These rules have been created specifically for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Rules determined for the 2020 season regardless of season length:
2020 Roster Cut Day: September 6 (the day after NFL roster cuts)
2020 Waiver Wire day: September 9
2020 FA pickups: September 10 (same day as NFL opening game)
(assuming Sleeper has the COVID designation as described in their support FAQ... )
- 10 IR spots (total) for our rosters
- Up to 2 of these spots can be used for players designated with "Out" (our usual IR designation)
- All remaining spots (8-10) can be used for players designated with COVID
COVID Player Acquisition Rules
- If a player on your team is designated with COVID and you are going to move them to IR, you must post in our soon-to-be-created COVID-Players channel with the news of the designation (you can use our #twitter channel posts for example) and the name of the FA player you are adding to replace that player with.
- By doing so, you are given a BONUS Acquisition to add the replacement player as long as the acquisition happens within a calendar week of the COVID designation
- When the player with a COVID designation is healthy to return, you must drop the replacement player within a week (bringing your COVID IR player to your roster), or else you will be charged with an Acquisition (since you're adding the player to your roster as more than just a replacement). In essence, your COVID player and replacement player are linked which is what provided you the bonus acquisition.
Shortened Season Scenarios:
In the event of a shortened season, members of THE JACKMAN have determined how to finalize the season, as well as determine a winner (if possible), payouts, and the 2021 draft.
Given that there are a lot of scenarios within these, the below is the framework that we will build off of and (in instances like a draft lottery) exact details may need to be determined if necessary.
Shortened Season with Playoff:
- A minimum of 8 total weeks (6 regular season + 2 playoffs) must be played for a JACKMAN champion to be declared.
- In the event at least 6 regular season weeks have been completed and the NFL provides us 2 weeks notice of the end of the year, a 2 week playoff of the top 4 teams will be played.
- The 4 teams will be the top 3 teams in the standings (determined by Win-Loss record, PF tiebreak). The 4th team will be determined by their placement in average based on their W-L AND their PF. For example, if the team in 6th place is also 2nd in PF, they will have a score of 4 (average of 6th W-L and 2nd PF).
- In the event at least 6 regular season games have been played and the NFL gives notice of at least 3 weeks, a standard 3 week playoff will be held. If there have been 6-8 weeks of play, the Top 3 teams in the standings will take the top 3 seeds and the next 3 seeds will be determined with the average of W-L and PF (as described above)
- In the event 9 regular season weeks have been played AND a 3 week playoff can be determined, our regular seeding will occur (Top 6 teams in our standings)
Payouts / Money:
- If 6 weeks OR LESS are completed in the 2020 season, each team will receive their buy-in back in full.
- If 7 or more weeks are completed, but no playoffs occur, the Top 4 teams (see above for Top 4. The standings determine Top 3 and the average of W-L and PF determine the 4th best team) will receive 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% of the winnings, respectively. HOWEVER this total is divided by 13 and any unplayed regular season weeks will produce some $$ back to other league members.
- example for the above: 9 weeks are played, but there is a sudden NFL shutdown. The total pot of winnings is therefore $346.15 ( $500 x 69.23% (9/13 for the 9 weeks out of 13 played) ). The first place team would receive 40% of this pot ($138.46). The second place team would receive 30% of this pot ($103.85) and so on through the Top 4 teams. The remaining portion of the pot ($153.85) is given to all players equally so every team receives a $15.38 return of their buy-in due to the shortened season.
- If playoff teams are determined, but the playoff cannot be completed the teams remaining in the playoffs (whether 6, 4, or 2) will split the winnings. Exact % tbd, but teams with better regular season performance may receive a higher payout
Shortened Season Draft
- In the event of a shortened season played at least 7 weeks (so payouts are provided), a team's draft spot is determined by their payout spot. The payout spot is determined by regular standings for Teams 1-3 and the average W-L and PF placement for the remaining 7 teams (this is used to offset a poor schedule).
- In the event that 4, 5, or 6 weeks is completed, a draft lottery will take place using the season standings as determined above plus a lottery system. Exact %'s tbd (too many scenarios to determine right now).
- In the event that 0, 1, 2, or 3 weeks is completed, a draft lottery will take place using each team's best weekly projected score as the baseline for standings. Lottery %'s tbd (too many scenarios to determine right now).
- In the event of a draft lottery, a team's position in the "standings" determine their lottery %. A team will be able to acquire a draft pick NO BETTER than 6 spots above their standing and NO WORSE than 4 spots below their standing spot. Actual %'s to determine this tbd if necessary
- an example of a possible lottery scenario (not set) would be: 10th place is 30% likely to receive the 1st pick, 9th place is 23% likely, 3rd place is 18% likely, 4th place is 12% likely... etc.
- a lottery was selected due to the wide range of possible outcomes with every season. The goal behind this system is to ensure that teams projected to be the best cannot get a top pick, but also allows a team that was projected in the middle, but could have fallen to have an opportunity for a high draft pick.
A big thank you to Alex, Jon, and IanA for spending multiple video calls lasting well over 6 hours to discuss and work together to determine rules that would be fair and allow everyone to have fun playing with the gentlemen in this league regardless of how our COVID-19 turns out.