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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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IFB Rule Changes for 2/21

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

A small post to update on the progress of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League’s second season.  Sign-ups are still on-going, with 13 teams now registered, as of 11:04 A.M.  There is also increased demand for sign-ups, and that will be addressed. Read more…

The 2011 IFB Season Primer

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The most glorious time of the year is upon us…pitchers and catchers report.  With those 4 magical words, baseball season is officially on the horizon.  And since baseball is on the horizon, so is fantasy baseball.

Season 1 of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League was a huge success with 16 teams competing for a title.  Season 2 is starting to show promising signs of just as much fun, with 9 of the 16 teams returning for this year.  If you haven’t signed up yet, click here or go to the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball home page.  To sign up, click on the ‘Join Custom’ button, enter the league ID # (36932) and enter the league password (lincolnreagan). It’s that easy.

So if you want to sign up for this season, here are some of the details that you need to know.  Items that are bold are new for 2011:

Basics

  • 16 team league, weekly head-to-head match-ups
  • 4 divisions (Reagan, Lincoln, Obama, Grant)
  • 22 week season, 3 week playoff
  • 8 teams make playoffs, division winners awarded seeds 1-4 and wild cards seeds 5-8
  • No ‘Can’t Cut’ list
  • Teams can trade anyone for anyone, league members have two days to review trades after they have been completed, teams can vote to veto a trade, draft picks for the next season can be traded for players, trade deadline is July 31st
  • Players are placed on waivers for 2 days and become free agents if not claimed after that, teams have $100 budget for claiming players on waivers, free agents are free
  • Teams may keep one positional player and one pitcher at most from the previous season, in exchange for losing a draft pick of equal value (subject to change)

Draft

  • Draft is scheduled for March 27th, 7:00 P.M. Central time
  • Draft is 25 rounds to fill out roster
  • Draft order is as follows, with teams who have already signed up in bold.  If team was known as different name last season, that name will follow in brackets:
  1. Bushwackers
  2. Quincy Dirtbags
  3. Bambinos
  4. Anabolic A Rods
  5. Triple Crown
  6. FernandoVinasGoatee {Bo Hart All Stars}
  7. Funky Cold Molina
  8. All Balls No Strikes
  9. Muse Academy Muses
  10. Quiet TheRiot {Ferris Indians}
  11. Most Daring
  12. BooBooCubs
  13. BJ Penn
  14. Bad News Bears {JSloan}
  15. PujolsalwaysCardinal {2010 Not a Holliday}
  16. Sparland Hilltoppers

List current as of 2/14/2011, 6:56 A.M.

Schedule

  • 22 week season
    • Division opponents will be played twice
    • Another division opponent will be played twice (Reagan vs. Obama/Lincoln vs. Grant)
    • All other teams will be played once
    • Custom schedule in Week 22 to help create thrilling match-ups, determined no later than Week 20 (scheduled to change)

Roster

  • Starting Lineup will be as follows:
    • 1 Catcher
    • 1 First Baseman
    • 1 Second Baseman
    • 1 Third Baseman
    • 1 Shortstop
    • 1 Corner Infielder (1B or 3B)
    • 1 Middle Infielder (2B or SS)
    • 4 Outfielders
    • 1 Utility Player
    • 2 Starting Pitchers
    • 2 Relief Pitchers
    • 4 Pitchers
  • 5 Bench slots
  • 3 DL slots

Stats

  • Statistics will be recorded in each of the following categories:
    • Batters
      • Runs, Hits, Home Runs, RBIs, Stolen Bases, Average
    • Pitchers
      • Wins, Losses, Saves, Walks, Strikeouts, ERA
  • The team with the best mark in each stat during the match-up each week will gain a win
  • The team with the worse mark in each stat during the match-up each week will gain a loss
  • If the stat is tied, a tie will be earned

Fantasy Baseball Draft Guides

  • Here is a list of links to fantasy baseball draft guides.  This will be updated as needed:

That is a basic run-down of the 2011 season of the Illinois Fantasy Baseball League.  More tidbits will be posted throughout the pre-season.  For what Yahoo! says they have new for their features for 2011, here is what they have listed.