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How to play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Take the field with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the free, official game of MLB.com that gives you the chance to manage your own team of Major League Baseball players from opening day right through the late-season pennant chase.

Ready to play ball? Let's get started!

Basics of Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

When you sign up for your team and join (or create) a league, you'll take full control over every aspect of managing your club -- building and growing it just like a real MLB general manager.

Once the games begin, your team’s players will start earning fantasy "points" based on their real-life performances, and those points are what you use to compete against your opponents.

As you sit back and watch your team progress through the season, we'll do the heavy lifting of tracking stats, computing point totals, and updating your league's standings.

  Below is everything you'll need to know about playing Fantasy Baseball
Hop around to learn the different aspects of the game (see the overviews in each sub-section too!). Strap yourself in and get ready to become a master.

+Signing up

When you're ready to get started, go to the Fantasy Baseball homepage and click either Create a league to start your own league or Join a league to pick from leagues that have already been set up. If you’re the league’s commissioner and want to use the same league as last year, just click Renew league.

There are several types of leagues you can choose from, each one having between 4 and 20 other teams. Most of them are free, but our pay-to-play "Pro Leagues" will earn you big time cash payouts if you've got what it takes to finish in the league's top 3.

Once you've decided on a league, just fill in your information and you'll be on your way!

  Get the full rundown about the sign-up process (including all available league types and settings) in our Team and League Registration Overview

+Scoring points

Everything in Fantasy Baseball boils down to how well your team scores points -- and how that happens depends on your league's scoring system.

Depending on your league’s scoring type (more on those later), your players either score points based on their individual weekly performances, or on their collective weekly or season-long performance across several different statistical categories.

Regardless of your league's scoring system, you can watch scores update in real-time using our live StatTracker, Fantasy Sports mobile app, your weekly matchup page, or even while just checking your roster.

  Since understanding scoring can make or break your season, check out our Scoring Overview to learn about the different scoring systems and settings.

+Drafting your team

After you've signed up, the next step is preparing for your league's draft and selecting the players for your team's roster.

We've got draft types to suit any experience or skill level: live standard drafts, live auction drafts, offline drafts, and auto-pick drafts.

  If you're new to the game (or just need a refresher), get schooled on all things draft in our Drafting Overview.

+Managing your roster

Building a championship caliber team takes more than just drafting the right players, it requires careful oversight of your roster throughout the season.

Your team's success rides on your ability to monitor and edit your lineup by starting or benching players as they go on hot streaks, fall into slumps, or get injured.

You've got the power to acquire new players through free agency or waivers, make trades with other managers, or drop players from your roster altogether.

  Get armed and dangerous with our Roster Management Guide and learn the tools of the trade.

+2014 Fantasy Baseball season schedule

The Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball season mirrors the 2014 MLB regular season schedule, starting March 22, 2014 and wrapping up on September 30, 2014.

In Head-to-Head scoring leagues, the schedule is divided into 25 "Game Weeks" where each week you'll square off against another team in your league.

Rotisserie and Points Only scoring leagues also follow the 2014 MLB schedule, but scoring is based on your performance over the entire season instead of on a weekly basis.

  Our 2014 Fantasy Baseball Schedule explains the specifics of this year's game, including how the All-Star game works into the schedule.

+Winning and league championships

You play to win the game, right? Well, maybe not everyone does, but winning is a nice added bonus and gives you a reason to gloat -- if that's your thing.

Depending on your league's scoring system, your road to the championship can go a couple different ways.

+Winning and playoffs in Head-to-Head Leagues

Each week in Head-to-Head leagues, you'll be matched-up against a new team where the outcomes are determined by either your team’s performance in certain statistical categories, or by the collective score of the players in your starting lineup.

At the end of the "regular season," the league's best teams (based on wins and losses in those matchups) will go head-to-head in the fantasy playoffs -- with the last team standing being crowned league champion!

+Winning a championship Rotisserie or Points Only Leagues

In Rotisserie or Points Only leagues, it's every man (or woman) for themselves -- stats are tallied over the course of the entire season and the team with the most points when it's over takes home the championship.

Win one of our free, Public leagues and we'll give you a shiny trophy for your online Fantasy Profile, plus you'll be eligible for one of our Winners leagues next season. Win a paid "Pro League" and we’ll put some cold, hard cash in your pocket.

  Learn the specifics for winning in each type of league in our Winning a Fantasy League Overview.

+Customizing your profile and team settings

Personalizing your team doesn't stop with how you put your roster or lineup together.

Over the course of the season, keep things fresh by updating your team's name, adding a custom logo, or even (in certain leagues) bringing in a co-manager to help control your team.

  Use our Profile and Settings Management Guide and learn how to add some flair to your online persona.

+Commissioner tools for managing your league

Even though all leagues are operated by Yahoo Sports, every free Custom Fantasy Baseball league has it's own "commissioner" who presides over the league and governs certain settings and transactions.

The league commissioner has the power to do things like customize league settings, veto player transactions, invite people to join the league, and even ban/lock teams for cheating or breaking league rules.

  For a complete overview of what a commissioner can do (including how-to's), head over to our Commissioner Toolkit.

+Yahoo Fantasy Sports mobile app

Don’t let any opportunity to make your team better pass you by just because you aren’t near a computer.

The Yahoo Fantasy Sports mobile app has all the features of the desktop experience: drafting, registration, editing your lineup, adding/dropping players, trades, and more.

  Check out what it can do in our Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball app Overview.

+New features for 2014

  • Full UI redesign
  • 24/7 drafting and mock-drafting
  • Faster and easier registration
  • New and improved mobile app with drafts and mocks
  • Player notes via Rotoworld
  • Team page improvements -- including auto-saved roster moves and new tabs for your Watchlist and Player Updates
  • PROSPECTS! Tons of prospects. More than we've ever had, easily.

 

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Last updated: March 24, 2014