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Configuring Your League Scoring

Configuring Your League Scoring

Gregg Rosenthal (Fantasy Sports Sr. Editor) gives expert video advice on: What factors should I consider when setting up the scoring options for my fantasy baseball league? and more...

What factors should I consider when setting up the scoring options for my fantasy baseball league?

You just want to get a consensus over what all the owners in the fantasy baseball league want to do in terms of scoring categories. Just make sure everyone's in agreement that you're going to use, let's say runs and strike outs as categories, and that's pretty much it. I think the best way is probably what's called the 5 x 5 League, and that's homers, runs, RBI, stolen bases, batting average for hitters; and strike outs, base runners for inning, ERA wins, and saves for pitchers. That system adds strike outs and runs to the original system, and that makes a little more bounce between starting pitchers, and also makes it so speed isn't too important.

What is the 'rotisserie scoring' system in fantasy baseball?

The original Rotisserie League system is what they also now call four by four, and the categories that they use are home runs, RBI, batting average, and stolen bases; their four pitching categories are wins, saves, ERA, and base runners per inning which is also called WHIP It's Walks plus Hits divided by Innings Pitched. That's the original eight categories in fantasy baseball. People have tweaked it, but a lot of people still play with the original standard way.

What is the 'head-to-head scoring' system in fantasy baseball?

In head-to-head scoring, instead of accumulating standings throughout the year, in terms of who's in first place in categories like home runs or RBI, you play against a different team in your league every week and you get a win or you get a loss. For players that know fantasy football, this if kind of like a fantasy baseball version that's a little more like fantasy football, because you get a win and a loss every week. In terms of how you get the wins and the losses, you're still using the same categories. It's usually eight to ten categories and whoever wins more categories between you and your weekly opponent will get the win for that week. Let's say you win all the hitting categories and one pitching category, you're going to get the win for that week.

What is the 'fantasy point scoring' system in fantasy baseball?

Fantasy point scoring is when you have a point system, and add up those points throughout the year - that will decide who wins. A home run is going to be worth a certain number of points, a win is going to be worth a certain number of points, and you just keep adding up which owner gets the most points for a system and they'll win the competition. Fantasy point scoring is the kind they usually use in salary cap leagues, because it's a good way to organize a league that has a ton of owners or has a different system; that way you just keep track of who scores the most points for the year instead of doing a Rotisserie or a head-to-head match up.