I am starting a dynasty league this year and I have drafted up some rules for the league but before I finalize the rules I want to get some feedback from vets who have done this for a while. If something jumps out at you that you know won't work because you have tried it or it just doesn't seem like it would work let me know.
So here are the rules. Sorry for the length.
Setup: 12 teams, 2 divisions
Playoffs: Top 6 teams make the playoffs to determine the league champion with the division winners receiving the top 2 seeds and a first round bye. Bottom 6 teams play in toilet bowl to determine the first pick in the rookie draft with the two worst teams receiving the top 2 seeds and first round bye. Week 14 will be the first week of playoffs.
Schedule: 16 game schedule, 10 games against division opponents and 6 games against non-division opponents. The first and last two weeks will be doubleheader against non-division opponents.
Pro Bowl: Week 17 will be pro-bowl week with the division winners (with input from other teams in the division) selecting a starting lineup from players within the division to play against the opposing division. Winner will have the privilege of naming the losing division for the upcoming season.
Lineup: 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 2DL, 3LB, 2DB, 1K, 1ST, 16BN, 3IR, Roster Min. 28
Scoring: TBD but will more than likely be fairly standard
Salary Cap: Will be consistent with the actual NFL salary cap which is currently $109. It is the owner’s responsibility to remain within the cap. This cap amount is the amount you will have throughout the entire season. There will be no additional funds for FA pickups during the season.
Draft: The initial draft of the league will include all players including rookies. It will be conducted on fantasyauctioneer.com. Order will be determined randomly for player nominations. All values will be whole dollars. Your entire roster must be filled at the end of the auction. After the draft you have 5 days to assign contract lengths. You may elect not to sign a player to a contract and that player will be assigned to the free agent pool. If you attempt to resign the player you must sign him at the value you originally auctioned him at.
Example: You draft 32 players to fill in your roster but had 4 kickers and only want to sign 2 you can elect to do so as long as once your contracts are established you have the roster minimum.
Rookie Draft: After the first year of the league there will be a 5 round rookie draft after the Free Agency (FA) period. The first pick of the draft will go to the winner of the toilet bowl and the last pick will go to the league champion. Picks 2-11 will be determined by record with the team having the worst record/least points scored receiving the higher pick. Rookies will be given a salary based on there draft position (see spreadsheet).
Player Contracts: Players can be signed for 1-7 years and they will receive a 10% increase rounded up to the nearest whole dollar for every year signed (see spreadsheet).
Example: You sign a player to a 4-year contract with an original value of $22. The next year his salary would be 10% of $22 ($25). The next year his salary would be 10% of $25 ($28) and so on and so forth.
Free Agency: FA will be an auction style the same as the initial draft with the highest bidder receiving the player. The process for FA will be determined at a later date but it will most liking be done via message board.
Waiver Wire Pickups: Will be done using a blind bid system.
Franchise Player: You can designate one free agent on your team as your franchise player. He will receive a one year contract in the amount of the average of the top 10 salaries at his position based on the upcoming season’s salaries or a 25% increase, whichever is higher. A player can be franchised twice.
Restricted Free Agent: You can tender up to 3 free agents on your team as restricted free agents. You can offer the player 3 tenders 25%, 50% or 75% of his current salary. If another team outbids any tender offered you have the option to either match it or receive compensation. Compensation will be in the form of a draft pick for that year’s rookie draft. For a 25% tender the compensation will be a 5th round pick, for 50% it will be a 3rd round pick and for 75% it will be 1st round pick. If the team making the offer does not have the corresponding pick for the tender his offer will not be accepted. If a player is tendered and no team makes an offer then the team that tendered him will sign the player to a one year contract at the tendered offer. A player may only be tendered once but the normal franchise rules can be applied after that year.
Holdouts: Any player on any team will be a holdout for the upcoming year if he is in the top 3 for his position in total fantasy points but not top 10 in salary for his position. Teams will have 3 options. Option 1 is to increase the players salary by 50% and any remaining contract years will go under normal contract rules based on his new salary. Option 2 is to cut the player and the pay the associated cap penalty. Option 3 is to trade the player to another team. The team that accepts the trade will not be required to pay any salary increases other than the normal salary increase for every player.
Restructure Contract: For a player who under performs at his position a team may elect to restructure his contract. If a player is in the top 3 in salary at his position but not in the top 10 of total fantasy points for his position a team can elect to decrease the player’s salary by 50%. If a team elects to decrease the salary the contract will automatically default to a 1 year contract.
Cap Penalties: If you deem it necessary to cut a player you will be required to pay 50% his current salary for the current year. If you elect to resign the player you pay the penalty and will be required to sign him to his original value. If you cut the player before the Jun 01 deadline the fee will be applied based on his current salary. After the deadline the fee will be determined by his new salary.
Injured Reserve: You may place up to three players on your roster on the injured reserve. The minimum injury requirement to place a player on IR is OUT but once the player is placed on IR he will remain on IR for the entire season including playoffs. Any player on IR will receive a 25% pay decrease for the remainder of the season. Once the new league season begins the players salary will return to what the value would have been.
Example: You sign Joe Doe to a 3 year contract and his original value is $25. The first year you place him on IR and he receives a decrease to $19. The next year his salary will be what it would have been under his original value which would be $28.
Trading: The trading of players between will be a fairly liberal process unless there are obvious signs of collusion. Player salaries must be something that is taken into account when evaluating trades. If team A trades a superstar player to team B for a below average player, as long as team A is gaining an advantage in cap space then everything is fine. If team A trades a superstar who has a great value for a below average overpaid player then the trade will be evaluated strongly and the teams involved must provide a strong case of reasoning. Any team that makes a trade has the right to extend the contract (with normal contract rules) of any player involved but must at a minimum must have the player signed through the upcoming season.
Deadlines: All dates are tentative
Jun 01- League season begins (All contracts rollover to new year)
Jun 01- Franchise/RFA/Restructures are identified and action taken
Jun 01/04- Teams can make contract offers on RFA
Jun 05- All players not franchised or tendered are removed from rosters into FA
Jun 05- Free Agency begins
Aug 01- Free Agency ends
Aug 01- Rookie Draft
Aug 05- All contracts for rookies and free agents must be assigned
Aug 05- Must get roster under salary cap and have roster minimum
NFL Season starts- League Play begins
Before first game NFL Week 14- Roster freeze in effect/Playoff rosters finalized
NFL Week 14/16- League Playoffs
NFL Week 17- League Pro Bowl
NFL Week 18- Salary Cap Penalties reset to $0
NFL Week 18- IR Salaries will reset to original value
NFL Week 18- Roster freeze lifted any transaction may be conducted
NOTE: After roster freeze is lifted teams are allowed to be over the salary cap until the Aug 05 deadline
May 01- Holdouts are identified and action taken
May 01- Must make intentions to league and pay min. league fee
NOTE: Deposit will not be returned after this date