RULES: LEAGUE TYPES

ESPN Fantasy Football 2009 (FFL09) offers three different league types for you to choose from. The three league types are: standard, prize-eligible and custom. Each of these league types offers a rich and enjoyable experience for fantasy players of all levels of expertise. To assist you in choosing the best experience, here is a brief overview of each league type:

  • Standard: Free
    These are 10-team, standard scoring leagues, which use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. All 2009 Fantasy Football leagues use the head-to-head scoring format. Free standard leagues are an easy way to dive into fantasy football while providing a satisfying and fun experience. Users are able to join up to 10 free standard leagues and/or can create up to 10 free standard leagues for a potential maximum of 20 teams See below for important information about standard league limits.

    NOTE: The easiest way to think of this is that all players are able to create up to ten standard leagues. A player may or may not be able to join up to ten standard leagues depending on the order in which standard leagues are joined or created.

    In order to participate in more than 10 standard leagues, the first ten standard league 'slots' will be filled first. Created leagues take priority towards this calculation, once ten standard leagues have been created, all remaining standard league slots are considered filled.

      Example 1: If a player first creates ten standard leagues, then they will be capped and unable to join or create any additional standard leagues.

      Example 2: If a player first joins ten standard leagues, they will be considered uncapped and able to create an additional ten standard leagues - this is the only way to participate in the potential maximum of twenty standard leagues.

      Example 3: If a player first joins six standard leagues, they will be considered uncapped and able to create an additional ten standard leagues - in this example they will be able to participate in a maximum of sixteen leagues (6 joined plus ten created).

  • Standard: Prize-Eligible
    These are 10-team, standard scoring leagues, which use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. Prize-eligible leagues are composed of teams that have been purchased. For a list of prices and prize-eligibility requirements, click here. As the name implies, the winner of a prize-eligible league will win a prize. For a list of prizes, click here. Additionally, prize-eligible leagues are the only leagues that will award you points in the ESPN Uber Challenge game (Category A). For more information on ESPN Uber Challenge, click here.

    Note: Once the Fantasy regular season ends, ESPN will stop updating the leaderboard, located in the "More" tab on the Fantasy Football homepage (applicable for Prize-Eligible teams only). The playoffs do not impact overall leaderboards. Playoffs only impact whether or not you win your league.

  • Custom: League Manager
    These leagues use customized rule settings and are managed by one of the players in the league (called the league manager or LM). The LM is able to choose from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game. In the custom game, the specific categories and their corresponding point values can be edited by the league manager to fit your league's desired custom scoring system. In addition, there is a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options, like keepers, to further tailor the league settings to suit your fantasy needs. Alternatively, as LM you can choose to use one of the new ESPN Personalities Express Setup custom formats, designed by ESPN's top fantasy experts: Matt Berry, Eric Karabell and Stephania Bell.