League Rules

 

AF’s Fantasy Circus

League Rules

I     General

  • These will serve to be the official rules for AF’s Fantasy Circus
  • For anything not covered in these rules, please refer to the League Settings page at League website (http//fantasycircus.league.fantasy.nfl.com)
  • All arbitration of League Rules to be arbitrated solely by League Manager (LM)
  • Should any unforeseen event arise not covered explicitly in the rules, LM will exercise final judgment
  • Any LM decision that involves LM’s team will cause LM’s team to be removed from Championship eligibility

Logo 2016 - largeII     Format

  • 16 Teams; 2 Starting Groups (Divisions); Redraft; Elimination

III     Scoring

IV     Rosters

V     Draft

  • 2017 draft will be held live, online at a date/time TBD
  • Draft will be auction with a budget of 200
  • 9 players must be drafted per team
  • Nomination order will be randomly generated by draft client 30 minutes prior to start of the draft

VI     Free Agency

  • 5 Bench slots will be added to roster immediately following draft auction to be filled through waivers or free agency
  • League will utilize a Waiver Auction Budget (WAB)
    • Seasonal WAB Budget Starts at zero (0) unless team has draft budget dollars left over after draft auction, in which case seasonal WAB budget will start at that total
  • Total weekly points converted to budget dollars weekly; rolls over
  • 4 day waivers
  • Players lock at game time
  • Trading opens immediately following the conclusion of the final pre-season NFL game

VII     Schedule

  • Regular Season will be divided into two rounds
  • The First Round will be in Weeks 1-7 in which teams will play a Group/Division round robin playing all teams in their Group (division) once
  • The Second Round will be in Weeks 8-14 (after the first set of eliminations) (see “ELIMINATIONS” below) in which teams will again play a Group round robin, playing all teams of the group once each
  • Divisional/Group Alignment:
    • 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

VIII    Eliminations

  • At the end of the First Round of the regular season (the conclusion of Week 7) the bottom 4 teams from each Group – by standings – will be eliminated from competition
  • The rosters of all eliminated teams will be released into free agency where the 8 teams that remain are free to bid on them through the waiver process or to pick them up through free agency once waivers have expired
  • The 8 teams that remain (top 4 by standings from each Group) will then be regrouped into a common Group for the Second Round of the regular season which consists of another Group round robin
  • At the end of the Second Round of the regular season (the conclusion of Week 14) the bottom 4 teams of the Round Two Group (the 8 teams that advanced after week 7) as ranked by group record/standings only (Week 8-14 record/standings), will be eliminated from competition
  • The rosters of the 4 teams eliminated at the conclusion of Week 14 will be released whereupon the 4 teams that remain may bid on the players through the waiver process or pick them up through free agency once the waivers have expired
  • The 4 teams that remain, being the top 4 teams by group record/standings (Week 8-14 record/standings), will be regrouped into a Round Three/Playoff group and advance

X     Round Three/Post Season

  • At the conclusion of Week 14, the 4 teams that advance to the Round Three Group will play a final group round robin schedule through Weeks 15, 16, and 17
  • The final group record/standings (Week 15-17 record/standings) will be used to determine the League Champion

XI      Tiebreakers

  • Individual Match-ups are allowed to end in ties (even within post-season round robin)
  • Order of tiebreakers for standings’ ties within Group standings is as follows:
  1. Head-to-head record within the round in which the standings tie is to be broken (if standings tie is between two teams, tiebreaker needs go no further, if standings tie is between multiple teams, Tiebreaker #1 is void, and order of tiebreakers proceeds)
  2. Total Round Points (defined as total points scored within the round in which the standings tie is to be broken)
  3. Total season points
  4. Total points at the Kicker position within the Round within which the standings tie is to be broken
  5. Total points at the kicker position through entire season
  6. Total, combined points at all defensive (IDP) positions within the Round within which the standings tie is to be broken
  7. Total, combined points at all defensive (IDP) positions through the entire season
  8. Total, combined points at all offensive positions within the Round within which the standings tie is to be broken
  9. Total, combined points at all offensive positions through the entire season
  10. Total team WAB points at time of the standings tie to be broken
  11. Coin Flip

XII     Special 

  • In the first season in which 9 or more teams (50% plus 1) return from the previous season, the Section XII Special Rule will be triggered to go into effect
  • Once in effect, rule will be permanent for subsequent seasons
  • Special Rule:
    • A return of 9 or more teams from the previous season will convert AF’s Fantasy Circus into a paid Entry/Pay-Out League
    • Entry Fee will be $25.00 (US) per team, payable before the draft
    • The 8 teams that advance to Round Two will additionally have a Round Two Ante of $15.00 (US)
      • Teams will have until midnight of the Tuesday immediately following the conclusion of Week 7 to pay the Ante, any team that fails to do so will be removed from Round Two and the highest ranked (by standings) team from the eliminated group of teams will advance into Round Two and be given 12 hours to pay their Ante
      • This process will continue until Round Two is seated with 8 teams who have all paid their Antes
      • No players from eliminated Round One teams will be released from eliminated teams until all Antes for Round Two have been paid
    • This will create a $520.00 (US) prize pot
    • Winning Pay-Outs will be disbursed as follows:
      • 1st Place (Ringmaster/League Champion) = $300.00 (US)
      • 2nd Place = $100.00 (US)
      • 3rd Place =  $70.00 (US)
      • 4th Place = $50.00 (US)
      • ‘Place’ will be determined by final Round 3 Group Standings – standings tiebreakers in effect
    • All transactions will be handled through LeagueSafe.com
    • Payouts will not be disbursed until the Friday following the conclusion of Week 17 should any stat corrections alter the final results
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