Below is a list of the 5x5 scoring categories used in the Standard Fantasy Baseball game. These categories apply to both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head leagues.
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 SCORING FORMATS (Free Leagues)
Free Standard games have two scoring formats available during league creation: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head: Each Category. These are the most commonly used scoring formats in fantasy baseball. The two formats are defined below.
- Rotisserie: Rotisserie, or "Roto," is the most common way to play fantasy baseball. In this scoring type teams are ranked from first to last in each statistical category. Points are then awarded according to the order in each category, then totaled to determine an overall score and league rank.
- Head-to-Head: Each Category: H2H Each Category is the most common type of head-to-head play in fantasy baseball. It allows you to select "X" number of statistical categories. For each scoring period, team totals are accumulated and a win, loss or tie is credited in each category based on the matchup results (i.e. 6-3-1 in a 10 category league). If selected, your league will have team schedules/playoffs and the option to set up divisions.
Beginning with the 2012 season - points for wins was reduced to 5, matchup acquisition limits were removed and a game start limit of 12 per matchup was insitututed. Custom/LM leagues are still able to change Acquisition Limits.
NOTE: Game Limits apply to Pitchers only with the default for Game Starts set to 12 maximum. This means if you hit your limit of 12 game starts on Saturday, you would not receive pitching stats for the next day. If a team exceeds the pitching max in the middle of a day, the team will continue to accumulate pitching stats until the end of the day.
HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUP ACQUISITION LIMITS
ESPN Fantasy Baseball enforces a maximum number of acquisitions allowed per head-to-head matchup. An "acquisition" is defined as a player added from free agency (or waivers) to a team's roster. For the typical week during the season where there are 7 MLB gamedays, the limit is seven (7) acquisitions allowed. For the 2-week matchups during the H2H playoffs the limit is fourteen (14) acquisitions allowed.
Once the acquisitions limit is reach, a team will no longer be able to add players until the following matchup begins. Note that under this rule change, the system will not enforce any maximum number of games started for pitchers in the H2H game. This rule was instituted to protect against teams who streamed players on the last day each week and we hope it provides a better experience managing your team.
Acquisition limits notes:
- There is no limit on acquisitions before the season begins. The system only starts enforcing the rule on the first day of the season.
- Dropping player(s) or receiving player(s) via a trade does not count against your acquisition limit.
- There is no limit to the number of acquisitions allowed per day (as long as it doesn't exceed the maximum for the matchup). You can add 7 players to your team on a single day, or balance them out throughout the matchup (ie, 2 on Tuesday, 2 on Friday, 3 on Saturday). Since player additions lock at the first game of the day, the weekly transition for acquisition limits takes place with the first game played on Sunday.
- In Standard leagues, matchups with more than 7 days will allow more than 7 acquisitions in the matchup period. For instance, the matchup directly following the All-Star break is 14 days, so the limit that week will be 14 acquisitions.
- Your team's current acquisition limit balance is displayed on three pages within the game - your "My Team" and "H2H Box Score" page, as well as the "Players" pages (free agency/waivers). The league "Standings" page will continue to display the total number of acquisitions made for the entire season.
GAME START LIMITS
One aspect of strategy in fantasy baseball is not simply knowing who to start but when to start them. As such it is important to pay attention to your pitchers game started when setting your lineup. ESPN's Standard League game does NOT allow for unlimited streaming of pitchers. Listed below are the game start limits for both the ROTO scoring formats.
Roto - games started maximums
- Batters - Unlimited starts - No maximums
- Pitchers - Limited starts - Maximum of 200 games started
NOTE: If a team exceeds the 200 games started max in the middle of a day, the team will continue to accumulate stats until the end of the day.
NOTE 2: On the day after the 200 games-started limit is reached, stats accumulated by a pitcher starting a game will no longer count towards your team's total. Stats accumulated by pitchers in relief of a starter will continue to count towards your team's total.
Head to Head - game started maximums
- Batters - Unlimited starts - No maximums
- Pitchers - Unlimited starts - No maximums
MINIMUM INNINGS PITCHED THRESHOLD
Teams in head-to-head and rotisserie leagues are required to reach an innings pitched minimum in order to qualify for stats in both the ERA and WHIP scoring categories. For H2H leagues this total must be reached each week while for Roto leagues must be reached for the entire season. This rule was instituted primarily for H2H leagues to protect against owners intentionally benching pitchers after 1 IP with no hits, runs or walks allowed (and thus ensuring a win in 2 of the 5 categories). The minimum innings pitched rules are as follows:
- H2H leagues: 10 innings pitched per matchup
- Roto leagues: 1,000 innings pitched for the season
For H2H play, failure to accumulate the minimum number of innings will result in forfeiture of ERA and WHIP pitching categories for the matchup. If both teams fail to reach the minimum, both will receive ties in these pitching categories. Note that even if the threshold is not met, the other non-average stats DO count (for example "Wins", "Saves" and/or "Strikeouts"). You can view the IP minimums for each matchup on your "H2H Box Score" page.
NOTE: Until the 10th inning pitched is reached, the category for ERA and WHIP will remain italcized. This indicates that these categories will not count towards your matchup score for the week (until the 10th inning is complete). If you are viewing your matchup scoring categories on our mobile Fantasy Baseball experience, these two fields may NOT be italicized and will resemble all other category fields. Please remember that the rules above still apply.
For Roto leagues, failure to accumulate the minimum number of innings will result in forfeiture of ERA and WHIP pitching categories for the entire season. Teams will receive "1" Roto point for both the ERA and WHIP categories. You can view how many innings pitched your team has accumulated during the season on the "Active Stats" page linked on your main "My Team" page.