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  1. Yeah, Bartolo already missed 40 games in the regular season, plus 5 more in the playoffs (has 5 more to go), I initially thought he had only missed like 30 games in the regular seas and needed to go 20 more because I didn't count the playoffs. Straily might be locked out to start the year, but someone will be hurt early and he'll be up soon -- might actually make him a better draft value.
  2. Bartolo is going to miss the first month of the season at a minimum due to the Steroid suspension
  3. He's got the 5th slot right now and should be able to hold off the competition if there is any from Brad Peacock (don't see Travis Blackley making a push). Right now the A's are at Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, AJ Griffin & Straily.
  4. Yeah, it's the standard 23-man starting roster with 27 reserves.
  5. You might like the NFBC "Draft Champions" leagues. Mixed, but 15 teams, 50 rounds, no Free Agency during the season. The regular NFBC leagues have 15 teams, 30 rounds (23 + 7 bench), FAAB during the season All 3 of those pitchers go regularly in the 30 rounds drafts.
  6. The NFBC runs a bunch of leagues from $150 to $10,000 entry. The majority of their leagues are 15-teams, but they been adding a lot more 12-team leagues the last few years. In their leagues, rosters lock on Monday, but you can edit your hitters each Friday. So pitchers are locked all week, while there are 2 hitting periods (M-Th & F-Su). They used to allow you to remove a pitcher on Friday if they were on the DL, but this opened a loophole where teams would have a marginal 2-start pitcher who they didn't like the first start (i.e. at the Yankees or something), but the pitcher's second start was a good home matchup -- teams would put a pitcher who was on the DL into their starting lineup for the M-Th session, then put in the non-injured pitcher on Friday for his better of the 2 starts, rather than having to suffer the "bad" start to also get the "good" one.
  7. Item #1 is true, the smaller the player pool, the more importance the draft/auction carries. However, item #2 is garbage. NL-/AL-only leagues are typically auctions, so you can put your team together however you want, no one is forcing you to put your cash into a few big players. If you check out the LABR NL results from this weekend you can see that the players who are borderline draftable in a 15-team mixed league are costing teams $10-15 in the Only leagues, because those guys are the last guys with solid AB totals. In a 15-team mixed, the last few guys are all MLB starters, but they are bottom end starts who cost $1-$3 in the auction, when you have to pay $10-15 for these guys in Only leagues it sucks, but if you don't want a Top/Bottom heavy roster, you have to go balanced salaries in Only leagues, if you go with a few big studs, you are gonna have some MLB backups filling starting roster spots for you and open yourself up to a single injury to a stud impacting your roster a lot more than if you had spread the wealth.
  8. I think when Dan Okrent originally put together the first Rotisserie League, I think his intent was to recreate an actual MLB roster, drafted by the 10-11 players in his league. At the time this was done, there was a vast divide in AL vs NL, the leagues completely operated under different rules (i.e. different umpires, no interleague play, DH/no-DH & the AL had a cutoff time that no new inning could start beyond 2am). In order to recreate a "MLB Roster", Okrent needed to limit his 10-11 person league to selecting from 1 league (at the time the NL only had 12 teams, has since added Florida, Colorado, Milwaukee & Arizona). It's just a format that has survived the 30 years since the game began, nothing "better" or "worse" involved with it, it's just different, if you don't like them don't play. Larger 15-20 team mixed leagues have become more and more common over the last few years, where as these NL- and AL-only leagues seem to be dying out except for some older and/or die hard leagues. Getting 15-20 people together who had never even heard of fantasy baseball was probably little more daunting in 1980 than it is in 2012.