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2011 Illinois Football League Primer

September 1, 2011 1 comment

One week from today, professional football will be back.  That means fantasy football is just on the horizon as well, so it’s time to run down the basics of the 2011 Illinois Football League season.

If you haven’t done so yet, you have until Saturday at 11:59 P.M. to claim a keeper player.  You do not have to keep a player this year, but if you do, here’s how you do it:

  • Go to the archive page from last season.  Then click on ‘Final Rosters’ and select your team, if it didn’t pop up already.  There you can find players that you can keep.
  • You can only keep ONE player from your roster from last season.  You can change it any time before the deadline, but the player you have chosen at the time of the deadline will be the one you keep.
  • The player you keep will be selected in the round that corresponds to the latest Yahoo! ranking, according to their Draft Kit, no later than Saturday at 11:59 P.M.  That player will be the selection that matches up with their ranking on the cheat sheet.  For example, a player that is ranked 43rd will be a 3rd round selection.

The draft for the league is scheduled for Sunday, September 4th, at 7:00 P.M. CDT.  Here is a list of the draft order for the 16 teams, followed by their keeper player selection if they have one:

  1. DaBearColts – Drew Brees, QB
  2. 2001 Redskins
  3. Niemi No No – Jamaal Charles, RB
  4. Muses Academy Muses – Antonio Gates, TE
  5. Tim TebOwned – Reggie Wayne, WR
  6. Most Daring – Adrian Peterson, RB
  7. ItsonlikeNdamukong – Aaron Rodgers, QB
  8. Sparland Hilltoppers
  9. The Brady Bunch – Tom Brady, QB
  10. Bad News Bears – Michael Vick, QB
  11. Da Winner – Ray Rice, RB
  12. The Other Side
  13. 4th and Inches
  14. Jay Cutler’s Insulin
  15. hangembangem69
  16. TD’s n’ Beer

The draft will be a snaking draft, which means the order will reverse for every round.  There are 15 rounds to the draft.

The following positions will be the starting positions for the league in 2011; QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DEF.  There will also be 6 bench spots, enough for a backup at each position, and 3 IR positions for injuries.

The schedule will follow a 13-week schedule, followed by a 3-week playoff.  The 16 teams will be split into four divisions (Reagan, Lincoln, Grant, Obama).  The playoffs will consist of the four division champions receiving top seeds, and the best four records after that will be wild card teams.

Although the divisions have not been drawn yet, here is a look at the outline for the schedule for 2011:

For any other details that may have been missed, check out the league’s settings page.

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Who’s Being Kept?

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The deadline for returning managers to claim keeper players has past.  All in all, nine players (4 position and 5 pitchers) were claimed, and have been pre-selected into draft positions.  For a full rundown of the players who have been kept is listed in the ‘Draft Results‘ section on the league’s draft area, which sorts the picks by round and team.

Drawing for the schedule will take place today, and that should be posted early next week.  And, the main event, the draft, is Sunday night.

2011 IFB Draft Primer

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment

As of this post, the draft for the 2011 IFB season is 5 days away.  Prep for the draft is well underway, but if one is seeking a leg up, this post is aimed to help you with that.

First off, here’s a refresher on how keeper players will work.

  • You may keep ONE position player and ONE pitcher.  That is the maximum.  You are not required to keep anybody.  You may keep one of each, one of either position, or none.
  • The deadline to submit keeper players is Friday at 11:59 P.M.
  • If you keep a player, they will be your pick for the corresponding round that they are projected to be ranked.  Ranking to be used is the recent version of a cheat sheet on Yahoo! Sports.  Example:
    • Team A selects to keep San Francisco Giants P Tim Lincecum.  As of the latest Yahoo! Sports rankings, Lincecum is ranked 34th.  Since there are 16 teams, if the draft when exactly in the order of the rankings, Lincecum would be selected in the 3rd round.  Therefore, Team A would have Lincecum kept, and pre-selected in the third round.
  • Rosters for last season can be found here.

So now that the information on how to keep a player has been laid out, here’s a look at the draft order for 2011:

  1. Quincy Dirtbags
  2. Triple Crown
  3. FernandoVinas Goatee
  4. Funky Cold Molina
  5. All Balls No Strikes
  6. Muse Academy Muses
  7. Quiet TheRiot
  8. Most Daring
  9. Boo Boo Cubs
  10. Bad News Bears
  11. PujolsalwaysCardinal
  12. The Chosen People
  13. NIU Huskies
  14. South Side Cubs Fan
  15. SouthSideSluggers
  16. Good Wood Gang

There was an interesting discussion I had yesterday with a fellow league member, in regards to keepers and the draft.  The discussion was with a team who has a high draft pick, and one topic that arose was whether or not to keep a player that could possibly take up your first round pick, and possibly miss a player in that round who could help you more.  It’s an interesting debate.  Do you give up a first round pick if you’re high up in the draft, or take a chance that a player you want would be available?

To that, another topic came up…who WILL be available to be drafted?  There are players who will be ranked highly, and will not be kept for sure, because they were on teams last year with managers who are not returning.  So for the final part of the segment, here’s a look at players who will be available on the draft board, and what team they were on last season, along with where they were ranked as of Tuesday morning…

  • Bushwackers
    • Finish: 16th
    • Notable position players
      • Adrian Beltre (OF, ranked 42nd)
      • Adam Laroche (1B, ranked 208th)
      • Martin Prado (2B, ranked 112th)
    • Notable pitchers
      • Tommy Hanson (ranked 75th)
      • Tim Lincecum (ranked 34th)
  • Bambinos
    • Finish: 14th
    • Notable position players
      • Derek Jeter (SS, ranked 56th)
      • Johnny Damon (OF, ranked 194th)
      • Derrek Lee (1B, ranked 168th)
    • Notable pitchers
      • Heath Bell (ranked 63rd)
      • Ryan Dempster (ranked 147th)
      • Neftali Feliz (ranked 62nd)
      • Cole Hamels (ranked 32nd)
      • Mariano Rivera (ranked 104th)
      • Wandy Rodriguez (ranked 142nd)
  • Anabolic A Rods
    • Finish: 13th
    • Notable position players
      • Matt Kemp (OF, ranked 18th)
      • Ian Kinsler (2B, ranked 82nd)
      • Andrew McCutchen (OF, ranked 50th)
      • Denard Span (OF, ranked 159th)
      • Gaby Sanchez (1B, ranked 83rd)
      • Rickie Weeks (2B, ranked 87th)
      • Jayson Werth (OF, ranked 28th)
      • Kevin Youkilis (1b, ranked 37th)
    • Notable pitchers
      • Yovani Gallardo (ranked 115th)
      • Matt Garza (ranked 113th)
      • Edwin Jackson (ranked 236th)
      • Rafael Soriano (ranked 223rd)
  • BJ Penn
    • Finished: 4th (3rd Place Game Loser)
    • Notable position players
      • Nelson Cruz (OF, ranked 46th)
      • Howie Kendrick (2B, ranked 185th)
      • Victor Martinez (C, ranked 156th)
      • Hunter Pence (OF, ranked 24th)
      • Carlos Quentin (OF, ranked 165th)
      • Ryan Zimmerman (3B, ranked 15th)
    • Notable pitchers
      • David Aardsma (ranked 248th)
      • Roy Halladay (ranked 9th)
      • Joel Harrahan (ranked 157th)
      • Francisco Liriano (ranked 74th)
  • Sparland Hilltoppers
    • Finished: 1st (League Champion)
    • Notable position players
      • Bobby Abreu (OF, ranked 158th)
      • Pedro Alvarez (3B, ranked 130th)
      • Mike Aviles (2B, ranked 151st)
      • Starlin Castro (SS, ranked 164th)
      • Adrian Gonzalez (1B, ranked 33rd)
      • Josh Hamilton (OF, ranked 7th)
      • David Ortiz (Util, ranked 188th)
      • Buster Posey (C, ranked 98th)
      • Alex Rodriguez (3B, ranked 26th)
      • Ichiro Suzuki (OF, ranked 52nd)
      • B.J. Upton (OF, ranked 170th)
    • Notable pitchers
      • Andrew Bailey (ranked 155th)
      • Madison Bumgarner (ranked 195th)
      • Trevor Cahill (ranked 90th)
      • Carlos Marmol (ranked 64th)
      • Roy Oswalt (ranked 84th)

The draft’s 5 days away.  Can you feel it.