ottoneu Fantasy Baseball Improvements for 2016

We’ve been hard at work listening to the ottoneu community and making improvements for the upcoming season. Here’s what to expect going into our 6th full year:

Improved lineup and roster organizer pages

Last season, changing lineups required juggling multiple drop-down boxes and clicking the Save button. Now, simply click the player you want to move, then click the new position you’d like him to play.

Improvements to lineup changes

Improved auction draft performance

I’ll save you from the technical mumbo-jumbo, but the auction draft should be much speedier! We overhauled the backend, and early feedback has been positive. Let us know how your draft goes, as we always are looking to improve that experience.

Available owners board and league description field

Finding new ottoneu owners hasn’t always been the easiest task and can even be discouraging for new and seasoned players alike. Being a part of the right team is a major component of the ottoneu playing experience and what makes this format so unique. With that in mind, we’ve added an available owners board and league descriptions to the Join Leagues page. I wrote about the available owners board last August when it first went live.

Real-time team-to-team messaging

Team messaging was a lot like email before: every team had an inbox and could see a list of messages from other teams.

The rise of Slack completely changed trade negotiations by allowing them to happen in real time. We revisited messaging and revamped the format to be more like chat and less like email.

The new format went live in the last 24 hours, check it out and leave a comment or a Tweet to let us know what you think.

More to come

ottoneu Fantasy Sports remain a work in progress, and we’ll continually be improving the site throughout the year. As always, you can leave a comment or email us with feedback, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Have a great season, and thank you for your support!

ottoneu Fantasy Football Arbitration

We’ve been preparing for the 2016 baseball season, so it has been a little quiet around here. There will be more about baseball soon, but let’s talk about football right now. The first ever ottoneu Fantasy Football arbitration period is now open, and it seems like a good time to review what arbitration is and how it makes ottoneu Fantasy Football unique.

The winner of our league, The Gaks, had an excellent draft and crushed all of us with some of his better valued players, such as a $7 Devonta Freeman, a $55 DeAndre Hopkins and a $74 OBJ. Each of those players scored over 260 points last season, which is worth roughly $85. This surplus value (the worth of their performance minus their salary) allows more money to be spent on superstars and gives flexibility for in-season auctions. As it did in our league, the team with the most surplus value usually ends up winning the league.

Arbitration is a way of crowd-sourcing additional salary to players that are underpaid, bringing their salaries closer to their true value. Each team has $60 to allocate across the 11 other teams, and can put anywhere from $4 to $8 on a single team and $1 to $4 on any single player.

  • Arbitration starts on February 15 and lasts until March 1
  • Arbitration allows teams to add dollars to players on other teams in their league
  • Every team has a $60 allocation budget to utilize as they see fit
  • Every team must give every other team in their league at least $1 and no more than $8 in additional salary
  • No player can be allocated more than $4 of additional salary by another team ($44 league max)

It’s a fun system that adds a little competitive balance to ottoneu Fantasy Football. Leave a comment or shoot us an email if you have any questions, and get started allocating!