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  1. Ok…what is an Ottonue League? Your long winded essay assumes we know what it is in the first place.

    Comment by Glen — March 17, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  2. Fair enough:

    Those should get you started!

    Comment by Niv Shah — March 17, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

  3. I have trouble getting 12 friends and randoms together for a yahoo H2H season, there’s no way that a league like these survives many seasons if people aren’t 1000% committed. would be shocked if by the beginning of next season there are 20 functioning leagues.

    Comment by Big Jgke — March 17, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  4. We had our draft two weeks ago. I know just over half of the owners, but everyone agrees the draft was one of the best ever and it’s already apparent those owners I do not know really know their stuff, which implies commitment long term, particularly if you look at our minor league rosters. Prospects = Hope.
    In two weeks there have already been nine trades. We’re still two weeks away from opening day. Should be a fantastic season in Ottoneu.

    Comment by LuckyStrikes — March 17, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

  5. is there a place to see the average auction values for the drafts that have occurred so far? it’d be helpful for a rookie like me.

    Comment by Dudley — March 17, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  6. We are figuring out the best way to publish these publicly, but if you email me I can get you these if you’re coming up on a draft or something.

    Comment by Niv Shah — March 17, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  7. Had a draft that concluded tonight with eleven others that I do not know. All 12 made the draft every night and I have confidence that the league will be a success. At some point I am sure that one or two will drop out but I think that we will be able to find some replacements.

    Comment by fantasystud1305 — March 17, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  8. If you have the patience to sit through a 8 effin hour draft, and you paid, you aren’t gonna just back out cause your team isn’t great the first year. In fact, when I don’t have a good team it always inspires me that much more the next yr.

    Comment by Kyle — March 18, 2011 @ 2:08 am

  9. It seems like this kind of format is only going to attract people who know what they’re getting into anyway.

    Comment by R M — March 18, 2011 @ 4:34 am

  10. Interestingly, those who praise this format are those who have already participated in an ottoneu draft and those who are skeptical are remaining so and are staying out. I, for one, am not a traditional fantasy player (haven’t played since high school), but participating in the FG Staff League draft was one of the most exhilirating sports-related experiences in my life. Not knowing your stuff really gets exposed during the draft, but I am definitely looking forward to this season and building for the future. Definitely need to trade away at least one of those $35+ SPs…

    Comment by Albert Lyu — March 18, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  11. The long-term, fantasy baseball “franchise” format has worked very successfully in the past. I’ve played in a Benchwarmer Baseball league for over 10 years now. Only dedicated players self-select into these types of leagues.

    Comment by Dave R — March 18, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  12. I love the idea of ottoneu, but unfortunately the problem is money. One, baseball is a long season, so the only way to keep average people interested is the chance to win money. The trouble with ottoneu is that it already cost 10, and most people do not want to shell out 20 (10 for winnings.) I like playing with people I know, but most aren’t ready to shell out 20 for fantasy baseball

    Comment by Will Groves — March 18, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  13. Is is possible to add a second owner to a team?

    Comment by George.Damian — March 22, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  14. If you’re interested in having a co-owner, email me and I can see if I can hook that up. I don’t have a way on the site to designate a co-owner right now, but it is doable.

    Comment by Niv Shah — March 23, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

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