These rules apply to our Redraft, Email Draft Leagues. Each league will have an 18-round email draft with 12 teams per league.
Every week, all teams will play two games: one head-to-head game against a random opponent and one game against the league average.
The top six teams qualify for the playoffs, with the top two teams getting a “bye” in Week 14.
Currently, all Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues use the same scoring format. For more information, see League Scoring.
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Your roster is updated as you make selections online using MyFantasyLeague. The draft timer will be set at eight hours per selection for the first two days and will be moved to six hours thereafter (and moved up further if necessary). This type of draft will typically take five days to complete. After signing up, owners will receive a league invitation from MyFantasyLeague. The draft order will be randomized once the league is full.
In the event an owner allows the time limit to expire, the league software will immediately select the best player available (according to average draft position) and will continue to do so until you sign in. This service is provided for unforeseen emergencies and owners unable to draft within the allotted time.
If you know you will be busy and unable to make a selection, please use the pre-draft function. If you let the timer expire during the draft, your team will be set to auto-pick and will remain on auto-pick until you contact us via email to turn auto-pick off.
The draft will begin as soon as the league is full.
Only players currently in the NFL, which means they are on an NFL team roster, are currently an NFL free agent player in search of a team or rookie players that were drafted to an NFL team (even if they are unsigned) are eligible for the fantasy draft.
Owners are not required to fill all starting lineup requirements on draft day. For example, owners are not forced to take a kicker or defense during the draft and have the opportunity to pick them up before the first week of the season. Owners are required to have a full starting lineup for the kickoff of Week 1.
Leagues begin during the first week of the NFL season. During each of the first 13 weeks of the season, every team will play two games: one against a random opponent and one against the average score of all the teams in the league. Every team will play every other team in the league once during the first 11 weeks of the season.
Once everyone has played each team at least once, teams will play two random opponents during Weeks 12-13. At the end of the regular season, each team will have played 26 games (13 against a head-to-head opponent and 13 against the league average) and the top six teams will make the playoffs.
Standings will be sorted by winning percentage. If there is a tie between two teams in the standings, the team with more total points scored will receive the higher seeding. If there is still a tie, the team with more total points against receives the higher seed. The top six teams will make the playoffs.
The first round of the playoffs is Week 14. During this round, the top two teams receive a playoff bye. The 3rd seed will face the 6th seed, and the 4th and 5th seeds will face each other.
In the second round of the playoffs (Week 15), the 1st seed will play the winner of the 4th and 5th seed game and the 2nd seed will play the winner of the 3rd and 6th seed game.
In Week 16, the second round winners play in the league championship. The second round losers play in a 3rd place game.
If a playoff game ends in a tie – the team that scored more points over the course of the season will break the tie. If this takes place after the first week of the playoffs, the tiebreaker will be the higher combined points per game from the regular season and the playoffs.
All Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues use a “blind bidding” free agent acquisition system. The blind bidding waivers run from Tuesday at 8 am EST to Wednesday at 10 pm EST. To start the season, all owners will be given $500 in bidding money for the entire season.
To pick up a player during waivers, owners must put in a minimum bid of $1. The team with the highest bid will receive the player, for the amount they bid. Other teams will not be able to view your bid (hence the term “blind bidding”). Players who were dropped for those free agents will not be available for acquisition until the next blind bidding period.
Once all the bids are processed, the “first-come-first-serve” waiver period starts on Wednesday at 10 pm EST. Players lock at the kickoff of their game. The first-come-first-serve waiver system is a standard continuous waiver system. These pickups do not cost any bidding dollars.
If your team roster is full and you acquire a player, you must then drop a player. Your roster may not exceed 18 players. Players that are picked up are available immediately to play and to be traded. Any bid that includes a dropped player must keep said dropped player to complete the bidding transaction. The blind bidding system does what it is instructed to do.
We understand that owners accidentally drop the wrong player occasionally. When this happens, send us an email as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will investigate and attempt to correct the error. We must be notified before the player is picked up through blind bidding. If the player has been awarded to a team through blind bidding, it is final and irreversible.
Approximately 24 hours after draft completion, “first-come-first-serve” waivers will start and continue until the first game of the season. Blind bidding will start the following Tuesday at 8 am EST.
There is no trading prior to or during the draft.
There is no limit to the number of trades a team can make in a given week or throughout the season. Both teams must approve the terms of the trade for it to be confirmed. Once confirmed, the trade is automatically processed. Trades must be balanced and include an equal number of players from each team – for example, 1 for 1 or 2 for 2. Once completed, trade results will be posted on the league website and a transaction record will be listed. The team rosters will also be automatically updated. Trades must be completed and confirmed by both sides by 5 pm EST on Saturday each week. Trading will start after the conclusion of the draft and continue until the start of Week 8 of the NFL regular season.
Trades will be monitored for collusion and unfair trades will not be tolerated. If two owners notify Apex of their objection to a specific trade, the trade will be evaluated for fairness by the league commissioner.
Any objections for a trade completed during a week must be emailed to Apex by 10 pm EST on Saturday of the week during which the trade was completed. Once a trade is approved, or if two objections are not received by Apex by 10 pm EST on Saturday, the transaction is final.
If Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues is unable to fill a league within 30 minutes after the draft start time, we guarantee each owner a reserved spot to another draft of the same price OR a full refund. Despite this warning, Apex hopes to avoid all inconveniences for owners by having leagues filled before the listed draft time.
Absent collusion, Apex will not retroactively adjust lineups. It is the exclusive responsibility of the owner to set his or her lineup. Owners with difficulty setting lineups can notify Apex at email@example.com and have their lineups set accordingly.
Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues will run abandoned teams. They are not eligible to win prize money but will have set lineups and function like any other team. Apex-run teams do not make trades but players will be picked up in order to maintain a full and active roster.
Conduct that is detrimental to the league or to Apex Fantasy Football will not be tolerated. This includes any harassment in the form of a post or email that serves no purpose other than to cause dissonance within the league or the Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues organization. Any personal attacks toward fellow owners or the commissioner, or vulgarity in emails or on the message board will not be tolerated.
Failure to comply with league sportsmanship rules may result in immediate expulsion without refund. This also applies to owners failing to set their lineups – it is unfair for owners to receive free wins because other owners forget or choose not to set lineups or pick up free agents as necessary. Attempts to negatively impact the integrity of the league will also result in immediate expulsion without refund from Apex. Examples include threatening or outright refusal to submit lineups, partaking in bogus trades, disruption of a live draft, etc. Apex also reserves the right to set your lineup for you if by our judgment you are intentionally trying to lose. These rules are simply meant to make Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues as friendly, honest, and competitive as possible.
Apex does not take responsibility for utilization of third-party applications and strongly urges owners to use MyFantasyLeague.com for all aspects of team management.
All prizes won are paid at the end of the season. After the completion of the playoffs, winners will receive an email requesting their information to send the winnings. Please respond to this email and we will pay the winners as quickly as possible. We take pride in paying owners promptly. Owners will have their checks sent out within a week of winning their league.
If you have no future games scheduled, you are not allowed to make any roster moves.
Apex notes the probability that players have of winning their league. Players have a 1 in 12 chance (8.33%) of winning first in their 12 team league and a 1 in 4 chance (25%) of winning a prize.
Exclusion for Contest: Players can exclude themselves from contests by contacting Apex. The player must contact Apex at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the draft so Apex maintains the opportunity to replace the player.
Expert Status: Apex categorizes players who have reached “expert” status differently depending on various state laws. This measure is in place so that beginners can be warned when entering contests with “highly experienced players”. You can note the expert symbol in the lobby when selecting leagues to join. Experts are denoted by the symbol of a crown.
Prohibited Players: any member, officer, employee or agent of an operator or registrant; any spouse, child, brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of abode of any member, officer, employee or agent of an operator or registrant; any individual with access to non-public confidential information about contests; any amateur or professional athlete whose performance may be used to determine the outcome of a contest; any sports agent, team employee, referee, or league official associated with any sport or athletic event on which contests are based; any individual located in a state where the conduct of contests is expressly prohibited; or any minor.
Position Eligibility: The position of a player is defined by his NFL team’s depth chart.
Apex Fantasy Football Leagues are neither affiliated, endorsed, or licensed by the NFL or NFLPA.