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Last update: Mar 2013
A Brief History
If Ernie Banks were really such an eager beaver, he say "Let's play three!" Yes?
We started the LetsPlay2 fantasy baseball league back in 2004. It was really a blast. I think for a lot of us fantasy baseball is so much fun that it has pretty much ruined fantasy football.
For the young, uncivilized, uncultured and White Sox fans... "Let's play two" is the rally call of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. The ultimate prize of any LetsPlay2 competitor was possession of the LetPlay2 Ernie Banks Cup, honoring the champion of the league each year.
The LetsPlay3 fantasy baseball league evolved from the original LetsPlay2 league. How'd that happen, Bill? Well, um, let's just say... like the snake and the mongoose, fantasy leagues and the D-word are mortal enemies. So be it.
enjoy... yow, bill
How to Play
This is a real quick overview.
Fantasy baseball is very similar to fantasy football, just a smidge more complicated and more fun.
Let's see... If fantasy football is picking up some drunk girl at a bar and taking her home for the night, then fantasy baseball is like taking the drunk girl and her drunker, hotter twin sister home and they don't talk too much (except to tell you they've "been bad") and they both, like, each own a liquor store and... ya know, I think I'm a little off track here. You get the idea.
- Draft - You draft a baseball team before the season begins. This is very similar to fantasy football. Typically, you pick 20 players per team.
- Starting lineup - Once you've got a roster, then you can pick a starting lineup of 9 hitters and 5 pitchers. Your hitting lineup includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, and DH. Your pitching lineup includes: 2 starting pitchers (SP), 2 relief pitchers (RP), and 1 of either SP or RP. The 6 players that aren't in your starting lineup comprise your bench.
- Head-to-head - We play head-to-head fantasy baseball. Each week your team faces another opponent from the league. Winning and losing is determined each week by your team's performance in 10 baseball categories.
- 10 categories - There are 5 hitting categories (Run, Homer, RBI, Steals, and Total Bases) and 5 pitching categories (Win, Save, K, ERA, Whip). Your stats in each category accumulate over 1 week of MLB play. If during a week, your team wins 7 of these categories and the other team wins 3, then your "score" for that week's game will be 7-3. Get it?
- Time commitment - You can change your starting lineup every day or once a week. Your time commitment is a personal choice. We have seen both extremes win in our league.
- Playoffs - The top teams compete in the playoffs starting in September. Playoff matchups are head-to-head as well, similar to the regular season. There are some tiebreaker rules that are different, but don't worry about that here. The winner of the playoffs is the league champion for the year.
- The Spoils of Ultimate Victory - We don't play for $$$ in the LP3. It's just pride,gloating AND your name engraved on the side of the LetsPlay3 trophy for all eternity. Huzzah!
We follow the Yahoo rules pretty much. Except for these playoff weebles:
- Regular season moves do not carry over into the playoffs.
- Each active playoff team gets one move during each playoff week. Yes, bye week teams are considered "active" and can make a move while watching the playoff carnage from the sidelines.
We made this change to stop teams from hoarding moves for the playoffs. As Commish, I enforce these exceptions to the Yahoo rules by diddling with each team's number of moves, setting each to 24, one less than the maximum.
That's a wrap
The LetsPlay3 competition has been fierce and the playoffs have been breathtakingly close many years. As the league, and our kids, have gotten older, many sons LP3 with their own teams. We now have 14 teams playing each year (knock on wood), and the league is stronger than ever.
let's play three... yow, bill