1. Introduction2017 Free Fantasy Baseball
The Commissioner
2. LeaguesSigning Up
Scoring Systems and Player Pool
Private or Public Leagues
Winners Leagues
League Joining Deadline
3. DraftTwo Ways to Draft
Live Draft Instructions
Automated Draft Instructions
4. TeamsOverview
Roster Restrictions — Rotisserie Leagues
Roster Restrictions — Head to Head Leagues
Position Eligibility
5. ScoringOverview
Rotisserie Scoring Systems
Weekly Head-to-Head Scoring System
Statistics Corrections
6. Schedule & Playoffs
(head-to-head leagues only)
Regular Season
7. Lineup ChangesWeekly Lineups
Weekly Lineup Setting Deadline
8. Adding and Dropping PlayersOverview
Free Agents
Waiver Rank
Undroppable Players
9. TradesTrade Approvals
Multi-Player Trades
Trade Deadline
10. SportsmanshipGeneral Sportsmanship
Multiple Teams
Inappropriate League Communication
11. Legal DisclaimersGeneral Conditions
Sponsor/Administrator's Mailing Address


1. Introduction

2017 Fantasy Baseball
Welcome to the 2017 Free Fantasy Baseball Challenge (the "Challenge"), where you can start your own ten (10) team Fantasy Baseball league (each a, "League" collectively the, "Leagues"), or join an existing League. You can play in a Rotisserie or Head to Head league. No matter what your skill level, you will find that there are a variety of Leagues from which you may choose to participate. Most leagues include one sentence describing the type of player the League is looking to recruit (e.g., "experts," "beginners," "Mets fans," etc.) so you should have no trouble finding the right league for you. The rules for this Challenge are explained fully in this document. If you'd rather make your own rules than play by ours, check out the Baseball Commissioner service. Now, get ready to play ball!

If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smart phone, tablet or wireless device that allows you to access this Challenge, you may enter this Challenge via any of those devices during the Challenge period (as defined below). You may be charged message and data rates according to the Terms and Conditions of your Service Agreement with your wireless carrier. Each wireless carrier's rate plan may vary, and participants should contact their wireless carrier for information on rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this Challenge. Access to the Contest via a smartphone, tablet and/or wireless device may not be available in all areas at all times, and may not continue to work in the event of product, software, coverage or other service changes made by your wireless carrier.

The Commissioner
The Commissioner of a League is responsible for coordinating and managing the League. CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Commissioner for all Challenge Leagues and will be solely responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding unbalanced trades, alleged rules violations or anything else.

2. Leagues

Signing Up
You may sign up and participate in the Challenge, during the Challenge Period, actual Playing Period begins after the start of the MLB season; however, the deadline to sign up for the Challenge will be no later than 11:59:59 PM ET on July 31, 2017 (the "Signup Deadline"). "Challenge Period" means the period of time between March 1 and October 1 of 2017. "Playing Period" means the period of time commencing on April 2, 2017 and ending on October 1, 2017, and corresponds to the MLB regular season. The Challenge is FREE to play.

In the event of a change to the start or end date of the MLB regular season, the dates of the Playing Period shall change to correspond to the MLB regular season.

NOTE: You may sign up, to play, up to 5 times (to avoid confusion you can create up to 5 teams to play) during the Challenge period. If you create multiple teams, each team must be in a different League.

If you are not a Registered User of the CBSI website (as defined below), you will be prompted to register on the website prior to signing up for the Challenge. There is no cost to register to CBSI. As previously noted, we will provide a list of available leagues for you to choose from after you sign up.

The Challenge is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico and all US territories and possessions are expressly excluded); (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority, whichever is older in state of residence, at the date of registration in the Challenge. CBSI reserves the right to modify the list of excluded states/territories at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion.

For purposes of these Official Rules, "Registered User" means a person who has successfully completed the registration form and has obtained a User Identification ("ID") and associated password ("Password") on one of the CBSI network of Websites which currently include the following: and

If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the website registration form found here. There is no fee or charge for you to become a Registered User.

*All Leagues are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

Employees of CBS Interactive Inc., CBS Broadcasting Inc. and each of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies (collectively the "Challenge Entities") and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible to win. Immediate family member is defined as a parent, sibling or any person residing in the same household as an employee of the Challenge Entities.

3. Draft

Live Draft Instructions
You will acquire players for your team within a League through a draft. Leagues can draft players via one of two ways: a "Live Draft" or an "Automated Draft." During a Live Draft, all ten (10) League participants (the "owners") log in to an on-line 'draft room' at a scheduled time. Each owner, in draft order, has ninety (90) seconds to select an available MLB player for his or her team. This kind of draft is exciting but extremely fast-paced and recommended for experienced owners. See 'Live Draft Instructions' section below.

If you are a beginner, or are unable to schedule a block of two (2) to four (4) hours for a live draft, you may prefer to participate in an Automated Draft League. At your convenience you may simply arrange players, using the "Rank Lists" provided by CBSI, in the order that you'd like those players selected for your team. The Automated Draft is then processed using your lists. The highest-ranked player on your lists who is available, and fits the roster needs of your team, will be selected for you during each round of the automated draft. See 'Automated Draft Instructions' section below.

Scoring Systems and Player Pool
The Challenge allows you to choose one of four different scoring systems -- three Rotisserie-style (a.k.a. "Roto") systems and one weekly Head-to-Head points-based system. More information can be found in the Scoring section below. You may also choose one of three different player pools: AL-only, NL-only, or AL/NL combined.

Please note, if you choose an AL-only or NL-only league and one of your players is traded out of the league you're using, that player is put in an "out of league" status. The player will continue to accumulate statistics for your team. However, once you drop that player, he will be removed from your league and will not show up on free agent reports. If you choose to trade that player within your league, he will still accumulate stats for the team he is traded to.

Private Leagues or Public Leagues
If you know all of the owners who are going to be in your league, or you want to recruit specific individuals and/or friends, you may want to join or create a "Private League". The person who creates a Private League sets a password and other owners use that password to join the league. However, please keep in mind that the creator of a League will not have the ability to control any other League functions. If you already know all of the owners in your League and want complete control of your League's rules, you should also check out Baseball Commissioner, our powerful and fully-customizable stats service.

"Public Leagues" are open to all eligible participants. If you create or join a Public League, you will have no control over who joins the League. Be sure to read the description of the League you want to join to make sure it is suitable for you.

Winners Leagues
If you played a fantasy League (excluding Commissioner Leagues) in a previous year and won your League, you may be eligible to play in an exclusive "Winners League". To create or join a Winners League, you must use the same ID you used when you won your League.

League Joining Deadline
After you become a Registered User, you may sign up and join a League at any time up to the Signup Deadline date. All Leagues are required to have ten (10) owners. Opening day of the MLB regular season is set for April 2,2017. In order for your League's fantasy season to start with opening day of the MLB season, you must be signed up and your draft started by 11:59 PM ET on April 1, 2017. There will be drafts held on opening day, April 2, 2017, however for drafts held after April 1, 2017, such League's fantasy season start date will be the following Monday after your draft. Note that if your League's draft is held on a Monday (except the Monday of the first Weekly Scoring Period(s) (as defined below) as such period begins on a Sunday), the draft must be completed by 12:00 Noon* ET or your League's fantasy season will begin the following Monday. Stats from prior Weekly Scoring Periods will not count in your League.

*Excludes Mondays that have games starting prior to noon.

Live Draft Instructions
After you join or create a Live Draft League, you will have the opportunity to make changes to's default Rank List, which is a list of all MLB players that are eligible to be drafted, ranked from best to worst by's Fantasy experts.

It is recommended that you, prior to your draft, organize the Rank List according to your own player preferences. However, you are welcome to leave the Rank List in the order our experts have provided. During the live draft will use your Rank List as a backup in case your time limit expires before you make a pick (explained below).

On draft day there will be a "Draft Room" link in the Message Bar on your League home page — the link is also available in the Draft Central page of your League. This link will allow entry into the draft room. During the Live Draft, each team will have 90 seconds to select an MLB player. The order of the draft will be randomly generated between midnight and 6:00 AM ET either the day of, or the day before the draft, or for same day drafts once your league aggregates and no later than 5 minutes prior to the draft date and time. If your league has the mandatory 10 owners as of approximately 48 hours prior to your scheduled draft date, the league will aggregate and generate a draft order. If not, your league will receive an e-mail explaining that you must have 10 owners as of 5 minutes prior to your draft date and time. Within approximately 12-24 hours of your scheduled draft time, your league will be moved into the same day draft option to help fill the league prior to the draft time. If your league does not have 10 team owners as of 5 minutes prior to the draft date and time, your league will be disbanded and each owner will have to join or create another league.

In the draft room, you will be able to place MLB players into a Draft Queue - which is simply a list of players, in order of priority, that you are interested in taking with your next draft pick. When it is your turn to pick, you will have 90 seconds to draft a player. If the 90 seconds pass and you have not manually selected a player, the player ranked highest in your Draft Queue will be automatically drafted. If the Draft Queue is empty, a pick will then be made from your Rank List. In such a case, the highest rated player from the Rank List will be drafted unless that position is filled — in which case the next best available option, at the next highest Ranked position list, will be drafted. The draft order will "snake" at the end of each round, meaning that the team with the last pick in the current round will have the first pick in the next round.

Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round of the draft. So Team #10 will have the highest waiver priority and Team #1 the lowest waiver priority.

You'll find more help with the live draft in the Help Center, links to the Help Center may be found inside your League pages after signup.

Automated Draft Instructions
Due to the designated hitter ("DH") not being a required position in Auto Drafts, all players listed as DH will be included within the first base ("1B") position for player ranking purposes ONLY.

These players are NOT eligible to start at 1B until they reach the required 5 games played at that position this year. Until they reach that eligibility, they can only be used at the U ("Utility") position within your league.

As with a Live Draft, after creating or joining an Automated Draft League, you will have the opportunity to rank all the eligible MLB players.

As in the Live Draft, you are not required to make changes to our rank lists. If you choose not to, our default lists, which reflect the rankings of the's Fantasy experts, will be used. However, if you decide to organize the lists yourself, you will have up to 24 hours prior to your draft day to do so. When there are 24 hours left until your draft day, the Rank Lists will be closed and considered ready for the draft.

On the morning of the scheduled draft day, your League's draft order will be randomly generated and an Automated Draft will be conducted. Players will automatically be drafted for you using your Rank Lists. An e-mail will be sent to each owner after the draft has been completed.

Please refer to the table below for the full breakdown of the rounds of the draft. You'll see that the order staggers each round of the draft (team #1 has the first pick in round 1; team #4 has the first pick in round 2, etc.) so that each team will have the opportunity to draft 1st in a round at least once.

Draft Order for a 10-team League
Round 1Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10
Round 2Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3
Round 3Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6
Round 4Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9
Round 5Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2
Round 6Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5
Round 7Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8
Round 8Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1
Round 9Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4
Round 10Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7
Round 11Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10
Round 12Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3
Round 13Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6
Round 14Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9
Round 15Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2
Round 16Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5
Round 17Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8
Round 18Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1
Round 19Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4
Round 20Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7
Round 21Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10
Round 22Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3
Round 23Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6
Round 24Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9
Round 25Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2
Round 26Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5
Round 27Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8
Round 28Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1
Round 29Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4
Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round of the draft. So team #10 will have the highest waiver priority and team #1 the lowest waiver priority.

4. Teams

Overview offers two League styles: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head. Each League will have a total of 10 teams. Each Head-to-Head style League will be randomly divided into two divisions of five teams each. There are no divisions in Roto Leagues. Rosters in both styles of Leagues will be subject to certain restrictions.

Roster Restrictions — Rotisserie Leagues
During your League's Roto style draft, each owner will draft 29 MLB players. Team's active lineup may be changed weekly. In Roto Leagues, each team may have up to 29 players, with no more than 23 in the active lineup each week. Any player not in the active lineup may be put in reserve status, as long as the total number of players on the roster doesn't exceed 29.

All teams in Rotisserie leagues must have a minimum of 5 pitchers in the active lineup. This is the only minimum roster requirement. There are, however, maximums imposed for active rosters each week, as specified in the table below.

Roster Restrictions - Rotisserie Leagues
PositionWeekly Lineup MaxDraft Maximum
Catcher (C)28
First Basemen (1B)17
Second Basemen (2B)17
Third Basemen (3B)17
Shortstops (SS)17
Outfielders (OF)511
Middle Infielder (MI)17
Corner Infielder (CI)17
Utility (U)17
Pitchers (P)915
All Positions23-
Note: Draft Maximum values only apply to Automated Drafts, not Live Drafts. In Live Drafts, you may draft any MLB player you like with each pick. Just make sure your lineup complies with the Roster Restrictions specified above before your fantasy season starts. Your team will not accumulate points for any period in which your lineup does not comply with these Official Rules.

Roster Restrictions — Head to Head Leagues
During your league's Head to Head style draft, each owner will draft 21 MLB players. Team's active lineup may be changed weekly. In Head-to-Head leagues, each team may have up to 21 players, with no more than 16 in the active lineup each Weekly Scoring Period. Any player not in the active lineup may be put in reserve status, as long as the total number of players on the roster doesn't exceed 21.

Roster Restrictions - Head to Head Leagues
PositionWeekly Lineup MaxDraft Maximum
Catcher (C)16
First Basemen (1B)16
Second Basemen (2B)16
Third Basemen (3B)16
Shortstops (SS)16
Outfielders (OF)38
Utility (U)16
Starting Pitchers (SP)510
Relief Pitchers (RP)27
All Positions16-
Note: Draft Maximum values only apply to Head-to-Head Automated Drafts, not Live Drafts. In Live Drafts, you may draft any player you like with each pick. Just make sure your lineup complies with the Roster Restrictions specified above before the applicable Weekly Scoring Period starts. Your team will not accumulate points for any Weekly Scoring Period in which your lineup does not comply with these Official Rules.

Position Eligibility
Each team has a Utility position, which is a "wildcard" spot where any player, except pitchers, can be placed at any time.

The Utility position is filled in the same manner for both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head style Leagues, although there are differences between Live Drafts and Automated Drafts. In Live Drafts, the first player drafted at a position other than pitcher that is already "filled" (in terms of the lineup maximums specified above) is placed at the one utility spot allowed for in leagues. In AL-only or mixed leagues, you can draft an available DH for an open Utility spot as well. In Head-to-Head leagues, you can still draft a DH if your Utility position is filled and you have a reserve spot available.

In all Automated Drafts, once all batter positions are filled, the next best available batter is placed at the Utility position.

Once the draft is complete, you may select any player from the pool of Free Agents to use at the Utility position.

During the fantasy season, all MLB players will remain eligible at their initial (pre-season) designated primary position, and will also be eligible at any position at which they played at least 20 games in 2016 or at least 5 games in 2017. Also, be aware that a player's primary position may change at any time at the sole discretion of the Commissioner, CBS Sports.

5. Scoring

Overview offers four scoring systems to choose from. Three are Rotisserie-style, where each team is ranked in a number of statistical categories and points are awarded based on a team's ranking in each category. The fourth scoring system is a weekly Head-to-Head points system, where the team earning the most points wins the week's matchup.

Rotisserie Scoring Systems
In a Rotisserie League, your team is awarded points according to its order of finish in each statistical category. Your team's point totals for each category are then added together for your team's overall score, and standings are based on these overall scores. The first-place team in a statistical category (e.g., Home Runs) gets 10 points, second-place 9 points, and so on with the last-place team in the category getting 1 point. If two teams are tied within a category, each team receives an average of the total points available; so for example if two teams tie for first place in a category, each team gets 9.5 points rather than 10 points usually to the first-place team and 9 points to the second-place team and so on. The tables below list the specific statistical categories for each of the Rotisserie scoring systems available.

Traditional Rotisserie
Batting CategoryPitching Category
Team Batting AverageTeam Earned Run Average
Runs Batted InWins
Home RunsSaves
Stolen BasesTeam WHIP [(walks+hits)/innings pitched]

5x5 Rotisserie
Batting CategoryPitching Category
Team Batting AverageTeam Earned Run Average
Runs Batted InWins
Home RunsSaves
Stolen BasesTeam WHIP [(walks+hits)/innings pitched]

Roto-Plus Rotisserie
Batting CategoryPitching Category
Team On-Base PercentageTeam Earned Run Average
Team Slugging PercentageWins
Runs Batted InTeam WHIP
Rotisserie Notes:
  • Each team's pitching staff must accumulate at least 900 innings pitched over the course of the season or it will be placed in last place in the team ERA and WHIP categories. Each team's batters must accumulate a total of at least 3,950 at-bats or it will be placed in last place in Batting Average (or On-Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage in Roto-Plus leagues). All leagues that begin after 5/15/2017 will use 600 innings pitched and 2,900 at-bats as the minimums. All leagues that begin after 7/3/2017 will use 450 innings pitched and 1,900 at-bats as the minimums.
  • There will be no tie-breaker to determine Rotisserie league champions.
  • Pitchers' hitting stats will not generate any hitting points, and batter's pitching stats will not generate pitching points.
  • In the event that during the regular MLB season there are any cancelled MLB games, due to rain, act of God or for any other reason, and the make-up game is scheduled to be played after October 1, 2017, the statistics accumulated in such games will NOT be counted towards your team's overall Rotisserie score.
  • In the event that at the end of the regular MLB season there are any MLB teams that end up in a tie, wherefore a tie-breaker game(s) is needed to determine the MLB teams that will participate in the MLB Playoffs, and such tie-breaker game(s) is/are scheduled to be played after October 1, 2017, the statistics accumulated in such games will NOT be counted towards your team's overall Rotisserie score.
Note: Categories that are based on percentages (e.g., Batting Average, Earned Run Average, etc.) are determined by adding the individual numbers of every player on your team, and then computing the average. We do NOT compute a percentage for each individual player and then compute a team average. For example, if you have two batters -- one goes 1-for-1 (1.000 BA) and the other 0-for-4 (.000 BA), then the team BA is .200 (1-for-5), NOT .500 (the average of 1.000 and .000.)

Weekly Head-to-Head Scoring System
The Challenge also offers a weekly Head-to-Head scoring option. During each week of the Playing Period, Monday-Sunday (the "Weekly Scoring Period"),(with the exception of week 1 which takes place from Sunday-Sunday and week 15 All-Star Period which takes place from 7/10-7/23, 2017), two teams face each other in a Head-to-Head matchup. Each team earns points based on statistics accumulated by its players during the applicable Weekly Scoring Period. Point values are listed in the table below.

For each Head-to-Head style matchup, the team with the greater number of points during a Weekly Scoring Period will earn a Win and the team with the lesser number will earn a Loss. In the event of tie, the team with the better tiebreaker total will earn the win. The tiebreaker is computed as follows: (RBI + Runs)/2 — Pitching Runs Allowed. In the event that a tie remains, the win will be awarded to the home team. Standings are based on teams' Win/Loss records.

Head to Head Point Values
Batting CategoryPoint ValuePitching CategoryPoint Value
Single1 pointWin7 points
Double2 pointsSave7 points
Triple3 pointsQuality Start3 points
Home Run4 pointsStrikeout.5 points
RBI1 pointBase on Balls-1 point
Run1 pointInning Pitched3 points
Base on Balls1 pointHits Allowed-1 point
Stolen Base2 pointsEarned Runs-1 points
Strikeout-.5 pointHits Batsman-1 points
Caught Stealing-1 pointLoss-5 points
Hit by Pitch1 point 
Head-to-Head Notes:
  • A team's score is tabulated daily.
  • Pitchers' hitting stats will not generate any hitting points, and batter's pitching stats will not generate pitching points.
  • A player will accumulate hitting stats whether or not he plays at the position designated by the Commissioner. (e.g., Buster Posey is listed at 1B on a Fantasy team's roster and he plays C in a particular game. His hitting stats in that game will still count towards his Fantasy team's total points.)
  • Only official regular season MLB games will be used to determine Fantasy points. Minor league or exhibition stats generated by your players will not be used.
  • In the event that during the regular MLB season there are any cancelled MLB games, due to rain, act of God or for any other reason, and the make-up game is scheduled to be played after October 1, 2017, the statistics accumulated in such games will NOT be counted towards your team's Head-to-Head score.
  • In the event that at the end of the regular MLB season there are any MLB teams that end up in a tie, wherefore a tie-breaker game(s) is needed to determine the MLB teams that will participate in the MLB Playoffs, and such tie-breaker game(s) is/are scheduled to be played after October 1, 2017, the statistics accumulated in such games will NOT be counted towards your team's Head-to-Head score.
Statistics Corrections
Your league's page will be updated to reflect official MLB statistics corrections that occur up to seven days after the game has been completed. For example, for a Saturday game, the official scoring change would have to be made by the following Saturday to be included in our statistics. If the change is made any later, it will not be included in our statistics and your official fantasy scoring will be based on the original statistic. The final week of the fantasy regular season as well as throughout the fantasy playoffs, statistics will be final on the Monday morning, at 6am, after the Weekly Scoring period has concluded.

6. Schedule & Playoffs (For Head-to-Head Leagues)

Regular Season
The MLB regular season runs 26 weeks from 04/2/2017 through 10/1/2017, the Playing Period. Rotisserie style Leagues will run the entire Playing period and there are no playoffs. This Schedule & Playoffs section applies only to Head-to-Head style Leagues. Please note that any MLB regular season games played after 10/1/2017 will NOT be included in the Challenge for either Head-to-Head or Rotisserie Leagues.

For Head-to-Head Leagues, the Playing Period is divided into two (2) separate periods, the "HtH Regular Period" and the "HtH Playoff Period." The HtH Regular Season will run for twenty-two (22) weeks from April 2, 2017 through September 10, 2017. The HtH Playoff Period will run for two (2) weeks, from September 10 to September 24 of 2017During such HtH Regular Season, each team will play in twenty-two 22 Weekly Scoring Periods Head-to-Head matchups as follows:
  • 3 matchups versus every divisional opponent (12 matchups total)
  • 2 matchups versus every non-divisional opponent (10 matchups total)
If you sign up and draft after the first Weekly Scoring Period of the Playing Period or draft after the deadline to be eligible to start your season on Weekly Scoring Period 1, you will be play less than 22 weekly matchups but the HtH Playoff Period will still start on 9/11/2017.

When the 22-game HtH Regular Period ends on September 10, 2017, four teams from the league will make the fantasy playoffs.

The winners of each division in your league, based on win/loss record, will go to the playoffs as the top two seeds. The division winner with the better regular season win/loss record will be the #1 seed and the other division winner will be the #2 seed. The remaining two playoff spots ("Wildcards") will be filled with the two teams with the best win/loss records, excluding the division winners.

If there is a tie for the order of playoff seeds, the following tie-breakers* will be used.
  1. Year-To-Date ("YTD") Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against *
If there is a tie for a division lead, the following tie-breakers* will be used.
  1. YTD Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against*
If there is a tie for a Wildcard spot, the following tie-breakers* will be used:
  1. YTD Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against*
*Note: YTD Points Against is determined by the competitor that has the highest YTD Points Against Total.

Teams with the higher seeding will be awarded home-field advantage for each playoff matchup. Each playoff matchup will run from Monday-Sunday.

In the event of tie in a playoff matchup, the team with the higher seed position will win the matchup. For example, seed #1 seed vs #4 matchup tie, seed #1 would advance.

For teams that do not qualify for the playoffs, the season will effectively end. No further add/drop transactions will be permitted for any team that does not make the playoffs, or for any team that is eliminated from the playoffs.

Playoff Schedule
Semi-Finals 9/11-9/17World Series 9/18-9/24World Series Results
#1 vs. #4
#2 vs. #3
Winner of #1/#4 vs.
Winner of #2/#3
Winner: Champion
Loser: Second Place
7. Lineup Changes

Weekly Lineups
The Challenge uses weekly lineups for all leagues. A week runs from Monday's games through Sunday's games (with the exception of Week 1, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday and Week 14 All-Star Period which takes place from 7/10-7/23) and, once a week begins, lineups can't be changed for that week. Each week, owners have the opportunity to select their starting lineup for the upcoming week. If an owner does not set a lineup for a particular week, the owner's lineup from the previous week will be used. If an owner has an Illegal lineup (it does not comply with these Official Rules), their team will score zero points for the scoring period.

Weekly Lineup Setting Deadline
The deadline for setting your lineup is five (5) minutes before the first MLB game in which each individual MLB player's in your fantasy team is scheduled to play for the applicable weekly period. For clarity, if a MLB player does not have a scheduled game on Monday, that player will remain unlocked until 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time such MLB player's team plays their first MLB game. Please note that player involved in a delayed or postponed games will lock at the originally scheduled lock time.

8. Adding and Dropping Players

Throughout the season, you may want to improve your roster by adding available free agents and dropping players that aren't performing to your expectations. With only three (3) exceptions, there are no limits to the number of Add/Drops you can request, nor are there any transaction fees.
  1. The first exception is when an owner drops his entire team or a significant number of players, also known as "team dropping". Team dropping has a negative impact on the league and as such, any owner who elects to drop his team shall be subject to immediate removal from the league. Players selected from waivers or added from free agency that were part of a team drop may be reversed at CBSI's discretion. In such move reversals, the waiver ranks will not be reset. The 2017 Free Fantasy Baseball Challenge uses weekly lineups, so any changes made may go into effect for the following week's games.
  2. The second exception is abuse of the waiver process. This is when a team owner adds then drops a series of players, putting those players on waivers and making them inaccessible to other team owners. Such an action could result in forfeiture of points as well as that team owner being blocked from making any additional add/drops for the remainder of the season, in some cases dismissal from the League as determined by
If either of these situations occurs within your League, please contact through the Help Center as soon as possible. All decisions regarding enforcement of the exceptions to unlimited Add/Drops will be made by CBSI in its sole discretion.

Free Agents
Any player not on any other team's Fantasy roster and not on Waivers (discussed below) is considered a Free Agent. In Weekly leagues, requests for free agents are effective for the following week's games. For example, if an owner adds a Free Agent and drops a player on Wednesday, the roster is instantly updated for the following week, but the "pre-Add/Drop" roster is still in effect for the remainder of the current week's games. The deadline for submitting a Free Agent request is thirty (30) minutes before the first game of the scoring period in order to have the transaction effective for that week.

In order to provide an equal opportunity for all owners to add players that are new to the free agent pool, a Waivers process is used. Owners' requests to add players on waivers are not executed immediately, but are put in a pending status for at least 24 hours. This allows multiple teams to request the same players. Every night between midnight and 6:00AM ET a Waivers process will be run, executing the pending requests in Waiver Rank order (explained below). All transactions during the waiver process are effective for the next scoring period.

Waiver Rank
As stated, during the waiver process, pending transactions are processed in Waiver Rank order. The team with a waiver rank of 1, considered the highest, will get its first requested player. After the transaction is executed, the team's waiver rank is then set to 10 (last), and all other teams move up one. The initial waiver rank of the season is based on the reverse order of the draft. The team that selected last in the first round of the draft will have a waiver rank of 1.

If a team's highest pending transaction becomes invalid because another team received the requested player, the transaction gets deleted and the team's next transaction, if one exists, becomes that team's highest. If a team doesn't have any pending transactions because all players requested were taken by other teams, or the owner simply didn't request any players, there isn't any penalty and the team's waiver rank will not be changed.

Undroppable Players
To maintain the integrity of your league, you will be prevented from dropping certain star MLB players throughout the season. CBSI, as commissioner of all Fantasy Baseball Leagues, will decide - in its sole discretion - which MLB players are undroppable. If there are players we've deemed undroppable on your roster, they will not be displayed on the Transactions, Add/Drop page. You may appeal to CBSI for permission to drop an undroppable player; however CBSI will make the final decision on all undroppable player requests. Appeals can be sent via the Help Center page and should include the names of the players you want to add and drop.

9. Trades

Trade Approvals
In an effort to prevent collusion among owners, and to ensure fair competition, a trade approval process is used. After a trade is made, it will be in pending status for at least 24 hours. If 4 owners in your league object to the trade within the pending time period, the trade will not be executed, but will go to the Commissioner for final approval. If 4 owners do not object before the pending period is up, then your trade will be processed. As an example, a trade made at 5 PM ET Tuesday will not execute at 5 PM ET Wednesday, but will be processed between midnight and 5 AM Thursday morning. Therefore, all trades must be made (i.e., accepted by both parties involved) prior to 11:59 PM ET each Saturday night to be effective for the following week. However, trades in which 4 or more owners object are then subject to Commissioner approval and may NOT be effective for the upcoming period. Please always check your team Monday morning. Trades that go to Commissioner for approval on Monday will be processed after the lineup locks on Monday.

Multi-player Trades
Owners can enter unbalanced multi-player trades such as trading 3 players for 1 player. However, the maximum roster size (and the position restrictions) will ultimately be enforced. If a trade is executed and your resulting roster has greater than the maximum number of players allowed, or it violates the other position requirements, you will be required to enter the necessary transactions to correct your roster. If your roster is not legal by thirty (30) minutes before the first game of the week, your players will not accumulate statistics or points for the ensuing week.

Trade Deadline
In an effort to keep the integrity of the league, a deadline for trades will be imposed at 11:59 PM ET 08/10/2017. No trades can be accepted after the aforementioned date. If a trade is accepted on 8/10/2017, it will still be allowed to go through the voting process.

10. Sportsmanship

General Sportsmanship
By participating, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship and fairness rules set forth in these rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of CBSI regarding all questions of sportsmanship and fairness. If an owner does not comply with the sportsmanship and fairness rules as embodied in these Official Rules, or CBSI determines (in CBSI's sole discretion) that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike or unfair manner, CBSI reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league. All decisions by CBSI in sportsmanship and fairness related matters will be final.

Multiple Teams
In order to keep the leagues as competitive as possible, owners will only be allowed to have one team in a league.

CBSI does not permit two or more owners in the same league to work together to better one team at the expense of the other (for example, making one-sided trades, one team dropping highly-rated players so the other team can pick them up, etc.).

Inappropriate League Communication
The Fantasy and League Message Boards, League News area, League Email Address and Chat Room are available for you to communicate with other League owners. We ask that you refrain from posting or sending messages that could be construed as offensive to other owners. Inappropriate communication can also include spamming other league team owners with trade offers and posting multiple messages on the message board. If a team owner is unable to abide by the guidelines specified in the CBS Interactive Terms of Use, CBSI reserves the right to terminate that team owner's ability to communicate within the league.

11. Legal Disclaimers

General Conditions
All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of CBSI, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Challenge.

By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of CBSI, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Further, each entrant also acknowledges and agrees to the CBS Interactive Inc. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference.

All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply.

CBSI is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line entries or transactions, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a participant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. CBSI reserves the right to halt or modify the Challenge at any time during the Challenge period if events beyond their control compromise the Challenge fairness or integrity.

CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Challenge and refuse to award points, if entrant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Challenge or detrimental to other participants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Challenge registration violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the entrant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points, tampering with CBSI's administration of this Challenge, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this Web site.

CBSI reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Challenge. This Challenge is not affiliated with or endorsed by MLB or any MLB team. This is a game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the service.

This Challenge may not be used for any form of gambling.

f for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of CBSI which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Challenge, CBSI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge.

CBSI assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries or transactions. CBSI is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry or transaction to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Challenge.

Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Challenge Entities, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, lost, late, incomplete, corrupted, stolen, misdirected, illegible or postage due entries or mail if applicable; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information. The Challenge Entities, are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by registration information submitted by end users or tampering, hacking, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Challenge, and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Challenge.

Damaged Property
Challenge Entities, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, injury or damage to any entrants or to any other person's computer or property related to or resulting from participating in this Challenge or downloading materials from this Challenge.


In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID will be disqualified.

In the event that the Challenge is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, CBSI reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Challenge, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, CBSI shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

Challenge Errors
The Challenge Entities, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with typographical, human, technical or other, errors and/or ambiguity: (a) in the Challenge; (b) in any related advertising or promotions of this Challenge; and/or (c) in these Official Rules including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules. In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, Administrators reserve the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes or to correct any such ambiguity or error(s) without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Challenge.

Release and Indemnity
Each entrant in the Challenge, including, without limitation, the Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Challenge Entities and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, , participation in this Challenge and participation in any activity related to this Challenge.

Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties

Binding Arbitration
The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Challenge. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Challenge shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of California, in the City of San Francisco.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction
THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Challenge, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the California state and federal courts located in the City of San Francisco and State of California. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

Sponsor/Administrator's Mailing Address
CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.