12 Team Ottoneu 5x5 Keeper League $100 Buy In - Looking for GMs

Looking for active GMs for an Ottoneu 5x5 Keeper League. 40 Man rosters, $400 budget, Live Auction Draft. Year round league.

$100 to buy in, $650 First Place, $200 2nd Place and $100 third place.

Check out the league page to join:

Here is a description of ottoneu and the rules:

What does the name mean?

The name 'ottoneu' is derived from Otto Neu, a shortstop who played in one game in 1917 for the St. Louis Browns. In this game against the Yankees, he did not have a fielding chance or an at-bat. Check out his FanGraphs player card.

Why play ottoneu?

ottoneu is smarter, better fantasy baseball. We looked at the various ways that fantasy baseball wasn't living up to the sport it was based on and we improved each one.

  • Depth and Breadth With 12-team leagues, 40-man rosters, full access to the minor leagues, and competition as knowledgeable about baseball as you are, the challenge of building a winner is that much more exciting.
  • Build for Today and Tomorrow The end of the regular season is just the beginning. With ottoneu fantasy baseball, you have the option to keep every single player on your roster from one season to the next. Find the perfect match of stars and prospects to stay competitive for the long haul. Move expensive players for keepers if you're playing for the future, or sacrifice your future for today. The result is more options, more flexibility, and a better fantasy baseball experience.
  • Auctions for Everyone Gone are the days of lamenting your pick in the draft or missing out on a free agent because you could not get to your computer in time. All players in ottoneu fantasy baseball are distributed via league-wide auctions. The market dictates, and every team wins.

What are the different game types?

There are 3 game types for ottoneu fantasy baseball. They differ in the categories used and the scoring methods:

  • Old School - Rotisserie-style 5x5 (AVG, HR, RBI, SB, R and W, SV, ERA, WHIP, K). For the traditionalist in you.
  • ottoneu Classic - Rotisserie-style 4x4 sabermetric-hybrid (OBP, SLG, HR, R and ERA, WHIP, HR/9, K). This is the stat set of the original league that has been active since 2005.
  • FanGraphs Points - Points based on Linear Weights. Based on work by Justin Merry. Read his great FAQ about the system, or read more detailed pieces behind the hitting and pitching point values.
    AB -1.0
    H 5.6
    2B 2.9
    3B 5.7
    HR 9.4
    BB 3.0
    HBP 3.0
    SB 1.9
    CS -2.8
    IP 7.4
    K 2.0
    H -2.6
    BB -3.0
    HBP -3.0
    HR -12.3
    SV 5.0
    HOLDS 4.0
  • SABR Points - Like FanGraphs points, but with FIP-based pitching scoring. The original points system!
    AB -1.0
    H 5.6
    2B 2.9
    3B 5.7
    HR 9.4
    BB 3.0
    HBP 3.0
    SB 1.9
    CS -2.8
    IP 5.0
    K 2.0
    BB -3.0
    HBP -3.0
    HR -13.0
    SV 5.0
    HOLDS 4.0

How much does this cost?

While there are promotions all the time, the base cost for one team for one season is $9.99, or less than $1 a month.

Are there any prizes for winning an ottoneu league?

Yes! We have prize tiers! You can check out the details here.

How does the auction draft work?

Don't be intimidated by the auction draft! It is easier than you think. Check out this article to get a basic overview of how it works, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Where is insert player's name and why can't I add him to my team?

We are proud of having one of the deepest player universes out there. If you want to start an auction on a professional baseball player that you can't find on ottoneu,contact us and we will do everything we can to add this player.

Do I need 40 players on my team to accumulate stats?

No! As long as your roster is legal, meaning you are under the player limit and the cap rules as described below, you will accumulate stats. If you break these rules, don't worry! As long as you fix them while baseball games are still going at night, you'll get stats for that day!

How do cap penalties work?

If you cut a player in the off-season (after the regular season ends and before the keeper deadline), there is no penalty of any sort. However, during the season, there is a 50% penalty rounded up for any cuts. So if you cut a $50 player, he will count $25 against your cap. If you cut a $1 player, he counts a full $1 against your cap, so be careful! If another team either claims the player off of waivers for the full amount or wins the player during a 48-hour auction, your cap penalty is fully removed.

For any further questions, please contact us.

ottoneu Fantasy Baseball Constitution


The intention of this league is to mimic the job of an actual general manager as closely as possible. Therefore, there must be 3 main goals of this constitution: 1) create an environment that somewhat mirrors that of actual baseball; 2) to create a competitive league in a given year; and 2) to create a competitive league in following years. It is crucial that those owners who find themselves in the bottom half of the league in a given season have a reason to return for the next year, or else the league will collapse. Therefore, there must be safeguards put in place to ensure competitive balance, while at the same time allowing league owners to keep much of their team in place year-to-year.

      i. Functionally, this means that while you do not need 40 players on your roster at all times, you must have at least $1 available for every free roster spot on your team, not including extra roster spots due to a player being on the 60-day DL.

      A. Played in 10 or more major-league games at that position in the current or preceding year.

      B. Started 5 or more major-league games at that position in the current or preceding year.

      C. Played in 20 or more minor-league games at that position in the current or preceding year.

  1. i. A player is eligible to fill a position if he:

    ii. Players can only accrue statistics for your team in official, regular season Major League Baseball games.

a. Each team should maintain at all times a roster of 22 major-league players that can fill out a starting lineup. The remaining 18 roster spots can be used for reserves, consisting of both major and minor leaguers.

b. If at any time during the season any team's cap room is not greater than or equal to 40 minus the number of players on that team's roster, you cannot field a team. In this circumstance, your team will be frozen until the issue is resolved. The owner will be forced to cut a player to resolve this issue, and will not be able to perform any other activities in the game, including editing and making auction bids. However, bids already placed will be processed as described in section V. below, and trades that have already been accepted will process as expected.

c. Team rosters will be filled at an annual auction to be held some time near the start of the major-league season, as determined by the league's participants.

d. A team's starting lineup consists of one slot at each infield position (catcher, first base, second base, third base, and shortstop), five outfielder slot, one additional middle infielder (second base or shortstop) slot, one additional hitter from any position (utility slot), five starting pitcher slots, and five relief pitcher slots.

e. The player pool comprises of all players in all Major League and Minor League baseball organizations, as well as players who in the past have been under contract to play baseball in the Major or Minor Leagues.

    a. All owners will complete their rosters at the annual player auction to be conducted at the discretion of the league members and commissioner.

    b. Each owner receives $400 in auction money to fill his or her roster, including money spent on players retained from the previous season.

    c. Players are nominated by owners, using the previous season's reverse order of finish to determine the nomination order.

    d. Each owner must conclude the auction capable of filling out a starting lineup.

    e. Each owner can leave the auction at any time after fulfilling the requirement in line d. above. Once all 12 owners have left the auction, the auction is complete.

    f. Each owner must nominate a player in turn.

    g. You may not make any trades during the draft. Trade discussion is acceptable, however no trades can be processed or acted upon from the time the first player goes on auction until teams involved in the trade both have full rosters as defined above.

    a. League standings shall be determined by either category-based (rotisserie style) scoring or points-based scoring, depending on the particular league settings.

    b. The categories used for scoring depend on the various game types.

    i. A 'game' for a positional player constitutes of any appearance in a major league game, whether it be a start or any form of late game substitution.

    ii. The league site will not allow owners to start a player at a position where the maximums in games or innings pitched have been reached.

    iii. There is a 1250 inning minimum threshold for pitchers in ottoneu classic (4x4) leagues. If a team does not meet this threshold, it will receive 0 points for all pitching categories.

a. Starters can be changed daily by each team owner.

b. There is a 162 game maximum for all positional player positions and a 1500 inning maximum limit for pitchers.

c. If a player is on the 60 day DL, an additional player can be added to the roster. However, the injured player still counts against the salary cap, and cap penalties will be enforced as normal for any transactions brought about by the player coming off the DL. There is no 15 day DL.

d. At all times during the season, a firm salary cap of $400 exists for all players.

    a. All adds/drops are processed by the team owners. If necessary, the commissioner can be called upon to make these changes.

    b. If you wish to add a player to your roster, you must start an auction for the player, and bidding will end 48 hours after the start of the auction. The player must be within the ottoneu player universe as defined by I.e. The player will be awarded to the owner who bids the most for the player, with any ties going to the team lower in the standings. If two teams are tied, a coin flip will determine who is awarded he player. The team that nominated the player is obligated to bid on the player.

    c. The player is awarded to the team who has made the highest bid, and his salary is $1 more than the second highest bid. If there are no other bids, the player is awarded for $1 or the player's cap penalty if applicable. However, if two teams are tied for the highest bid, the player salary is that amount. If no one bids at all, the nominating team is awarded the player for $1 or the player's cap penalty if applicable.

    d. When a player is dropped, other team owners have 24 hours to claim him on waivers for 100% of his salary, with the team lowest in the standings getting priority.

    e. If a player passes through waivers, 50% of his salary, rounding up, counts against his previous team's salary cap as a cap penalty, until he is claimed by another team or until the end of the current season. Any bids for him as a free agent must be at least 50% of his previous salary. The team that dropped the player may not bid on the player until a month (30 days) after the drop date.

    f. Transactions can be requested from the day of the annual draft until the next-to-last day of the regular season. All auctions must be completed prior to the start of the last day of games of the season. For example, if the last game of the season is on a Sunday , all auctions must be started by midnight Eastern Time on Thursday night.

    a. Trades shall be allowed during the season from the conclusion of the annual player auction until midnight, Eastern Time, on the night of August 31st. Trades will be allowed during the offseason from when arbitration voting is completed until the keeper deadline.

    b. Uneven trades are allowed, although they will be handled as follows: If team A is acquiring 3 players while trading 1 to B, team A must stay below or at the 40-man limit or must also cut 2 additional players of their choosing in accordance with the rules in section V.

    c. Salary cap dollars can be traded between teams (i.e. team A can agree to count one half of a traded player's salary against their cap). However, these loans will not remain in place once the regular season ends.

    d. After a trade is confirmed, league owners have 48 hours to veto the trade. If a majority (50% + 1 vote) of league owners object to the trade, it will not be finalized. This 48 hour clock begins automatically once both teams have accepted the trade on the ottoneu site.

    i. Players who have no major league service time (as defined by being placed on an active MLB roster at any point in their career) will have their salary increase by $1.

    ii. Players with major league service time will have their salary increase by $2.

    The allocation system gives a budget to each team in the league. The team can allocate this budget towards players on other teams. Each team must allocate at least one dollar to every other team, and no team can allocate more than $3 to any other team. At the end of the allocation period, all players have their salary increased by the amount allocated towards them. Allocations take place after the initial offseason salary increase, so any allocations will be in addition to the $1 or $2 increase each player gets at the end of the season.

    The vote-off system gives each team in the league the ability to vote on a player on each other team. Whichever player receives the most votes collectively is turned into a restricted free agent that can be bid on by other teams during the auction draft. The team they were voted off from will get an automatic $5 discount towards that player, so if they get the player back, they will get the player for $5 under what they bid.

i. Allocations

ii. Vote Off

a. Between the end of the Major League Baseball regular season and the keeper deadline, players may be traded or cut. After the keeper deadline and before the auction draft, teams may not cut any players.

b. Owners shall be permitted to retain any of their players at a salary which is increased based on their previous year salary. Rules for salary increases are as follows:

c. Owners must always be able to field a 40 man roster for $400; therefore following the keeper deadline, a team salary must never exceed $360 + the number of players on the roster. However, there is no salary cap from the end of the MLB season until the keeper deadline.

d. In the interest of maintaining competitive balance, there are two distinct arbitration options.

e. The auction process in each later year is the same as in year 1.

f. Teams may not trade salary cap dollars between seasons.

    i. $9.99 is the basic tier, without any prizes

    ii. $49.99 is the first tier with prizes, with first place winning $300, second place winning $100, and third place winning $50.

    iii. $99.99 is the second tier with prizes, with first place winning $650, second place winning $200, and third place winning $100.

    iv. Please read Terms for ottoneu Fantasy Baseball prize leagues for more information.

a. The administration fee for each team starts at $9.99

b. Refunds will only be given in the case that a league is canceled or not filled before the Major League Baseball season starts. Teams that have paid for the upcoming season in this case will be refunded.









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