Masters Fantasy Football Leagues - Live Draft League Rules
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).
Live Leagues - 16 round serpentine draft.
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.
|LIVE DRAFT LEAGUE - Dates and times.
Thursday, May 30th, 9:00pm EST
Tuesday, June 18th, 9:00pm EST
Thursday, June 27th, 9:00pm EST
Tuesday, May 28th, 9:00pm EST
Tuesday, June 11th, 9:00pm EST
Thursday, June 20th, 9:00pm EST
Tuesday, June 25th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, May 19th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, May 22nd, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, May 26th, 9:00pm EST
Monday, May 27th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, May 29th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, June 2nd, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, June 5th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, June 9th, 9:00pm EST
Monday, June 10th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, June 12th, 9:00pm EST
Thursday, June 13th, 9:00pm EST
Friday, June 14th, 9:00pm EST
Saturday, June 15th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, June 16th, 9:00pm EST
Monday, June 17th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, June 19th, 9:00pm EST
Friday, June 21st, 9:00pm EST
Saturday, June 22nd, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, June 23rd, 9:00pm EST
Monday, June 24th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, June 26th, 9:00pm EST
Friday, June 28th, 9:00pm EST
Saturday, June 29th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, June 30th, 9:00pm EST
Saturday, August 3rd, 8:00pm EST
Sunday, August 4th, 8:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 7th, 8:00pm EST
Saturday, August 10th, 8:00pm EST
Sunday, August 11th, 8:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 14th, 8:00pm EST
Saturday, August 17th, 8:00pm EST
Sunday, August 18th, 8:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 21st, 8:00pm EST
Saturday, August 24th, 8:00pm EST
Sunday, August 25th, 8:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 28th, 8:00pm EST
Saturday, August 31st, 8:00pm EST
Sunday, September 1st, 8:00pm EST
Sunday, June 23rd, 9:30pm EST
Sunday, June 30th, 9:30pm EST
Sunday, August 4th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 7th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, August 11th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 14th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, August 18th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 21st, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, August 25th, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, August 28th, 9:00pm EST
Sunday, September 1st, 9:00pm EST
Wednesday, September 4th, 10:00pm 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 there after. 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.
There is no trading during the 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 using current average draft position data and until you sign in it will continue to do so.
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.
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.
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.
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 $200 in bidding dollars (not real money). 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.
First come-first served waivers will start approximately 24 hours after draft completion and will be open until 1pm EST on the first Sunday of games. Blind Bidding will start the following Tuesday at 8am EST.
Please see our “League Information” section for scoring rules.
All league types use a flex format. Any 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.
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 and can only be done during the league’s regular season, after week two of the NFL regular season and prior to week six of the NFL regular season.
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 or 2 for 2. Any trades involving more than 4 players will be automatically rejected.
All transactions are final.
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).
All prizes won are paid at the end of the season. Prize money is shipped via the U.S. Postal Service within 21 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.
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.
If you have no future games scheduled, (meaning the regular season is over and your team is not in the playoffs) you are NOT allowed to make any roster moves.