Apu and Yahoo Fantasy Loopholes

Grant Correspondent IApril 1, 2009

A bear wanders into town down from the hills. 

As a result a costly Bear Patrol is formed to prevent similar future occurrences.  However, it is financed by a tax increase that causes the good citizens of Springfield to form an angry mob and storm the dishonorable Mayor Quimby's office.  The always sashed municipal head in turn blames the higher taxes on illegal immigrants.

If this plotline sounds familiar, congratulations, you are a Simpsons fanatic.  If not, do yourself a favor and go watch the episode Much Apu About Nothing.

Local Indian-American Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is allowed to take the United States citizenship test after a proposition is introduced to deport all persons illegally residing in the cartoon city limits because of a loophole.

Like the Jolly Bengali of this classic animated chapter, those who participate in Yahoo fantasy rotisserie leagues can benefit from a loophole in the rules.

Every year as the baseball season dwindles down, one of the senior Yahoo writers composes a column dedicated to maximizing the 1250 innings allowed for your pitching staff.

The main emphasis of these articles is always that if an owner has only one eligible inning left, the stats accrued by all of the hurlers that take the mound the day the limit expires will count.

Therefore, you can reap the benefits of the efforts of seven pitchers for the cost of three measly outs.

Similarly, as both the fantasy hockey and basketball seasons are quickly coming to a conclusion, this loophole should be effectively utilized.

In basketball, Yahoo default settings allow you to play two centers and two utility cagers per day.  If you find yourself with only one remaining game at either position, make sure to start two to double your statistical pleasure.

This exploitable technicality is more easily abused in fantasy hockey for standard Yahoo leagues use two centers, right wingers, left wingers, goalies, and four defensemen.  Following the preceding hardcourt example, milk every second of ice time to propel yourself for one final push up the standings.