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:
- Login and update your account. You can find your account information in "Team ... Edit Team Info"
A) Change your password. You will see two fields — "Create/Change your user Password" and "Confirm new Password" — that both need to be changed with your new password choice. They have to match for it to work when you save the form. Note: There isn't very strong security on the whole authentication system, as the admin screens to show me each team reveal the passwords in plain text. When you select a password, don't use the same one as, say, your bank account.
B) Update other information in your profile. This can include uploading a photo of your ownership team (225x300px), adding a favorite quote, including your phone number, years playing fantasy sports, favorite pro team, game philosophy or occupation. Like the password, these changes are all made at once.
NOTE: Please leave the other fields as they are, including the appropriated "Interests" (which is where I put your location info).
C) Check your logo. There are still two teams who have not provided me with a logo. If that is you, Hillsborough and Short Pump, make it a priority to work with your younger owners to come up with some digital logo (and backstory) you can send me. If you already sent or posted it, just let me know where. I will take care of uploading it, as this site only accepts certain formats and sizes. I just need a big raw image from you to work with.
To save the above changes, click the "Submit" button at the top of the form.
- Go to "Team ... Set Lineup" and check your roster. The site will transition to a team panel view, with your roster controls on the left. The roster is organized by position, not player, so you will see multiple instances of each player listed, depending on how many positions they qualify for.
A) Make sure everyone you drafted is in this list. The rostered players (complete with some position and spelling errors) are posted on this site. That should match what you will see for your team. If it does not, let me know ASAP.
B) Look for red dots by the names. This is an indication that your player is on the disabled list. You can click the dot to get more detail about when he is due back. Any disabled player can be replaced at a Type 1 substitution (i.e., drop him immediately, replace him with an available player). DO NOT WAIVE HIM. If you plan to replace a player this weekend, contact me and let me know. I'll handle it from the admin side.
C) Review your starting lineup. I spent time entering the starting lineups based on position eligibility, ESPN500 ranking, and current injury status. There are valid starting lineups for all team, but in a few cases, there will be a need to replace a player in order to avoid starting injured players. Contact me if you are having difficulty fielding a full lineup. (NOTE: I did take time to add some notes about this in the "quoteable" field, but apparently they didn't stay put.)
D) Update your starting lineup. To change your starting lineup, click on a Green name (the current starters) to remove a starter from the lineup. Click on a Blue name (the current bench) to add a starter. The system will not let you enter an invalid lineup. If a player is already in the lineup, it will let you know. This is where the grouping of the left-panel roster is helpful, since each group represents part of the starting lineup. Look in the green line by the position title to see how many you should add from each group.
To save the changes, you have to click the "Submit Starting Lineup" button on the top of the starters column. It looks more like a header than a button. Once you submit your lineup, you should get a clear indication of that success in the left-side panel.
- Go to "Team ... Add/Waive." This is where you will be able to do things like waive and disable players, or assign someone to the minors. You don't have to do anything here, except familiarize yourself with the tools on this page.
A) Make some limited roster moves. The only things you should be attempting this weekend are "Move to IR" (i.e., disabled list) and "Move to Farm" (i.e., our minor league). To do this, click on a player's name on the left-side panel (as you did when setting the lineup). This will display that player's name next in the left-side of the horizontal form near the top of the page. By default, it will indicate "Waive" (which this weekend, you should not do). To disable or develop a player, click the appropriate button above the name. Add a comment, if it is informative to do so, and click SUBMIT.
- Update your Trading Block. Go to "Team ... Propose Trade" to get to the part of the site that allows you to propose a trade to another team, or announce your trading block players to other owners. You can do the latter at the bottom of the page, by using the dropdown menus to select specific players you might be willing to deal, positions you have to offer, and/or positions you need. Click the "Submit" button under the "Edit My Trading Block" bar near the bottom of the page to post this on the front page.
- Publish content. There are two ways you can contribute to the content on this site. Click the "Home" button to see the main screen. In the (currently) left and right columns you will find sections for "Message Board" and "League News." Feel free to use these forums for things league related, particularly if it involves reporting on your team as if it were a real one. This is the site to allow the fantasy sports reporter in you to attend your own press conferences, or to talk strategy and game results with other owners.