Dixie – The Dixie League has been around in some form or another since 2009 – making it the oldest league in the Associated Fantasy family of leagues – but it has had a bumpy and inconsistant history, going through multiple incarnations and format changes, and suspending operations twice. In 2015 it played with the minimum required 6 franchises and will be forced to suspend operations again if it doesn’t retain at least that many teams. Three 2015 franchises have confirmed their intent to return for a 2016 season, however the remaining teams have backed out. This means, that by League Rules, the Dixie may once again suspend league operations.
Under it’s current format, The Dixie fields a group of franchises from southern US cities broken into two divisions or ‘Leagues’. Celebrating itself as “Fantasy Football that feels like the Golden Age of minor league baseball”, The Dixie League is a low scoring league, filled with teams from unlikely cities or towns across the old south, reminiscent of the ball clubs in the old Southern Association or the oldSouthern Negro League. In keeping with the baseball theme, rosters consist of 9 starting positions, 1 each of: QB, RB, WR, TE, RB/WR/TE FLEX, K, DL, LB, and DP FLEX. Scoring settings are be AF Century (for offense) and AF Canton (for defense) which ensures extremely low scoring games (baseball-like scores), further adding to the ‘baseball feel’ of the league. Double-Header scheduling is also utilized.
The post-season is held in Weeks 12-17, with the top two teams from each league (division) facing off in a best of 3 series in Weeks 12, 13, and 14 (if neccessary). The winners of those two championship series, face each other in the Dixie League Championship Series (DLCS) in another best of 3 match-up set in Weeks 15, 16, and 17 (if neccessary). Something to keep in mind, is that beginning with the off-season of the first season in which 8 or more teams return, dynasty rules will be triggered. In that instance, 9 keepers will be selected by teams from their prior year rosters, corresponding to the 9 starting positions, and the draft will then become an auction draft to fill out team rosters with 6 players after 9 starters have been selected by teams to be their keepers. A $25.00 entry fee will also be triggered in the first season that 8 or more teams return, with the payout split between the top 4 teams.