Fellas Fantasy Basketball Charter

1.0 Membership

Membership 10 teams

1.1 Franchise Agreement

The Fellas Fantasy Basketball League is operating under a “Franchise” or “Keeper” system. Each team must keep four players from the previous years’ final roster for the following season. Owners must announce their franchise players approximately one week prior to the draft.  The draft time is originally set for the Monday evening prior to the start of the NBA season. 

After owners submit their drops and designate their “franchise” players, there is a “grace” period up until the draft. At any point during that period if a “franchise” player is injured (any injury) an owner is allowed to drop that keeper and re-designate one of their drops into a “franchise” player. The player must sustain a new injury during the “grace” period. If there is a nagging injury in place before keepers were declared and the player re-injures it, the owner is not allowed to re-designate that player as a drop.

1.2 Owner Responsibility

All owners are expected to run their teams in a responsible fashion. This includes but it not limited too: submitting lineups on time (no injured players), responding to commissioner inquiries, and showing active interest in the league. Owners who exhibit obvious disinterest in the league are subject to a probationary period followed by replacement, all voted upon by the other league owners and requiring a 2/3 majority (6 of the 9) votes. Owners engaged in any form of collusion are subject to immediate expulsion from the league. Collusion can be defined but not limited to, making unbalanced trades, dividing any proceeds/fees, trading assets outside of the current league parameters (i.e. additional money or goods), or promises of future trades.

1.3 League Commissioner

Currently, the league has one Commissioner:  Nick Weber. The league also has an Assistant to the Commissioner, Adam Arians. The role of commissioner can change from year-to-year, but is not required to. The commissioner is required to monitor and regulate all aspects of the league. A commissioner change is subject to a 2/3 majority.

The responsibilities of the Assistant to the Commissioner include but are not limited to basic secretarial duties, mundane statistical analysis, and other simple roster/league settings adjustments.

1.4 League Treasurer

The league treasurer is the Assistant to the Commissioner. The treasurer is in charge of all finances. They should pay for the league’s website, if applicable. They need to collect finances from each team and disperse money following the season to the appropriate owners.

1.5 League Fines

Failure to submit keepers or pay entry fee by the deadlines will result in a fine of 25% of the league fee.  For each additional 24 hour period, an additional fine of 10% of the league fee will be incurred.  Any additional funds paid to the league will be allocated based on payout percentages.

2.0 League Makeup

The league consists of 2 divisions with 5 teams each.

3.0 Regular Season Schedule

Each team will play everyone twice. All Divisional matchups will be during the first 5 matchups and the last 5 matchups.  The other 8 matchups in the middle of the season will be outside of the division matchups.  

Typically a “matchup” will last 1 week.  However, a matchup can occasionally be longer than 1 week.  This can occur when blocks of games start or end mid-week (the start of the season and all-star break).  The host site’s matchup format will be used.

4.0 Dues

The entry fee is set at $60 for the 2012/13 season. The entry fee will go up $10/year.

The entry fee is due prior to the applicable season’s draft.

5.0 Payouts

Payout Percentages (2012/13 dollar payouts):

League Champion: 70% ($420)
League Runner Up: 20% ($120)
Third Place: 10% ($60)

6.0 Rosters

A roster consists of 16 positions:  10 starters, 5 bench and 1 Injured Reserve.  The host site’s position and injury eligibility will be used without exception.  Owners are welcome to send eligibility grievances to the host site.

Starting lineups must have:

• 4 Guards
• 4 Forwards
• 2 Centers

7.0 Lineups

Lineups are set according to the leagues’ Web site. If your Internet isn’t working or you cannot submit your lineup via the website, you must contact your opponent for the week and/or the commissioner, at a minimum of ten minutes before game time.

8.0 Scoring

For each scoring period team totals are accumulated and a win, loss or tie is credited in each statistical category based on opponent’s totals.  Statistical categories used are points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

9.0 Tie Breakers for Weekly Games

Statistical category ties will remain a tie.  In the event of an overall tie (0-0-5, 1-1-3 or 2-2-1) during the playoffs, the higher seed will win (for example, the #1 seed wins over the #5 seed).

10.0 Tie Breaker for Divisional/Playoff Places (to make the playoffs & seeding in playoffs)

Ties in record are next decided by:

1.       Head to Head Record

2.       Intra Division Record

3.       Greatest Season Total:  Points

4.       Greatest Season Total:  Rebounds

5.       Greatest Season Total:  Assists

6.       Greatest Season Total:  Steals

7.       Greatest Season Total:  Blocks

8.       Coin Flip

11.0 Playoff Teams

With two divisions the winners of each division, based on overall record (and tie-breakers), will automatically make the playoffs. Then there will be four wild card spots based on overall record (and tie-breakers).  The playoff schedule will consist of each division winner receiving a bye and the remaining 4 teams being reseeded based on record (and tie-breakers).

12.0 Trades

There is no trading deadline.

12.1 Off-Season Trades

A keeper league allows for the possibility of off-season trades. Owners are allowed to engage in off-season transactions.

12.2 Trading Draft Picks and Keeper Spots

Trading or exchanging draft auction dollars is not allowed.

12.3 Trade Veto Process

All league owners who are not involved with a trade in question (no players impacted) must vote unanimously to revoke a trade.  All required votes must be cast within 14 days of trade disclosure.

In the event that a trade is revoked, conditional lineups will be applied retroactively.  Conditional lineups must be placed prior to the start of any impacted matchups.  Conditional lineups can be placed either by post or documented communication with commissioner.   In the event that a trade is revoked and no conditional lineups were set, players impacted by the trade will retroactively receive 0s in impacted weeks.

13.0 Picking up Players

Free agent claims are made via the host site (currently ESPN).  Only players available in the host’s system may be claimed (claims for players yet to be drafted in the NBA are not permitted). 

Claims close at the start of the NBA draft and reopen at the end of the next auction draft.

Players remain on waivers for 1 day after being dropped.  Waiver order system is “Move to Last After Claim, Never Reset Order” and is managed by the host site.

14.0 Drafting

All teams must protect (keep) 4 players and drop the remaining players.  The draft will be done auction style with a budget of $200.  The auction will be conducted by the hosting site online.  Each owner is responsible for their own PC and any technical issues that may arise. 

The order of nominating players is determined based on the year-end regular season standings in reverse order.  The exception is that the Champion will nominate 10th and the Runner Up will nominate 9th.  Non-snake style order will be used when entering a new round.  In the event that the online auction host does not allow any of these parameters, the host’s default will be used.

15.0 Modifying the league Charter

Changes to the league charter must be approved by a majority vote of owners. With 10 owners, 6 votes are required to implement and overturn any rules.

Votes will be collected via the host site’s message board.  The Commissioner and the Assistant to the Commissioner are responsible for posting official polls as well as the final Charter language.