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Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:55 pm

The season start on Satruday 12th

is anyone interested in joining a LaxForums Fantasy League

I've set up a Laxforums League
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby webby Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:00 pm

Where and how?
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:06 pm

webby wrote:Where and how?


www.lax.com

D1 free to register (minimum 5 players in a league)

League is called Laxforums

rules:
You must draft a team of 14, with only 8 slots available to start on any gameday (3 attack, 3 middies, 1 goalie, 1 defense unit). The remaining bench players can be whatever positions you want them to be. You may not fill the allotted starting positions with players from other positions, so choosing to draft 2 middies and 8 attackmen will just mean you start 3 attackmen and have a blank starting roster spot for your 3rd middie (which of course you can choose to do if its part of your strategy). Only Division I players (and defenses) are available. Once a player is selected by a member of your league, that player is no longer available for the remaining league members to select.

You may start your players as many times as you like, so factor in a team's schedule when drafting. You may not either activate or de-activate a player from your starting line-up on the same day he has a game. An example: you have 4 attackmen, 3 of whom have a game on saturday and are all starting, 1 who has a game sunday and is currently on your bench. On saturday, your 3 starters will be locked in the 'on' position so even though your sunday player can be toggled, there's no room for him as a starter. At the split second of midnight, your 3 saturday starters will now be free to get de-activated, but your sunday starter will be locked in the 'off' position. So you can only get the benefit of three starters over a 2-day window simply because you won't be able to swap them instantaneously. DEFENSES CANNOT BE TRADED.

Points are awarded based on actual game performance. Attackmen and middies get a point for each goal and assist. A team defense is awarded the difference between 13 and their goals allowed (ie, you would lose 2 points if your D gave up 15 goals, gain 10 points if they only let up 3). Goalies are awarded their saves * save percentage.

How your league decides to organize your draft is up to you. The league commish is reponsible for entering the draft results once your draft is settled.
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby jibbers Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:49 pm

Whats the league password?
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:21 pm

jibbers wrote:Whats the league password?


League = laxforums
Password =xxxx
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby jibbers Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:31 pm

UKLaxfan wrote:
jibbers wrote:Whats the league password?


League = laxforums
Password = lacrosse


Its not having it. Saying this league and password combo doesn't work
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:09 pm

jibbers wrote:Its not having it. Saying this league and password combo doesn't work


try password xxxx
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby jibbers Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:14 pm

UKLaxfan wrote:
jibbers wrote:Its not having it. Saying this league and password combo doesn't work


try password lacrosse20


Nope. Its not having it
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:29 pm

jibbers wrote:
UKLaxfan wrote:
jibbers wrote:Its not having it. Saying this league and password combo doesn't work


try password lacrosse20


Nope. Its not having it


OK Start again

League Name = LaxForums2
Password = lacrosse
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby jibbers Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:44 pm

I'm in...Wahay
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby jibbers Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:46 pm

When you doing the draft??
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby Paul_lboro/wildcats Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:06 pm

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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:19 am

jibbers wrote:When you doing the draft??


you need 5 players minimum to start a league

Once we get enough players I suggest next week for the draft but I'd recommend you decide who you want and what the set up of your 14 draft choices will be.

you can swap players once draft is complete with exception of TEAM DEFENCE which you will have for the whole season.

Last year Lax.com did a guide on how to select your draft
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby jibbers Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:27 am

UKLaxfan wrote:
jibbers wrote:When you doing the draft??


you need 5 players minimum to start a league

Once we get enough players I suggest next week for the draft but I'd recommend you decide who you want and what the set up of your 14 draft choices will be.

you can swap players once draft is complete with exception of TEAM DEFENCE which you will have for the whole season.

Last year Lax.com did a guide on how to select your draft


Can people have the same players as other people? I thought they couldn't but i have not done this before.
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:53 am

jibbers wrote:Can people have the same players as other people? I thought they couldn't but i have not done this before.


No - it is a proper draft, so each player or Team Defence can only be selected for one team
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby Kyri Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:12 pm

when is the draft date?
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby DanSawyer Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:54 pm

Joined!

Time to start scouting...
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:14 pm

League so far:

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Kyri are you in?
Webby are you in?

Anyone else?
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:31 pm

OK signed up so far

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Last call for anyone else to sign up

Can everyone who has signed up please PM me

Get your Draft Boards ready as 140 selections will be made, we need to find a method to communicate in real time, suggestions welcome.

It should be very competitive with 10 teams in the League so far
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Re: Fantasy Lacrosse NCAA

Postby UKLaxfan Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:51 pm

In the spirit of fair play

here is the guide from last season


Your Guide to Fantasy Success
by Zach Babo on February 3, 2010

Fantasy Lacrosse

by Zach Babo

Seven Strategic Steps to Fantasy Success

The 2010 Division I men’s lacrosse season kicks off on Friday, February 6th, with three games getting the ball rolling—Delaware @ St. Joe’s, UNC @ Jacksonville, and Detroit-Mercy@ Bellarmine. So with just days to go, it’s about time you held your fantasy draft.

Like most fantasy sports, it only seems appropriate to analyze strategy. We tried to establish a handful of rules and guidelines, coupled with a few suggestions. Follow our advice, plus a page out of your own playbook, and be the smartest GM at your fantasy draft.

Choose a goalie wisely


If you can take the best goalie in the country, do it. Anybody who can save better than 65% of the shots he faces is going to generate a healthy amount of fantasy points. But also think about how many saves your keeper will make, not just the percentage. Goalies score points using the equation “total saves X save percentage=total fantasy points scored.” So having a goalie that wracks up an 80% efficiency while only making five saves (four points total) is not as valuable as a keeper who wracks up 10 saves at only a 60% efficiency (six fantasy points).

Think about goalies that are solid in the pipes but will face a lot of shots. Mid-major teams that play a tough slate of top DI opponents are good picks. Brent Herbst, the then-junior goalie from Siena, was a great example of this last year. The Saints played a competitive nonconference schedule while also enjoying a successful year in the Metro Atltantic Athletic Conference, earning an AQ in the NCAA Tournament. Herbst provided 17 starts, posted a 61.7 save percentage and 163 saves, producing more than 100 fantasy points over the course of a season. Even the most prolific attackmen don’t have numbers like that.

Smart Play: Scott Rodgers was statistically the best goalie in the country last season. He returns for one last year with the Irish. Herbst has another year left, making him potentially the safest bet, but not far behind him are Max Silberlicht, the senior from Hobart, and junior TC Dibartolo of Mount St. Mary’s.

Foolproof Fallback: Service academies. When all else fails, grab a goalie from Army or Navy. The nation’s top military colleges really are the department of defense. Both academies consistently field stout defensive units anchored by stalwart goalies. Look at Army, after Adam Fullerton (100 fantasy points his senior year) graduates in 2008, Tom Palensky steps in last year and wracks up 120 points. With Navy splitting time between Matt Coughlin and Tommy Phelan, there weren’t as many points available, but with both graduating, the potential for a new face to emerge as one of the nation’s top goalies is not unlikely.

Defense really does win championship


Maybe this is where we should have started, because it’s definitely where you should during your draft. Goalies, attackmen, middies, their points will fluctuate with starts, injuries, and opponents. If no one is working out for you, you can constantly ditch and swap players through the waiver wire (a process we will get to later). You’ll have options, and after you go through about the top 20 position players in the nation, you’re more or less picking blind anyway, grabbing guys based on last year’s numbers, team affiliations, potential hype, and gut instinct.

A defense will serve as the foundation of your team. You can’t trade your defense on the waiver wire, you’re stuck with it for the whole season, so choose wisely, because you’ll need to start a defense every week. The defense can also be your most consistent point producer.

Defenses score points using the equation “13 — goals allowed by defense=total fantasy points scored.” So if your D is soft and consistently gives up around 13, you will at best break even if not lose points. But top defensive units can consistently earn four, five, and six points almost every week, even if they don’t win a lot of games, just by curbing their opponents’ scoring. For bolder, forward thinking fantasy owners, it might not hurt to have two, even three defenses on your roster, just remember, you can’t cut them loose on the wire, and you can only start one at a time.

Smart Play: Notre Dame led the nation last year, giving up a stingy 6.2 goals per game, generating a little less than seven fantasy points a contest on average. Siena might be the steal here. They should be able to keep most of their MAAC opponents pretty quite, banking a lot of points during conference games and bending but not breaking while playing next tier opponents, plus you have the security of Herbst in the pipes. Believe it or not, run and gun Syracuse might be a sneak pick here too. They bring back a great midfield defense, two of three poles, and a junior goalie who has two national championships. Plus, anything Orange tends to give you a few more starts come May.

Foolproof Fallback: Service academies. See above reasons. Plus, the style that service academies play lends itself to low-scoring, tightly defended contests. Even in off years, neither Army nor Navy tends to give up more than nine goals a game, at worst a fairly consistent four points.

Try to land one big fish early


While the waiver wire will help you ditch poor producers and play a different hand, there are always a few players that are guaranteed fantasy machines. Much like actual sports drafts, your team will define its character and ultimate shape and success based on how well you handle late round picks and the moves you make during the season. But much like a real draft, anyone who wants to be a contender should really have at least one or two marquee names on his roster.

Kenny Nims lived up to his potential last year wracking up 74 points. Ned Crotty had some preseason buzz, but blew up for 78 points when all was said and done. Danny Glading showed his pedigree tallying 63 points on an offense loaded with weapons. All were safe, big name bets that paid off well for fantasy owners.

Smart Picks: Billy Bitter vaulted into the top spot in most drafts after dropping 71 points and some silly moves last year. No reason to expect a let down, especially with a UNC team that should keep getting better. Crotty has another year left to make some fantasy owner happy. Steele Stanwick and Rob Pannell look like great picks coming off impressive freshman years, but be wary of the sophomore slump, particularly as both lose key pieces to the rest of the offense, meaning a lot more defensive pressure on them. While Brian Caulfield only posted 51 points as a sophomore, that Albany offense is poised to explode for some big numbers this year.

Foolproof Fallback: Look at rosters for Syracuse, Virginia, and to a slightly lesser extent, Duke. Find an upperclassman that led the team or was close to the top in points last year but did not graduate. He is probably a pretty safe bet. These schools can’t help but field offensively gifted players who eventually produce. If it doesn’t pan out or you lose patience, you always have the waiver wire.

A player’s schedule matters as much as his stats


Obviously if a prolifically gifted player can score 100 points in a season, he is incredibly productive from a fantasy standpoint. But what about a guy who produces a timely 30 points while taking advantage of well-planned starts?

Fantasy rules don’t allow owners to activate one set of attackmen for a Saturday afternoon game, earn their points, then deactivate them and start a different group for Sunday afternoon. You can’t start different players on back-to-back days, which means most weekends, you will only be able to activate a small portion of your roster. However, if you have one set of attackmen who play on Saturday afternoon, and another group who have a game on Monday or Tuesday, you are in the clear. Now, instead of wracking up all your points between Friday night and Sunday afternoon, you could potentially keep earning fantasy points all week.

Smart Play: When making picks, particularly in the late rounds, see if you can create a team with guys starting multiple days of the week. A lot of middle to lower tier teams play a lot of midweek games, particularly against upper tier opponents. Picking an attackman from Hartford, or Mount St. Mary’s goalie, or Siena’s defense, might give you a handful of additional starts. The more starts you can get out of your roster, the more potential point scoring opportunities you’re provided.

Foolproof Fallback:
Not too much of a fallback pick here, more of a strategy. Familiarize yourself with teams that play a lot of weekday games. As names from those rosters start creeping up your draft board, grab them. Learning to play the waiver wire will definitely bolster your success maximizing weekday games.

Stay on the waiver wire

A new feature from last year that completely changed how you played fantasy lacrosse on lax.com, the waiver wire gives everyone a chance to make a few bold moves or just a ton of conservative ones.

The waiver wire opens the door to several strategies. You could consistently recycle your roster, every week dropping unproductive or unused players in favor of those unclaimed with hot streaks or weekday games. It’s great to have Billy Bitter on your roster for when he drops eight goals on UMBC one Saturday afternoon, but what happens when he gets held to just an assist against Duke? It might be better to have one attackman who gives you three points on Saturday, then cut him and pick up a new middie that can give you three points on Tuesday, and then cut him for a goalie that will crank out 6.5 points on a Thursday start. If you can manage to have someone playing almost every day from February 6th until the beginning of May, you’ll wrack up an enormity of points.

Smart Play: This may seem oversimplified, but it isn’t—use the waiver wire. If someone else in your league suddenly jettisons a good player, swoop in to grab him. If you have no one starting all week, dump some guys off the back end of your fantasy roster and replace them with starters who have upcoming midweek games. Ride a hot hand on your roster for as long as possible, but if he cools, ditch him quick and grab someone who will produce. Keep your entire team fluid and change the roster every day, accumulating as many points from as many players in as many starts as possible. Come May, start snatching up everyone on teams poised for long playoff runs.

Flashy players with big numbers seem like great ideas during your draft, but they don’t look as great in Mid-April when you’re getting beat by 70 points by a guy in your league who cycles through 10 or 20 random players he pulled off the wire a few times each week.

Information is Power

Stay savvy the whole season, you won’t even have to leave the site [lax.com]. Plan your draft before you sit down so you aren’t just picking blind. Then, stay up on everything as the season progresses.

Smart Play:Check the game calendar .to see when certain teams play over the course of the season, or just find out who is playing what days this week. Use the Waiver Wire to grab up as many players as you can that week. Follow our stats leaders page.stat leaders page to build your draft hierarchy of available players before you sit down and select. Stay up on the stat boards to see who is suddenly heating up or cooling down, or to double check the production of someone you can claim off waivers. Being ahead of the curve one week might mean being at the head of your league the next.

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