I loved – and am still loving – my first year in Ottoneu, for some different reasons that those mentioned above. I have played on various platforms for about ten years. My home league uses three keepers per year and doesn’t allow off-season trades. I was looking for a format that would give me a reason to learn about prospects and a way to stay active year-round. Thanks to the exposure on FanGraphs, I learned that Ottoneu had what I was seeking.
I joined a first-year league. I prepared like crazy for the draft, but still made some dumb mistakes. By late May, I was in last place and concluded that I had no chance to compete this year. I transitioned to play-for-the-future mode, and that’s when things got really fun. When I heard about an exciting prospect on the rise, I grabbed him. (Hi Acuna! Hi Hoskins!) When others were still reeling from MadBum’s injury, I traded for him. Every time a good player went on the 60-day DL, I saw an opportunity to grab cheap talent. I kept a close eye on auctions, price-enforcing so my opponents wouldn’t get the benefit of bargains next year and beyond. I was playing a different kind of game than my league-mates, but it was fun. I finished in 11th place, but this was my favorite league.
Now, I’m looking forward to the strategy of arbitration and the thrill of winter trade season. I appreciate that the game is structured in a way that enables quick rebuilds, so one bad draft doesn’t doom me to many years at the bottom of the standings.
Some things I love about Ottoneu that I did not know about in advance include @nivshah’s accessibility and the lively discussion on Slack and here. It’s amazing that a user can request a feature (e.g. PPG/PPI displayed on Lineups) and see it implemented within days. That would be inconceivable on any other platform I’ve ever seen. I love it that I can ask “what do you think about Jon Gray?” on Slack, and get thoughtful input from a dozen smart fantasy players almost immediately.
You guys have built something really great. Thank you!