h2h Corner ~ Building Your Own Low Maintenance Fantasy League

Welcome to part deux of my low maintenance fantasy league series.

“Low maintenance” is apparently en vogue now-a-days – just look at wireless controllers with battery chargers, swipe cards, significant others and shower cleaners to name a few examples.

And, fantasy baseball is no exception. Gripes about fantasy baseball come in many different packages –“it’s too labor intensive”; “I don’t have time to set daily line-ups”; “the closers change too much”; “the season’s too long,” “etc.” Do you see a common thread here? In general, people love fantasy sports – just look at fantasy football. The only differences that I see between the two is that the football season is limited to 16 games (if you are lucky), each team has significantly fewer roster spots, there is a waiver period every week and there are far fewer games to follow (usually 15 per week).

So, we have a decision to make here. Either we call those people who love fantasy football – even though it is more random/lucky – lazy and ignore them, or, we try to bring them into the fold and slowly brainwash them into loving the pure intellectual pursuit that is fantasy baseball. For those of you in the former category, I have a link you should watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmKJHhNQYoM&feature=channel.

I already detailed one low maintenance version of fantasy baseball, which looked at building the best team from free agents and stretching over an n-year period.

Here is another idea of a relaxing fantasy baseball league. Step one: make friends. Step two: get together with said friends and draft homerun hitters. Step three: win your league when the mashers on your team outmash the players on your friends’ teams. That’s right, I’m talking about a HR-only league. As with any fantasy league, this format can be adaptable as the league’s participants see fit. Last year, my league awarded points ($) for winning each month as well as for winning the year ($$$). To protect against a team getting massacred by the injury (attention those of you drafting Milton Bradley), only the top six home run hitters per month/year qualify. Like the fantasy free agent league, there are no roster moves.

So, all you have to do is hold a draft with your buddies and have someone tabulate the HR totals each month. Or, you could load into an online system (give one point per home run) and just take note of it that way. Pretty awesome, right? As Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux taught us oh so many years ago, everyone digs the long ball.

For those of you interested in playing in this format, my list of the top 120 homerun threats for 2010 is below. Until then, if you have any fantasy leagues that are similarly low maintenance, please post a comment detailing them. The community would love to hear.

FB 101’s 411: Everyone digs the long ball. It’s easy to have a simple and easy fantasy baseball league.

Feel free to share your insights below or at my Twitter (@h2h_corner)/Facebook pages.

1. Ryan Howard
2. Prince Fielder
3. Albert Pujols
4. Adam Dunn
5. Carlos Pena
6. Adrian Gonzalez
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Mark Teixeira
9. Ryan Braun
10. Miguel Cabrera
11. Evan Longoria
12. Justin Morneau
13. Chase Utley
14. Mark Reynolds
15. Ryan Zimmerman
16. Adam Lind
17. Dan Uggla
18. Hanley Ramirez
19. Carlos Lee
20. Justin Upton
21. Jason Bay
22. Andre Ethier
23. Nelson Cruz
24. Jayson Werth
25. Joey Votto
26. Kendry Morales
27. Curtis Granderson
28. Jay Bruce
29. Matt Holliday
30. Manny Ramirez
31. Nick Swisher
32. David Ortiz
33. Carlos Quentin
34. Troy Tulowitzki
35. Kevin Youkilis
36. Hunter Pence
37. Raul Ibanez
38. Paul Konerko
39. Adam LaRoche
40. Derrek Lee
41. Grady Sizemore
42. Brad Hawpe
43. Lance Berkman
44. Alfonso Soriano
45. Chris Davis
46. Billy Butler
47. Michael Cuddyer
48. Cody Ross
49. Aaron Hill
50. Ian Kinsler
51. Aramis Ramirez
52. Russell Branyan
53. Ryan Ludwick
54. Torii Hunter
55. Josh Willingham
56. Matt Kemp
57. Chris Young
58. Jason Kubel
59. David Wright
60. Jose Lopez
61. Robinson Cano
62. Ben Zobrist
63. Josh Hamilton
64. Kyle Blanks
65. Adam Jones
66. Pablo Sandoval
67. Nate McLouth
68. Ian Stewart
69. Jack Cust
70. Colby Rasmus
71. Brandon Phillips
72. Mike Cameron
73. Joe Mauer
74. Jim Thome
75. Nolan Reimold
76. Gordon Beckham
77. Hideki Matsui
78. Mike Napoli
79. Brian McCann
80. Vladimir Guerrero
81. Edwin Encarnacion
82. Nick Markakis
83. Shin-soo Choo
84. Matt Laporta
85. Travis Snider
86. Jermaine Dye
87. Troy Glaus
88. Rick Ankiel
89. Alex Gordon
90. J.J. Hardy
91. Kevin Kouzmanoff
92. Alex Rios
93. Jorge Cantu
94. Chipper Jones
95. Brandon Inge
96. Garrett Jones
97. Carlos Gonzalez
98. JD Drew
99. Jimmy Rollins
100. Travis Hafner
101. Luke Scott
102. Carlos Beltran
103. Jorge Posada
104. Stephen Drew
105. Adrian Beltre
106. Juan Rivera
107. Casey Blake
108. Victor Martinez
109. B.J. Upton
110. Corey Hart
111. Jhonny Peralta
112. Pat Burrell
113. Mark DeRosa
114. Magglio Ordonez
115. Aaron Rowand
116. Vernon Wells
117. Garrett Atkins
118. Milton Bradley
119. Jeff Francoeur
120. Jonny Gomes
121. Alexei Ramirez
122. Elijah Dukes

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Evan on March 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    My old company had a HR only league. Obviously, doesn’t satiate the competitive yearning of hard core fantasy baseball fans, but it is a good way to have a low maintenance, little effort league that can be fun.

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  2. Posted by Albert Lang on March 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I agree completely. It also helps lower time spent on fantasy when you are in like 9 leagues (like i am). Having two of those leagues require no moves is a godsend.

    It is also fun to just sit back and watch them perform.

    Reply

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