I will never forget when I first heard about daily leagues. I wasn’t sure what to think because you “draft” a new team every night.
I originally didn’t like it because I’m type of guy who likes to find the Mike Trout’s of the league that no one knows at the start of the season but I managed to pick him up on the waiver wire. Obviously that wasn’t going to happen if you draft your team every day.
Not to mention I like following my players week in and week out and couldn’t stand the thought of owning my favorite pitcher one week and not the other.
The Typical Season Long League Perils
Lucky for me, I was in your typical season long fantasy league. We were all into it at the start of the season then managers started flaking out.
Then it got to the point where teams flat out gave up and never changed their line ups even though they had three guys in the IR for the rest of the season.
They became automatic bye’s when you played them and really took the fun out of the league.
Then I’m in the lead and all excited and you find out that only three people (including yourself) paid the entry fee so you were going to be shorted on your prize money.
I Checked Out the Daily Leagues
I decided to check out these daily leagues that I kept hearing about on the radio and internet (like FanDuel) and created an account. When I saw they accepted Paypal I knew the financial side was secure so I went ahead and made a small $20 deposit.
Let’s say I haven’t looked back since.
Being an ex online poker player, the format looked really familiar and I understood all the games.
It was hard to begin with because of the “salary cap” you are given to create your team. It made sense though.
It wouldn’t be very fun if you could just choose your whole team and select top notch all stars at every position. At first this made things difficult because I definitely didn’t know every player in the league.
But I found sites that post the games starting line ups when they are announced, which made it a lot easier.
Starting Out In Double-Up Games
When I first started playing, I played only Double Up leagues. This meant that almost half the league got paid regardless of where they placed.
So 1-50 got double the entry fee as winnings out of 112 players or 1-100 if there were 223 players.
The sites keep the additional entry fees as operating fees, known as the rake (how the sites make a profit).
Tournaments Have the Big Money
This was and still is fun, but the tournaments seemed to be where the big money was at.
This reminded me of the poker days where Chris MoneyMaker turned a $44 dollar satellite into 2.2 million. You could play a game that cost ten dollars and potentially make fifty thousand dollars.
The competition was so intense and unlike anything I ever experienced playing season long leagues.
I was hooked!
You Really, Really Learn The Game
I’ve always loved baseball, but now I feel as if I’m a part of it.
I know all the players and there is plenty of help out there if you are just starting. Even if you don’t want to play with your hard earned money, you can always still play for free.
But who knows, you may find that you are smarter than the other people out there.
In my opinion, season long leagues are like watching the NFL on basic cable and playing the daily game is like watching the RedZone channel.
The league feels like a giant stock market but instead of companies doing this and that, it’s all sports and the results happen in a few hours.
It’s worth making the switch!