RULES: REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFF SETTINGS

Updated: October 16, 2008, 11:42 PM ET

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
All standard leagues play with a fixed 22-week regular season. To view your team's schedule click on the "Schedule" link on your main team page. To view any individual matchup period click on the main "Scoreboard" tab (it will default to the current period).

H2H SEASON OVERVIEW (WITH GAME LIMITS)
REGULAR SEASON DATES GS LIMITS NOTES
Matchup 1 - Matchup 22 Tue. 3/25 - Sun. 8/31 12  Season Starts Tue. 3/25 (BOS v. OAK in Japan)
PLAYOFFS DATES GS LIMITS NOTES
Round 1 Mon. 9/1 - Sun. 9/14 24  1v4, 2v3
Round 2 Mon. 9/15 - Sun. 9/28 24  League Championship

PLAYOFF BRACKET SETUP
The Head-to-Head fantasy playoffs take place during the last four weeks of Major League Baseball's regular season. To view your league's playoff bracket click on the "Playoff Bracket" link on the "Scoreboard" tab. The playoffs start on Week 23 and run through Week 26 of the MLB season (4 weeks). Round 1 takes place during Weeks 23 and 24 (two weeks), and Round 2 takes place during Weeks 25 and 26 (two weeks).

NOTE: In 2008, ESPN has extended the total playoff period from 2 weeks to 4 weeks. Also changed from our "legacy" rules is the concept of playing two individual matchups over the two week and adding them together (ie 7-3 + 4-6 = 11-9). Rather BOTH weeks are combined into one single matchup period (which also extends the game started limits to include two weeks). These changes apply to both Free-Standard and Prize-Eligible leagues.

MAKING THE PLAYOFFS
The top four teams in a league make the playoffs. These four are comprised of the two division champs and two wild-card teams. Division champs are the teams that win the league divisions. The next two teams according to the tie-breaker below are the wild card teams.

PLAYOFF SEEDING AND TIEBREAKERS

When your league converts into playoff mode the system automatically generates a seed for each team in the league based on the regular season results. The seeds determine where the system places each team in the playoffs. The primary factors which determine seeds are:
    1. Division Winner(s)
    2. Winning Percentage
In the event that two or more teams have the same winning percentage at the conclusion of the regular season, and have played the same number of head-to-head games between them, the following tiebreaking system determines the seed:

1 - Overall record *
2 - Head-to-head record
3 - Division record
4 - Coin Flip
    * NOTE: Overall record is based on winning percentage. Therefore, a team that has more losses than another team might have the same winning percentage.

In the event that two or more teams have the same winning percentage at the conclusion of the regular season, and have NOT played the same number of head-to-head games between them, the following tiebreaking system determines seed:

1 - Overall record
2 - Division record
3 - Coin Flip

SCORING DURING THE PLAYOFFS
Scoring during the playoffs works much the same way as during the regular season, with the object to win as many categories as possible. The big difference is that each playoff round lasts two weeks, not one week (as during the regular season). As such the Games Started Limits are increased and you get two full weeks to accumulate stats in each stat category. By winning 6 or more of the 10 categories during each playoff matchup you'll guarantee yourself a win. In the event that two teams have the same win-loss-tie record at the conclusion of their two-week playoff game, the following tie-breaking system is employed:

    Tie Breaker for Playoff Games
    1. Higher seeded team

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
In all cases, the higher-seeded team will have the home field advantage throughout the entire playoff round.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE - "Who plays Who?"
In Round One of the playoffs, the division winner with the best win/loss record plays the wild-card team with the worst win/loss record; the other division winner plays the wild-card team with the better win/loss record.

In Round Two, the winners of Round One (see table below) compete for the League Championship. Each round of the playoffs spans a two-week period. The remaining teams in each league compete in the consolation bracket.

    From the League Championship bracket:

    • 1st place - Winner of game 1, round 2
    • 2nd place - Loser of game 1, round 2
    • 3rd place - Winner of game 2, round 2
    • 4th place - Loser of game 2, round 2
    From the Consolation bracket:

    • 5th place - Winner of game 1, round 2
    • 6th place - Loser of game 1, round 2
    • 7th place - Winner of game 2, round 2
    • 8th place - Loser of game 2, round 2
    • 9th place - Winner of game 3, round 2
    • 10th place - Loser of game 3, round 2