I'm considering taking my long time local Fantasy Football league and duplicating it online for a few interested members. I wanted to see if there was any interest in a very different take on Fantasy Football...
The rules are below...but essentially it is old school Rotisserie Style Fantasy Football...it works best with 6 very dedicated, very active, very knowledgeable owners, and if you have that, it's a pretty terrific, competitive system.
Scan through it all, but most important are sections 4 and 14 which describe the starting requirements/roster minimums and the scoring structure...totally open to questions and can send the excel scoring sheet we use to track scoring to interested parties via email...it makes it pretty clear.
2010 Fantasy Football League
Official Rules and Information
1. Each owner will contribute $175 prior to the draft. Funds held by the Commissioner from prior years will be credited toward the current year dues.
2. Cash will be awarded for the best overall score at the end of the season, and the winner of each week throughout the season.
3. Prior to the onset of the draft, each owner has the option to either:
a. Retain one player from his prior year FINAL roster ; or
b. Forfeit his entire FINAL roster and enter a supplemental round which precedes the first round of the draft
i. Only those owners who elect NOT to keep a player from his prior year roster are eligible for the supplemental round
ii. Draft order for the supplemental round is determined after all owners have declared their intent (either a or as follows:
1. Each owner will write his intent on a scrap of paper
a. If electing to keep, the owner must identify the player to be retained
b. If electing to participate in the supplemental draft, owner must indicate as such
iii. Supplemental draft order does not affect the order for the official draft
1. Official draft order is determined PRIOR to the determination of keepers
c. Any drafted players on an owners FINAL roster can be kept by the owner at the draft for each of the subsequent 2 seasons. As such, a player can only be protected on an owner’s roster for a total of 3 consecutive seasons (initial draft + yr 2 keeper + year 3 keeper). Restrictions only apply on players intentionally protected and exclude players on final rosters that were acquired via trade or signed as free agents. A player acquired in a trade or signed as a free agent can be kept for the following season as well as the two subsequent seasons.
4. Each owner will draft the following number of players/teams as follows:
a. Quarterbacks – 4 start 3
b. Running Backs – 6 start 4
c. Receivers – 6 start 4
d. Tight Ends – 2 start 1
e. Kickers – 2 start 1
f. Team Defenses – 2 start 1
Position eligibility is first defined by Yahoo. In the event of a dispute as to in which position(s) a player can be used, the CRTF (discussed below) will determine the appropriate position based on guidance from the NFL’s numbering policy, the team’s depth chart and other available information.
5. Owners must update their line-ups via the web site, by telephone, voicemail, e-mail or in person prior to the start of each player’s game(s). Line-ups can be changed from week to week at no cost. After kick-off of the player’s game for that week, no changes can be made relating to that player even if they involve players whose team's games have not begun.
6. Following the draft, owners may sign undrafted players at any time prior to kickoff of that player’s Week 1 game, provided that they release a player from their current roster. The cost of each free agent signing is $1. The rights to undrafted free agents will go to the owner who makes the first claim to that player to the commissioner via any of the methods noted in #5 above (e-mail is preferred as it carries with it a time stamp to determine priority in the event there are multiple claims for the same player.) There is no waiver period for undrafted free agents. Waivers, as further defined in #7 below, only apply to players released from an owner’s roster during the regular season. Using another owner (ie – not the commissioner) as a witness to claiming a player is not an official claim. The commissioner must, however, include at least one other owner as a witness to all his roster moves.
7. Once a player is released by an owner, he can be signed by any other owner (including the owner that released the player.) A 24-hour waiver period, during which all owners may make a claim on a released player, is extended beginning with the time the player’s availability is announced by the commissioner via e-mail. At the end of the waiver period, if there is more than one bid for the player, the player’s rights will be determined through a silent auction. Owners submit, via email to the commissioner, a dollar amount which they would pay for the player. The owner with the highest bid gets the player for that amount. There is no maximum for bids (minimum bid is $1.00). Should two owners submit the same bid and it is the high bid, a second auction between only those two owners will take place. If the commissioner is one of the owners involved in the silent auction, bids will be sent and tallied by the CRTF. All bids must contain both an add and a drop.
8. After the 24 hour waiver period, a player is a free agent and may be signed subject to section #9 below.
9. Free agents may be signed each week beginning at 10:00 AM on Wednesday through kickoff of that player’s upcoming game. Free agent claims for any player can be made subsequent to the kickoff of that player’s game through 9:59 AM on Wednesday. If at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, there are multiple claims for a given player, an auction as set forth in section #7 above will take place. All claims must include a player to be dropped or designated as injured as set forth in section #10 below.
10. Owners can place players on the injured list without releasing them. If a player is listed as “doubtful” or “out” per the NFL’s official injury list, an owner can pick up a replacement player without having to declare a drop.
Prior to the release of the official injury report (usually Wednesday afternoon), owners can elect to pick up a replacement, but are at risk of losing the “injured” player should he be listed as “probable,” “questionable” or not listed at all on the injury report. To mitigate the risk of losing the player, owners can declare a “conditional drop,” a player that would be cut in lieu of the injured player. The conditional drop CANNOT be the player to be signed as the injury replacement until that player has been on the owner’s roster for at least one game.
Peyton Manning is injured in Week 1. On Monday morning, the owner, assuming Manning will be out for Week 2, makes a claim (subject to section #9 above) for Jim Sorgi and puts Manning on the injured list. If he does not declare a conditional drop, and Manning is listed as “questionable” when the injury report comes out on Wednesday, Manning will be dropped from the owner’s roster. If another player was named as Manning’s conditional drop, that player would be dropped from the roster should Manning be declared “questionable” or “probable.” Sorgi cannot be designated as the owner’s conditional drop until he has been on the roster for a game. Therefore, following Week 2, the owner could elect to change his conditional drop to Sorgi and he would be cut should Manning be listed as “questionable,” “probable” or not listed on the Week 3 injury report.
Subsequent to the release of the injury report (ie – later in the week), an owner can still elect to place a player on the injured list despite the fact that the player was not listed as “doubtful” or “out” of the current week’s games. Any such designation needs to be supported by accredited media confirmation of the player’s inactive status PRIOR TO KICKOFF OF THAT PLAYER’S GAME. Furthermore, if that player is not among the officially released inactive list, he will be cut from the owner’s roster unless a conditional drop was designated. For the following week’s game, the injury report again becomes the barometer used to determine whether the player can continue to be designated as “injured.”
11. Players cannot be designated as “injured” during a bye week unless the player was out for his previous week’s game, and or the commissioner approves his designation as “out” for his team’s next game. To preserve fairness, the commissioner cannot determine whether a player on his team is “out” as per above. In these situations, a vote amongst the other five owners will determine whether the commissioner’s player can be placed on his injured list.
12. If a player is injured and placed on injured reserve, ie out for the remainder of the season, the owner can release him and sign a replacement at no charge.
13. Trades are permitted. If a trade results in one owner having a void on his roster, ie a two player for one player deal, the owners must sign/release player(s) to make their rosters legal. Likewise, an owner cannot make a trade that gives him more than 20 players on his roster. If owners agree on a trade for players of different positions, they must then drop/add players to make up deficiencies in roster. Each trade costs $1. Trades are subject to review and approval by the commissioner. Trades in which the commissioner is involved are subject to review and approval by the owners not involved in the trade. If the remaining owners cannot come to a majority decision, the trade will be presented to the CRTF (see #22 below).
14. Each week, the commissioner will track statistics in the following categories using the League’s website hosted by Yahoo (statistics presented from other sources may not be used to contest Yahoo statistics):
1) Passing yards
2) Passing touchdowns less interceptions
3) Completion percentage
4) Rushing yards
5) Rushing average
6) Rushing touchdowns
8) Receiving yards
9) Receiving touchdowns
10a) Kicker points + 2 point conversions
10b) Team Defense (see section 15 for scoring methodology)
Categories 10a and 10b will be scored independent of one another, but will share a 1/10 weight in the determination of the overall and weekly winners.
15. Team Defense will be scored as follows:
a. Defensive/Special Teams TD – 4 points
b. Safeties – 2 points
c. Interceptions – 2 points
d. Fumble recoveries – 2 points
e. Sacks – 1 point
f. Total points allowed (by opponent as opposed to an opponent’s offense):
i. 0 – 10 points
ii. 2-6 – 8 points
iii. 7-13 – 6 points
iv. 14-20 – 4 points
16. Each starting player’s statistics will contribute to the owner’s season totals. Reserve players do not contribute even if they are eventually entered into the starting line-up. A player only contributes in the weeks in which he is a starter.
17. Scoring is based on each category. Example: the owner with the most passing yards receives 6 points, the second most receives 5 points, the third most receives 4 points, the fourth most receives 3 points, the fifth most receives 2 points and the last place receives 1 point. Interceptions count against the owner; so the winner of that category is the owner whose quarterbacks have thrown the least amount of interceptions. Passes thrown by players other than quarterbacks will be counted – i.e. yards, touchdowns and interceptions thrown by non-quarterbacks will be included in the owner’s weekly passing totals. Likewise, receptions, yards and touchdowns by quarterbacks will also count.
18. Touchdowns scored by players via kick return, punt return or fumble recoveries will be recorded as touchdowns in that player’s primary position. Example: Hines Ward returns a punt for a touchdown. His owner earns a receiving touchdown, and the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers team defense receives a special teams touchdown.
19. In the event of a tie at the end of the week or the season, the total touchdowns (not touchdowns less interceptions) category will be the tiebreaker in determining who takes the overall pot.
20. Players receive credit for a two-point conversion by either throwing, running or receiving. In theory, if Michael Vick threw a two-point conversion pass that was batted back into his hands and he ran it into the end zone, his owner would receive 4 points. Team defense totals are not affected by extra points, two-point conversions or field goals from a scoring perspective, but obviously affected from a points allowed perspective.
21. The Trade Deadline is the kick-off of the first games of week 14. No trades can occur subsequent to the Trade Deadline.
22. Due to many NFL teams’ tendencies towards resting players during Week 17, Week 17’s statistics do not count towards the overall results. However, statistics for Week 17 count towards the Weekly Winner share.
23. To promote competitiveness, owners are required to maintain an active roster regardless of bye weeks or injuries. A fine of $1 per player will be assessed for each occurrence in the event that an owner’s line-up contains a player or players that are:
a. on a bye week
b. listed as “doubtful” or “out” on the initial NFL injury report for the week
c. on injured reserve
24. The Conflict Resolution Task Force (the “CRTF”) will arbitrate any disputes that cannot be settled through a majority vote by the owners. The arbitration process is to first call upon the owners who are not directly involved with the dispute. If it is not possible to obtain a majority decision, the matter will be brought before the CRTF. The CRTF’s decision will be final and thus not subject to appeal. If the CRTF does not respond in a timely manner (ie – if line-ups need to be set and a ruling has not been handed down by the CRTF), then the Commissioner will cast the tiebreaking vote. If the Commissioner is directly involved in the dispute, the tiebreaking vote will be cast by the owner with the lowest overall total (at the time of the dispute) who is not directly involved in the dispute.
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