What content do you want to see?

As we get close to the start of draft season and then regular season to follow, I want to know what kind of Ottoneu content you want to see out there. What types of articles would be most useful? What topics would you like to see covered?

Some thought starters:

  • Are the Hot Right Now/Cold Right Now pieces I have posted on RotoGraphs useful and interesting?
  • Would regular articles outlining which SP and/or hitters to use in the next week be helpful?
  • What kind of strategy articles would you like to see?
  • Would mailbags/chats/Q&As be useful?

And don’t limit yourself to those ideas - I want to know what you want to see!

Edit: Some additional context for why I am asking this now - Introducing Expanded Ottoneu Coverage | RotoGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Looking for your help to shape this expanded coverage!

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Great question! And thanks for putting out the call for feedback.

I think the fantasy articles that I check the most are player-specific news and scouting reports. Players news gets quickly into known unknowns and many scouting reports are in paywalled sites and/or quite dated. So when a fantasy writer can take a long look at player’s expanded stats, usage by a manager and team, analysis of player news, and possible some live scouting, to describe something promising (or worrying) about a player, I’m intrigued.

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I always enjoy Ottoneu strategy pieces regarding team builds and draft room. I also think that discussing different types of leagues could be beneficial in helping others expand their interest or open their eyes to new ways to play.

There’s a lot of content out there regarding player ranks, prospects, etc. so I think any way you can take typical Fantasy info and slant it toward Ottoneu-specific would be a bigger influence to this community specifically, but then you may miss a wider audience if you are just wanting to reach maximum demographic possible.

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More Ottoneu articles would be great.

I’ve always liked the hot / cold articles in the past. There are many of those out there for fantasy but having one for Ottoneu is really helpful.

I think mailbags / chats, etc. would be a great feature.

It’d be cool to see the occasional “great for 5x5 but maybe not for Ottoneu” piece (or incorporated into the hot / not). We’re all awash in roto coverage that is 5x5 focused and sometimes it can’t help but elevate players who might be speed demons, for example, and great for a traditional leagues but really are just “meh” in Ottoneu.

As for strategy, the question I always grapple with in roster construction is when is it advantageous (if ever) to “over pay” a player. By that I mean, maybe Max Fried is overpaid at $35 when the AC might say he’s only worth $28 (I’m making those numbers up), but if your team is projecting to be in the top 3-4 of the league, it might be worth overpaying a bit for those marginal wins – so to speak – rather than having a maximally surplus efficient roster.

Thanks!

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Bring back the podcast! Strategy articles are awesome - but the value of just Chad vs Chad+Niv+Justin
interacting and discussing their various perspectives within the context of Ottoneu is so helpful in making the game more approachable. Keep or Kut is good - but the Ottobot podcast was so helpful in getting me started in Ottoneu and I’ve really missed having that format. The Hot/cold content lends itself to a regular podcast section. As does the hitters/pitchers to use in the next week. Then there could be a sections on a strategy topic/mailbag questions to round out the hour. I’d listen to that every week, probably a couple times. ha

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Would appreciate more frequent articles analyzing Ottoneu data such as who is being dropped and picked up across the leagues. Also information of player cost trends would be helpful. Which players cost is going up as the season progresses and who is going down? Periodic revisits to player ratings by position would be great as well. Thanks for asking.

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All the ideas are great, thanks for the outreach, the more ottoneu specific stuff the better!

I’d like to see a central “ottoneu library” where past content is easier to find and navigate. A lot of the old articles and content are still very applicable (Trey Baughn 101 stuff comes to mind) but probably won’t be seen by new/prospective players. A comprehensive list of Ottoneu content by Date/Title/Author going back in time to inception would probably work great.

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Not really an idea, but is there Ottofootball / basketball stuff hosted anywhere? I imagine it wouldn’t be on RotoGraphs. I’d like to write up some basketball stuff myself and am happy to post it on my own (more or less defunct) blog and here but can also post elsewhere, too.

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There isn’t, and FanGraphs toyed with the idea of hosting some football content but ultimately moved away from it. If anyone wants to create more Ottoneu content, you’re more than welcome to use this forum to promote your work.

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This is fantastic. Here are a few thoughts:

  • I found the hot/cold pieces very useful, but especially the discussion of the most current auctions. It would sometimes confirm my interest in a player or give a reference for players to be interested in.
  • Chats and mailbags would be great. Sometimes it is helpful to get an opinion on a player that might be more off the radar for discussions of other types of fantasy. I do not usually participate during the chats on Fangraphs, but frequently read the transcripts later. Mailbag articles would be helpful, because they would allow for question submittal at a variety of times (I do not keep track of the time for chats in the middle of busy workdays).
  • I think that articles regarding strategy (roster construction, trades, auction) would be helpful and provide insight beyond merely players to be interested in.
  • I enjoyed the podcasts from a few years ago, where you would look at specific teams and talk about strategies and potential directions that the team could be taken.
  • I think that an occasional “Prospects for Ottoneu” feature could be interesting. Some prospects are highly rated for skills that are more useful in real baseball, than in fantasy, or for 5x5 fantasy. Highlighting prospects with skill sets suitable for Ottoneu would be useful for roster construction and rebuilds.

Thanks for asking!

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To answer the bullet points:

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Just about anything! But for a specific suggestion - discussion of different team-building strategies depending on where a team is in the competitive cycle (going for top 3, firmly rebuilding, somewhere in the middle, etc.) at various key points in the Ottoneu season (draft, trade deadline, arbitration, keeper deadline, etc.)
  • Yes
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Two things come to mind:

  • Adjacent to Leif’s ‘Ottoneu Library’ idea above, I’d appreciate a refresh of the articles with the Ottoneu 101 tag: Tag: Ottoneu 101 | RotoGraphs Fantasy Baseball
    For stuff that has changed materially, perhaps add a pointer from an older article to a newer one. For instance: Chad wrote an article about the new Ohtani rule in September 2022, but an article about the old one from 2017 is still out there and roughly as findable.
    For stuff where Ottoneu thinking has evolved some in the last five years or so, an Ottoneu 101/201 Update series that points to the old material but incorporates that new thinking would be welcome.

  • On the Fangraphs Auction Calculator in Ottoneu - In this article: Using the Auction Calculator in 2022: A Beginner’s Guide | RotoGraphs Fantasy Baseball is the following statement: “How about an Ottoneu league? The calculator has that all worked out for you. Just click on the ‘Preset’ that matches your Ottoneu style.”
    That works, if one doesn’t mind having a replacement level that’s different enough from what most seasoned Ottoneu managers use that drafting and trading gets tough.
    There have been a few Rotographs articles written over the years about how to tweak the Calculator settings to create a price curve that better matches typical auction bidding conditions - I’d appreciate one for Ottoneu as well. Or if that isn’t workable given the Calculator’s math engine, a note of caution on the subject.

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Thanks to everyone who has shared thoughts on this thread. Please continue to do so, as we are still figuring out what exactly Ottoneu coverage should look like (and will continue to be open to feedback and changes even after we get started).

As a first step, there does seem to be interest in chats, so I’ll be hosting a chat on FanGraphs on Tuesday January 31 at noon PT/3 PM ET for Ottoneu’s cut deadline. Join for questions about keep/cut decisions, trade advice, Q&A about my rankings or anything else Ottoneu!

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Lots of great ideas. I actually enjoy articles about someone starting a team and then following along throughout the season. It may not have advice or hot/cold trends, but I enjoy the story and the ups and downs that the manager experiences.

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Strategy about setting lineups, particularly the split on IP for SP & RP. My P/IP for season tend to be on low end of league, and I run out of IP too soon.

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Following along the lines of rosborne’s request above, strategy on playing matchups to help optimize IP/GP in season-long leagues. Last year I raced to the lead in a few different leagues only to run out of IP/GP in the final stretch and be overtaken in the last week or so. Looking back, I now realize that some of the things that hurt me was insisting on starting SPs who were coming back from injury and not giving enough consideration to opposing pitchers when setting my lineups.

Also, roster moves H2H teams should make ahead of the playoffs.

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Additionally, I have found the results of the ongoing mock drafts for Fangraphs points leagues very useful. It has been interesting to see the extent to which player values are set by the market. I think that analysis of this data could be very useful. For example, it could look at players valued much higher/lower than the rest of the fantasy industry. Additionally, it would be interesting to look at the players that appear to be over pays or good values for Ottoneu (e.g., what are the market inefficiencies in the values that Ottoneu players place on players).

Finally, I think that a mock draft for H2H Fangraphs points league would be interesting. While the player values are similar for H2H, there is a greater emphasis on depth and volume over quality. For hitters this means having enough bench depth to fill your lineup 7 days a week, and for SP it means looking more at P/GS for SP versus P/IP.

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Similar to the “ADP risers and fallers” articles, would love an Ottoneu edition

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