Rules: Roster Settings

Updated: May 14, 2007, 6:57 PM ET

The Roster Settings page in League Setup allows the league manager to customize:

#1 - The roster positions (slots) used in the league
#2 - How many players start at each position
#3 - The maximum number of players allowed from each slot

When setting the number of 'STARTERS' and 'MAX ON ROSTER' for each slot it is important to carefully consider the number of teams in the league versus the number of available players in the game. For example, if you're in an 18 team league and select two (2) starters at the Closer slot, there will not be enough actual starting MLB Closers for each team in your league (18 x 2 = 36, and there's only 30 teams in the MLB). Likewise, if the league has a high number of teams in it and the league manager sets a slot maximum to a large number, teams in the league could hoard all the players from that position so there's none available in free agency. In short, select your roster settings wisely! These are controlled via the pulldown menus in the 'STARTERS' and 'MAX ON ROSTER' columns.

Note: Roster settings can be edited until the draft begins. After the draft is complete roster settings can not be changed. You can not add slots after your league has drafted. You must reset the draft in order to do so. The maximum allowed roster size is any combination of 40 slots.


Roster Slots

Catcher (C): If this option is selected the league will draft individual MLB Catchers. The maximum number of starters at the C slot is six (6).

First Base (1B): If 1B is selected, the league will draft individual MLB First Basemen. The maximum number of starters at the 1B slot is six (6).

Second Base (2B): If selected, the league will draft individual MLB Second Basemen. The maximum number of starters at the 2B slot is six (6).

Third Base (3B): If this is selected, team owners will draft individual MLB Third Basemen. The maximum number of starters at the 3B slot is six (6).

Shortstop (SS): If selected, the league will draft individual MLB Shortstop's. The maximum number of starters at the SS slot is six (6).

Midde Infielder (2B/SS): If this utility slot is selected, team owners have the option to start either a 2B or SS in it each day. The maximum number of starters at the 2B/SS slot is six (6).

Corner Infielder (1B/3B): If this utility slot is selected, the league will have the option to start either a 1B or 3B in the slot each day. The maximum number of starters at the 1B/3B slot is six (6).

Outfield (OF): If selected, team owners will draft Outfielders. The maximum number of starters at the OF slot is fifteen (15).

Left Field (LF): If selected, the league will draft individual MLB Left Fielder's. The maximum number of starters at the LF slot is six (6).

Center Field (CF): If selected, the league will draft individual MLB Center Fielder's. The maximum number of starters at the CF slot is six (6).

Right Field (RF): If selected, the league will draft individual MLB Right Fielder's. The maximum number of starters at the RF slot is six (6).

Designated Hitter (DH): If this slot is selected, team owners will draft individual MLB Designated Hitters. The maximum number of starters at the DH slot is four (4).

Utility (UTIL): If selected, the league will be able to draft players into the Utility slot. Any offensive position can be placed in this slot. The maximum number of starters at the UTIL slot is fifteen (15).

Pitcher (P): If selected, the league will draft individual MLB Pitchers. The maximum number of starters at the P slot is fifteen (15).

Starting Pitcher (SP): If selected, team owners will draft individual MLB Starting Pitchers. The maximum number of starters at the SP slot is fifteen (15).

Relief Pitcher (RP): If this slot is selected, team owners will draft individual MLB Relief Pitchers. The maximum number of starters at the RP slot is ten (10).

Bench (BE): The MLB players designated to be on reserve by the fantasy owner. These players will be inactive and unable to accumulate points unless placed in the starting lineup. The maximum number of BE slots is twenty (20).

Disabled List (DL): MLB players can be put on the DL if they cannot play because of a season-ending injury. Players can also be put on the IR if they are inactive in the upcoming game(s) because of injury or other reasons. ESPN's system determines who is eligible for DL. The league manager can decide if the number for the DL slot will be 1-8 or none at all.


Game Start Limit Rules

Batting Matchup Maximums: For Roto and Points-Based leagues, this number represents the total number of games played allowed for each team's active roster over the course of the entire season.
For H2H leagues, this number represents the total number of games played allowed for each team's active roster per scoring period. Note if a team exceeds the max in the middle of a day, that team will continue to accumulate stats until the end of the day.
This setting can be edited until April 15, 2007.

Pitching Matchup Maximums: For Roto and Points-Based leagues, this number represents the total number of games started (or innings pictched) allowed for each team's active roster over the course of the entire season.
For H2H leagues, this number represents the total number of games started (or innings pictched) allowed for each team's active roster per scoring period. Note if a team exceeds the max in the middle of a day, that team will continue to accumulate stats until the end of the day.
This setting can be edited until April 15, 2007.