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The 32 Homers League - The Rules
David M. Dorey
2002

ARTICLE ONE: The Premise

A. 32 Homers consists of 32 owners representing an actual NFL franchise. The format of the league will, whenever possible, mirror that of the NFL. This includes conferences, divisions, playoffs and regular season schedules.

ARTICLE TWO: The Franchises

A. Keepers. Each league franchise is given full rights and ownership of the corresponding NFL team's kicker, defense and special teams.

B. Selection of Homer Studs. In addition, each franchise must select one "homer stud" from the corresponding NFL team. This selection must be declared at least one week prior to the league draft.

C. Changing Homer Studs Before the Draft: Should this "homer stud" sustain an injury, seriously jeopardizing their season, after the declaration period and before the draft, the owner may choose to select a new keeper from his corresponding NFL franchise. This is the only scenario in which a team may select a new "homer stud", and the commish will be the final arbiter on what is an injury that is "seriously jeopardizing" to their season. I.e., an injury that will keep a player out for the first several games should be enough to allow the owner to pick someone new.

D. Changing Homer Studs from Year to Year: Homer studs may be changed from year to year and are not necessarily keepers.

E. Who Can be Considered a Homer Stud: The "Homer Stud" can only be either the QB, RB1, WR1, or TE1. If you (or anyone else in the league, subject to a majority vote) has any questions, then they are not what you are claiming them to be, regardless of what NFL.com or OurLads.com says. {Meaning, if DET tries to claim Germane Crowell as the "stud homer" because he's listed as the WR1 on a draft site, and if another site, or more than 50% of the owners voting say he's not WR1, then he cannot be kept.}

ARTICLE THREE: The Draft

A. Time and Location. The exact start date for the draft will be determined at a later date. The league will use MFL.com to manage the process. All owners must have consistent and reliable internet access during this period. The league must be notified of any extended absence prior to its occurence.

B. Draft Order. The league was initially set up to have the draft order that mimicked the NFL's draft order. Each team agreed to that order when they signed up and picked their "homer team". After most of the mock drafts, many owners agreed that the teams were fair and balanced and would have a good chance of being competitve in this league...regardless of where they drafted.

However, many owners have rightfully asserted that this is not the fairest way to determine the draft order. Therefore, the draft order will be determined by calculations performed by the Treasurer, and confirmed by the commissioner, as an average of the following three orders:

1) NFL Draft Order for Round 1 (before trades)

2) MFL.com weighted picks, as follows:
-- Determine the ‘average draft slot’ for each defense, each kicker and each team stud.
-- Weight the average position with 50% weighting to the “stud homer”, 30% to the defense and 20% to the kicker.
-- If a player is not selected in the top 384 picks, they are awarded the value of 385, since there will be 384 total players on rosters in this league (9 rounds, plus three ‘homers’, multiplied by 32 teams).

3) Weighted average of the "consensus points scored" as compared to the #32 ranked QB, RB, WR and TE, respectively, as determined with the following weights: 50% stud homer, 30% defense, 20% kicker. The "consensus points scored" is set as follows:
-- Using ???.com [NOTE: "???.com" refers to some unknown site (FantasySportsCentral.com?) that averages 10 or more other sites statistical projections for all sorts of players.], determine the consensus points scored by the studs, the defenses and the kickers.
-- Calculate each teams’ "homer stud", kicker and defensive points by multiplying their studs’ average projection by the scoring system to be used by the league for the next season.
-- Compare the score calculated for the K and the D to the worst team in the league. Compare the "stud homer" to the #32 ranked player at that position. The comparison will be calculated with the following simple formula: (Player Kept Points - Player #32 Points) = "positional value"
-- Multiply the "stud homers'" "positional value" by 50%, their defenses "positional value" by 30% and their kickers’ "positional value" by 20%.
-- The team with the lowest weighted average "positional value" will draft first...and the team with the most drafts last.

FINAL STEPS:
* Average each teams’ draft order from the three approaches.
* Lowest average draft order has the first pick in the actual league draft.
* In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker is the team that is set to draft first in the NFL draft (pre-trades).

[NOTE: Any owner wishing to see the calculations determining the draft order needs to submit a request to the treasurer via email within 24hrs of the publishing of the draft order on the league message board.]

C. (this was just related to the timing of draft picks. We never held true to the schedule anyway).

D. Weekends. Considering that summer schedules are tight with vacations, weddings, etc., the league will not enforce draft time limits on the weekends and holidays. However, all owners are encouraged to preselect on Friday and log on and make picks throughout the weekend when possible.

E. Picking early: Each team is encouraged to select as quickly as possible when they are on the clock, however, no team will be forced to pick until they are officially “off the clock”.

F. Skipping a pick. If an owner has been skipped, they can jump in at any point in the draft and select any player not already on a team. If there is any confusion over whether a player has been allocated or not, the commissioner will be the sole determinant of this. If the commissioner is involved in the matter, the issue will be settled by the treasurer.

G. Waiting for an owner to get off the clock. If, after a few days of quick picks, the draft is ‘stuck’ on an owner for more than 24hrs, that owner will be skipped, regardless of when they are scheduled to roll off the clock as determined by Letter C above. If an owner is set to be skipped twice in a row under this rule, then, the commissioner (in concert with the treasurer) will select the two “best available players” using their opinions and “in good faith” judgement. If an owner is skipped three times, for ANY reason, that owner will be deemed to be out of the league, and a replacement owner will be immediately found.

H. Final Team Rosters. The draft is to be 9 rounds, plus the determination of the “stud homer”, the kicker and the defense; generating a 12 player roster. At the end of the draft each team will have 12 players. Each team must consist of 1 Team QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1 TE as well as the homer team kicker, special teams and defense. How the remainder of the roster will be filled out is up to the discretion of each owner, except that no team may draft more than one team QB.

ARTICLE FOUR: Scoring

A. Scoring is as follows:

QB/RB/WR/TE
.05 yd passing
.10 yd rushing/rec
4 per TD passing
6 per TD rushing/rec
2 per 2 pt conv
-1 per INT thrown

K
3 FG
1 XP

DEF/ST
0 pts allowed : 10 pts
<10 pts allowed : 5 pts
<20 pts allowed : 3 pt
>30 pts allowed : -1pt

6 per TD
2 per int/fum/safety
1 per sack

B. Team QB on Bye Scoring. If your QB is on bye, and you are not, you get the average of the previous two weeks. In all other scenarios, you receive his scoring as of that week only, not an average of the previous two weeks. The two week average only applies to weeks your QB is on bye and you are not. And the number of the counting shall be three. Three shall be the number. Thou shalt not count four. Etc...

ARTICLE FIVE: League Play

A. General. The 32 Homers League consists of 32 teams, divided into two conferences and eight divisions. The entire season lasts 17 weeks, with 13 weeks of regular season games, three weeks of playoffs, and one superbowl.

B. Regular Season. Regular Season lasts through week 13 and there will be double headers on weeks 2,11,12 and 13 which will be in order of what the matchups would have been weeks 14, 15, 16 and 17.

C. Playoffs. Playoffs will be NFL style with 4 conference champs and 2 wildcards from each conference. Each week the lowest seeded plays the highest seeded with week 14 as a bye to the top 2 teams in each division. Superbowl is week 17.

D. Playoff Rankings. Division winners will be determined first by best record overall, second by total season “starter points” (in case of a tie), third by head to head competition and fourth by coin toss. Wild cards will be determined first by overall record, second by total points, third by head to head competition and fourth by coin toss. It is therefore possible for one division to have both conference wildcards.

E. Total Season Points. Each team's total points will be determined by adding the weekly point totals of starting players. This total does not include those players who were riding the pines.

F. Bye Weeks. Bye weeks correspond with the NFL schedule. When your NFL team is on bye, so are you.

ARTICLE SIX: Head to Head

A. Starting Line Up. On typical weeks your line up must be submitted (you will submit it yourself this year on our Web site) by 9:59 a.m. PT on Sunday. Changes to your roster are permitted up until this deadline. These are your point players. Scores of these and only these players will be tabulated at the end of Monday's game. Weekly rosters include:

1 Quarterback
1 Running Backs
2 Wide Receivers
1 Tight End
1 Kicker
1 DEF/ST

B. No Roster Rule. If a roster is not submitted or if the roster is submitted after the previously mentioned deadline, the roster from the previous week will be used. No exceptions.

C. Thu./Sat. Games. In the event of a Thursday or a Saturday game, "partial" rosters may be submitted prior to kickoff of the first game on that day. If you started a player the previous week and he is playing in a Thursday or Saturday game, that player will be started automatically unless you change your line up prior kick off of the first game. The remainder of your roster is due by 9:59 a.m. PT on Sunday.

ARTICLE SEVEN: Roster Changes and Transactions

A. General. As in the NFL, you will be allowed to make changes in your roster throughout the season. So just because your draft sucked, it doesn't mean your entire season has to.

B. Cost. All transactions are free.

C. Trades. Trading players and draft picks is legit; however, teams are NOT allowed to trade players selected before the draft as being that teams’ “homer stud”, nor allowed to trade for "future considerations." All trades must be approved by the comissioner. Trades deemed "Questionable" (i.e. Marshall Faulk for Sean Dawkins) by any owner in a conference wherein the trade takes place, may be stricken by a majority of the owners in that conference. If the vote is 50/50, then the first tie breaker will be the vote in the division. The second is the vote of the commissioner. Collusion is bad form.

D. Waiver Wire. Waiver wire acquisitions will be in reverse order of standings (win/loss record) with “starter points” as the tie breaker. This process will run Tuesday afternoon.

E. Limits. There are no limits on the number of waiver wire or trade transactions you can perform during the week or season. As always, your roster size may never exceed 12 players. For every player you add, you must drop one.

F. Time Frame. The Trading period commences each week after completion of Monday's game and ends Wednesday at Noon pacific time, allowing sufficient time if a vote is needed. Trades are allowed until the Wednesday before the first game in Week 11. Free agent acquisitions are allowed throughout the regular season. No transactions are allowed during the playoffs.