Rules & Scoring

Scoring on the website is fairly “standard" in terms of the scoring seen in fantasy games for the sports which our website covers. We strive to maintain fair and balanced scoring methods. Please remember that all scoring is based off of actual statistical scoring which transpires during the sporting events. These statistics are provided to us by our data provider, Sports Direct Inc. Fan Picks does not have the ability to manipulate statistics scored by any player in any event.

Table of Contents


NFL Football Scoring


Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
Passing yards = 0.04pts
Passing touchdowns = 4pts
Interceptions = -1pt (negative)
Receiving yards = 0.1pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
Receptions = 1pt
Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts
Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts (negative)
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
300+ Passing yards = 3pts
100+ Rushing yards = 3pts
100+ Receiving yards = 3pts


Sacks = 1pt
Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
Return touchdowns = 6pts
Interception return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
Safeties = 2pts
Blocked kicks = 2pts
Interceptions = 2pts 0 points allowed = 10pts
1-6 points allowed = 7pts
7-13 points allowed = 4pts
14-20 points allowed = 1pts
28-34 points allowed = -1pts
35+ points allowed = -4pts
Shutout bonus = 5pts


  1. QB
  2. RB
  3. RB
  4. WR
  5. WR
  6. WR
  7. TE
  8. D
  9. UTIL (RB/WR/TE)

NBA Basketball Scoring


3-pt FG = 2.5pts
2-pt FG = 1.5pts
FT = .5pt
Rebound = 1pts
Assist = 1pts
Block = 1pts
Steal = 1pts
Turnover = -.5pt (negative)
Double Double = 2
Triple Double = 3



  1. G
  2. G
  3. G
  4. F
  5. F
  6. F
  7. C
  8. UTIL (G/F/C)
  9. UTIL (G/F/C)

Baseball Scoring


Winning Pitcher = 7.5
Earned Runs = -3
Strikeouts = 3
Innings Pitched = 3
Walks = -0.50
Hits allowed = -0.50
Hit Batsman = -0.50
Complete Game = 6
No Hitter = 6
Complete Game Shut Out = 3


Singles = 3
Doubles = 6
Triples = 12
Home Runs = 15
Runs Batted In = 3
Runs = 3
Walks = 3
Stolen Bases = 7.5
Caught Stealing= -3
Strike Outs = -0.50


  1. P
  2. C
  3. 1B
  4. 2B
  5. 3B
  6. SS
  7. OF
  8. OF
  9. OF

Hockey Scoring


Goal = 9 PTS
Assist = 6 PTS
Shot on Goal = 1.5 PTS
Blocked Shot = 1.5 PTS
Short Handed Point Bonus (Goal/Assist) = 3 PTS


Win = 9 PTS
Save = 0.6 PTS
Goal Against = -3 PTS
Shutout Bonus = 6 PTS


  1. LW
  2. LW
  3. RW
  4. RW
  5. C
  6. C
  7. D
  8. D
  9. G

Soccer Scoring


Goal = +20 PTs
Assist = +8 PTs
Shot = +2 PTs
Shot on Goal = +2 PTs
Tackle Won = +2 PTs
Pass Intercepted = +2 PTs
Yellow Card = -1 PTs
Red Card = -2 PTs
Penalty Kick Miss = -2 PTs
Saves (GK) = +6 PTs
Goal Conceded (GK) = -6PTs
Clean Sheet (GK) = +10 PTs
Clean Sheet (D) = +10 PTs
Win (GK) = +5 PTs
Penalty Kick Save (GK) = +5 PTs
Fouls Drawn = +1 PTs
Crosses = +1 PTs
Blocks = +6 PTs​



  1. GK
  2. D
  3. D
  4. M
  5. M
  6. F
  7. F
  8. UTIL (D/M/F)
  9. UTIL (D/M/F)

Golf Scoring


Double Eagle or Better (DBe): +20 PTs
Eagle(EAG): +8 PTs
Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
Double Bogey (DBB): -1 PT
Worse than Double Bogey (DBW): -1 PT

Streaks and Bonuses

Streak of 3 Birdies or Better (MAX 1 Per Round)(BIR3+): +3 PTs
Bogey Free Round (BOFR): +3 PTs
Hole in One (ACE): +10 PTs


1st: 30 PTs
2nd: 20 PTs
3rd: 18 PTs
4th: 16 PTs
5th: 14 PTs
6th: 12 PTs
7th: 10 PTs
8th: 9 PTs
9th: 8 PTs
10th: 7 PTs
11th–15th: 6 PTs
16th–20th: 5 PTs
21st–25th: 4 PTs
26th–30th: 3 PTs
31st–40th: 2 PTs
41st-50th: 1 PTs


Lineup consists of 6 starting golfers and 3 bench golfers. Points are scored on golfers in starting lineup positions only. Swaps between players in the starting and bench positions can be made between rounds when both golfers had completed their previous round and not yet began there subsequent round. Points scored for placing will be applied to golfers in starting positions at contest completion.



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Multiple Accounts

Some matches may allow for "multi-entries" meaning more than one entry into the contest by the same user is allowed, but this should not be confused with utilizing multiple accounts which is strictly prohibited. We cross-check multi-account use by closely monitoring logged in sessions, IP data, payment data, and other methods to ensure our website is not abused by cheating via multiple accounts.

Account Suspensions

Unfilled Contests

In the event a matchup is unfulfilled in regards to the number of participants, FanPicks will often attempt to automatically re-assign players to another contest so that they can correctly be filled. Our goal is to make sure you have an enjoyable user experience, have as few expired matches as possible, and never “join" something you did not intend to. We do this by matching players up only with games with the same gameplay, difficulty, and buy-in value.

Some games have different “total participant" restrictions for unfilled contest matching. In the event a contest expires without the member being matched to another contest, then a full refund of any entry fee is immediately issued to the account with all entries associated with the joining voided.

Cancelling Game Entries

Cancelling a game on FanPicks is not always a guaranteed action. We have taken many measures to help ensure that your sign up for a match is clearly understood and validated for verification that you wish to participate. With that said, if you have mistakenly joined a match and need to cancel an entry, you can request a cancellation by submitting a support ticket to FanPicks. Details on the matchup you are wishing to cancel yourself from should be specified in the support ticket. Again, not all entries are cancelled. This is handled on a case by case basis with time sensitivity.

Postponed Games that Alter Gameplay

Please Note: Not all of the gameplays listed below may be on the FanPicks website.

Rules for how postponed games are treated in FanPicks contests vary depending on the sport and contest type.

NFL- In the event a game is postponed and then rescheduled to be played during the same week, FanPicks will make an attempt to retain that game in order to prevent "zero scoring" for athletes. This means that all contests will remain open and show as "live" until the conclusion of the game at the newly rescheduled time. In the event the game is rescheduled to a date further out than the current week, all users will be awarded zero points for any athletes they had in that event, and the event will be finalized automatically no later than Tuesday at 2AM (after Monday Night Football the prior night and prior to the new slate of games coming available for gameplay).

In some situations, the athletes that are selected by users for the event may show as being "locked" and unavailable for late-swap upon their originally scheduled time being met. Therefore, players not wanting to utilize athletes on these teams should make roster update decisions prior to the original event time and date. Additionally, should the NFL announce a schedule change to an event too close to the original start time, the event may lock, resulting in all athletes having zeros logged for scoring, with the new event not being an event able to be included.

NBA, NHL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball- the FanPicks website will automatically keep the contest open until it is officially flagged by Sports Direct Inc as a "postponed" game. This will lead to games appearing to still be "live" despite there being no activity due to a delay or postponement. Upon the game being officially marked as postponed the event is then closed and all scoring for all users is finalized. Players of the postponed event(s) are awarded zero points and the contest is considered complete. In the event we do not receive a postponed status, the contest will automatically close out roughly 30 hours after the postponed event's originally scheduled start time.

MLB- all contests will close "as-is" once marked postponed by our stats provider, exactly as described above with a maximum close time being 8 hours after the postponed event's originally scheduled start time in the event we do not receive an official postponement or suspension notice.

If a game is rained out before play begins, it is rescheduled for a later date. If it has already begun and rain falls, several scenarios are used to determine the need to resume play: (all sports) - postponed games which are re-scheduled to take place on a different day will be eligible for gameplay on those specific dates and will have absolutely no link to the original event ID / contest they may have been associated with. See double-headers for more information which is specific to MLB.

Suspended Games

See the postponed games section as suspended games and postponed games are handled in the same fashion.


In the event of a tie score between multiple players, FanPicks will not break ties, and instead will split prizes appropriately.

Traded Players

Players being traded may impact contests that have already been created with the players on their old teams. Player team listings on FanPicks are updated once per day (overnight). Note that because contests are created as much as five or six days in advance, traded players may not be available in contests which include a game involving their new team, but not their old team. Also note that in some instances a player you selected may no longer be available in a contest which includes their old team, but not their new team. In that case, you'll need to select a replacement or be credited with zero points for the player.

Note that on the day a player is traded, they may still be listed for their old team in the draft screen. If they are traded to another team which is part of the same contest in which you choose them, you will still receive points for their performance. These points may not be reflected accurately during live scoring, but will count at contest settlement time. Also note that contest settlement may be delayed in order to ensure accuracy.

Most importantly, please note that in very rare cases a player is traded early enough in the day that they are able to play for their new team. If they are traded from a team with a late game to a team with an early game, you may be able to select them in late contests, already knowing how they performed that day. In this situation, you will receive zero points for their performance.

Double Headers

Only one game of a doubleheader will count for Fanpicks scoring. Players will only score points for the game which starts at the time listed in the contest details. This will typically (but not always) be the game at the originally scheduled time. Double header and player eligibility is directly linked to the time-period in which the initial game is selected for.

Contest/Match Settlements & Payments

We try to settle contests and run payments as quickly as possible, but must ensure we do so accurately. Most contests are settled shortly after the last game finishes. However, to settle we have to wait until all the player statistics have been reported by Sports Direct Inc (our third party stats provider). This lets us ensure that the final box scores are complete. In most cases the box-score data in which the website replies on is finalized 30-45 minutes upon a game concluding. At times this may run over, as much as a full additional day being required, thus not settling matches and payments until the box score data is finalized.

Scoring Revisions

During the games covered by Fanpicks we receive scoring from Sports Direct Inc (our third party stats provider).. After the game has ended they pass us a final box score for the game. After we receive and confirm the box scores for all the day's games we then settle all entries. However, very rarely, the leagues and stats provider revise the box scores after the final box score has been released. In the event of this occurring the player scores on Fanpicks 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 problem with the data feed or the settlement process. In these cases the settlement process (including payment) may be reversed and games resettled correctly.

  • If the game has completed the top half of the 5th inning and the home team is ahead, the game can be deemed an official game. The home team is declared the winner, and the game officially counts in standings.
  • If the game has completed the bottom half of the 5th inning and either team is ahead, the game can be deemed an official game. The leading team is declared the winner, and the game officially counts in standings. However, if the game is rained out prior to the completion of an inning in which the visiting team scored one or more runs to take the lead, and the home team has not retaken the lead, the game is suspended, to be resumed at a later date.
  • If the game has completed the 5th inning, and the teams are tied, if the game is a playoff game (regardless of inning), it is not the final game in the series (the first or second game in a three-game series, also regardless of inning), the game is considered suspended, and the resumption of the game is scheduled for a future date (usually the following day). The game picks up from where it left off.

Salary Cap Contests

All of our salary cap games feature the following rules/limits:

  • Salary Caps are generally $50,000 but may change for special contests so please review the cap rules on each contest you enter.
  • All of our salary cap contests feature exactly 9 roster spots, check each contest you enter for specific roster positions required.
  • All entries must include players from 3 different teams.

Pointspread Contests

  • Our Fantasy Pointspread contests use the exact same Roster Limits and Scoring rules as our standard Salary Cap contests. Please refer to those sections for more details.
  • Fantasy Pointspread rosters are not bound by salary cap restrictions. You may choose any eligible player at each position you like.
  • Athletes in Fantasy Pointspread contests have each been assigned a proprietary "fantasy spread" such as -6.5 or +3.0 or 0.0. Each athlete's fantasy point score is adjusted by their fantasy spread to determine a final point total for the athlete. The sum of all of your adjusted athlete scores is your total contest score.
  • Example: If you picked Tom Brady and his spread was -3.5 and Tom Brady scored 23.5 fantasy points for the event, his final adjusted total score would be 20.0 points.
  • All of our fantasy pointspread contests feature exactly 9 roster spots, check each contest you enter for specific roster positions required.
  • All entries must include players from 3 different teams.

Cross Sport Contests

  • Cross Sport contests allow you to select athletes from multiple sports leagues to fill your lineup.
  • Cross Sport contests may be Salary Cap-type, or Pointspread-type format… check the rules of the specific contest you are entering.
  • Typically you will be required to select 6 athletes from one sports league, and 3 from another sports league to fill your lineup. In some cases these roster limits may vary, or include 3 sports leagues. Check the roster limits for the specific game you are entering.
  • Our Cross Sport contests use the exact same scoring rules as our standard Salary Cap and Pointspread contests. Please refer to those sections on specific scoring for more details.
  • All entries must include players from 3 different teams.