Fantasy Football Rules

Fantasy Football Rules

 

From the Commissioner:

The rules for fantasy football are made with the goal in mind of making the league as much like the real NFL as possible and to make fantasy football as competitive and fair as possible. I feel as though the rules are designed to create parity in the league and will help keep owners involved throughout the entire season.  Points are structured to make each game as close as possible and to give everyone a chance to make the playoffs clear up to the final week of the season.  Welcome to our 18th season and good luck!

Rules of Fantasy Football 

Fantasy Football League Rules

  1. Entry Fee is $70 + $10 trade money + $10 for the auction Fatbox for a total of $90.
  2. 12 teams 2 divisions.  East and West.  Teams will be divided into 2 divisions, East and West, drawn randomly before the auction draft.
  3. Standings are based on head to head wins-losses.  A running point total will pay the owner with the most points through the 13 week regular season the total of the league trade money.($120)
  4. Playoffs are weeks 14, 15, and 16.
  5. The top 3 teams’ win-loss records from each division will qualify for the playoffs.   If there is a tie in W-L records, the first tie-breaker is total points.
  6. Payment of 50%, 30%, and 20% (see playoff section for details) to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in playoffs.
  7. Division winners receive a bye of week 14 (1st round playoff).
  8. Flexible lineup deadline.  Lineups must be submitted using the league website prior to each player’s kickoff for the week.  A player’s starting “status” is locked once a player’s game has started.  This allows owners the ability to modify their lineup up until the actual game time for each player on their roster. If a team owner does not send in a lineup, the lineup from the previous week will be used.  Each team is still encouraged to send in a lineup.  If a player’s game has past, he may not be started for that week unless designated prior to the game.  (see example in footnote of rules***) Free agent acquisitions and trades cannot be inserted into the current week’s lineups after games have already started.  For example, there is a TH night game and you pick up a RB on Saturday.  You must wait until the following week to play the RB.
  9. Trades or free agent pickups must be acquired through the website. Fantasy Football Waiver Rules – a $100 free agency salary cap will be allocated to each franchise for a “blind” free agent bidding process. The bidding process will begin at the kickoff of the week’s games until Wednesday at 6:00pm Central Time. The highest bidder during this period will be awarded the free agent and the dollar value will be subtracted from the $100 seasonal allotment.

Free agents acquired from Wednesday at 6:30 pm Central Time until kickoff of the week’s games will be $1 each on a first come first serve basis.

The $100 is considered an independent pool of money, separate from the auction.  No money is carried over from the auction.

  1. Live results are posted on the My fantasy League website.

Reports, stats, standings, rosters, scoring, schedules, free agents and more can be found on the website.

  1. Each team plays each team within the division twice for a total of 10 games and plays 3 games outside of the division for a total of 13 week regular season.  The 3 interdivisional games will be computer generated with the rest of the schedule.
  2. Rule changes require 8 of 12 league member approval.
  3. Roster 3 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, 2 TE, 2 PK, and 2 Defenses.  Plus one IR position.  The player must be listed as out on the injury report.  See 2004 amendment below.
  4. Starting Lineups 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 PK, and 1 Defense/Special Team. 

Fantasy Football Auction Draft Rules

  1. Draft will be an auction style draft. Kickers and defenses will be drafted serpentine style in reverse order of your previous year’s finish.
  2. Each team will have a $205 fantasy cap in which to fill their 17 man roster.
  3. Players will be awarded to the team with the highest bid.
  4. Each owner takes turns nominating a player for bid.  Starting at a minimum of $1 and increments of even dollars.  (For ex: I nominate E. George for $10. The player value increments with each bid. AJ says $15, Rick says $18, I say $20, etc.. until the bidding slows or stops.  Then someone says going once, going twice, (if no one bids higher) sold to the highest bidder).
  5. Owners have 60 seconds to nominate a player when it is their turn.  When 60 seconds are up, the nomination passes to the next person.  A second violation will result in the nomination passes to the next owner and you will be prohibited from      bidding on the next player nominated.
  6. Bids must increment by whole dollars with $1 the minimum.
  7. Any owner may jump in and out of the bidding on a player.
  8. All 17 roster spots must be filled according to the fantasy football draft rules..
  9. During the draft, you must have at least $1 of cap money available for each remaining roster spot. For example, the minimum price to acquire a player is $1.Your maximum bid can be calculated by subtracting the number of roster spots left from your available cap money .  (For example, $40 cap money remaining and 5 roster spots open.  Maximum bid cannot exceed $35).
  10. Teams are not required to remain under the $205 salary cap throughout the season. This money is solely designated for the auction only.
  11. Although each owner must fill their roster completely during the auction, owners are not required to spend all  of their $205 cap money. Any remaining cap money is forfeited. It is not used throughout the season for free agency acquisitions.

Scoring

The scoring system is designed to balance the value of each position (QB, RB, WR, TE, Def, with PKs slightly less valuable) not to lop-side the importance of any one position.

  • Touchdown = 60 points + 1 pt/yd
  • Passing = 1 pt/yd
  • Interceptions = -50 pts
  • Fumbles Lost = -30 pts
  • Rushing = 2 pts/yd
  • Receiving = 3pts/yd
  • TE Receiving = 4 pts/yd
  • PK PAT=10 pts , FG = 30 pts + 1 pt/yd

Defense

  • Yards Allowed 300 yds & under = 100 pts
  • Scoring TD = 60 pts
  • Safety = 30 pts
  • Sack = 10 pts
  • INT = 50 pts
  • FMRC = 30 pts
  • Punt Return TD = 60 pts
  • Kick Return TD = 60 pts

Example:  Favre throws for 270 yds, rushes for 20 yards and has TDs of 22 and 31 with 1 INT.

  • Points for Passing = 1*270 = 270
  • Points for rushing = 20*2=40
  • Points for TDs = 2 * 60=120 + 22+ 31= 173
  • 1 INT= -50 pts
  • Total 433 points

Fantasy Football Trade Rules

  • Trades can be made 24hrs-7days on the website on a first come first serve basis.  Illegal collusion-like trades may be reviewed by the league.
  • Trades and free agent moves must remain within the $100 waiver cap constraint.
  • Trade deadline.  No trades can be made after week 10 after time of lineup due time.
  • Free agents can still be acquired after week 10 only if the player was not previously on a team prior to week 10 or was dropped before the week 10 deadline.  Any player dropped after week 10 from a roster cannot be picked up again even by the team who cut the player.

Fantasy Football Playoff Rules

  • Playoffs are weeks 14, 15, and 16.
  • The team that scores the most points for the regular season will win the $120 trade money pot.
  • The team with the best record from each division will receive a bye for the first round of the playoff (week 14).
  • Top 3 teams from each division with best records make the playoffs.
  • Week 14, #2 team from east plays #3 from west division and vice versa.  Division winners receive first round byes.
  • League entry fee = $90 per team.
  • In case of a tie in records for playoff positions, the first tie-breaker will be total points not head to head play.
  • In case of a tie in a playoff game, the team with the most regular season points shall advance. 

Fantasy Football Keeper League Rules

  • Each owner      has the option of keeping one player from their team to carry over into      the next season.
  • The      player must have been drafted by someone ** the previous season.  In other words, the player must have a      dollar value.
  • Free      agent acquisitions cannot be kept the following season unless the player      has a price point.
  • $10 will be      added to the value of the player to count toward the auction cap.  For example, if you drafted Moulds in      2000 for $35, it would cost you $45 to keep him in 2001, $55 in 2002.

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2002 Rule Amendments

*One Running Back position will be added to the roster of each team.  The salary cap will add $5 for a total of $205 for the auction draft.

**A franchise player may be traded to another team and a player may be kept as a franchise player as long as the player has a price point meaning the player had to have been drafted that season.

*** Lineup deadlines will be flexible as long as the player to be in the starting lineup is determined 30minutes prior to his NFL game time.Ex.1 You have Favre and Cullpepper at QB.  For example, Minn. Vs GB on Monday night, you do not have to choose your starting QB until 7:30 pm Mon. night.  Ex. 2: However, if GB plays Sunday and Minn plays Mon.  you must choose your starting QB by Sunday’s deadline.

Lineups must be submitted using the league website prior to each player’s kickoff for the week.  A player’s starting “status” is locked once a player’s game has started.  This allows owners the ability to modify their lineup up until the actual game time for each player on their roster

2004 Rule Amendments

  1. Allow an IR (injured reserve)      position during the season.  The player must be listed as      “OUT” to be placed on IR.  Once they are listed as      “DOUBTFUL” or better, they must be removed and place back on the      active roster.  This would open up a roster spot until that player is      no longer listed as out while allowing the original team to protect their      player they paid good money for on draft day.

2009 Rule Amendments

  1. Sacks are awarded to the Defense      at 10 points per sack.
  2. Fumbles will count as -30 points      for each fumble lost by an offensive player, defense, and special teams.      This includes Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide receivers, Tight Ends,      Kickers, Defense and Special Teams returns. Fumbles lost will be      counted for a Defense in situations where a defense loses a fumble on an      interception or fumble return and also during kick returns and punt      returns. This does not include fumbles which are not lost to the opponent,      for example, situations where a running back recovers his own fumble.

2010 Rule Amendments

Fantasy Football Keeper Rules

  1. New franchise owners will be allowed to designate a      keeper player from an inherited roster. In the event that more than one      owner is new, the first choice of roster will be granted in the order of      entry fee received. If each owner pays the entry fee at the same time, a      coin toss will determine the owner’s first choice of inherited roster.

2011 Rule Amendments

  1. PK and Defense/Special Teams will be selected by a      four round snake draft on the day of the auction, but prior to the start      of the auction. Selections will be made in reverse order of the prior      year’s finish.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rules

  1. Waivers – a $100 free agency salary cap will be allocated      to each franchise for a “blind” free agent bidding process. The bidding      process will begin at the kickoff of the week’s games until Wednesday at      9:00pm Central Time. The highest bidder during this period will be awarded      the free agent and the dollar value will be subtracted from the $100      seasonal allotment.

Free agents acquired from Wednesday at 6:30 pm Central Time until kickoff of the week’s games will be $1 each on a first come first serve basis.

The $100 is considered an independent pool of money, separate from the auction.  No money is carried over from the auction.

2012 Rule Amendments

Change the IR (injured reserve) position to a “Reserve” position, in
which injury status is not required. In other words, the player need
not be listed on the injury report. It will be treated as an extra
roster spot. (Note: The reserve position cannot be filled until week one games have completed)

2013 Rule Amendments

Regarding keeper player pricing; players dropped during the season and then acquired before the end of the season may be selected as a “keeper” player for the following year, however, the price is determined by the player’s original auction value, not the re-acquired free agent price.