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FantasySharks.com provides a unique twist to standard fantasy football league play, by providing tournament style leagues for fantasy football owners. Tournament style changes the game as you advance or retreat in rank based on your performance year over year. A good performance propels you into a higher and more difficult bracket, for failure, you are dropped to a lower bracket. Have you ever wondered if you’re good enough to slug it out with the very best? Now you can find out. The best teams across all leagues will move up until they reach the pinnacle, The Great White Shark League. The Great White Shark League is the most advanced fantasy football league in existence because it is made up of only proven league champions in this hobby. Only the cream of the cream will make it to the top. Are you good enough?
FantasySharks.com in conjunction with myfantasyleague.com, provides for the Shark Leagues, for FREE! The Showcase Leagues (Great White and two Whale Shark Leagues) will contain two FantasySharks.com staff members, the FantasySharks.com Coach (TM) virtual owner, and nine members that have earned their spot in the leagues.
The leagues are tiered like so:
Who is eligible?
In compliance with the COPPA act you must be over the age of 13 to participate. By joining a shark league you affirm that you are over the age of 13.League Structure
At the top of the League Ladder is the Great White Shark League. The champion of the Great White Shark Showcase League each year is the FantasySharks.com site champion! One tier below the Great White Shark League are the two Whale Shark Leagues, then come the four Hammerhead Shark Leagues, and finally the Bottom-Dweller Leagues. League assignments for the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead leagues will be sent out via email every July and an announcement that will remain up each preseason will be made at FantasySharks.com. If an owner does not respond, they can be replaced. Placement in the Bottom-Dweller leagues will be random with leagues being added as needed. Once you have attained a spot in the leagues, YOU will determine your own future! Here is how:
The top three leagues, Great White Shark League, Whale Shark leagues and the Hammerhead leagues, will operate under the same set of rules with playoffs and individual league championships. The champion and team that scored the most points through 13 weeks (the regular season) in each league will ascend the following season to the league directly above them in the league ladder. In the case where the champion and total points winner is the same team, then the championship runner-up will advance as well. The bottom 4 in the league will descend.
Should openings in leagues occur due to any reason such as withdrawal or expulsion due to a dead-beat owner (no activity), those spots will be filled from the league directly below them.
The Bottom-Dweller leagues are new for 2014 and here is how they will operate. The number of Bottom-Dweller leagues will be determined by demand. Based on the number of entrants from 2013, there could be upwards of 70 Bottom-Dweller leagues. The regular season and playoff rules are the same as the top 3 leagues, which happens to be the same as they've always been.
The difference between the Bottom-Dweller leagues and the lower leagues of years past, is that the league champion and high-point scorer do not automatically move up. Instead, it will be the 16 league champions with the highest total points scored through Week 16 that will advance to the Hammerhead leagues next season.
The Bottom-Dweller leagues do not require an invitation and are open to all who want to enter (given the eligibility requirements above). There are no league assignments.
Should there be a tie for the 16th spot here are the tie-breakers...
1. Highest total points through Week 13
2. Regular season win-loss record (through Week 13)
3. Points scored in Week 16 championship
4. Higher playoff seed
Accordingly, the bottom 4 teams in each of the Hammerhead leagues will be dropped and will be free to join a Bottom-Dweller league next season.
How owner movement is determined within the leagues
FantasySharks.com staff positions in the Shark Showcase Leagues are static. They are in place to provide a high quality blockade for anyone good enough to make it. Site owner Tony 'The Prognosticator' Holm will always have the defending site champion in his division unless the champ is a FantasySharks.com staff member.
The champion and total points winner of each Whale Shark League will move up the ladder to the Great White Shark League replacing four teams from the Great White Shark League that will be dropping down to the Whale Shark Leagues due to poor performance.
The bottom four in the Great White Shark League will be determined first by seeing which non-staff teams did not make the playoffs, if it is four, then they all drop. In the unlikely event that it is less than four, that means a non-staff playoff team will have to drop down as well and that will be the one making the quickest exit from the playoffs. Should there be more than one, then ties between those teams will be broken by regular season winning percentage, followed by regular season total points, and then head-to-head winning percentage. Ties beyond that will be a coin flip.
If more than four non-staff teams miss the playoffs in the Great White Shark League, then they will be ranked from worst winning percentage to best, with the bottom four descending. Should there be a tie in winning percentage, that will be settled first by total points, and then head-to-head winning percentage between those involved in the tie. Ties beyond that will be a coin flip.
Please note that these tie-breakers apply to ascending/descending teams only, tie breakers for making the playoffs in the individual leagues are as outlined below.
Where applicable, to determine the top two and bottom four teams to move up and down the ladder:
1) The teams that descend will be the bottom four non-playoff teams in each league determined by worst winning percentage and then lowest total points. Ties after that will be broken by head-to-head winning percentage. After that, ties will be broken by a coin flip.
2) There will be two teams that ascend from every league. The League Champion, and the team with the highest regular season total points through 13 weeks. Please note that the total points winner does not have to make the playoffs to advance. Should there be a tie for that spot, first overall winning percentage, and then head-to-head winning percentage will be followed, and after that will be a coin flip. In the case where the League Champion is also the league total points winner, the runner up in the championship game will move up.The Draft
Once we announce the leagues, a draft date will be set for each. It will be an online draft, with a 12-hour window to make your selection. Last season drafts took an average of 8 days to complete. Drafts will be handled in the usual myfantasyleague.com format, and owners will be responsible for familiarizing themselves with it. It is easy, and explained well by the host. Missed picks will not be forfeited, but instead will default to your preset-rankings, and should you fail to do that, then the myfantasyleague.com pre-rankings. Of course, picking for yourself is encouraged, it is faster, and makes for a better team, so if you sign up, don’t be a slouch, and make your own picks! Myfantasyleague.com has an excellent pre-selector function, and use of it is encouraged, especially if you anticipate being away from the keyboard for an extended period of time.
After twelve hours on the clock a team forfeits it right to draft in that round and the missed pick will result in an auto-pick being made in accordance with myfantasyleague.com pre-ranked autodrafter. In addition, the missed pick will activate the autodrafter and it will no longer wait twelve hours, and instead will immediately make each and every pick for the offending team. For the remainder of the draft, the offender must create pre-draft lists to have their pick be selected instead of the myfantasyleague Average Draft Position auto selection.
Showcase league participants are expected to comment on their draft selections as they draft, using software provided by FantasySharks.com.Position Requirements
Rosters will consist of 16 players with 9 starters each week, with 1 QB, 2-3 RB, 2-3 WR, 1-2 TE, 1 K and 1 D as your starting lineup.. There are no roster position limitations, and no roster requirements.
Waivers will run Wednesday at 11pm EST, with players awarded worse-to-first per myfantasyleague.com presets. A First-Come-First-Served period will then open until the first kickoff on Sunday. Players who have already played will not be eligible. So for Thursday games, those players will be available up until kickoff of their game, but are not available once their game has started.
There is a maximum of 4 waiver moves per week from both waivers and FCFS methods combined.
We are going to keep waivers open for the playoffs this season as a trial run. This may or may not be included next year but this year, waivers and FCFS will be open throughout the Shark league playoffs.
The season will consist of 13 regular season games, playing your division foes twice and each other team (except one) once. There will then be three weeks of playoffs, culminating in a week 16 Fantasy Championship Game.
Six playoff spots will be awarded to the three division winners and three wild card teams.
DIVISION TIE BREAK
1. Winning %
2. Total Points
3. Head-to-head record
4. Division winning %
5. Coin Flip
WILDCARD TIE BREAK
The wild card teams will be awarded to the non-division winners.
1. Winning %
2. Total Points
3. Head-to-head record
4. Coin Flip
Playoff seeds will be determined as follows: Week 14 the top two division winners will receive byes, and be seeded 1 & 2, based on division tie break criteria. The remaining division winner will receive the No. 3 seed, and play the wild card team seeded 6 with seed 4 and 5 playing each other.
No trading. After much discussion it was decided that the expansion of the leagues makes this impractical to police. Future years it will be reconsidered, especially amongst the Showcase Leagues.
Unsubmitted lineups will result in the Fanta sy Sharks Lineup Coach submitting a lineup.
For purposes of sub mitting rosters, players will lock at kickoff of their game.
In season ties count as ties. Playoff ties are broken by the playoff tie breaker.
PLAYOFF TIE BREAKER
1. Rushing + Receiving TD's scored by your team
2. FG's scored by your team
3. 2pt plays made by your team (2 point conversions and safeties)
4. XP's by your team
5. Coin Flip
Thanks for participating, and good luck to all!
FORUM CHECKING WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILTY OF EACH PARTICIPANT. LEAGUE ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE IN THE SPECIAL SHARK LEAGUES FORUM .
In addition, each Showcase league should post its draft picks, commentary regarding the same, and during the season its starting rosters, and random thoughts, for all to follow. League announcements, however, will be in the Open Forums for all Leagues.
All league rules are subject to modification as determined solely and exclusively by FantasySharks.com. All controversies will be decided by FantasySharks.com solely and exclusively. Input will be encouraged and considered, but no voting rights on any league issues are vested with the participants, due to the global nature of the tournament format these leagues are in.
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