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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (NFL.com) - Year 13 / 2022

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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

Keeper Deadline Date: Friday, Aug 26, 2022
Live Draft Date: Sunday, Aug 28, 2022 1:00pm EDT / 6:00pm BST
(Snake style draft)

International League Homepage

Bold & Boxed text always means new for this season (to aide returning GM’s to quickly find internal rule changes or new rules).

Rules

In the International League each GM manages their real country. Your team’s name in the league must be your country spelt in (English and in) CAPITAL LETTERS (to bring some uniformity to the league). Also, your team logo/picture must be your countries current official flag as used by said countries national sports teams. Also, no fake names please or 1 letter initial - first name must be used - failure to comply will see you replaced. This is to make the league owners list have some uniformity.

Qualification

I wish for serious players that won’t quit during the season as it’s national pride at stake. I am ENGLAND and going nowhere so pointless going on the waiting list for. All other current countries in the league can be seen above. If you qualify and are interested to go on the reserve/waiting list then post on this thread telling me which country or countries you qualify for (and wish to manage). To qualify you must be born in or have at least one parent from that country.

You will then go on the waiting list. As and when people are removed from the league due to the *strikes rule (*see later) or opt to leave then the next person that meets the criteria on the waiting list will be invited to take over that place/team. It can and may be renamed to a completely new country depending on the new incoming owner.

Keepers

Each team is able to keep 1 player from their previous seasons finishing team. If a keeper is kept he will fill his draft round spot from the preceding season. If he was an undrafted player then he will fill the last round spot on your roster (Round 15). You do not have to keep a player in which case you will draft as normal each round in your designated position.

Furthermore, a keeper will count against your original pick in the applicable round (should you have more picks due to draft pick trading). If you no longer have your original pick for the round your keeper is due to be allocated to then he will take your next highest pick going upwards - so could be the same round (if you have traded for more draft picks in that round) or the next round(s) going upwards. If you don’t have any higher draft picks then you can not keep that particular player and I will override your keeper choice to ‘no keeper selected’ after the keeper lock deadline before the live draft takes place.

Long term keepers (that being players or team defences that were keepers the previous season) will increase their drafted round by 1 round regardless of whether they were your teams keeper or another teams. Naturally Round 1 keepers just stay round 1 (for obvious reasons).

All other keepers just count as your rounds pick for the round they were drafted in the previous season regardless of team that drafted or kept them originally.

Due to a miss-interpretation of the rules regarding keepers in another league of mine this season that just drafted (2022) I feel I need to try and make the Keeper rules more precise and offer clarification on how I apply them. If you are ever in doubt about how a rule will work or be applied please contact me - the best way is to message me on Discord but other ways are available.

My keeper rule was originally thought up to put some strategy and skill in to finding or lucking out with a rookie gem or player that fell way below normal ADP (Average Draft Position) due to injury or suspension etc., the year you drafted them (or someone else did) that you could then keep at great value for season after season with them just raising by +1 round a season if you continuously kept them (and now just if they are a keeper in back to back consecutive seasons regardless of who kept them the season prior).

It is not about free agents you pick up during the season but only completely undrafted players - so just those players that went undrafted in the previous seasons draft that will count as last round selections under the keeper rule. All other players no matter if you drafted them or picked them up later in the season off the waiver wire or traded for them matters. In those circumstances their actual draft spot in the previous draft determines their rank (the draft round they will be awarded against if being selected as a keeper). The rule is this way because is it something that is tangible and previous seasons draft results can always be accessed on NFL.com via the history section - for past years. So I am able to go back through every round and see when a player was drafted, in what round or if they were not drafted at all.

Another caveat is if you have traded away your original draft picks during the previous season (or prior to this seasons draft) and no longer have your original draft pick for the round a keeper you selected is due against then the keeper will go against the next highest pick you have going up from where your ORIGINAL PICK should be. If you don’t have a higher draft pick then you can not keep that player and I will override said player selection to ‘no keeper selected’ after the keeper deadline. So people need to be aware of this when draft pick trading and planing their keeper for the following season. Just having a pick in the correct round might not necessarily be good enough as it needs to be a higher one from your original pick in that round (not lower) if you don’t have your original pick anymore.

I have created a video explaining the keeper rule and how it works. It also explains how you can find out for yourself what any player on your roster from last season will cost you draft round pick wise:

Please be aware to facilitate having to manually adjust the draft board (i.e. entering in the keepers at the correct positions before we live draft) their will be a deadline to choose your keeper by - you can change your keeper choice as often as you wish up until the deadline but once the deadline is reached it will lock and then you will be stuck with your choice or if you have not selected a player you will not have a keeper for the forthcoming season. It is each owners responsibility to find out when the keeper deadline locks and once it is reached no more changes can be made.

Draft

For those teams that make the playoffs proper (teams finishing 1st-8th) draft order will be a reverse of the previous years finishing positions as decided by NFL.com - so the previous years champion will draft last in round 1 (*20th) and the team finishing 8th (*13th). [*excluding draft pick trading]

However if you’re not in the running for the title (i.e. in the playoffs proper), there used to be nothing to play for except next years draft position - and the way it was the worse you did in the dead games, the better your draft pick position the next year. This encouraged GM’s who were out of the playoffs not to try and win, actually often hoping to lose by starting their worst players (just to avoid falling foul of the strike rule, as there’s nothing else riding on those results).

So to address this some seasons ago I amended the internal rules to make the dead games worth winning because from then onward this part of the draft order involving the 12 non-championship contending playoff teams is inverted - to reward post season wins, however pointless they may seem at the time. The 8 proper playoff teams will still keep their draft positions (20th - 13th).

However the rest will now go like this…

The team finishing 9th (i.e. best of the non-qualifiers) will have pick #1
The team finishing 10th (2nd best non-qualifier) will have pick #2
And so on, down to the team finishing 20th (worst non-qualifier) will have pick #12

I think this has proved good for the league as now tanking for a better draft spot will not fly as the dead rubber games have something riding on them. This has also helped with the also ran GM’s trading away their better players with late round draft picks to the playoff bound GM’s who are willing to sell their next seasons chances on winning this year by agreeing to trades involving their bad players but with higher round draft picks from the following season - which was skewing the integrity of the league imho.

Default Rule Changes

I have changed the default scoring from 4 points for a thrown TD to 3 points - half what the scorer of a TD (6pts) gets.

All other current league settings including Scoring Settings can be viewed here: IL Settings

Strikes

Some owners in almost any non-money fantasy league I have been in do not pay enough attention with regards to setting their line ups especially when they are out of the running. So to combat this in many of my leagues I have a Strike rule. It boils down to a three strikes and out policy.

However I do listen to my fellow league GM’s and after careful consideration I eased the strike rule (just a tad) in all my leagues many seasons back. The rules were amended slightly - call it an extra chance to get away with your error(s)… meaning you will only be issued the due strikes if you do not win your match up. So in effect if you still win your game you have not affected the overall outcome of the league in a detrimental way so therefor no strikes will be issued. This I feel will help those who trip up periodically with more chances to not get struck out of the league without truly deserving it.

Also a strike will be given for a player who you start that has been CUT as he can not play in a game while he is not with any team and this again is find out-able before game day. To check any of your players statuses just click on their name when on your team page and it brings up information about them if you click the arrows to go back it gives you previous updates and at the bottom of each update is a date when that information was posted - I use these updates myself when checking on players that appear not to have played in owners starting line ups and is how I make a judgement on whether or not a strike is justified.

Further more if a person hits 6 strikes in a single season I will do my best to find an owner to replace that owner mid-season and have the offending non serious owner removed ASAP!

STRIKES WILL CARRY OVER TO THE NEXT SEASON - I have decided this to give new interested people the chance to get in the league should people hit 3 strikes and to make sure serious owners continue to pay attention. However I also realise everyone has unforeseen circumstances that cause a mistake etc., resulting in errors that earn a strike. So each year an owner returning to play in the league (if not struck out) will automatically have 1 strike removed (if on any) - so in effect if you were on 1 strike end of the preceding season your be clear the next season - if you had 2 strikes - your be back down to 1 etc.,. Call it probation and for good behaviour you come off probation.

From the 2020 season strikes also became issued for not being seen to vote in an official poll posted within the league on NFL.com . It’s been the hardest thing for me as a commissioner to get people to engage with me on rules and proposals to do with the league like having a trade deadline, or changing a flex spot etc., so now it’s mandatory to partake in polls and to be seen to have voted.

I am not sure how you do this on the NFL FANTASY phone app but to do this via the standard internet using a browser - which can also be done on a smart phone - you scroll down the leagues home page to the message board and to the right of this you will see the latest poll. To the bottom right of this poll box you will see a link that says ‘More Polls >’ click this and it will open the poll with its message board below it. Here (you may need to scroll down) you sometimes will find more information about the poll and is also the place you type “Voted” to show you have voted in the poll after you have done so in that particular poll. To the top right of the poll you will see an arrow < and that will let you navigate back to see older polls and where you should check you have voted in each one and posted below each one to say you have Voted (see screen grab below).

As if you have not voted or forgotten to post you have and not everyone has voted then anyone I can’t be sure did vote will pick up a Strike after 28 days of the Poll being posted. I hate having to do this but for many many seasons people have just not been engaging enough to help me shape the league by voting in polls so felt I had to do this so I can weed out and replace non committed GM’s with ones who buy into the ethos behind this custom International keeper league.

LC RULINGS & ADDITIONAL INTERNAL LEAGUE RULES

Sometimes as we go along things come up and I as the LC (League Commissioner) have to make a ruling. So this is where I clarify and make the rulings on things that crop up over time so people can look up the answers going forward at any time just by coming here to see if it has already happened before and what the ruling is. It is also a reference point for me to see what I did previously so as to be consistent in actions I do.

1) The LC has the right to reorganise the Divisions each season prior to the draft. This is only done when new teams / nations have joined the IL. I do this trying to make divisions firstly regional as best I can and secondly put natural rivals in the same Divisions.

2) Draft pick trading - draft pick trades can only be swapped for the very next draft (not multiple seasons in advance). I know the real life teams can but I have made this ruling for two reasons. One it will be very hard for me to keep track off and two a GM could pile up trouble for years down the line and then just leave and I’d find it almost impossible to get a replacement as they would have no chance due to so many early picks being traded away for possibly seasons to come. Also by making this ruling it means most of the season the system does it all and records it for me to find the following year - the only time it doesn’t is now prior to our leagues draft when I allow it and do it via the leagues wall and by using a poll when a vote is necessary.

As I need to manually adjust the draft board to reflect swapped draft picks before our draft room goes live (and this takes time) out of season (pre-draft) draft pick trades must be agreed before the keeper deadline.

3) If during a season a GM trades away his same draft pick to 2 different teams whether by accident or deliberate planning then instead I will take away their next highest pick instead to cover the trade. If we are talking about a round 1 double deal where there is no higher pick I can take away to cover the trade I will then swap there next 2 picks going down to whoever they traded with for a further round down pick from the cheated party. Basically being detrimental to the owner who made this error as punishment so be careful (as yes the system does stupidly allow this as I discovered in the past when someone did it).

Example: Team A trades his next years Round 1 pick with 2 different teams - only one team can get it so the other team has been screwed. In this case I will take team A’s 2nd and 3rd Round picks and give them to the cheated team in return team A will still get whatever pick(s) was part of the trade plus the cheated teams 4th round pick. What ever happens the cheated team will be compensated at the expense of the guilty team regardless of the offending teams mistake being genuine error or deliberate malpractice.

Last Years Final Standings

THIS YEARS KEEPERS

WEEKLY STRIKE COUNT 2022

WK1 - no strikes issued
WK2 - no strikes issued
WK3 - 1 strike (Finland)
WK4 -
WK5 -
WK6 -
WK7 -
WK8 -
WK9 -
WK10 -
WK11 -
WK12 -
WK13 -
WK14 -
WK15 -
WK16 -
WK17 -

Link to previous years table: IL 2021 Strikes

Additional Strikes (for not voting in polls):

18/6/22 Reserve Slots Poll = 1 strike (COLOMBIA / Omar Espitia) issued 21/7/22

HOUSE KEEPING - 2022 Poll Results

Polls Run in 2022 that will apply going forwards (either immediately or from the 2023 season onwards).


So IL Reserve (RES) Slots will remain at just one.


So the majority have voted to stay at NFL.com and not switch to Sleeper. However this poll has opened a discussion especially on Discord and had people change their minds after voting during the month the poll has been running so we will revisit this poll again next off season without the neutral third option.


So for this season (2022) and possibly more the IL will remain as a non-PPR scoring league.


A Doodle poll was run for our live draft date and time with variance by 1 hour on start times for every day until the end of August. Alas out of a league of 20 only half managed to vote (10) and alas just 6 were the majority option, and only 3 of those other than myself were super okay with the time, with 2 more only if needs be.

It sucks and if for no other reason than being able to do a slow draft I think we should re-consider migrating to Sleeper again next year. I know I am more in favour if NFL.com do not add a slow draft option next season.

Any way here is the results of the Doodle poll:


So I will lock in Sunday August 28, 2022 • 6-PM UK time.

First Mandatory Poll in the IL for 2022 after 28 days was missing 1 voter:


So COLOMBIA - Omar Espitia - picks up a strike for not bothering to vote.

Second Mandatory Poll in the IL for 2022 and happy to report we had a full house (in the end) all 20 GM’s voted:




So for this season we stay at NFL.com but I think we will revisit this next year but only have 2 choices in the poll (so no abstentions) - people will have to pick one or the other platform. A few GM’s (including myself) have changed our stances already and would like to at least try Sleeper to see what tools it offers that NFL.com does not (like a slow draft - which I think would be perfect for the IL as we are spread out all over the globe).

Third Mandatory Poll in the IL for 2022 and happy to report we had a full house with all 20 GM’s voting:



So for now the IL will stay as a non PPR league but as it was a very close poll when GM’s change or in a couple of seasons time if some GM’s ask for another vote we can re-visit this poll.

Week 3 Strikes (x1)

Sad to report the following strike is awarded for NFL Week 3:


Sebu Jarvinen - FINLAND x1 for:

x1 Started K - Harrison Butker - (KC) - OUT / was ruled out before his teams actual game day.

Link to Player Card


(LC) Alas, this start was egregious with HB being out last week (NFL WK 2) and further ruled out again for NFL WK 3 on Friday with the teams game not until Sunday, a strike is warranted.