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Fantasy Baseball Strategies: Rotisserie Scoring in Fantasy Baseball

Updated on July 7, 2011

Fantasy Baseball, Rotisserie Scoring and You

Fantasy baseball currently has two popular types of scoring methods, head-to-head and rotisserie. With head-to-head scoring, each baseball stat is assigned a certain number of points at the beginning of the season. Then each week throughout the season, two managers will face off against each other. Whichever manager’s cumulative point total is higher at the end of the week/scoring period is the winner for that week.

Head-to-head scoring should be familiar to most fantasy football players, while rotisserie scoring is a little more unique to fantasy baseball.

Rotisserie scoring leagues in fantasy baseball choose anywhere from 10 to 14 scoring categories at the start of the season. Typically, rotisserie scoring is limited to 10 categories, five offensive and five pitching:

Batting Average (AVG), Runs (R), Runs Batted In (RBI), Home Runs (HR) and Stolen Bases (SB)

Wins (W), Earned Run Average (ERA) Walks/Hits Per Inning Pitched (WHIP), Saves (SV) and Strikeouts (K)

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Tim Lincecum is a Ace in Fantasy Baseball Rotisserie Scoring
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Points in Rotisserie Scoring

With rotisserie scoring, unlike in head-to-head scoring, you don’t play against one opponent each week, but rather your entire fantasy baseball league throughout the season by trying to be the leading scorer in each category. At the end of the season, all of your points will be totaled up and the manager with the most cumulative points at the end of the season will be the winner of your fantasy baseball league.

The amount of points available is determined by the number of people and categories in a league. Let’s say your fantasy baseball league has 10 players and 10 categories. In this case, if you are the leader of a category at the end of the season, you will receive 10 points for that category. If you are second, you would receive 9 points. Last place in a category would receive 1 point. Therefore, the most possible amount of points you could be rewarded at the end of the season would be 100 points:

10 categories x 10 teams = 100 points

It is unlikely that you or any manager in your fantasy baseball league will be able to score the full amount of points, so it is best to develop a strategy for rotisserie scoring that puts you somewhere in the top three in most categories and keeps you out of the bottom three in any scoring category. Check out this list of great fantasy baseball websites offering advice and strategy for rotisserie scoring.

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