Annual Transactions Refresher

Here’s a quick refresher of our transaction rules. 

• Drop/Adds are first-come, first-serve until kickoff week 3. 
• After kickoff week 3, the waivers process is used until week 11. 
• After kickoff week 11, drop/adds return to first-come, first-serve. 
• All players involved in any transaction during first-come, first-serve must be from a team whose game has been completed for that week. 
• Teams can make a maximum of 2 adds each week before Tuesday 9pm; additional adds can be made thereafter 

During first-come, first-serve drop/add I cannot approve transactions on the CBS website until Tuesdays around noon, but CBS records the time transactions are submitted and I’ll approve them asap. 

During waivers, transaction requests are processed asap after 9pm Tuesdays. 

As always, call or text if you have any questions. 

2019 Rule Change Vote

There were 4 rule change proposals this year. Here’s the outcome of the vote we held before the draft.

Prop 1 – increase the active roster from 14 to 15.
The vote failed after 7 NAY votes.

Prop 2 – add 1/2 point per reception to our scoring system.
The vote passes 7 YAY, 6 NAY.
This will be incorporated into scoring rule changes to be implemented prior to the 2020 season.

Prop 3 – allow open drop/add of RBs WRs and TEs after week 13.
The vote failed after 8 NAY votes.
There was considerable discussion that a similar rule tying a post-season drop add specifically to an injury would likely pass and could be proposed in that form next year.

Prop 4 – change regular season schedule so each team plays each other team once; division selections would remain the same.
Noted during discussion – this will require change to tiebreaker rules for divisions. We agreed head-to-head tiebreaker now simply applies instead of division record, with total points second tiebreaker.
The vote passed unanimously with one abstention.
The 2020 season will use the play-each-team-once approach, and tiebreaker rules will be rewritten to accommodate as noted.

2019 Pre-Season

PROTECTION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 28th at 9pm EST 
Please email your protected rosters to Ying. 

DRAFT: Tuesday, September 3rd starting 8pm EST 

TEAMS ELIGIBLE TO PROTECT 6 PLAYERS: 
PHI Griffins 
FFL Froglickers 
MIA Muffdivers 
BOB Big Bang 
MER Mustangs 
OCD Beach Dudes 
CHI Mud 
All other teams are eligible to protect 5 players. 

If you protect your full amount, you must protect one prospect — a prospect must have started 5 or fewer games the previous year. Prospect-eligible players are highlighted blue on the year-end spreadsheet from last year. 

RULES: 
https://fflgoo.wordpress.com/about/league-rules/ 

Section 5.4 of the rules details player protections. 

The final spreadsheet (rosters) from last year: 
https://fflgoo.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/2018fflgoo.pdf 

The “CPR” column on the spreadsheet is Consecutive Protections Remaining. Players with 0 CPR can only be protected with a team’s franchise tag. Each team has only one franchise tag to use each year. 

The draft board is also updated, included draft picks traded last year. 
https://fflgoo.wordpress.com/2019season/draft/ 

2019 Draft Lottery Results

The 2019 draft lottery was held Saturday July 13 at the Fisher Summer Party. Ying showed up with a cigar box full of dice of various colors we can re-use each year, and (after drinking the fine lager) we re-christened a growler that Nibs showed up with as the Kevin Mack Memorial Lottery Jug, which will be the storage container and the vessel from which we conduct the draft lottery each year. We did it on Facebook Live so for better or worse you can view it from Ying’s page.

And without further ado the first seven picks, in this order …

  1. PHI Griffins (13 – number of chances)
  2. BOB Big Bang (10)
  3. MER Mustangs (16)
  4. MIA Muffdivers (17)
  5. CHI Mud (6)
  6. OCD Beach Dudes (11)
  7. FFL Froglickers (11)

2019 Divisions

The division assignments for 2019 are below. (Rule 1.6)

PATERNO DIVISION:
KEY Longfellows
NPP Patriots
MIA Muffdivers
OCD Beach Dudes

CAPPELLETTI DIVISION:
DAL Armadillos
HVV Violence
CHI Mud
MER Mustangs

ENGLE DIVISION:
BBF Blowfish
BOS Wildcats
BOB Big Bang
FFL Froglickers
PHI Griffins

2019 Regular Draft Order

Here’s the regular draft order for the 2019 draft.

Note the first 7 picks of the first round will be determined by lottery. The rest of round 1 and subsequent rounds will follow the order below. The order is determined by worst regular season record thru highest money won. (Rule 5.2)

  1. PHI Griffins (3-9 record)
  2. FFL Froglickers (4-8, 685 points)
  3. MIA Muffdivers (4-8, 841)
  4. BOB Big Bang (4-7-1)
  5. MER Mustangs (5-7, 656)
  6. OCD Beach Dudes (5-7, 725)
  7. CHI Mud (6-5-1)
  8. BOS Wildcats
  9. NPP Patriots
  10. HVV Violence
  11. BBF Blowfish
  12. DAL Armadillos
  13. KEY Longfellows

Dallas Wins Points Championship

The Dallas Armadillos have captured the 2018 FFL-GOO points championship, coming from behind on the final weekend to overtake Keystone and win the points trophy by a 25-point margin.

Dallas’ 1,354 is the all-time highest single-season point total in the league’s 27-year history, besting the 1,335 point season the Blizzard had in 2013.

This is the Armadillos’ third points championship, all of those coming in the past 5 seasons. DAL co-owner Sam McClain also has one previous points championship as owner of the LA Riot! in 1992 (in 1992 the points champ scored 843 points for the season).

Keystone will need to send away both of the trophies this year. The top-seeded Longfellows took the upset loss in the Fantasy Bowl last week, and lost the points race after holding the top position for a total of 9 weeks in 2018.

In another notable first, the Philadelphia Griffins finished last in total points. That is the first time ever the Griffins have finished last in points. That leaves the Longfellows as the only remaining franchise who has never finished at the bottom in annual points.

Scoring in fantasy and the NFL in general is up this year. Ironically the BOS Wildcats finished with the exact same total points — 1,099 — in the past two years. In 2017 that total was good for 2nd place. This year, that’s a 4th-place finish. The Griffins’ low point total (785) is also the highest point total ever posted by a last-place team.

2018 Final Points:

  1. DAL Armadillos 1354
  2. KEY Longfellows 1329 (-25)
  3. NPP Patriots 1108 (-246)
  4. BOS Wildcats 1099 (-255)
  5. BBF Blowfish 1065 (-289)
  6. MIA Muffdivers 1044 (-310)
  7. CHI Mud 1008 (-346)
  8. BOB Big Bang 962 (-392)
  9. FFL Froglickers 957 (-397)
  10. HVV Violence 949 (-405)
  11. OCD Beach Dudes 935 (-419)
  12. MER Mustangs 824 (-530)
  13. PHI Griffins 785 (-569)

Minimum Payouts

More year-end wrap up things will be posted later this week.

  1. KEY Longfellows (2nd points: 260 + 2nd playoffs: 300) – 560
  2. DAL Armadillos (points champ: 320 + 4th playoffs: 200) – 520
  3. BBF Blowfish (Fantasy Bowl champ: 425) – 425
  4. HVV Violence (3rd playoffs: 250) – 250
  5. NPP Patriots (5th: 175) – 175
  6. BOS Wildcats (6th: 160) – 160

Happy New Year!!
Go Lions!!!

If Only Blowfish Had Thumbs…

There will be no repeat champion this year, but we have an historic occurence: the Blowfish/Blizzard/Blowfish franchise has become the first in league history with 5 championships. Congratulations to the Weavers on this milestone. The Blowfish lost the very first Fantasy Bowl, moved to Syracuse where they won 4 as the Blizzard, and have brought things full circle winning their 5th title as the Blowfish.

Boston beat the Keystone Longfellows 79-69, despite leaving Aaron Rodgers and his 40(!!!) points on the bench. Alvin Kamara and Robert Woods scored 17 each in a solid effort across the board. Keystone also had a strong game, but was without the top-scoring fantasy threat this year — Todd Gurley — who was out for an injury. The Longfellows could not plug the gaping hole Gurley’s absence left in their lineup.

The consolation game was also an upset, with Happy Valley knocking off Dallas 85-49. The Violence had huge games from Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Carson, and Kyle Rudolph who all scored more than 20 points.

Dallas has also relinquished its lead in the overall points race, now trailing Keystone by a mere 8 points (1280-1272) going into the final week. Both teams are still within reach of eclipsing the league record in total points (1335 – Syracuse in 2013).

Longfellows Look To Repeat; Blowfish Want One For The Thumb

The top two seeds will square off against one another in Fantasy Bowl XXVII. For top-seeded Keystone, it was an easy win. For the second-seeded Blowfish, it was a nail-biter until the 4th quarter of the Monday night game.

Keystone ended Happy Valley’s playoff run with an 86-34 thumping of the Violence. The Longfellows enter the Fantasy Bowl hoping to follow the 1994-95 Cheeseheads and the 2006-07 Griffins as the only teams to win back-to-back championships.

The Blowfish entered the Monday night game down to Dallas but with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara still to play. A low-scoring game made it closer than expected, but Boston prevailed 57-47. The Blowfish will be playing in their 7th Fantasy Bowl, and are hoping to become the first franchise to win 5 championships.

Boston’s seven Fantasy Bowl appearances ties the other Boston team — the Wildcats — for 2nd most in league history. The Griffins hold the league record with 10 Fantasy Bowl appearances.

Keystone has a chance to capture some league history as well — no franchise has ever completed a sweep of both the championship game and the points championship twice. The Longfellows have a chance to do it in consecutive years.

Dallas remains the point leader, but the lead has shrunk to a mere TWO TOUCHDOWNS over Keystone with two weeks remaining (1223 – 1211). The Armadillos will play the Violence this week in the consolation game to determine 3rd place.

Fantasy Bowl XXVII:

#1 seed Keystone (10-3) vs. #2 seed Boston Blowfish (9-4)

Consolation (3rd Place):

#4 seed Dallas (9-5) vs. #6 seed Happy Valley (8-6)

Dallas, Happy Valley advance to semi-finals

The highest-scoring team in the league and the lowest playoff seed are the two teams that will advance to the semi-finals.

Dallas Armadillos hung on for a 76-72 win over the Boston Wildcats, while Happy Valley Violence came from behind to knock off the #3 seed New Pepper Patriots 55-43.

The playoff matchups for Week 15 will be determined as soon as we hear from Keystone. The Longfellows get to pick their opponent — either Dallas or Happy Valley. Keystone has until 8pm Wednesday to decide. If Keystone declines to choose their opponent, they will play the lower seed — Happy Valley.

UPDATE: The Keystone Longfellows have, as expected, selected Happy Valley Violence as their opponent for the semi-finals. The matchups will be:

#1 seed Keystone (9-3) vs. #6 seed Happy Valley (8-5)

#2 seed Boston Blowfish (8-4) vs. #4 seed Dallas (9-4)

Dallas has opened up a 51-point lead over Keystone for the overall points race (1176-1125) with 3 weeks remaining. All other teams are 200+ points behind Dallas at this point.

Wild Card Playoff Update

We will enter the Monday night game of FFL-GOO wild card playoff weekend with both playoff games undecided and the top two seeds breathing a huge sigh of relief they had byes this week.

#1 seed Keystone Longfellows have scored 23 points, with a CBS projected score of 37 points (WR Diggs and K Janikowski in the Monday night game). #2 seed Boston Blowfish finished their playoff bye scoring only 38 points. Those are the lowest scores of all playoff teams. KEY and BBF sure appear to have dodged a bullet during their playoff byes.

#3 seed New Pepper Patriots look to be in trouble, clinging to a 43-42 lead over #6 seed Happy Valley Violence. NPP is done for the week, but HVV has two players in the Monday night game (RB Chris Carson, TE Kyle Rudolf). CBS projects the final score to be 51-43 in favor of the Violence, which would be a big upset.

Overall point leader and #4 seed Dallas Armadillos have posted the highest score so far of playoff teams, but find themselves in a 73-68 tussle with the #5 seed Boston Wildcats. DAL has WR Tyler Lockett in the Monday night game, while BOS has WR Adam Thielen. CBS has Dallas as a 60/40 favorite, projecting a 78-76 final score.

Other scores:
FFL Froglickers – 93
MIA Muffdivers – 79
OCD Beach Dudes – 71
BOB Big Bang – 52 (+ WR David Moore)
MER Mustangs – 35
PHI Griffins – 30
CHI Mud – 26

Playoff Schedule – Wild Card Round

Congratulations to the Boston Blowfish, winners of the Engle Division, #2 playoff seed, and first-round playoff bye by virtue of their 61-57 win over New Pepper. The Patriots will take the #3 seed into the playoffs.  

Also congratulations to Happy Valley who captured the final wild card spot by beating the Froglickers 34-19 while at the same time the Chicago Mud failed to grab the final playoff spot in losing 62-36 to the Beach Dudes.

Here are the playoff matchups for the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

#1 seed Keystone Longfellows (9-3) – BYE
#2 seed Boston Blowfish (8-4) – BYE

#3 seed New Pepper Patriots (7-5) vs. #6 seed Happy Valley Violence (7-5)

#4 seed Dallas Armadillos (8-4) vs. #5 seed Boston Wildcats (7-5)

Remember that as the #1 seed, Keystone will choose their opponent for the semi-final round from among the winners of the wild card round.

Remember also that points continue to count through Week 17.

Playoff Outlook Week 13

What looked like a pretty clear playoff picture entering the Week 12 Monday night game was turned on its ear after Lamar Miller’s big game propelled Happy Valley to an upset win over Keystone. Additional upset losses by the Armadillos and the Blowfish have created a logjam.

Not only are the Violence back in the playoff hunt, we have the possibility of 4 teams tied with 7-5 records for the 3 wild card positions.

Keystone Longfellows (8-3) and New Pepper Patriots (7-4) are division winners by virtue of head-to-head tiebreakers over the 2nd-place teams in their divisions: Dallas Armadillos (7-4) and Boston Wildcats (7-5) respectively.

Game of the Week #1 is Boston Blowfish vs. New Pepper. Both teams are 7-4. The Blowfish would clinch their division with a win.

Game of the Week #2 is Chicago Mud vs. Orange County. With a win, the Mud would clinch a playoff spot at 7-4-1 AND could still win their division if the Blowfish lose. A Mud loss here opens the door for the Violence.

Here’s the breakdown by team:

KEY (8-3) – Paterno division winner. #1 playoff seed. (Next opponent: PHI)

NPP (7-4) – Cappelletti division winner. #2 seed with a win this week; #3 seed with a loss this week. (Next opponent: BBF)

*BBF (7-4) – Would clinch Engle division and #2 playoff seed with win this week. (Next opponent: NPP)

CHI (6-4-1) – Would clinch Engle division with a win PLUS a Blowfish loss. Clinches a playoff spot with a win. Eliminated with a loss PLUS a Violence win. (Next opponent: OCD)

*DAL (7-4) – Huge point lead for tiebreakers, so all but assured of wild card spot. (Next opponent: MIA)

*BOS (7-5) – Sizeable point lead for tiebreakers, so reasonably assured of wild card spot. Regular season complete at 7-5 (Week 13 bye)

*HVV (6-5) – Week 13 win PLUS a loss by the Mud clinches playoff spot (Next opponent: FFL)

*Any and/or all of these four teams could finish 7-5. The applicable tiebreaking rules are described in Rules 4.3.2 and 4.4. In a nutshell, HVV would lose tiebreakers on best net points to any other 7-5 team.

Eliminated from playoff contention:

Oregon (4-6-1)
Frelinghuysen (4-7)
Mercer (4-7)
Orange Co. (4-7)
Miami (4-7)
Philadelphia (3-8)

Trade Deadline Upon Us

A final reminder the trade deadline is kickoff this week.

  • Kickoff week 11 is the trade deadline.
  • ALSO: drop/add goes back to first-come, first-serve after the trade deadline.
  • AND, only players on a roster from week 11 forward can be protected going into 2019 season.

The league spreadsheet will be updated late next week (Friday after Thanksgiving, most likely).

With 3 weeks left in the regular season, it appears as though teams will need around 7 wins to make the playoffs.

  • Keystone is already at 7 wins
  • 4 other teams (DAL, BBF, NPP, and BOS) have 6 wins.
  • Those teams have a pretty good shot at making the playoffs (3 division winners + next 3 best records as wild cards).
  • MER, OCD, and MIA (3 wins) would need a lot of help.
  • PHI (2 wins) is probably technically out of contention.
  • The remaining teams (BOB, CHI, HVV, FFL) will likely be in contention for the final playoff spot or two.

In the points race, it’s looking more like a 2-team battle down the stretch. KEY is in the lead, DAL is in second place, and all other teams are over 100 points behind DAL. At this pace, the only competition will be between Terry and Sam.