LoD League Rules

 

Legion of Defense

League Rules

NOTE Rules Changes are printed in RED

I     General

  • These will serve to be the official rules for AF’s Legion of Defense (LoD)
  • For anything not covered in these rules, please refer to the League Settings page at League website (http//legionofdefense.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

II     Format

  • 12 Teams; 3 Tiered Divisions; Redraft

     A.  Tiered Divisions

  1. The 3 divisions will be tiered based on prior season performance
  2. The top tier will be the Premier Division
  3. The next tier will be the Pro Division
  4. The final tier will be the Reserve Division
  5. Placement into the three divisions will be based in part on final regular season standings, and in part on playoff outcome (see “Playoffs” for more details)

III     Scoring

LoD Logo whiteIV     Rosters

  • AF IDP 9
  • TEAM DEF
  • Bench: 6
  • No Position minimums
  • Position maximums as follows:
  • 2 TEAM DEF, 5 DL, 6 LB, 4 DB

V     Free Agency

  • Open Free Agency – No waivers
  • Players lock at game time

VI     Draft

  • Draft will be held live online, annually on the second Sunday of preseason, at 11:00am EDT
  • The 2017 Draft will be live online on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 11:00am EDT
  • Draft will be serpentine style, 16 rounds in length
  • 120 seconds are allotted for each pick
  • Draft order is determined by combination of draft lottery and descending order of the previous season’s regular season points total

     A.  Draft Order

  1. NOTE: the old Section VI, sub section A “Draft Lottery” has been removed
  2. for the 2017 draft, a new set of draft order guidelines will be codified before the 2017 season draft 

 

VII     Schedule

  • Regular Season will be Weeks 1-12
  • Teams in the Premier Division will play a triple round robin within their division and a partial round robin vs the Reserve Division
  • Teams in the Pro Division will play a triple round robin within their division and a partial round robin vs the Reserve Division
  • Teams in the Reserve Division will play a double round robin within their division and a partial round robin vs teams of the Premier and Pro Divisions
  • League regular season schedule formula is as follows:
LoD Schedule Grid

NOTE: there is a typo in Week 8 and in week 11; Reserve Division “A3” and “A4” should be listed as “B3” and “B4” respectively

VIII    Playoffs

  • Playoffs will be Weeks 13-17
  • There are 5 playoff slots as follows:
  1. Premier Division Champion
  2. Pro Division Champion
  3. Reserve Division Champion
  4. Premier Division Wildcard
  •  Second place team, by standings, of Premier Division
  1. League Wildcard
  •   Highest scoring team, by regular season points total, of teams remaining after first 4 playoff slots have been filled

     A.  Wildcard Game

  • In Week 13, the Premier Division Wildcard will face the League Wildcard in a single elimination match
  • The 3 other Playoff teams will have a Week 13 BYE

     B.  Championship Tournament

  • The Championship Tournament will be held in Weeks 14-16
  • The Championship Tournament will be a single round robin tournament in which each team plays each team one time
  • The Championship Tournament will be comprised of the 3 Division Champions and the winner of the Week 13 Wildcard Game
  • In Week 17, at the conclusion of the Championship Tournament, the first and second place teams, by Tournament win-loss record (see “Tiebreakers”) in the tournament, will face each other in a Week 17 Championship Game (The Legion Bowl)

     C.  Play-In Tournament

  • Coinciding with the Championship Tournament will be a Play-in Tournament among the non-playoff teams and the loser of the Week 13 Wildcard Game
  • All non-playoff teams will have a Week 13 BYE
  • Beginning in Week 14, the 7 non-playoff teams and the loser of the Wildcard Game will be seeded into a fixed, first vs last, single elimination bracket in which the Wildcard loser will be the #1 seed and the remaining teams will be seeded #2-#8 by regular season record
  • The Play-In Tournament will proceed by single elimination in Weeks 14, 15, and 16, in which at the conclusion of Week 16 only one team will remain
  • The Play-In Tournament Winner will be matched against the last (4th) place team (by Tournament standings) of the Championship Tournament in a Week 17 match-up concurrent with the League Championship to be referred to as the Premier Bowl

     D.  Division Tiering

  • The placement of teams in the 3 division tiers for each season (beginning with the 2015 season) will be determined by the finish of the preceding season
  • The top three finishing teams (by Tournament standings) in the Championship Tournament each season will earn a slot in the Premier Division the following season
  • The winner of the Week 17 Premier Bowl will be awarded the 4th slot in the Premier Division
  • The loser of the Week 17 Premier Bowl will be placed into the Pro Division for the following season
  • The remaining 7 teams will be ranked by Regular Season record with the top 3 being placed into the Pro Division and the bottom 4 being placed into the Reserve Division
  • Any team without a prior season record (ie a new team) will be placed into the lowest division slot available, while all returning teams are moved up one position.  It is therefore possible for teams to move up from the Reserve to the Pro or from the Pro to the Premeir Division. To distinguis them, teams that jump divisions in this manner to replace higher tiered teams that have not returned, will be referred to as “Provisional” menbers of the division. Nothing changes for these teams other than the “prvisional” tag.

IX     Tiebreakers

  • Individual match-ups in the Regular Season are allowed to end in ties
  • Individual match-ups within the Championship Tournament are allowed to end in ties, being factored into the W-L-T record when compiling the final standings of the Championship Tournament
  • The Wildcard Game (Week 13), matches within the Play-In Tournament, The Premier Bowl, and The Legion Bowl will not end in ties (see “Tiebreakers” below)

     A.  Order of tiebreakers for Regular Season standings’ ties is as follows:

  1. Head-to-head record
  2. Head-to-head cumulative points
  3. Total season points
  4. Total, combined IDP FLEX position points in head-to-head matches
  5. Total, combined IDP FLEX position points in Weeks 1-12
  6. Total, combined LB position points in head-to-head matches (does not include LB’s started in the FLEX position)
  7. Total, combined LB points in Weeks 1-12 (does not include LB’s started in the FLEX position)
  8. Total TEAM DEF points in head-to-head matches
  9. Total TEAM DEF points in Weeks 1-12
  10. Coin Flip

     B.  Order of tiebreakers for Championship Tournament standings’ ties are as follows:

  1. Total Tournament points
  2. Head-to-head Tournament record
  3. Head-to-head Tournament points
  4. Total, combined IDP FLEX position points in head-to-head Tournament match
  5. Total, combined IDP FLEX position points in Tournament
  6. Total, combined LB position points in head-to-head Tournament match (does not include LB’s started in the FLEX position)
  7. Total, combined LB points in Tournament (does not include LB’s started in the FLEX position)
  8. Total TEAM DEF points in head-to-head Tournament match
  9. Total TEAM DEF points in Tournament
  10. Coin Flip

     C.  Order of game tiebreakers for the Wildcard Game, the Play-In Tournament, The Premier Bowl, and the Legion Bowl are as follows:

  1. Total, combined IDP FLEX position points
  2. Total, combined LB position points (does not include LB’s started in the FLEX position)
  3. Total TEAM DEF position points
  4. Total, combined DL position points (does not include DL’s started in the FLEX position)
  5. Total, combined DB position points (does not include DB’s started in the FLEX position)
  6. Team with highest total, combined sacks among all starting IDP positions
  7. Team with highest total, combined interceptions among all starting IDP positions
  8. Team with highest total, combined fumbles forced among all starting IDP positions
  9. Team with highest total, combined fumbles recovered among all starting IDP positions
  10. Coin Flip