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My name is Joe and I am the commissioner of the All-American Fantasy Basketball League. This 14-team league is entering its fifth season, and we are in need of three owners to take over our abandoned teams. We are looking to add only very active and competitive owners with integrity and a history of success in fantasy leagues. Here are some quick, basic details:
Here are the top keeper choices and draft position of the available teams. Each team keeps three players, with the option of keeping only two and receiving a supplemental pick before the 1st round of the draft:
Team A (7th pick): Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, Julius Randle, Malcolm Brogdon, Greg Monroe
Team B (10th pick): Kevin Durant, Draymond Green*, Nikola Jokic, Dwight Howard, Reggie Jackson, Jrue Holliday
Team C (5th): LeBron James***, Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez*, Thaddeus Young, D’Angelo Russell, Marcin Gortat
The players with asterisks by their names have already been kept by their respective team. Three asterisks means the player cannot be kept by the team again, but they can be traded before the draft. The only player this applies to on any of the available teams is LeBron James on Team C. Two asterisks means the player has been kept twice already, so you will be eligible to keep him one more time (for this season, meaning you would have control of them through the 2017-18 season). One asterisk means he’s been kept once already, so you can keep him two more times (once this year, and once again next October, meaning you could have him through the end of the 2018-19 season).
I’ve attached the full constitution below. If interested, please email me at email@example.com. Serious, experienced owners only please.
All-American Fantasy Basketball League
I. OBJECTIVE: The mission of the A-AFBL is to conduct a game of fantasy basketball in a fun and competitive fashion while maintaining stable franchise ownership from season to season. This league was founded to help us enjoy the game we love to follow, as well as a way to participate in a league with a very high level of activity and competition.
II. TEAMS AND OWNERS: The league will consist of 14 owners from across the country.
III. FEES: The A-AFBL has a one-time entry fee of $150. This fee covers all transactions and league costs for the entire season. All league fees go towards paying for the league website and winners’ pot (see section XI on payouts). Please send check or money order to the following address (no cash please):
Address given out when you join the league.
IV. MANAGEMENT: Joe Caponio will serve as commissioner of the league, and the league website will be hosted by CBS Sports’ commissioner service.
V. DRAFT PROCESS: Each year, we will hold a live draft over several hours to form our rosters for the upcoming season.
Because it is virtually impossible to get 14 owners from across the country online all at one time for a three-hour period, we will hold a “slow” draft, where each team has five hours to make their selection. The draft clock will be suspended overnight to prevent owners from being skipped as they sleep. The commissioner may lower the time of the clock as the draft progresses in an effort to speed up the process. If a team’s clock expires, their pick is skipped until the end of the current round. At that point, the skipped team will have an hour to inform the commissioner of their pick, and the pick will then be entered. If an hour passes and there has been no notification of the makeup pick, the draft will continue and the skipped pick will be made up whenever the owner informs the commissioner of his choice. The draft will be 12 rounds long, as each team will have three players (three keepers or two keepers plus a supplemental pick) going into the draft.
The draft order will be based on the results of a “draft bracket.” The eight teams that do not qualify for the playoffs (see section VIII) will be entered into the “draft bracket.” These teams will stage a 3-week, single elimination tournament to determine the draft order for the following season. The winner of the draft bracket will get the first pick in the following year’s draft, the runner-up will receive the second pick, and so on. This is done to encourage teams who fall out of playoff competition to continue to competitively manage their teams for the entire season.
The remaining (playoff) teams draft order will be determined based upon how they finished in the playoffs. Picking in reverse order, the GAFHL Champion will pick 14th, the runner-up 13th, etc. down to the 9th place team.
The draft will follow a “snake” order, where the team picking first in even-numbered rounds will pick last in odd-numbered rounds.
The 2017 draft will start on the morning of Friday, October 6.
VI. KEEPERS: One week prior to each season’s draft, owners must select a minimum of two and maximum of three players to keep off of their roster from the end of the previous season. These can be any two or three players from any position. The deadline for keepers this season is 8 pm on Tuesday, October 3.
If a team only retains two players, it will receive a supplemental pick prior to the regular draft. The pick order of the supplemental draft will be the same as the first round of that year’s regular draft. Teams that choose to keep a third player will not receive a pick in the supplemental draft. The supplemental draft will take place on Wednesday, October 4.
Players can be kept by the same team only three consecutive times, meaning a team can control a player for up to four seasons (the year he is drafted/acquired plus the three times he is kept). If a player is traded, he is eligible to be kept another three years by his new team.
VII. ROSTERS AND LINEUPS: Each team will field a roster with 15 players. Each team will start eight players each night (1 Center, 2 Forwards, 2 Guards, and 3 Flex players at any position). Teams can change their lineups nightly throughout the game period. Lineups lock in five minutes before the first NBA game each night.
VIII. DIVISIONS, SCHEDULE, AND PLAYOFFS: There will be two divisions of 7 teams, with the division alignment being based on the geographical location of the owners of each team.
Each team will play 21 regular season games, head-to-head against a different opponent each week (Monday through Sunday). Teams will play each other team once (13 total games), and will play one team from its own division twice.
At the end of the 21-week regular season, the top six teams will advance to the league playoffs. The league standings are in order of winning percentage. The first standings tie-breaker is head-to-head record, and the second tie-breaker is total fantasy points scored.
The team with the best overall record will receive the top seed in the playoffs, as well as a first-round bye. The team that wins the other division will receive the #2 seed, and the other first-round bye. The four teams with the next best records will be seeded #3-#6 as the wild cards, and compete in the first round of the playoffs, with the #3 team playing the #6 team, and the #4 team playing the #5 team.
The lowest seeded winner from the first round will advance to play the #1 seed in the semifinals, while the higher seeded opening round winner will advance to play the #2 seed. The two semifinal winners will play each other for the A-AFBL championship.
IX. SCORING SYSTEM: The A-AFBL will follow a head-to-head, points-based scoring system, outlined here:
Point = .1 fantasy point
Rebound = .15 fp
Assist = .2 fp
Steal = .2 fp
Block = .2 fp
Turnover = -.1 fp
The team with the highest total number of fantasy points at the end of the week will get the win for that week. In the result of a tie, the team with the most total fantasy points from their bench will be declared the winner.
Waiver Signings: Teams are allowed an unlimited number of free agent/waiver signings per season. These are included in the league fee.
Waiver pickups: Following the draft, every player not drafted will be placed on waivers. Teams will have the ability to place claims on any non-drafted player during this time. After that, CBS will place claimed players on teams based on the waiver order. To start the season, the waiver order will be the reverse of the draft order. During the season, any player cut from a team will be placed on waivers, as well as all other free agents. Teams can put in claims for them, and the waiver order during the season is the reverse of the league standings. Waivers will run once a week, every Sunday night. This is done to prevent teams from adding players daily throughout the week, just to use them when they have a free spot in their lineup.
Trades: Teams are allowed to trade players at any time. You can only trade draft picks for an upcoming draft once you have paid your league fee for the upcoming season. All trades must be passed by the Trade Committee. This committee will be made up of five owners each year. Should they reject a trade, the owners will be asked to redo the deal so that it passes through the committee. If a trade vote is tied, the commissioner will step in and have the deciding vote. There will be a trade deadline imposed on midnight of the same day as the NBA trade deadline (February 18 this season), to stop any late-season trades that may involve collusion.
XI. PAYOUTS: All the money paid in the league fees goes towards the league payouts, with the exception of the $100 CBS charges to host the site. So, with 14 teams putting in $150, the total pot comes out to $2,100. After subtracting the $100 for CBS, we are left with $2,000 for payouts. The prize money will be broken down as follows:
• League Champion: $900
• Runner Up: $400
• Best Overall Regular Season Record: $400
• Other Division Winner: $300
Therefore, it is possible that a team finishing with the best overall regular season record and winning the league championship could win $1,300.