Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Next Wave in Fantasy Baseball

Fantasy baseball has gone through a few phases in its history. First there were the days of keeping track of stats on paper or in a spreadsheet and live in-person drafts for all leagues. The next major 'revolution' in the development of fantasy sports games was the advent of internet leagues where you could play online against people who you didn't necessarily know. For the past few years, there hasn't be a lot of change in what kinds of games are available, but this year appears to be the beginning of another period of change, with lots of really original new games becoming available, and more in the works. I'll be talking about some of these periodically, because I believe that some of them will be really fun, and that until enough people are really paying attention and have time to figure out the correct strategy, there are going to be some great opportunities to make a lot of money. Most people just don't understand strategy well enough to adjust quickly to new sets of rules.

I've already talk at length about Rotohog, and am excited enough about it that I started a blog The Rotohog Blog dedicated to it. Today I want to talk about another of the new faces on the fantasy sports scene.

GameDayDraft has a few twists of its own. First of all, each contest only lasts one day. You can 'draft' your team right before the games begin, and by the end of the night, you know whether you won or lost. You can play free games, or deposit money and play for real cash. And best of all, they offer some games with free entry but small cash prizes! The games themselves use a points scoring system, and you choose a roster of players made up of one from each of a number of 'groups' or categories. Basically, the strategy comes down to proper valuation of players, and knowing how to make adjustments for the specific conditions (ballpark, opposing pitcher, etc.) of that day's game. Everything about the site from the single day contests to the slightly cheesy graphics makes me think that it will appeal to bad players, making it a VERY profitable opportunity for those who know what they're doing. I can't wait!

If you sign up to play there (no deposit'll get 1000 pretend dollars to start), they'll require you to put a referral code. Put waiverwire to let them know I sent you. And if you sign up for my mailing list, I'll be sending out some player valuations, and tips on adjusting for ballpark and opposing pitcher. The link to access the game is Game Day Draft.

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