Our points league will feature three winners:
- Pre All-Star Break
- Post All-Star Break
Thanks to player splits statistics, it is possible to keep track of 1st half and 2nd half statistics, separately! Now if you lose a player to an injury early in the season, it makes sense to hold on to him because after the All-Star break, every player resets back to zero points!
Sure about 60% of the season is prior to the All-Star Game, which takes place in July, but there are a lot of young prospects that make their debuts who used to have no value in points leagues, as well as players who suffer an injury that sidelines them for a while.
Last Season Top 10 Hitters from the 1st Half vs the 2nd Half
Cargo played in just 12 games after the All-Star game, but by using 1st half stats and resetting at the break, Carlos Gonzalez owners were able to get full value out of the games he did play.
Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout were the only hitters to make both top 10 lists!
Last Season Top 10 Pitchers from the 1st Half vs the 2nd Half
The loss of Matt Harvey not only killed the New York Mets, but fantasy owners too. However, in this format, Harvey's value was maximized!
Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright were the only pitchers to make both top 10 lists.
Rosters2 x C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS
6 x OF, P
Each roster has 22 players (11 starters, 11 bench). The draft is organized so that 1xC,1B,2B,3B,SS and 3 OF, P are selected by each owner. Then you reverse the draft order for the "reserves" and draft the same positions again. The league automatically decides who is on your starting team based on who has more fantasy points.
ScoringLeague scoring is completely customizable and can be made to fit your league.
This is how we keep score:
- Singles - 1pt
- Doubles - 2pts
- Triples - 3pts
- Homeruns - 2pts
- RBI - 2pts
- Runs Scored - 2pts
- Walks - 1pt
- Stolen Bases - 1pt
- Win - 10 pts
- Innings Pitched - 2 pts
- Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt)
- Strike Outs - .5pt
When you decide that your draft was not strong enough and want to swap players, you must make a position for position change. So if you wanted to drop John Buck in the 2nd half because he was not producing like in the first half, you would have to replace him with a catcher. Same goes for all positions.
You are also limited to just 1 move in May, 1 move in June and 1 move in July. Since you do not need to edit your lineup on a daily basis, there is no need to make many transactions. If the player added has more points than your other player at that position, he instantly becomes your starter and you earn all of his fantasy points, while subtracting the drop players fantasy points.
There are unlimited trades, up until August 31. However, trades work like free agent moves and must be position for position. Typically a trade is made when a backup player on someone else's roster has more points than your starter.
Here is an example of a trade made last May:
Mike Napoli (207) for Joey Votto (225)
Chase Utley (174) for Brandon Phillips (205)
Evan Longoria (220) for Martin Prado (127)
The Napoli/Utley/Longoria owner gained 49 points and the Votto/Phillips/Prado owner picked up 93. At the time of the deal, adding Longoria gave him 93 points, 44 more than the other guy, but Votto and Phillips finished the season with more points and that side won the deal.
So what is your take on playing fantasy baseball this way? If Yahoo, ESPN or CBS offered this would you consider playing? Is it better suited for AL or NL only leagues? Let us know in the comment section!