FANTASY FOOTBALL RULES – 2009
Fantasy Football is the game that allows you to be your team’s general manager and coach all in one. All of the tools are at your fingertips to build the best team possible. Multiple draft methods and scoring systems, player stats, and unlimited waivers and trades give you all that’s necessary to come out on top at the end of the season.
Every contestant will be placed in a 8-team league. You will draft a team of 13 players/defenses (athletes) and start 7 athletes each week.
To enter, complete the registration form online. Entrants will be asked to create a user ID and password, which they will use for future login to their team page. Entrants 13 years and younger must provide parent/guardians email upon registration.
JOIN/CREATE A LEAGUE
When you create a new team, it is automatically an independent team, meaning it is not associated with any other teams in a league.
You have the option to group yourself in a league of friends or other fantasy owners by creating your own league or joining one that already exists.
All leagues consist of 8 teams. All leagues must be full (consist of 8 teams) before their draft can take place. All leagues (public or private) must be full (have 8 teams) 24 hours prior to that league’s scheduled draft date.
If the league is full 24 hours prior to the scheduled draft time, the draft will go on as scheduled and the draft order will be generated the day of your draft. If not, the league will be disbanded and each owner will receive an email informing them they will have to join or create another league. All owners are responsible for finding a league that fills prior to the start of the season.
Any league designated as a “public league” can be joined by another owner at any time prior to the draft. Public leagues are for owners looking to play with other owners of similar interests, draft methods, draft times, etc.
All 8-team leagues will consist of 2-four team divisions. League assignments are random and will be determined after the league’s draft. Owners in public leagues may not request division assignments.
If you want to play with a specific group of people you know, create a “private league.” The creator of a private league sets the league password and can share it with anyone they want. Anyone who knows the league name and password will be able to enter, until the league is filled. If a league has less than 8 teams, other teams will be added to fill out the league at the time of the league’s draft.
All 8-team leagues will consist of 2-four team divisions. League assignments are random and will be determined after the league’s draft. Owners in private leagues may not request division assignments.
The draft is probably the most important day of the fantasy football season. Contestants that have a strong draft will most likely find themselves at the top of the standings during the regular season. Family Fantasy Sports football offers two ways to create your fantasy football team roster. You can choose an Automated Draft or an Offline Draft. You can learn more about each draft option below.
Each team will draft a roster of 13 athletes during the draft. Athletes may only be drafted at the position listed on the online player list. All un-drafted athletes become free agents following the draft and can be acquired by any team on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Drafts are processed on different days throughout the pre-season and the first four weeks after the start of the regular season. Draft lists must be prepared by 11:59 PM CT on the day before each team’s appointed draft day. Team owners do not need to be online for their drafts.
How does the Draft work?
Family Fantasy Sports football offers two ways to create your fantasy football team roster. You can choose an Automated Draft or an Offline Draft.
The Automated Draft is the easiest way for you to pick your team because you do not have to be online at the time of the draft. Simply rank your players and your team will be drafted for you automatically. It’s that simple!
The Offline Draft is for Private Leagues ONLY. It requires you to conduct your own draft with other members of your league. Once your team is created, you can upload it to your team’s roster on FamilyFantasySports.com.
Positions You Draft
Single-List Automated Draft
If you choose to use the Automated Draft, here is how you do it:
Prior to the draft, you will rank the athletes from a single list in order of which ones you most want on your fantasy team.
The automatic draft method allows team owners to draft the best athlete available at any given draft spot, regardless of position.
If you do not rank athletes, you will be provided a set of default rankings based on last season’s point totals, regardless of position.
When the draft is processed, each team will be given a draft position at random.
At each draft position, an owner receives the highest ranked athlete who is still available to be drafted.
The order in which team owners draft reverses in each successive round, so that the owner who drafts first in the first round, will draft last in the second round, and so on.
To prevent a team owner from drafting too many athletes at a single position, the automated draft method includes a maximum number of athletes you can draft at each position.
Positions You Draft
Offline Draft (ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE LEAGUES)
The Offline Draft is for Private Leagues ONLY. If you choose to conduct your own draft offline and upload your players to FamilyFantasySports.com, here is how you do it:
Once your offline draft has completed, the league owner is responsible for compiling the draft results
Once that list is complete, he will log in to the site and enter in the draft results for every team in every round in his league.
Once all players have been entered, the league owner will mark the draft as being finalized and shortly thereafter, the league will be ready for the season.
Positions You Draft
Your total roster may never exceed 13 athletes and only 7 athletes will be active for any given week. It will be your responsibility to produce a starting lineup from your roster. You can leave it the same each week, change a couple of positions, or change the whole thing; it’s up to you.
Of the 13 athletes on your roster after the draft, 7 will be active. Your ACTIVE roster will consist of:
Starting lineups are due 10 minutes before kickoff of the first scheduled game of the week. After kickoff of the first scheduled game, lineups may not be changed again until the following Tuesday morning. If a valid starting lineup is not submitted, no points will be awarded to that owner that week. Remember there are weeks that begin with Thursday games.
Each week, your 7 active athletes will accumulate points based on their performance in real NFL games. Your total points will then be compared to the total points earned by your opponent’s 7 active athletes. The team with the most points wins that week’s game.
If both teams have identical point totals for the week, the game will be considered a tie and will be shown as such in the league standings.
The scoring system is described below.
TD = 6 points
Every 25 yards = 1 point
2 point conversion = 2 point
TD = 6 points
Every 10 yards = 1 point
2 point conversion = 2 points
FG = 3 points
PAT = 1 point
TD = 9 points
TD = 6 points (includes return TD’s)
Fumble recovery = 2 points
Interception = 2 points
Safety = 2 points
Sack = 1 point
All statistics are final as of Tuesday morning each contest week. Any statistics used to calculate your team’s points in any given week that are subsequently corrected or changed by the NFL, will not affect the outcome of your fantasy game that week.
REGULAR SEASON GAMES
Each week, your team plays another team in your league. The winner is the team whose active athletes accumulate the greater number of points after all NFL games for the week are over. The winning team receives credit for one win, and the losing team gets a loss. The team with the best won-lost record in each division at the end of the fantasy regular season (after week #14) wins its division
When comparing won-lost records, a tie will be treated as one-half of a win and one-half of a loss. That means, for example, that 10-5-2 is equivalent to 11-6-0.
The Playoffs will last two weeks for all leagues (NFL Weeks 15-16). Week 17 of the NFL season will not be included in the contest. At the conclusion of Week 14 of the NFL season, 4 teams will make the playoffs – the 2 division winners and 2 wildcards.
The two division winners will be seeded 1 and 2, according to their record (and if necessary, the tiebreakers below). The two teams with the best records among the remaining non-division winners will be the wildcards. In the event of a tie for W-L record for the wildcard teams, the tiebreakers listed below will be used. In week #15 of the NFL season, the #1 ranked division winner will play the lowest seeded wildcard team and the #2 division winner will play the highest seeded wildcard team in the first round of the playoffs. In week #16 of the NFL regular season, the two winning teams in the first round will play each other in the championship round.
DETERMINING PLAYOFF SEEDINGS (Tiebreakers)
Unless otherwise stated above, standings and playoff seedings shall be determined in the following order:
1. Overall record
2. Head to Head record (if more than 2 teams are tied, this tiebreaker is skipped)
3. Total Points Scored for Season
4. Highest total points in any week of the season.
5. Highest total points in any week by an active Quarterback
6. Highest total points in any week by active Running Backs
7. Highest total points in any week by active WR/TE
The online player list will serve as the official position eligibility list. Players cannot play any position other than the one under which they appear online.
WAIVER ORDER FOR FREE AGENTS
1. Win/Loss Record
2. Overall Pts. For
3. Overall Pts. Against
In addition, all players not on a roster will be placed on waivers at kickoff of the first game every Sunday and remain on waivers until 10am CT on Wednesday. This is done to prevent teams from picking up players while games are being played. After 10am CT on Wednesday, waiver claims will be processed and any player not claimed will become a free agent.
Trades must be proposed by one owner to another and may involve an uneven number of players (i.e. 2-for-1, etc.). It is each owner’s responsibility, however, to make sure his/her lineup is valid each weekend.
The other owner will have 24 hours to accept, reject or counter the trade. If the owner accepts the trade, it will be under “review” for 48 hrs. If the owner rejects the trade, it will be completely erased. If the owner counters the trade, time will be extended 24 hrs. If the owner does nothing, the proposed trade will become null and void.
Trades will not be allowed to occur if 50% or more of the remaining owners reject it. Remaining owners will have exactly 48 hours to vote on the proposed trade. If any owner chooses not to vote, this will be considered an “accept trade” vote. The league commissioner makes the final decision on trades and reserves the right to veto any proposed trade he or she deems unfair. Family Fantasy Sports has the right to deem any trade unfair to prevent collusion. Any trade that is considered unfair by Family Fantasy Sports will be reversed and scoring will be adjusted.
The trading deadline is week #11 of the Contest. No trades among any teams will be allowed after week #11.
ACTIVATIONS AND BENCHINGS
Teams can make changes to their lineup at any point during the week, moving athletes in and out of a team’s active roster. However, an athlete must be moved to an active roster slot by 10 minutes before kickoff of the first scheduled game of the week in order to have that athlete’s stats count for that weekend’s games. An athlete can be activated or benched for each week of NFL games without any limitation provided the team meets the active roster requirements and the maximum 13-player roster limit.