I have been the league commissioner of my league at work for 3 years now. The past 5 years we have played on Sandbox.com. When Sandbox changed to a pay site, we took a vote and it was 7-3 in favor of not returning to Sandbox. All 7 people that voted 'no' said that they didn't want to pay for the site since we already kick in $20 per man and that money goes to the league winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd). So, now I am faced with having to find a new site to run our league. Really, the only "free" site remaining is Yahoo! The thing I am worried about is trying to find a host site that is as close to Sandbox as possible.
The Draft: In dealing with Yahoo in the past, I'm pretty sure that the only "offline" draft choice they have is like an open list on Sandbox, ie. you rank players 1-1000 and the computer picks your highest ranked player no matter which position it's for. On Sandbox we did multi list drafts, where it would start with ALSP and give each team one ALSP, and then it would snake back so a team that drafted ALSP 10th would also get the 11th pick at ALSP and it would work this way for all positions. I don't think that's an option on Yahoo. If it's not an option, we'll probably do a live draft.
The Game: On Sandbox we played a head to head fantasy point game. Where hits were worth 1pt, doubles 2pts , etc. You then added all of your points for all players on your active roster for the week and it gave you your total point figure. If you had more points than your opponent, you won. On Yahoo, I'm concerned that it's more roto based. In other words if my active roster has 22 HR's for the week and my opponent gets 20 HR's, I get 1 point and so on for other "roto" categories (BB's, AVG, 2B, W, L, K's, IP, etc). Does anyone that has played Yahoo before know if they have scoring like Sandbox had? I don't think the game will be released for a couple more weeks and am trying to prepare so that I won't have a mess on my hands and people griping at me because everything is so much different.
Also, if anyone plays in a league that uses Fantasy Software on a computer can you explain how that works (do you have a computer that hosts the league, etc and how scores are updated?) I'm curious to know how that works. Sorry this is kind of lengthy. Just looking for some answers in doing my preparation for the great game of fantasy baseball. What sites do you guys use? Do you like it? What are it's advantages / disadvantages?