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10 minutes ago, jmcampbe11 said:

Thanks for the recommendations and the link to the prior thread! Unfortunately I think the lack of a phone app might be a deal breaker in this era. 

not to go into great detail, but they do have an app, it's just an implemented differently than other host sites. they use what's called progressive web application, which essentially means the website determines whether you're on a mobile or desktop machine and the site displays different depending on your device. it is/was created to specifically work on/with mobile devices.

https://www.fantrax.com/app

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Other than the occasional frustration with the lack of prospects in the data base (and somewhat limited ability to customize), Yahoo is way better than ESPN IMO. Fantrax is the most customizable and has the most players, but app sucks IMO and is basically a hyperlink to the website (OSB explains it above, just not my cup of tea).

I ride-or-die with the Y!

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Honestly feels like ESPN deliberately wanted to drive away fantasy baseball traffic. Might just be me but I've had 4-5 second load times there all year. It's like the 1990s all over again. If you have multiple teams and make a ton of moves it's like death by a thousand paper cuts. It's truly ridiculous. Have also made moves that somehow didn't save. Happened this past week and could have easily been the difference between advancing or not.

Anyway, one of my leagues switched from ESPN to Fantrax and it's a massive upgrade. Fantrax is jarring at first but if you can quickly adjust it's actually a competitive advantage as some owners will take longer or just outright lose interest. Their website is basically their app and I haven't had a problem with it.

But really, Yahoo is still the gold standard. It's always just been the fastest loading/most streamlined/easiest on the eyes/etc.

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I've tried the 3 major platforms - ESPN, Yahoo, and CBS. Yahoo is far and away the best. If they would just join guys like Shohei Ohtani as both a pitcher and hitter into 1 player I would have no complaints for them. Also some annoying little bugs with the Android app once football season rolls around where you'll be trying to access your baseball team and instead be looking at one of your football teams. Usually restarting the app fixes it - just a minor annoyance.

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3 hours ago, LoGo said:

Other than the occasional frustration with the lack of prospects in the data base (and somewhat limited ability to customize), Yahoo is way better than ESPN IMO. Fantrax is the most customizable and has the most players, but app sucks IMO and is basically a hyperlink to the website (OSB explains it above, just not my cup of tea).

I ride-or-die with the Y!

Well Yahoo has always had a way larger database of prospects than ESPN so it he is coming from ESPN he will be pleasantly surprised by Yahoo's larger pool.

My only complaint about Yahoo -- other than split player Ohtani and now Brendan McKay, hah -- is how the NA slots go away every spring in dynasty leagues so that your prospects are now part of your active roster until after the mini re-draft.  You have to work around the problem with various methods of lists or spreadsheets and no online draft as in you don't use the Draft Room or drop too many players to get down to your active roster limit which turns your full dynasty into a mere deep keeper league.  Then the NA slots magically reappear after the draft and you go waiver wire hunting immediately to fill in the empty slots on your active roster and NA slots.

I love the controls and layout on both the computer and phone app though they are still upgrading the later.  They also added lots of sabermetric stats to the traditional ones when checking out a player's vitals this year in their first upgrade.  And they intend to keep upgrading since they are under new management starting this year and are putting a new team of software people in place and promise to listen more to the users (we will see) so maybe one day Ohtani will be made whole again. 

In other words, Yahoo seems to be on the upswing at the same time ESPN is on the downswing.

PS:  The only negative that may be left if they ever fix the NA slot problem is that I won't have anything to complain about about Yahoo at that point since this is what I have done for years here.  Hah!

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The chat feature on the Yahoo app sucks, too. But it is still far and away my favorite platform. Two of my Yahoo leagues have taken our chat to Discord, and it is awesome. Pairs up nicely...Yahoo with the fantasy platform and Discord with the chat platform. Hate leaving Yahoo for league chat, but it’s worth it. 

And I agree with BBT about the NA issue. Our league is having to keep up with it on our own because we allow two NA keepers each spring. It’s a pain. 

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1 hour ago, Flyman75 said:

The chat feature on the Yahoo app sucks, too. But it is still far and away my favorite platform. Two of my Yahoo leagues have taken our chat to Discord, and it is awesome. Pairs up nicely...Yahoo with the fantasy platform and Discord with the chat platform. Hate leaving Yahoo for league chat, but it’s worth it. 

And I agree with BBT about the NA issue. Our league is having to keep up with it on our own because we allow two NA keepers each spring. It’s a pain. 

What do you find wrong with the chat feature if I may ask?  You can chat with the whole league or very easily with just one person on Yahoo chat.

Though I admit I do wish sometimes we didn't have league chat though because like the other day there was a huge one going on in one of my leagues and my cell was dinging all day long, hah.

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4 hours ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

What do you find wrong with the chat feature if I may ask?  You can chat with the whole league or very easily with just one person on Yahoo chat.

Though I admit I do wish sometimes we didn't have league chat though because like the other day there was a huge one going on in one of my leagues and my cell was dinging all day long, hah.

 

It’s only available on the app, and Discord is available via app and on my laptop for starters. Past that, the Discord app just blows Yahoo away in every facet and goes beyond just a basic chat feature. 

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43 minutes ago, Flyman75 said:

It’s only available on the app, and Discord is available via app and on my laptop for starters. Past that, the Discord app just blows Yahoo away in every facet and goes beyond just a basic chat feature. 

Oh I never even thought of a chat app on the laptop.  Never messaged from my laptop ever;  just my phone.  D'oh.  Maybe being able to message on my laptop would be a good idea since I suck at texting with any kind of speed on those dinky keyboards on phones.

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Anybody know which standings on CBS are actually correct?  I have different point totals on the website, versus totals on the phone app.  Even the totals on the phone app differ from the standings tab and the live scoring tab.  

 

It seems like they are trying to predict certain teams not meeting AB or IP minimums and adjusting the standings?

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On 9/24/2019 at 7:32 PM, murraygd13 said:

Anybody know which standings on CBS are actually correct?  I have different point totals on the website, versus totals on the phone app.  Even the totals on the phone app differ from the standings tab and the live scoring tab.  

 

It seems like they are trying to predict certain teams not meeting AB or IP minimums and adjusting the standings?

 

Some of the standings update live, but are not official .... (like the live scoring tab of the website).   

On the website, the stats in the "Standings" tab do not update live, but they are the "official standings".  These standings update nightly, after all games from that day have concluded.

I don't use the app much, but I believe the app operates the same way as the website.   The "Standings" are official, but only update each night, so they don't reflect any stats earned that day.  The cumulative stats shown on your team page do update live but are not official.

Each morning, after the standings update and before that days games start, the stat's and standings should be identical in all locations on both the website and the app.

If you look at the bottom right hand corner of the Standings tab on the website it will tell you the date and time of the most recent update.

 

One important note: the live scoring stats can be wildly inaccurate during the closing days of the season (esp. in roto).   This is because the live updates do not account for teams that have reached the innings/games played limits.

If a team has reached the innings limit but still has pitchers in the starting lineup, the live updates will give the team credit for all of the stats earned that day ....... but when the standings are updated that night this will be corrected

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Okay, so I have a question about Yahoo. If I make a waiver claim today in a keeper league...but the player doesn't clear waivers until Monday (the day after the season ends), will Yahoo honor that waiver claim? Or will it be considered null and void once the season is over? 

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7 hours ago, duke of queens said:

Yahoo will honor it but league rules should usurp if applicable.

I'm not so sure that Yahoo runs waivers once the season is over

P.S. I now have 69 posts. Nice.

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13 hours ago, Grinner said:

I'm not so sure that Yahoo runs waivers once the season is over

P.S. I now have 69 posts. Nice.

Believe me, they run it. I always have to adjust rosters and remove players from a few idiot managers each year.

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I forget from last year, anyone know how long before until Fantrax makes your prize winnings available in your account?  I think its like 1 week or 10 days.  This is for public leagues commissioned by Fantrax.  Quote me if you know the answer, thanks.

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17 hours ago, jspeco9 said:

Anyone know when Fantrax allows 2020 renewal?

Never mind. Looks like they don't go down like ESPN. These guys are good. I am impressed.

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ESPN QUESTION:  Is there any way to find out what a player did while on my team? I just want Darvish's stats while he was on my team.  I remember doing this last year.  

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I won several fantasy leagues and yahoo has not paid out yet. They keep telling me I will receive the money in "no time". I've checked my wallet for the past 5 business days and still nothing!!! Why have I not received it yet and how long does it take!?! The "yahoo specialist" just keep copy pasting templates responses they are obviously given, do not give a resolution and then just disconnect from the chat because they can't take care of anything! 

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I don't know about Yahoo, but I can tell you that in Fantrax payouts aren't sent until after Oct 6 when everything is finalized.

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On 10/4/2019 at 10:57 AM, JECHICAGO said:

I won several fantasy leagues and yahoo has not paid out yet. They keep telling me I will receive the money in "no time". I've checked my wallet for the past 5 business days and still nothing!!! Why have I not received it yet and how long does it take!?! The "yahoo specialist" just keep copy pasting templates responses they are obviously given, do not give a resolution and then just disconnect from the chat because they can't take care of anything! 

I haven't played y pro in a few years but I'm the past the payout days wildly varied.  I remember the first year pro was available i didn't get paid until sometime in the winter in one league.  Stay on em, they'll pay ya eventually

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On 10/2/2019 at 9:18 AM, Morat said:

ESPN QUESTION:  Is there any way to find out what a player did while on my team? I just want Darvish's stats while he was on my team.  I remember doing this last year.  

 

ESPN took away this feature when they implemented the new interface. I called them several times and they claimed that they will add it back later on in updates. They've done three updates since and I haven't seen it back as yet. Hopefully by next season. 

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