To assemble your team, you will draft players from a list of all Major League Baseball players, in both the American and National leagues, unless you are playing in a division specific league i.e. National League Only Leagues draft only National League players.
Standard League rosters have slots for a total of 25 players per team. There are 22 Active slots (13 batter and nine pitchers). See below for specific Active positions. Additionally, there are three bench slots and one DL slot.
The 25 roster slots are divided into two overall positional categories: Batters and Pitchers.
ESPN Fantasy Baseball provides Batter slots for all five infield positions (C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B), five (5) outfield (OF) positions plus one utility slot. The utility slot may be filled by any non-pitcher. Also due to position eligibility, you may have a player on your roster that is only eligible for a designated hitter (DH) slot. If that is the case, the only slot you will be able to use that in the utility slot. For more information see Position Eligibility below.
ESPN Fantasy Baseball provides nine pitcher slots. You may use any combination of Starters and Relievers. However, keep in mind that there are limits for games started by your Active Starters as a whole. For more information on Pitching Limits, click here.
NOTE: The utility slot may NOT be filled with a pitcher.
- Total Roster Size: 25+1 (13 Batters, 9 Pitchers, 3 Bench, +1 DL)
- Batters (13): C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, 2B/SS, 1B/3B, UTIL
- Pitchers (9): P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P
- Bench (3): BE, BE, BE
- Disabled List (1): DL
Player position eligibility is based on two criteria that must be met. Once the following conditions are met, the player's position eligibility will be modified to reflect this.
- Games Played Last Season - A player must have played in a minimum of 20 games in a position to be eligible for that position. The exception is rookies, they will be eligible for the position in which they begin the season.
- Games Played in the Current Season - Once a player has played 10 games in a position during the regular season they will have that position added to their eligibility. This means that they will become eligible for the new position beginning on the eleventh game in that position. These games do not need to be contiguous.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
You decide which players to start for each day of competition. Your Team page allows you to analyze each of your current players, review their performance (previous day/week, year to date etc.) and freely move players between your Active roster and Bench. Roster moves involving a player may be made right up until that player's team is scheduled to begin playing in their first game of the day.
When you make transactions, you must move one active player to the bench, or to waivers, when moving an inactive/benched player to your active lineup. If you make a move that violates a roster slot, an error message will appear, notifying you to double-check the proposed transaction. You will need to ensure that you are moving players into eligible slots per Position Eligibility (see above).
ADDING / DROPPING PLAYERS
In Standard leagues there are going to be many unclaimed players available in the player pool; these players are called free agents. You may want to pick up one of these free agents (players not currently on a team in your league) for your elite team. You can search the player pool by going to the Players page.
All Standard leagues will observe ESPN's Undroppable Players list. The Undroppable Players list is comprised of select elite level players who cannot be dropped to waivers at any time during the baseball season.
NOTE: If you wish to claim a player from free agency, you must have an open roster slot or drop one of your current players in exchange.
For more information on Waivers and Free Agents, click here.