Surely you've heard of Fantasy Baseball 360 by now: the live, one-hour Fantasy Baseball program that will air right here on CBSSports.com at 5 p.m. ET every weekday throughout the regular season.
Then pardon the expression, but you seriously need to get with the program. We're talking late-breaking news, in-depth analysis, big-name interviews and, naturally, some light-hearted banter, and you get it all just by staring at a glowing box. You don't even have to read anything. We couldn't have made it any easier.
Be sure to catch Fantasy Baseball 360 LIVE at 5 p.m. ET every weekday to dominate your Fantasy leagues. Our writers will have the latest news, analysis and roster trends each afternoon.
Needless to say, we're pretty excited about it here, and in anticipation of our premiere on Wednesday, April 4, we decided to put a league together. Novel idea, right?
The cast -- which includes not only me, but Al Melchior, Nando Di Fino and our host Jorge Sedano -- will compete alongside the crew for bragging rights in this 10-team Head-to-Head categorical league. Usually when we say Head-to-Head here at CBSSports.com, we mean Head-to-Head points. In categorical play, each week is like a mini Rotisserie game. Two teams square off in the standard 5x5 categories. The one that fares better in the majority of the categories wins the matchup.
Because contributions like doubles, triples and walks have no influence on the scoring, the evaluation of players is closer to Rotisserie. Then again, because each team starts fewer hitters than a standard Rotisserie format and because the season is reduced from a marathon to a series of short sprints, some of the draft strategies -- such as loading up on pitchers early and avoiding streakier, injury-prone players -- are closer to Head-to-Head.
Of course, playing with only 10 teams likely had something to do with that as well.
Scoring for Batting Categories
BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases
ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning
The owners and draft order ...
1. Scott Fitzgerald, Senior Multimedia Producer
2. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Jorge Sedano, Fantasy Baseball 360 Host
5. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
6. Matt Brodsky, Video Producer
7. Michael Freedman, Video Producer
8. Jeremiah Thermidor, Associate Video Producer
9. Nando Di Fino,Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer