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FanGraphs: The Game - Official Rules

1. Overview

FanGraphs: The Game is a fantasy baseball game where you create a fictional player and make one pick each day to build your player over the course of the season.

2. Creating Your Player(s)

You may create up to one player at each of the following positions: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, SP, and RP. Each player must be associated with a team. Once you create a player, the player cannot be deleted, so choose the team your player is on carefully.

There is currently no way to create two players at the same posiiton, though future iterations of the game may include such options.

Creating players at all eight positions is not required, and you can play the game with as few as one player or up to the maximum of eight.

3. Yearly Budget

All positions start out with $1000, with the exception of Catchers (C), which start with $850.

4. Game Limits

All positions have a 162-game limit, with the exception of Catchers (C), which have a 140-game limit.

5. Making Your Picks

Each day you may make one pick for each of your players until that player's game limit is reached. The real-life baseball players you may pick qualify at the same position of your player and range in value from $0 to about $15. You can only make a pick if you have at least the same amount of money available to you.

FanGraphs will do its best to alert you to which players are in the starting lineup once lineups are announced on a given day (typically one hour before the game). You may pick any player from the list presented to you, even if said player is not scheduled to play that day.

If your pick does not play for whatever reason, you will be refunded your money for that pick. Players at the Relief Pitcher (RP) position will not be refunded their money if their pick does not play.

6. Scoring

The entire stat line for your pick will be attributed to your player once the games for the day are completed. This includes everything from standard stats (such as home runs and strikeouts) to advanced stats (such as pitch speed, etc.).

Starting Pitchers (SP) will have the majority of their pick's stats divided by 5 for the day. All Starting Pitcher (SP) stats are shown rounded to the nearest decimal place displayed.

7. Starting Lineups

The player with the highest year-to-date WAR

Starting Pitchers (SP) will have the majority of their pick's stats divided by 5 for the day. All Starting Pitcher (SP) stats are shown rounded to the nearest decimal place displayed.

8. Periodic Awards

Your player may receive weekly, monthly, half-season, or seasonal awards based on your player's total cumulative WAR for the respective time period.

Awards are broken down into Overall (O-Rank), Positional (P-Rank), Team (T-Rank), and Team Positional (PT-Rank) and are ranked by prestige in that same order.

If you receive an Overall award, you will not receive any Positional, Team, or Team Positional awards (to reduce redundancy). If you were to receive a Positional award, you would not receive a Team award or a Team Positional award. And if you were to receive a Team award, you would not receive a Team Positional award.

9. Hit Streaks

Any hit streak your player has over 10 games is recorded. You can view your player's current hit streak on his player page.

10. Achievements

Achievements are awards that are not unique to your player and may be awarded to multiple players for accomplishing various challenges or reaching certain thresholds.

11. Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to players that finish with the highest and second-highest WAR at each position. Ties will be broken first by the fewest plate appearances (batters) or innings pitched (pitchers) and finally by seniority (lowest playerid). The winners will each receive 100 U.S. dollars. The runners up at each position will each receive a free FanGraphs T-Shirt.