Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues - Official Rules
Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues ("Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues" or the "Contest"; each such league participating in the Contest is a "League") is a game of skill where you compete against other users to win prizes based on your knowledge and skill in assembling and managing a fantasy baseball team (your "Team"). Payment of an entry fee is required to register a team. Entry fee amounts will be clearly marked during the registration process.
Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues are normally played in connection with the 2021 MLB regular season. As currently scheduled, the 2021 Season begins on April 1, 2021 and concludes with the final day of regular season games on October 3, 2021.
The 2021 Season is divided into a series of 25 "Game Weeks." Game Weeks generally follow a seven-day Monday-Sunday schedule, beginning each Monday morning at 12:00 AM PT and ending the following Sunday evening at 11:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled game for that Monday, whichever comes first. The first Game Week is currently scheduled to begin with the start of the 2021 Season on Thursday, April 1 at 12:00 AM PT, and end on Sunday, April 11 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled game for that Sunday, whichever comes first.
By default, Game Weeks 1-22 constitute the "Fantasy Regular Season," and Game Weeks 23-25 constitute the "Fantasy Playoffs."
This season, there will be two exceptions to the seven-day Game Week schedule. Game Week 1 will begin Thursday, April 1 23 at 12:00 AM PT and end Sunday, April 11 at 11:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled game for that Sunday, whichever comes first. Game Week 15 will begin Monday, July 12 at 12:00 AM PT and end Sunday, July 25 at 11:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled game for that Sunday, whichever comes first. Please keep in mind that you will only receive credit for MLB games that begin and are played after your League's initial draft has taken place and your League's season is underway.
Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues offer two different scoring options – "Head-to-Head Scoring" and "Rotisserie Scoring". For those Leagues that use Rotisserie Scoring, there are no playoffs offered in connection with the Contest; in those Leagues, the fantasy season ends at the conclusion of MLB’s regular season. For Leagues that use Head-to-Head Scoring, the "Fantasy Regular Season" will consist of MLB’s regular season, excluding the last three weeks of the regular season which will be deemed the “Fantasy Playoffs.”
In a Head-to-Head Scoring League, if your League conducts its draft after a Game Week is already underway, your Team/League will not begin its season until the start of the following Game Week. Your League's Fantasy Regular Season will also be shortened accordingly.
In Leagues that use Rotisserie Scoring, your Team/League will always begin its Fantasy Regular Season on the next day following your draft.
You may purchase as many as 50 teams in Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues. All Leagues in Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues are public leagues that use one of two standard scoring systems: standard Head-to-Head or Rotisserie. Within each scoring system, all Leagues use the same standard settings.
All Leagues in Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues are either Standard Draft or Salary Cap Draft Leagues, and all drafts will be held live online at a predetermined time. "Autopick" and "Offline" draft leagues are not available in Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues.
In each League, you are competing against a group of fantasy players from around the country. When you sign up, you will be randomly placed in a League with other managers who have chosen the same type of league, entry fee, draft type, and draft time.
While other Fantasy Baseball games allow different league sizes, all Fantasy Baseball Public Prize Leagues have exactly 12 managers per League. A League will not conduct a draft or begin League play until all 12 slots have been filled. If your League does not fill up before its scheduled draft time, the League will be canceled, and all managers will be issued a refund to their Yahoo Sports Fantasy accounts.
Please refer to Fantasy Baseball help pages to read more about all general rules regarding Fantasy Baseball, including standard settings and scoring, draft types, transaction deadlines, waivers, free agents, and trades, as well as Fantasy Baseball Public Prize League help pages.
Playoffs and Prizes
In the event of a tie in the Standings of two or more Teams at the conclusion of the Fantasy Regular Season, or a matchup tie between two Teams during the Fantasy Playoffs, the tie will be broken using the tiebreak formulas described in the Regular Season, Tiebreak Rules and Playoff Tiebreak Rules articles, respectively.
Statistics from real-life MLB playoff games (including any so-called "one game playoffs" added to the schedule to break a tie for a playoff spot at the conclusion of the MLB regular season), and from any makeup games that may be played after the scheduled end date of the MLB regular season, will not be included in the scoring for any League in this Contest. All Fantasy Playoffs will conclude by the end of the real-life MLB regular season.
Head-to-Head Public Prize Leagues use playoff reseeding, which will adjust the second round matchups so the highest seeded team will play the lowest-seeded team in the championship bracket. Playoff reseeding will occur when there is an upset in the first round of the playoffs.
In order to be prize-eligible in Public Prize League contests, you must accept the Paid Fantasy Terms of Service and if you are unable to attend the live draft, you must accept the Yahoo Pre-Draft Player Rankings.. In the event that a potential prize winner is deemed ineligible for any reason, the prize may be awarded to the next eligible participant in the League's final standings. Should such a substitution be necessary, the prize positions will be shifted proportionally. For example, if a potential second place prize winner is deemed ineligible, the third place finisher, if eligible, will be awarded the second place prize, the fourth place finisher, if eligible, will be awarded the third place prize, and so on. No winner will receive double prizes as the result of a higher-ranked participant being deemed ineligible.
Additional Terms and Conditions
Each contest is governed by Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy Terms of Service. For additional terms and rules, including rules regarding eligibility for each contest, please see the Terms of Service.
Last updated 2021-3-8