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Podcast: Ottoneu Trade Strategy (Ep. 6)

In Episode 6 of the Ottoneu Trade Rumors podcast we discuss the best off-season trade strategies that help prepare teams for the 2016 season.  Give it a listen here.

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Podcast: Ottoneu Surplus Calculator (Ep. 5)

In Episode 5 of the OTR podcast Justin Vibber walks us through his newly released Ottoneu Surplus Calculator.  If you aren’t yet using this great tool, you can download it here, but you’ll want to hear how to use it from the creator himself!

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Ottoneu-Football: Gridiron Geeks Podcast

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Ottoneu isn’t just about baseball, so be sure to check out the Gridiron Geeks weekly football podcast here.

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Quick reminder that you can check out the newest OTR podcasts here.

If you have topics you’d like to see covered this off-season, let us know in the comments below.  Thanks for listening.

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OTR is alive!

Features of the Ottoneu Community on Slack

“The #Ottoneu community on Slack is basically a giant, customizable, feature-rich social network devoted to the game of Ottoneu.”

By now you may have heard about the growing #ottoneu community on Slack.  If not, you can find out more about it here.  We have over 600 members discussing all things Ottoneu baseball and football.  We hope you’ll join us.  You can request a free invite by expressing your interest in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to check out “10 Tips for Ottoneu Rookies”

For those of you new to the #Ottoneu community, I want to highlight a few core features of Slack that might come in handy as we get closer to the Ottoneu regular season.

Before you read any further, you’ll want to download the Slack mobile app, which allows you to keep up with everything Ottoneu on the go.

Slack mobile app is a must.

Slack mobile app is a must.

“The #Ottoneu community on Slack is basically a giant, customizable, feature-rich social network devoted to the game of Ottoneu.”

Ottoneu community on Slack

Ottoneu community on Slack

The #Ottoneu community is broken down into channels, which can be thought of as discussion topics.  For example, with less than 72 hours before the Ottoneu keeper deadline (1/31), we’ve added the #keeporcut channel for baseball, a rapid fire discussion thread where Ottoneu owners can crowd source last minute feedback about those players that may be on the chopping block before the auction.  New channels are added occasionally, but for the most part you’ll find dedicated, permanent thread channels on trade reviews, prospects, Ottoneu tools, the @ottoneutraderumors podcast, and others.

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The #tradefeed channel is a direct link to each trade made in Ottoneu, in all leagues (just in case you want to see what others are getting in return for trading Bryce Harper…)

Niv, the creator of Ottoneu, is also a member of the #ottoneucommunity

Niv, the creator of Ottoneu, is also a member of the #ottoneucommunity

Once you’ve gotten the hang of the channels, you’ll also want to begin setting up keyword notifications.  Whether you’re active on the message board every day or just want to check in occasionally, setting up highlighted words – specific words that activate push notifications to your mobile device via the (excellent) Slack app – will help you get just the information you need.  For example, you can setup player names (“McCutchen”, “Puig”, “Miggy”), topics (“steamer”, “standings”, “yankees”), and other triggers (“my name”, “my team name”, “my league name”) as highlighted words to “ping” you only when they are mentioned by the entire community.  In addition, you can customize notifications by channel, so you may decide to push more frequent updates feedback from the #tradereview channel and just use your keywords for others (you can even “mute” channels if you don’t want to be ever notified and just want to check them manually when convenient).

Highlighted words notifications

Highlighted words notifications

“You can setup player names, topics, and other triggers as highlighted words to “ping” you only when they are mentioned by the entire community.”

Customize notifications by channel in Slack

Customize notifications by channel in Slack

Another great feature of Slack is that everything in the #Ottoneu community is searchable by keyword.  Been out of town and want to check if anyone has mentioned Yoan “Moncada” over the past few days? You can search for just about anything, including files, links, photos, etc.  And with regard to files, you can use Slack for just about any type of file transfer (Dropbox, PDF, Excel, GoogleDocs, photos, etc.), and you can integrate other resources like RSS feeds, Facebook, and Twitter (you’ll never miss an update from @ottoneu, an article from FanGraphs, or a blockbuster announcement from MLBTR again).  In other words, everything is in one place in a very user friendly environment, which makes communication with your league and with other like-minded Ottoneu owners easy and addictive.

Search anything in Slack in the #ottoneucommunity

Search anything in Slack in the #ottoneucommunity

While most of the action in #Ottoneu community takes place inside specific channels, you can also use Slack to privately direct message any members (up to 9 people in a single message) of the Ottoneu landscape.  Do you need trade advice on a deal you’ve been offered by an independent third party from another league? Need to nail down the final details of a trade you’ve been working on for weeks? Use direct messages to communicate quickly, and if you choose, setup a private group for your entire league that complements the discussion normally just found on your league home page.

Create a specific group for your league or direct message anyone in the community.

Create a specific group for your league or direct message anyone in the community.

Slackbot is also a feature of the #ottoneu community that functions sort of like your own private assistant (he can be pushy sometimes).  Slackbot is always available to you (just ask him), and can be used as a resource for Ottoneu and plenty of other things, including articles and files you need to reference often throughout the season.  You can even use Slackbot to setup personal reminders like “remind me in 2 hours to respond to Joe’s trade offer”, or “remind me in 30 days to start an auction for Adam Wainwright.”

Use Slackbot as your resource for all things Ottoneu

Use Slackbot as your resource for all things Ottoneu

This is just a list of some of the features of Slack within the #Ottoneu community.  These features and more can be accessed and customized by logging in via the community webpage: https://ottoneuc.slack.com. The #Ottoneu Slack community is a great resource if you’re interested in joining an Ottoneu baseball or football league, new to the game and looking for some advice, or a veteran title-holder looking for more information about the Champions League.  Request your invite by commenting below.

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Ottoneu Community on Slack

Welcome to the  Ottoneu Community on Slack

If you haven’t heard, we’ve recently started the Ottoneu community on Slack.  This new, invite-only community is dedicated to all things Ottoneu, and is the first opportunity for Ottoneu owners from all leagues and formats to come together in one place to talk trades, strategy, gameplay, prospects, rankings, stats, site updates…and just about anything else you can think of that is related to the growing game of Ottoneu.

If you aren’t familiar with Slack, it’s slick.  It offers a ton of great integrated features all centralized in a single place for the entire community to use.  Along with the ability to direct message anyone, you’ll find regular Twitter updates from Niv @Ottoneu, RSS feeds from some of the best fantasy baseball sources, photos of recent league trades requesting feedback and advice, tools specifically designed for Ottoneu gameplay, etc. – all in an easy to use interface that works seamlessly with the excellent Slack mobile app.  Everything in Slack is archived and searchable too, so in case you need to refer back to that bit of player advice someone posted a few months ago, it’s easy to find.  Notifications are customizable in a ton of different ways as well (even by just setting up keywords), so if you only want to be bothered when someone specifically mentions “Yasiel Puig” or “blockbuster” on the boards, you’ve got that option (and many more).

More importantly, this is a community of Ottoneu players – die hard baseball stat geeks just like you – so you’ll find an active message board broken down into specific “channels” with dozens of other owners ready to offer advice, feedback, and recommendations on any topic that might help you win your upcoming season (or quicken your rebuild).

Here are a few of the “channels” we have open in the #ottoneucommunity currently:

#ottoneu

This is the primary thread for all things Ottoneu.  Everyone is a member and it’s the most active channel on the site. Think of it as a giant message board that complements (not replaces) your league homepage but also allows you to interact easily with owners from leagues across the entire Ottoneu landscape.

#podcast

Going forward, this will be a key connection point for the ongoing OttoneuTradeRumors podcast.  You’ll want to keep an eye on this channel for regular podcast updates and to request topics that might be covered in future episodes.

#tradereview

This is going to be a busy channel.  Think it would be beneficial to have a few dozen other Ottoneu experts weigh in on the trade you’ve just received before you pull the trigger? Having a hard time evaluating a player you’re thinking about moving and need an extra opinion or two? Expect to see a lot of chatter here all season long as owners post photos of their recent or pending trades.  Don’t be shy about providing your feedback…

#tools

These Ottoneu tools (dashboards, custom roster builders, Power Rankings, detailed player analysis and projections, recommended websites, etc.) may one day become exclusive to the #ottoneucommunity, so this is the place to find that extra bit of information that may give you and edge over the rest of your league.

#mlbnews

A full feed of MLB and fantasy news from your most trusted sources.  If you’re here for everything else, might as well keep you up to date with what’s happening in MLB too, right?

#prospects

We all love prospects.  But we all value them a little differently, don’t we? Here you can engage with tons of other owners and talk prospects all day long.  You’ll see rankings, evaluations, and up and coming names to know, all within the necessary context of Ottoneu scoring.  This channel will be an active one over the winter and will be a nice resource to get you through the off-season.

More channels may be added later, at your recommendation.  This is an #ottoneucommunity for you, so you really own the content.  Feedback is always welcome and early reviews have been excellent.  Welcome!

Join the #ottoneucommunity https://ottoneucommunity.slack.com

Join the #ottoneucommunity
https://ottoneucommunity.slack.com

How do you join? The #ottoneucommunity is invite only (and free), so you’ll either need to request an invite here in the comments, or email @OttoneuTrades directly at OttoneuTrades@gmail.com for your invitation.

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