RULES: LEAGUE TYPES

ESPN NBA.com Fantasy Basketball (FBA '10) offers three different league types for you to choose from. The three league types are: Standard, Prize-Eligible and Custom. Each of these league types offers a rich and enjoyable experience for fantasy players of all levels. To assist you in choosing the best experience, we will provide a brief overview of each league type.

  • Standard: Free leagues are 10-team, standard scoring leagues that use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. In the Free Standard game there are two scoring formats: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head: Each Category. Free Standard leagues are an easy way to dive into fantasy hockey while providing a satisfying and fun fantasy experience.
  • Standard: Prize-Eligible leagues are 10-team, standard scoring leagues that use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. In the Prize-Eligible game there are two scoring formats: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head: Each Category. Prize-Eligible leagues are composed of teams that have been purchased. For a list of prices and prize eligibility requirements, click here. As the name implies, the winner of a Prize-Eligible league will win a prize. For a list of prizes , click here. Additionally, Prize-Eligible leagues are the only leagues that will award you points in the ESPN Uber Challenge game (Category A). For more information on ESPN Uber Challenge, click here.

    Note: Once the Fantasy regular season ends, ESPN will stop updating the leaderboard, located in the "More" tab on the Fantasy Hockey homepage (applicable for Prize-Eligible teams only). The playoffs do not impact overall leaderboards. Playoffs only impact whether or not you win your league.

  • Custom: League Manager leagues use customized rule settings and are managed by one of the players in the league (called the league manager or "LM"). The LM chooses from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game suited to their specific settings. The Custom game has five scoring formats: rotisserie, points-based, and three types of head-to-head. In addition, there are a variety of additional scoring and rule options like keepers to tailor the league settings to your fantasy needs.


FBA '10 STANDARD LEAGUE SETTINGS
All Standard leagues -- rotisserie (Roto) or head-to-head (H2H) -- use the following standard, unalterable scoring settings.

FBA LEAGUE BASICS (Both Roto and H2H)
RULES RULES
Season Starts: Tue, Oct 27, 2009
Season Ends: Last Day of NBA regular Season (Week 26)
Teams in league: 10
Player universe: All NBA Players
Draft order: Randomized at draft
Lineups change: Daily -- individually at gametime
Roster locktime: Daily -- individually at gametime
Trade limit: None
Trade review period: 48 Hours
Roto acquisition limit: None
H2H acquisition limit: Avg 1/gameday per matchup
Waiver period: 2 Days
Waiver system: Move To Last After Claim, Never Reset Order
Position eligibility: Multiple possible, ESPN sets elgibility
Total Roster Size: 13 (10 starters, 3 bench)
(1) Point Guard (PG)
(1) Shooting Guard (SG)
(1) Small Forward (SF)
(1) Power Forward (PF)
(1) Center (C)
(1) Flex Guard (G) - either PG or SG
(1) Flex Forward (F) - either SF or PF
(3) Utility (Util) - Any position

The utility slots can be filled by any position (PG, SG, SF, PF, C).

Rotisserie Game Start Limits (total for position):
Each individual slot: 82 GS/season
Utility games played: 246 GS/season

Head-To-Head Acquisition Limits:
Acquisitions: 1/gameday per week (flexible)

FBA H2H LEAGUES ONLY
REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Divisions: 2
Length of regular season: 22 weeks
Length per matchup: 1 week (Monday to Sunday)
Matchup tiebreaker: none, leave as tie
Playoff teams: 4 (2 division winners plus 2 Wild Card)
Length of playoffs: 4 weeks
Total playoff teams: 4 (2 divisional winners plus the two teams with the best records)
Playoff rounds: 2 (2-weeks per round)
Playoff game tiebreaker: Higher seed