Frequently Asked Questions

Each section below lists some of the more commonly asked questions we receive regarding Scoresheet. To view the answer to a question you can simply click the + symbol or directly on the text of the question itself. You can also on the "Show All Answers" option for that section to see all questions and answers at the same time.


Scoresheet Fantasy Baseball FAQ

  • The game sounds great but is it time consuming to play?
    • Even with all the options you have as an owner, it takes no more of your time to play Scoresheet Fantasy Baseball than any other fantasy game. You can choose to turn in a new lineup or let your team ride for as long as you like. And even if you do regularly make changes, it only takes a few minutes.
  • How many players can I have on my roster or at each position?
    • You start with a 35 man roster (after completing the initial draft before the season), and it will grow during the season as you take part in supplemental drafts or make unbalanced trades. But you may not list more than 30 players on a weekly lineup card. Any players not listed on a lineup card WILL stay on your team's roster (as part of your farm team or "taxi" squad), and will automatically be used before any (AAA) players are called up.

      Just like in the major leagues, you make the decisions as to how many players you want at each position. So it's up to you whether you want to make sure you have plenty of pitchers for the long haul or keep a couple of extra position players. We do offer a roster balancing feature during the draft that will help insure you get a good mix of players, but you aren't required to use this feature if you don't want to.
  • What is the tiebreaker process?
    • If 2 or more teams are tied at the end of the season, but the tie only matters for playoff seeding, then we'll use head to head records to break the tie, and will go to overall run differential if necessary. If two or more teams are tied and a playoff berth is at stake then a 7 game playoff will be played to break the tie. That tiebreaking series will use the same rules as our normal playoff series, and will be played at the same time as the normal playoffs (essentially adding an extra playoff round to see who makes the 'real' playoffs.)

      If there are 3 teams tied for one playoff berth the team with the best head to head record among the three teams will get a bye while the other two teams play a best of 7 series, and then the winner of that series will play another best of 7 series against the team that had the bye. If three teams are tied for two playoff berths the #1 seed according to head to head records among those three teams gets one of the berths, and the other two teams play a 7 game series to determine who gets the second playoff spot. NOTE: The first thing the program does is figure the division winners. So, if three teams are tied, with two of them tied for a division crown, while the third is from a different division but tied with those two teams for the wild card, first the program figures who wins the division (by playing a 7 game series if the one who does not win the division is not guaranteed a wild card spot.) Then, after figuring out who wins the division, the program would play a series between the non- division winner and the team from the other division that is tied for the wild card.
  • How do the playoffs work in Scoresheet Fantasy Baseball?
    • Playoffs are a best of 7 series, using the whole season's stats, with September performances weighted more heavily. 12 team leagues are split into 3 divisions. At the end of the regular season the 3 division winners, along with one wild card, make the playoffs. Of the 4 playoff teams, the division winner with the best record plays the team with the worst record. 10 team leagues are split into two 5 team divisions. At the end of the regular season the 2 division winners, along with one wild card, make the playoffs. The division winner with the best record will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs, with the other division winner playing the wild-card team.

      Most 4 division leagues simply have the 4 division winners going to the post-season. In those leagues, if you played a balanced schedule (playing every team the same number of times), then in the first round the division winner with the best record plays the division winner with the worst record, with the 2 other division winners meeting in the other series. If you are in a 4 division league that played an unbalanced schedule (where odd numbered teams played more games against other odd numbered teams, and even numbered teams played more games against other even numbered teams), then winners from the 'odd-numbered team' divisions meet each other in round 1, and the 2 winners from the 'even numbered team' divisions meet in the other round 1 series.

      For 'private' leagues with more than 4 teams in the playoffs, our default seedings for matchups is simply based on won lost records among the playoff teams, though whenever a division winner faces a wild card team the division winner does get home field in games 1, 2, 6 and 7. But *for determining matchups, our default is* that the team with the best record gets to play the team with the worst record, even if that worst record team is a division winner (unless you have given us specific instructions otherwise.) Also, our default program is that matchups ARE re-seeded after round 1, so if an upset happens in round 1 the remaining playoff team with the best record gets to play the remaining playoff team with the worst record.

      If you are in a league with a different set-up then described above, please check your league's web page. Right above the season schedule on that page is a line saying how many wild cards are slated to make your league's playoffs.
  • When is the trading deadline?
    • The Scoresheet Fantasy Baseball trading deadline is before the first MLB game starts on Labor Day each year. That is also the deadline for turning in lineups to be used for the games of that week and also for 'playoff only' lineups. If you make a trade, please do report it to us by the deadline so that we can put it thru! And like always, please only make trades that are designed to help your team, not a friend's!
  • How are Free Agent pick ups handled?
    • There are five in-season (supplemental) drafts of two rounds each. There will be a two round draft in April (rounds 36 and 37), two rounds in May (rounds 38-39), two rounds in late June (after the June MLB draft) which will be rounds 40-41, two rounds in late July (42-43) and two rounds in late August (rounds 44-45).


Scoresheet Fantasy Football FAQ

  • Do you offer prizes?
    • League champions receive trophies for their stellar efforts, and we also offer weekly and overall cash prizes as follows:
      To determine our weekly and overall prize winners, we total the 15 offensive and defensive positions for each eligible team each week (i.e., ignoring opposing players). We award $100 each of the first 14 weeks (not during the 3 final playoff weeks) to the team which scores the most such game points in ALL of Scoresheet Fantasy Football that week. We also award $50 to whichever team scores the second most points throughout all of Scoresheet Fantasy Football each week. Also, the ONE league winner with the highest 16-game point total in all of Scoresheet (not counting the wild-card games) wins a free year's membership in all 3 Scoresheet Fantasy Sports: football, baseball and hockey. Only teams in leagues with at least 12 teams are eligible for these weekly and overall cash prizes.
      NOTE: A single team can only win at most one 1st place prize per season, and at most one 2nd place prize per season. If the weekly winner has already won a first place prize earlier in the season then the prizes will be awarded to the next two highest point total teams that week.
  • When are weekly depth charts (lineups) due?
    • Depth charts, along with your free agents wanted list, are due before kickoff of the first game of each week. We do also give you a reminder each week with the newsletter.
  • When is the trading deadline?
    • The trading deadline normally happens in mid to late November, on week 12 in the NFL. The exact date is posted on your league's home page well ahead of schedule and will also be announced in our weekly emails. We must receive trade notices from both owners involved before the trade will become official. This can be done easily by using your league website's "Report a Trade" link.
  • How do the playoffs work in Scoresheet Fantasy Football?
    • In each league, the 3 division winners and the 2 next best records (wild cards) make the playoffs. Ties for division winners and playoff spots are broken using the same rules as in the NFL (which can be found here). Wild card games are played during week 15, followed by the rest of the playoffs in weeks 16 and 17. The home team (the team with the better regular season record or a division winner when playing a wild card team) is given a 3-point advantage.
  • What happens if I have an injured player?
    • We do have rules built into our football program to facilitate automatic replacement for injured players, or players who are on a bye week. The final selection of players for a given week is determined as follows:

      If your starting QB has less than 12 pass attempts plus rushes that week, we go to your backup players and play your first listed backup QB who has at least 12 pass attempts plus rushes. Exception - if the QB you listed as a starter, or one of your backup QBs listed higher than the one who qualifies with 12 'plays', plays that week in the NFL (meaning he earns Scoresheet points that week), and earns more points than the QB who qualifies we will use the (first such) higher listed QB. This works the same for all positions. What this means is that you will not get penalized by having your starter score more points than your backup, but then not get used because he does not qualify. These 'qualifying rules' are designed to help you by automatically replacing injured players! However, a non-qualified starter without enough plays to qualify that gets zero points does NOT play over a backup with negative points. Otherwise team owners could purposely write in starters they know won't play - a guy who is injured or on a bye - and then the worst they could get is zero. If no QB qualifies (has at least 12 rushes plus pass attempts), we use your first QB listed who scores points. If none of your QB's score then you will receive 0 points from the QB position. Similarly, we use a starting RB(s) if he has at least 5 rushes plus receptions. If one of your starting RBs does not 'qualify' we go to your backups, using the top listed RB who does qualify with 5 'plays', unless your starter (or higher backup) had more points, in which case we use him. If no RB has 5 'plays' your first listed RB(s) who scores more than 0 points will play. For all positions: if a player you have listed as a starter plays enough to qualify, he'll be used even if he scores less than backups you've listed behind him. Your coaching decisions DO matter!

      At WR and TE, a player with 1 reception will be used. Also, a 2nd starting RB or 3rd starting WR may be replaced by a backup RB or WR - we will use the first listed qualifying backup from either position. On defense, if a starter gets any non zero statistic then he will play. Otherwise, we revert to your backups. The same applies for your kicker, punter, and kick return team - if they are not involved in any plays then we go to your backup. If your starters qualify according to the above minimum number of plays, then your backups naturally will not score for you that week.

      We also have special qualifying rules for the playoffs. In week 16 of the NFL season (which is used for the second round of our playoffs), someone who does NOT play enough to qualify as a starter in Scoresheet can use his points that week, or the average of what he scored in weeks 15 and 16. In week 17 a player who doesn't play enough to 'qualify' can use either the points he scored in the week 17 NFL game, or the average of what he scored in weeks 15, 16 and 17. This should help solve the problem of one of your stars getting benched by his NFL team in the last week of the season as they rest him up for the playoffs.
  • How do the tiebreakers work in Scoresheet Fantasy Football?
    • Our tiebreaking rules are based on the NFL's system. But, while Scoresheet and the NFL both have divisions, there are not two conferences in a Scoresheet league, so the tiebreakers used in Scoresheet are a bit simpler (none of the NFL's tiebreakers involving conference records are used in Scoresheet, since conference record is the same thing as overall record in Scoresheet Football.) On your weekly print-out, Net Points is your overall winning margin in games played so far, and the stats under the DIV heading include games only against your divisional opponents, and are only used for tiebreakers if the tied teams are all in the same division. Team's head to head records are printed with the results to help you keep track of the tiebreakers.

      To break ties WITHIN A DIVISION:
      a) if two clubs from the same division are tied, the tiebreakers used (in order) are: head to head record, then division record, then division net points, then total net points.

      b) if three or more clubs from the same division are tied, the tie- breakers used (in order) are: winning percentage of head to head games among the tied clubs, then division record, then division net points, then total net points. For all ties among three or more clubs, the NFL rule (which we use) is: "If two clubs are tied after any other club is eliminated, then the tiebreaker goes back to the first step of the 2 club rule."

      To break TIES FOR THE WILD CARD:
      a) If the tied teams are from the same division, then simply use the division tiebreakers as described above. If two clubs from different division are tied, the tiebreakers used (in order) are: head to head record, then total net points.

      b) if three or more clubs from different divisions are tied: First apply the division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division among the tied wild-card teams (in other words, at most one club from each division takes part in the tiebreaker for the first wild card spot. This is probably the rule that causes the most confusion.) However, if there is a multiple team tie for both wild card spots, then once the first wild card team is determined the process starts again - both wild cards CAN end up coming from the same division! Also, the original seeding within a division holds for all subsequent applications.

      Once again, if after eliminating all but one team from each division in this tiebreaker procedure there are only two teams left, we then go back to the two-team tiebreakers. If three teams are still tied, then head to head records are used only is there is a sweep (meaning one team got swept by, or did sweep, both the other teams), and next total net points is used.


Scoresheet Fantasy Hockey FAQ

  • How many players can I have on my roster?
    • Teams draft 26 players, and then there will be a weekly free agent draft starting week one. If you would like to pick up a free agent, you will need to cut one player as well. You are not required to pick up a free agent each week if you don't want to. Also, you can still make unbalanced trades so there is no set roster size requirement. However, each time you do wish to pick up a free agent, you do need to drop a player as well.
  • Are there fees for trades, free agent pick ups or weekly lineups not submitted on the web?
    • There are no weekly fees in Scoresheet Hockey, meaning there are no charges for trading, free agent pick ups, or depth chart changes. Your team fee is all you pay for the entire season.
  • How are Free Agent pick ups handled?
    • During the Scoresheet Fantasy Hockey regular season we do hold free agent drafts every week. In order to pick up a player you will need to also cut one player. So when you turn in your depth chart you will note a few Free Agents you would like and also indicate the player you wish to cut in order to make room for your new player. Teams will pick in reverse order of the standings at that time, and every team can pick up one player in each week's draft. Each week's free agent draft is held before that week's games are played - so that you can use the free agent that week if necessary. You are not required to pick up a free agent each week so if you want to leave your roster as is, simply do not submit any free agent request.
  • When is the trading deadline?
    • The deadline is in late March each year, with the exact date announced well ahead of time on your league's home page and via emails. Trades can be reported on your league website using the "Report a Trade" menu link. NOTE: You can still do unbalanced trades, such as 2 players sent to another team in exchange for 1 coming to your team. You aren't required to keep your roster at 26 (in this example, you'd have one less than the originally drafted 26 and your trading partner will now have 27).


Scoresheet General FAQ

  • Why isn't it free? And, what about cash prizes?
    • Why Isn't it Free? And, what About Cash Prizes?

      A season of Scoresheet Fantasy Sports costs about as much as dinner for two, and you get an entire season of the most realistic fantasy sports games in the industry. And at Scoresheet, since owners pay for their teams, you can be certain that the other owners in your league will be active participants.

      Scoresheet does not offer the large cash prizes some ‘contests’ do. To offer cash prizes, we’d have to raise prices, and more importantly, we’d have to change our game completely. We could no longer offer a league-type format since owners would collude to make unfair trades in an effort to win. (This is why companies with large cash prizes use a ‘pool’ format, with no real draft.)

      We have put many years into making our fantasy sports games as fun as possible, and we strongly feel that changing to a pool format in order offer a small chance of winning a large cash prize is not nearly as entertaining as providing a game with real leagues, head-to-head competition, a realistic scoring system, and automatic use of bench players.

  • Can I also get mailed copies of Scoresheet weekly reports?
    • If you would like printed versions of your weekly reports - in addition to what is available on your league website and the emailed versions - we are happy to send them out. There is a one-time fee of $10 for each league you want mailed, which helps defray the cost of postage.
  • How can I contact your office if I have a question?
    • We are normally available by phone weekdays - yes, an actual live person! - between 9AM and 530PM Pacific time (and often on Saturdays as well). Our phone number is (530) 470-1880 and our fax is (530) 470-1885. We also check email regularly and will get back to you as quickly as possible. Just send us your question to