I am looking for input and potential owners of a "new" type of fantasy football league. There are a few similar leagues like this, but none that goes this in-depth. I am looking for up to 10 insanely dedicated owners. Let me know if you are interested...the rules are below.
a) League Setup
1) The league size is 12 teams, with four divisions each containing three teams.
2) Leagues will be named after one of the great NFL coaches.
3) Team names must include the city or state of the team owner’s favorite team.
4) In an attempt to balance the competition, divisions may be re-arranged at the start of a new season. A maximum of one team per division may be moved to another division.
5) Abandoning a team is unacceptable, as this affects the competitiveness of the entire league. Every effort will be taken to first contact the owner, but the commissioner will assume control of any team that appears to be abandoned. The owner will not be invited back for our next season.
b) League Fees
1) The annual fee for entry into the league is yet to be determined...the original thought was between $300-$500. . Payouts would be made January 15th.
2) League fees will be due no later than July 15th, prior to the beginning of the free agent auction. We will be forced to find a new owner for any unpaid team.
a) Roster Slots
1) Franchise rosters will consist of up to 30-32 slots. Only active NFL players & coaches may take up each slot.
2) Two of the roster positions are reserved for rookies, and two are reserved for coaches. A Franchise Coach is required, the other positions are optional, but may not be used for other players. First year NFL coaches are not eligible for rookie roster slots.
3) There is one Injured Reserve roster position for players listed as IR, Out, or Suspended. (Note: Players listed as Probable, Questionable, or Doubtful are not eligible for IR). This will free up a roster slot for an active replacement, although the salary of a player on IR must still be paid.
4) Players in the IR roster position are not eligible for the starting roster and cannot be re-activated until he has been on IR for at least 5 days. When he is activated from IR, an active roster position must be available.
5) You must re-activate (or terminate) a player on IR if his status has changed to violate this. A one week grace period will be granted, after which a $500,000 league fine will be imposed.
b) Starting Roster
1) Weekly starting rosters will consist of the following 13 players:
2 Running Backs
3 Wide Receivers
1 Tight End
2 Defensive Linemen (either a DT or a DE)
2 Defensive Back (either a CB or a S)
1 Defensive Flex Player (either a DT, DE, LB, CB or S)
a) Auction Draft
1) The Auction draft will be held on-line in August during the NFL pre-season. This draft usually requires several weeks to complete; you should check your free agent bids daily.
2) The Auction Draft includes all the available Free Agents, (those not retained by contract on a team roster), that are not rookies. It is an open bidding format where any team can bid on any Free Agent, and the current bid is visible to everyone. If there is not a new bid within 2 days, the Free Agent will sign with the team offering him the highest signing bonus.
Note! Free Agents may not occupy Rookie roster slots. You have two Rookie roster positions that may only be filled with rookie players.
3) The base salary for a Free Agent is $400,000. The minimum bid must include the base salary plus any signing bonus offered to the player. Signing bonus bid increments are $50,000 minimum.
Note! It is common courtesy to increase a players bid that is over $1M by at least $100,000.
4) A deadline date set near the end of NFL pre-season will signify an end to the Auction Draft. Any Free Agent that still has an outstanding bid will sign with the team offering him the most at the deadline.
5) If you sign more Free Agents to your team than you have roster space available, you must cut players to make roster space.
Warning! The salary of a cut player will still be the responsibility of your Franchise, although any cut players will become available as a Free Agent at the blind bid draft the following week.
b) Rookie Draft
1) A two round Rookie draft will be held the last week of the NFL preseason.
2) Each Franchise will have 12 hours maximum to make a pick, or the Commissioner will pick a player for your Franchise.
3) The draft order for both rounds will be based on the standings from the previous season. The team with the worst record will draft first. The seeding of the bottom 6 teams is determined after week 14. The seeding of the top 6 teams will be based on the standing after the playoffs, with the Super Bowl Champion drafting last.
4) The draft order for first year leagues will be a random order determined by the commissioner after all of the Franchises have been sold. The order will be reversed for the second round.
4. Franchise Management
a) Franchise Funds & Budget
1) Each Franchise owner will be provided funds of $60,000,000 at the beginning of the season. An additional $500,000 will be provided to each Franchise for each loss that they suffered during the previous regular season.
Note! $500,000 per loss represents less than a 10% potential advantage. This is significant enough to re-build a weak Franchise, but not so dominating as to make it unfair for a winning Franchise.
2) Funds are required for player salaries, for player contracts, for Free Agent signing bonuses, and for your Coaching staff. The budget is up to you, but the following recommendation is a good place to start.
Warning! It is easy is run out of money before the end of the season. Be sure to save some funds for Free Agents that may be required to replace one of your injured players.
Player Salaries $ 25,000,000
Coaching Staff $ 2,000,000
Auction Draft Signing Bonus $ 20,000,000
Weekly Free Agent Signing Bonus $ 4,000,000
Weekly FA Salary (18 free agents) $ 9,000,000
Note: This is only a recommended starting budget. If you feel that you will average more than 18 weekly transactions, you will need to adjust your budget to accommodate your style.
3) Minimum Player Salary requirements are shown below. Maximum number of players allowed for each level is in parenthesis.
Franchise Head Coach $ 1,500,000
Offensive Franchise Player (1) $ 6,000,000
Defensive Franchise Player (1) $ 2,000,000
3 Year Player (2) $ 3,000,000
2 Year Player (3) $ 1,500,000
1 Year Player $ 400,000
Rookie Player (2) $ 250,000
2nd year Rookie Player (1) $ 750,000
Assistant Coach (1) $ 400,000
4) Unspent funds will NOT carry over to the next season. You can use any remaining funds to extend player contracts at the end of the current season. The deadline to use unspent funds is January 31st.
??? If you have $5 million left after a season is over, can you offer a player 400k salary and a $2.6 million signing bonus for next season? This would eat up $3 million dollars and a 3-year contract position, but only count 400k on next years salary cap.
b) Franchise Contracts
1) Each team may designate three Franchise contracts, (an Offensive and a Defensive Franchise player and a Franchise coach), before the Free Agent Auction draft at the start of the season.
2) The three Franchise contracts are all mandatory positions. The Offensive Franchise player has a minimum annual salary of $6M, and both the Defensive Franchise player and the Franchise coach have an annual salary of $1.5M. All of these salaries will rise 10% each year that a player or coach is signed.
3) The Franchise Players and Franchise Coach will remain on your team for as many years as you want to retain them, but all of their contracts are guaranteed even if they are cut or injured.
4) To prevent first year leagues from over spending during the Auction Draft, $8M of the $50M Franchise funds will be held back to cover the mandatory salary requirements of the Franchise players and Franchise coach.
5) First year leagues will be required to designate the Franchise players and coach after the auction draft, but before the start of the regular NFL season.
c) Player Contracts
1) Up to 5 additional players may be kept under various other contracts. These are all optional contracts.
2) Three players may be kept for a second year and two players may be kept for up to three years. These are standard 2 year and 3 year contracts. The minimum salary for a 2 year contract cost is $1.5M per year, and the minimum 3 year contract cost is $3M per year. Each of these contracts will pay an additional 10% per player per year. For example, if a player is given a salary of 3 million in the 1st year of a 3 year contract, his salary will be 3.3 million for year 2 and 3.63 million for year 3.
Tip! You can "save" $3,600,000 in salary the first year by not signing any players to 2 or 3 year contracts until the beginning of the second season. Instead of paying $1M and $2M for two 2 and 3 year contracts, you can keep these players in a 1 year contract for $400,000 each. This could give you $22M to offer as signing bonus in the first year auction draft.
3) Player contracts may be extend from a shorter term contract into a longer term one, (ie. from a 1 year or 2 year contract into a 3 year contract). Player contracts may not be reduced from a longer term contract into a shorter one, (ie. from a 3 year or Franchise contract into a 2 year contract).
4) Two rookies can be placed into a 1 year Rookie contract, which has a reduced cost of only $250,000.
5) One rookie that was previously under a Rookie Contract, may be kept an additional year in a 2nd year Rookie contract for $750,000. When this contract expires, he may only be kept a third year in a 3 year contract or as a Franchise player.
6) Additional rookies may be added to your team through weekly Free Agent transactions, but if the two Rookie contract positions are already filled, the additional Rookies must be signed to Standard Contracts for $400,000.
a) Weekly Free Agent Draft
1) Free Agents can be added through a weekly blind bid draft. The Free Agent will sign with the team offering him the most. Free Agents will be awarded each Wednesday morning at 6:00AM EST. Minimum salary is $400,000, and you can offer signing bonus in $10,000 increments.
2) A tie during Free Agent offers will be broken in a worst to first order. The player will sign with the team having the worst record first. The tie breaker for record will be the team with the fewest points scored.
3) After the weekly Blind Bid draft, players will sign with the first franchise that makes them an offer. It will be first come, first served from Wednesday to Sunday. The player will sign for the minimum salary of $400,000.
4) When the NFL starts Thursday games, the first come, first served free agent pickups will be limited to Wednesday and Thursday.
5) Any player dropped from a roster will be locked until the next Blind Bid draft, where everyone will have an opportunity to make an offer for him.
6) When a new player is added, a roster position must be available. If all roster positions are taken, a player must be dropped from the current roster.
1) Players that are traded between two teams will retain their current salary and contract, so the new team must be able to afford the salary of the traded player. Each team must also have a contract position available if the player is currently under a 2-year, 3-year, Franchise, or Rookie contract.
2) If a trade or other transaction causes less than the required minimum of 2 rookies or 2 coaches, you will be given a one week grace period to add an additional player for this position, or a league fine of $500,000 will be imposed.
3) All trades between Franchises will be monitored by the Commissioner and may be over ruled if the trade is considered un-balanced or if there is not contract space available.
4) Any trade between two teams cannot be completely reversed until at least 4 weeks have elapsed and must be conducted before the trade deadline has passed.
5) The trade deadline is at the start of NFL Week 11. Trades for players, rookie draft picks or Franchise Funds may take place during the off-season, but both Franchises involved in the trade must have their league dues paid.
c) Releasing a Player
1) Franchise Players and Coaches contracts are fully guaranteed for the year. They may be released, but their entire contract counts against the salary cap.
2) 2 and 3 year contract players may be released, but ALL of their signing bonus and 20% of their remaining salaries will count against the salary cap (split over the years remaining).
- Example – If a 3 year player’s was given a standard contract with no signing bonus of 3 million, 3.3 million, and 3.63 million for 3 years. If he is cut in the middle of the 2nd year, his team would be liable for 20% of (1.65 million + 3.63 million). This would be $856,000. This would be split over the remaining 2 years of his contract.
3) When 1 year contract players are cut, the team will take a salary cap hit of 10% of the remaining contract and the entire signing bonus. If no signing bonus was offered, the team only owes 10% of the remaining contract.
a) Regular Season (12 team league)
1) Regular season Head to Head matches will take place from weeks 1 to 13 of the regular NFL season.
2) Each team within a division will play the other teams in their division twice throughout the year.
1) Playoffs are a 3 round elimination tournament between the top 6 teams in each league. It will be player during NFL weeks 14 to 16. A Toilet Bowl bracket involving the remaining 6 teams will play for a consolation prize.
2) The two division champs with the best overall record will have a bye the first week of the playoffs. The top seed will play the lowest remaining seed in week 15.
3) The remaining division leader with the best record will play the wild card team with the worst record. All ties for division title will be broken by head-to-head
(2 games), Total division record (4 games), head-to-head all weeks (13 games), total points (13 games), coin flip. Ties for wild card will be broken by head-to-head all weeks (13 games), total points (13 games), head-to-head (actual game), coin flip. Ties for worst record are broken by fewest points scored.
4) After the start of week 14, your roster is frozen during the remainder of the playoffs. You must ensure that there is enough roster depth in your Franchise to accommodate a potential injury.
1) Each owner must select the weekly starting roster before the beginning of the player’s game. If no roster is submitted by the deadline, the previous week’s roster will be used for scoring.
2) Conflicts in scoring may be protested, but must be submitted before the next week begins.
3) A tie during the regular season will be recorded as such in the standings. A tie during the playoffs will be awarded to the team with the most total points scored for the entire year.
8. League Prizes
a) All league prizes will be paid during January.
b) The best team doesn't always win the Super Bowl, that is why we will pay some of the league funds to each of the Division Champions at the end of the regular season, and pay the weekly high scorer each week during the regular season. A true championship caliper Franchise should win some weekly high scores, win their division, win the Super Bowl in his league.
c) Assuming a $500 entry for 12 teams, a POTENTIAL payout could be:
$50 for each week high scorer ($650 total)
$150 for each division winner ($600 total)
$150 for Toilet Bowl winner ($150 total)
$2000 for Super Bowl winner
$1200 for Super Bowl runner-up
$500 for 3rd place winner
$300 for 4th place.
9. Basic Scoring System
6 points for a running, receiving or special teams touchdown
6 (or 4) points for a passing touchdown
-2 points for an interception
3 points for a field goal
1 point for a point after touchdown (PAT) kick
2 points for a running or receiving 2 point conversion
2 point for a passing 2-point conversion
1 point per reception
-1 point for a quarterback sack
.1 point for every 1 yard rushing or receiving
.1 point for every 2.5 yards passing
2 bonus points for every 100 yards rushing or receiving.
2 bonus points for every 250 yards passing.
1 bonus point for any touchdown; running, receiving, passing, or a kickoff or punt return that is 50 yards or greater.
1 bonus point for a field goal that is 50 yards or greater.
Defensive Player Scoring:
6 points for a defensive touchdown.
4 points for a safety.
3 points per fumble recovery.
3 points per interception.
2.5 points per sack.
1 point per pass defended.
1 point per tackle.
1 point per forced fumble.
.5 point per assist.
5 points for a win by the coach’s team
-2 points for a loss by the coach’s team
.5 point for every point scored more than the opponent