How is position eligibility determined?

Position eligibility is determined by a player's past participation and information that our data provider collects. If it's determined that a player's primary position has changed, then that player gains eligibility for the new position but won't lose their original designation.

The criteria for adding position eligibility varies by sport:

NFL

Positions are determined by official rosters during the season and team media guides during the offseason and early preseason. Our data provider makes the final decision on position eligibility. We try not to change eligibility after Week 3 of the preseason unless absolutely necessary.

MLB

Position players qualify for new positions:

  • If they made at least 10 starts at the position the previous season.
  • Or if they made at least 7 starts at the position this season.

Pitchers qualify for new positions:

  • If they made at least 3 starts for SP (starting pitcher) eligibility this season.
  • And if they made at least 8 relief appearances for RP (relief pitcher) eligibility this season.

Preseason pitcher eligibility is determined by our data provider and team depth charts.

NBA

Our data provider makes the final decision on eligibility using a player's listed position with the NBA, past performances, depth charts, and starting lineups.

NHL

Our data provider makes the final decision on eligibility using a player's listed position with the NHL, past performances, depth charts, and starting lineups.