SCORESHEET FANTASY BASEBALL: ROOT LEAGUES
In addition to our standard baseball leagues, Scoresheet also forms single season leagues with a "root team" flavor. Root Leagues consist of 10 teams drafting from either the AL or the NL. Teams are based on a major league team, and team owners will pick the team with which they want to be associated when they sign up for a Root League team.
During a Root League draft, each team owner must pick players only from their root team's organization in each of Rounds 1, 2 and 3. In Rounds 4 and 5, teams can choose players from their root team or from "open" teams, but can not pick players from other owners' root teams. Then in rounds 6 thru 16 team owners can pick players from any MLB team in their type of league's player list (AL or NL.)
Owners must have 8 players from their root team by Round 16, plus all of their team's picks in Rounds 17 through 29 will also come from their root team . After round 29 (in rounds 30-35 and in all 5 of the in-season drafts) team owners can once again pick players from any MLB team in their type of league (AL or NL.) The draft order in Rounds 1 through 16 and Rounds 30 through 35 will be done in reverse order of the previous year's major league standings. Root leagues will also take part in the standard five 2-round in-season drafts (one draft per month). In-season drafts will go in the reverse order of the Scoresheet standings at the time of the draft.
All of the above requirements are implemented automatically in the Scoresheet web-based drafting system. The draft program skips over any players on a team's draft list that are not in their root team's organization during the rounds in which they must pick from their root team. The result is that about half of a team's starters, and almost all of their backups and bullpen, are from the root team.
Please note that we have done our best to design the leagues so that teams based on the best major league teams will not necessarily have an advantage. First, more of the players from the "better" major league teams will get picked by other owners in the open rounds, which means there will be less players available from those organizations in Rounds 17 through 29, when team owners can only pick players from their root teams. Second, the draft will be held in reverse order of the previous year's major league win-loss records in the open rounds (when teams can pick players from any team). So, while a team may certainly have more star players than others, any weaker teams will pick ahead of the stronger organizations in every round and less of their players will be drafted by other teams in the open rounds. Finally, all of the mid-season drafts will be open - teams will not be restricted to drafting from only their own root organization in these five drafts.
For root considerations, an undrafted player is determined to be on the major league team which he is on at that time. For example: if a player is first on the Giants, but is traded to the Pirates in the major leagues, he then becomes a Pirate as far as your root team draft is concerned. However, drafted players stay on the Scoresheet team they were drafted on, regardless if he is later traded to a different major league team - once drafted by you, a player is on your team unless you trade him.
Root leagues will all draft using the Scoresheet web-based draft system, and no trading will be allowed before Round 29 ends. Once Round 29 is over, you can trade any of your players or picks. Since Root Leagues are a simpler version of the regular Scoresheet baseball game, teams in these leagues cost just $59, or $29 if you are new to Scoresheet Baseball.