MODIFY TEAM

Overview

To modify your team via the Internet, click the appropriate navigational link on the Contest website, login using your user email address and password (if you haven't already done so), modify your starting lineup, reserves, and injured reserves (IR) as needed, submit the modifications and record the confirmation number you receive for them. There are five types of modifications: (1) free agent acquisition, (2) waiver wire acquisition, (3) IR reactivation, (4) roster shift, and (5) roster switch. There are no player trades between teams.

Deadlines and Stat Week

The stats week consists of games played between Monday and Thursday. Except for the first stat week of the season (Thursday, March 29th - Sunday, April 1st) and the week of the All-Star Break (Monday, July 10th - Thursday, July 14th), free agent acquisitions, IR reactivations, roster shifts, and roster switches must be made before 7:00 PM CT each Monday in order to be effective for games played on that Monday through the following Sunday.

Rule Clarification for Games that Start Before 7:00 PM CT on Mondays: Players who are on teams participating in games with a scheduled start time prior to the Monday deadline at 7:00 PM CT will be locked at the scheduled start time for their game. No changes involving players on these teams will be allowed after the scheduled start time for their game regardless of whether or not the game actually starts as scheduled.

For the first stat week of the season (March 29th - April 1st) the deadline for free agent acquisitions, IR reactivations, roster shifts, and roster switches is Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 11:40 AM CT.

To acquire players from the waiver wire, requests must be submitted before 1:00 PM CT each Sunday. Waiver wire acquisitions are awarded automatically by 3:00 PM CT on Sunday based on the criteria listed below.

Free agent acquisitions can be made beginning from 3:00 PM CT on Sunday until 5:00 PM CT on Monday. Players that are dropped from other teams in your league during the current week (either for waiver wire acquisitions or for free agent acquisitions), any previously unlisted players that are added to the list of available players during the free agent acquisition period are not available until the following week and must be requested via the waiver wire acquisition process the following week.

At the Monday deadline, your team is locked for the upcoming week. No additional roster changes are allowed until Tuesday at 9:00 AM CT. Your team carries over from week-to-week if you do not make any modifications.

For the first stat week of the season (March 29 - April 1st), the deadline for submitting requests for waiver wire acquisitions is 1:00 PM CT on Wednesday, March 28th, for leagues that have completed their drafts by this time. If your league completes its draft after this time, only free agent acquisitions are available for the first week.

For the first week of the season (March 29 - April 1st), the deadline for free agent acquisitions, IR reactivations, roster shifts is 11:40 AM CT on Thursday, March 29th.

The last deadline for free agent acquisitions is 7:00 PM CT on Monday, September 24th. In the event that one or more games are played to determine a post-season team, division winner, or seeding in the post-season, stats from those games will count. No free agent acquisitions can be made after Monday, September 24, 2018.

Special Deadline for the All-Star Break

Due to the All-Star Break, player changes for the week of July 16th may be made until 6:00 PM CT on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

In the event that any games start before 6:00 PM CT on Thursday, July 19th, the players involved in the early games will lock 5 minutes before the scheduled start of their game.

Free Agent Acquisition Methods

Upon signing up for the Contest you will select one of the following 2 methods for claiming players:

1.) Worst-to-First Waiver Wire Acquisition Process and First Come First Served Free Agent Acquisitions

A Worst-to-First Waiver Wire Acquisition occurs once you request a player from your league's waiver wire pool of players, and are awarded the requested player by CDM Sports. Except for the first week of the season, players are awarded based on league standings as detailed below. The waiver wire consists of players who are not on any team in your league nor on the official disabled list (this includes players who are on your league's protected list and players who have been dropped by teams in your 10-team league), players who have been promoted to the majors from the minor leagues. Each week, any team in your league may submit a request for a player on the waiver wire at any time before 1:00 PM CT on Sunday. The waiver wire request includes both the player to add from the waiver wire and the player to drop. If the player to drop is in your starting lineup, the requested player must be eligible for the same position in the starting lineup.

Between 1:00 PM CT and 3:00 PM CT on Sunday, CDM Sports reviews all waiver wire requests for your league and awards the waiver wire acquisitions. Except for the first week of the season, CDM Sports awards the worst-to-first waiver wire acquisitions in the reverse order of the league's standings through the previous day's stats such that the worst team is awarded its first choice, then the second worst team is awarded its first choice (provided the player was not already awarded to the worst team), and so forth through the 10 teams in the league. CDM Sports will then award a second player to each team by again using the reverse order of the league's standings, provided that there are requests for players who have not been previously awarded. The process continues in this manner until all requested players have been awarded. In the event that two or more teams are tied in the standings, the following tie-breakers are used to determine the order of awarding waiver wire acquisitions:

  1. First tiebreaker: A comparison of the scoring categories for the tied teams will be used. The team with the fewest categories "won" through the previous days stats is considered lower in the standings than the other team(s).
  2. Second tiebreaker: A random draw is used to determine the order of the tied teams.

2.) Free Agent Acquisition Bidding (FAAB) Process

For FAAB leagues, a blind-bid process is used to request and award waiver wire acquisitions. Each team has a $1,000 budget (FAAB) for acquiring players via the waiver wire. This same budget is used for both the pre-season and the regular season. A waiver wire acquisition occurs once you place a bid for a player from your league's waiver wire pool of players and are awarded the requested player by CDM Sports. The waiver wire consists of players who are not on any team in your league. This includes players who are on your league's protected list, players who have been dropped by teams in your league, players who have been promoted to the majors from the minor leagues> Each week, any team in your league may submit a bid for a player on the waiver wire at any time before 1:00 PM CT on Sunday. The waiver wire bid request includes the player to add from the waiver wire, the player to drop, and the bid amount. If the player to drop is in your starting lineup, the requested player must be eligible for the same position in the starting lineup. Bids must be submitted in $1.00 increments (no cents) and the minimum bid is $1.00.

Between 1:00 PM CT and 3:00 PM CT on Sunday, CDM Sports reviews all bids for your league and awards the waiver wire acquisitions. CDM Sports awards the player to the team that submitted the highest bid. IMPORTANT: This is a blind-bid process and not an auction-style bid process. In the event that two or more teams in a league submit the same highest bid for a given player, the following tie-breakers are used:

  1. First tiebreaker: The team that submitted the bid with the earliest timestamp will be awarded the player.
  2. Second tiebreaker: The team that is lowest in the standings through the previous day's stats will be awarded the player.
  3. Third tiebreaker: A random draw is used to determine the team that will be awarded the player.

For the first period of the season, on Wednesday, March 28th, DRAFT & PLAY BASEBALL awards the waiver wire acquisitions using this same blind-bid process. The bid amount is deducted from the winning team's $1,000 budget and, thus, this team will have less than $1,000 for waiver wire bidding during the Contest. For leagues that complete their draft after 1:00 PM CT on Wednesday, March 28th, there are no waiver wire acquisitions for the week of March 29th - April 1st.

Restrictions For Both Free Agent Acquisition Methods

Once a waiver wire request is submitted, the specified player to be dropped is frozen until after the requested waiver wire players are awarded. You may delete a previously submitted request or bid for a waiver wire player at any time until 1:00 PM CT on Sunday.

You may not drop a player from your team who is on the No Drop list. See below for additional information regarding the No Drop list.

Players on the waiver wire who are not selected and, thus, clear waivers are available as free agents until the free agent acquisition deadline on Monday.

Players on the official disabled list are not available for waiver wire acquisitions.

First-Come-First-Serve Free Agent Acquisitions (applies to both free agent acquisition methods)

A First-Come-First-Serve Free Agent Acquisition occurs when you add a new player to your team and drop a player from your team after the waiver wire acquisitions have been awarded. Free agent acquisitions are only available after waiver wire acquisitions have been awarded (3:00 PM CT on Sunday) and until 5:00 PM CT on Monday. Free agents are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you acquire a free agent, he must remain on your roster for at least one week of games. Free agent acquisitions are limited to 30 per week. You may acquire any player who is not on any team in your league, not on your league's protected list, and not on the official disabled list. Players who are dropped from other teams in your league during the current week (either for waiver wire acquisitions or for free agent acquisitions), any previously unlisted players that are added to the list of available players during the free agent acquisition period are protected players and are not available as free agent acquisitions and must first go through the leagues waiver process. Protected players will be available during the following week via the waiver wire acquisition process.

When you acquire a free agent for a player in your starting lineup, the dropped player does not have to be eligible for the same position as the free agent. But, you must maintain a valid starting lineup by shifting other starting players from one eligible position to another. When you acquire a free agent for a reserve player, the dropped player does not have to be eligible for the same position as the free agent. If the player you want to replace is on the official disabled list, you may place the injured player on your team's IR rather than drop him. Otherwise, the player is dropped from your team and placed on your league's protected list and may not be acquired by any team in your league until the following week in accordance with the waiver wire acquisition rules described above.

Injured Reserve (IR) Reactivations

An injured reserve (IR) reactivation occurs when you move a player from your IR back onto your team (either your starting lineup or your reserves) and drop a player. When you reactivate a player for your starting lineup, the dropped player does not have to be eligible for the same position as the reactivated player, but you must maintain a valid starting lineup by shifting other starting players from one eligible position to another. When you reactivate a player for a reserve player, the dropped player does not have to be eligible for the same position as the reactivated player.

Once a player who is on your team's IR is no longer on the official disabled list, you must reactivate (to either your starting lineup or your reserves) or drop the player before any other modifications can be made to your team. If you choose not to make any additional modifications to your team, the player will remain on your IR.

IR reactivations are unlimited during the Contest.

Roster Shift

A roster shift occurs when you move a player in your starting lineup to another starting lineup position at which he is eligible. Roster shifts are unlimited during the Contest.

Roster Switch

A roster switch occurs when you replace a player in your starting lineup with a player from your reserves. Roster switches are unlimited during the Contest and must involve players that are eligible for the same position.

No Drop List

Each Monday, beginning Monday, April 3rd, CDM Sports will define the No Drop list for the upcoming week. Players on the No Drop list may not be dropped from your team roster as part of a waiver wire request, a free agent acquisition, or an injured reserve (IR) reactivation. The No Drop list will consist of the players deemed most valuable to teams competing in DRAFT & PLAY BASEBALL and is intended to minimize potential collusion among team owners in a league.

Before the Contest begins (until 12:00 PM CT, Monday, April 3, 2017), all modifications to your team are subject to the requirements and restrictions listed above.

SCORING

Overview

To determine standings, leagues can choose one of two scoring styles:

  1. Rotisserie-style scoring with 5 hitting stat categories (batting average, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, and runs scored) and 5 pitching stat categories (ERA, WHIP, wins, saves, and strike outs).
  2. Point-style scoring with points awarded for 8 hitting stat categories (singles, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, walks, and stolen bases) and 6 pitching stat categories (wins, saves, losses, innings pitched, strike outs, and earned runs).

Rotisserie-Style Scoring Leagues

Using the Rotisserie-style ranking method, statistics are accumulated each stat week (consisting of games played Monday through Sunday) by all 22 players in your starting lineup. Your team is then ranked within your league based on the following 10 statistical categories, five for batting and five for pitching:

BATTING PITCHING
Batting Average Earned Run Average (ERA)
Home Runs Wins
Runs Batted In (RBI) Saves
Stolen Bases WHIP (Walks+Hits)/Innings Pitched
Runs Scored Strike Outs

Teams are ranked by comparing their team totals to the other teams in their 10-team league. The team with the best total in a category receives 10 points, the team with the second-best total receives 9 points, and so on down to the team with the worst total which receives 1 point. This system applies to all 10 categories, each of which has equal value. The best point total a team in a 10-team league can earn if it finishes first in every statistical category is 100 points.

Statistics are accumulated weekly for all 22 starting players. The first stat week of the season begins with the game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, and ends with games played on Sunday, April 1st, 2018. The stat week during the week of the All Star break will begin with games on Thursday, July 18th and end with games on Sunday, July 21st. Stat weeks includes games that are played between Monday and Sunday.

All statistics accumulated by the players in your starting lineup, regardless of what position they actually play during the Contest, contribute to your team's statistics totals. Pitchers' batting statistics do not count. Hitters' pitching statistics do not count. Statistics by a player on your reserves, statistics by a player on your IR, statistics by a player before being added to your team, and statistics by a player after being dropped from your team do not contribute to your team's statistics totals. Pre-season, All-Star game and post-season statistics do not contribute to your team's statistics totals.

In the ERA, WHIP and Batting Average categories, scoring will be computed to 4 decimal places. The 5th decimal places and higher round up. For example an ERA of 3.68276 will be rounded up to 3.6828. The 4th decimal places and under round down. For example, an ERA of 3.68274 will be rounded down to 3.6827.

Statistics will be used from one or more playoff games, if needed, to decide a post-season team, division winner, or seeding in the post-season.

Point-Style Scoring Leagues
Points are accumulated each stat week (consisting of games played Monday through Sunday) by all 22 players in your starting lineup based on the following statistics:
HITTING
PITCHING
Single1 Point Win10 Points
Double2 Points Save7 Points
Triple3 Points Loss -5 Points
Home Run4 Points 1 Inning* 1 Point
Run Batted In1 Point Strike Out 1 Point
Run Scored1 Point Earned Run -1 Point
Walk1 Point
Stolen Base2 Points

* Fractional points are awarded for each partial inning pitched (1 out = 0.33 points)

Points are accumulated weekly for all 22 starting players. The first stat week of the season begins with the game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, and ends with games played on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The stat week during the week of the All Star break will begin with games on Thursday, July 18th and end with games on Sunday, July 21st. Stat weeks include games played between monday and Sunday.

All points accumulated by the players in your starting lineup, regardless of what position they actually play during the Contest, contribute to your team's point total. Pitchers' hitting points do not count. Hitters' pitching points do not count. Points by a player on your reserves, points by a player on your IR, points by a player before being added to your team, and points by a player after being dropped from your team do not contribute to your team's point total. Preseason, All-Star game and postseason points do not contribute to your team's point total.

Pre-season, All-Star game and post-season statistics do not contribute to your team's point totals. Statistics will be used from playoff games, if needed, to decide post-season teams, division winners, or seeding in the post-season.

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