Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 1/15/14
This season we are taking a different approach to fantasy baseball.  Considering the season is extremely lengthy, injuries and forgetting to look at your lineup can really screw you.  That is why we are splitting fantasy baseball into two seasons!  Our roto points league will feature three winners: Pre All-Star BreakPost All-Star BreakOverall Thanks to player splits statistics, it is possible to keep track of 1st half and 2nd half statistics, separately!  Now if you lose a player to an injury early in the season, it makes sense to hold on to him because after the All-Star break, every player resets back to zero points! Sure about 60% of the season is prior to the All-Star Game, which takes place in July, but there are a lot of young prospects that make their debuts who used to have no value in points leagues, as well as players who suffer an injury that sidelines them for a while.Last Season Top 10 Hitters from the 1st Half vs the 2nd Half table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } 1st HalfGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSBAVGFantasyPointsMiguel Cabrera93362132812013073956030.365583Chris Davis95343108442703770933800.315536Mike Trout923701196729815655947210.322495Paul Goldschmidt94352110662302160774990.313486Carlos Gonzalez913541075422625686438160.302484Adam Jones96395117742401967671390.296450Edwin Encarnacion9134892501612560724640.264449Dustin Pedroia96376119872516575651130.316442Joey Votto95352112771911566427130.318438Robinson Cano95354107681802153654860.302436Cargo played in just 12 games after the All-Star game, but by using 1st half stats and resetting at the break, Carlos Gonzalez owners were able to get full value out of the games he did play. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } 2nd HalfGABH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBSBAVGFantasyPointsPaul Goldschmidt6625072411331543485060.288344Jayson Werth6523078481501546493670.339341Mike Trout65219714810112443863120.324334Matt Carpenter682688452273254333320.313328Hunter Pence6825580531311338512980.314323Andrew McCutchen6723981541241141354170.339312Freddie Freeman662398058801440482910.335308Matt Holliday582107348160939473230.348305Eric Hosmer692799065161840392640.323304Alfonso Soriano632385932901839522480.248300Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout were the only hitters to make both top 10 lists!Last Season Top 10 Pitchers from the 1st Half vs the 2nd Half table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } 1st HalfWLERAGSCGShOIPERSOFantasyPointsAdam Wainwright1252.452042146.240130437.4Max Scherzer1313.191900129.246152418.4Clayton Kershaw861.982032145.132139407.7Felix Hernandez1042.532000138.239140407.4Cliff Lee1032.861911138.244125394.9Jordan Zimmermann1242.581931132.13895393.7Patrick Corbin1112.351910130.134109390.7Justin Masterson1073.722033135.156137382.7Matt Harvey722.351900130.034147369.5Bartolo Colon1232.701922126.23870369.4The loss of Matt Harvey not only killed the New York Mets, but fantasy owners too.  However, in this format, Harvey's value was maximized! table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } 2nd HalfWLERAGSCGShOIPERSOFantasyPointsClayton Kershaw831.59130090.21693290.9David Price732.871520106.23484290.4James Shields933.06140094.03280286.0Zack Greinke721.85140092.21980275.4Anibal Sanchez722.20140090.02291273.5Kris Medlen932.38120083.12271269.7Max Scherzer822.44130084.22388269.4C.J. Wilson813.42140092.03578268.0Adam Wainwright743.69141095.03989265.5Yu Darvish552.59140090.126120264.2Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright were the only pitchers to make both top 10 lists.League SettingsRosters2 x C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS6 x OF, PEach roster has 22 players (11 starters, 11 bench).  The draft is organized so that 1xC,1B,2B,3B,SS and 3 OF, P are selected by each owner.  Then you reverse the draft order for the "reserves" and draft the same positions again.  The league automatically decides who is on your starting team based on who has more fantasy points.    ScoringLeague scoring is completely customizable and can be made to fit your league.  This is how we keep score:HittersSingles - 1ptDoubles - 2ptsTriples - 3ptsHomeruns - 2ptsRBI - 2ptsRuns Scored - 2ptsWalks - 1ptStolen Bases - 1ptPitchersWin - 10 ptsInnings Pitched - 2 ptsEarned Runs Allowed - (1pt)Strike Outs - .5ptRoster MovesWhen you decide that your draft was not strong enough and want to swap players, you must make a position for position change.  So if you wanted to drop John Buck in the 2nd half because he was not producing like in the first half, you would have to replace him with a catcher.  Same goes for all positions.  You are also limited to just 1 move in May, 1 move in June and 1 move in July.  Since you do not need to edit your lineup on a daily basis, there is no need to make many transactions.  If the player added has more points than your other player at that position, he instantly becomes your starter and you earn all of his fantasy points, while subtracting the drop players fantasy points.There are unlimited trades, up until August 31.  However, trades work like free agent moves and must be position for position.  Typically a trade is made when a backup player on someone else's roster has more points than your starter.  Here is an example of a trade made last May:Mike Napoli (207) for Joey Votto (225)Chase Utley  (174) for Brandon Phillips (205)Evan Longoria (220) for Martin Prado (127)The Napoli/Utley/Longoria owner gained 49 points and the Votto/Phillips/Prado owner picked up 93.  At the time of the deal, adding Longoria gave him 93 points, 44 more than the other guy, but Votto and Phillips finished the season with more points and that side won the deal.So what is your take on playing fantasy baseball this way?  If Yahoo, ESPN or CBS offered this would you consider playing?  Is it better suited for AL or NL only leagues?  Let us know in the comment section!
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