1. OBJECT: To bring together a group of fantasy baseball industry professionals for the largest online industry league in fantasy baseball.
  2. LEAGUES, PLAYERS, and ROSTERS:
    1. Leagues
        1. Each league will consist of 15 teams. There will be 21 15-team leagues for 2019.
        2. Each league will play with the same rules.
    2. Player Universe: All Major League and Minor League players in NFBC Universe
    3. Rosters (30 Players):
      1. 2 Catcher, 1 First Baseman, 1 Second Baseman, 1 Shortstop, 1 Third Baseman, 1 Corner Infielder, 1 Middle Infielder, 5 Outfielders, 1 Utility Hitters, 9 Pitchers and 7 Bench players
      2. Each team will have up to 0 DL spots
  3. TEAMS
    1. The only requirement for admission is previous work in the fantasy sports industry. Those looking to apply should email their qualifying experience with attached link(s) to their work and where they can be found on social media.
  4. PRIZES (TBD):
      1. Prizes for the 2019 Invitational are To Be Determined
      2. Fees: None
  5. DRAFT:
    1. Online Slow Draft
      1. Each draft will take place on NFBC with a four hour time limit per pick. The clock will stop overnight.
      2. Order: five days prior to the draft.
      3. Start Date: All drafts will start February 24th.
  1. POSITION ELIGIBILITY:  
    1. Pre-Draft: Players are assigned a position when they have played 20 games at a position the previous year before he can qualify for that position.
    2. In-Season: Once the season starts they must play at least 10 games at any position to be qualified.
  1. STANDINGS & SCORING:  
    1. Rotisserie Scoring 5×5
      1. Hitting Categories
        1. Runs
        2. Home Runs
        3. Runs Batted In
        4. Stolen Bases
        5. Batting Average
      1. Pitching Categories
        1. WHIP
        2. Wins
        3. Strikeouts
        4. Earned Run Average
        5. Saves
  1. Standings
    1. League Standings
      1. Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the categories used for scoring and points will be assigned based on those positions.  The team score will consist of the total of all category points. The team with the most points wins each league.
      1. The overall standings will be determined in the same fashion, but including each team from each league. The team with the most points wins the overall title.
  1. TRANSACTIONS:

Free agent pickups during the season will include players who are on major-league rosters at the time or players who were selected on Draft Day and later dropped. Even players who were originally selected on Draft Day, cut and then sent to the minors are eligible during the regular season FAAB bidding period as once they are a part of that league they continue to be part of the free agent listing. If the players were good enough to be selected on Draft Day, they are then good enough to remain in that league’s free agent pool.

Any player who is not on a team roster within your league and is on a major league roster or once was on an NFBC team in your league is considered a free agent for that league. Even players on the MLB disabled list are eligible to be picked up during the FAAB bidding process. The player pool is deemed closed of new free agents each Sunday at 7 AM ET before the FAAB bidding deadline and a player must have played at least 1 MLB game to be added to the pool at that time. Once a minor-leaguer plays his first game in the majors, he remains in every NFBC FAAB pool whether he returns to the minors or not. Once in the majors, he remains in all FAAB pools. Participants should also note that MLB unsigned veteran free agents at the time of Draft Day are eligible to be drafted in all NFBC leagues. However, after Draft Day they can only be added via free agency once they are added to an MLB 25-man roster.

Free Agent Bidding Process: The free agent system will be a “blind bidding” process for each individual league. Each team will start with 1,000 free agent “dollars” for the season, and will be permitted to bid for free agents on a weekly basis with a minimum bid of $1 per player. Teams will not be able to see other team’s free agent bids. The team with the highest bid on any given player will be awarded that player. The amount of the winning bid will be deducted from the winning team’s free agent dollars. For each winning bid, the winning team must drop a player to make roster room for the free agent acquisition. If a team’s free agent dollars go to zero, that team will no longer be allowed to bid for the rest of the season. No bid will be accepted that is larger than a team’s available free agent dollars. All bids must be in increments of dollars (no cents). Only winning bids and the runner-up bids on each player will be shown after the FAAB bidding period for each NFBC league.

Bidding Time Frame: The NFBC bidding process will start the week before Opening Day and run for the first time on Sunday, March 24. FAAB will run every week from Week 1 through Week 27 (there is no new FAAB period if there are one or more regular-season MLB tie-breaker games). Bids will be accepted on the league website from Monday at 3 PM ET until Sunday at 10 PM ET in each of these weeks. Rosters will be updated shortly after 10 PM ET on Sunday with the results of all successful bids.

First and Last Free Agent Bidding Deadlines: The first free agent bidding deadline is Sunday, March 24, at 10 PM ET. The last free agent bidding deadline is Sunday, September 22, at 10 PM ET.

Conditional Bids: Conditional bids can also be offered. In the event you may lose out on a player, you can place conditional bid(s) for other players during the bidding time frame. Subsequent conditional bids will become relevant only if the previous conditional bid fails. Bids do not require conditional bids. Bids may have several sequential conditional bids. Participants should note that the computer takes the HIGHEST BIDS and processes each bid in that order if you have multiple FAAB acquisition bids. ALL BIDS WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER OF DOLLAR VALUE ASSIGNED TO THOSE FREE AGENTS, highest to lowest.

Example:

  • Acquire Willie Calhoun, $19, cut Jorge Soler
  • Acquire Eloy Jimenez, $16, cut Jorge Soler
  • Acquire Nick Gordon, $2, cut Jorge Soler

Number of Bids Limit: There is no limit to the number of bids that may be submitted each week in which bids are permitted.

Tied Bids: If there is a tie bid during the season, the team that receives the player will be determined in order by

  • Worst league standing at the time FAAB was run (Sunday night using Saturday’s standings).
  • Lowest standing the previous week.
  • Lowest draft position from Draft Day.

Any tied bids during the first FAAB period will be given to the team with the lowest draft order from Draft Day, whether there were a few games played before then or not.

Commissioner Review of Player Drops: All player drops for free agents are subject to review by the NFBC commissioner and can be revoked if the dropped player is deemed too valuable to be offered to that league’s free agent pool, thus damaging the credibility of the overall contest. In the case of a “star” player being dropped in a league for a valid reason, the NFBC commissioner reserves the right to allow the cut but keep the player out of that league’s free agent pool for any length of time, possibly the entire season. All decisions by the NFBC commissioner will be final.

  1. Trades:  
      1. There is no trading in TGFBI for 2019.
  1. Roster Moves:
    1. Pitching Roster moves will be allowed on a weekly basis with rosters locking at prior to first pitch of the first game of the week. Hitters may be changed prior to Friday games.
  2. All Other Issues
      1. Any unforeseen issues will be ruled upon by Justin Mason and/or NFBC
    1. Rules are subject to change prior to the draft.
      1. The rules written above, but will not change once drafts have begun.