TRIAD FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
League Rules
 
Revised: 2/18/2018
 
 
  OFF-SEASON PERIOD  
  1. No transaction of any type will be processed between the championship game in December through February 1st, which marks the       official start of the off-season trading period.  
  2. Free agent signings are not allowed at any time during the off-season, these are only recognized during the regular season.  
     
  TRADING POLICIES  
  1. The trading process is broken up into two separate time periods.  
  2. Period one starts on February 1st and runs through the pre-draft roster reduction deadline, which occurs on the Sunday one week prior to the draft. Team owners will be notified well in advance of the official date.  
  3. Period two begins on draft day and runs through the seventh week of the regular season. The window for submitting trade requests opens at 9:00am on Tuesdays and stays open until 11:00am on Thursdays. They will be addressed at the time they are submitted.  
  4. All trade requests must be submitted through the CBS site. In order to insure that the request(s) is addressed in a timely manner, at least  
  one of the team owners involved needs to reach out to the commissioner and make him aware that a trade is pending.  
  5. A maximum number of six (6) players can be traded between any two teams in a calendar year. Draft picks are not impacted by this rule.  
  6. Players who go through the trade process cannot be traded back to their original teams during the calendar year.  
     
  PLEASE READ THROUGH THESE PROCEDURES CAREFULLY. EXPANSION WILL IMPACT OUR PROCESS GREATLY.  
     
  PRE-DRAFT ROSTER MAINTENANCE AND GUIDELINES  
  1. Please note that the official date of the 2018 TFFL Draft is Sunday, August 12th, 2018.  
  2. On or before 6:00pm on Sunday, July 29th, 2018, existing team owners will be required to submit whatever cuts are necessary to reduce the size of their rosters to 18 players (includes quarterbacks and place kickers) and 1 defensive\special team. The additional reduction (the normal requirement is 20) is needed in order to provide the new expansion team owners with a legitimate pool of players to select from during the expansion draft.      
  3. Remember that ALL cuts have to be submitted through the CBS site.  
  4. Team owners who release players that have announced their retirements (official or not) at the time of these cuts retain the rights to these players indefinitely.  
  5. Injury situations are not recognized by the TFFL, period! Neither are personal circumstances such as arrests, suspensions or whatever. The bottom line is simple, you keep him, he counts against your roster total.  
  6. Once this deadline goes into effect, no transaction of any type will be allowed until the draft begins.  
     
  EXPANSION DRAFT  
  1. The 2018 TFFL expansion draft will be held sometime during the weekend of Saturday, August 4th, 2018.  
  2. The drafting order for these two teams will be decided on the day of the draft and will be determined by a simple coin toss. The serpentine style of selection will be used.  
  3. The draft will be 16 rounds in length, in which the two new team owners will select 15 players and 1 defensive\special team.       
  4. At least 1 quarterback and 1 place kicker (no more than 2 each) must be selected among the total group of 15 players.    
     
  DRAFT GUIDELINES  
  1. The drafting order is based on the final regular season standings and play-off results from the previous year.  
  2. The expansion team owners will be making their selections at the end of each round.   
  3. Since no one is ever allowed to carry more than two quarterbacks or place kickers, team owners who enter the draft with the maximum allowable number of players will not be allowed to draft another.  
  4. Players who survived the pre-draft cuts can be traded during the event, but they cannot be cut until after the draft is officially over.  
  5. Team owners who enter the draft with less than two quarterbacks or place kickers must fill these spots before the draft concludes.  
  6. Non-participation by team owners will not be tolerated. Owners are not required to attend the draft in order to take part, but they are required to supply the commissioner or fellow team owner with a draft list. Owners who fail to comply run the risk of being removed from the league. Remember, this is a voluntary activity so show some interest. If not, there are others out there who will.  
  7. Owners are expected to pay their league fees on the day of the draft.  
     
  FINAL ROSTER CUTS  
  1. A final roster size of 20 players (including both quarterbacks and place kickers) is required before the season get's underway. Your two defensive\special teams do not count against this total.  
  2. Teams who exceed this limit, will be required to submit whatever cuts are needed by 6:00pm, via the CBS site, on the night of the NFL's Thursday night season opener.  
  3. As noted earlier, all players count against your roster total.  
  4. It's important to remember also that two quarterbacks and place kickers must be carried at all times, no exceptions.  
     
  STARTING LINEUPS  
  1. Starting lineups must consist of exactly eight components made up of a combination of one quarterback, one or two running backs, three or four receivers (including as many as three tight ends), one kicker and one defensive\special team.  
  2. The deadline for making changes to your starting lineup on the CBS site is 5-minutes prior to the opening kickoff of the game in which your player is participating in.  
  3. The commissioner, along with his legality team will be checking everyone's starting lineups at some point on Sunday to make sure that everyone falls within the guidelines.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
    
  
      
 
SCORING
1. Touchdowns are worth 6 points, touchdown passes are worth 3, field goals 3 and safeties 2. Bonus points are awarded also. 
     Quarterbacks:
          40-79 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards (1 point)
          Players will receive an additional point for each 40 yards.
     Receivers, Running Backs and Place Kickers:
          40-79 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards (1 point)
          Players will receive an additional point for each 20 yards.
     Defensive\Special Teams:
          Allow 0 points (10 points)
          Allow 2-7 points (7 points)
          Allow 8-10 points (5 points)
          Allow 11-14 points (3 points)
          Allow 15-17 points (1 point)
2. All players will be penalized -1 point for each lost fumble and interception.
 
ADD\DROP TRANSACTIONS
1. The window for signing free agents opens on the Tuesday following the opening weekend of the NFL regular season, and runs through
     all 13 weeks of the TFFL regular season
2. Team are allowed to make no more than two (2) transactions of this type per week.
3. Individual team requests are processed in the order in which they are entered into the CBS site, and will be interpreted as being first
     choice, second choice and so on. 
4. In the event two or more teams submit requests for the same player in any given week, the team with the worst record has first choice,
     followed by scoring average. If these are the same, a coin toss will decide who get's the player in question.
5. All add\drop requests must be submitted through the CBS site, and entered no later than 9:00pm on Wednesdays.
 
SPECIAL QUARTERBACK AND PLACE KICKER PROCEDURES
1. Due to the limited number of available players at quarterback and place kicker, most team owners will undoubtedly finds themselves 
     without a viable starting option from time to time. With this in mind, the following option were created to assist team owners:
          No Starters available:
               In the event a team owner faces a situation where one or both players are on a bye and/or the other is not playing for whatever
               reason, team owners will be presented with two (2) options to deal with the situation. First, they can initiate a one week 
               'Emergency' signing if there is indeed a starting free agent available or they can use the scoring average of their primary starter   
                (player with the most starts). If the the team decides to use the scoring average of the player on bye instead of signing a
                replacement, all they will need to do is leave the player in question inserted into the starting lineup on the CBS site and make the 
                commissioner aware of their decision. Once the final choice has been made, the commissioner will take whatever steps are 
                needed to complete the users request.
          Primary Starter get's injured and the backup is a known non-starter:
               If a primary starter is injured and the second guy on the TFFL roster in question is a non-starter, the team owner in question will
               be allowed to sign the injured player's actual replacement if he is available in the free agent player pool, and keep him until the 
               injured player returns. This is absolutely the only time TFFL owners will be allowed to carry more then one quarterback or kicker.
               It's worth noting also that the impacted team owner has the initial rights to these replacements. If the injured player's
               replacement is already a member of another TFFL team, this option will obviously not be availble. At this point, the owner in  
               question will be forced to sign 'emergency' pickups each week until the injured player returns.
2. It's the responsibility of each team owner to monitor these situations closely and work with the commissioner to get them addressed.  
3. Players who are signed under the 'Emergency' label, will be released on Tuesdays.
4. Due to limitations placed on these two positions, the add\drop deadline will be extended through the play-offs for active teams only.
5. Post season requests have to be submitted as similar position moves however.
 
TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES
     Regular Season game:
               1. The team with the most yardage is awarded the victory.
               2. Scoring average for the year.
               3. Tie remains if not broken by the previous two entries.
     Play-Offs:
               1. If win\loss records are identical, yearly scoring averages will be used.
               2. Yearly power rating (CBS site).
               3. Coin toss.
     Free Agent and Emergency Signings:
               1. Win\loss record.
               2. Yearly scoring average.
               3. Yearly power rating (CBS site).
 
PLAY-OFF BREAKDOWN
1. The play-offs are made up of an eight (8) team field, four teams from each conference. 
2. Within each conference, the division winner with the best record receives a two week bye while the other is off one week.
3. The play-offs will be played out over a four week period.
 
APATHY PENALTIES
1. All team owners are required to make sure that their starting lineups are legal, each and every week. Anyone who fails to meet this
     requirement not only opens themselves up to ridicule from other team owners, they may also receive league imposed penalties for
     their actions. Owners will be assessed a penalty when:
               A. When there are players in their starting lineups that are clearly on a bye but they have make no effort to address it.
               B. The owner fails to submit an 'Emergency' request when one is needed.  
               C. Owners leave players in their starting lineups that have an IR designation.
2. Players listed with 'Doubtful', 'Questionable' or 'Probable' designations will be classified as legal starters. Many times these types of
     players fall into the game time decision trap, which can sometimes be very difficult to track.
3. The aforementioned penalties are:
               A. 1st offense - Possible loss of the official 3rd round draft pick. 
               B. 2nd offense - Loss of the owners 2nd round draft pick.
               C. 3rd offense - Loss of the owners 1st round draft pick.
               D. Penalties will not be handed out beyond the 3rd offense but serious consideration will be given for dismissal fron the league.
4. At no time will the commissioner take it upon himself to make any changes to lineups to get them legal. He will however work with any
     owner who requests changes because they might be in a position where they can't make the changes themselves.
5. If a penalty is levied against a draft pick that may have already been traded away, no action will be taken during the current season 
     because of the impact on others, but the penalty will be levied the following season. 
 
ALL-STAR TEAMS, MVP AND ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
1. The total number of points scored during the 13 week regular season is used to determine the All-Pro teams.
2. The highest scoring rookie, regardless of position, during the regular season receives the Rookie of the Year award.
3. The winner of the MVP award is determined by the following process:
               A. Scoring thresholds have been established for each position (kickers not eligible) which will be used to determine the winner. 
               B. These thresholds are 150 for quarterbacks, 120 for running backs, 90 for wide receivers and 50 for tight ends. 
               C. The player that exceeds their established threhold by the largest margin wins the MVP. 
 
TROPHY RESPONSIBILITY
1. League champions are responsible for the Mullins Cup while in their possession. This includes any repairs that need to be done for  
     whatever reason or even replacement costs.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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OFF-SEASON  PERIOD

 
1. There is no league activity or transactions of any type allowed during the period after the championship game in December until February 1st, which marks the official start of the off-season trading period.
 
2. Free-agent signings are not allowed during the off-season, these are only available during the regular season (see below).
 

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TRADING POLICY

 
1. The trading process is broken up into two separate time periods.
 
2. Period one runs from February 1st through the pre-draft roster reduction deadline (one week prior to the draft). Specific dates will be sent out to team owners via e-mail well in advance of the actual date. Trades can be submitted at anytime during this period.
 
3. Period two begins on draft day and runs through the seventh week of the regular season. The window for submitting trades opens at 9:00am on Tuesdays, and stays open until 11:00am on Thursdays. They will be addressed as they come in.
 
4. All trade requests must be submitted to the CBS site for commissioner approval. Also, at least one of the team owners involved in the deal must reach out to the commissioner via e-mail making him aware that there is a trade pending.
 
5. A total of six (6) players can be traded between any two teams in a calendar year. The trading of draft picks is not impacted by this rule.
 
6. Players who go through the trading process cannot be traded back to their original teams during the calendar year in which they were traded away from.
 

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PRE-DRAFT ROSTER MAINTENANCE AND GUIDELINES

 
1. Approximately two weeks before the TFFL Draft in August, the commissioner will verify that everyone is at or below the twenty (20) player roster limit, which is the league standard.
 
2. Teams who are found to exceed the player limit will be notified via e-mail requesting the necessary cuts. Teams who fail to respond will have the moves made for them.
 
3. Team owners who release players that have announced their retirements (officially or not) at the time of the pre-draft cuts deadline retain the rights to those players indefinitely. The commissioner will verify that the retirement status is legit before approving the move.
 
4. Injury situations are not recognized by the TFFL. All players you retain count against your 20-player roster limit. This includes players who may be involved in alleged criminal activity that leads to missed practice time, suspensions, arrests and even jail time. The bottom line, you keep him, he counts against your roster total.
 
5. Once the roster reduction deadline (seven days before the draft) goes into effect, no transaction of any type will be allowed until the draft begins.
 

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DRAFT GUIDELINES

 
1. The drafting order is based on the final regular season win\loss records and play-off results from the previous year.
 
2. Team owners will not be allowed to carry more than two quarterbacks or place kickers into the draft for any reason. Teams who enter the draft with the max at these positions will not be allowed to draft a third player.
 
3. Players who were protected during the pre-draft cut process can be traded on draft day but they cannot be released at any point during the event.
 
4. Non-participation by team owners will not be tolerated. Owners aren't required to attend the draft in order to participate in league play, but they are required to supply the commissioner or fellow team owner with a draft list. Team owners who fail to comply are subject to removal from the league.
 
5. Owners are expected to pay their league fees on the day of the draft. If these fees aren't paid by the start of the regular season, games will be forfeited until it is.
 
6. Team owners who enter the draft with less than two quarterbacks or place kickers on their rosters must fill those spots before the draft officially concludes.
 

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FINAL ROSTER CUTS

 
1. Team owners are required to make whatever cuts are necessary in order to get their rosters down to the required 20-player limit by 6:00pm on the night of the NFL's Thursday night season opener.
 
2. These cuts must be submitted to the CBS site.
 
3. Team owners who fail to submit these cuts will have the moves made for them.
 
4. Remember that all players count against your roster total regardless of health issues, suspensions, holdouts or whatever!
 
5. Keep in mind that starting on draft day, all TFFL teams will be required to carry two (2) quarterbacks and place kickers throughout the entire season!
 

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STARTING LINEUPS
 
1. Starting lineups must consist of exactly eight components made up of a combination of one quarterback, one or two running backs, three or four receivers (including as many as 3 tight ends), one kicker and one defensive\special team).
 
2. The deadline for making changes to your starting lineup each week is 5-minutes prior to the opening kickoff of the game in which your player is participating in.
 
3. The commissioner will be checking lineups at some point on Sunday in order to verify that no one is exceeding the eight component limit. If an infraction of this type is discovered, the team in question will be penalized with the removal of the highest scoring player from their lineup once all official scoring is complete. This may or may not include quarterbacks and place kickers.
 
4. It's up to team owners to verify that all eight elements of their starting lineups are active\legal. Team owners who fail to meet this league requirement will be penalized (see below) for their actions.
 

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SCORING
 
1. Touchdowns are worth 6 points, touchdown passes are worth 3, field goals 3 and safeties 2. Bonus points are awarded for yardage totals also.
 
Quarterbacks:
     40-79 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards (1 point).
     Players will receive an additional point for each 40 yards.
 
Receivers, Running Backs and Place Kickers:
     20-39 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards (1 point).
     Players will receive an additional point for each 20 yards.
 
Defensive\Special Teams:
     Allow 0 points (10 points)
     Allow 2-7 points (7 points)
     Allow 8-10 points (5 points)
     Allow 11-14 points (3 points)
     Allow 15-17 points (1 point)
 
Negative Point Values: All players will be penalized -1 point for each lost fumble and interception.
 

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ADD\DROPS
 
1. The window for signing free agents opens on the Tuesday following the opening weekend of the NFL regular season, and runs through all 13-weeks of the TFFL regular season.
 
2. Teams are allowed to make no more than two (2) transactions of this type per week.
 
3. Individual team requests are processed in the order in which they are entered on the CBS site as being first choice, second choice and so on. These groupings of players will be process separately, meaning all first choices will be processed as one set, then all second choices and then the next.   
 
4. In the event two or more teams submit requests for the same player in any given week, the team with the worst scoring average has first choice. If these averages are the same, the power rating on the CBS site is used. Beyond that a coin toss will be used.
 
5. All add/drop requests must be submitted through the CBS website no later than 9:00pm on Wednesdays.
 

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EMERGENCY MOVES FOR QUARTERBACKS AND PLACE KICKERS
 
1. Due to roster limitations placed on these two positions, team owners could find themselves without a valid option from time to time. This could occur prior to the season opener, during the regular season or even during the play-offs.
 
2. When this situation does occur, team owners must reach out to the commissioner and request a one week, 'Emergency Replacement' through the CBS site.
 
3. Emergency requests will be addressed after the standard weekly add\drop requests have been processed on Wednesday nights.
 
4. Requests of this type can be submitted as late as noon on Sundays, but keep in mind that they will be addressed on a first come, first served basis.
 
5. Keep in mind that team owners are responsible for staying on top of these types of situations. If they don't, apathy penalties (see below) will be applied.
 
6. These players will be retained through 9:00am on Tuesday mornings, at which time they will be released.
 

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TIE-BREAKERS
 
Regular Season Game:
     1. The team with the most total yards will be awarded the win.
     2. Scoring average for the year.
     3. Tie remains if not broken by the previous two entries.
 
Play-offs:
     1. If win\loss records are identical, yearly scoring averages will be used.
     2. Yearly power rating (CBS site).
     3. Coin toss.
 
Free Agent and Emergency Signings:
     1. Win\loss record.
     2. Yearly scoring average.
     3. Yearly power rating (CBS site).
 

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PLAY-OFF BREAKDOWN
 
1. The play-off field consists of seven teams; the two division champions along with the next five teams with the best win\loss records.
 
2. The division champion with the best win\loss record (scoring average is the tie-breaker in the event records are identical) will be seeded #1 and receive the lone first round bye. The other six teams will be seeded #2 through #7 based on year ending scoring averages, not win\loss records.
 

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SPECIAL POST-SEASON QUARTERBACK AND PLACE KICKER EXEMPTIONS
 
1. Due to the roster limitations placed on these two positions, the add/drop deadline will be extended through the play-offs for teams that are still active.
 
2. Post season requests have to be submitted as similar position moves however, meaning you can only sign a quarterback or place kicker when you drop a quarterback or place kicker respectively.
 

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APATHY PENALTIES
 
1. Participants in the TFFL are required to verify to the best of their ability that their starting lineups are legal each and every week. If someone fails to meet this requirement, the commissioner will make the determination if an apathy penalty needs to be issued.
 
2. Penalties will be assessed when:
     A. Teams have players in their starting lineups that are clearly on a bye.
     B. Owners fail to submit 'Emergency Replacement' pickup requests (see ER moves section above) when needed.
     C. Owners leave players in their starting lineup that have an IR designation.
 
3. Players with 'Doubtful', 'Questionable' or 'Probable' designations will be classified as legal starters. Many times these types of players fall into the game time decision trap, which can sometimes be very difficult to track.
 
4. Penalties are as follows:
     A. 1st Offense - Possible loss of the owners official 3rd round draft pick. There may or may not be a warning here, the details of the situation will have to be considered before a decision is made.
     B. 2nd Offense - Loss of the owners official 2nd round draft pick.
     C. 3rd Offense - Loss of the owners official 1st round draft pick.
 
5. At no time will the commissioner make any changes to anyone's lineup in order to get them legal, unless he is requested to do so through some type of communication.
 
6. Penalties will not be handed out beyond the 3rd offense, but serious consideration will be given to dismissal from the league.
 
7. If a penalty is levied against a draft pick that may have already been traded away, no action will be taken during the current season because of the impact it may have on others. However, the penalty will be applied during the following year.
 

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ALL-STAR TEAMS, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
 
1. The total number of points scored during the TFFL's regular season (13 weeks) is used to determine the All-Pro teams.
 
2. The highest scoring rookie, regardless of position, during the TFFL's regular season receives the Rookie of the Year award.
 
3. The winner of the MVP award is determined by the following process:
     A. Scoring thresholds have been established for each position (kickers not eligible) which will be used in determining the final scoring results.
     B. These thresholds are 135 for quarterbacks, 120 for running backs, 90 for wide receivers and 50 for tight ends.
     C. The player who exceeds their established threshold by the most points will be awarded the MVP award.
 

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TROPHY RESPONSIBILITY
 
1. League champions are responsible for the Mullins Cup while in their possession. This includes any repairs that need to be made for whatever reason or even replacement costs.
 

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