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14 team, H2H points, partial keeper league seeks one owner

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My name is Joe and I am the commissioner of the Great American Fantasy Baseball League. This 14-team league is entering its 15th season, and we are in need of an owner to take over our lone abandoned team. We are looking to add only very active and competitive owners with integrity and a history of success in fantasy leagues. Here are some quick, basic details:

- Entry fee of $100.

- League run using CBS commissioner service

- 100% of the fees go toward paying for the league site and the winner’s pot

- Live extended draft during the last week of March

- H2H, points-based scoring

- Top six teams make playoffs

- Daily add/drops and lineup changes

- Teams keep 4 or 5 players from year to year

Admittedly, the available team does not have strong keeper choices, but this is a good chance to get into a highly competitive league with a group of loyal and dedicated owners who have been together for a decade and a half. The league is also very active when it comes to trading, so it’s easy to wheel and deal and make the team competitive very quickly.

Here are the top keeper choices and draft position of the available team. Each team keeps four players, with the option of keeping a fifth and forfeiting their pick in the 1st round of the draft:

Vacant team (6th pick): Edwin Encarnacion, Matt Carpenter, Alexei Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia, Cliff Lee, Jered Weaver, Andrew Cashner, Trevor Rosenthal

I’ve attached the full set of rules below. If interested, please email me at Serious, experienced owners only please.

Great American Fantasy Baseball League

I. OBJECTIVE: The mission of the GAFBL is to conduct a game of fantasy baseball in a fun and competitive fashion while maintaining stable franchise ownership from season to season. This league was founded to help us enjoy the game we love to follow, as well as a way to participate in a league with a very high level of activity and competition.

II. TEAMS AND OWNERS: The league will consist of 14 owners from across the country.

III. FEES: The GAFBL has a one-time entry fee of $100.00. This fee covers all transactions and league costs for the entire season. All league fees go towards paying for the league website and winners’ pot. Please send check or PayPal payment to the following address (no cash please):

Address given out when you join the league.

IV. MANAGEMENT: Joe Caponio will serve as commissioner of the league, and the league website will be hosted by CBS Sports’ commissioner service.

V. DRAFT PROCESS: Each year, we will hold a live draft over several hours to form our rosters for the upcoming season.

Because it is virtually impossible to get 14 owners from across the country online all at one time for a three-hour period, we will hold a “slow” draft, where each team has five hours to make their selection. The draft clock will be suspended overnight to prevent owners from being skipped as they sleep. The draft will be 22 rounds long, as each team will have five players (four keepers and either a 1st round pick or a 5th keeper) going into the second round.

The draft order will be based on the standings of the previous season. The teams that miss the playoffs (spots 7-14) are ranked in that order in the following year’s draft. So, the team with the best record to miss the playoffs (#7) will get the first pick, #8 will get the second pick, and so on. This is done to encourage teams who fall out of playoff competition to continue to competitively manage their teams for the entire season.

The remaining (playoff) teams draft order will be determined based upon how they finished in the playoffs. Picking in reverse order, the GAFBL Champion will pick 14th, the runner-up 13th, etc., down to the #9 spot in the order.

The draft will follow a “snake” order, where the team picking first in even-numbered rounds will pick last in odd-numbered rounds.

The 2015 draft will start on the morning of March 24.

VI. KEEPERS: Two days prior to each season’s draft, owners must select a minimum of four and maximum of five players to keep off of their roster from the end of the previous season. These can be any four or five players from any position. The deadline for keepers this season is 8pm on March 22.

If a team retains five players, it will have its 1st round pick in the draft skipped.

VII. ROSTERS AND LINEUPS: Each team will field a roster with 26 players. Each team will start 19 players each night (C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, OF, OF, OF, DH, DH, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP). Teams can change their lineups nightly throughout the game period. Lineups lock in five minutes before the first MLB game each day.

VIII. DIVISIONS, SCHEDULE, AND PLAYOFFS: There will be two divisions of 7 teams, with the division alignment being based on the geographical location of the owners of each team.

Each team will play 23 regular season games, head-to-head against a different opponent each week (Monday through Sunday). Teams will play each other division team twice (12 total games), four the teams in the other division twice (8 total games), and the three other teams in the other division once (3 total games).

At the end of the 23-week regular season, the top six teams will advance to the league playoffs. The league standings are in order of winning percentage. The first standings tie-breaker is total fantasy points scored, and the second tie-breaker is head-to-head record.

The team with the best overall record will receive the top seed in the playoffs, as well as a first-round bye. The team that wins the other division will receive the #2 seed, and the other first-round bye. The four teams with the next best records will be seeded #3-#6 as the wild cards, and compete in the first round of the playoffs, with the #3 team playing the #6 team, and the #4 team playing the #5 team.

The lowest-seeded winner from the wild card round will advance to play the #1 seed in the semifinals, while the higher-seeded opening round winner will advance to play the #2 seed. The two semifinal winners will play each other in the GAFBL World Series.

IX. SCORING SYSTEM: The GAFBL will follow a head-to-head, points-based scoring system, outlined here:






.2 points



.3 points



.4 points


At Bats

-.05 points



.1 points


Caught Stealing

-.2 points


Home Runs

.6 points



-.05 points



.3 points


Runs Batted In

.3 points


Stolen Bases

.4 points





Walks Issued

-.05 points


Blown Saves

-.3 points


Complete Games

.5 points


Earned Runs

-.22 points


Hits Allowed

-.1 points


Hit Batsmen

-.05 points



.2 points


Home Runs Allowed

-.1 points



.27 points



.2 points



-.4 points



1.2 points


Perfect Games

.5 points



.8 points



.8 points



1 point

The team with the highest total number of fantasy points at the end of the week will get the win for that week. In the result of a tie, the team with the most total fantasy points from their bench will be declared the winner.


Waiver Signings: Teams are allowed an unlimited number of free agent/waiver signings per season. These are included in the league fee.

Waiver pickups: Following the draft, every player not drafted will be placed on waivers. Teams will have the ability to place claims on any non-drafted player during this time. After the 48 hour timeframe, CBS will place claimed players on teams based on the waiver order.

To start the season, the waiver order will be the reverse of the draft order. During the season, any player cut from a team will be placed on waivers. Teams can put in claims for them, and the waiver order during the season is the reverse of the league standings. Waivers will run daily. Free agents who are not on waivers are free to be signed on a first-come first-served basis.

Trades: Teams are allowed to trade players at any time. You can only trade draft picks for an upcoming draft once you have paid your league fee for the upcoming season. All trades must be passed by the Trade Committee. This committee will be made up of five owners each year. Should they reject a trade, the owners will be asked to redo the deal so that it passes through the committee. If a trade vote is tied, the commissioner will step in and have the deciding vote. There will be a trade deadline imposed on midnight of the same day as the MLB trade deadline (July 31 this season), to stop any late-season trades that may involve collusion.

XI. PAYOUTS: All the money paid in the league fees goes towards the league payouts, with the exception of the $150 CBS charges to host the site. So, with 14 teams putting in $100, the total pot comes out to $1,400. After subtracting the $100 for CBS, we are left with $1,250 for payouts. The prize money will be broken down as follows:

- League Champion: $580

- Runner Up: $270

- Best Overall Regular Season Record: $270

- Other Division Winner: $130

Therefore, it is possible that a team finishing with the best overall regular season record and winning the league title could win $850.

XII. ADDITIONAL RULES: Along with those listed above, these rules are also in effect for the 2015 season.

A) TWO SPOT STARTER RULE: Teams are only allowed to add two starting pitchers to their roster each week and start them. A spot starter is any starting pitcher who makes a start who was not on your roster at the beginning of the scoring period. It doesn't matter if you drop him before the end of the week, he still counts against your two spot starter limit if he makes a start. Also, if you pick up a starter, drop him after he pitches, then pick him up again later in the week, that counts as two spot starts.

B) FIVE SP ON BENCH RULE: Additionally, no team can have more than five players eligible at SP on their bench at any time. Pitchers are eligible at SP if they made five starts last season, or after they make their second start of the season. Anyone who is listed as SP eligible, regardless of whether he is actually starting for his team or not, will count against the 5-man limit if he is on your bench.

Because these rules cannot be tracked by CBS, we must monitor them ourselves. If you see your opponent or any other owner violating these rules, contact one of the commissioners. The first time a team breaks one of these rules, I will give a warning and fix your lineup retroactively without penalty. Any second violation of these rules will result in a loss of points for a team for that night. Repeat offenses after that will cost teams all of their points for that week, obviously resulting in an automatic loss.

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