It’s time once again for Fantasy Baseball Playoffs! This is the 8th annual parlay and you’re receiving this email because you either participated last year, a previous year, are in one of my fantasy baseball leagues, or are just on my list for one reason or another because I think you might want to get in on the action. It makes watching all the playoff games so much more fun! We had 43 teams in the Parlay last year and my goal is to get 50+ this year.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know, and if somebody you know does want in, just make sure they let me know you referred them. I’m going to post this on some fantasy message boards and on Twitter, so it’ll be out there.
Here’s how it works. Cost to participate is only $10 per team. One owner may have a maximum of two (2) team entries.
RULES: Choose one (1) batter AND one (1) pitcher from each of the 10 playoff teams to fill out positions of a roster with your 20 players. You must have ONLY 2 players from each playoff team; one hitter and one pitcher – no more, no less. Do not have more than one hitter from the same team, or more than one pitcher from the same team, or your entry will be invalid.
I’m posting this Sunday morning with the Astros & Angels still battling for the final AL Wild Card spot. If you want to submit your team using Astros players assuming they win or Angels lose today that’s fine. If you want to wait until the position is officially determined that’s fine. But if there’s a Game 163 on Monday and then the Astros lose, you can switch out your Astros for Angels but I will not chase you for these substitutions. The scoring will begin with the AL Wild Card game Tuesday night – NOT any 163rd or tiebreaker regular season game.
You must fill these positions with one hitter and one pitcher from each playoff team:
IF (any infield position)
U (can be a batter from any position)
10 pitchers (can be either a starting pitcher or relief pitcher). May be any combination of SP’s and RP’s but must meet a minimum of 15 innings pitched combined for all pitchers in the Wild Card/Division Series round, then a minimum of 10 innings pitched in the Championship Series round. This is to prevent any team from picking only relief pitchers.
***and Tiebreaker – see below
YOU are responsible for submitting a legal team. I will do my best to catch any errors, but if your team is illegal and is caught at ANY TIME, you will be eliminated and refunded your money.
*PLAYER POSITION ELIGIBILITY – An offensive player needs to have played a minimum of 20 games this year at a position to be eligible at that position. If an offensive player has not played a total of 20 games, then the position he’s played for the majority of games will be his eligible position. Pitcher eligibility is determined by the majority of games played. If you are picking a player that is only eligible at DH, then that player must occupy the U spot. Otherwise the U spot may be a player from any offensive position.
Your roster will be 20 players to begin with, and as teams are eliminated, those players won’t accumulate any more stats for you. Any roster can have any player from any team, as long as you don’t have more than one hitter and one pitcher from a team. For example, in a year when Philly made the playoffs (going back a while on this one I know), if one entrant’s roster has Philly’s catcher Carlos Ruiz, that doesn’t mean any other entrant can’t have him, but you couldn’t have Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard on the same team. Pick whomever you’d like. Odds are there won’t be any exact rosters with all the possible combinations, but we have a Tiebreaker just in case.
***Tiebreaker – Pick the two (2) World Series teams, the winner, and in how many games.
The categories that we’ll use are the traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball categories – AVG, HR and RBI, Runs, and SB for hitters, Wins, Saves, ERA, WHIP and K’s for pitchers. **FYI – I am seriously considering revising some of the scoring categories for 2016, so stay tuned for that..
Scoring will be done Rotisserie style, meaning….
However many teams are in the parlay, that number will be the most points available in each category. The leader in each category will get that number of points for the category, the 2nd place team in a category will get 1 point less than the max, and so on down to 1 point for the last place team in a category.
For example, if there are 10 teams in the Parlay, the AVG leader gets 10 points, 2nd place team gets 9 points, 3rd place gets 8 points, and so on down to the last place AVG team getting 1 point. Maximum number of points in this scenario would be 100 (10×10). If there are 18 teams, then 1st place in HRs gets 18, second place would get 17, and so on down to 1. Maximum number of points in this scenario would be 180 (18×10).
Stats will be cumulative, and the total stats after the completion of the World Series will determine the winner(s). I’ve attached the final spreadsheet from last year’s pool so you can see how everything’s laid out – team rosters, statistics, and standings per round.
- The leader after the Wild Card/ALDS/NLDS wins 10% of the overall pot
- Winner of the ALCS/NLCS round wins 10% of the overall pot
- Remaining 80% of the pot will be split up to go to the 3 overall leaders after the World Series – 1st place (60%), runner-up (25%), and 3rd place (15%) of the 80%.
The 10 playoff teams (as of Sun. 10/3) are:
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Kansas City Royals
- Texas Rangers
- New York Yankees
- Houston Astros OR Los Angeles Angels
- New York Mets
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Chicago Cubs
C – A.J. Ellis LAD
1B – Kelly Johnson NYM
2B – Robert Refsnyder NYY
3B – Joey Gallo TEX
SS – Jung-Ho Kang PIT
IF – Munenori Kawasaki TOR
OF – John Jay STL
OF – Terrence Gore KC
OF – Matt Szczur CHC
DH – Robbie Grossman HOU (or an Angels hitter)
P – Mike Bolsinger LAD
P – Addison Reed NYM
P – Ivan Nova NYY
P – Shawn Tolleson TEX
P – Charlie Morton PIT
P – Drew Hutchison TOR
P – Carlos Martinez STL
P – Jeremy Guthrie KC
P – Travis Wood CHC
P – Oliver Perez HOU (or an Angels pitcher)
Tiebreaker – Yankees over Mets in 4
May the Fantasy Gods have mercy on my soul for using some injured players as examples and Mets/Yankees as the Tiebreaker example.
Team rosters are due by this Tuesday, October 6th prior to the AL Wild Card game. Deadline for submission is 8:00pm, no later. If for some reason there’s a tie for the 2nd AL Wild Card and there’s a play-in game Monday, deadline will still be Tuesday night for the parlay entry.
If you can, get your team(s) to me as soon as possible so I have ample time for data entry. Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.
I ask that all entree fees be sent by Friday, October 16th. Please make this easy on my part and submit payment on time. Please contact me for mailing address if you want to send a check, or for my email address if you want to send via PayPal.
Teams with fees not received by 10/16 will be subject to disqualification from the parlay.
If you have any questions, please email me today or tomorrow. If you think there’s anything I missed, or anything that could improve/enhance this Parlay, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, put together a team or two you think will do well and send it over. Keep in mind, there’s a decent amount of strategy involved. I will email a spreadsheet with all teams’ rosters as soon as all of the data is entered, and detailed updates will be sent after LDS, LCS and World Series rounds. I am not able to send daily updates due to the time it takes to enter statistics and checking the spreadsheet to ensure all standings are accurate.
Follow me on Twitter at @Scotty_Ballgame as I’ll also tweet Parlay updates over the next month.