Napoleon Leagues

Entry Fee & Prizes

Entry Fee $100.00
Prize Pool $1,000.00

 

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SafeLeagues NFL 2018 Empire Leagues Official Rules
For Napoleon and Caesar empire leagues started in 2015 and 2016

(Updated 2/8/2018)
 

LEAGUE OVERVIEW

An Empire League is a dynasty-style fantasy football league. In the first year of the league, each owner drafts a roster of 16 players in a snake-style email or live draft. At the end of each season, each owner’s entire 16-player roster transfers to the next season. Each season there will be a rookie/free agent draft, during which any player not already on a roster may be selected, described in more detail below.

Each SafeLeagues Empire league has the following unique distinctions from a “traditional” dynasty league:

  • There is an “Empire Pot,” which is a portion of each season’s prize pool that is rolled over from season-to-season until one franchise wins the league playoff championship in two consecutive seasons.
  • In the event of a back-to-back champion, the entire Empire Pot is awarded to the owner of the franchise that won the playoff championship in two consecutive season.
  • In the event of a back-to-back champion, the league ends.


LEAGUE MANAGEMENT SERVICE

SafeLeagues proudly uses MyFantasyLeague as our game play provider (“MFL” or “Game Play Site”). Owners will receive a link and login information to their MFL league after making payment for their league.


OWNERSHIP

  1. No owner may have a stake in more than one franchise in a SafeLeagues Empire league.
  2. If an owner abandons their franchise (either by declaring that they have given up their team or by failing to pay by the payment deadline for the upcoming season), the owner gives up their claim to any and all prize winnings, as well as any and all entry fees previously contributed to the Empire Pot.
  3. If a franchise is deemed to have been abandoned, the ownership of that franchise reverts to SafeLeagues. SafeLeagues will sell abandoned Empire League franchises to the highest bidder through the SafeLeagues website.
  4. If an owner dies or is otherwise incapacitated, his/her team may be bequeathed in accordance with his/her last will and testament, or if incapacitated, member’s power of attorney. Please see additional details in the section entitled “INHERITANCE.”
  5. If an owner abandons a franchise, that owner may never re-join the same league as an owner or co-owner of a different franchise.
  6. Co-owners are not allowed for the purposes of paying the annual entry fee or receiving prize money. I.e. one owner must pay the entire entry fee, and only one owner will receive winnings due to the franchise. Co-owners are allowed on the Game Play site.


LEAGUE DEADLINES

The following deadlines must be strictly adhered to for all Empire League franchise owners:

League Renewal Deadline: April 1, 2018
Each franchise must make their payment for the upcoming season no later than April 1, 2018 of the current calendar year. If payment has not been received by April 1, 2018; SafeLeagues reserves the right to declare a franchise as abandoned.

Annual Rookie/Free Agent Draft
The annual rookie/free agent draft will be held after all league members have renewed for the upcoming season and/or after all orphaned teams have been sold. The league will then choose to have a May or August Draft.

Roster Deadline: Tuesday After the Super Bowl
All franchises must pare their roster to no more than 16 players by 12:00 AM EST on the Tuesday following the Super Bowl.

IMPORTANT: The Roster Deadline includes players on Injured Reserve, meaning franchises must remove or drop players from IR prior to the deadline. If a franchise is in violation of the 16-player rule as of the Roster Deadline, SafeLeagues reserves the right to take whatever action is necessary to rectify the situation, including dropping players from the offending franchise’s IR list.


PAYOUTS

Empire league payouts are as follows:

Napoleon Leagues ($100 entry fee):

  • Saved in Empire Pot: $500
  • Annual playoff champion: $350
  • Annual playoff runner-up: $150

Caesar Leagues ($200 entry fee):

  • Saved in Empire Pot: $1,000
  • Annual playoff champion: $700
  • Annual playoff runner-up: $300

Empire pot payouts will be determined on a year-by-year basis. The entire Empire Pot will be awarded to the owner of the franchise that wins the playoff championship in two consecutive seasons.

All league finances will be administered by SafeLeagues through the LeagueSafe website. End-of-season payouts will be allocated in accordance with the Terms of Service.

If, for any reason, SafeLeagues ceases the operation and administration of Empire Leagues, each league member will receive a payout equal to one-twelfth (1/12) of the Empire Pot.
 

FIRST-YEAR EMPIRE LEAGUE DEPOSIT
(only applicable to certain leagues started in 2016)

All first-year Empire leagues require an advance deposit of one year’s full entry fee (e.g. if you join a $100 Empire League, you will owe $200 plus any commissioner or convenience fees in Year 1). This deposit is non-refundable until the league ends or is disbanded, at which point it will be returned to you provided you are still a member in good standing of the league.

In each subsequent season after Year 1, owners are responsible for paying the yearly entry fee plus any commissioner or convenience fees.


ROSTER REQUIREMENTS

All teams are comprised of 16 players (nine starters and seven bench players), as follows:

  • 1 Quarterback
  • 2 Running Backs
  • 3 Wide Receivers
  • 1 Tight End
  • 1 Flex Player (RB/WR/TE)
  • 1 Kicker
  • 7 Bench Spots

Please note, you are NOT required to fill all starting lineup requirements in the draft/auction (start-up or rookie/FA), but your starting lineup must be filled by the start of Week 1, and you must start a valid lineup each week adhering to the above settings. 


Roster Lock

Players in your starting lineup will lock at their scheduled kickoff. That means you can add/remove a player from your starting lineup as long as their game hasn’t started.


Injured Reserve

There are up to 16 Injured Reserve (IR) spots for each franchise. A player must be on the official NFL Injured Reserve list to be eligible for IR. This includes the denotation for IR NFI (non-football injury) or PUP (Physically Unable to Perform). In the event that a player is placed on the Injured Reserve – Designated to Return list by their NFL team, that player may be placed on IR. When re-activated by their NFL team, the player must be removed from IR. Anyone with a “(I)” denotation on MFL is eligible to be placed on IR.

Hoarding of injured players will not be tolerated. Therefore, to be eligible for IR, a player must have been on a franchise’s roster prior to the IR denotation by the NFL (and MFL). League members are responsible for self-policing this rule. Any violations of the rule must be reported to SafeLeagues by a league member. In the event this rule is violated, SafeLeagues reserves the right to take any actions necessary to rectify the situation, including reversing the transaction and/or, at SafeLeagues’ sole discretion, removal of the offending owner from the league.

Players with a suspended (S) denotation are not eligible to be placed on IR.


SCORING

SafeLeagues Empire Leagues use a PPR-based scoring system. Full scoring breakdown is as follows:


League Scoring System

Stat

Fantasy Points

Passing TD

4 for each

Passing Yards

.04 for 1 yard (1 point for every 25 yards)

Passing 2-point Conversion

2 for each

Interceptions Thrown

-1 for each

300+ Passing Yards

3 point bonus

Receiving TD

6 for each

Receiving Yards

.1 for each (1 point for every 10 yards)

Receptions

1 point for each

Receiving 2-point Conversion

2 for each

100+ Receiving Yards

3 point bonus

Rushing TD

6 for each

Rushing Yards

.1 for each (1 point for every 10 yards)

Rushing 2-point Conversion

2 for each

100+ Rushing Yards

3 point bonus

Field Goal of 49 Yards or Less

3 for each

Field Goal of 50 Yards or More

4 for each

Extra Point

1 for each

Missed Field Goal

-2 for each

Missed Extra Point

-1 for each

Fumbles Lost

-1 for each

Kickoff or Punt Return TD

6 for each

Offensive Fumble Recoveries for TD

6 for each

 

CUSTOMIZED SCORING OPTIONS

From time-to-time, SafeLeagues may offer customized scoring options for certain leagues. In such instances, owners should refer to the specific promotions being offered through the SafeLeagues website and/or through communications with SafeLeagues employees. Commonly-used custom scoring leagues may include the following:


Superflex

Superflex leagues are leagues in which owners may choose to play a QB, RB, WR, or TE in their Flex spot. In such leagues, the scoring system will be altered as follows: QB scoring is modified so that QBs receive 1 point for every 40 passing yards (instead of 1 point per 25 passing yards in our standard scoring system). If your league has been designated a Superflex league by SafeLeagues, these custom rules supersede the default roster and scoring options shown above.


PLAYER DISTRIBUTION

Annual Rookie & Free Agent Draft

Each subsequent year after the startup snake draft a draft will be held to distribute rookies and free agents. This draft will take place in either May or August depending on the preference of the league. It also might be pushed to August if the orphans are not sold in time to have a May draft.


Draft Order

The draft order for the annual rookie & free agent draft will be determined as follows:

  • Pick 1 goes to the non-playoff team with the worst all play winning % as of the end of the regular season (Week 13) the previous year.
  • Pick 2 goes to the non-playoff team with the second-worst all play winning %.
  • Pick 3 goes to the non-playoff team with the third-worst all-play winning %.
  • Pick 4 goes to the non-playoff team with the fourth-worst all-play winning %.
  • Pick 5 goes to the non-playoff team with the fifth-worst all-play winning %.
  • Pick 6 goes to the non-playoff team with the sixth-worst all-play winning %.
  • Pick 7 goes to the worst all-play winning % of Week 14 playoff losers.
  • Pick 8 goes to the best all-play winning % of Week 14 playoff losers.
  • Pick 9 goes to the worst all-play winning % of the Week 15 playoff losers.
  • Pick 10 goes to the best all-play winning % of the Week 15 playoff losers.
  • Pick 11 goes to the 2nd place finisher.
  • Pick 12 goes to the league champion.

The following criteria will be used to break any ties when determining the draft order:

  • Total Points Scored (fewest)
  • Divisional Winning Percentage (lowest)
  • Reverse Order of Opponent Total Points Scored

The annual rookie & free agent draft is an NFL-style, straight draft, meaning the draft order will be the same as shown above for all rounds.

AT NO POINT CAN YOUR ROSTER EXCEED 16 PLAYERS. We encourage you to drop as many players as you can (who you don’t plan to keep on roster) before the draft starts, but you will be able to drop a player during the draft (even when on the clock).

PLAYERS WHO ARE DROPPED DURING THE DRAFT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE DRAFTED WITH THE SUBSEQUENT PICKS.

ONCE YOU SKIP YOUR PICK, YOU ARE DONE DRAFTING. You cannot jump back in under any circumstance.

Trading is allowed during the draft. Trades must keep you at or under your 16 player limit. It was previously not allowed because a commissioner would not be available to approve trades in a timely fashion during the draft.

Since trading is automatic, if a team feels a trade is collusive, they must contact the commissioner immediately. If it is during the rookie draft, the draft will be paused as SafeLeagues reviews the trade for collusion. Once again, we are not looking for bad trades, we are looking for two owners working together in a collusive manner.

If you allow the timer to expire with a full roster (16 players), you will be considered done drafting and will have all remaining picks skipped.

If you are the last person drafting, you cannot make consecutive picks unless your roster is below 16 players.

***Because of the varying times picks are made in an email draft, incorrect picks are unlikely to be reverted by the commissioner. Owners are responsible for entering their correct pick, and ensuring it is the player they want before they hit submit. Please use caution! The commissioner will use best judgement. If you immediately contact the commissioner and the timestamps are within a reasonable amount of time and no other picks have been made, a pick may be changed.


Draft & Drop

Each time an owner selects a new player in the annual rookie & free agent draft, a roster spot must be made available by dropping a player from the franchise’s current 16-player roster (unless the roster has less than 16 players).


LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Each league is divided into two six-team divisions. Owners will play every team in the league at least once and two teams within their division twice. The divisional opponents that are played twice will be selected at random before your league’s draft.  Tie scores are permitted during regular season play.

The regular season begins on Week 1 of the NFL season and will end at the conclusion of Week 13.


LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Six teams qualify for the playoffs, as follows: the winner of each division (highest winning %) and four wild card teams. In the event there is a tie for a divisional title, a divisional winner will be determined by the following tie-breaking criteria:

  • Total Points Scored
  • Divisional Winning Percentage
  • Reverse Order of Opponent Total Points Scored

The four wild card spots will now be decided by all-play winning percentage (regardless of division) not total points scored. Again, that’s ALL-PLAY winning percentage, not just winning-percentage. All-play winning percentage is determined by taking your weekly score and putting it against the scores of every other team (on a weekly basis). So, the best you can do in a week is go 11-0 (1.000% all-play percentage), and the worst you can do is 0-11 (0.000% all-play percentage).   Any ties in wild card seeding will be broken with the following criteria:

  • Total Points Scored
  • Reverse Order of Opponent Total Points Scored

The top two seeds receive a bye in Week 14, while the #3 seed plays the #6 seed, and the #4 seed plays the #5 seed. In the event of a tie score in a playoff game, the following tie-breaking criteria will be utilized to determine a winner:

  • Most total starter combined TDs
  • Highest individual starter score
  • Highest total bench points

SafeLeagues will do its best to monitor for ties, but owners involved in a tied playoff game MUST contact their SafeLeagues commissioner, so he can apply the tiebreaking criteria to the matchup and determine a winner.

Once winners have been determined for the opening round of the playoffs, the #1 seed will face the winner of the #4 and #5 seed game, and the #2 seed will face the winner of the #3 and #6 seed game (in Week 15). The winners of the Week 15 matchups will then compete in the championship game held in Week 16. The losers of the Week 15 matchups will compete in the consolation game for the third-place prize (also in Week 16).


TRADES

Trading is permitted, all trades will be automatically processed.

If you believe that there is collusion involving a trade, email the commissioner within 24 hours. Please provide evidence as to why you think the trade was collusive. We understand everyone has their opinions on players and trades, but we can’t make rulings based off if we would personally do a trade or not. Trades that certain owners feel are lopsided happen in every league. We are looking for collusion, and that’s the only reason we will reverse a trade. In all instances, SafeLeagues’ ruling is final and cannot be appealed or disputed.

If an owner immediately contacts us via email within a reasonable amount of time and says a deal was accepted in error, we will reverse that trade as well. It may not be done immediately since we aren’t next to our email at all times, but timestamps will be checked.

Since trading is automatic, if a team feels a trade is collusive, they must contact the commissioner immediately. If it is during the rookie draft, the draft will be paused as SafeLeagues reviews the trade for collusion. Once again, we are not looking for bad trades, we are looking for two owners working together in a collusive manner.

Trading of FAAB budget is not allowed.

Trading will be allowed immediately once you pay for the league and up until the trade deadline, which is Wednesday, October 31 (8:00 PM EST) (TBD when the schedule comes out).

Draft picks may be traded, but no more than one year into the future (i.e. in the year 2018, you can only trade draft picks for the 2018 and 2019 seasons).

Lopsided trades are not allowed in the system if there aren’t enough roster spots to process the trade. If you wish to make a 3 player for 1 player trade… the owner receiving more players must drop the player(s) necessary so the trade will fit within their roster limit.


THE CHAMP NO-TRADE CLAUSE

As an anti-collusion measure, the reigning league champion cannot make trades of any kind in the subsequent calendar year.

In the event that the defending champ abandons his/her team, the new owner will be allowed to trade because he/she will be ineligible to claim the Empire pot (see “Abandoned Teams” below).


TRADE DEADLINES

Season Trade Deadline
The final trade deadline for all SafeLeagues Empire leagues is Wednesday, October 31 (8:00 PM EST) (TBD when the schedule comes out).


WAIVERS/FREE AGENTS

All leagues utilize a Free Agents Acquisition Budgets (FAAB) Blind-Bidding waivers system. Each owner begins the season with a $100 FAAB budget to place blind bids on waived players. To pick up a player who is on waivers, a minimum bid of $1 must be made. The owner with the highest bid will acquire the player, and for the exact dollar amount that was bid. Since this is blind-bidding, other owners will not be able to see your bid amount (and for what player) until waiver claims are processed. All bid amounts must be made in $1 increments.

Players who were dropped during the bidding process will not be available for acquisition until the next blind bidding period.

In the event two or more owners bid an equal amount on the same player, the following criteria will be used (in a worst-to-first manner) to break the tie:

  • Overall Winning Percentage
  • Total Points Scored
  • All-Play Winning Percentage

After each waiver claim period is complete, first-come-first-served (FCFS) players will be available for pick up. All FCFS transactions are $0 and nothing will be deducted from your FAAB balance.

Please see below for this season’s blind-bidding and FCFS timelines.

Pre-Season Acquisitions
For leagues drafting prior to August 1, owners may begin submitting blind bids for undrafted free agents on August 1 at 11:00 AM ET. For leagues drafting after August 1, owners may begin submitting blind bids immediately after the conclusion of the draft. For all leagues, the first round of waiver claims will be processed on Wednesday, September 5 at 1:00 PM EST (the day before the NFL season begins).

FCFS players will be available for pick up immediately after the first round of claims are processed and will remain available until kick-off of each player’s respective game in Week 1.

In-Season Acquisitions
After the conclusion of Week 1, the first in-season blind-bidding period will begin on Tuesday at 12:00 AM EST and conclude on Wednesday at 1:00 PM EST. At that point, all waiver claims will be processed, and all unclaimed players will be available on a FCFS basis until their respective game kicks off for that week.

Once a player’s game kicks off, they will be put on waivers until the next bidding period begins on the following Tuesday (at 12:00 AM EST). This schedule/cycle will continue on a weekly basis for the remainder of the fantasy season.

In addition, once a player is acquired (either through blind-bidding or FCFS), that player cannot be dropped for 24 hours.

Conditional Bidding
Conditional bidding allows an owner to bid on player A and if not awarded, then bid on player B. Non-conditional (“regular”) bidding just has an owner bid on player A and then bid on player B. In this latter case, the owner could get both players A and B. In the former, the owner would only get one of the two.

Note that in Conditional Bidding an owner would enter players in multiple groups in order to receive several players, but the Groups are merely placeholders for these bids and have no weighted value. Generally speaking, the easiest way to think about submitting bids is that owners should submit a new bidding group for each player that they want to DROP from their roster.

For a more detailed description of Conditional Bidding, click here.


UNDROPPABLE LIST

As an anti-collusion measure, there will be a list of players deemed “undroppable.” In all instances, SafeLeagues will adhere to the Game Play Site’s preferred “can’t cut” or “undroppable” list.


ROSTER FREEZE

Weekly
All add/drops and lineup changes must be submitted 5 minutes before kickoff for each player involved. This deadline will be strictly enforced on the Game Play Site.

Offseason
*Rosters freeze for all teams after Week 16. The blind bidding process continues during the playoffs in Weeks 14-16, even for teams that have not made the playoffs.

No free agent pickups are allowed between the end of Week 16 and the annual rookie & free agent draft.

All franchises must pare their roster to no more than 16 players by 12:00 AM EST on the Tuesday following the Super Bowl.

Players placed on the IR the previous season must be removed from your IR (either moved to the active 16-man roster or released) by 12:00 AM EST on the Tuesday following the Super Bowl.

All rosters must have a valid starting lineup on their roster as of the offseason roster deadline. I.e., you must have at least 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, and 1 K on your 16-player roster as of the offseason roster freeze deadline.


ILLEGAL ROSTERS/THROWING GAMES

We are dedicated to ensuring all SafeLeagues are competitive throughout the entire season. The act of “throwing games” (i.e. losing on purpose by submitting a lineup containing injured players, players on bye, or obviously under-performing players) is strictly prohibited. SafeLeagues reserves the right to immediate remove any owner deemed to be deliberately throwing games from the league. Teams that are abandoned in this way will be taken over by SafeLeagues and run as if owned by SafeLeagues for the duration of the season. See the section entitled “Abandoned Teams” for further details.

SafeLeagues reserves the right to take whatever action is deemed necessary, including inaction, to rectify a situation related to throwing games.

If you believe a team in your league is deliberately throwing games, you must notify your SafeLeagues commissioner via email to address the issue. It is solely up to SafeLeagues to determine whether a team is deliberately throwing games, and to determine the appropriate course of action. In a situation where such a determination has not been made until after games have already started for that week (or previous weeks, in the event the tanking owner is not identified until after they have submitted intentionally bad lineups for several weeks), SafeLeagues will retroactively set the tanking owner’s lineup based on the “Expert Consensus Rankings” found on www.fantasypros.com for the current/previous week. SafeLeagues will not be able to change weeks beyond that because the players on that team’s roster may have changed and the players they had for that week may no longer be available to retroactively start.


ABANDONED TEAMS

When a team has been deemed abandoned, either because of a suspected cheating owner or a non-responsive owner who is no longer actively managing their team, SafeLeagues will assume control of that team. We will do our best to run the team in a fair manner, as to not disrupt the competitive balance of the league.

If needed, the abandoned, SafeLeagues-run team will participate in waiver activity in order to keep a valid, competitive roster, but they will not be involved in any trade activity whatsoever. Abandoned teams that are being managed by SafeLeagues are not eligible to receive prizes.

If a team has been deemed abandoned as a result of not making their entry fee payment prior to the League Renewal Deadline, SafeLeagues will attempt to sell the franchise on the SafeLeagues website and/or via email, social media, or other means.

If the defending champ abandons his/her team, the Empire pot cannot be won in the following year.  In essence, there is no defending champ – the seat is vacated. A new owner may purchase the abandoned (championship) team, but he/she must manage the team for two full seasons in order to be eligible for the Empire pot.

The First-Year Empire League Deposit will not be refunded to members who have abandoned their franchise.


INHERITANCE

If an owner dies or is otherwise incapacitated, his or her franchise may be bequeathed in accordance with his/her last will and testament, or if incapacitated, member’s power of attorney. Inheritance is restricted as follows:

  1. The heir may not be another member of the same league.
  2. No person may be designated heir to more than one franchise in the same league.
  3. If an owner does not have an heir designated in his/her last will and testament, the franchise will be treated as an abandoned franchise. In that event, SafeLeagues will assume ownership of the abandoned franchise and attempt to sell the franchise to a new owner. See section entitled “OWNERSHIP” for more details about abandonment.
  4. The heir must be listed as a co-owner on the Game Play Site.
  5. It is the heir’s sole responsibility to contact SafeLeagues to take claim of a franchise prior to the League Renewal Deadline. SafeLeagues will begin re-selling abandoned franchises after the League Renewal Deadline.


TERMINATION CLAUSE

If, after 20 full seasons, no franchise has won the playoff championship in back-to-back seasons, SafeLeagues will pay out the Empire Pot to each of the 12 franchises in equal proportion, and the league will be terminated.


RULE CHANGES

Only under special conditions (where scoring or standings/playoff seeding aren’t affected), will any rules or settings be changed during the season.

Slight rule changes that SafeLeagues does not feel have or would have affected how a franchise has constructed their roster, may be changed after the end of the season and prior to payment of the next year’s fees.

Scoring, starting lineup, and roster changes will not happen unless unanimously agreed upon by the league.