2016 HFFL Season Syllabus

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The 2016 season of the HFFL is here!

The long, football-less summer is almost over and we’re on the cusp of the most wonderful time of the year: Fantasy Football season! And this syllabus will provide everything you need to prepare yourself for the best fantasy football season ever!

We have a number of rookies joining us this year, so welcome them! For you newbies, you should read over everything carefully so you understand how the HFFL runs.

Basics

The HFFL exists as 3 separate leagues of 12 teams each, but they are all part of the HFFL universe! There are two lower leagues and one upper league. The lower leagues are the Premier League (PL) and the Elite League (EL) and the upper league is known as The League of Champions (LOC).

3 League Schematic

Everyone starts out in one of the lower leagues. To get to the League of Champions, you have to earn your way in. Those managers playing in the League of Champions this year won their way in last year. More on advancement later.

Our leagues are hosted on Yahoo Sports. It’s a pretty great platform and it’s free!

This year, the leagues and draft orders look like this:

League of Champions Premier League Elite League
1 Bob D  Ron R Spencer P
2 Caleb Z  Jake L  Russ N
3 Tom Mc  Jacob vdL*  Nick L
4 Aaron W  Paul R*  David O*
5 Tyler L  Dan R*  Eric H
6 Peter C  Jim R  Edward P*
7 Nate E  Jon F  Chris A
8 Nick G  Luke A  Darren J
9 Bret H  Chris T  Sam E
10 Cory E  Wayne T  Hyatt H
11 Matt R  Chris W  Brian P
12 Eric M  Mark E  Andrew L

*Denotes a rookie this year

Drafts

The LOC conducts an auction draft (happening Tuesday, August 23rd, at 8pm online and live at the church building). If you’re in the LOC and are new to auction drafting, check out the Auction Draft FAQ post here.

The Premier League and the Elite League conduct standard snake drafts to select players. That means you draft 1-12 in round one and then 12-1 in round two and so on. Pretty self explanatory.

The actual snake draft orders are reflected in the league assignments grid above. The orders were determined using the final standings from last year for the returning teams and the rookies were randomly assigned a draft number and inserted into the order. In cases where two teams had the same draft stock number, a coin flip determined the order. In cases where three teams had the same draft stock number, a random draw determined the order. In the interests of openness, here’s how that broke down for each league.
Note: League of Champions draft order is mostly irrelevant due to the nature of auction drafts. 
 Nomination Order League of Champions Draft Stock
1 Bob D 7
2 Caleb Z 7
3 Tom Mc 7
4 Aaron W 3
5 Tyler L 3
6 Peter C 3
7 Nate E 2
8 Nick G 2
9 Bret H 2
10 Cory E 1
11 Matt R 1
12 Eric M 1
 Draft Order Premier League Draft Stock
1 Ron R 12
2 Jake L 11
3 Jacob vdL R – 3
4 Paul R R – 4
5 Dan R R – 5
6 Jim R 8 – Random Draw
7 Jon F 8 – Random Draw
8 Luke A 8 – Random Draw
9 Chris T 6
10 Wayne T 5
11 Chris W 4 – Coin Flip
12 Mark E 4 – Coin Flip
 Draft Order Elite League Draft Stock
1 Spencer P 12
2 Russ 11 – Coin Flip
3 Nick L 11 – Coin Flip
4 David O R – 4
5 Eric H 10 – Coin Flip
6 Edward P R – 6
7 Chris A 10 – Coin Flip
8 Darren J 9 – Random Draw
9 Sam E 9 – Random Draw
10 Hyatt H 9 – Random Draw
11 Brian P 6
12 Andrew L 5

The League of Champions auction will be held Tuesday, August 23rd, at the church building. Setup at 7:30pm, auction begins promptly at 8pm. The LOC will use the Yahoo online draft tool, so you can bid remotely from the web or mobile app. 

The Premier League draft will be Sunday, August 21st, at the church building. Setup at 7:30pm, draft begins at 8pm.

The Elite League draft will be held Tuesday, August 30th, at the church building. Setup at 7:30pm, draft begins at 8pm.

You may bring a snack or drink (no booze) to share at your draft party!

These are the dates that worked for the overwhelming majority of the owners. If you can’t make it to your scheduled draft night, you have a couple of options.

1. You can follow the draft board online and submit your picks via chat when your turn comes up. Let me know if you want to do this and I’ll set you up. We actually don’t use the Yahoo draft tool for the snake drafts because we’ve had flaky performance in the past and it’s not very flexible, so I’ll help you access the draft board on Google Docs and interact there.
2. You can ask someone you trust to submit your picks for you. I’ll be at both snake drafts as moderator and can draft your team if you trust me. Again, if you can’t be there, let me know soon so we can come up with a plan.

Remember, you can’t win your HFFL Super Bowl on draft night, but you can probably lose it. We want everyone to feel good about their team and that starts at the draft.

Rules

The rules are all outlined on your Yahoo league pages, so check them out there. I will mention (because it gets asked every year) that points scored by special teams count for the team defense. So if the Colts get a kickoff or punt return TD, the Colts defense gets those fantasy points.

The rookies among us will also appreciate a word on Weekly Waivers and Free Agent Blind Bidding.

At the start of the first game of the week, any player that isn’t on a roster is placed on Waivers. These players cannot be picked up immediately by teams. If a team wants one of these players on waivers, they must bid on him from their imaginary waiver budget ($100). The bids are blind, so you don’t know if any other team is bidding on this player or how much they are bidding. Strategy is key here. Then on Tuesday, the team with the highest bid gets the player and the other teams keep their money. This levels the playing field for those guys who aren’t watching every game on Sundays looking for breakout performances and snatching those guys up. If no one picks up a player on waivers, then on Tuesday he’s a free agent again and anyone can pick him up, “for free”, immediately. You’ll get the hang of it.

And just remember, there is no ACTUAL money involved with the HFFL. Just fun!

 

Playoffs and Advancement

AKA, how do I get into the League of Champions next year?
At the end of the HFFL regular season, the top 6 teams in each league will compete for their league Super Bowl title and the bottom 6 teams will compete for their league’s coveted Toilet Bowl title (Consolation Bracket). Now, when the playoffs are complete, the top 3 teams in each league (the title winners and the 2nd and 3rd place teams) will earn eligibility to the LOC for next season. BUT ALSO, each league’s Toilet Bowl winner will also earn eligibility!
So that means that even if you finish the regular season in 12th place, you could win every game in your consolation bracket and earn a ticket to the LOC for next year! The playoffs matter for every team!
Here’s a graphical way of looking at it. So four teams from each league will be win tickets to the LOC for next year.

 

HFFL Playoff Advancement

Side Games

Because some of us just can’t get enough, there are a couple of side games you’re invited to play along with as well. These games are open to anyone, so if there are other church friends who might be interested, invite them to play!

1. NFL Pick’em!  

In this game, you pick the winners of every NFL game each week. You get points for correct guesses and the best predictor at the end of the year (including playoffs) wins! Your lowest week score is dropped, so you are afforded one missed week or one week of bad guesses. Like I said, this game is also open to anyone from Hiawatha Church, not just HFFL guys. So feel free to share this with others. Click here to join the game! The group ID is 2248 and the password is “river”.

2. NFL Survival Picks!

This game is similar to the Pick’em game. Each week, you pick ONE NFL team to win their game that week. If you’re correct, you stay in the game, but you can never pick that team to win again. If you’re wrong, you’re out of the game. The winner is the one who stays alive the longest with their picks! Super fun and a little scary. Click here to join Survival. The group ID is 1194 and the password is “river”.

Play one or both!

HFFL Universal Blast

Each week, you can expect a goofy wrap-up post/email to appear in your inbox: The HFFL Universal Blast. You can also check HiawathaFantasyFootball.com which houses all the back-issues of the Blast and lots of other information – including career statistics for everyone and other geeky numbers.

Okay, that should do it! Check your email soon for your official invite to your Yahoo league, click through and set up your team! You must be set up with your team to draft!

Ready. Get set…

 

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