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3FL - Forever Fantasy Football League

Rules

Overview: The FFL Lifetime League (also known as the Forever 3FL or the 3FL) is the 1999 continuation of the Nashville, Tennessee based Fantasy Football League (3FL). Since its establishment in 1992, the 3FL has operated under a yearly redraft format (1992-1994), a four-year "keeper-league" format (1995-1998), and its current "forever-league" keeper format (1999-present.) Under this arrangement, owners worked from the rosters drafted in 1999 "forever." There will never again be a total comprehensive redraft such as seen in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1999.

Owners are expected to manage their rosters in the mold of NFL General Managers - improving their franchise's fortunes through wise personnel moves and the drafting of rookies and free agents. It is the league's hope that both the internet and modified rules encouraging competitiveness will allow the 3FL to prosper for many years to come.

Members: The 3FL in comprised of eight owners/franchises. As of now, these members are (alphabetically): Jim Gordon, Jon Gardiner, Bob Lonergan, Rahul Menon, Phil Murphy, Nimesh Patel, Lou Pickney, and Domingo Villaronga.

League News: 3FL News is constantly updated on the league website currently located on the internet at 3FL.us. 3FL member Lou Pickney maintains the league webpage. RTSports.com handles the league's information maintenance and is used by league members to submit lineups, picks for the Pick 'Em competition, and even to give trash talk.

Commissioner's Powers: The commissioner reserves the authority to settle disputes and make decisions on league developments and league direction. The commissioner promises to be fair and consult league owners on all issues. Sometimes issues will be presented to the league and decided democratically by vote. Other times the commissioner will decide issues in the manner deemed by the commissioner in the best interest of the league.

The commissioner may be removed from power if the other seven owners unanimously agree that the commissioner is abusing his powers. In that scenario, all eight members must vote to elect the next league commissioner. In addition to settling disputes, the commissioner is in charge of recording lineups, scoring games, and informing league members of important news, draft dates, roster cut dates, etc. Tasks may be delegated from the commissioner to league special assistants as needed.

3FL Scoring & Lineups

Quarterbacks
1pt/20 yards passing
6pts/TD passing, receiving or rushing
3pt bonus for passing for 250+ yards
2pts/2pt conversion scored

Running Backs
1pt/10 yards rushing
6pts/TD rushing, receiving or passing
3pt bonus for rushing for 100+ yards
2pts/2pt conversion scored

Wide Receivers
1pt/10 yards receiving
6pts/TD receiving, rushing or passing
3pts bonus for receiving for 100+ yards
2pts/2pt conversion scored

Kickers
3pts/FG, 1pt/PAT

Team Defenses
1pt/sack, fumble recovery, interception
3pts/safety
6pts/TD scored
5pts/shutout

* The league recognizes that fumbles caused by special teams are often indistinguishable from defense-forced fumbles in recaps and box scores. The turnovers will be scored as points for the defense that recovers them in all such cases.

Notes: QBs, RBs and WRs can score TDs by passing, rushing, or receiving, period. Fumble recoveries for touchdowns scored by offensive players do not count. This is to cut down on confusion between fumble recoveries scored by a player on offense or as a member of their team's special teams or defenses. Kick return or punt return TDs are not scored.

The league distinguishes between QBs, RBs, WRs, kickers, and team defenses. You cannot start a player outside of his designated position. You are not allowed to start a player from your team defense in an offensive position, unless you have that player on your roster in such a position (e.g. Deion Sanders.) Tight ends are classified in the WR category.

Kickers receive credit if they run in a TD, pass for a TD etc. The same applies for 2 point conversions. They can only start as kickers, though. And, yes, if your QB, RB, or WR somehow kicks a field goal or extra point (think Danny Wuerffel), you would get the same points that a kicker would in that scenario.

To recap:
1) only players designated by the NFL as Quarterbacks may start in the QB position and QBs can only be QBs.
2) RBs are RBs; WRs and tight ends are classified as WRs.
3) Kickers and only kickers may start as kickers
4) Defenses are defenses and only defenses

Lineups:
Owners must provide lineups in one of two combinations.
1) 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 K, 1 Def.
2) 1 QB, 1 RB, 4 WR, 1 K, 1 Def.

Lineups must be submitted to the commissioner (or, preferably, online via RTSports.com) by no later than 12 PM Eastern time on the Sunday of the game. No adjustments to lineups may be made after the deadline. When NFL games occur on Thursdays, owners must notify the commissioner before Thursday kickoff of any players in those games who are starting. After kickoff, any players competing in the game are ineligible for that week's action unless they were put into the lineup. The commissioner reserves the right to allow late lineups in special cases. Such cases involve emergencies or drastic conflicts and are allowed when the additional minutes do not result in strategic advantage. Repeat offenders (lazy members) will not receive the same lenience as active members in these cases.

Roster Management & the Future

-In the offseason, teams are expected to cut rosters down to 15 players, keeping at least 1 defense or 1 kicker. Cuts are due by March 1.
-Also by April 28, playoff teams from the year before are required to "protect" 1 Kicker, 1 Defense and 7 other players (=9)
-The teams with the two worst records from the previous season each may choose 1 player from the "free-agent pool" of unprotected players.
-Teams losing a player receive a compensatory pick at the end of the third round of that year's upcoming five-round rookie/free agent draft. The team losing the first player taken is compensated with R3P9 (the ninth pick of round 3), while the team losing the second (and final) player taken is compensated with R3P10 (the tenth pick of round 3). Under the "Phil Murphy rule" implemented in 2008, any team that loses TWO players to free agency instead have their compensatory picks go at R3P3 and R3P4.
-The order in which the two worst teams make free agent selections is determined by coin toss so as to prevent late-season tanking of games. The playoff teams from the year befre must indicate to the league office their players protected from the free agent pool by April 28. This gives the two worst-record teams two days to contemplate and select one free agent each.
-An annual five round draft will take place at a date to be determined, generally in early to mid August. All players not on 3FL rosters are eligible.
-Draft order is determined by the previous season's finish/record, with the exception of the first two picks in the draft. The first pick is determined by a coin flip between the two non-playoff teams (which is traditionally held during halftime of the Super Bowl). The winner of the coin flip chooses if he wants the first free agent pick or the first pick in the five round draft (a modified version of how the NBA used to handle deciding who'd get the first pick of its draft prior to 1985).
-After the draft, teams must have 2 kickers and 2 defenses on their rosters. Teams will be compelled to draft kickers and defenses to fill their spots when the number of picks they have remaining equal the number of holes they have at kicker and defense (below two).

Trading: The 3FL defines trading as an avenue through which two or more owners seek to make their own teams better by exchanging players.

Draft pick trading will not be allowed after the Midseason Trade Deadline (midnight before week 8 games). After the Fantasy Bowl, trading resumes in the form of the Restricted Trading Period which lasts until May 1st. During the Restricted Trading Period, players may be traded but picks may not be traded. The Restricted Trading Period ends after Free Agency. After May 1, teams may trade picks for that upcoming draft and the following season's draft only. All trades must be approved by the league.

Playoffs/Tiebreakers/Misc: The eight 3FL teams are arranged in one eight-team division. The top four teams (following 14 weeks of regular season play) make the playoffs. Ties among records involving two teams are broken in the following progression: head-to-head, total points, margin of head-to-head victory, coin flip.

In the case of a tie involving three or more teams, the tiebreaker system begins again when one team is removed from the tie (either by finishing ahead or behind the other teams depending on how they fare in the tiebreaker). So if head-to-head among three teams is a push, but then Team A outscores Teams B and C on points (with B and C having identical point totals), then the process moves back to the beginning for B and C on the tie-breaker.

In the first week of the playoffs, the #3 team plays at the #2 team, while the #4 team plays at the #1 team. The winners meet in the Week 16 fantasy bowl. Playoff point ties will be decided by scoring the game to tenths. If the game is still undecided, the win goes to the team that has the most total touchdowns. After that the winner is the team with the highest scoring individual player. If the game is still undecided, a coin will be tossed to determine the winner. The higher seed will call it in the air.