SCORESHEET FANTASY BASEBALL: NL DRAFT / RULES PACKET
Lineup Changes and Trades
Each week, your Scoresheet team will play 6 or 7 games, playing a total of 162 games for the season. The week's games are all played on Mondays, and are based on the player's performance in the majors during the previous week. Lineups are turned in before you see how your players are actually performing in the majors that week.
You can make unbalanced trades (for example, three players for two), and trading of players is allowed until early September. There is no specific fees for trades. We must receive confirmation from both of the teams involved in a trade before finalizing the trade. Scoresheet reviews all trades for fairness to eliminate collusion.
Plus Sign Option
For more flexibility during the draft, Scoresheet provides an advanced option that overrides the optional Roster Balancing feature of the drafting system. By putting a plus sign (+) next to a player's number on your ranking list, you are able to draft that player even if you already have another player at that position. For instance, you may have already received a starting shortstop, but a second shortstop at the top of your ranking list remains undrafted when it is your turn to draft. If you have a plus sign (+) next to the (second) shortstop's player number, you will draft him as a backup even if you're still missing some starting players at other positions. NOTE: A plus sign will only override Roster Balancing for one extra player at each position. For example, you draft a second third baseman, or a sixth starting pitcher using Roster Balancing and the Plus Sign Option, before drafting a starting catcher. However, you will NOT receive more than one backup at a position before you get a starter at other positions. Once you receive a "plussed" player, he counts at that position. We recommend that you only use the Plus Sign Option sparingly, if you decide to use it at all.-->
- As a Scoresheet Baseball owner, you are starting out with a 35-man roster that will grow during the season as you take part in supplemental drafts, or make unbalanced trades. However, you may not list more than 30 players on a lineup card. Any players not listed on a lineup card WILL STAY on your team's roster, and will automatically be used before any (AAA) players are called up.
- Your team will not have more than 10 pitchers and 16 position players appear in a single game.
- Player stats are adjusted for the major league they play in. If you have Matt Cain, and he is traded to the AL in mid-season, you will still get to use his stats. But, since the average ERA in the AL is different than the average ERA in the NL, we will adjust his ERA accordingly. Inter-league play in the majors will have NO effect on Scoresheet Baseball statistics - If your player is on an NL team, he is treated as if he plays in the NL even if plays against an AL team that week in the major leagues.
- If you are in a Scoresheet National League that is drafting by sending lists to the Scoresheet office, you can draft any player that is on the current Scoresheet Player List for your league, even if they have been traded to the other league. For owners in National Leagues, any player that is on the current AL list will not be eligible for you to draft for the entire season. If you are unsure if a player is on the AL list, you can still list him - he will be ignored if he is not eligible for drafting.
- There are often many players that have not signed with a major league team as of the date player lists are finalized (late January each year), and so they are not on either list. You are allowed to draft such a player only after he is under contract to (or drafted by) an NL team or an NL-owned minor league team. If you list such a player, you must submit his full name, current team affiliation, and position to the Scoresheet office for him to be added to our draft-eligible player lists. For players still not signed with a team by early February we will add them on February 7th to the league list that they ended the previous MLB season in.
- Once games are played they are final.
- 12-team leagues are split into three team divisions. At the end of the regular season, the three division winners, along with one wild card will make the playoffs. Of the four playoff teams, the division winner with the best record plays the team with the worst record.
- 10-team leagues are split into two five-team divisions. At the end of the regular season, the two division winners, along with one wild card will make the playoffs. The division winner with the best record gets a bye in the first round, and the other division winner plays the wild-card team. Playoffs are a best of seven games series, using the entire season's stats, with September performances weighted more heavily.
- Finally, the stats of the games played in Australia in March will not count for Scoresheet week 1 games, so what players do in those two games will nt matter for week 1 Scoresheet games. But the stats from the Sunday Night March 30th will count as part of our week 1 games, so week 1 lineups will need to be submitted by/before Sunday afternoon, March 30th.