Minnix: Are there any more fantasy baseball games left?

From Nicholas Minnix at The Hardball Times on September 22, 2014, with mention of SABR member Ron Shandler:

You’ve played fantasy baseball. Simulation, possibly. Rotisserie, head-to-head or both, probably. Redraft, dynasty or keeper, and now daily, as a matter of fact. You like some formats more than others. There’s a league for just about anybody, thank goodness.

Is there anything left? Has the emergence of daily fantasy baseball, the popularity of which has risen sharply in the past couple of years, exhausted the possibilities for the types of hardball games people can play? If not, is the untapped quarter inhabited by competitions that the community would pay to play?

The origins of fantasy baseball games may provide some clues to where the industry is headed. Business wasn’t bad before daily fantasy sports came along. Visionaries in the industry have already supplied the kinds of pursuits that impel long-term interest and commitment. Business has been really good since daily games’ emergence, however.

Be that as it may, prospective difficulties exist. The industry could run out of unique, workable ideas. Most of the potential snags are related to the law, though. No endeavor is without risk, but few roadblocks are as intimidating.

And so, as a fantasy baseball player might wonder about Mike Trout, is there any more upside?

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/any-more-fantasy-baseball-games/

Originally published: September 22, 2014. Last Updated: September 22, 2014.