What are your experiences with them? I've never done one or played with money before but I'm considering it now.
I've only played in one to date.
There are a few things I didn't like:
1. They use the Yahoo can't cut list. I don't like can't cut lists as they impose a double-penalty on teams with injured stars.
2. Trades can be protested to the Yahoo staff. They get the final say on whether a trade goes through or not and there is absolutely no explanation for the decision. It really feels like a man behind a curtain is saying VETO. And there is no recourse if the trade is vetoed or accepted. Yahoo has the final say.
3. At the time, Yahoo only offered Pro Leagues in the "head-to-head" format. I'm not a fan of that style of fantasy hockey as I believe (based on gut and factual data) that their playoff format is more luck-based than skill-based.
What did I like?
1. The draft was well-attended.
2. Nearly every team made at least 20 roster moves during the season.
3. Most managers remained competitive throughout the season.
There were six trades consummated in our league. Two additional trades were vetoed by the Yahoo staff. These particular trades came in March when certain teams are in need of certain statistical categories. The trades that were vetoed looked like this:
Nash/Niemi for Gaborik/Luongo
Mike Smith for Ryan Callahan
Not available in Canada!
LWL Non-Keeper - Apex Predators - Finished 5th
Death for Seth- LWL FHL Keeper- Finished 9th
G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, FOW, HIT, BLK, W, GAA, SV, SV%, SO
C - S. Crosby, J. Benn (LW), J. Spezza
Wingers- J. Iginla, J. Carter (C), I. Kovalchuck
D - Z. Chara, D. Boyle, D. Girardi
G - S. Bobrovsky, E. Nabokov, V. Fasth
**Update: It is legal for Maryland residents to engage in fantasy-sports-for-money ventures (the Yahoo website hasn't edited their list of states to reflect this yet).