Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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We gave an owner the option to choose one Tout Wars team as his team. The owner in question chose BEHRANS team.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Apr 1 '16

The biggest problem we had with CBS when we used it for Roto was that they couldn't make a player traded from the other league available immediately. So if a guy was traded on a Sunday at 4 pm, he wasn't available until Tuesday (I think). When we asked them if they could fix this, the (very nice) person who responded to us sounded aghast, like it was an impossibility.

CBS has improved since then - and is fine if you don't need a lot of customization - but Scott W. at On Roto is the man in terms of making stuff like this work...and work quickly if you're in a rules pinch.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 1 '16

RE: CBS

You can get contract information if build a custom report which I have done in the past.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 31 '16

I guess it's hard to get people to show up when the league is low cost, low commitment, high turnover.  Mine is at the other end of the spectrum.  Headed into year 23, with 7 teams of at least 21 years, 3 more with 10+ years.  League fee is $336, which includes $16 to Customstat.com.  Fee escalates $10 each year until hit hits $365+16.  $365 is our salary cap.  We have a $100 deposit, but most teams now send in the full league fee.  We also require in person drafting.  Despite our owners being scattered from Seattle to Atlanta to DC to California, we draft in NYC every year.  No call-ins allowed.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mar 31 '16

onRoto.com has Standings by Period on every report, and lets you call up the standings from any day to any day. It doesn't look as good as CBS, but it works much better.

For instance, why doesn't CBS put contract info in their Roster Grid?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 31 '16

I like CBS ... been using it for years ... is it perfect?  No ... but it's way more than "glass-half-full" ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mar 31 '16

You are correct, CBS is not good. However, since the PCL is in CBS, I can use my PCL ID to 'send a friend an invite' and save money. I'd bet the average cost of their service over the years is around $20.

Plus, the BIG thing is that CBS has their 'Standings By Period', essentially they give you the roto standings for the current week as if it was the only week.

My league is a hybrid roto/h2h. At the end of each week, we use regular roto-type scoring just for that week. Whoever has the most points that week goes 10-0. Whoever is in 2nd that week goes 9-1, 3rd is 8-2, etc. In the end, our league standings look like baseball standings. ***

*** By the way, this is by far the best way to do fantasy baseball standings. It has SO many advantages over traditional roto standings.

I checked out a bunch of other service and no one will do the Standings By Period like CBS, so if we want to do the standings the way we want, it has to be CBS.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Mar 31 '16
Don't you find the CBS Sports fantasy website unbearably busy/irritating/frustrating?  We just left them this year after three years.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 31 '16

Our league fees for the entire year: $25 per team.

Here's my Frugal Tip of the Day:

We use CBS for our league, and it's a redraft every year. So, at this time each year, I send an email to one of my league member (predetermined) under CBS's "Invite Your Friends and Earn $75" policy.

My friend signs up as a 'new league' and he gets half off as well.

So, this year the total cost to use CBS stat service is $15.

I've been doing this for years. We change the name of the league every year, and we never have the same exact guys, so technically it is a new league. One year the incentives CBS offered were so high that they actually paid us to use their service.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Mar 31 '16

In my league I have required deposits of 50% of the league fee a month before the draft for decades.  While it's not the same anymore - it used to feel like a LOT of money, making people prepay gives them more incentive to attend.  We've only had one person fail to show in 24 years.  We had a former owner and league friend draft for him at the last minute using only the Guide and no prep.  And, that was about a decade ago.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mar 31 '16