By now, all ownership teams should have received an email from me (on behalf of the site) inviting you to login. As soon as you are able, please do so and change your password.
While I have spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the site and tweaking the configuration, there will still be a number of quirks and user interface issues that I won't be able to address. We've got an open line of communication to the FanStar team, though, so one of the things I'd like to do is compile some suggested changes over the next few weeks and send it to them.
Things you should do right away:
Try refreshing the page. The transactions have all been processed, but the site seems to be quirky about what updates (not much) and what doesn't.
Aviles went to another team. I am wondering if it processed Romo> Matusz before Ryan > Aviles.We put the Ryan move in first. I thought we had a higher waiver position than the team that got Aviles. Not going to worry about it. We have too much depth at MM. :)
For this season at this time, we don't consider speed to act as a factor. Getting there first, or getting to one player before another, doesn't play into who gets the player when one is contested.
I went through and approved all of the one-team requests for a player.
I nodded at the player rankings (the first criteria for deciding bids), but since there are no games played yet there is no distinction there.
I then looked at the week-to-date stats for the current starting lineups of each team with remaining contested bids, as if they were playing head-to-head(-to-head, in one case). The results translated to the following game results:
The losing team (or most losing team) was awarded the player.
Greenwood and Deep River are currently above the 20-player limits, and that will have to be reconciled by Monday morning (forcibly, if not done by the owner by Sunday). Greenwood is also at capacity for our wiggle room, with 25 players currently on their roster. That means the site won't let them bid on any more players in this second session unless they first waive, disable, farm or trade a current player.
I lost Altruve to Greenwood, but I just offered to swap 7th for 8th round picks next year (2013) to be able to reacquire him. Whether someone else (Butler also wanted him) makes a better offer or just pursues someone else, or if Altruve one of the key signings for Greenwood that they don't want to lose, trading is an option to pursue. Greenwood is in a bind, in that they HAVE to get rid of five players, so maybe a draft choice swap would be attractive.
FYI Draft choices can be dealt up to three drafts in advance. We have not determined a firm method of drafting (and optimistically I presume we will do this again next year as a keeper league), but it is reasonable to expect at least 8 rounds. I'll track those things separately, because the FanStar site may get freaked out by draft-pick-only deals.
Is there a workaround to see how we are doing so far this week, or did you just go through and calculate by hand?
It was very difficult to find, but if you go to any of the stats pages (I usually choose Stats ... MLB), the table that you see can give you a number of views without that annoying refresh in the boxscores.
Filter by team, select the current week (5) and click on the button that shows week's stats for starters. No extra math was involved since it conveniently tallies those scores for pitchers and hitters.
I wound up copying them to excel, just so I could view them on one page, and then doing the comparisons manually.
ugh ... embarrassment of (non)riches! Figured we might get half of the contested free agents, but we are embarrassed by our team's underperformance. Struggling to hit (or even make it on the field ... I'm looking at you Hamilton), we not only don't have any home runs, we don't even have an extra base hit yet. Pitchers suddenly can't get people out either. We can't even beat Ryan Braun by himself at this point.
Waiving four players and sending Dylan Bundy to the farm.
Just a thought, and those of you who have actually played Fantasy Baseball before, please chime in, but why couldn't we start doing free agency as first-come-first-serve?
The way I've done it in fantasy football in the past, any team that has an open roster slot can pick any player immediately. If there is no open roster slot, you have to waive a player while adding a free agent. Would there be any disadvantage from working this way here?
I think it would encourage scouting and, best of all, there would be less conflict in trying to pick up free agents since you know almost immediately whether someone is available.
First-come first-serve puts a big bias toward availability at critical times. If that were the way real life worked, Peyton Manning would be playing for the Redskins now.
I think for the sake of those among us with odd work schedules, across different time zones, with less knowledge about this game/sport, and because the goal of this league is to involve our kids in the decision-making process, the use of signing periods is an important way to level the playing field for participation.
I'll second the waiting option being better even though I've asked the same question. In a perfect world it would be all free agents after the initial clearing period but its not fair for everyone who might not be able to sit down at a computer at all hours of the day.
For what its worth I know I would be tinkering with our lineup without my kids involved but its been a lot of fun to go home and make the decisions with them. Now if I could just get them to ignore the fun names and move onto actual stats we would be set.
All good points, Nick and Kevin, and I think the rationale makes sense.
Nick, my kid has a bias toward funny names as well! He thinks it's hilarious that we have a player called "Big Papi"!
Are some of the more intricate thing on the site waiting for Week One to finish?
The roster analysis link looks AWESOME and should be really handy in trades to determine real value of a player for both sides to get comparable value.
A couple questions about FanStar:
1 - Any updates on our Live Scoring/Weekly Head-to-Head score being updated daily? It is agonizing not being able to see how we are stacking up on our head-to-head matchup. It has been many years since I've played fantasy baseball, but I always enjoyed the daily activity of baseball (vs the weekly activity of fantasy football). I know it would hold my sons interest more as well if we got a better sense of where we are at on a daily basis.
2 - How do I access the roster analysis tool that Nick Krahn mentioned?
FanStar looks like it is a flexible site. However, it is a bit kludgy to me. The user interface is a bit awkward, but I am sure part of it is our learning curve.