Team lineups are submitted for a week of games at a time. The
commissioner's office will set a deadline for each week's lineup changes.
If no lineup is submitted, or is submitted late, the team will retain the same
lineup from the previous week. See Season Schedule
details on how the lineup is used and Schedules and
information on the submission deadlines.
The first part of the lineup is the starting batting order. A team must
name nine players to start and list the order in which they will hit. This
includes eight position players and a designated hitter. In addition to
the order, lineups will include the position at which the player occupies.
Only hitters identified by their primary or secondary position can be used in
that position. As an example, only a player listed with a primary or
secondary position of third base may be used as a starting third baseman. His
place may be filled by a reserve if he does not actually play in that day's game
Any player may be used as a designated hitter. Players who are
identified only as designated hitters in the master player list may not be used
in any other position unless they meet the criteria listed in the Positions
As described in Season Schedule, a player's statistics for major
league game X will be used for fantasy game X. If he does not play in that
game, two things can happen. First, a reserve off the bench may be used to
fill his place. Reserves are submitted in the order in which they should
appear in the game. Starting with the first reserve, each sub is checked
to see if he played in game X and if his primary or secondary position fills the
spot in question. If so, that player is inserted into the lineup for that
game. This is at the same position in the order as the listed starter.
Should there be no valid substitutions, the spot is filled by the Benchwarmer
the following statistics: 0 for 5, no RBI, no walks, no SB, 2 errors. (If the Benchwarmer
fills the DH role, there will be no errors).
Exception: Actually, the DH is always the first position substitute. If
the owner's starting position player is out, and the listed DH is eligible to
play at that position (primary or secondary position), then the DH will fill
that role. However, the batting order will not change. The reserve
selected as the new DH will occupy the spot in the batting order vacated by the
missing starter. Once all the field position players are filled, the
highest remaining reserve will fill the DH spot, if necessary.
Pitchers are handled differently, since it is very unlikely that they will
pitch in the actual corresponding games between the major league and the fantasy
seasons. As soon as the starter is placed in the rotation, he begins to
accumulate starts in a pool or, rather, a queue. When his turn in the
rotation comes up, the oldest start in the queue will be used for that fantasy
game and will be removed from the queue. Starts will accumulate as long as
the pitcher is in the starting rotation up to a maximum of three - at which time
the oldest one is discarded and never used. If the starter is removed from
the rotation, the queue is emptied until he is placed back in the rotation.
- Only starts will be used while a pitcher is in the rotation. No relief
appearances will be used for the queue.
- Spot starters will only accumulate one start. Thus, their latest available
start will always be the one used.
- Starting Pitchers will begin accumulating starts beginning with Major League
Owners specify a starting rotation of five pitchers. A pitcher is used
in a game if a) it is his turn in the rotation and b) he has a game in the queue
to use. In the situation where at the start of the season, or if he is
placed into the rotation mid-season, and does not have a qualifying game, then
the next pitcher in the order with a qualifying game will pitch in his place.
This is contingent on the fact that he has not pitched in the previous 4 games
(see below). If none of the other pitchers in the rotation qualify to
pitch, then the spot starters are taken, in order, to fill the start, provided
they have a qualifying game.
The spot starters are not rotated. For example, a spot starter is
needed in game 32. The first spot starter qualifies and is used.
Assume that the spot starters do not change and the next spot start is needed in
game 63. Again, the first in the order is checked first, despite the fact
that he was the last spot starter to be used.
If no starters qualify for the game, a Pinesitter Pitcher fills in with the following
line score: 3 IP, 5 ER, 0 K.
Rest Between Starts
Starting pitchers must rest for four fantasy games between starts. If a
pitcher's turn in the rotation comes due and he is unable to pitch - due either
to no available starts or not enough rest - he is skipped until the next normal
turn for his rotation spot (unless he starts due to higher-ranked starters
missing a turn as described above). Thus, it makes little sense to reorder
a rotation, unless the owner is inserting new starters and moving others DOWN
the list. Otherwise, they will need to sit out a start. (Owners still need
to be careful about when they make that change - in certain weeks, even moving a
pitcher down in the rotation will cause him to miss a start.)
This is significantly more complicated, if that's possible, than the starting
pitching. Again, this is largely due to the fact that the need for relief
pitching will generally not correspond with real major league game appearances.
Rather than maintain a queue of games for relief pitchers, their performance
will be collected on a sliding scale of six games. That is, games #1-6
will be compiled for fantasy game #1. Games #2-7 will be compiled for
fantasy game #2, and so on.
Only actual relief appearances will count. No starts will be included
in a relief pitcher's pool of games.
The actual use of these games will be described in more detail below in Scoring.