Standard Free: Standard Free leagues are 8, 10 or 12-team, standard scoring leagues, which use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. Free Standard leagues will draft players from the whole NFL Universe. That means you will be able to draft both NFC (National Football Conference) and AFC (American Football Conference) players for your team. Free Standard League rosters have slots for a total of sixteen (16) players per team. There are nine (9) Starting slots. Additionally, there are seven (7) Bench slots. Participants in ESPN Fantasy Football can create/join a maximum of 10 Standard Free Leagues.
ESPN Custom: ESPN Custom leagues use customized rule settings selected by the league creator. The league creator can choose from a variety of scoring formats and rule options to create a unique fantasy game suited to their specific settings. The ESPN Custom game has a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options to suit your fantasy needs. Once the league is created, the league settings are locked and the creator will no longer be able to edit the settings. Participants in ESPN Fantasy Football can create/join a maximum of 10 ESPN Custom Leagues. If a participant also plays in Standard Free Leagues, the COMBINED total cannot exceed 10 (example: a team owner participates in four ESPN Standard Free leagues and six ESPN Custom Leagues).
NOTE: ESPN Custom leagues do not have Keepers, cannot select the Offline Draft type, changing the Draft Date and Time requires a referendum, and finally Owners can not trade Draft Picks.
Standard Prize-Eligible: "Prize-Eligible" leagues are ten-team, standard scoring leagues which use fixed rule settings and are managed by ESPN. Prize-Eligible leagues play with a Head-to-Head scoring format which use a 13-week regular season and 4-week playoff bracket system.
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. There is no limit to the number of Standard Prize-Eligible Leagues a participant can join or create.
League Manager (LM) LM 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 suited to their specific settings. In the LM game there are a wide variety of additional scoring and rule options like Keepers and Offline Draft to further tailor the league settings to suit your fantasy needs. The 10 team maximum cap also applies to LM teams (so it falls in the same category as ESPN Standard Free Leagues and ESPN Custom Leagues).
STANDARD LEAGUE SETTINGS (Both Free and Prize-Eligible)
All Standard leagues use the following standard, unalterable scoring settings. PLAYER UNIVERSE
Free Standard leagues will draft players from the whole NFL Universe. That means you will be able to draft both National Football Conference and American Football Conference players for your team.
Free Standard League rosters have slots for a total of sixteen (16) players per team. There are nine (9) Starting slots. See below for specific Starting positions. Additionally, there are seven (7) Bench slots.
All 10-team standard leagues play with the same roster settings, as seen here:
|STANDARD GAME ROSTER SETTINGS|
|Total Roster Size: 16
Total Starters: 9
Total On Bench: 7 (0 IR)
BENCH (BE): The NFL players designated to be on reserve by the fantasy owner. These players will be inactive and unable to accumulate points after their weekly game has started. The maximum number of BE slots is determined by the number of starting slots in your league. The maximum number of players you can have on your free standard team roster (active and bench) is 16.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
You decide which players to start for each week of competition. Your Team page allows you to analyze each of your current players, review their performance (previous week, season to date, etc.) and freely move players between your Starting roster and Bench. Roster moves involving a player may be made right up until that player's team is scheduled to begin playing for the week.
When you make transactions, you must move one active player to the bench, or to waivers, when moving an inactive "benched" player to your Starting lineup. If you make a move that violates a roster slot, an error message will appear, notifying you to double-check the proposed transaction. You will need to ensure that you are moving players into eligible slots.
ADDING / DROPPING PLAYERS
In Free Standard leagues there are going to be many unclaimed players available in the player pool; these players are called "Free Agents". You may want to pick up one of these Free Agents (players not currently on a team in your league) for your elite team. You can search the player pool by going to the Players page.
NOTE: If you wish to claim a player from free agency, you must have an open roster slot or drop one of your current players in exchange.