Masters Fantasy Football Leagues - Dynasty League Rules

What is a Dynasty League?

A dynasty style fantasy football league is a league where you retain most or all of your players from year to year. This creates an environment which is very different from that of a redraft league. By enabling team owners to keep players and build a team over time, there is a much stronger sense of team ownership, and success is achieved with a greater sense of satisfaction.

A dynasty league is for those owners who want the “real” GM experience. Mistakes or successes in a dynasty league can affect the future of a franchise for years to come - just like in the NFL. A sharp owner through trading and judicious use of the waiver wire can build a dominant team for years to come (without having to start over each and every season).

When signing up for a Masters Dynasty League you are making a commitment to be in an ongoing year-to-year league. You will be competing against the same 11 owners each year. In order to keep the league together and prevent teams from dropping out, we require an initial payment for year one AND year two. Then moving forward you will always be paying a year in advance and your payment will be due by June 1st each year. Should an owner decide to leave the league, his team will be put up for sale and the owner will forfeit their pre-paid year.

League Overview:

12 teams / 3 divisions of 4 teams. League play is head to head competition. All Masters Leagues will run with 12 teams.

All leagues have real time scoring. 6 of 12 teams qualify for playoffs.

All Masters Fantasy Football Leagues use the same format (see League Scoring).

Initial draft is an 18 round serpentine draft.

Drafts:

Email Drafts: Click here for a complete description of Email Draft Rules.

Live Drafts: Your team roster is updated as you make the selections online! The draft timer will be set at 2 minutes per selection. This type of draft will normally take 1 to 2 hours to complete. The draft Order for all drafts will be Random. See league home page for more information about the draft.

DYNASTY DRAFT LEAGUE - Dates and times.
Tin Tin Dynasty Email Draft
**The Below Draft is a LIVE Draft**
Friday, August 29th, 7:30pm EST

Copper Copper Dynasty Email Draft
**The Below Draft is a LIVE Draft**
Sunday, August 24th, 6:00pm EST
Sunday, August 31st, 6:00pm EST
Monday, September 1st, 5:00pm EST

Bronze Bronze Dynasty Email Draft
**The Below Draft is a LIVE Draft**
Saturday, August 23rd, 4:15pm EST
Saturday, August 30th, 3:30pm EST
Monday, September 1st, 3:00pm EST

Silver **The Below Draft is a LIVE Draft**
Sunday, August 24th, 5:30pm EST

Gold Gold Dynasty Email Draft
**The Below Draft is a LIVE Draft**
Sunday, August 31st, 3:30pm EST
Actual draft dates and times may vary. Check the signup form to see date/time availability.

All draft times are approximate. They will start no earlier than the scheduled start time and then run every fifteen minutes thereafter. You will receive an email with your exact start time and there will be a countdown clock on your league home page. It is your responsibility to be logged in and ready for your draft 15 minutes prior to the start time. If you do not make the live draft, the computer will draft your team for you using ADP (average draft position).

We highly recommend that you take the time to do a mock draft. Mock drafts run every 10 minutes and they allow you to get familiar with the draft software. Here is the direct link to the mock draft room.

Mock Drafts

There is no trading during the initial live draft. Please see "Trades".

In the event an owner allows the time limit to expire, the league software will immediately select the best player available and will continue to do so until you sign in.

After the first season there is an annual Rookie/Free Agent Draft. This draft is a 3 round Email Draft and will start on the second Saturday in July each year. During the Rookie/Free Agent Draft rosters will be allowed to expand to 21, after the draft you must cut your roster back down to 18. See “Special Dynasty League Rules” at bottom of page for more details.

Player Eligibility: Only players currently in the NFL, which means they are on an NFL team roster, are currently a NFL free agent player in search of a team or rookie players that were drafted to an NFL team (even if they’re unsigned) are eligible for the fantasy draft.

League Schedule:

Teams start playing during week 1 of the NFL season. You play each team in your division twice and 7 of the 8 non-divisional teams once. The regular season lasts for 13 weeks; the playoffs begin in week 14 and the league Championship is in week 16.

If the NFL reschedules a game or games for ANY reason, the statistics from those games will count for the week in which the game is actually played. If this were to happen after the rosters lock at 1pm on Sunday, you would receive zero points for the players involved.

Reports:

Each week, all of the information, such as standings, available free agents, weekly results, game-by-game breakdowns and more, is posted online on your league’s web page. Starting lineups are posted BEFORE the games start.

Free Agents:

Masters uses a Blind Bidding system to acquire free agents.

Blind Bidding (BBid) waivers run from Tuesday at 8am EST to Wednesday at 10pm EST. At the beginning of the season, all teams are given $300 in bidding dollars (not real money). Un-used bidding dollars carry over to the next season. To pick up a player off waivers, you must put in a bid. The team that has the highest bid for that player will get him. Since this is a blind bidding process, no one knows what the others are bidding. Once all the bids are processed, first-come-first-served waiver will start Wednesday at 11pm EST and run through 1pm on Sunday. The FCFS waivers do not cost any bidding dollars.

  • Bid minimum is $1.
  • If you win the bid at $28, and the next highest bid was $19, you still pay $28 for your player.
  • If there is a tie bid, the player is awarded to the team with the earliest submitted bid.
  • Your top players bid at each position can exceed your total bidding bucks available. The computer will limit your second (or 3rd...) player's bid to the max bidding bucks available if your bids exceeded your available funds.
  • Note that if you wish to receive one player over another than it will be required that you submit a higher monetary bid on that player as there is no priority when submitting your bids.

Any player not currently on an active league roster is a free agent (NFL players only).

If your team roster is full and you acquire a player, then you must drop a player.
Players picked up are available immediately for that week's action or for trade to another team.

"Dropped Players" and "Waiver Wire Transactions" are final. That being said, from time-to-time owners accidentally drop players. The owner might confuse player’s names or simply click the wrong button. When this happens, just email us and we will correct it. It is imperative that we are notified prior to the player going through Blind Bidding. If the player is awarded to another team during Blind Bidding it is final.

Dropped Players will not be available on Waivers until the next free agency period.

Blind Bidding will start approximately 24 hours after draft completion and will run weekly until the season ends. There will ONLY be one period of first come - first served claims in the pre-season. It will be the week before the season starts and will run from Wednesday at 11pm until Sunday at 1pm.

After the season ends (which is after week 16) – ALL free agents or non-roster players lock until after the Rookie/Free Agent Draft.

Scoring:

Please see our “League Information” section for scoring rules.

Lineups:

All league types use a flex format. Either format may be used from week to week.

LineUp One – 1 QB, 1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 Team Defense

LineUp Two – 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 Team Defense

LineUp Three – 1 QB, 3 RB, 1 WR, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 Team Defense

Owners can set starting players up until each game time. Once a game has started, all players involved in that game are frozen as starters or bench players.

Partial Lineups are not allowed.

Trading:

There is no limit to the number of players a team can trade in a given week. Both teams need to give approval and list terms of the trade for it to be confirmed. Once approved by the league Commissioner, the trade will be official. Trade results will be posted on the website for each league. As a trade is approved, the team(s) rosters will automatically be updated and a transaction record will be listed. Trades must be completed and confirmed by both sides before 5pm Saturday each week. There is no trading from 11pm August 31st until after the week 2 games. In addition, there is NO trading from the start of week 8 games until after the Draft Lottery (beginning of March).

If a trade is one-sided or collusion between owners is suspected, the trade will not be allowed.

All trades have to be balanced and may either be 1 for 1, 2 for 2 or 3 for 3. Any trades involving more than 6 players will be automatically rejected. Draft picks do NOT count as players and can be included in all trades.

Blind bidding dollars cannot be traded.

All transactions are final.

Playoffs:

Divisional Standings: Will be sorted 1st by winning percentage, if needed then by divisional winning percentage, then by total Points For, then by total Points Against (if still tied then by a coin flip).

The divisional winners will then be ranked for the playoff bracket 1-3 1st by winning percentage, if needed then by total points (if still tied then by a coin flip).

Wildcard Spots: The best 3 teams of the remaining 9 will be the wildcard teams. They will be sorted by winning percentage, then by total Points For, then by total Points Against (if still tied then by a coin flip). Their playoff ranking will be 4-6

Playoff Bracket: 1st Round (week 14) The 2 top division champs will have a 1st round playoff bye week. The remaining division winner (3rd seed) will face the lowest seeded (6th seed) wildcard team in the 1st round. The remaining two wildcard teams (4th & 5th seed) will face each other.

Playoff Bracket: 2nd Round (week 15)

The 1st seed will play the lowest remaining seed.

The 2nd seed will play the highest remaining seed.

League Championship (week 16)

Winners advance to the League Championship.

If a playoff game ends in a tie - the tie will be broken by the highest scoring starting player, then the 2nd highest scoring starting player etc. (DF/ST and Kickers are not used for tie breaker).

League Prizes:

All prizes won are paid at the end of the season. Prize money is shipped via the U.S. Postal Service within 14 days of the end of the season. Please allow up to 10 days for delivery. If your address changes at all during the season, then you must let us know to make sure you can receive your prize money.

Additional:

Abandoned Teams: Masters Fantasy Football will run abandoned teams. They are not eligible to win any prize money. Masters Fantasy Football run teams are not dead teams. Masters Fantasy Football run teams function like any other team. What we feel is the best lineup will be used. These teams will only participate in waiver pickups in order to fill a starting lineup. Masters Fantasy Football run teams are not available to trade with.

Conduct: Conduct that is deemed detrimental to the league or to Masters Fantasy Football 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 Masters Fantasy Football 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 Masters Fantasy Football.

Masters reserves the right to set your lineup for you if in our opinion you are intentionally trying to lose games.

Special Dynasty League Rules:

After each season the divisions will be re-cast. Starting in 2014 the division will be re-cast by Power Rankings. The 4 teams with the highest Power Rankings will be placed in one division. The next 4 teams in one division. And the lowest 4 Power Ranking teams in the final division.

After the first season there is an annual Rookie/Free Agent Draft. This draft is a 3 round Email Draft and is tentatively scheduled to start on the second Saturday in July each year. During the Rookie/Free Agent Draft rosters will be allowed to expand to accommodate all draft picks. Rosters must be cut back to 18 by September 1st. You will not be able to add players via Blind Bidding until you are back at the roster limit of 18 players. This draft will not start until there are 12 paid teams. The Draft will start 3 days after 12 teams have renewed and/or the orphaned teams have been sold. If a league does not have 12 paid teams by August 21st it will fold and all prepaid entries will be refunded to the owners of the teams. This draft is a fixed round draft (non-serpentine).

Each year there will be a Draft Lottery for the Rookie/Free Agent Draft. The Draft Lottery will take place in early March and will be done via the League Videoconference feature on your league home page. The draft order for the Rookie/Free Agent Draft is determined by randomly drawing the 6 non-playoff teams and placing them #1 to #6. The six playoff teams will draft in the order of their playoff seeding with the League Champion drafting #12 and the Runner-Up drafting #11. The reason for randomizing the first 6 picks is to prevent teams from throwing games at the end of the season to improve their draft pick.

Trading will resume once the draft order has been set and any traded draft picks from the previous season have been imported.

Trading will be suspended approximately an hour prior to the start of the Rookie/Free Agent Drafts.

Trading will resume once the draft has been completed.

Blind Bidding will start approximately 24 hours after draft completion and will run weekly until the season ends. There will ONLY be one period of first come - first served claims in the pre-season. It will be the week before the season starts and will run from Wednesday at 11pm until Sunday at 1pm.

Any un-used blind bidding dollars carry over to the next season.

After the season ends (which is after week 16) – ALL free agents or non-roster players lock until after the rookie/free agent draft.

Trading. Dynasty Leagues by nature involve a LARGE amount of trading. If you are opposed to trading - do NOT sign up for a Dynasty League. All trades have to be balanced and may either be 1 for 1, 2 for 2 or 3 for 3. Any trades involving more than 6 players will be automatically rejected. Draft picks do NOT count as players and can be included in all trades. When evaluating trades in Dynasty Leagues we will be more tolerant than we are in regular re-draft leagues. Some trades may appear lopsided on paper but allow a weaker team to have a chance to re-build for the future.

You will NOT be able to trade draft picks during the initial 18-round dispersal draft.

There is no trading the week prior to the start of the season and no trading during week one. In addition, there is NO trading from the start of week 8 games until April 15th each year.

Renewal fees will be due by June 1st each year. If your payment has not been received by June 1st, your team will be declared abandoned and placed up for sale. You will NOT receive a refund for any previous payments. In addition, you will not be able to make any transactions or trades until your payment has been made.

Masters reserves the right to move players between orphan teams in an attempt to make the teams more marketable/sellable. We will NOT pick up free agents - this would strictly be moving players between orphan teams.

A Dynasty League only comes to an end when we are unable to fill it.