ottoneu Updates and Last-Second Leagues

As we get to the final stretch of fantasy prep before the season starts, I wanted to update everyone on some changes over at ottoneu Fantasy Baseball, as well as a few leagues that need a couple more owners for drafts over the next few days.  First, for those of you who might not know, ottoneu Fantasy Baseball is the FanGraphs fantasy baseball game.  You can read the introduction here, or you can send me an email with any questions you might have.

Technical Updates

Wednesday, a relatively large number of leagues wanted to draft at the same time, causing my server to eat itself for about 3 hours.  We’ve done a couple of things to ensure this won’t happen again, such as doubling the capacity of our server and examining all the database code line by line.  Long story short, it was unacceptable, and I’ve spent a lot of time Wednesday night fixing it up so that going forward we won’t have these issues.  Yesterday, we had a couple of leagues draft with no issues reported to me, so I think the changes have helped.

Open Leagues Still Available

We have a few leagues actively looking to fill out their ranks.  Here are a couple that reached out to me:

Halpin’s League – Run by John Halpin at foxsports.com, still needs 7 players.  It’s a 5×5 for those of you more interested in a traditional set of stats.  John knows his stuff and I imagine this league would be a pretty good challenge, if you fancy yourself as a fantasy expert.

RBP Blog League – Another 5×5 league, only needs 3 more players, and they are drafting tomorrow starting at 2pm PT.  Short lead time, but having talked to the guys running this league, it’ll definitely be a fun time. (corrected the draft time for this one from 2pm ET)

Money League Baseball – Finally, for those of you that want FanGraphs Points and some cash prizes, we have a $49.99 prize league that needs 8 owners still.  Highly recommend this league, as I know one of the participants is one of the original ottoneu owners playing in a points league for the first time.

Beyond these leagues I’ve mentioned here, there are a few more public leagues looking to fill out, as well as some private leagues that are very close.  Check out the list here and if you have any questions about a particular league or getting in touch with a commissioner, shoot me an email or tweet @ottoneu.  I will get back to you as fast as I can with whatever information you might need.  Since I like giving away teams, how about the best tweet about ottoneu today will get the winner a free $9.99 team for this season.  Include @ottoneu so I see it!




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  1. Mr. Clutch says:

    Sort of a tangential question, but I am curious about when players are added to the ottoneu player universe. Yu Darvish is in, but Taillon and Pomeranz are not. Do these guys need to play a game of pro ball before they are added?

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    • Niv Shah says:

      So this is actually a result of a goofy search algorithm. If you were looking for those guys yesterday, you wouldn’t see them, but now they do show up in search.

      They should be mostly playable on opening day in the case of your Nishiokas and so forth.

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    • Albert Lyu says:

      I’m pretty sure Taillon and Pomeranz are in. The FG Staff League drafted both of them.

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  2. zkolodin says:

    Join RBP Blog League so I can beat you. Sincerely, Zach.

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  3. Ben says:

    Are there entry fees in these leagues? Particularly interested in Halpin’s, and more interested in paying than not.

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  4. uhhhjboy says:

    Can there be a way to leave comments when you accept / reject trades?

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    • Niv Shah says:

      Probably a good add. I’ll look at that this weekend, assuming the server holds up.

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      • davisnc says:

        Not exactly inspiring confidence in those of us with weekend drafts.

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      • Niv Shah says:

        Just kidding around! Like I said, I think the changes made were really good and going forward there should be less of an issue for the kind of load we saw on Wednesday.

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  5. Romyrick says:

    Thanks for the shout out! We still need more owners. I have potentially one other owner but other than that we’re still short 7.

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  6. Kyle says:

    This might not be in your hands, but is there any way you can pull up the projection page in sortable stats for my team? I am on the second half of my draft and want to see what weakness i should address. I’m trying to get them all on one excel or cvs file.

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  7. prisoner says:

    i was drafting today and lost my connection on 2 occasions.

    H. Mamis

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    • Niv Shah says:

      I’ve been monitoring all day, and I think the only times there might have been any issues was when I was increasing a couple of things for capacity on the server. If you’ve been seeing glitching on bids or consistent laggy behavior, let me know via email, but things have improved.

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  8. William says:

    I found the nomination process really, really frustrating. Is there any way that you can change your draft page to make pulling up lists of players at various positions who are going to be more sought after than others? Also, I don’t like having to switch pages and refresh or keep a spreadsheet to track who I have/how much money left (not to mention where everyone else is) and finally I don’t understand why you don’t have a nomination queue. I got my team for free, so I can’t really complain, but if I’d paid I’d be annoyed that it really wasn’t worth the trouble for what otherwise seems to be a very promising system. I dropped out of my draft, but I look forward to trying it another time…

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    • Niv Shah says:

      There was a problem for a few hours yesterday where roster spots and dollars remaining were not updating in the auction room, but that was fixed. That will probably help the experience in the future.

      While there isn’t a nomination queue, there is a watchlist that allows you to keep a list of players handy that you want to nominate, as well as a search box – perhaps you want search to do something different than it does? Let me know via the contact links above.

      It might have slipped by some users, but this link will be really helpful on using the auction draft software:
      http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/ottoneu-how-to-the-auction-draft/

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