Here at Apex, we believe that when it comes to COVID-19, we are all in this together. We want to be a reliable and transparent part of a world filled with uncertainty.
As one of the leading providers of season-long fantasy football leagues in the world, we want to assure you that we are adapting as best as possible to this pandemic to both protect you from a shortened season and to ensure your experience in our leagues reflects the consequences this may have on an NFL field.
Here are some of our policy and rule changes we have made in response to COVID-19.
What Happens With Buy-Ins and Payouts If The Season Is Cancelled?
One-Year (Redraft) Leagues
In our one-year redraft leagues, the fantasy football season will only become official if at least six weeks of NFL regular season football occur. Since we play two-game weeks here on Apex, this will mean the season will become official if at least 12 fantasy football games are played – ample time to determine the best and worst teams.
If the season gets canceled after six weeks of NFL football but before the fantasy football playoffs (which begin in Week 14 here on Apex), then the fantasy football season will winners will be paid out based on league standings. If according to the standings, two teams are tied, the tiebreaker will be fantasy points scored up until the cancellation point.
If the season gets canceled after the conclusion of Week 14 (the first week of fantasy football playoffs) but before the conclusion of Week 16, then payouts will be awarded in the order of the highest remaining seeds left in the fantasy playoffs.
If the season is canceled before the conclusion of six weeks of NFL football, all one-year redraft leagues will receive a full refund of their buy-in to their Apex account.
If the NFL season gets canceled after six weeks of NFL football, our rules for dynasty leagues are the same as our one-year redraft leagues listed directly above – the fantasy football season will become official.
However, if the season is canceled before the conclusion of six weeks of NFL football, payment for dynasty leagues will be rolled over to the 2021 NFL season instead of being refunded.
Will There Be Extra Injured Reserve Spots For 2020 Due To The COVID-19 Outbreak?
One-Year (Redraft) Leagues
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will add four injured reserve spots this season for the first time ever in one-year redraft leagues. We certainly hope these spots go unused for the entirety of the season, but four IR spots per team should be plenty to deal with any possible COVID-19 cases that occur amongst NFL players. These spots will be added closer to the season to prevent any potential abuse. The only players allowed on IR in one-year leagues are players on the NFL’s COVID list.
To deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, Apex will give each dynasty league team six injured reserve slots. NFL players who have elected to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season are also eligible to be placed on this list. These spots will be added closer to the season to prevent any potential abuse.
What If Additional Protocols Are Needed?
Throughout our history, we at Apex have always prided ourselves on being responsive to customer demands and adaptive to the changing landscape of the industry. We will continue to take this approach to COVID-19 and take whichever steps are deemed necessary to make this year’s unique fantasy football experience as enjoyable as possible for you, the customer.
Rest assured we educate ourselves daily on NFL COVID news and how the fantasy football industry is handling this issue as a whole. Make sure to pay attention to our emails, website, and message board posts in your league for any further updates!
We sincerely thank you for considering and hopefully choosing Apex Fantasy Leagues during these trying times. No matter what happens, we hope you and yours stay safe and healthy during this uncertain period in our history.