Dynasty/Keeper support: rookie draft, open year round, etc.
Implement the features that myfantasyleague.com has that prevent us from running a legit dynasty league: open year round, ability to have a rookie draft after the NFL draft, ability to trade draft picks and players during the draft. If there's an increased cost associated with keeping leagues open all year, maybe offer a premium feature that you pay for.
Adam Kraus commented
I want to start by saying I have been playing Yahoo Fantasy Football since 2003. I have also played in several other leagues on competitors sites (ESPN, NFL, CBS, Reality Sports Online) and I consider Yahoo FAR SUPERIOR to all other formats I've played on in terms on user interface, player information, weekly/future stat projections, and mobile app to name a few. There are always a few gripes and quirks here and there, but the overall experience on Yahoo is fantastic in my opinion.
To echo some of the comments here, I would LOVE if Yahoo was able to implement a dynasty salary cap league similar to what RealitySportsOnline.com (RSO) offers. I have been competing in a league on RSO for a few years now and it is the most compelling type of league setup that's I've experienced for serious and engaged managers. For all the positives for Yahoo mentioned above, re-draft or keeper leagues don't come close to the intrigue provided in managing salary caps and free agents 4 years in advance in the game model on RSO.
Users understand RSO is a premium fantasy football product, and they pay fees to use the product accordingly. Though RSO does provide a great gameplay experience from a strategy perspective, unfortunately their user interface, player updates/information, weekly projections, mobile app, and pretty much everything else pales in comparison to what Yahoo offers. I'm sure users would have no issue paying a premium for a similar product offering from Yahoo. I know my RSO league-mates would love to move our operations to Yahoo should a similar game become available, even at a premium cost.
It may have been stated already but Yahoo really needs to add the ability to have an extended draft versus a simple live draft with 30/60/90 second timers.
Sleeper is a basic startup app and you can already set the timer to hours or days for rookie picks and the commissioner can suspend/pause the draft during the evenings/nights. It's a feature that just absolutely needs to be added if Yahoo wants to bring back dynasty players.
I'll agree with the original poster: if Yahoo made all the necessary additions for dynasty leagues, I would pay for my league to have access to the premium options available if the cost was reasonable.
Matthew Hoke commented
Definitely need taxi squads!!!
Yes. Please. Year round access to the league. That's what a dynasty league needs to have...but I feel like Yahoo doesn't care. This has been a request for several years.
William Parsons commented
When the playoffs end, you should be able to trade draft picks and players for the upcoming years. Our dynasty league needs this feature to function without major draft challenges.
Earl Duplassie commented
It has already been suggested but I want to state it too. Keeper leagues need the ability to trade players and draft picks in the offseason. That's the point of a keeper league.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MAKE DYNASTY LEAGUE SETTINGS AVAILABLE!!!
I would pay money for this! Please yahoo!
Keep it open so teams can trade in the offseason.. ascommisioner I have to write down every offseason trade and everybody has to wait until our offline draft before sending the trades out individually.., my league is pretty active and we usually have 15-20 offseason trades
Matt Korman commented
I agree 10000% yahoo needs this and it would take their site to the next level!
After begging Yahoo to keep the site open for post season trades and the like, we've decided to move our three keeper/dynasty leagues to another host. I mean this thread has been around in various forms for over 5 years now. Face it people: Yahoo isn't going to change anything to acommodate keeper/dynasty leagues. They just don't care. Either that or they are totally inept at making simple changes. Regardless, we've waited long enough. We are gone. When it comes to providing quality customer service, Yahoo really is inferior to almost all the other fantasy sites.
As commish of my league, I NEED this feature as well. Once Yahoo closes down their site, we are no longer able to make trades for draft picks amongst other off season moves we perform. I do not enjoy keeping track of this by hand, and need to have the site open all year round to implement many of the offseason moves.
There must be a way to keep these leagues active year round, and shut down for regular maintenance at opportune times only.
Daniel sellers commented
We are considering switching my big money league that I am commish of to a dynasty league, and I have been on Yahoo playing fantasy for at least 15 years. It is apparent by the comments that for us to go dynasty with the least amount of headache we will have to switch to another site.
Please make this happen as I am a loyal Yahoo fan!
Justin Oldfield commented
Also a keeper calculator feature would be great especially for Auction draft leagues. Allowing in the commissioner tools to have "keeper settings" where it has a "keeper Premium" section that allows you to input the year to year costs associated with keeping a player (allowing you to put in different costs if player is kept for multiple seasons i.e (year 1+$5, year 2 + $3, year 3-9999 +$2 (all relative to previous years keeper cost)
I wish I could give this all my votes:
1. Year round access
2. Trading picks *before* the initial draft and during all drafts
3. Taxi roster spots
4. Multi-Team trades
5. Larger rosters
6. No lock on transactions except by commissioner action
Matthew Nelson commented
Supplemental Draft for rookies is super important for dynasty. Have the option to remove all rookies from the regular draft and have a separate rookie draft with customization on rounds.
Rookie Bench spots is also something that is needed. Come on yahoo!! make it happen!!
John Lanier commented
Yes - this is VERY much needed. We've been tracking trades offline all year, it is becoming quite cumbersome
to continue from the post below... in a keeper league, a trade was just made (May 26th) Of course, the trade could not be offered and accepted on Yahoo, so it was done by private email between the parties. Commish tries to use Commish's adjust teams/roster function and get this result:
The league has not drafted. You cannot make this action. (Error #156)
The league has not drafted. You cannot make this action. (Error #156)
Frankly, this is beyond stupid. Of course the commish should be allowed to move the players. In fact, the ordianry trade functionality should remain open to allow the teams to make the trade upon commissioner approval just like after the draft and during the season. I fail to understand why Yahoo doesn't get this. It's not that complicated. Yahoo is so behind the times. Well, I guess you get what you pay for. Which in Yahoo's case is nothing. Absolutely ridiculous.
Hey Yahoo Administrators... how about it? Or do you want to keep Yahoo in the dark ages? And just why is Yahoo so damned stupid? It's like a bunch of children are runnig the show.
it is so damned frustrating that our keeper leagues and dynasty leagues can't make trades or do anything until after our draft in late August. It's ridiculous and pathetic. Commish has to track everything on a spread sheet, and even he has no power to move players from one team to another until after the draft. Yahoo is so behind the times and utterly incompetent when it comes to keeper and dynasty format. Geez... how many years does it take for Yahoo to wake up and see what people want.
joe anderson commented
Yahoo is great, except for dynasty leagues.
Needs: year round support, larger benches, better draft pick trading, in-draft trading