While the focus of this website is on the AL-Only style of play, I know many of us also play in mixed leagues. In fact, I’ll be playing in two deep mixed leagues this year. One is a Draft Champion League that is currently in the 29th round (out of 50) and the other is a 16-team, 30 round, mixed league with no in season trading (does allow weekly FAAB). Both of these leagues are weekly line-ups and are also entry fee leagues. I definitely prefer my money leagues to be weekly line-up and no trading as I feel it’s a level playing field for all owners involved. Rather than one team streaming pitchers or hitters, a weekly, no trade league, really forces each owner to draft a balanced team and acquire depth at various positions. One note, my AL-Only keeper league is also an entry fee league, however I believe trading is a must for keeper league set-ups.
But even with these deep leagues, there’s always a small part of me that wants to scratch my 12-team mixed league itch. At this point, paying an entry fee into this type of league seems like a bad move in my opinion. Many of these leagues allow for daily line-up changes, free access to the waiver wire and trading. When I allocate my financial resources to fantasy baseball, I don’t want that many wild cards in play.
That is why the Razzball Commenter Leagues (RCL) are such a great idea. These leagues are your typical 12-team mixer with 3 bench spots and a snake draft. I’ve witnessed teams win championships with a steady draft and minimal in season moves, as well as teams that would shuffle through half the free agent pool daily and still find success.
What is really great about the RCL set-up is it mimics in a way the NFBC leagues, in the sense that it’s you versus 11 other league mates, but also you versus everyone else playing in an RCL league. This means, punting a category is an acceptable strategy if you’re just trying to win your league, but it will definitely keep you out of the top overall spots. Now of course there is no hundred plus thousand dollar prize in the RCL like there is in the NFBC, but a fantasy baseball fanatic shouldn’t need that carrot to try to place the highest among a field of over 600 other teams.
The Razzball site also has a weekly post series that runs down the biggest movers and shakers in these leagues. The articles are a great way to see what other fantasy baseball managers are doing. They also measure each league for their competition level, which is also tracked through out the year. Last season, I was commissioner of the Cougars Welcomed league that sat in the top-3 of the competitive index for much of the season.
If you’re looking for a way to make 12-team mixed leagues more fun, the RCL is definitely worth looking into. There are also some pay leagues that individual commissioners run through the RCL for those that want some money behind their time and effort. For me though, the RCL is a great place to draft a 12-team mixer or two. Deep, weekly leagues, are still the best format, but having the freedom to draft a star-studded line-up and compete for an overall bragging rights championship is also a fun way to go.
Note: I am currently signed up in these two leagues if you’d like to play against me.
Yeah Jeets – password: dj2014 – 7 spots left – draft is March 7th.
Draft Dodgers – password: rbbl – 3 spots left – draft is March 20th