ottoneu Fantasy Baseball Rules
Table of ContentsPreamble
Rosters - Overview
The Auction Draft
Rosters - In Season
Adding and Dropping Players
The intention of this league is to mimic the job of an actual general manager as closely as possible. Therefore, there must be 3 main goals of this constitution: 1) create an environment that somewhat mirrors that of actual baseball; 2) to create a competitive league in a given year; and 2) to create a competitive league in following years. It is crucial that those owners who find themselves in the bottom half of the league in a given season have a reason to return for the next year, or else the league will collapse. Therefore, there must be safeguards put in place to ensure competitive balance, while at the same time allowing league owners to keep much of their team in place year-to-year.
I. ROSTERS - OVERVIEW
a. Each team should maintain during the regular season a roster of 22 major-league players that can fill out a starting lineup. The remaining 18 roster spots can be used for reserves, consisting of both major and minor leaguers.
b. If at any time during the season any team's cap room is not greater than or equal to 40 minus the number of players on that team's roster, you cannot field a team. In this circumstance, your team will be frozen until the issue is resolved. The owner will be forced to cut a player to resolve this issue, and will not be able to perform any other activities in the game, including editing and making auction bids. However, bids already placed will be processed as described in section V. below, and trades that have already been accepted will process as expected.
i. Functionally, this means that while you do not need 40 players on your roster at all times, you must have at least $1 available for every free roster spot on your team, not including extra roster spots due to a player being on the 60-day DL.
c. At no time should a team willingly go over roster and salary cap limits. If a team knowingly does this, they will face penalties at the discretion of their league's commissioner.
d. Team rosters will be filled at an annual auction to be held some time near the start of the major-league season, as determined by the league's participants.
e. A team's starting lineup depends on the scoring system of the league.
i. In non-head-to-head leagues, a starting lineup consists of one slot at each infield position (catcher, first base, second base, third base, and shortstop), five outfielder slot, one additional middle infielder (second base or shortstop) slot, one additional hitter from any position (utility slot), five starting pitcher slots, and five relief pitcher slots.
ii. In head-to-head leagues, a starting lineup consists of one slot at each infield position (catcher, first base, second base, third base, and shortstop), five outfielder slot, one additional middle infielder (second base or shortstop) slot, one additional hitter from any position (utility slot), two starting pitcher slots, and five relief pitcher slots.
i. An offensive player is eligible to fill a position if he:
A. Played in 10 or more regular season major league games at that position in the current or preceding year.
B. Started 5 or more regular season major league games at that position in the current or preceding year.
C. Played in 20 or more regular season minor league games at that position in the current or preceding year.
ii. Players will be given SP eligibility if they are the starting pitcher in 5 regular season games in the current or preceding year.
iii. Players will be given RP eligibility if they pitch in relief in 5 regular season games in the current or preceding year.
iv. Players designated as pitchers by Ottoneu's stats provider will get a default RP eligibility if neither of the previous two rules apply to them.
v. All pitchers can be placed in either SP or RP positions on the lineup and roster organizer pages. However they will only accrue statistics if you use them in the same manner as their MLB team
A. SP spots must be taken by pitchers who are starting in MLB games. If a player in a team's lineup SP slot does not start on the day they are in the SP slot, they will not accrue statistics.
B. RP spots must be taken by pitchers who are in the bullpen in MLB games. If a player in a team's lineup RP slot does start on the day they are in the RP slot, they will not accrue statistics.
vi. All players are given a default UTIL position elgibility.
vii. Players can only accrue statistics for your team in official, regular season Major League Baseball games.
viii. Players are locked into a position spot 5 minutes before their game starts.
ix. In the case of a doubleheader, players are locked 5 minutes before the first game of the doubleheader starts and for both games of the doubleheader.
x. The lineups page and roster organizer for non-head-to-head leagues allows for 2 catchers for platooning purposes; Ottoneu is not a 2-catcher game.
f. The player pool comprises of all players in all Major League and Minor League baseball organizations, as well as players who in the past have been under contract to play baseball in the Major or Minor Leagues.
II. THE AUCTION DRAFT
a. All owners will complete their rosters at the annual player auction to be conducted at the discretion of the league members and commissioner.
b. Each owner receives $400 in auction money to fill his or her roster, including money spent on players retained from the previous season.
c. The 60-day DL is not considered during the auction draft, so if a team has a player on the 60-day DL during the auction draft, they will count against the roster limit. Once the season begins, they no longer will count against the roster limit.
d. Players are nominated by owners, using the previous season's reverse order of finish to determine the nomination order.
e. Each owner can leave the auction at any time. Once all 12 owners have left the auction, the auction is complete.
f. If enabled in the league settings, each owner will be expected to nominate a player in turn. If a league chooses to require nominations and a team does not nominate a player, they will be considered done with the draft.
g. You may not make any trades during the draft. Trade discussion is acceptable, however no trades can be processed or acted upon from the time the first player goes on auction until teams involved in the trade both have full rosters as defined above.
a. Stats and points will only accrue for players who play in major-league regular season games.
b. League standings shall be determined by either category-based (rotisserie style) scoring or points-based scoring, depending on the particular league settings.
c. The categories used for scoring depend on the various game types.
IV. ROSTERS - IN SEASON
a. Starters can be changed daily by each team owner.
b. There is a 162 game maximum for all positional player positions, except for a 810 game maximum for OF. There is a 1500 inning maximum limit for pitchers, except in head-to-head leagues, which have no inning cap.
i. A 'game' for a positional player constitutes of any appearance in a major league game, whether it be a start or any form of late game substitution.
ii. The league site will not allow owners to start a player at a position where the maximums in games or innings pitched have been reached.
iii. There is a 1250 inning minimum threshold for pitchers in ottoneu classic (4x4) leagues. If a team does not meet this threshold, it will receive 0 points for all pitching categories.
iv. The innings maximum is a soft cap, meaning on the day a team goes over the 1500 IP limit, all the pitchers played that day will receive credit.
v. The game limits for positional players are a hard cap. The site may temporarily a team to go over these game limits, but will automatically correct itself as outlined here
c. If a player is on the 60 day DL, an additional player can be added to the roster. However, the injured player still counts against the salary cap, and cap penalties will be enforced as normal for any transactions brought about by the player coming off the DL. There is no 15 day DL.
d. At all times during the season, a firm salary cap of $400 exists for all players.
V. ADDING AND DROPPING PLAYERS
a. All adds/drops are processed by the team owners. If necessary, the commissioner can be called upon to make these changes.
b. If you wish to add a player to your roster, you must start an auction for the player, and bidding will end 48 hours after the start of the auction. The player must be within the ottoneu player universe as defined by rule I.f. The player will be awarded to the owner who bids the most for the player, with any ties going to the team lower in the standings. If two teams are tied or the regular season has not begun yet, a coin flip will determine who is awarded the player. The team that nominated the player is obligated to bid on the player.
c. The player is awarded to the team who has made the highest bid, and his salary is $1 more than the second highest bid. If there are no other bids, the player is awarded for $1 or the player's cap penalty if applicable. However, if two teams are tied for the highest bid, the player salary is that amount. If no one bids at all, the nominating team is awarded the player for $1 or the player's cap penalty if applicable.
d. Teams are allowed to bid such that they would go over roster or cap limits if they win the auction. If they do win the auction, they will have to get under roster and cap limits before they can set their lineups, make trades, or bid on other auctions.
e. When a player is dropped, other team owners have 24 hours to claim him on waivers for 100% of his salary, with the team lowest in the standings getting priority. If the regular season has not begun yet, a coin flip will determine who is awarded the player
f. If a player passes through waivers, 50% of his salary, rounding up, counts against his previous team's salary cap as a cap penalty, until he is claimed by another team or until the end of the current season. Any bids for him as a free agent must be at least 50% of his previous salary.
i. Functionally, this means cutting a $1 player provides no cap relief until the player is claimed or otherwise added to another team
g. The team that dropped the player may not nominate or bid on the player until 30 days after the drop date, unless the keeper deadline occurs in between the drop date and the player's new auction.
h. Transactions can be requested from the day of the annual draft until the next-to-last day of the regular season. All auctions must be completed prior to midnight of the last day of games of the season. For example, if the last game of the season is on a Sunday , all auctions must be started by midnight Eastern Time on Friday night.
i. If a team changes ownership, the new owner is given the opportunity to make one round of penalty-free cuts.
a. Trades shall be allowed during the season from the conclusion of the annual player auction until midnight, Eastern Time, on the night of August 31st. Trades will be allowed during the offseason from when arbitration voting is completed until the keeper deadline.
b. Uneven trades are allowed, although they will be handled as follows: If team A is acquiring 3 players while trading 1 to B, team A must stay below or at the 40-man limit or must also cut 2 additional players of their choosing in accordance with the rules in section V.
c. Salary cap dollars can be traded between teams (i.e. team A can agree to count one half of a traded player's salary against their cap). However, these loans will not remain in place once the regular season ends.
d. After a trade is confirmed, league owners have 48 hours to veto the trade. If a majority (50% + 1 vote) of league owners object to the trade, it will not be finalized. This 48 hour clock begins automatically once both teams have accepted the trade on the ottoneu site.
a. Between the end of the Major League Baseball regular season and the end of arbitration, players may be cut. Between the end of arbitration and the keeper deadline, players may be cut or traded. After the keeper deadline and before the auction draft, teams may not cut or trade any players.
b. Owners shall be permitted to retain any of their players at a salary which is increased based on their previous year salary. Rules for salary increases are as follows:
i. Players who have no major league service time (as defined by being placed on an active MLB roster at some point in the past 2 full seasons) will have their salary increase by $1.
ii. Players with major league service time will have their salary increase by $2.
c. Owners must always be able to field a 40 man roster for $400; therefore following the keeper deadline, a team salary must never exceed $360 + the number of players on the roster. However, there is no salary cap from the end of the MLB season until the keeper deadline.
d. In the interest of maintaining competitive balance, there are two distinct arbitration options.
a. The allocation system gives a $25 budget to each team in the league.
b. The team must allocate this budget towards players on other teams.
c. Each team must allocate at least one dollar to every other team, and no team can allocate more than $3 to any other team.
d. At the end of the allocation period, all players have their salary increased by the amount allocated towards them.
e. Allocations take place after the initial offseason salary increase, so any allocations will be in addition to the $1 or $2 increase each player gets at the end of the season.
f. If a team does not allocate at least one dollar to every other team, none of their allocations will count and it will be as if they did not participate at all.
g. If a team does not allocate all $25, none of their allocations will count and it will be as if they did not participate at all.
ii. Vote Off
a. The vote-off system gives each team in the league the ability to vote on a player on each other team.
b. The player that receives the most votes collectively on each team is turned into a restricted free agent that can be bid on by other teams during the auction draft.
c. In the case of a tie, the standings of all the relevant voting teams is examined. Whichever player has the team with the worst standings voting for them is the restricted free agent.
d. The team they were voted off from will get an automatic $5 discount towards that player, so if they get the player back, they will get the player for $5 under what they bid.
e. Players who have been voted into restricted free agency cannot be traded.
f. Players who have been voted into restricted free agency will not appear as free agents on the site.
e. The auction process in each later year is the same as in year 1.
i. Teams that are not under roster limits as defined in VII. c. are not allowed to participate in the Auction Draft
ii. Commissioners have the right to remove players from teams that are over limits after the keeper deadline in order to allow them to paricipate in the Auction Draft. Commissioners should work with the other owners in the league and use their best discretion in making these types of roster moves.
f. Teams may not trade salary cap dollars between seasons.
a. The administration fee for each team starts at $9.99
i. $9.99 is the basic tier, without any prizes
ii. $49.99 is the first tier with prizes, with first place winning $300, second place winning $100, and third place winning $50.
iii. $99.99 is the second tier with prizes, with first place winning $650, second place winning $200, and third place winning $100.
iv. Please read Terms for ottoneu Fantasy Baseball prize leagues for more information.
v. You must own the team on the day payouts are made (generally just before arbitration starts) to be eligible for prizes.
b. Refunds will only be given in the case that a league is canceled or not filled before the Major League Baseball season starts. Teams that have paid for the upcoming season in this case will be refunded.
c. Under no circumstances can administration fees be transferred from one team to another.