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  • August 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm


    -F.F.B.M.C.O. is played via Yahoo Fantasy sports at http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/
    -The Yahoo Fantasy sports app can be downloaded to your mobile device/tablet
    -There is a league website for news and updates at http://ffbmco.com
    -There is a private Facebook group page for interacting with other owners
    -There are 20 total teams that break down into 2 conferences of 10 teams, and each conference is made up of 2 divisions of 5 teams
    -Buy in (for returning owners) is $55
    -$55 x 20 = $1100 total revenue each year
    Cash breakdown:
    1st place prize ($600)
    2nd place prize ($250)
    3rd place prize ($100)
    4 monthly side contest prizes at $25 each, $25 x 4 = ($100)
    League expenses including website renewal, trophy engraving etc. ($50)

    -Players will play each divisional opponent twice per season, and then square off against each team from 1 other division per season (each year you play a different division in addition to your own, repeating every 3 years).
    -There are 8 postseason berths made up of the 4 division winners, and then 2 wildcard winners from each conference.
    -If records are tied within a division, H2H is the tiebreaker followed by season points if necessary for seeding.
    -If records are tied between wildcard teams out of division, H2H if applicable followed by points determines seeding.

    The keepers of each team are not related to any previous draft positions or any previous draft in general.
    1. There are 13 total roster spots per team.
    2. Every returning team keeps 5 players on their current roster.
    3. The draft order goes from worst to first based on the previous year.*
    *H2H only comes into play for playoff seeding, NOT FOR DRAFT ORDER. Draft order goes by worst record followed by least amount of points in the event of same record for the 12 non-playoff eligible teams. For the playoff teams, the League champion drafts 20th, the runner up drafts 19th etc.
    4. The format of the draft is NON-SNAKING and is 8 rounds long.
    5. The 5 keepers are added to each team at the end of the draft, which fills all 13 roster spots.

    Three Strikes
    If 3 strikes have accumulated over the tenure of your FFBMCO membership, you will not be invited back for the next season, you will be banned for life and your team will be auctioned off during that next offseason.

    The strike accumulation does not “erase” at the end of each season. They stay with you for the duration of FFBMCO membership.
    If an owner loses their matchup and had inactive players in their starting lineup OR empty slots in their starting lineup while having capable active plug ins on their bench, they will receive a strike, as well as being ineligible for the side game taking place the month of the violation.

    *Note that this only applies if the owner has a capable/active player on their bench who they did not start in lieu of the inactive player/empty roster spot.

    If an owner has not entered their keepers by the time announced, they will receive a strike.

    If an owner is not fully paid by the time announced, they will receive a strike.

    QB Rostering

      It is not legal to carry 3 QBs that play for 3 different NFL teams*

    *You can still carry one QB from 1 NFL team
    *You can still carry two QBs from 2 different NFL teams
    *You can still carry three QBs from the same NFL team plus another one, two or three QBs as long as they are also on the same NFL team.
    THIS ONLY APPLIES TO YAHOO PLAYERS DESIGNATED SOLEY AS QB. If a player is QB/other (Taysum Hill, Kordell Stewart coming out of retirement, etc.)

      then this rule does not apply.

    Starting QB Insurance Policy

    Note – This only applies during “in-season” (immediately following the FFBMCO draft – the last week of the playoffs). If anything occurs during the offseason prior to the next years’ FFBMCO draft, this policy has no bearing.

    If your starting QB can’t play during the FFBMCO season due to injury, suspension, or something else you were unprepared for, you will have the rights to that NFL organizations’ backup IF that backup is currently available as a free agent/through waivers in FFBMCO AND if there is no other QB (regardless of depth chart position) on your FFBMCO roster (not counting IR, an active roster space). This only applies to your starting QB and no other position or player.

    If an FFBMCO owner has one and only one ACTIVE (rostered not on IR) quarterback on their roster, and said quarterback unexpectedly can’t play for whatever reason, then that owner is entitled to the backup quarterback for the NFL team that their quarterback plays:
    1.) If and only if that backup quarterback is NOT already on an FFBMCO roster
    2.) If and only if the owner notified the league within 24 hours from the end of the game in which his FFBMCO quarterback was injured and states that he is using his backup QB insurance policy.
    Note – An active FFBMCO Commissioner will text the league to notify if/when an owner is invoking their QB Insurance Claim so that everyone is on the same page as far as waiver strategizing for that week is concerned

    Hypothetical Scenario:
    Your team is driven by Josh McCown with no other QB on your roster. In week 3 he gets pulverized by Khalil Mack. McCown is done for the year. You as Mccown’s owner have a 24 hour window to pick up Johnny Manziel because he is not on any FFBMCO roster by contacting one of the league commissioners OR by making a forum post declaring that you will be exercising your QB insurance policy. If you don’t act in those first 24 hours, Manziel is there for the taking for anyone.

    The owner of the injured/suspended quarterback receives waiver priority number one for the week. All other owners are moved down one spot to their proper waiver spot. This is the only claim that the insurance owner is allowed to make during the week thereby not affecting any other owner’s waiver claim.

    The owner who uses this insurance claim is only allowed one waiver claim the week of the QB insurance claim, and it is only to be used for the backup quarterback in question.

    A scenario can exist where all starting NFL QBs are on FFBMCO rosters. Therefore when a starter is injured/suspended etc., the FFBMCO owner would not have the ability to have a starting quarterback. This is a huge negative blow to the competitive balance of the league. We don’t want to discourage the keeping of quarterbacks on rosters, we just want to mitigate the possibility that an owner will be without a quarterback to play.

    This only applies to the quarterback position.

    Waiver Priority

    The waiver wire will change each week so that the team with the worst record will have the top waiver claim spot, and the team with the best record will have the last waiver claim spot. Point totals will be used to determine waiver priority between teams with the same W-L record.

    One of the main FFBMCO goals is to keep this league as competitive as possible.
    With the waiver spot being based solely on weekly standings/ point total (for teams with the same record), it stops a player from hoarding a top waiver spot. Since this league is so big, we want to encourage and facilitate player movement and owner action. We want to avoid an owner feeling hopeless thus becoming lethargic and not paying attention to his team. Even if your record isn’t good, being crafty on the waiver wire can give your team the needed boost to get things turned around.

    Note – The exception to the normal waiver priority process is if/when an owner exercises the QB insurance policy, explained in detail in the “Starting QB Insurance Policy” section above.

    3rd Commissioner
    League co-creators Shaun Herrick & Brian Lilley-Longville will always have a season by season 3rd commissioner elected by the FFBMCO community. The 3rd commissioner duties include:

    -Breaking any ties in a split decision between Shaun and Brian
    -Routinely asked for feedback during seasons including but not limited to: monthly contest, monthly contest prize, punishments, implementing changes, etc
    -Will attend the crowning of the champion ceremony which includes the champion meal
    -FFBMCO edit access
    -Advanced Yahoo access
    -Any other duty the league creators request

    New Owner/Expansion Keepers
    If and when there is an FFBMCO vacancy, all people listed in the “potential future owners” thread will be contacted and have the opportunity to bid on the existing vacant team.
    -League official sends out a note to all potential owners explaining the vacancy, the draft position, and a screen shot of the existing roster they’d inherit where they would have to choose not less than 3 players, and then grab not more than 2 players via FFBMCO non rookie Free Agents (aka non locked/kept players from the returning teams).

    – Opening discounted bid of $10 to start the process
    – Incremental bids must be at least $1 from the previous amount


    Chuck Deal leaves FFBMCO.

    The new owner taking over Chuck Deal will have successfully “won” the FFBMCO entry bidding process.

    However, the new owner only has to choose 3 of Chuck Deal’s rostered players, and then gets to choose any 2 NON ROOKIE FFBMCO free agents that are available.

    This will of course happen AFTER the returning 19 players lock their 5 players, the new person only gets to choose non kept non rookies.

    If the new owner wants to choose all 5 of his keepers off of Chuck Deal’s roster, that’s fine too.
    If he wants to choose 4 of his Keepers off Chuck Deal, then he gets to grab 1 non rookie free agent.
    If more than 1 person is interested in joining FFBMCO and there’s only 1 vacancy, the bidding process starts at $10 and highest bidder will join.

    Sample of initial email communication sent to possible owners:

    “Good afternoon potential fantasy football owner!

    You’re receiving this message because an existing FFBMCO owner mentioned you may be interested in joining the league and taking over a vacant team.

    FFBMCO’s 1st season was 2013. Over the span of 7 full seasons, there have only ever been 2 vacancies. This current offseason we lost another owner making it the 3rd time ever where an opportunity for an “outsider” to join this great league presented itself.

    What is FFBMCO?
    -A dynasty fantasy football league made up of 20 teams (2 conferences of 10, 4 divisions of 5). Feel free to peruse http://ffbmco to learn about specific rules, scoring and all the rich banter & history contained within the site.

    How much is it?
    -Normal buy in is $55 but for new owners who join the league they are inheriting someone else’s team and or someone else’s mess. With that in mind, interested potential owners will bid in increments of $1 over a period of time to take over the vacancy. Opening bid starts at $10. So your initial buy in can be as low as $10 but could be as high as you’re willing to pony-up in order to join this group.

    What are the payouts?
    -We have monthly contests tied to different categories that are announced in advance, but the end of the season payouts are:
    1st place – $600
    2nd place – $250
    3rd place – $100
    We also have a Comeback of the Year Award, optional $20 NFL Playoff side game and optional $10 losers bracket explained below.

    Comeback of the Year The franchise that made the largest leap in number of wins compared to the previous year will win 12 seasonal beers or 1 bottle of liquor priced $30 or less or 24 non-alcoholic beverages of their choice. In the event of a tie, the team that has a longer season will win. If that is still a tie, the team with the higher number of season points will win.

    OPTIONAL $20 NFL Playoff Side Hustle Up until the conclusion of the FFBCMO draft, team owners have the option to buy into the $20 side challenge which will count all stats on that person’s FFBMCO roster for the entire duration of the NFL Playoffs. The player with the largest sum at the conclusion of the Super Bowl will win the pot. This covers your entire roster, regardless of who is starting on your team within Yahoo.

    OPTIONAL $10 Losers Scrum The 12 non-postseason eligible team owners have the option to buy into the $10 losers scrum which will count your OPTIMAL LINEUP each week during the 3 week duration of the FFBMCO playoffs. If your “starting” QB scored less than your “benched” QB then the higher scoring QB is what will be counted regardless of how they appear in your Yahoo team. The player with the largest sum at the conclusion of the FFBMCO Championship will win the pot.

    If I want in and win the auction, then what?
    -First you will need to provide your team name and logo.
    -Second you will peruse the roster you’re inheriting. You will then decide if you will keep 5 players, 4 players, or 3 players. If you want to keep 5 (each non-new team MUST keep 5 players) you will lock them in and you will draft the remaining roster holes during the live Yahoo draft. If you only want to keep 4 players, you will then get to choose 1 NON-ROOKIE/non-locked player (an existing NFL player who is an FFBMCO free agent). If you only want to keep 3 players, you will choose 2 non-rookie/non-locked players.

    I’m interested, but what will I be working with?
    -Please reference the image of the roster you would be taking over below:


    So there you have it. If you have any questions please reply back or call/text (330-697-9741) and I can answer anything you’re confused about.

    It should be stated upfront that FFBMCO is not for the faint of heart. It is a strategic chess league in a world full of thoughtless checker leagues. The rules and scoring details can be found here http://ffbmco.com/rules/ and here http://ffbmco.com/scoring/ respectively.
    An important “quirk” of the league is that there is a backup QB insurance policy in place due to the volume of owners, the details of which are found in the Starting QB Insurance Policy section of http://ffbmco.com/rules/ . Please take a look.

    If you are still interested at this point, please let me know by Wednesday 7/15 at 5:00 p.m by replying YES. If you’re not interested, please reply with NO (no responses will be considered a NO as of 5:01 on Wednesday).
    All interested parties will be contacted by me on Thursday with that opening bid of $10 on the table and the bidding will go on for 48 hours or until we have 1 person left standing, whichever occurs first,
    Please note 1 and only 1 person can own 1 and only 1 FFBMCO team.
    Thanks for your time!

    FFBMCO Offseason
    The FFBMCO offseason starts as soon as your season has officially ended.
    -12 teams offseason starts at the conclusion of week 13 (rosters will be locked asap)
    -As playoff teams lose, their rosters will be locked
    -All rosters will be locked at the conclusion of the FFBMCO Super Bowl
    -FFBMCO roles/duties end for the season at the conclusion of the trophy presentation/champion meal
    -The season officially starts back up as soon as “keeper day” concludes
    -Trading my start right after this, though they cannot be officially entered in Yahoo until after the draft concludes

    Rental trades are not permitted. A rental trade is defined as: A deal between two teams in which the same NFL player is moved between the same FFBMCO owners in more than 1 transaction in a single FFBMCO season.
    If you acquire something from an owner, you live with it for the season or find one of the other 18 owners in the league to make a deal with to rid said acquired asset.

    As each owner in FFBMCO has paid their entry fee, they can manage their team as they see fit for strategic purposes. As long as an owner is starting active players in their lineup each week then there will be no penalty. Please note that if there are empty slots or inactive players in a starting lineup with capable bench players on a roster, the owner will be subject to penalties.

  • September 25, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Dang almost right on the money with the McCown/Manziel example. Except it didnt even take one full game. GO BROWNS!!!


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