Slab Bacon Fantasy Football League Bylaws
The following is an updated outline from the Commissioner regarding Slab Bacon Fantasy Football League. This outline will cover league policies, rules, and special circumstances, and should be used to answer any questions that arise during the season. If there is no set rule or guidance for a particular situation, the Commissioner may make a ruling, either by himself or by league consensus, and that ruling shall be added to the related section. – C.G. 8/6/2014.
I’ve revised the following sections to reflect the changes rolling out for the year 2016:
— C.G. 3/2/2016
I’ve revised the following sections to reflect the changes rolling out for the year 2017:
— C.G. 12/29/16
- CG 6/10/17
- CG 5/8/19
Owners must be present for the Slab Bacon snake draft, either online or in person. Any owner that does not attend the draft will receive one strike for the season. A strike for not showing up in person to the draft can be avoided by being online, on the phone, or having someone outside the league be present and draft for you for the entire duration of the draft. Slab Bacon uses a snake style draft in a serpentine format.
Slab Bacon FFL is limited to 12 teams, each operated by any number of owners. Each team may be purchased for $75 each year.
Each team owner takes full ownership of the team, and is expected to be active in discussion, roster management, and trade talks. See Inactivity section.
At some point, Slab Bacon FFL may want to add more teams. In the likelihood of this happening, the following terms must be met:
Slab Bacon FFL uses mostly ESPN.com’s ½ Point Per Reception scoring with some customizations.
½ PPR was voted on to be enabled for the 2019 season onward.
Notable differences from the standard scoring system are:
Any changes to the scoring guidelines will be discussed by the league.
REGULAR SEASON TIE BREAKERS
Effective 2015, a tie in a regular season matchup will result in a tie.
Slab Bacon FFL will use the following 14 roster spots and 1 IR:
Any changes in rosters will be discussed and voted on by league owners. Kickers will never be allowed in Slab Bacon FFL.
*Effective 2017- changed bench spots from 7 to 6.
*Effective 2019- Flex changed from RB/WR to RB/WR/TE
Slab Bacon FFL is split into three four-team divisions. During the 13 game season, divisional foes will face off twice for each team making it 6 division games and there will be 7 interdivisional games. Normally, this setup would allow teams to play every opponent, but I thought it was more important to scratch week 17. There will only be 7 interdivisional games.
Divisions will be kept the same indefinitely.
Beginning in Week 14 of the regular NFL season, Slab Bacon FFL will have a six team playoff. The three division winners will earn a playoff spot while the better of the two division winner earn a bye. Then the next best 3 teams regardless of division will earn a wildcard.
The three Wild Card spots are determined by the teams with the best records that were not division winners. Theoretically, a single division could have four of the six playoff teams.
The home team will be awarded a 3 point bonus during the playoffs. Non-playoff teams will not be awarded home field advantage in loser bracket.
PLAYOFF SEEDING TIE-BREAKERS
Ties in the standings will be decided by the following categories in order: Head to Head record, Divisional Record, Total Points Scored, Opponents Points Scored. The commissioner has the right to override any automatically generated playoff seeds to reflect the order of tie breaker categories.
PLAYOFF MATCHUP TIE-BREAKERS
In the event a playoff matchup results in a tie, ESPN awards the win to the lower seeded team by default.
The top two finishers in Slab Bacon FFL will receive a prize payout:
Starting week 4, the top scoring team of the week will receive a $10 payout until the end of the post-season.
The league trophy is called the Porkgasm, and is awarded to the team that wins the Pork Bowl at the end of each season. The champion is allowed to hold on to the trophy until the start of the following season, where it should then be returned to the League Office before week 1. It is up to the champion to decide if they want to add an engraved plate on the trophy base, and they must pay out for it out of their own pocket.
After the playoffs have concluded, the owner finishing last in the loser bracket will be forced to apply a blue Dallas Cowboys star decal on the back windshield of their main vehicle for the entire offseason. The sticker needs to remain on the vehicle and cannot be removed until the next SBFFL draft day. Opting against the sticker punishment is acceptable if the owner agrees to put $300 towards the following draft party. Punishment is subject to change.
As stated in the Owners section, all owners are expected to be active in discussion, but specifically when it is regarding the rules and changes to the league. If there is an important Poll regarding the rules, all 12 owners are expected to vote within a reasonable amount of time.
When an owner reaches out to another owner regarding a trade, the owner on the receiving end is expected to respond without letting the trade offer expire first. There needs to be some sort of communication acknowledging you received the trade offer, and if the owner can’t discuss trades right away, they will advise the other owner a more appropriate time to discuss. Owners will not receive a strike for not making trades, but ignoring trade discussion in excess will hurt the owners reputation, and may be used against the owner if a questionable or indecisive strike occurs.
Owners are expected to set their lineups every single week without starting an injured player or someone on a bye week. They are expected to be aware of game-time decisions based on injuries. There are certain situations when failing to set a lineup is understandable and will not qualify for a strike. The key to this is communication. If an owner knows they will be in a situation that will not allow them to set a lineup for a game time decision, they must notify the commissioner to avoid a strike. Each situation will be reviewed on a case by case basis and owners will be advised when they earn strikes and if they are in danger of being expelled from the league. The commissioner will NOT remind owners of any injury updates and will NOT remind owners to set their lineups. The only lineup setting reminders by the commissioner will be for unique schedule changes such as natural disasters and international games.
If an owner does not meet the requirements for owning a team in Slab Bacon FFL (i.e. failing to set a lineup, or not being present the entire draft), he will receive a strike for each transgression. If an owner receives two strikes in the same season, he will be expelled from Slab Bacon FFL. In this case, the Commissioner will actively search for a replacement owner.
During the season, trades can be proposed and accepted by anyone at any time until Thursday morning when waivers clear in Week 11. If multiple owners would like to orchestrate contingent or multi-team trades, the Commissioner must be notified. Once all teams involved have cleared with the Commissioner, the subsequent trades will process. These trades are binding, and will be forcefully executed if the third party refuses to follow through after the first two teams have accepted.
The Commissioner reserves the right to veto any trade. By playing in Slab Bacon FFL, players are giving control of the matter to the Commissioner, and entrusting in good faith that he will make the league fair. In some cases, a league vote may be requested. In most cases, the commissioner will approve the trade and process it immediately unless there is obvious collusion.
We have voted on keepers several times and it has not passed. We will remain a redraft league indefinitely.
Please contact the commissioner for any clarification on league functions, rules, or multi-team trades.
Use this link to access the contact info, you will need permission to access it in order to keep everyone's info private. https://goo.gl/87UYr2