As we’ve discussed in other fantasy baseball sections, one of the most important aspects of playing in fantasy baseball leagues is knowing your league, the format, and the scoring system.
Here’s a breakdown of the two major scoring types you’re likely to run into for the 2010 fantasy baseball season:
Rotisserie leagues are arguably the most popular and appropriate way to conduct a fantasy baseball league in terms of scoring systems. The rotisserie fantasy baseball scoring system generally uses a wide variety of categories for scoring, and they include (but are not limited to):
Team Batting Average, Total Home Runs, Total Hits, Total RBI (runs batted in), Total Stolen Bases, Total Wins (pitchers), Total Saves, and Team ERA (earned run average).
Depending on your league’s scoring customization, some of these will be absent from your league, and a number of other categories can and will exist in your league.
The goal is to come as close to first place in all the batting categories (and pitcher wins), while having the lowest ERA or WHIP (if your league includes WHIP).
Some rotisserie leagues also incorporate head-to-head, as well, where wins, losses, and ties are determined by your fantasy team’s performance in the individual categories.
For the basic rotisserie leagues, however, the team with the best overall standing after accumulating and averaging all the statistics and categories, is the overall winner of the league.
Head-to-Head fantasy scoring leagues are generally the same in terms of categories and statistics (although depending on the league, this can vary), although the success of your team is determined on a week-to-week basis, as your fantasy roster goes up against a new opponent each week.
Once the season is completed, the fantasy team with the overall best record wins the regular season title of the league, and would earn a first place seeding (or possibly a bye) in the league’s fantasy playoffs.
The style of play (head-to-head) continues on in the playoff format, and finishes when one team emerges out of the tournament as the winner. Generally the top 4-6 teams make the playoffs in a standard league, but as with everything in fantasy sports games, this can be changed at the discretion of the league or league administrator.
If there is a consolation bracket, any team that did not make the regular playoffs will battle in a separate tournament to decide which teams earn third, fourth, and fifth place.