Free Standard: Standard leagues are 10 team, standard scoring leagues, which use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. Free Standard leagues will draft players from the whole MLB Universe. Free Standard Leagues have a Total Roster Size of 25 players (22 starters, 3 bench, 1 DL).
In the Free Standard game there are two scoring formats: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head: Each Category. Additionally, the Standard game experience offers AL and NL only leagues. Free Standard Leagues are an easy way to dive into fantasy baseball while providing a satisfying and fun fantasy experience.
ESPN Custom: ESPN Custom leagues (also free to players) use customized rule settings selected by the league creator. The league creator can choose from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game suited to their specific settings. The ESPN Custom game has a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options to suit your fantasy needs. Once the league is created, the league settings are locked and the creator will no longer be able to edit the settings (so there is no "LM", or League Manager). Participants in ESPN Fantasy Baseball can create/join a maximum of 10 ESPN Custom Leagues. If a participant also plays in Free Standard Leagues, the COMBINED total cannot exceed 10 (example: a team owner participates in four ESPN Free Standard leagues and six ESPN Custom Leagues).
NOTE: ESPN Custom leagues do not have Keepers, cannot select the Offline Draft type, changing the Draft Date and Time requires a referendum, and finally Owners may not trade Draft Picks.
Prize-Eligible Emulating the Free Standard league settings, Standard Prize-Eligible leagues are 10-team, 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.
League Manager League Manager (LM) 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 LM 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.
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.
|STANDARD LEAGUE BASICS (Both Roto and H2H)|
Teams in league: 10
Player Universe: All MLB Players
Draft Order: Randomized at draft
Lineups Change: Daily - Individually at game time
Roster Locktime: Daily - First game of day
Trade Limit: None
Trade Review Period: 24 Hours
Free Agent/Waiver Acquisition Limit: None
Waiver Period: 1 Day
Waiver System: Move To Last, Never Reset Order
Position Eligibility: 20 GP in prev. season, 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
|STANDARD LEAGUE SCORING SETTINGS (Both Roto and H2H)|
|BATTING (5)||PITCHING (5)|
Runs Scored (R)
Home Runs (HR)
Runs Batted In (RBI)
Stolen Bases (SB)
Batting Average (AVG)
Earned Run Average (ERA)
Walks plus Hits Per Innings Pitched (WHIP)
|STANDARD LEAGUE H2H ONLY|
Length of Regular Season: 20 Weeks
Length per Matchup: 1 Week (Monday-Sunday)
Matchup Tie Breaker: None, Leave as Tie
Last Day of Fantasy Baseball Regular Season: September 2nd, 2012
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