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MSFFL 2005 Constitution

Master Survivor
Fantasy Football League Constitution

We, the People of the Master Survivor Fantasy Football League, in order to promote a more perfect game, establish justice and disrupt domestic tranquility, scout obscure places in faraway places, spend inordinate amounts of money on newsstand magazines with questionable value, peer endlessly over columns of stats, curse inaccurate injury reports, and revel in our genius when players occasionally perform remotely near our projections, do ordain and establish this Constitution as the Official Rulebook for Play and effectively end this run-on sentence.

I. Teams
II. Fees and Prerequisites
III. Schedule
IV. Player Draft
V. Rosters
VI. Starting Lineups
VII. Bye Weeks
VIII. Scoring
IX. Tie Breakers
X. League Governance
XI. Expected Owner Conduct
XII. Bottom Line

I. Teams
   1. There shall be either 14 teams with 1 division.
   2. Each team shall have an official name prior to the beginning of the draft.
   3. Before the draft, each team shall provide the Commissioner the email and
     telephone number (work and home) of each Owner.

II. Fees, Prerequisites and Prizes
   1. There is no monetary fee to participate in this league.
   2. Each Owner must have at least one functional email account, monitored
   3. It is required that each Owner pay attention to their team and provide due
     diligence towards its day-to-day operation.
   4. Owners failing to actively participate in the continued operation of their team
     shall be asked to relinquish ownership to a substitute Owner, which shall be
     assigned by the Commissioner.
   5. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
     First place - $25 gift certificate from
     Second place - $10 gift certificate from
     Third place - $5 gift certificate from

III. Schedule
   1. The league will be operated and scored utilizing head-to-head competition
     where each team plays each other team each week for all 17 weeks of the
     NFL regular season.
   2. Therefore a team’s record for each week will be a combination of wins, losses,
     and ties totaling 13.

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IV. Player Draft
   1. The draft will take place via email, beginning at noon Eastern time the first
     business day after the July 4th holiday, on a date agreed to by all
     league members, or in a chat room if agreed upon unanimously by the
     Committee of the Whole.
   2. Each team must have an Owner or duly appointed representative present,
     attentive and available throughout the entire draft.
   3. The draft will be a regular serpentine draft. The order will be determined
     by drawing slips with Owner names from a hat. This drawing will be conducted
     by a non-owner person designated by the Commissioner.
   4. There shall be a 12-hour time limit to make a selection during the draft.
   5. The Commissioner has the right to suspend or relax the time limit on weekends
     or over holidays, or to request alternate means if time constraints require
     (i.e. draft lists).
   6. Failure to select within the confines of these time limits will result in a
     “passed” selection slot.
   7. A passed selection may be made at any time.
   8. No trading of players and draft picks will be allowed
   9. Draft lists may be used and encouraged in the later rounds and over
     weekends. They are mandatory if an Owner or duly appointed representative
     will be unavailable for a portion of the draft.
   10. Once a draft selection has been stated to the Commissioner and publicly
     announced, it may not be rescinded without consent of a majority of Owners.
   11. Each Owner must draft enough players at each position to field a minimum
     starting lineup (see Article VI. 1.) the first week of the season. All remaining
     slots may be of any positions from the pool of eligible players.
   15. The draft will continue for 22 rounds.

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V. Rosters
   1. The maximum roster is 22 players.
   2. The Commissioner shall have the final say on all roster and position
     eligibility questions once he has solicited input from the Owners if necessary.
   3. Players that are officially listed at multiple positions by the NFL team may be
     drafted at any of the positions listed but must remain at the position
     throughout the MSFFL season.
   4. The team Defense/Special Teams slot will be a single roster slot.
   5. There will be no injured reserve slots on a team.
   6. There will be no trading during the season.
   7. A single free agency period will be held the week prior to the start of the
     NFL season to allow owners to replace waived players or players placed on
     injured reserve by their NFL team. This free agency pickup must be received
     by the Commissioner by midnight Eastern time Tuesday prior to the start of
     the NFL season. For each player eligible to be replaced, an owner should
     submit a list of players in priority order sufficient to allow replacement of the
     player in question. The order in which empty roster slots are filled will be the
     same as the serpentine draft order for that year. There will be as many
     rounds as needed to replace all eligible players. Once this free agency period
     is completed, there will be no changes to the roster.

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VI. Starting Lineups
   1. Starting lineup will consist of the following:
    1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF/ST
   2. The score for a team each week will be the best possible score for the above
     starting lineup.
   3. The win, loss, tie record for a team each week will be determined by these
     scores. Each team you outscore each week will result in a win, each team
     that outscores you will result in a loss, and each team you tie will result in
     a tie. Wins, losses, and ties each week will add up to 13.

VII. Bye Weeks
   1. No “carryover scoring” for bye weeks will be allowed. If you roster does not
    enable a full starting lineup in a given week due to players on a bye, that
    lineup slot shall receive a zero total for the week.

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VIII. Scoring
   1. Official scoring points are as follows:

A. Touchdown: passing
           kick return
           interception return
           fumble return/recovery

= 4 points
= 6 points
= 6 points
= 6 points
= 6 points
= 6 points

B. Field goal:  0-39 yards
          40-49 yards
          50 + yards

= 3 points
= 4 points
= 5 points

C. Extra point:

= 1 point

D. Conversion (pass, run receive):

= 2 points

E. Performance: rushing
            QB, RB, WR each reception
            TE each reception

= 1 per 10 yds
= 1 per 10 yds
= 1 per 20 yds
= 1 point
= 2 points

F. DEF/ST points: fumble TD
             interception TD
             punt/kickoff return TD
             fumble recovery

= 6 points
= 6 points
= 6 points
= 1 point
= 2 points
= 2 points
= 2 points

G. DEF points allowed: 0

= 10 points
= 4 point
= 1 points
= 0 points

H. DEF total yards allowed: 0-199

= 6 points
= 4 points
= 1 point
= 0 points

   2. Official scoring: The statistics provided by the league’s designated software
     package will be considered official and final and used to settle any scoring
   3. The weekly score will be tabulated by the Commissioner or his designee and
     will be distributed on Tuesday morning.
   4. The winner will be the team with the highest total score for the starters.

IX. Tiebreakers
   1. Season standings shall be determined using the following sequence of criteria:
    A. Overall record
    B. Season total points scored (game totals)
    C. Season most total points allowed (games totals)
    D. Coin flip

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X. League Governance
League stability serves to enhance the integrity and the enjoyment level of the
pastime. The league will be governed by the following framework:
   A. Commissioner: The goal is to have a very strong yet fair Commissioner. The
     Commissioner is sworn to act at all times in the “best interest of the MSFFL”
     and is vested with the following powers and obligations:
     1. Interpret the Constitution as he sees fit and just
     2. Maintain the integrity of the league and its Owners by enforcing Article XI
      “Expected Owner Conduct”.
     3. Settle all disputes between Owners.
     4. Settle position/eligibility questions.
     5. Preside over the draft and settle draft disputes.
     6. Distribute injured reserve replacement players when needed
     7. Approve and report all trades and transactions.
     8. Provide timely weekly scoring results.
     9. Monitor and report off-season dealing between teams.
     10. Provide accurate record keeping from previous seasons.
   B. Committee of the Whole: The league Owners will function as a Committee of
     the Whole which is made up of all league members, each with an equal vote
     (one per team if multiple owners for a team). The Commissioner of the Whole
     reserves the right to veto ANY decision made by the Commissioner with a
     2/3 majority vote. Each member of the Committee of the Whole will be
     charged with the responsibility of acting in the best interests of the league.

XI. Expected League Conduct
Owners will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disparage
the league not its Owners in any way, shape, or form. As we have no prize but
“bragging rights”, bragging and teasing will always be part of the personality and
charm of the MSFFL, and is to be expected. Personal or abusive attacks, taunting,
and inflammatory or socially unacceptable behavior or language will not be tolerated.
The Commissioner along with the offended party will have total authority in drawing
the line between “good-spirited fun” and unacceptable or abusive attack. This will
be strictly enforced.

XII. Bottom Line
The MSFFL was founded on the ideal of conducting our game of Fantasy Football at a friendly yet competitive level. Every Owner is a vital part of this process and each
of us are very essential to the success of the league. While we all partake of this
hobby because it is enjoyable, recall that the real merits in our lives are the people
we touch each day. Remember folks, this is supposed to be FUN! May the gods of
fantasy football smile down on us all, and may the bounces go the way of those that
deserve them!

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