The National Fantasy Baseball Championship Cutline Championship will consist of multiple leagues each comprised of 10 teams/managers. This is an optimal scoring format, where an owner's best scoring lineup will automatically be used every week. Owners will not have to choose who to start or bench on their rosters. Cost of entry is $125 per team.
The top two teams from each league after the regular season will advance to the Championship Tier and attempt to survive above the cutline in each of the three-week playoff periods. The next three highest scoring teams in each league move to the Wild Card Tier, where they have a chance to earn a spot back into the Championship Tier.
Teams will initially draft 38 players online with online drafts being held throughout the off-season. FAAB will be run twice during the season, with rosters expanding both times. FAAB will run on the following dates:
The NFBC Cutline Championship has a regular season, which concludes just prior to the MLB All-Star Break on Monday, July 10, and a championship playoff which runs for 9 weeks beginning in the week of the All-Star Break and ending in mid-September. Championship Rounds run from:
The Cutline Championship is a points-based league designed to approximate the relative contribution value of batter and pitcher outcomes in standard NFBC rotisserie leagues.
A starting lineup will consist of 14 hitters and 9 pitchers, with the same positions and position eligibility of standard NFBC leagues. Scoring is automatic, with each team’s highest scoring lineup of 2 catchers, 1 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 1 third baseman, 1 shortstop, 1 middle infielder (2B or SS), 1 corner infielder (1B or 3B), 5 Outfielders, 1 Utility Hitter and 9 pitchers counting toward that team’s points.
Every team's optimal scoring lineup will be automatically scored each week (Monday through Sunday) from the required 23 starting positions. Categories include:
Each league will consist of 10 teams participating in a 38-round draft. Rosters will expand to 42 players per team through only TWO FAAB periods during the course of the season.
Each team will have a free agent acquisition budget of $1000, but there will be only two free agent periods during the regular season and none during the championship playoff. Free agency will run on the following nights:
FAAB 1: Monday, April 10 (expands rosters to 40 players)
FAAB 2: Monday, June 5 (expands rosters to 42 players)
The first free agent period will be during Week 2, followed by the last and only other FAAB period on June 5. Players will be allowed to pick up as many free agents each time as they’d like, with 2 pickups being allowed without cutting a player during both periods. If an owner picks up less than 2 players during the first FAAB period, they have the right to expand to the roster limit in the final FAAB period. At no time can any team have more than the required number of players allowed on its roster.
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 of the weekly FAAB deadline at 7 AM ET 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 picked up or bid on in all NFBC leagues.
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 two times per year with a minimum bid of $1 per player. Teams will not be able to see other teams' 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. JUST FOR THE NFBC CUTLINE: Owners will be allowed to add 2 free agents without cutting a player during each of the two FAAB periods, and can add additional pickups by cutting players on their current roster. 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 starts the week before Opening Day and runs for the first time on Monday, April 10. FAAB will run one more time on Monday, June 5. There are no additional FAAB pickups in the playoffs. Bids will be accepted on the league website from Tuesday at 3 PM ET until the day of the deadline at 10 PM ET in each of those weeks. Rosters will be updated shortly after 10 PM ET on Monday with the results of all successful bids.
First and Last Free Agent Bidding Deadlines: The first free agent bidding deadline is Monday, April 10, at 10 PM ET. The last free agent bidding deadline is on Monday, June 5th 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.
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
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.
The top two teams in each league will advance to the Championship Tier (with the top scoring team in each league winning $250), while the third place, fourth place and fifth place teams in each league go into the Wild Card Tier. All teams tied for fifth place in their respective leagues will advance to the Wild Card Tier.
All other teams are eliminated from postseason action. The Playoffs will consist of 3 rounds and each round will be 3 weeks in duration.
Round 1 (July 14 through Aug. 6) – Each advancing team from the regular season will have their Round 1 total calculated by adding their weekly average point total from the season to their team totals from July 15 to Aug. 7. The shortened Friday-Sunday July 14-16 schedule is considered a separate week of scoring for Round 1, followed by three full weeks. The Top 95 teams in the Championship Tier will advance to Round 2 in the Championship Tier. All other teams move into the Wild Card Tier. The top 5 teams from the Wild Card Tier move into the Championship Tier for Round 2, while the next 95 Wild Card teams also advance to Round 2 in the Wild Card Tier. All other teams in the Wild Card Tier are eliminated from the contest.
Round 2 (Aug. 7 through Aug. 27) – The Top 95 teams from Round 1 of the Championship Tier plus the top 5 Wild Card teams will advance to Round 2 in the Championship Tier, while the remaining teams from the Round 1 Championship Tier and the remaining Top 95 Wild Card teams will compete in Round 2 in the Wild Card Tier. Each team's Round 2 total is calculated by adding 25% of their Round 1 Total Score, to their team totals from Aug. 7 to Aug. 27. The Top 18 teams in the Championship Tier will advance to Round 3 in the Championship Tier, while all other teams in the Championship Tier will move into the Wild Card Tier. The Top 2 Wild Card teams will move up to the Championship Tier for the next round, putting 20 teams in the Championship Tier for Round 3. The Top 20 teams after removing the Top 2 teams in the Wild Card Tier move on to Round 3 in the Wild Card Tier. All other Wild Card teams are eliminated.
Round 3 (Aug. 28 through Sept. 17) – The 20 teams left in the Championship Tier will compete for the 20 Championship Tier prizes. Each team's Round 3 total is calculated by adding 25% of their Round 2 Total Score to their team totals from Aug. 28 to Sept. 17. The team with the most points in the Championship Tier wins the $50,000 grand prize. The same scoring formula is used for the Wild Card Tier, which has prizes for the Top 5 highest scoring teams in Round 3.
All NFBC Cutline Championship leagues will hold their drafts at nfbc.stats.com. The cost per entry is $125 and there are no events or co-manager fees. Leagues will be offered most nights during the off-season and many will fill the night of the draft, sometimes just minutes before the start time. Once a league is filled, draft spots will be automatically run, an email will go out to all participants with the draft order and the draft will start on time. Watch the Countdown link under Home to see available spots in each upcoming Cutline league.
Once you have signed up, you'll find a team link for this league under MY TEAMS. Click on your team and you’ll see a link called DRAFT. There you'll find a DRAFT PREP link where you can update the default list for player rankings for that online draft. The changes you make to the player list should be reflected in the available players list when you launch the draft room. If you don't make any changes to the player list prior to your draft, the player list will appear using the STATS default rankings. Your customized player rankings can be used in future NFBC Online drafts, making it easier to update your list going forward.
On the day of your draft, the DRAFT ROOM link will appear and you'll be able to enter the room and draft your team. Use the HTML or Flash version of the Draft Room to draft your team. There is a DRAFT BOARD link within the draft room that allows you to see colored stickers of every player being selected and to easily see the draft results.
Each league will be comprised of 10 teams, and each draft will consist of 38 rounds, with each team selecting a player from the AL or NL in each round in a serpentine fashion (team 1 through team 10 in odd-numbered rounds, team 10 through team 1 in even-numbered rounds). In all NFBC draft leagues, you do not need to fill your 23 required starting positions with your first 23 picks; your No. 2 catcher could be selected with your 30th overall pick if you choose. However, you must have a legal starting lineup with your first 38 picks. Players will be selected from all 30 Major League Baseball teams and minor-league prospects are eligible to be selected on Draft Day.
Rosters will expand to 40 players through FAAB on Monday, April 10 as owners can pick up additional players without cutting any drafted players, while still making additional pickups with cuts at that time. Two more players can be added during the second FAAB period for a maximum roster size of 42 players. Each week your optimal scoring roster from the 23 required starting positions will be scored and will be added to your season point total.
Time Limit for Draft: There will be a 55-second time limit for each owner to make his/her pick during each round of the NFBC Cutline draft. If a participant does not make a selection in the allotted time, the computer will select the top player from that owner’s player queue. If no player is in the player queue, then the top available player from the player’s default list will be selected. If there is a computer failure, an error made with a selection by an owner, or any other type of technical malfunction, the draft moderator can stop the draft at any time, correct the error, and resume the draft. The NFBC reserves the right to allow the draft moderator to roll-back the draft if a technical error occurs, but if the desired player has already been selected before the draft was stopped, that player is no longer available to be drafted.
Commissioner Decisions: All decisions made by the NFBC commissioner are final. Tough decisions sometimes must be made about eligibility rules, lineups, etc., and NFBC participants must accept the unbiased ruling of the NFBC commissioner.
Prizes are awarded for league and overall standings.
Wild Card Tier:
The NFBC Cutline Championship will randomly select draft orders and announce them shortly after leagues are full. KDS is not used in the NFBC Cutline Championship.
Trading is not allowed during the NFBC season and owners are not allowed to trade draft picks.
NFBC Cutline rosters have a maximum of
Note: Team rosters remain at 42 players for the rest of the regular season and playoffs after the final FAAB period on Monday, June 5.
Starting lineups will consist of:
There is no minimum innings pitched limit in the NFBC Cutline Championship since your optimal scoring lineup is automatically scored each week. Your best nine scoring pitchers each week – and they could all be Starting Pitchers or all Relievers – will be scored each week, so build your roster accordingly.
The NFBC will use the following position eligibility rules in 2017:
a) Players who played at least 20 games at any position in 2016 will qualify at that position for the entire 2017 NFBC season. Players who play 10 games at a new position in 2017 will be eligible at that position after they have played there for the 10th time during the 2017 MLB regular season. Any player who missed all of the previous season to injury or retirement will qualify at the position he last was eligible for in the majors.
b) If a player did not appear in 20 games at any position, he qualifies at the one position he played most frequently the prior season in the majors. Designated Hitter is considered a position for these purposes (pinch-hitting is not). A player who only qualifies as a DH may only be assigned to the UT position. If a player's most games played at a position is less than 20 and tied among more than one position, the NFBC commissioner will assign eligibility at one position only.
c) Those players who only pinch-hit in the majors in 2016 will be position eligible according to their minor-league games played status in 2016. They would qualify at the position they played the most games in the minors.
d) Players who played all of 2016 in the minor leagues will be awarded position eligibility for the 2017 NFBC season based on the most games played at all levels in the minors. STATS will determine that one eligible position before Draft Day and that will determine that player's status for 2017 once he is called up to the majors. Those players who only pinch-hit or DH in the minors will only be UT-eligible.
e) The NFBC commissioner will rule on player eligibility prior to the draft as he deems necessary. Those eligibility lists are final and will be available to all owners prior to Draft Day.
You can access your team and league via the Internet by going to nfbc.stats.com. You will need a username and a password to access the game site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are signed up for the contest and do not have a username and password.
The NFBC Cutline Championship has an optimal scoring format where your highest scoring player from each of the 23 starting positions is scored at the end of each week. Owners do not have to set their starting lineups at all during the season. Live league scoring and overall standings will be run in real-time, but the final calculation for each week is done after all Sunday games are complete. Weeks run from Monday through Sunday.
To minimize the possibility of collusion, there will be no trading allowed.
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