FAQ: Cut down dates and the auction (2017)

Our league has a bunch of moving, sometimes confusing, parts. Here are some answers to questions that have been asked or that we anticipate may be asked with regards to our final cut down date that just occurred and the upcoming auction draft…

Q: Can we cut players after final cut down date?

A: No. Free cuts are no longer allowed following our final cut date (March 27, 2017). However, the league rules do state the following:

There will be one cut related exemption: if between final cut date and auction date, you have a player that has surgery or is suspended, you will be allowed the option of dropping that player.

The only other exception to this rule is that players with green flags in Fantrax are not allowed on your roster when the auction begins, even if that player only gains a green flag shortly before the draft. Be aware and plan accordingly.

If you have a player with a green flag on your roster, we will enforce this the same way we enforce the seven day maximum rule during the regular season. You will need to either demote the player (if you have an available minor league roster spot), cut the player, or cut some other player to make room in your minors to demote the player.

Q: Can we still make trades after the final cut date?

A: Yes. Trades are still allowed, but both teams must honor roster and budget rules. This means that following a trade, both teams must be at/under their budget, at/under a 30 man active roster, and at/under a 20 man minor league roster. Both teams must also make sure that they have $1 of budget available for every open active roster spot.

If after a trade a team is in violation of roster and/or budget rules, the trade will be reversed.

Q: Where can I find every team’s budget?

There’s a spreadsheet here with that information.

You can also use the Rosters drop down on this site to view each team’s roster, budget, and projected available money.

We advise that all owners track and monitor their own budgets independently as well. It is ultimately your responsibility as an owner to account for and manage your team’s budget.

Q: Something in Fantrax looks incorrect. What should I do?

First, let’s be clear: Fantrax sometimes makes things harder than they should be, but it’s the most customizable platform we’re aware of. We do not believe in being limited by software.

At the bottom of every team’s roster, Fantrax displays the amount a team has spent. It does not, for whatever reason, display a team’s budget. The salary amount used is the total cost of all the players on your roster, both active and minor league.

The mobile app has it’s own issues. The Used field here is accurate, but the Remaining and Cap fields are not. Inexplicably, the mobile app displays as each team’s cap the league norm, rather than what the team may actually have. For example, if your team has $510 worth of cap, it will still say $500.

Our advice would be to use the mobile app for basic lineup changes and transactions only.

In the draft room itself, Fantrax does not count the salaries of players in your minor leagues. Yes, this is baffling. For example, if your team truly has $100 worth of budget, but you have a player that costs $5 in your minors, the draft room will display your team’s budget as $105. We will make manual adjustments pre-auction to account for and resolve this.

We have reached out to Fantrax about all of these issues.

Q: When and how can I fill empty minor league spots?

You can fill these spots when free agency opens after the draft or by trade. Reminder: per league vote, we will have a FAAB system beginning in 2017 with a minimum bid of $0.

Between final cut date and auction, you can trade for minor leaguers that have green flags in Fantrax to go into these open spots. Just remember, if they do not have a green flag, you will be unable to demote them and they will occupy a spot on your active roster until they get green flag status, which may or may not occur by the time the auction begins.

Q: So when is the auction?

This year’s auction will be on Saturday, March 18 beginning at 11 AM/EST.

How DG became an Anti-Tanking League… against ALL odds!

 

 

EDIT: For those who need reminding (because it was discussed and originally voted on so long ago), this Rule was for the bottom 4 teams to have a playoff for the top picks.

Early exit polls suggested that a vote for my rule change would lose 15-1.  I was laughed at for my beliefs. “I don’t think this is important” said one owner.  “Seriously, why are we talking about this still?” said a commissioner.  “I think it’s just you vs the world on this one Hustle” said Alex Herd.

For those of you who don’t remember, this was discussed all the way back during Thanksgiving. I remember having a heated discussion on slack while buying an extra chair for the Thanksgiving table (that I would return a week later).

Unlike all other rule discussions, this one was never voted upon because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

After pushing for a vote to see where the league stood, a delayed email requesting a vote was finally sent out.  “That rule is the stupidest shit that should not be passed” said Ferns in his polite tone.

After an email requesting a vote about a month ago was sent, there was no follow up or secondary requests for votes (like in previous rule votes).

But everything changed on February 2nd, 2017.

JUSTICE. DEMOCRACY. NO TANKING

“I guess” said one voter, while another one was overheard saying “I wasn’t sure what I was voting for based on the wording of the ballot”. The voice of the voiceless has finally been heard!

IT PASSED. AND WE WON THE POPULAR VOTE!!

Democracy has prevailed and Dynasty Grinders will be banning tankers. NOT IN THIS LEAGUE. Together we will make Dynasty Grinders Great Again.

 

Always hustling,

-HLR

PS: This one goes out to you know who.  We’re coming for the lineup delinquents next!!

Dear Ferns,

Rule Change Voting 2016

After giving it some thought, we’ve decided that staggering rule change discussion and voting is likely to be the clearest, most efficient way of doing this. Dedicating a couple days to discuss, debate, and then vote on each rule allows the league to stay focused on one thing at a time and not get sidetracked.

Rules to discuss and proposals to vote on are listed below.

Results will be published here as they are determined.

As a reminder, it is NOT majority vote. In order for a new rule to be voted into policy, it must receive at least 10 votes.

One vote per team.

Expand postseason championship bracket from four teams to six.

  • Goal: increases odds of teams to make playoffs, thus incentivizing buying, de-incentivizing selling, etc. More playoff spots also keeps teams in the playoff race longer, i.e. wildcard spots in real life.
  • Proposal: expand championship bracket to six teams, where the top two teams that qualified for the bracket based on W/L receive a bye. 
  • Follow up: Changes to payouts for post-season would be rewritten and voted upon.

RESULT: Vote passes. Championship bracket will be expanded to six teams.

Adjust payouts based on playoff expansion.

  • Because of the change of the playoffs, their needs to be a chance in payouts, two options came from the discussion.

RESULT: 

Regular Season:
Most Points Scored: $150
Best H2H Record: $150

Post Season:
1st $850
2nd $400
3rd $250
4th $175
5th $150
6th $150
7th $75

Push trade deadline to mid-week.

  • Goal: Having the trade deadline on a Sunday kinda sucks, because people have shit to do and aren’t necessarily around on the weekend.
  • Proposal: Instead of the end of Week 17 (Sunday), move the deadline up to Thursday of Week 17 at 11:59 PM/EST.

RESULT: Vote passes. The trade deadline will be moved to Thursday of Week 17 at 11:59 PM/EST.

Enforce a minimum number of starts per week.

  • Goal: We had a couple instances where teams only used four or five of seven starts, but ideally teams are using all or almost all of their allotment to compete.
  • Proposal: Minimum of six (6) starts per week, with a -15 applied to each start that goes unusued below that number. Setting it to six sets a baseline for competitiveness but also frees managers up to “protect” big leads over the weekend by not risking using a seventh start that could go haywire.

RESULT: Vote cancelled. No start minimums will be enforced at this time.

Simultaneous Schedule

  • Goal: Create a balanced schedule atmosphere and further removing variance of luck involved in a week to week world.
  • Proposal: Creating a schedule where each roster faces off vs three other teams in the league per week. Each team would play each other team four times in a season. Each team would only manage the one lineup.

RESULT: Vote cancelled/proposal retracted.

Replace free agency with FAAB.

  • Goal: Make it tougher to stream players, add strategy, eliminate the first come/first serve aspect.
  • Proposal: Each team gets $150 worth of free agent budget. This is separate from a team’s auction budget. Use a blind bid system where highest bid wins. You pay what you bid (not $1 more than next highest bid). Minimum bid is $0. Winning bid does not become salary (you may keep a player you add next year for $5, plus they are eligible for greed — same FA system as 2016). Tie bids will be broken based on current standings. Bids process daily at 11 AM/EST (a single processing time makes it so that owners cannot simply wait for lineups, then poach available players who are playing that day). FAAB budget is not available for trade.

RESULT: Vote passes. A FAAB waiver system will used beginning with the 2017 season.

Prohibit adding free agents directly to the disabled list.

  • Goal: It is conceivable that a valuable player is unowned, gets added to their MLB team’s disabled list, then picked up by a team and immediately placed to the DL without a corresponding drop/penalty. Probably doesn’t matter but can’t hurt to vote on.

RESULT: Vote cancelled. No one seemed to care about this. There’s an easy option in Fantrax that prevents it, so we may just flip it on. 

Draft order decided by consolation playoff outcome.

  • Goal: To make the playoffs have meaning for more teams, to encourage year long roster management, to disincentivize bottoming out for a better pick.
  • Proposal: TBD pending possible playoff format change

RESULT: Vote cancelled. There was not enough support to move forward to a vote.

Lift the rule prohibiting minor leaguers (green flags) from being held on the 30-man major league roster.

  • Fantrax does not have anything built in that will police prospects being on the major league roster as “invalid roster.” Last year, we manually enforced a rule by spot checking rosters for prospects that had been held up for a week (one week was treated as a buffer for when a player gets unexpectedly sent down by his MLB team). 

RESULT: Vote does not pass. The manually enforced rule lives on.

Congrats Team Hydra

The inaugural Dynasty Grinders regular season is over! Team Hydra edges out TBD on the back of recently traded Corey Kluber. We’ll never know if the 90 point swing was enough to sink TBD or not.

Hustle Loyalty Respect edges out the Trumpa Loompas to finish in 3rd place. We Talk Fantasy Sports topped Team Canada to win the second tier bracket. Who’s Your Haddy beat Rocky Mountain Oysters to win the third tier. Finally, In shorter line for the win topped The Foundation to win the Toilet Bowl bracket.

The first season was a real experience. I’m already looking forward to season 2! Have a fun off-season.

Countdown to the trade deadline…

 Just a reminder to everyone in the league, our trade deadline this year is Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 PM EDT.

ICYMI: Review of last week!

Last week was a busy week for Dynasty Grinders. As of today we’re now a full week removed from auction draft day. That 8 hour marathon was capped off this week by reviews, thoughts, notes and a monster trade. If you missed any of it catch up below!

The Auction Draft is Over! – Jordan writes a post last Sunday reflecting on the his immediate thoughts post draft.

Where was the value at? – Jordan follows up with a post looking at where the auction value was left in the draft. Or maybe where it was not.

Trade: Beach Bum | Rocky Mtn Oysters – Andrew and Jordan break down a minor yet fun trade.

The Best of What’s Left – Keith of We Talk Fantasy Sports reviews what could be found on the waiver wire/free agent pool after the 480 selection draft.

Some thoughts about my team… – Andrew reviews his draft and breaks down his own team point by point.

Trade: Rocky Mtn Oysters | Preseason Double Stuffs – Andrew and Jordan break down the first major trade of Dynasty Grinders history.

Fun with similar price points… – Andrew looks at the draft again to compare players bought at the beginning and end of the draft showing how the nomination order probably played a large role in determining some players values.

Bryce vs Max part duex – Jordan takes a second and likely final look at the biggest trade of the week. Compares the two players’ 2015 campaigns on a week by week comparison.

Team by team auction draft review and rankings! – Jordan kicks off his team by team auction review with a primer.

Each team’s auction review:

The Auction Draft is Over!

It is the morning after and I am finally collected enough to reflect on the draft yesterday. I have already started to pour over the data to see what kind of interesting nuggets available to uncover. However, before sharing those with you I wanted to take a second to talk about yesterday’s draft and the entire Dynasty Grinders experience as a whole.

This league was born out of a few ideas with some added inspiration in November. We started recruiting for teams after Christmas. We were filled before the second week of January. Each team in the league voted in the first ever rules voting before the polling deadline. Each team paid their first two years of league dues, up front, well prior to the deadline.

It may not seem like much, but everything in that paragraph is a huge relief for any commissioner. But, it gets better.

The minor league snake draft, which started at the beginning of February, was done within two weeks. 240 minor league baseball players were selected and nobody missed their eight hour time window. Incredible participation. There was never a reason to speed up the time clock or pressure people into making picks. In fact, I stopped sending email notification updates after the 3rd or 4th round, because everyone was paying attention on their own.

Thirteen trades of one kind or another have occurred already. Our Slack chat has had over 27,000 messages posted between our slack channels or direct messages. That kind of participation exceeds my wildest and highest expectations.

Finally yesterday happened. We geared up for a 480 pick auction draft. We set out to do it in one day, broken into 2-hour sessions with 20-minute breaks squeezed in to make sure nobody died. The picks went fast and furious. And all said and done we were done in 8 hours and 12 minutes.

The draft came and went without a hitch.

Every owner was available and ready 10 minutes prior to the draft, many of us chatting in the Google Hangout as early as an hour prior to the draft.

Everyone seemed to be very prepared and were very aware of what was going on and for the first time as a commissioner in any sense of the form, I was truly able to participate and focus more as an owner and leave my commissioner hat hanging on the hook for a day.

It does not get better than that. Hours, days and weeks of preparation by myself and everyone in the league is what allowed yesterday to breeze through. Now, I cannot say how everyone feels about their teams today, but I got so many positive notes and interactions post draft, that I believe everyone had fun and is even more excited going forward.

Baseball is still a few weeks away, but I cannot wait to fill the time with trade speculation, predictions, fluff, and other non-sense. Thank you everyone, I truly appreciate your participation!

2016 Minor League Draft – Complete.

In fifteen days the Dynasty Grinders league was able to hammer out 240 draft picks. In my long days of offline drafting, getting through a sixteen team round in one day on average is a blistering pace. Especially in a draft like this one where the last two or three rounds are full of guys that aren’t found in many handy dandy prospect lists. They’re educated guesses based on other people’s educated guesses.

That all being said, the fellas from We Talk Fantasy Sports gave us this handy graph to breakdown which team’s farm systems got picked over the most:

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Sorry Angels fans. Apparently your minor leagues is so bad, nobody was willing to take a flier on any of your prospects. While that’s likely to change during the course of the season, that is a pretty depressing statistic.

For some context, the draft is available here. All 16 teams were drafting from a pool that included players that had 0 plate appearances, 0 innings pitched, were currently signed to a professional contract inside MLB, and weren’t currently signed to the Major League Active Roster. This limited the pool quite a bit from the traditional prospects you may be seeing flying off draft boards across the Internet.

Time will tell us how many of these draft picks were worth the time, but I can say from personal experience: The draft helped kill some time between now and the auction in March. 🙂