Baseball Draft Kit: Strategy for Points Leagues
Baseball Draft Kit: Strategy for Points Leagues

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

Rotisserie scoring may have been the original fantasy baseball incarnation, but it now takes a backseat to points leagues. Granted, the bulk of information and advice disseminated focuses on rotisserie. The format dominates industry leagues and the high stakes arena. However, with platforms such as ESPN, Yahoo! and CBS included, points scoring encompasses close to half, if not more, of all leagues.

There are a few reasons why fantasy writers, podcasters and radio hosts concentrate almost exclusively on rotisserie.

• The majority were weaned on rotisserie and continue to play it today.
• Those seeking advice and willing to pay for it principally play in rotisserie leagues.
• There isn't a standard roster composition and scoring system in points leagues so there's no one-size-fits-all set of player rankings. Admittedly, this is also true for rotisserie, but with a few exceptions, rankings are more uniform using conventional rotisserie scoring.
• Rotisserie leagues are considered chess while points leagues are checkers. There's a treasure of books and videos on chess compared to a pamphlet on checkers.

While rotisserie strategy is indeed more complex, there are nuances of points leagues overlooked by their participants. This is especially important since the high stakes industry has entered the points leagues space, specifically best ball format.

The perception points leagues are simpler is accurate in the context of determining player expectations as the common denominator for all players is points. There aren't any stolen-base specialists or batting-average sinkholes. Balance between power and speed or ratios and

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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