Fantasy Baseball Basics
Rotisserie League: This is the most common, and in my opinion the most fun, type of league. Scoring is determined by the number of categories in play, as well as the number of teams in the league. For instance, in a 10-team league, the team with the most HRs will receive 10 pts for that category, while the team with the least receives 1 pt. Add the points for all categories to get the Total Team Score.
Head-to-Head League: More similar to the fantasy football format. You play a one week "game" vs. another team. Scoring may be set up where you receive a point per category, in which case the final score for the week may be 6-4, 9-1, etc. The other type of scoring is "One Point per Win," in which you receive one "win" for winning the most categories vs. your opponent for that week.
Points League: In this type of league, your players accumulate designated points for tallying stats. For instance, HR = 4pts, RBI = 1 pt, W = 5 pts, etc.
Waiver Priority: This is the order in which managers have the opportunity to pick up a player placed on Waivers (dropped by another team or inserted into the database when called up). Usually starts as reverse draft order. When a manager uses a Waiver Claim, that manager is then dropped to the lowest priority.
OPS: On-Base % + Slugging % = OPS
WHIP: Walks + Hits/Innings Pitched = WHIP
BABIP: Batting Average on Balls in Play; configured by calculating a player's average on batted balls hit into fair territory, excluding homeruns.
- Daily-Today: Managers may add/drop players up until gametime and utilize that player on the day of the pickup.
- Daily-Tomorrow: Most common. Added players will be available for lineup insertion on the following day.
- Weekly: Player adds/drops and lineups must be set on a designated day, usually Sunday or Monday.
Games Played Limit: Each time a player appears in a game (could be as minimal as a pinch runner), it counts as one game played for that position. Most leagues allow 162 games per offensive position. Once the limit is reached, that offensive position will stop accumulating stats.
Innings Limit: Most leagues set a limit to the number of innings pitched a team can accumulate. Once this limit is reached, that team will stop accumulating stats. Prevents managers from loading up probable starters to accumulate W, K, etc.
Snake Draft Order: Team that drafts last in the first round, will draft first in the next round, and so on.
Quality Start: Received by a SP who pitches 6+ innings and allows 3 or fewer earned runs.