The B.E.N. Fantasy Baseball League

For the past ten years or so, I have played my Fantasy Baseball in a single league, managed by a friend on Yahoo. Frankly, I am *that* guy, the obsessed one, who manages the living daylights out of my team, using every allowable move and covering every possibility as I made it to the Playoffs in all but two seasons, making the championship game six times and winning the last three in a row.

This year, in addition to my standard league, I wanted to try and manage my own league.

The link to join is HERE.

You should be aware that there are some differences. I am still tweaking the general scoring settings, but for the most part, they will be as listed below.

GENERAL

First, the season will end on Sept 1.

I hate what the September Call-ups do to MLB rosters. I watched my own teams get decimated as players who were regulars get rested or benched for Call-ups, while players who should go on the DL (sorry, the “Injured List”) don’t because the team doesn’t need to put them there (I’m looking at you, Cincinnati and Billy Hamilton).

There are no limits on the number of player acquisitions. If you’re willing to pay attention to what’s going on, you should be rewarded. There are unlimited Trades, and the Trade deadline is August 25th, one week prior to the finals.

While this is Head-to-Head play, all of the stats add up to a win or a loss. One win or one loss (or possibly a tie). This prevents a team that “loses” most of the “games,” (defined as stat categories) still gaining enough “wins” to make the playoffs and or even win a Division by smoking bad teams and then falling in close weeks.

You want to get the win, then win more of the Stat categories than your opponent. None of that 9-10-2 nonsense. Win or lose (or tie) each game. win your division by winning the most games. Win the league by beating your opponents.

In a perfect world, I would use each day as one “game,” but Yahoo won’t let me do that.

OFFENSE STATS

I didn’t play too much with this, as they Offense stats are pretty much standard. I did add in Sacrifice Hits and Flies. Also, GIDP will be a negative category as will K’s and Caught Stealing.

PITCHING STATS

The requirement is for a minimum of 35 Innings pitched per week. This means you will need to get 4 Pitchers to throw at least six innings and have your relievers pick up an average 11 innings a week. Obviously, this can vary is you get a Complete Game or a long relief.

Wins no longer count, but Losses will be a negative score.

Saves and Holds will count, but Blown Saves and relief Losses will also Count, as will Net Holds and Saves.

So again, if you’re interested, you can join the B.E.N. (Baseball Every Night) Fantasy Baseball League HERE.

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