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Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Posted on: March 30, 2009 3:09 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2009 10:53 am
 

If you're reading this, then the world is in some sort of post-apocalyptic state and you are a survivor looking through lost artifacts trying to find out what life was like before all this happened to our world.  Fantasy Sports was the focus of our culture and the winners of Fantasy leagues were kings in our society.  Seriously though, you can imagine my surprise when I was asked to start blogging about the CBSSports.com Fantasy Products. Would people really want to read about this stuff? Well, I thought about it for all of 5 seconds when I decided, ABSOLUTELY.  If people were going to treat a free utility such as Facebook like it slept with their wife just for changing their layout a little bit, then users certainly will be interested in what the product team has to say about their Fantasy products. If it’s one thing we know about you guys, it is that you are extremely passionate about Fantasy.  And what I’m hoping to show you through this blog is that the CBSSports.com Fantasy Product team is as passionate about Fantasy Sports as our customers. 

Anyway, as you can see at the top of the page, the name in my profile is Mike Levine, and you can also check out the little info box to the right that tells you that I am the Sr. Product Manager for Fantasy Sports.  Whatever.  I've never been big on titles and feel as though I've been doing the same job for the last 9 years that I've been here, regardless of what my title has been. The bottom line is that I LOVE fantasy sports. In fact our whole product team LOVES fantasy sports. And while that might not sound like a big deal, think about 99% of the other industries in the world. Do you think product people in a tire company go home and talk about tires or rubber?  Do you think a window guy wants to go home and even begin to think about glass?  We leave here and then go back to our computers to draft, set our lineups, check live scoring, and talk trash to our league mates. And some of those league mates are people we just sat next to all day at work. What kind of sick people are we? 

Danielle MacLean - Director of Fantasy Sports : As far as I can tell she's only ever won 2 College Fantasy Football leagues (back to back) and she never lets anyone hear the end of it. 

Corey Guerrera - Product Manager : The young, brash Fantasy player; plays by his own rules, doesn't care what the experts say, and has the track record to backup his philosophy.

Chris Soblotne - Product Manager :  A total Cleveland and Florida State homer who drafts players from either of those places rounds ahead of where they are projected to go. 

Fazal Imam - Producer :  Jack of all Fantasy Sports, Master of None.  Fazal is asked to be a part of every fantasy league in this building based on his reputation for being a sports savant, but I can't remember the last time he won a league. 

Melissa Klunder - Associate Product Manager :  The newest member of the team so we have very little to go on in terms of her Fantasy identity, but she seems highly capable and is a true sports-aholic. 

Me?  I am old school.  I always draft 2 RBs in the first two rounds of my football draft and always build my baseball teams up the middle.  So basically, I lose because I refuse to adapt…a once proud fantasy champion who now is subject to the ridiculing of a commoner.  All too often I now hear the following phrase from my friends/league mates, "Dude, don't you WORK for SportsLine?”  And I’ll tell you just like I tell them, that just because I produce these products it doesn’t actually make me better than anyone else in Fantasy. 

The reason I'm telling you all of this is because I think you deserve to know who is making the decisions about the products you are all using. I thought that maybe I could give you all a glimpse inside the making of our Fantasy games and products. And that's what the intention of this blog is; to give you some insight into the decision making, the new ideas being kicked around, maybe some tips about how to use our products, alert you to seldom used features, changes we might be making, weird lineup deadlines, and just about anything else you can think of.  Feel free to chime in on the message board at the bottom.  I will try to stay on top of the chatter as best I can.  Also, I am open to any feedback you might have about how this blog could better serve you. But please don’t use this area to report bugs.  We have an amazing customer support team that can help you with any specific issue you might have within your league and you can reach them from the Help link in league navigation.

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Comments

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2009 9:28 am
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Whats the cliche' ? Why screw up a good thing....I'm here to tell you CBS has.You guys are now officially espnish....Let's start with the batters scoring. -.5 for a strike out? ...Who's gonna draft Howard ,Dunn ,Pena or other strike out kings, their worth is devalued.....Owners will have to reconsider draft picks now.........Pitching: -2 per ER ,-1 for hits and walks -5 or a loss....Last week I started Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Volquez and Carmona...... By Monday night I was done for the scoring period -40 plus in the hole....This should be solely a positive scoring system.....The negatives for stikeouts and cs in the batting categories I can deal with,but the pitching negatives are killing this league.....Ive been with CBS since 1997 or 98 Free and Commish leagues , Footbal ,basketball and baseball over the years. I always felt you guys (cbs) did a fantastic job managing fantasy sports...Im here to tell you by far this is the worst scoring system ive seen .




Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2009 1:46 pm
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Hi Mike, any way you guys could give DL players their DL status a little faster?  At times we really have to wait a while for this to happen and it forces us to wait to pick up a pitcher to replace them until we are able to put them on the DL.  Case in point, Kuroda was placed on the DL yesterday by the Dodgers, the site reported it yesterday, yet he still doesnt have DL status today.  I realize we can contact our commish and 'bother' him to do it but who really wants that happening all the time?   Thanks for listening

 

 




Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 10:42 pm
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

I would fire everyone of those guys in charge of the ridiculous new scoring rules! At least take the cbs name off of fantasy baseball! Instead of something I enjoyed messing with before I go to bed it's now something I dread! Should someone in triple A who has no fantasy points score more than Brandon Webb? Does Harang deserve a goose egg for going five and giving up one run against the NL favorite Mets? Guess we have to deal with it but no starting pitcher should get negative 20 points in a start!!!! When it's more beneficial to start pitchers on the dl that won't get negative points its a sad day! What were they thinking!!!!!!!




Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2009 12:53 am
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

we would like to see ZERO dual eligible pitchers.  The idea being to eliminate guys like Dempster in 2008 being in a reliver slot.  So the system automatically would switch a pitcher's eligibility when they qualify MORE times as either an SP or an RP.

 

Id like a rule that you can only start a player at the position he will most likely play in the next scoring period.

If a guy is a starting pitcher in the upcoming scoring period, i'd like him to only be eligible at SP. Played 25 games at 3 positions last year? If he is expected to DH next week, he should be a DH.

 

 

 

 

 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2009 5:17 pm
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Count me as another that believes this needs to be enhanced in our Fantasy products:

2-Waiver Claims. The only way to currently setup conditional waiver claims is to set the same roster player to be dropped for each contingent claim.  Would be nice to see an actual IF x THEN y concept for the waiver process.

Contigent FAAB is the reason a few of my leagues cannot use the automation on the website.

Emack. 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2009 9:25 am
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

 

Then I swear I will retire on that portion of the site.  If there is not going to be an automated option to run waivers on free agents once each scoring period closes versus "always on"....I would make the following which is maybe easier and more in line with the concept of the waivers process. 

Perhaps add an option for Minor league player FREE AGENTS always on waivers.  The real gap we are trying to close isn't for a player on the 25 man roster who suddenly gets a chance to play because of injury...its the minor league AA or AAA young talent we need properly managed due to the fact we are a legacy keeper league. 

If the guys not on the 25 man roster were subject to essentially "entry" waivers to the bigs, it would allow the team that are struggling the opportunity the grab them versus "quickest to the keyboard".  More and more companies are restricting gaming sites, so many people lose out because they don't have umbilical style access to the web.

Ok...I'm done with the waivers discussion...for now....until you don't make a change...then I'll circle back.

 

Got it.  List.  Added.

 




Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:53 am
 

One Last Waiver Wire Recommendation....Best yet?

Then I swear I will retire on that portion of the site.  If there is not going to be an automated option to run waivers on free agents once each scoring period closes versus "always on"....I would make the following which is maybe easier and more in line with the concept of the waivers process. 

Perhaps add an option for Minor league player FREE AGENTS always on waivers.  The real gap we are trying to close isn't for a player on the 25 man roster who suddenly gets a chance to play because of injury...its the minor league AA or AAA young talent we need properly managed due to the fact we are a legacy keeper league. 

If the guys not on the 25 man roster were subject to essentially "entry" waivers to the bigs, it would allow the team that are struggling the opportunity the grab them versus "quickest to the keyboard".  More and more companies are restricting gaming sites, so many people lose out because they don't have umbilical style access to the web.

Ok...I'm done with the waivers discussion...for now....until you don't make a change...then I'll circle back.




Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2009 8:13 am
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Round 2 of concepts for your team Mike....these are some basic functional questions.

As posted last time we are a 16 team legacy keeper league, 12 keepers, starting 19.  Deep player pool.  We have historically run into an issue regarding new players who get called up from the minors to the majors....first one to have access to a keyboard would add the free agent.  So this year we implemented FREE AGENTS on waivers and have been having major backlash from the high volume (and $$ generating) players because of the stickyness of the CBS waiver process.

So..idea.  Expand the waiver process options on FREE AGENTS to reflect perhaps the following;  FREE AGENTS "return" to waivers after each scoring period locks instead of just "always" on waivers.  The issue come down to a player perhaps hitting the DL either late Sunday or on Monday morning...and there is no option to pickup a replacement player before line-ups lock.  Our idea would allow for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday for the players in the lague to setup their waiver claims which should in theory assist in balancing out the league....but still allow open ended free agents pickups for the other 1/2 week. 

Alternate idea...Just a commissioner option to manually PLACE ALL FREE AGENTS INTO WAIVERS and I just do it every Tuesday morning.

Other aspects of waivers/draft that should also be adressed.  If a player does not have an available position (we use GAMES PLAYED ONLY) from the previous year, they are not available for draft or waiver claim.  As we use all hitters available as DH, a player should be at minimum qualified at the DH position, and a pitcher is still a pitcher regardless of being an SP or RP.  When these players finally play their required number of qualifying games, they become available.  Under the "always on waivers" this isn't an issue...however, under a true free agent scenrio, these players become instantly available, not like a player add.  These players should still be draftable or claimble through the waiver process...just not able to be placed into ACTIVE status on the playing roster.

Enought for today....cheers.

 

 

 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 1:57 pm
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

 

Just a quick link that says Rule/Scoring Changes for 2009, and then every year thereafter. Hopefully not too little too late, but we have posted a link in leagues alerting them both to the lineup deadline on Sunday for week 1 and to the new rule changes for 2009.  We'll give it a better treatment in the future.  

Thanks for the feedback!




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 1:36 pm
 

Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.

Is there anyway that CBS will allow us to manually edit the weekly schedule in the future? I can't promise anything other than that we are looking at ways to make scheduling easier.  I will definitely take this idea to the team and see what we can do. 

Thanks,

Mike

 



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