If you don’t have a date set, reach out to your commish and tell them to get on that!

]]>(We’ve had attrition largely because we were 12 strangers who just signed up as quickly as possible, I’m trying to restock the league with replacements who actually know people in the league to hopefully repair that.)

]]>That means there’s even more value being kept on most rosters so the guys thrown back should have even more inflated rosters, which makes it harder for me to throw back guys like Napoli@26, Utley@22, Uggla@22, Hanley@44 even though I have Starlin and Salvador Perez cheap, since them and my other options may end up much more expensive.

]]>I think we are going to see a drop in general inflation this year in the original league in part because we are all keeping so many players. Kershaw is being kept at $65. Miggy at $58. Braun at $62 (we think). It will be interesting to see what this does to second-tier players who will be the “stars” of the auction. But the inflation doesn’t stop after year 2.

]]>Attrition has been handled by allowing users to take over abandoned teams. And in general, it has not been a problem. I am sure some leagues have disbanded, but in general people have stuck around. And finding replacements has, as far as I can tell, been relatively easy.

Second, my experience has been that rebuild efforts are, if not easy, very feasible. We’ve only had one repeat champ in 8 years of the original league, and last year was won by a team that had been brutal a couple years earlier. The early favorite for this year is a team that hasn’t cracked the top ten the last two years, but used that time to build a hell of a team. One of the beauties of ottoneu is that you can rebuild effectively. Dropping out after one year, you have really missed out on what ottoneu is all about.

]]>Each team has $400 to spend on players who generate points for their owner. There’s such a thing as replacement level, which is the guy you could have for $1 and who is projected to be the worst guy worth paying $1 for (any worse, and you shouldn’t pay at all, or you should demand that other owners pay you to roster him, which you’re not really allowed to do.)

Okay, now subtract the number of points a replacement level guy makes from each player’s projected points. This is the number of points above replacement level that the each player will make.

Now, add up all the points from guys who are above replacement level. This is the total number of points that you expect will be distributed this year. Divide that by $4,800 (the total budget for the league.) This is the number of points one dollar is worth.

Now, when someone owns a guy for less than his value based on this calculation, you get inflation. That’s because his owner is paying a little less than he should for the points he’s going to get. Effectively, this owner can spend a little more for points available among free agents.

Let’s go back to some cost calculating: once everyone has been cut and you know who’s owned and who isn’t, you can calculate the number of points available among free agents and the amount of money everyone has left to spend. Suppose everyone has $100 to spend at the auction, remaining free agent points/$1,200 is the number of points $1 buys you. Since most owners have kept players who should outproduce their cost, most owners have slightly more to spend per point and the cost of a point goes up.

I hope that makes sense.

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