Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Vindictive Separatists

So, for the first time ever, I'm in two fantasy baseball leagues. I'm still playing in the UPL, and I've now added the CryBabies League into the mix.

Mr. Hayes (of Mush Heads' UPL fame) is the commissioner of the CryBabies League, which is a head-to-head format. There are only eight teams, so each team is loaded with talent. The most important thing is to make sure your team is hitting on all cylinders the last few weeks of the season.

The Mush Heads gave me a rude awakening in Week 1, drubbing me so badly across the categories that I found myself in last place. After Week 2, I climbed from 8th to 7th. So technically, even though I'm doing terrible in the UPL, I'm doing even worse in the CryBabies League. (Side note: I was a hypocrite and didn't take my own drafting advice, instead settling for an autodraft that saddled me with my top two picks being 3Bs: Alex Rodriguez and David Wright. I'll likely have to make a trade at some point.)

But the CryBabies League is fun. One thing I've noticed is that there's no shortage of entertaining team names, such as "Hemroids," "Apple Sucks," "tballchamps," and my personal favorite, "Steroid to Heaven."

In order to come up with my own team name, I went to Razzball's Fantasy Baseball Team Name Generator. I selected an "agitated adjective" for category 1, and then a "war term" for catgory 2. And voila! "Vindictive Separatists" was my randomly generated team name. Works for me.

I think it's OK to pick a team name by random. The problems come when you try to pick players at random. We'll see if I can dig myself out of the cellar by season's end.


clauff said...

Hey Greg,

Why don't you post your roster and the categories you're competing in? I'd like to see how it's going.

Greg McConnell said...

OK, I'll post an update next week with my roster, scoring categories, etc. I will say that H2H in baseball is a bit different than I thought.

clauff said...

Personally I don't like h2h, especially the whole streaming aspect and the win for this week mentality. Give me roto in baseball any day of the week.

Greg McConnell said...

I just look at them as two different games. With roto, it's more intense, kinda like being a stock trader. If you make the right moves early in the season, it can pay big dividends over the course of the year. With H2H, it's like fantasy football, just keep trying to get better as the season goes along and make the playoffs, then hope the ball bounces your way.

I'm enjoying both leagues for what they are. (But yes, I would say a roto league is tougher to win because there's more time for teams to separate themselves from the pack.)

clauff said...

For what it's worth, my fantasy baseball name from the generator is "Grizzly Penal Codes" after combining agitated adjective and things that sound dirty, but aren't.

I love Razzball.com.

Greg McConnell said...

Heheh. That team name sure does sound dirty.

And yeah, I'm a big fan of razzball.com, too.