It seems like it was almost ready to be spring and then we get all this snow on Valentine’s Day. That’s ok, as every day that passes puts us a little closer to April 3 when MLB kicks off Opening Day and the Cubs will be playing in the afternoon out in Anaheim and I can’t wait!!
I can’t remember being this excited about a season starting and for good reason. We added Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist to our starting lineup and John Lackey to our rotation and Adam Warren to the pitching staff, hopefully in the rotation sooner than later.
Talk about upgrading your team!
And that is the fun part about baseball, finding ways to upgrade your team. Now in fantasy baseball we do this with the draft to start the year and then by adding and dropping players and by making trades. But to be able to go out and add a Heyward or Zobrist to your lineup in the off-season, just isn’t possible. The closest we can get is by running a keeper league.
In a keeper league you get to keep a set number of players based on the rules of your league. There is no right or wrong way with how you do this, just what works for that group. I am going to be adding a keeper league to the CCO League base this year and to round it out all the way, we will be doing an auction draft in that league.
We will also be adding a weekly H2H league in which lineups lock on the first day of the week and where we have no additional rules for those that don’t want to mess around with daily lineups.
Pitchers and catchers report this week and with that we will start doing our fantasy previews.
We will preview by position, by draft strategies, previewing the Cubs’ players, and one of my favorite topics, talking about sleepers, break-outs and do not draft players.
As far as the CCO fantasy baseball leagues, they are on ESPN and we will fill up to 20 teams in each league. This year we will have three different styles of leagues.
- Weekly H2H with daily lineups, rules on pitching.
- Weekly H2H with daily lineups, rules on pitching, auction draft and keepers.
- Weekly H2H with weekly lineups and no additional rules.
If you are interested in playing in one of these league, please send your email information to Neil at this link – and he will forward it to me. Also include which league you are interested in playing. We have four leagues right now with the first style having two different leagues, while options two and three we will start with one league and see if we can fill it.
I am looking forward to another season of baseball …
… the Cubs and of course fantasy baseball.