Daily Fantasy Baseball League Rules

DraftKings' MLB daily fantasy sports contests are held each day of the MLB regular season and into the playoffs, when there are 2 or more MLB games taking place.

Contest Format: Salary Cap


  • In each contest, participants will be assigned a fixed salary cap of $50,000 that they can use to draft their entire 10 player roster.
  • The Player Pool will consist of all MLB players expected to be playing on a given game day. Any missing players will not be added to the pool once DraftKings starts offering contests for that day. Player salaries will also not change once DraftKings starts offering contests for that day.
  • Contest results and winners will be based on the total points scored across each entrant's 10 player roster (scoring summarized below)
  • Participation in each Contest must be made only as specified in the Terms of Use. Failure to comply with these Terms of Use will result in disqualification and, if applicable, prize forfeiture. Terms of Use


  • Rosters will consist of 10 players and must include hitters from at least 3 different MLB teams.
  • The 10 roster positions are: P, P, C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF


  • Hitters will accumulate points as follows:
    • Single = +3 PTs
    • Double = +5 PTs
    • Triple = +8 PTs
    • Home Run = +10 PTs
    • Run Batted In = +2 PTs
    • Run = +2 PTs
    • Base on Balls = +2 PTs
    • Hit By Pitch = +2 PTs
    • Stolen Base = +5 PTs
    • Caught Stealing = -2 PTs
  • Pitchers will accumulate points as follows:
    • Inning Pitched = +2.25 PTs
    • Strike Out = +2 PTs
    • Win = +4 PTs
    • Earned Run Allowed = -2 PTs
    • Hit Against = -0.6 PTs
    • Base on Balls Against = -0.6 PTs
    • Hit Batsman = -0.6 PTs
    • Complete Game = +2.5 PTs
    • Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 PTs
    • No Hitter = +5 PTs
  • *NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitchers will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted.

Other Rules


All Position determinations for daily contests are at the sole discretion of DraftKings.


Since you only select players for a single series of games or events, there will be no trading of players, no free agent pick-ups, and no bench players involved in the contests.


For instances when a player is traded (changes teams) after contests have been posted:

1. If the next start time for that sport/league is LESS than one week away

Traded players will remain listed on their old team and will not accrue fantasy points. Where possible, DraftKings will add warnings to Draft Screens once it is known that a player has been traded and therefore ineligible to register points. Additionally, users that have traded players in their lineup(s) may be notified via email and/or other notification features on the site.

2. If the next start time for that sport/league is MORE than one week away

To ensure the highest level of game quality, DraftKings may elect to change a traded player’s team, making that player eligible to record points. In these cases, DraftKings will notify users of the trade and details of any players affected.


In the event that a scheduled game is cancelled, preempted, or postponed for any reason after the start of the contest that includes such cancelled, preempted or postponed game, no points will be awarded for players in the cancelled, preempted or postponed game or event.


DraftKings uses official MLB statistics as provided by STATS LLC and includes all games that MLB deems to be official and complete. If MLB declares a game "suspended" then the statistics that are generated the day the game is originally scheduled will be used. Any statistics generated on a later date when the game is completed will not be included due to the one day nature of our contests.


In no instance will we ever combine scores for both games of a doubleheader into a single score for an individual player. DraftKings creates contests based on the starting times for MLB games. We refer to them as "early" or "late", or based on their individual starting times. When a doubleheader is scheduled well in advance, DraftKings, at its sole discretion, will list either game, or both games, based on the scheduled time for those particular games.

There may be instances where DraftKings is unable to separately list doubleheader games, such as when a doubleheader is the result of a recent postponed game. In these cases, only the originally scheduled game will be used when scoring drafted players. This is usually because a DraftKings contest has already been created for that MLB game day, and customers may have already drafted teams based on the original game schedule. Please note that the originally scheduled game may wind up being either game of the doubleheader, so be sure to pay attention to the listed start time when selecting your roster.


Contest entry will close approximately one minute before the start of the first game in the contest. You can edit your full roster as many times as you like before the contest closes and begins. After this point, you can continue to edit and swap any player up until the start of their individual game time. Player editing locks when the scheduled start time for their game begins. Players editing will NOT be available when and if a game is delayed or postponed.


Baseball contests that offer live scoring and standings updates are strictly for the enjoyment of DraftKings customers. However, they are not official and are for informational purposes only. Official scores and results will be posted at the conclusion of the contest. You will know when the final results are posted when the contest status updates to "Completed", and the contests moves from the "Live Games" section to the "Completed Games" section on the My Contests page.

Live scores are calculated using the standard fantasy league points system. See the Rules and scoring link on each draft screen for the specific points and categories used in that contest.


During each game, DraftKings receives live scoring updates from our stats provider, STATS LLC. After the game has concluded, DraftKings receives a final box score, which will be used to calculate the results of each contest. However, the leagues and stats provider will occasionally revise box scores after the final box score has been released. In the event this occurs, the player scores on DraftKings will not be updated and the settlements will not be revised. Note that this is not the same situation as a case where a correction needs to be made after settlement due to a bug or issue with the data feed or the settlement process. In these cases the settlement process (including payment) may be reversed and redone correctly.


DraftKings will wait until all of the final box scores have been reported for each contest's games to ensure that the final results are accurate. Our statistics provider, STATS LLC will occasionally make revisions to final box scores that correct statistics published live during the games. In those cases, payouts will be based on the final box scores, not the box scores published during live games. If revisions are made after the final box scores are published, payouts will not be reversed or changed. If there is difficulty obtaining official results or issues with scoring, the contest may be settled the following day or whenever the final box scores are initially published.


The player salaries listed are a function of the salary cap fantasy sports contest format and are not intended, and should not be relied upon, as any indication of real-life salary valuations of the individual players.



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