ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2009 (FLB 09) 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 offer a rich and enjoyable experience for fantasy players of all levels of expertise. 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 5x5 scoring leagues, which 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 baseball while providing a satisfying and fun fantasy experience.

  • Standard: Prize-Eligible leagues are 10-team, standard 5x5 scoring leagues, which 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 Baseball 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 is able to choose from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game suited to their specific settings. In the Custom game there are five scoring formats: Rotisserie, Points-Based, and three types of Head-to-Head. In addition, there are a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options like Keepers to further tailor the league settings to suit your fantasy needs. Alternatively, as LM, you can choose to use one of the new ESPN Personalities Express Setup custom formats designed by three of ESPN's top Fantasy experts: Matt Berry, Eric Karabell and Stephania Bell.
STANDARD LEAGUE SETTINGS (Both Free and Prize-Eligible)
All Standard leagues - Rotisserie (Roto) or Head-to-Head (H2H) - use the following standard, unalterable scoring settings.

Teams in league: 10
Player Universe: All MLB Players
Draft Order: Randomized at draft
Lineups Change: Daily - Individually at gametime
Roster Locktime: Daily - First game of day
Trade Limit: None
Trade Review Period: 48 Hours
Free Agent/Waiver Acquisition Limit: None
Waiver Period: 2 Days
Waiver System: Move To Last, Never Reset Order
Position Eligibility: 20 GP in prev. sesaon, 10 in current
Total Roster Size: 25 (22 starters, 3 bench, 1 DL)
Batters (13): C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, 1B/3B, 2B/SS, UTIL
Pitchers (9): P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P
Bench (3): BE, BE, BE
Disabled List (1): DL
Pitching Maxs (Roto): 200 GS/season
Pitching Maxs (H2H): 12 GS/week
Pitching Mins: None
Batting Maxs: None
Batting Mins: None

Runs Scored (R)
Home Runs (HR)
Runs Batted In (RBI)
Stolen Bases (SB)
Batting Average (AVG)
Wins (W)
Saves (SV)
Strikeouts (K)
Earned Run Average (ERA)
Walks plus Hits Per Innings Pitched (WHIP)

Divisions: 2
Length of Regular Season: 22 Weeks
Length per Matchup: 1 Week (Monday-Sunday)
Matchup Tie Breaker: None, Leave as Tie
Last Day of Regular Season: Sun., Aug. 31, 2009
Playoff Teams: 4 (2 division winners + 2 Wild Card)
Playoff berth tiebreaker: H2H record
Length of Playoffs: 4 Weeks
Playoff Rounds: 2 (2-weeks per round)
Playoff Game Tiebreaker: Higher seed