Reverse the transactions.
Next year establish a comprehensive set of bylaws that includes sections on not dumping players.
These are the bylaws used by one of the best run community leagues here at Fantasy Sharks. The league is a keeper league, but you can adjust it as needed for a redraft league.
THE LEAGUE OF TITANS
Rules and Regulations - 2011
Last Edited: 9/8/2011
Welcome to the LEAGUE OF TITANS, the finest fantasy football league in the Tank!
Listed below are some more detailed descriptions of the leagues rules and regulations as they are today. I will be adding to this document throughout the off-season so if you have any questions or see something I may have missed, please let me know.
Remember, between now and the draft these rules and regulations are subject to change.
The league will have a total of five officers - One League of Titans commissioner and four league specific commissioners. For the 2011 season they will be as follows:
Gridguru will be the League of Titans commissioner and co-commish of all four leagues.
MC126 will be the commissioner of the GREEK League
JimHart will be the commissioner of the ROMAN League
LVSharks will be the commissioner of the NORSE League
StoneCutter will be the commissioner of the CELTIC League
If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions you wish to discuss regarding your specific league or the League of Titans as a whole, please contact your commissioner and / or Gridguru.
Over the off-season and even during the 2011 season there will be times where information will need to be distributed to all of the league members. Obviously, 96 individual PMs will rarely be the method we do this. Instead we will typically use one of the following tools available to us.
Always check the message board for any new messages or updates. Great place for our internal game-day type of trash talk as well! The commissioners will periodically clean up the older messages.
Sometimes before and often during the season, you will receive e-mails from the league regarding Draft info (how to's, picks), trade notification (offers, rejections, accepted), waivers processed, opponents rosters, and league announcements. Be sure to keep your current e-mail address listed in your franchise info records.
Occasionally there will be things that need voting on such as trades or rule changes. The commissioners will periodically clean up the older and/or unused polls.
Community League Forums
Found on FantasySharks.com. Each individual league has it's own thread set up for league specific comments/info/etc... Also, there is a League of Titans thread for more general use.
Fantasy Sharks Private Messages
Can be used for private 1 on 1 conversation, or for league-wide announcements.
Resources such as League Chat, League Articles or the Bulletin board are yours to use. You can find these under the Communications tab on the league page.
RETURNING OWNER CHECK-IN
All returning owners are required to "Check-In" after May 1st and prior to July 15th of each year. Checking-In consists of simply posting in one or more of the LoT threads in the Tank during that period of time, preferably stating your intent to return. It will be assumed that any owner that does not check in, or fails to meet any of the established deadlines, has abandoned his/her team and will therefore be replaced.
The cost per franchise to join the league is 2000 sand$. These fees will be due exactly one week prior to the Keeper declaration date. If you are unable to raise the sand$ by that day you will forfeit your spot in the league and another Shark will be invited to join. Hopefully everyone will have their fees taken care of well before then.
Note: If your league dues are paid by another party, it is still your responsibility to acknowledge this fact, prior to the deadline.
Whenever you are ready, you can donate your 2011 fees to our leagues bank account (username “Fantasy Titan”). I will update our accounting records in this site to keep track of who has and who hasn’t yet submitted their fees. Be sure to include a note when you make your donation or we will be unable to know who it came from.
Currently there will be no actual dollar fees required this season.
Donations towards trophies or t-shirts, website, or something similar might be suggested at a later time.
Over the off-season it will be your responsibility to make sure your franchise records are set up correctly and accurately. The following must be included.
Franchise Name: This should be your FantasySharks username that you use in the tank. Any Franchise name you want to incorporate should be part of your franchise's icon/logo.
Owner Name: This can be your real name or your FantasySharks username that you use in the tank.
E-mail Address: Please include a working, valid address as trade offers, waiver reports, weekly results and other league information will automatically be sent to you during the year.
Franchise Icon: A graphic representing your team will need to be set up prior to the season. The size requirements are 250 x 90 pixels.
Other details can be set up as well, but are not required. Items such as sound, logos and IM ids can also be set up there if you desire.
Please see the League Scoring Rules report for a more detailed explanation of the scoring rules.
The league software will be considered the FINAL authority on all NFL scoring stats and plays. FINAL scores are released the morning after the last game of the week.
Scoring rules may not be changed once the season has started.
Each of the four leagues within the League of Titans (Greek, Roman, Norse, and Celtic) will conduct their own draft prior to the start of the NFL regular season.
Each league will have a separate pool of players to choose from, so in many cases the same player will be owned by four different Titan franchises.
The draft order will be in the reverse order of the prior years final standings (worst team gets first pick). We will use a serpentine draft for all rounds of the draft.
Draft picks may be traded at the owner's discretion. A maximum of 13 draft picks will be allowed per franchise, regardless of trades made. Any remaining draft slots after the franchise’s first 13 will be forfeited.
No player picked during the draft may be dropped from a team's roster until the conclusion of the draft.
Missed Picks: In the event that an owner fails to make a pick within the allotted draft time, the system will automatically pick a player for the owner based on the highest-ranked available player on the owner's "My Draft List" player ranking first (if it's used at all), and then once that list is exhausted, according to rankings displayed on the MFL ADP page. The commissioners will make every effort to prevent an injured, suspended, unemployed, or retired player from being autodrafted. If an owner allows the timer to expire once, that owner will be placed on "auto-draft" until they show they are again available to draft. However, if an owner allows the timer to expire a second time or willfully holds up the draft, the owner will be placed on "auto-draft" for the rest of the draft. While on "auto-draft", owners will still be able to make their own picks through the pre-draft or "My Draft List" functions.
A league franchise may carry a maximum of 16 players on their active roster at any one time. There are no limits to the number of players at any specific position. A franchise may carry less than the maximum number of players without penalty.
Each Franchise will be required to keep exactly three players from their prior year's roster (which includes any post-season trades made). These keepers can be made up of any three players on your roster regardless of position.
Keepers must be declared at least one week prior to the start of the current year's draft.
A player can only be retained as a keeper on any fantasy team or teams for a maximum period of three consecutive years before they would return to the draft's general player pool. Meaning that regardless of any trades made between franchise owners, the longest continuous amount of time any player would be undraftable is three years.
The Rosters Report shows the number of times a player has been consecutively "kept" in the Keeper column. A "1" means they have been kept only once (this year). A "2" means they have been kept the last two years. A "3" means they have been kept three years running and will return to the general players pool next year.
INJURED RESERVES ( IR )
Each franchise has the ability to add one player to their Injured Reserve list if desired. This player must be placed on their NFL teams Injured Reserves list and noted as such in the system before being eligible for placement on your IR list.
A player can be added or removed from your IR list at any point during the season.
Players on your IR list do not count against the 16 player roster maximum.
Primarily IR will be used to hold a player who you consider to be a possible keeper for the following year, while making room on your current roster for a replacement player.
Franchise owners are responsible for submitting their weekly starting line-ups prior to kickoff of their individual players NFL games each week. Players are locked in / out of the starting line-ups at kickoff of their games. Partial line-ups may be submitted early, however it is highly recommend that complete line-ups be submitted first and then altered later if needed.
The website host determines the exact time of each kickoff and will not allow changes to players in those games after that point. Therefore it is in your best interest to not wait until the last second to submit your line-up as once the window is closed, no exceptions will be made.
However, if for some reason you are unable to access the league website to submit your desired starting lineup, you may e-mail or PM your starting line-ups to BOTH a league commissioner AND your opponent prior to the lineup deadlines. This option is only to be used in dire circumstances.
If no lineup is reported, the previous week’s lineup for that franchise is carried over to the current week. If in the unlikely occurrence that a line-up is not submitted for Week 1, a complete starting line-up based on the order in which the franchise’s players were drafted will be used.
Starting line-ups will consist of the following:
2 Running Backs
3 Wide Receivers
1 Tight End
1 Place Kicker
1 Defense / Special Teams
Trades may be made between two owners within the same league on a nearly unrestricted basis. The trade does not necessarily have to exchange an equal number of players from each team. For example: owner A may trade a QB and two defensive teams to owner B for a place kicker and a wide receiver. However, at no time may a franchisee carry more than 16 active players.
Trades may include current players on your roster and/or picks from the 2011 draft. Both 2011 Keepers and Year 2012 draft picks will be available for trading immediately following the 2011 Keeper declaration deadline.
Trades will be allowed up to kick-off time of the first game of week 10. At the conclusion of the NFL's regular season, trading will be reinstated to allow for off-season trading to occur.
Trades may be approved by any two commissioners not involved in the trade. Therefore, to veto a trade would require an 8/9 vote of the commissioners. To veto a trade involving one commissioner, a 7/8 vote of the other commissioners is required. To veto a trade involving 2 commissioners, a 6/7 vote of the remaining commissioners is required.
Only trades that are deemed harmful to the overall integrity of the league will be rejected by the commissioners.
Commissioners will have a maximum of 24 hours during the season to vote on a trade or else it is immediately processed. If a trade is agreed upon within 24 hours of a line-up deadline, league commissioners do have the power to push it through individually assuming...
1) they are not a participant of the trade
2) they feel there is no question to the validity of the trade
3) they have unsuccessfully tried to contact the other commissioners.
While the commissioners will be making every effort to login regularly and check for any outstanding trades to approve throughout the week, there is no guarantee that trades accepted within the last 24 hours of a line-up deadline will be approved prior to kick-off of that week's games.
No trades submitted for commissioner review after kickoff of the first game of the week (not including Thursday games) will be approved until after the kickoff of the last game of the week.
Franchise owners are permitted an unlimited number of waiver moves throughout the course of the season.
Waivers do not necessarily have to exchange one player at a certain position for another at that same position.
The waiver schedule is as follows...
Between the end of the drafts and kickoff of the first Sunday game of the season waivers are handled on a first come-first served basis.
During the NFL season, franchises can submit up to three rounds of waiver requests from 1:00 PM EST Sunday until 11:00 PM EST Wednesday. Submitted waiver requests will automatically be processed in reverse order of the standings at that time.
Throughout the FF season, players dropped during the waiver process are "locked" and will not be available for pick up until the following week's waiver window. NOTE: Players dropped after the draft, but prior to kickoff of the first game of the season will not be "locked" and may be immediately claimed by another team.
Beginning at 11:30 PM EST Wednesday and continuing until 1:00 PM EST Sunday, all players not currently in a "locked" status are available to be picked up on a first come-first served (FCFS) basis.
Players dropped during the FCFS waiver process are "locked" and will not be available for pick up until the following week's waiver window.
Each owner will be allowed a maximum of five (5) total waiver and/or free agency moves per week.
Waivers will be available until kick-off of week 17 for all franchises. Waivers and Free Agents will be locked and unavailable throughout the NFL post-season and off-season.
All times are based on the system's clock.
The regular season includes weeks 1 through 12. Each franchise will play the other teams in their division two times each, and three teams from each of the other divisions in their league once.
The schedule rotates each season to guarantee equal-play among non-division opponents.
The three Division champions, along with one wildcard team will enter their leagues playoffs. Weeks 13 and 14 will determine the four individual League Champions.
The four League Champions will be seeded based on their power ratings and will face off against each other in Week 15.
Week 16 will be the League of Titans Championship game. The winner will be declared the League of Titans Champion.
In Week 17, the League of Titans champion will face off against the Monster League champion for the overall title.
During the regular season, ties are counted as ties.
For the purposes of determining the Division Champions, the following tiebreakers will be used...
1) Overall Winning Percentage.
2) Head-to-Head Record
3) Divisional Winning Percentage
4) Total Points
For the purposes of determining the overall standings and Wildcard teams that will progress to the playoffs, the following will be used...
1) Overall Winning Percentage.
* If two or more teams from the same division are tied, we will use the Divisional tiebreakers described above to eliminate all but the top team.*
2) Head-to-Head Record (only if the tied teams have each played each other during the regular season)
3) Total Points
In the case of a tie in a playoff game the following will be used to determine the winner. In order they are...
1) Highest scoring active player of each team.
2) Second highest scoring active player of each team (and so on)
3) League vote
Listed below is the 2011 payout structure.
League of Titans Champion - $50,000
Four League Champions - $25,000
12 Division Winners - $10000
4 Wildcard Winners - $2500
Total Points Champion (Weeks 1 - 17) - $25,000
Total - $320,000 sand$!
Additionally this season, over $55,000 sand$ will be awarded in our League of Titans side contests.
Owners (1) choose the weekly NFL team winners of each matchup and (2) assign a unique, weighted point value (typically 1-16) for all games. Points are awarded only for picking the correct winning team and the franchise with the most points at the end of the season wins 10000 sand$.
Each owner picks the winner of one NFL game for the upcoming week of the season. If he picks correctly, he goes on and can pick in the following week. If he picks incorrectly, he's out, and cannot pick in any subsequent weeks. An owner may only pick an NFL team once for the entire season. The last team remaining will win 10000 sand$.
LAST TITAN STANDING
The sole object of this game is to not have one of the lowest scores in any particular week. Beginning in Week 1, all 48 teams final scores will be compared and the four teams with the lowest scores will be eliminated from the contest each week. The final four remaining teams will square off in Week 12. The winner of that week will become The Last Titan Standing and will win 10000 sand$.
The 32 teams that do not make the LoT Playoffs will enter into a separate playoff bracket. Teams will be seeded based on overall points. Consideration will be given to individual Leagues and Divisions in the first round or two.
The Resurrection playoffs will begin in Week 13. The Resurrection Championship will be held in Week 17.
The winner will be declared The Resurrected One and will receive 25,000 sand$.
For all games, in the event of a tie, the prizes will be split amongst the winners.
RULE CHANGE PROPOSALS
Proposals for rule changes may only be made during the off-season. The deadline for submitting new proposals is 2 months prior to that year's draft. Any proposals submitted after that point or during the season will be tabled until the following off-season begins.
The procedure for requesting a rule change will be to contact one of the nine league officers via e-mail or PM and present your proposal to them. The commissioners will discuss the proposal and determine if it is in the league's best interest to have it be presented to the league for discussion prior to a potential vote. If so, based on the discussion that is had, the commissioners will then convene and determine if the proposal should move forward to a league-wide vote, and if so, in what form.
For all rule change proposals, a 2/3 majority vote is required to change the current rules.
Some small and less significant changes (those that mostly just keep the wheels turning) may be implemented by commissioner review.
All approved rule changes will be communicated to the league directly and via the current league By-Laws.
In an effort to remain as fair and impartial as possible when resolving disputes, the four league commissioners will not play in the league in which they are in charge of.
If you have a dispute, please begin by contacting your respective commissioner. If they are unable to resolve the issue themselves, they will bring it to the other commissioners to discuss and resolve.
If your dispute is with your league’s commissioner, you can contact Gridguru directly with your issue.
NOTE: Disputes do not include issues or questions involving Trades. They are handled differently and are discussed in the Trades section of this document.
If a team does not change their roster, access the league’s homepage or otherwise show any interest in their franchise or the league for an extended period of time, the commissioner of that league will make a concerted effort to contact the franchise owner. If no response and/or improved effort are received, the franchise in question will be considered a “Dead Team”.
Once considered “Dead”, the owner of that franchise will be locked out of the league indefinitely. The team’s roster and starting line-up will also be locked until such time as suitable replacement owner can be found.
The original owner will also forfeit all sand$ and / or actual dollars that were submitted as part of the league fee.
If an owner leaves the league, the commissioners will narrow down the potential candidates to two sharks. The remaining members of the specific league with an opening (Greek, Roman, etc...) will then secretly vote on which shark they would like to join the league.The shark with the majority of the votes wins the open spot.
Any potential candidates must be sharks in good standing in the Tank, and must personally make it known to the commissioners that they wish to participate in the league if a spot was available. They must also be willing to accept the available team "as is" including roster, future trades, draft position, etc...
Owners can freely recruit and assign secondary owners to their team as they see fit, to help in most any capacity they desire. The primary owner however, remains the one and only owner in the League's eyes. If the primary owner leaves the league, turns control over to the secondary owner, or fails in any way to remain involved in the team's activities, the team will be given to a new owner based on the current waiting list rules. The secondary owner, unless they are at the top of the waiting list, will be given no preferential treatment in regards to new ownership.
WARNING: Participating in any of the following practices may result in your dismissal from the League of Titans. If an owner's actions are deemed unethical and detrimental to the league by a majority of the commissioners, they may be locked out of the league indefinitely. The team’s roster and starting line-up will also be locked until such time as suitable replacement owner can be found. The owner will also forfeit all sand$ and/or actual dollars that were submitted as part of the league fee.
Agreement between two or more competitors that restrains competition and intends to deceive or otherwise defraud the league through unethical methods.
Picking up and then immediately dropping players with no evident purpose other than "locking" them and thus preventing other owners from acquiring them during that free agency period.
Willful destruction of one's own team
Includes dumping quality players via waivers or trades with no explainable rationale or gain; purposely starting hurt, benched, or bye week players while sitting other viable options; etc...
Any other activities deemed unethical and/or detrimental to the integrity of the league as a whole.
Updated and additional information will be added fairly regularly in the off-season so check in often -