2014 MLB Fantasy Baseball Playoff Parlay – All the details you need!

26 Sep

It’s time once again for Fantasy Baseball Playoffs! This is the 7th annual parlay!  It makes watching all the playoff games so much more fun!  We had 31 teams in the Parlay last year and my goal is to hit 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.

You must fill these positions with one hitter and one pitcher from each playoff team:

IF (any infield position)
DH (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 DH spot.  Otherwise the DH 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, 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.

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).

PAYOUTS (changed from previous years):

  • 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 (65%), runner-up (25%), and 3rd place (10%).

The 10 playoff teams are:

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Oakland A’s
  • Washington Nationals
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Francisco Giants

Sample team:
C – Andrew Susac SF
1B – C.J. Cron LAA
2B – Omar Infante KC
3B – Kelly Johnson BAL
SS – Nick Punto OAK
IF – Juan Uribe LAD
OF – John Jay STL
OF – Jose Tabata PIT
OF – Nate Schierholtz WAS
DH – Don Kelly DET

P – Buck Farmer DET
P – Ross Detwiler WAS
P – Joe Smith LAA
P – Jason Vargas KC
P – Jason Motte STL
P – Charlie Morton PIT
P – Ubaldo Jimenez BAL
P – Brian Wilson LAD
P – Tim Lincecum SF
P – Scott Kazmir OAK
Tiebreaker – Pirates over Angels in 4

Team rosters are due by this Tuesday, September 30th, 8:00pm EST, prior to the first Wild Card playoff game.
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 10th. Please make this easy on my part and submit payment on time. If you’re mailing a check, please email me for the mailing address.  Or you can PayPal from bank checking accounts only please to me at teachhr8992@comcast.net.  If you want to send payment via PayPal (from a PayPal balance or bank account only please), make sure you use the option to “Send Money to a Friend.”  When you enter the amount it will show you the fees:
$0.00 USD fee if you use your PayPal balance and/or a bank account.
$0.59 USD fee if you pay using your credit or debit card (for $10).  If you do 2 teams (for $20) the fee is $0.88.  This is why I ask to use only a PayPal balance or bank account so there’s no fee taken out on either end.  Please do not use this option as I won’t receive the full $10 or $20 from you.
**Teams with fees not received by 10/10 will be subject to disqualification from the parlay.

If you have any questions, please email me at scotty.ballgame@comcast.net. 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.
Follow me on Twitter at @Scotty_Ballgame as I’ll also tweet Parlay updates over the next month.

Good luck!



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