ACME REAL Fantasy Football League Rules

The ACME Real Fantasy Football League is the most competitive realistic coaching experience for a 12-team league. The scoring system rewards individual performances by the yard at each position with a quantified score proportional to the team participation. These points integrate into a team score that is realistic to an actual football score. The competition starts at the draft and ends at the Super Bowl with a selected Coach of the Year as the overall champion. The regular season schedule is so dynamic that week 1 is as exciting as week 18. Division and conference rivalries are scheduled along with two positioning rounds during the first 15 weeks. Weeks 16 through 18 consist of an end of the season tournament that establishes a new dimension to evaluate your coaching ability. The playoffs have a unique twist that challenges your coaching ability and strategy all the way to the Super Bowl. The Fantasy Coach of the Year is an analytical determination based on performances in all categories throughout the season. The league will start out with a commissioner who would send out invites to the other coaches and simply set up the draft time, date and time clock. ACME Real Fantasy Football does everything else from there on. The basic breakdown of this league is summarized in the following paragraphs.

Draft: The draft order establishes the team number for each team owner which determines the divisions and conferences for the teams along with their schedule. The order is selected randomly for the draft and proceeds from selection of random numbers 1 through 12 assigned to each team. The 12th pick makes two selections and the order descends back down to the first pick. This order continues through nine rounds of selections. Each owner has to select 9 positions during the draft which consists of 1 Quarterback, 2 Running Backs, 2 Wide Receivers, 1 Tight End, 1 Kicker, 1 Defense and 1 Special Team to establish their fantasy football team. Your bench is only used for potentially injured players and byes for that position.

Conferences and Divisions: In a 12-team league, Teams 1 through 3 are designated as the North Division. Teams 4 through 6 are designated as the South Division. The North and South Divisions compose the National Conference. Teams 7 through 9 are designated as the East Division. Teams 10 through 12 are designated as the West Division. The East and West Divisions compose the American Conference. These individual matchups are designated as the head to head record which will reflect the teams record as they play in the regular season and tournament.

Schedule: The regular season schedule has three different components during the 18-week season. These components consist of the regular schedule, positioning rounds and the end of the season tournament. During the regular season schedule, Weeks 1 through 6 and weeks 8 through 14 has each team playing the other teams in their division once in each section for a total of two times. Each team also plays the other teams in their conference one time during these 12 weeks. The remaining games include match ups with teams from the other conference with the exception of one team. Weeks 7 and 15 are positioning rounds having the 1st place team playing the 2nd place team, 3rd playing 4th, 5th playing 6th, 7th playing 8th, 9th playing 10th and 11th playing 12 th . This method tightens up the competition prior to the regular season tournament.

Regular Season Tournament: The end of the regular season tournament is played during weeks 16, 17 and 18. It consists of each division team playing the other teams within their division in week 16 or playing two games that week. The National conference is bracketed together as well as the American conference. The winners of both games in week 16 move forward in the winners’ bracket of their division and they proceed to the conference championship (tournament semifinals) against their other division winner. The losers move to the consolation round and play the other three teams in their conference. The winners of the conference championship (tournament semifinals) play each other in the tournament championship finals (tournament 1st and 2nd place). The losers of the conference championships move to the consolation finals along with the top two winners from the consolation round of each conference. These six teams play each other (five games) in the consolation finals (3rd through 8th place). The two losers from each conference of the consolation round move to the Toilet Bowl of the tournament. These four teams play each other (three games) for the Toilet Bowl results (9th through 12th place).

This results in any individual team playing as little as 18 games or as many as 24 games in the regular season. The division champions are based on their winning percentage at the end of the regular 17-week season. The team that wins the tournament has a 4 wins 0 loss record for the final three weeks. However, the 3rd place team could have anywhere between 9 wins and 1 loss, 7 wins and 1 loss, 8 wins and 2 losses or 7 wins and 3 losses depending on when they moved into the consolation rounds and how they performed. This gives several teams an opportunity to improve their regular season winning percentage and possibly win their division from behind.

Scoring: The scoring system for this league is based on individual performances and how they relate to the total team participation. In many leagues a touchdown is valued at 6 points, an extra point at 1 point and a field goal at 3 points. If you combine this with their yardage points you end up with scores similar to a Harlem Globetrotter basketball score (example 175-155).

ACME Real Fantasy Football League scoring system results in a more realistic football score (example 28.24-27.78) based on 28 points per game which is approximately what the top 12 professional teams score.

Bench or Reserve Players: One of the main reasons this league is so competitive is the player pool of potential players. The bench can only be used for a player that has a questionable or doubtful injury, on injured reserve, in-active, suspended or has a bye. If a player has a bye that week than the bye player is placed on the bench and an active free agent player of the same position is selected in the lineup in his place. If a player has an injury or suspension, then the owner has first rights to his backup in the depth chart at the same position. Please note, the owner can only select one player for a replacement, so if this player is injured as well, it is at the owner’s risk. Our website should scan all lineups periodically during the week up to just before a game to check or confirm the status of a player and automatically pick up the next player on the depth chart or possibly drop the bench player if the active is deemed uninjured or his status is probable.

Waivers: At the beginning of each week after the Monday night game and before any team can pick up any players, a waiver process is performed. During this process each owner submits their choices for adds and or drops for that week including their injury replacements. A team must have established a legal lineup to make these selections dropping any extra players or the replacement player from their team used the previous week for a bye or injury. The waivers will be performed at 2:00PM EST every Wednesday for that week’s selection. The team with the lowest coaches score will have the first priority to any player all the way through the team with the highest coaches score with the last priority. After the waiver process, then drop adds are based on a first come first serve basis except for injuries.

Overall Record: The overall record is based on a simulation of playing each and every team each week throughout the 18-week regular season.

Regular Season Competition: The regular season competition is based on each team’s rankings in four categories of achievement over the 18 weeks of the season all combined into a Coach Rating. The regular season Head to Head game record based on the schedule decides the champion of each division. Total scoring represents your team’s points accumulated from each week’s scores and is quantified on the conference and division page. The aforementioned overall record. Finally, each team’s tournament placement is determined. These rankings are given point values of 12 for first place all the way down to 1 point for twelfth place. This accumulated point value determines the team’s Coach Rating. Each position has a most valuable player selected based on the players fantasy points accumulated throughout the season.

Regular Season Prize Distribution: The prize points for each category is as follows:

Post Season Competition: The post season competition has each team‘s roster cleared and each coach can select any player from any of the NFL teams playing in the playoffs that week. Any player can be on multiple or even on all fantasy teams. The only stipulation is that you can NOT have more than two players from any one team with the exception of the special team which can be from any team playing that week. No two teams can be exactly the same on a first come first serve basis and the owners can change their team right up to 5 minutes before game. Each week the rosters will be cleared, and new players will be selected based on only the teams playing that week for the Wildcard Games, Division Games and the Conference Championship Games. As the teams accumulate points live their position will change on the graphic. For the Superbowl game each team is comprised of no more than 4 players from each team with the exception of the special team, which can be from either team.

Coach of the Year Competition: The coach of the year is an analytical breakdown based on each teams's performance when compared to other teams shown below: