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1999

Welcome to the 3rd year of the EB Fantasy Football League. We had eight dedicated teams in our first year, increased that to 12 teams last year and hope to field 16 teams in 1999. Five of the original teams are returning for their third year. While we're losing Mike Randolph, who is taking a year long sabbatical from fantasy football after having the dishonor of losing the toilet bowl last year, we're gaining five new teams this year. Please welcome Coaches Chris Englehardt, Gregg Johnson, and Steve Tichler. Steve was the co-owner of the Couch Potatoes along with Randy Belflower last year and is picking up his own team this year.

Don Brown, The 1998 EBFFL Champion is returning to try to defend his title. It should be interesting. In the whole history of the EBFFL no defending champion has ever made the playoffs in the following year let alone successfully defend the title. If Coach Brown does it this year he will have the honor of being the first. This year we will have some slight roster changes. We will be dropping the Head Coach position to our rosters and will no longer be combining the wide receiver and tight end positions. This year the tight ends will have their own roster spot.

For all the newbies that are joining this year I will try to give some pointers along the way to help you out. If you still have questions or if this just confuses you more please ask me or another member of the EBFFL Executive Committee. They are Brian Grimes - commissioner, Don Brown - The 1998 EBFFL Champion and former commissioner, and Craig Smith - The 1997 EBFFL Champion. Just remember this is supposed to be fun along with some good competition (Trash talking is not only permitted it is encouraged).

Rosters and Starters

This year we are doing the rosters a little bit differently. We are separating the Wide Receiver and Tight End positions and doing away with the Head Coach position. We are combining the Defense and Special Teams into one just like last year. Each team will have 15 players on their roster. This year the following valid starting lineups are allowed:

Pro-Set Formation 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1K, 1Def

Goal Line Formation 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 2TE, 1K, 1Def

Run-N-Shoot Formation 1QB, 1RB, 4WR, 1TE, 1K, 1Def

Two TE Formation 1QB, 1RB, 3WR, 2TE, 1K, 1Def

As long as you can field a valid lineup each week you can use your 15 draft picks any way you wish.

Hint: It is not mandatory to have a reserve at all of the positions but in order to field a complete team if one of your starters is out due to a bye week it may be wise to staff your team as follows:

2 Quarterbacks

3 Running Backs

4 Wide Receivers

2 Tight Ends

2 Placekickers

2 Defense/ST

 

Player Position Eligibility

A player can only be used at his primary position in which he is openly recognized to play. This means that you cannot play a defensive player at a wide receiver or running back position. So all you Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson fans canít draft them as a wide receiver unless that becomes their primary position. The NFLís primary web site - NFL.com will be used if there are any disputes.

Draft Day Ď99

The Ď99 draft will be held sometime in mid to late August. Before the Labor Day holiday and a couple of weeks before the NFL starts its regular season.

Once the draft time and location are known it is important for each team owner to attend. If you canít make the draft you need to appoint someone to draft in your place. Let them know your drafting strategies or player rankings and hope that they follow them. See the Fee section below for more draft details.

Hint: For drafting help there are many fantasy football magazines that publish player rankings for each position and also have mock drafts in which you can see different drafting strategies. Also, keep in mind the NFL bye weeks when making your selections. Donít have too many players with the same bye week or you wonít be able to field a complete team that week. You can start players on their bye week but you will be made fun of.

Team owners will build their team through a traditional serpentine draft. Draft picks in odd numbered rounds are selected team 1 through team 16. Even numbered rounds are selected 16 down to 1. For example, the owner who has the first pick would next have the last pick of the second round and the first pick of the third. An owner drafting last in the first round would pick first in round two.

Our draft will consist of 15 rounds. Each team will have 2 minutes to make each selection. It will usually not take near that long to make a selection. The limit is mainly so Iíll be able to record each pick as well as drafting my own team. Come prepared for the draft and it will go quickly and smoothly.

 

Schedule, Standings, & Playoffs

We will play 14 head-to-head games in our regular schedule. Playoff games will be held on week 15 and 16 with the championship game being held on week 17.

If we end up with 16 teams, the league will be broken down into 4 divisions of 4 teams each. Each team will play the other teams in their division twice and enough games against other teams to fill out the schedule. Some teams will not face each other during the regular season. The teams with the best overall record in each division will advance to the playoffs. The three teams with the best won-lost record among the non-division

winners will make the playoffs as wild-card teams. The two division winners with the best records will receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The remaining division winner will face the wild-card team with the worst record.

If two or more teams are tied for the playoffs the tiebreakers will be as follows:

  1. Head-to-head record
  2. (2) Division record (if in same division)

(3) Total Points for

(4) Most points against

(5) Either a boxing match or a single coin toss (Commissioner decides which)

If any games end in a tie during the regular season and the playoffs the team with the highest bench score will win the game. During the regular season if the teams are still tied after using this tiebreaker then the game will be a tie. During the playoffs if the teams are still tied the tiebreaker above will be used.

This year we will have our second annual Toilet Bowl. This game will be played the second week of the playoffs and pit the two teams with the worst records together. The Jayhawks under Coach Mike Randolph will not be around this year to defend their title. If there are two unfortunate teams tied for this honor to see who gets in the Toilet Bowl, the tiebreaker will be as follows:

(1) Worst head-to-head record

(2) Worst division record (If in same division)

(3) Least amount of total points

(4) Least points against

(5) Either a slapping match or a single coin toss (Commissioner decides which).

  Scoring

This year, player and team stats will be downloaded from the internet from The Fantasy Football League Manager web site. They get their stats from the USA Today and the AP wires. Any discrepancies between player stats and player scores need to be brought to the commissionerís attention before the deadline for next weekís starters. The commissioner will rule on the matter and either manually change the score or leave it the way it is. If the possible error affects the commissionerís team or the commissionerís opponentís team the ruling will be done by one or more members of the Executive Committee if their team is not affected. Below is our scoring method for each position.

QB, RB, WR, & TE

Rushing or Receiving TD = 6 pts

Passing TD = 4 pts

Passing or Receiving TD 50 yards or more = 1 pt

Rushing TD 40 yards or more = 1 pt

Pass interception thrown = -2 pts

Fumble lost = -2 pts

Rush & Receiving yardage = 1 pt every 50 yards

After 100 yards 1 pt every 25 yards

Passing yardage = 1 pt every 100 yards

After 200 yards 1 pt every 50 yards

2 Point Conversions (QB, RB, WR, TE, K)

Pass, Rush, or Receive = 2 pts

 

Kicking

Field Goals = 3 pts

Field Goal yardage 50 - 59 yards = 1 pt

60+ yards = 5 pts

Extra Point = 1 pt

Missed Extra Point = -2 pts

Missed Field Goal Distance: 1 - 29 yards = -2 pts

30-49 yards = -1 pt

50+ yards = 0 pts

Rushing or Receiving TD = 6 pts

Passing TD = 4 pts

Defense / Special Teams

Interception = 1 pt

Fumble Recovery = 1 pt

Interception/Fumble recovery TD = 6 pts

Safety = 2 pts

Blocked FG/Punt = 1 pt

Blocked FG/Punt TD = 6 pts

Kickoff/Punt Return TD = 6 pts

Points Against: 0 points allowed = 5 pts

1 - 9 points allowed = 3 pts

10 - 19 points allowed = 2 pts

30 - 39 points allowed = -3 pts

40 - 49 points allowed = -4 pts

50+ points allowed = -5 pts

Any offensive player who scores a touchdown while on special teams will score points for both the defensive or special team unit and also for the team that has the offensive player on their roster. Likewise, any fumbles by an offensive player while on special teams will count against the offensive player's team (The Weiss Rule).

Results and Reports

The commissioner will be responsible for compiling and posting the results each Tuesday. I will try to send out (by either hard copy or e-mail) preliminary results Monday. The final results and reports will be distributed (again either by hard copy or e-mail) each Tuesday. If not, feel free to hit me on my arm. Not too hard though.

 

Trades

The trading of draft positions is prohibited. Once the draft is complete however, each team can trade any player or players with any other team. Each trade will have to be approved by the commissioner to ensure fairness to the league.

Any trades involving the commissionerís team will have to be approved by a member of the Executive Committee. Each trade will cost $1 per player per team. Each ownerís phone number will be published in an upcoming "Commissionerís Skybox" so the owners outside of SunTrust will be able to get in touch with the other owners.

 

Free Agents/Waivers

After the first week of play each team can claim a free agent among all players that are not on any other team. When a team claims a free agent the team must waive a player on their current roster unless they are replacing a player that was placed on injured reserve (discussed below). No other team can pick up the waived player until the following week. If more than one team claims a free agent the following order will be used: The team with the worst record will have top priority with the team with the best record having the lowest priority. If teams are tied, the team with the least amount of total points will have first priority. If they're still tied the team with the least amount of points scored against them will be first. If a team is claiming more that one free agent the team must designate what priority each claim has. Each free agent pickup and waiver will need to be approved by the commissioner or the Executive Committee (if the transaction involves the commissioner) to prevent the dumping of a team at the end of the year. Each free agent pickup will cost $1 each unless the pickup is due to an injured reserve transaction.

Injured Reserve

If a player is on a NFL teamís injury list (according to the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, USA Today, or NFL.com) a team can place that player on Injured Reserve and claim a free agent in the injured playerís place. The injured player remains on the teamís roster but cannot be started. The preference in claiming the free agent will use the same preference order as claiming a free agent via waivers. The player claimed does not have to play the same position as the injured player. Once a player comes off the NFLís injury report you must either activate that player and waive another player on your team or waive that player. Each team is allowed only three injured reserve players on their roster. Injury reports are usually published Wednesday evening. During our playoffs the only transaction that can be made is placing a player on IR and claiming a free agent. Once again, the Executive Committee must approve all transactions involving the commissioner. There is no charge for placing a player on IR and then claiming a free agent.

Deadlines

Roster Transactions Starting Lineups

No Thursday Games Thursday @ 5:00 Sunday @ noon

Thursday Games Wednesday @ 5:00 Thursday @ 5:00

Thanksgiving Week Tuesday @ 5:00 Thursday @ noon

As you can see Thanksgiving will be on a tight schedule so get your roster moves and lineups in early. To insure fairness I will send my starting lineup to the Executive Committee and to my opponent if possible. I can be reached at the following telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Preferred methods are noted.

404-658-4850 Work # (preferred)

770-489-7072 Home #

bgrimes@mindspring.com

bkgrimes@yahoo.com

 

Voice messages at each phone number will be accepted. Please call or e-mail me at home if you're turning in your lineups during the weekend. If I'm out on vacation I will still be updating the stats. Leave starting lineup messages in either phone number or e-mail to either the Mindspring or Yahoo address. Send all transactions to the Executive Committee and they will notify me. I will let you know in advance if I will be on vacation.

 

Rulings and Rule Changes

The commissioner will rule on all matters that are not covered in this handout. All rulings will be final. If the matter affects the commissionerís team or his opponents the Executive Committee will make the decision. Any other rule change that affects the whole league must be voted on by the league. Majority Rules.

Fees and Prizes

Unfortunately, due to last year's problems at the draft and the dropping out of a team after the draft we have adopted the Howard/Carvis rule. This states that in order to take part in this league the entry fee will have to be paid before the draft. All fees are non-refundable. If a team can not be present at the draft make sure that you give instructions to the person drafting for you since you will have to keep that team. Again, even if you can not be present for the draft the entry fee must be paid prior to the draft.

Fees All fees (entry and transaction) will be returned as payouts at the end of the year.

Entry Fee: $30 Remember that this game is played over 4 months

Trades: $1 Example: Team 1 trades a QB to Team 4 for a RB. Each team would owe $1. If Team 1 trades a

QB and a RB to Team 5 for a QB and a RB each team would owe $2

Free Agent Pickup: $1

Placing a player on Injured Reserve: Free

The entry fee is due before the draft. All transaction fees are due at the time of the transaction. No other transactions can be made until previous transactions are paid for. The commissioner will be exempt from paying the entry fee but will be liable for any transactions that are made.

Prizes

Assuming a 14 Team League

1st Place $150 plus all transaction fees received

2nd Place $70

3rd & 4th Place $45 each

5th & 6th Place $30 each

Toilet Bowl Winner $20

Well, thatís enough rambling. Read over this and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Letís have a great season!