Baseball Draft Kit: Knowing the Rules and Playing to Your Format

Baseball Draft Kit: Knowing the Rules and Playing to Your Format

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I have a tendency to frame everything in the lens of 5x5 rotisserie when flapping my gums about baseball.

In my mind, 5x5 roto with 14 active hitters (including two catchers) and nine active pitchers is the "standard," carried forth by the standard bearer in the industry, the NFBC. Everything is about evaluating players for 5x5 rotisserie first and foremost, but I play other formats of fantasy baseball as well.

We must distinguish between "rotisserie" and "fantasy." "Rotisserie," or "roto," is a scoring system developed in the 1980s which attributes standings points for your league rank in certain scoring categories. "Fantasy" is a broader, more all-encompassing word that refers to all leagues and styles from rotisserie to head-to-head (H2H) points to head-to-head categories to best-ball to DFS to overall prize pool contests and everything in between. There are countless variations of the scoring settings in these formats and it's important to acknowledge just how much things can change with even minor adjustments to roster requirements or scoring settings.

If there are 12 teams in your 5x5 rotisserie league and you finish first in home runs, you receive 12 standings points. Conversely, if you finish dead last in home runs, you get only one point in the standings. The same goes for batting average, runs, RBI, stolen bases, ERA, WHIP, wins, saves and strikeouts.

In rotisserie scoring leagues, I feel strongly that it's unwise to punt any single category, as you're digging yourself a massive hole emerging from a draft with

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Clay Link
Clay Link is the MLB Editor at RotoWire. Clay won the overall championship in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational and finished top 10 in the NFBC Online Championship in 2018. He can be heard on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, MLB Network Radio and twice a week on the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast during baseball season.
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