Injured Player Protection
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Injury/Bye Protection feature?
A: The Injury/Bye Protection feature gives the user the ability to protect their roster from starting a player who is ruled out for a game after the trade deadline has passed. For example, if you subscribe to the protection feature, and have a player listed on your roster who is ruled out prior to the game starting, the feature would use a prepaid trade to replace that player with the next lowest ranked player who is not also injured, has not already played in an earlier game and is not already listed on your roster.
How is the replacement player determined?
A: The replacement player is first determined by comparing the number of games scheduled for the week, then by salary, and finally the H2H player ID only if there is a tie with multiple players at the same salary. Only players who are not injured and whose teams haven't already started play for the week are eligible as replacement players.
For example, if the player being replaced has a salary of $14.2, and one player has a salary of $14.0 with six games scheduled for the week while another has a salary of $14.1 but with only five games scheduled, the system will select the $14.0 player. Or, if there are two or more players with the same salary of $14.0 and all have the same number of games scheduled, the system will pick the $14.0 player with the lowest H2H player ID. It will not replace players with higher salaries and will not allow a team to go over its salary cap.
What happens to my injured player who already played earlier in the week?
A: For players who get injured mid-week and are subsequently ruled out prior to the start of the next game, the Injury/Bye Protection feature will award 2 H2H points to that player for the missed game. Players must be ruled out prior to the game starting in order for H2H points to be awarded to the player.
Am I covered if a game is unexpectedly canceled after the trade deadline?
A: When a game is canceled or postponed after trading has ended for the week, the Injury/Bye Protection feature will award 2 H2H points to each affected player or 4 H2H points for your pitchers. H2H points are only awarded if the player is not ruled out before the game is canceled, and only if the game is canceled or postponed AFTER the trade deadline but BEFORE play could begin. Players will not be awarded H2H points for games canceled or postponed before the trade deadline, or for games rescheduled for later in the week.
How much does the protection cost?
A: The Injury/Bye protection is $10 and includes 5 prepaid trades (a $15 value!), which are credited to your account immediately. Keep in mind that if you don't have any prepaid trades on your account, no substitution will be made and an email will be sent letting you know of the protection failure.
How do I add Injury/Bye Protection to my team if I've already signed up?
A: Just tap the "Upgrade" banner on your team's roster page and follow the steps provided. Or contact Customer Service and we'd be happy to help. Once Injury/Bye Protection has been added to your team, the icon will appear on your team's roster page to show that your lineup is now protected.
If I purchase the Injury/Bye Protection feature, will it apply to all teams or only one team?
A: The Injury/Bye Protection feature is linked specifically to each individual team, not to an account.
Will this cover a player if they are injured during their game?
A: Sorry, no. A player must be ruled out before game time to be eligible for auto-substitution.
Will this cover a player if they are the lowest salaried player at that position?
A: No it will not. When identifying replacement players, the system is set up to select the next player down in salary. If there is no player available at a lower salary, no auto-substitution will be executed.
What about doubleheaders?
A: Unfortunately, if a player is ruled out for the second game of a doubleheader, or that second game is unexpectedly canceled or postponed, H2H points will not be awarded for the missed games. H2H points for Injury/Bye Protection are awarded on a day-by-day basis only.
Will this cover a player if they miss the All-Star Game?
A: No. Injured Player Protection does not protect players during MLB All-Star Week activities, including those players scheduled to compete in the All-Star Game.
Will this still cover my team in the H2H playoffs?
A. Yes! All playoff qualifiers that have subscribed to the Injury/Bye Protection service will continue to be protected throughout the playoffs. Just be sure to set your lineup each round or you may see a flurry of activity replacing those players on your lineup that were recently knocked out of the playoffs.
How do I disable Injury/Bye Protection?
A: Simply contact Customer Service and we would be happy to disable the Injured Player Protection service on your team for you. Just be sure to get your request in by Tuesday before play begins for the week.