Rules

ESPN League Settings

Draft

Order. The draft order shall be determined via the Lottery System (described below), which is based on the prior year’s regular season records in reverse order of the final standings. Playoff teams are ranked in reverse order of their final position.

Active Round, Defined. All rounds after the two initial keeper rounds are “active” rounds, i.e. the third overall round is the first active round.

Selection Order. Active rounds one and two will draft from positions 1-10. A serpentine draft will begin with active round three (10-1), alternating each round thereafter.
 
Keepers. Each team may tag two players from the previous season’s squad to be carried over into the next season. Only players on a the team’s roster at the end of the regular season may be ‘kept’ by that team.

Do I have to select two keepers? If an owner chooses not to keep one player, he will receive a draft pick in the second active round of the draft in accordance with his draft position, as determined by the draft lottery or previous season record. If an owner chooses not to keep two players, he will receive a draft pick in each of the first two active rounds, in accordance with his draft position.

Roster Limits. There are no roster limits, so owners may draft as many players of a single position as they choose.

Trades and Free Agency
 
Elligible Trades. Players, draft picks, future draft picks, and defense/special teams are all eligible to be traded.

Vetos. The Commissioner has veto power over all trades.

Future Draft Pick & Conditional Trading. Future Draft Pick and Conditional Trading is generally allowed, subject to two conditions:

Teams may only trade future picks for the next fantasy football season.
All teams involved in any trade involving future draft picks must pay the league fees for the upcoming season before the trade will be approved and processed. Those funds will be credited to the team for that upcoming season.

Lottery System

Draft Positions 9-12 will be based on the results of the playoff bracket. Position 12 will obviously be reserved for the league champion and Position 11 for the runner-up. Position 10 belongs to the team with the lowest point total in the semi-finals of the playoffs with Position 9 going to the team which lost in the semi-finals, but had the highest score of the losing teams. Positions 1-3 will be determined via The Lottery. Positions 4-6 will be in reverse order of the final regular season standings of the teams remaining after The Lottery. Position 8 will be the team with the lowest point total in the first round of the playoffs. Position 7 will be the team with team that lost in the first round of the playoffs, but had the highest score of the losing teams.

Eight teams will be eligible for the lottery for the following seasons draft order (“Lottery Teams”). The two teams that lose in the first round of the playoffs will be Lottery Teams. This is to prevent a team from ‘tanking’ at the end of the season out of the belief that while they may be able to make the playoffs, they will be unable to win and therefore attempt to miss the playoffs in order to be lottery eligible.

Each of the eight Lottery Teams will have different chances of obtaining the First Overall Pick (FOP). For the purposes of The Lottery, the teams will be assigned positions A-H. The chances of each Team obtaining the FOP are:

Team A: 25%
Team B: 20%
Team C: 15%
Team D: 13%
Team E: 12%
Team F: 8%
Team G: 4%
Team H: 3%

Teams A-F will be assigned based on reverse order of final regular season standings (i.e., Team A is the team with the worst record and Team F is the team with the best record not to make the playoffs). Ties are broken first by by total (lowest) points scored. Team G will be the team with the fewest points in the first round of the playoffs. Team H will be the team with team that lost in the first round of the playoffs, but had the highest score of the losing teams.

New Rules

Each off-season, the Commissioner’s Office will solicit proposals from League members for new rules, or changes to current rules. The Commissioner will collect and synthesize those proposals before submitting them to the League for an up-or-down vote, to be completed in advance of the Keeper Deadline.

New rules that affect strategy or player valuation in any way will not take effect until the following off-season (i.e., one year after it passes) to ensure that League members may draft and play a full season in preparation of the rule change. The League may, however, overrule this default practice by majority vote.

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