylum with more teams.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:19 PM

With work/wife/kids/other commitments as well as being my league commish, I sometimes struggle managing one team lol. It's a competitive keeper league amongst a group of friends so it's a really fun league, but I think one league is pretty much my maximum at this point in the game.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:21 PM

I played in 21 leagues 2 years ago. that was too many.
I will never draft Francisco Liriano ever again.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 02:12 PM

yea did 32 football and had did very good thought i could do 32 baseball that didnt work out
yahoo pro100 12 team h2h 5x5
The Dead Rabbits
c- Wieters 1b- E.E. 2b- Carpenter 3b- Machado ss- Segera of- Cutch of- Harper of- Ellsbury
util- Stanton util- Bruce bench- of Kemp of Yelich ss- Alexei ss- Baez 3b Frazier
sp1 Cole sp2 Wheeler sp3- Richards sp4- Eovaldi
rp1- Frieri rp2- Grilli rp3- Kelley


yahoo pro100 12 team h2h 5x5
   IR ii IP IP IL IE
c- Molina 1b- Abreu 2b- Gyorko 3b- Seager ss- Han-Ram of- Stanton of- Bruce of- Kemp
util- Tulo util- Hill bench of- Yelich of- Eaton 2b/3b- Rendon of- kaulhon
sp1- Cole sp2- Wacha sp3- Teheran sp4- Salazar sp5-Ventura sp6- Walker sp7- Bradley
rp1- Cishek rp2- Rodney  


yahoo pro250 12 team h2h 5x5
  Mr. Pink
c- Montero 1b- Freeman 2b- Kipnis 3b- Machado ss Hanley of- Stanton of Kemp of- Yelich
uitl- Rizzo util- Butler bench 1b- Adams of- Granderson 2b/3b Gyorko ss A Cab ss Baez
sp1- Sale sp2- Cole sp3- Cashner sp4- Archer sp5- Wheeler sp6- Walker sp7- eovaldi
rp1 Rosenthal




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