What is 5×5 Scoring?
In fantasy baseball, “5×5” refers to the five offensive and pitching categories used in most leagues. Those five categories are runs (R), home runs (HR), RBIs (runs batted in), stolen bases (SB), and batting average (AVG). The other five categories cover pitching, including wins (W), strikeouts (K), saves (SV), ERA (earned run average), and WHIP (walks plus hits/innings pitched).
The goal of using these ten categories is to ensure that players who excel in many diverse areas are rewarded for their performance. This system tends to favor consistent players across multiple categories instead of those specializing in just one or two areas.
For example, a power hitter might be great for helping you win HRs and RBIs every week, but if they don’t score runs or steal bases, they won’t help your team as much as a player who does well across all five offensive categories.
How Does 5×5 Scoring Work?
In fantasy baseball leagues that use 5×5 Scoring, each team accumulates points based on how their players perform in each category during a certain time period—usually one week or one month. For instance, let’s say your team has three players with ten runs scored during a given week. If your league awards 3 points per run scored, you would have 30 points added to your total score in the Runs category at the end of that week.
It works this way for all ten categories: Each player’s stats are tallied up individually and then added together for an overall score at the end of each time period (week or month).
In short, it rewards consistency by awarding points for good performance across multiple categories rather than specializing in just one or two areas like power-hitting or high strikeout numbers.
By familiarizing yourself with 5×5 scoring rules and keeping track of how your players’ stats accumulate over time, you’ll be well on your way to becoming successful in fantasy baseball.