SafeLeagues Redraft Leagues
Redraft leagues are leagues that draft once and at the end of that one season, the league is over.
SafeLeagues NFL 2019 Redraft League Official Rules
(for starter, basic, deluxe, and premium style leagues)
A redraft fantasy football league is a league that plays out for one year and then is done. Each owner drafts a roster of 18 players in a snake-style email, auction, or live draft. At the end of each season, the league is over.
LEAGUE MANAGEMENT SERVICE
SafeLeagues proudly uses MyFantasyLeague as our game play provider (“MFL” or “Game Play Site”). Owners will receive a link and login information to their MFL league within 24 hours after making payment for their league. We are at the mercy of MFL for their players and designations. This includes available players, positions, injury or suspended designations, etc. We will not manually change and designation or add players to the player pool. That is designated and done by the host site.
- No owner may have a stake in more than one franchise in the same SafeLeagues Dynasty league.
- If an owner abandons their franchise (either by declaring that they have given up their team, failing to pay by the payment deadline for the upcoming season, non-responsiveness, or not actively managing their team), the owner gives up their claim to any and all prize winnings.
- If a franchise is deemed to have been abandoned, the ownership of that franchise reverts to SafeLeagues. SafeLeagues will either take control of the franchise for the remainder of the season or SafeLeagues may sell abandoned Empire League franchises at cost, below cost, or to the highest bidder through the SafeLeagues website.
- If an owner dies or is otherwise incapacitated, his/her team may be bequeathed in accordance with his/her last will and testament, or if incapacitated, member’s power of attorney. Please see additional details in the section entitled “INHERITANCE.”
- If an owner abandons a franchise, that owner may never re-join the same league as an owner or co-owner of a different franchise.
- If an owner is caught cheating by collusion, tanking, or any other means SafeLeagues reserves the right to remove that owner from the league.
- Co-owners are not allowed for the purposes of paying the annual entry fee or receiving prize money. I.e. one owner must pay the entire entry fee, and only one owner will receive winnings due to the franchise. Co-owners are allowed on the Game Play site.
- Owners may not give/sell their team to another person. All owners must legally go through geolocation and identity verification, so giving/selling of a team from one owner to a new person without approval from SafeLeagues is strictly prohibited and the team will be taken away and revert back to SafeLeagues.
Redraft league payouts are as follows:
Starter Redraft Leagues ($15 entry fee + $6.95 regulatory fee):
- Annual playoff champion: $100
- Annual playoff runner-up: $35
- Annual 3rd Place: $15
Basic Redraft Leagues ($30 entry fee + $6.95 regulatory fee):
- Annual playoff champion: $200
- Annual playoff runner-up: $75
- Annual 3rd Place: $30
Deluxe Redraft Leagues ($55 entry fee + $6.95 regulatory fee):
- Annual playoff champion: $350
- Annual playoff runner-up: $160
- Annual 3rd Place: $55
Premium Redraft Leagues ($110 entry fee + $6.95 regulatory fee):
- Annual playoff champion: $700
- Annual playoff runner-up: $325
- Annual 3rd Place: $110
There is a $6.95 regulatory fee to help pay for the regulation and licensing fees that now exist in many states. SafeLeagues pays for licensing and registration in nearly all states that have one and allow fantasy sports to be played. Due to this, there are only a few states where fantasy sports are banned: Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, or Washington. We are legal in all other states and Canada. Unfortunately SafeLeagues isn’t legal outside of US/Canada.
All league finances will be administered by SafeLeagues through the LeagueSafe website. End-of-season payouts will be allocated in accordance with the Terms of Service.
All teams are comprised of 18 players (9 starters and 9 bench players), as follows:
- 1 Quarterback
- 2 Running Backs
- 3 Wide Receivers
- 1 Tight End
- 2 Flex Player (RB/WR/TE)
- 9 Bench Spots
Please note, you are NOT required to fill all starting lineup requirements in the draft/auction (start-up or rookie), but your starting lineup must be filled by the start of Week 1. You must submit a valid starting lineup weekly.
You must stay within your roster cap at all times. It is a hard cap. If you offer a trade, it’s wise to make the players even by including the player you could drop. If you are drafting and your roster is full; you must either drop a player and pick a new one, trade the pick, let your timer expire, or skip your pick.
If an owner does not submit a lineup by Thursday morning of each week, the system will automatically submit a lineup using the Fantasy Sharks Lineup Coach. Owners may adjust lineups up until Sunday. Owners that swap out players for injured or obviously inferior players, will be removed from the league.
Players in your starting lineup will lock at their scheduled kickoff. That means you can add/remove a player from your starting lineup as long as their game hasn’t started.
There will be no IR. We made the rosters a little deep for a redraft league so that you should have ample space for injured players on your roster for you to decide whether they are worth holding onto.
SafeLeagues Redraft Leagues use a PPR-based scoring system. Full scoring breakdown is as follows:
League Scoring System
|Passing TD||6 for each|
|Passing Yards||.04 for 1 yard (1 point for every 25 yards)|
|Passing 2-point Conversion||2 for each|
|Interceptions Thrown||-4 for each|
|Receiving TD||6 for each|
|Receiving Yards||.1 for each (1 point for every 10 yards)|
|Receptions||1 point for each|
|Receiving 2-point Conversion||2 for each|
|Rushing TD||6 for each|
|Rushing Yards||.1 for each (1 point for every 10 yards)|
|Rushing 2-point Conversion||2 for each|
|Fumbles Lost||-2 for each|
|Kickoff or Punt Return TD||6 for each|
|Offensive Fumble Recoveries for TD||6 for each|
All rules apply equally to superflex leagues except in superflex leagues are leagues in which owners may choose to play a QB in one of their flex spots. A team may only start a max of 2 QBs.
Tight End Premium Leagues
All rules apply equally to TE Premium leagues except in TE Premium leagues, the tight ends get an extra point per reception.
SafeLeagues offers Live Drafts, Email Drafts, and Slow Auctions for the initial player distribution method.
If a player is not in the system, we can’t add them. We are at the mercy of MFL’s player pool and designations. MFL will likely add them later when drafted, then they will be available.
For leagues still drafting as the NFL season nears, the clock will be adjusted to make sure all leagues finish drafting in time for the season.
Through 9/1, timer is 4 hours per pick,
9/2 10AM EST: the timer changes to 3 hours per pick,
9/3 10AM EST: the timer changes to 2 hours per pick,
9/4 10AM EST: the timer changes to 1 hour per pick,
9/5 10AM EST: the timer changes to 15 minutes per pick.
We strongly recommend you pre-draft picks as much as possible leading up to the season.
This should make sure all drafts get done on time for the season.
Startup Snake Draft
Franchises will select their players in year one via a snake draft. The draft will be held live online or via email. Each franchise will be assigned a draft slot randomly by the commissioner or draft service.
Startup Live Drafts
Live drafts are run on MFL and come complete with an interactive chat room, a timer to keep things moving, and audio announcements of players as they’re picked. If you can’t be at the live draft, you can still make it work by ranking players in advance using MFL’s pre-draft feature, “My Draft List.
If an owner does not make a pick before the timer expires, 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, and then once that list is exhausted, according to rankings displayed on MFL’s ADP page. If you allow the timer to expire twice in a row, your next pick will be automatically made the next time you’re on the clock.
If you are late to the draft room, or have to leave and return, be sure to check and see that auto-draft is not enabled. You will know you’re on auto-draft if the “I’m Away” box is checked (located under the Player List).
Prior to the draft, all leagues will have their draft order randomly generated by MFL once the league has completely filled (you may see a draft order on the site when you sign up – this will change once the league has filled and the order is randomized). The draft will be serpentine, meaning the draft order reverses at the end of each round.
Every owner will have 60 seconds to make their selection, and no trades are allowed during the draft.
You must stay within your roster cap at all times. It is a hard cap. If you offer a trade, it’s wise to make the players even by including the player you could drop. If you are drafting and your roster is full; you must either drop a player and pick a new one, trade the pick, let your timer expire, or have the commissioner skip your pick.
Live Draft Support
Owners are solely responsible for accessing the live draft room in time for their league’s assigned draft time. SafeLeagues will make a reasonable effort to assist owners in getting logged into the hosting site (myfantasyleague.com) and informing people where the draft room is located. After that it is the owners responsibilty to get into the draft room and make their picks on time. SafeLeagues will not be held responsible for late arrivals, technology failures, slow internet connections, etc. A SafeLeagues Commissioner will not be available for live drafts. Should you miss your draft, you will not be refunded. You will need to either play with the team you were auto-drafted or if you choose to quit the league, SafeLeagues may sell your team.
Startup Email Drafts
If you would prefer to a serpentine draft over the course of several days or even weeks, you can partake in an email draft. MFL tracks all the details and sends emails after each pick to update everyone on the draft’s progress. The draft order is randomized, and the draft will begin as soon as the league is full.
The draft timer will be set at four hours per selection, but the clock will be suspended over night from 12 AM EST to 8 AM EST. In the event an owner allows the time limit to expire, their pick will be automatically made based on MFL’s ADP.
Trades are allowed before and during the startup draft.
***Because of the varying times picks are made in an email draft, incorrect picks are unlikely to be reverted by the commissioner. Owners are responsible for entering their correct pick, and ensuring it is the player they want before they hit submit. Please use caution! The commissioner will use best judgement. If you immediately contact the commissioner and the timestamps are within a reasonable amount of time and no other picks have been made, a pick may be changed. Timeouts won’t be changed.
You must stay within your roster cap at all times. It is a hard cap. If you offer a trade, it’s wise to make the players even by including the player you ould drop. If you are drafting and your roster is full; you must either drop a player and pick a new one, trade the pick, let your timer expire, or have the commissioner skip your pick.
Startup Slow Auction Drafts
Slow auction drafts will use the MFL auction module for the initial player distribution auction.
The league will allow a max of 60 players to be up for auction on the board. The auction will take 10-21 days to complete. You are not required to nominate, you may also nominate as many players as you want as long as you stay within your roster and budget limit of $200.
The timer for the slow auction will be set at 16 hours and use a proxy style bidding (ebay style). The timer will reset upon a change in high bidder.
Because there is no way to roll back an auction bid to the previous owner, all bids are final. If you make a mistake it cannot be undone. Be VERY careful when making bids!!!
You are NOT required to field a full roster or but not necessarily a valid starting lineup. You must, however, have a valid starting lineup for week 1.
Nominations will not be allowed after 21 full days. The auction is over at that point or if the board completely empties.
Trading of auction money will not be allowed during the startup.
You must stay within your roster limit at all times. It is a hard limit. If you offer a trade, it’s wise to make the players even by including the player you would drop. If you are drafting and your roster is full; you must either drop a player and pick a new one, trade the pick, let your timer expire, or skip your pick.
***Because of the varying times picks are made in an email draft, incorrect picks are unlikely to be reverted by the commissioner. Owners are responsible for entering their correct pick, and ensuring it is the player they want before they hit submit. Please use caution! The commissioner will use best judgement. If you immediately contact the commissioner and the timestamps are within a reasonable amount of time and no other picks have been made, a pick may be changed. For the most part, we will apply a “it’s laid, it’s played” viewpoint and you may have to live with the mistake.
You must stay within your roster limit at all times. It is a hard limit. If you offer a trade, it’s wise to make the players even by including the player you ould drop. If you are drafting and your roster is full; you must either drop a player and pick a new one, trade the pick, let your timer expire, or skip your pick.
There are 3rd party apps (phone and web) to help with things in these leagues. Many people like MFL Platinum. Just a note I recommend against them for drafting. They can cause issues. Most people have no troubles. Use them at your own risk. Neither SafeLeagues nor MFL can control some of the things they do.
There will be 2 divisions randomly assigned once the league is full. Owners will play every team in their division twice and 3 teams from the other division. Tie scores are permitted during regular season play. Schedule will be randomized once every team in the league is paid up.
The regular season begins on Week 1 of the NFL season and will end upon the conclusion of Week 13.
Six teams qualify for the playoffs, as follows: the top two records will get byes (highest overall winning %) and four wild card teams. In the event of a tie, the spot(s) will be determined by the following tie-breaking criteria:
- Total Points Scored
- Divisional Winning Percentage
- Reverse Order of Opponent Total Points Scored
The 4 wild card spots will be decided by highest overall winning %. In the event of a tie, the “Record-based” wild card spot(s) will be determined by
- Total Points Scored
- All-Play Winning %
- Reverse Order of Opponent Total Points Scored
The top two seeds (top two best records) receive a bye in Week 14, while the #3 seed plays the #6 seed, and the #4 seed plays the #5 seed. In the event of a tie score in a playoff game, the following tie-breaking criteria will be utilized to determine a winner:
- Go to the next decimal (thousandth)
- Highest seed advances
SafeLeagues will do its best to monitor for ties, but owners involved in a tied playoff game MUST contact their SafeLeagues commissioner, so he can apply the tiebreaking criteria to the matchup and determine a winner.
Once winners have been determined for the opening round of the playoffs, the #1 seed will face the winner of the #4 and #5 seed game, and the #2 seed will face the winner of the #3 and #6 seed game (in Week 15). The winners of the Week 15 matchups will then compete in the championship game held in Week 16. The losers of the Week 15 matchups will compete in the consolation game for the third-place prize (also in Week 16).
Trading is permitted, all trades will be automatically processed.
If you believe that there is collusion involving a trade or a trade is far too unbalanced, email the commissioner within 24 hours. Preferably as soon as you can. If possible, provide evidence as to why you think the trade was collusive. We understand everyone has their opinions on players and trades, but we can’t make rulings based off if we would personally do a trade or not. Trades that certain owners feel are lopsided happen in every league. We are looking for collusion, and that’s the main reason we will reverse a trade. That said, there are rare cases where a trade is so lopsided that it can be a detriment to the integrity of the league. If a league complains about a trade and it feels too unbalanced and we can’t justify the reasoning for the trade, we may overturn it for the good of the league. In all instances, SafeLeagues’ ruling is final and cannot be appealed or disputed. Once we get 3 protests for a trade, we’ll look into it.
If an owner contacts us via email within a reasonable amount of time and says a deal was accepted in error or made an accident in the trade they offered, we will reverse that trade as well. It may not be done immediately since we aren’t next to our email at all times, but timestamps will be checked.
Trading of FAAB budget is allowed.
Trading will be allowed immediately once you pay for the league and up until the trade deadline, which is the kickoff of week 11.
Draft picks may be traded.
Lopsided trades are not allowed in the system if there aren’t enough roster spots to process the trade. If you wish to make a 3 player for 1 player trade… the owner receiving more players must drop the player(s) necessary so the trade will fit within their roster limit.
Season Trade Deadline
The final trade deadline is kickoff of week 11.
All leagues utilize a Free Agents Acquisition Budgets (FAAB) Blind-Bidding waivers system. Each owner begins the year with a $100 FAAB budget to place blind bids on waived players. This is for in season and off season waivers. It’s all you get for the entire year. To pick up a player who is on waivers, a minimum bid of $0 must be made. The owner with the highest bid will acquire the player, and for the exact dollar amount that was bid. Since this is blind-bidding, other owners will not be able to see your bid amount (and for what player) until waiver claims are processed. All bid amounts must be made in $1 increments.
Blind bidding is not conditional. Simply bid the amount you want on a player along with the player you want dropped (if you have an open roster spot you don’t need to drop a player).
In the event two or more owners bid an equal amount on the same player, the following criteria will be used to break the tie:
- Earliest Submitted Bid
After each waiver claim period is complete, first-come-first-served (FCFS) players will be available for pick up. All FCFS transactions are $0 and nothing will be deducted from your FAAB balance.
Please see below for this season’s blind-bidding and FCFS timelines.
Blind Bidding Waivers will run once before the season on the Wednesday before week 1 at 1PM EST.
FCFS waivers will start following the last waiver run before the season starts.
After the conclusion of Week 1, the first in-season blind-bidding period will run on Wednesday at 1:00 PM EST. At that point, all waiver claims will be processed, and all unclaimed players will be available on a FCFS basis until their respective game kicks off for that week.
Once a player’s game kicks off, they will be put on waivers until the next waiver run on Wednesday at 1:00 PM EST. This schedule/cycle will continue on a weekly basis for the remainder of the fantasy season.
A player may be dropped at any time, regardless of when or how they were acquired.
A player who is dropped may be picked up immediately if the drop does not take place between the kickoff of that player’s game and that week’s waiver run.
All add/drops and lineup changes must be submitted 5 minutes before kickoff for each player involved. This deadline will be strictly enforced on the Game Play Site.
*Rosters freeze for all teams after Week 16. The blind bidding process continues during the playoffs in Weeks 14-16, even for teams that have not made the playoffs.
As an anti-collusion measure, there may be a list of players deemed “undroppable.” In all instances, SafeLeagues will decide whether a player was dropped in an attempt at collusion.
ILLEGAL ROSTERS/THROWING GAMES
We are dedicated to ensuring all SafeLeagues are competitive throughout the entire season. The act of “throwing games” (i.e. losing on purpose by submitting a lineup containing injured players, inactive players, free agents, players on bye, or obviously under-performing players) is strictly prohibited. Although the draft order will not be affected by such a move… it creates a win-loss imbalance in the league and SafeLeagues reserves the right to immediate remove any owner deemed to be deliberately throwing games from the league. Teams that are abandoned in this way -> See the section entitled “Abandoned Teams” for further details.
SafeLeagues reserves the right to take whatever action is deemed necessary, including inaction or retroactively setting a lineup, to rectify a situation related to throwing games.
If you believe a team in your league is deliberately throwing games, you must notify your SafeLeagues commissioner via email to address the issue. It is solely up to SafeLeagues to determine whether a team is deliberately throwing games, and to determine the appropriate course of action. In a situation where such a determination has not been made until after games have already started for that week (or previous weeks, in the event the tanking owner is not identified until after they have submitted intentionally bad lineups for several weeks), SafeLeagues may retroactively set the tanking owner’s lineup for the previous week. SafeLeagues will be unable to set the lineup for a week earlier in the season. Players on that team may have changed and may not be available for retroactively setting that lineup.
Player renting is always collusion in any league. It is two teams working together at the detriment of one other team and/or the league. Player renting can be trading a player or players for picks or players and then trading back within the same season. Even if one team acquires slightly more benefit. An example. Team A trades Gurley for a 1st and 4th to team B. A week or two later Team B trades Gurley back for that 1st. Team A keeps the 4th. Even with benefit, player rentals are always collusion in any league. Trading players not on bye for players on bye and then trading back also falls under this. Trading players to one team making a playoff run and then trading those players back after the season also falls under this. Player rentals are always collusion in any league and can not be allowed even once.
ABANDONED TEAMS / REFUNDS
A team may be deemed abandoned for several reasons including but not limited to failure actively manage the team (set lineups, make moves required at certain deadlines, etc) or a non-responsive owner who has not responded to our attempts to contact. A team may be deemed abandoned even if they respond to our attempts to contact, but still do not begin actively managing their team.
When a team has been deemed abandoned, either because of a suspected cheating owner, being a non-responsive owner, and/or no longer actively managing their team, SafeLeagues will look for an owner to take over that team for the remainder of the season.
There will be no refunds for an abandoned team.
If you abandoned teams in season the prior year, you may not be allowed to purchase new orphans or teams.
If an owner dies or is otherwise incapacitated, his or her franchise may be bequeathed in accordance with his/her last will and testament, or if incapacitated, member’s power of attorney. Inheritance is restricted as follows:
- The heir may not be another member of the same league.
- No person may be designated heir to more than one franchise in the same league.
- If an owner does not have an heir designated in his/her last will and testament, the franchise will be treated as an abandoned franchise. In that event, SafeLeagues will assume ownership of the abandoned franchise and attempt to sell the franchise to a new owner. See section entitled “OWNERSHIP” for more details about abandonment.
- The heir must be listed as a co-owner on the Game Play Site.
- It is the heir’s sole responsibility to contact SafeLeagues to take claim of a franchise prior to the League Renewal Deadline. SafeLeagues will begin re-selling abandoned franchises after the League Renewal Deadline.
Only under special conditions, will any rules or settings be changed. It’s extremely unlikely and would only be the result of a major oversight.
Rules are set by SafeLeagues. Payment to play in a SafeLeagues league is an agreement to abide by these rules.
Conduct/Terms of Service
Conduct that is deemed detrimental to the league or to the SafeLeagues will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, posts and or emails that are harassing in nature and serve no legitimate purpose other than to cause discord within the league or the SafeLeagues organization. There is a difference between expressing viewpoints or likes/dislikes of a league or format and personal attacks toward fellow owners or the commissioner. Also, vulgarity in emails or on the message board will not be tolerated.
Failure to comply may result in IMMEDIATE EXPULSION WITHOUT REFUND. In addition, attempts to negatively impact the integrity of the league (i.e. threatening or outright refusal to submit lineups, partaking in bogus trades, disruption of a live draft etc.) will result in an immediate expulsion, without refund, from SafeLeagues.
SafeLeagues expressly reserves the right to immediately modify, suspend or terminate your account and refuse current or future use of any SafeLeagues service, including the fantasy football service, if SafeLeagues, in its sole discretion: (a) believes you have violated or tried to violate the rights of others; (b) becomes aware of information indicating a safety concern for you, other SafeLeagues users, or the general public, or (c) believes that you have acted inconsistently with the spirit or letter of the Terms of Service or the Official Game Instructions.
Tanking in order to improve draft position is prohibited. Examples include, but not limited to, starting injured or bye week players when you have replacements available, or benching players that should obviously be starting. If you see questionable lineups, contact SafeLeagues by email (email@example.com) prior to players locking in lineups. The commissioner reserves the right to adjust any lineup, if necessary, using the Fantasy Sharks starting lineup guide. Repeated attempts at tanking will result in expulsion without refund.
Failing to submit a lineup multiple times during the season can also result in expulsion.
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Best Interest Clause
Should circumstances, issues, or problems arise for which a remedy is not stated in the rules… SafeLeagues reserves the right to take whatever actions they deem necessary.