AF’s Fantasy Circus


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I don’t know where it came from, or when it first occured, but sometime during the 2014 season I got the phrase “fantasy circus” stuck in my head.  Like the chorus of a bad 80’s pop song, it just kept repeating in my brain for weeks, and I knew the only way to get rid of it, was to use it.  This is the result

-Coach Crash 

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Association Teams:


League Overview


2016-champion-marqueThe Fantasy Circus format is simple and even more fun than as the big top – grab your popcorn and peanuts!  At the start of the season, teams are split into two divisions – The Clown Car and The Elephant Troupe – each made up of eight teams.  In the Matinee Round, Weeks 1-7, teams play a single round robin within their division. At the conclusion of Week 7, the top 4 teams from each group – 8 teams total – advance to Round Two.  The other 8 teams are eliminatedand all of their players become free agents for the surviving teams to vulture
In Weeks 8-14, the 8 teams that advanced to the second round of competition, play another round robin, and at the conclusion of Week 14,  the bottom four teams of that group are then eliminated as well – along with their players –  and the top four teams advance to the Main Event.
In the final three weeks of the show, Weeks 15-17, the four teams that have made it, play a final round robin, at the end of which, one of them is crowned Ringmaster.

The Draft:

The Fantasy Circus draft is auction style.  Spend wisely when booking your acts; your budget is only 200, and you have to fill 9 starting positions.  If you do have any cash left over, though, it will go into your seasonal WAB budget – that could be important since you’ll still have to pick up 5 players for your bench in free agency, and unless you have some leftover from the draft auction, your WAB bank will start the season with zero.

Waivers and WAB points:

Teams will come out of the Fantasy Circus draft auction with all nine of their starters, but no bench players. Immediately following the draft, 5 bench spots will be added to team rosters, but unless they have auction money left over, teams will start the season with a WAB budget of zero.  Waiver settings are for four days, so once the four days are up teams can pick up players in free agency, but of course, there’s no guarantees the player they want will be available.  Like circus performers forced to sing for their dinner, teams must perform on Sundays to fill their WAB banks. Each week, teams’ points from the previous week will be converted to WAB points, they can then spend them, or a portion of them, or save them, letting them roll over to the next week.

The Lion’s Cage:

Lion TamerInstead of a traditional playoff format, in the Fantasy Circus, the final round serves as the playoffs.  The four teams that have survived to make it onto the final stage – The Lion’s Cage, is what teams have called it – and play through a round robin schedule in Weeks 15, 16, and 17.  The team that comes out on top of that group, is the Fantasy Circus Ringmaster.




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2017 Season Notes:

  • Teams Confirmed Returning (teams may confirm their return for the 2017 season beginning June 1):











  • 2017 Rules Update – (None Pending)
  • 2017 Group Alignment – Posted at link
    • NOTE: 2017 Group Alignment conducted in accordance with League Rules Section VII,4: “Returning teams will be placed into the Groups based on their previous season total points ranking as follows:
      • Division 1/Clown Car: #1,#4,#5,#8,#9,#12,#13,#16
      • Division 2/Elephant Troupe: #2,#3,#6,#7,#10,#11,#14,#15
      • New teams will be placed at random to fill Groups”

Join The Circus

You can get on the waiting list now to reserve your spot for any vacancies that open up for the 2017 season.  2016 teams may confirm their return for 2017 after June 1; a deadline for confirmation is TBD, after which, new teams may sign up.  You can reserve your spot now for any vacancies that arise.