What is a Dynasty League?
Dynasty Leagues are a chance for fantasy football owners to manage their own franchises in a format where owners will retain most or all of their players from year to year. Dynasty Leagues provide owners with the real experience of managing a team – rather than for just one short season. Just like the NFL, great selections can help owners build dominant juggernauts for years to come.
If you sign up for an Apex Dynasty League you are making a commitment to be in an ongoing year-to-year league. You will be competing against the same 11 owners each year. In order to keep the league together and prevent teams from leaving, we require an initial payment for the first year and a non-refundable deposit for the following year. Moving forward, each team will be paying for a year in advance. For example, during Year 2 each team will need to pay for Year 3. That payment will be due by June 1st each year. Should an owner decide to leave the league, his team will be put up for sale and the owner will forfeit their pre-paid year.
Each dynasty league will have a 20-round online live draft with 12 teams per league. The start-up dynasty leagues will include one injured reserve spot.
Like all Apex leagues – 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 PPR scoring format. For more information, see League Scoring.
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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 each player has played every other 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 10:15 pm EST. To start the season, all owners will receive $500 in bidding money for the entire season.
To pick up a player during waivers, owners must bid a minimum 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 during the bidding process 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 10:15 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. For Dynasty Leagues, this system does not run for the entire offseason.
Any un-used blind bidding dollars will carry over to next season. After the season ends (after Week 16), all free agents or non-roster players lock until the Rookie/Free Agent draft.
If your team roster is full, you must drop a player to acquire a player. 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. Bidding tiebreakers are determined by which team has a lower winning percentage.
Owners cannot use adding players as a weapon. If an owner in your league is adding players and dropping them so they are locked, send us an email as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will investigate and attempt to correct the situation.
Dropped players are locked – the exception is players who are picked up and dropped in the same week. This rule is to prevent “churning”: the tactic of picking up and then dropping multiple players simply to keep other teams from obtaining them. The point of the waivers process is to allow each team an equal chance to obtain unowned players. MyFantasyLeague software does not accommodate to allow players who were added and dropped during the same week to be automatically unlocked. However, if you discover such a player and wish to pick him up, our rules do allow this, so just contact us and we will make him available as a free agent.
We understand that owners accidentally drop the wrong player occasionally. When this happens, send us an email as soon as possible at email@example.com 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.
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 including only drafts picks are permitted. 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. There is no trading from the start of Week 8 of the NFL regular season until after the draft lottery.
Trading is permitted during dynasty league drafts.
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 in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
You have twenty four (24) hours after a trade is accepted to request a review, and the sooner you make your request, the more time will remain in the 24-hour review period for voting results to be collected. You are allowed five review requests per year, and trades which are overturned during the review process do not count against your limit of five. Your identity as the requester will remain anonymous. All objections to trades must be made by 10 pm ET on Saturday night.
If you would like to request a review of a trade, please send us an email as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, it is not your job to simply block trades you would not do yourself – every owner reserves the right to attempt risk and manage their team as they see fit as long as it does not threaten the integrity of the league. As a league member involved in reviewing trades, your only job is to recognize potential collusion or to call attention to trades that are so extremely imbalanced that they threaten the integrity of the league. Pay special attention to trades that do not seem to offer benefits to both sides.
The traders are allowed to request reviews their own trade, but only in the event that offering or accepting the trade was accidental. It does happen, and the trade will be judged by the fairness of the trade but do be sure to accompany your request with a convincing explanation of what happened.
If a review is requested, several emails are sent out:
- The trading partners are notified that their trade is under review.
- All other members of the league are requested to provide their input on the trade with a simple yes or no vote. When voting “no,” you’re asked which side is favored.
- A random jury of ten peers from similar leagues are also emailed, requesting their vote as well.
The voting process lasts up to 24 hours after the trade review is requested but oftentimes, the decision will be made sooner. We recommend casting your vote in the trade review as soon as possible. Once the votes have been accrued, the commissioner will make a determination based on the votes.
The commissioner reserves the right to veto any trade for any reason, but the decision to veto usually means all of the following requirements are met:
- Are there at least three votes against the trade within the league (including the requester)?
- Do the “no” votes exceed the “yes” votes within the league, and do they agree that the same side wins the trade?
- Do the “no” votes exceed the “yes” votes from the impartial trade jury, and do they agree that the same side wins the trade?
- The commissioner will use a trade calculator to evaluate a trade in the event of a tied vote.
If the trade is overturned, players and/or picks are restored to their original teams immediately.
Apex allows trading during dynasty startup drafts, and this feature requires a little more cooperation from owners. If a review occurs during your startup draft, we request that patience is used when selecting picks that are involved in the trade. Backing up the draft to accommodate a reversed trade is seldom appreciated. If your pick comes due while your trade is under review, and you select a player, it may be reversed by the commissioner once the trade review is resolved.
Disclaimer: Dynasty Leagues by nature involve a large number of trades. If you are opposed to trading, a dynasty league is not for you. Draft picks do not count as players but can be included in all trades. When evaluating trades in dynasty leagues, we will be more tolerant than in redraft leagues. Trades may appear lopsided in the present but allow a weaker team a chance to rebuild in the future.
When the NFL Opener is in less than 10 days, trades in email drafts are not permitted. This is to ensure that drafts are completed before the start of the NFL season.
For Live Drafts, start-up draft slots can be traded if the commissioner is notified of the terms of the trade by both parties at least eight hours before the start of the draft.
After the first season, there is an annual Rookie/Free Agent Draft. This draft is a three-round Email Draft and is scheduled to start on the second Saturday in July each year. During the draft, rosters can expand for draft picks. Rosters must be cut down to 20 by the start of the NFL season. Blind bidding will resume the week following the Rookie/Free Agent Draft. Until your roster is back to 20 players, you cannot add free agents. This draft will not start until all 12 teams have paid. The draft will start three days after all teams have renewed and there are no orphan teams. If a league does not have 12 paid teams by August 24th, it will fold and all pre-paid entries will be refunded to the owners of the teams. The Rookie/Free Agent Draft is fixed and non-serpentine.
Each year there will be a lottery for the Rookie/Free Agent draft. The lottery will take place in March and will determine the draft order for the six non-playoff teams. The six playoff teams will draft in the order of their seeding, with the league champion drafting #12 and the runner-up drafting #11. This mechanism is in place to prevent teams from throwing games at the end of the season to improve their draft pick.
Renewal fees will be due by June 1st each year. If we do not receive your payment by then, your team will be on the market for a new owner. If you drop out of the league, you will not receive a refund for any previous payments. In addition, you will not be able to make any transactions or trades until your payment has been made.
Apex reserves the right to manage orphan teams in an attempt to improve the team for a future owner. 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.
For drafts that take place prior to the NFL draft, Apex uses Rookie Placeholders/Picks. Custom players are entered as Rookie Picks and owners can select them at any time. The email draft for these picks will begin on July 13th at 1 pm ET. Owners are free to select as many or as few Rookie Placeholders/Picks as they desire. If you are on the clock and are struggling to find the Rookie Placeholders/Picks during the draft, let us know and we’ll assist you.
For Auction draft dynasty leagues, only the startup draft will be of the auction variety. Future Rookie/Free Agent drafts will be conducted by a three-round Email draft.
Apex allows owners of teams to contact the commissioner to request polls for rule changes – however, only certain settings can be modified. These rule changes will only apply to the specific dynasty league that the owner(s) is requesting the poll for. If the majority of the league votes in favor of the rule change, Apex will modify the rules during the offseason or for the following season. For existing leagues, roster size polls must take place prior to the Rookie/Free Agent draft.
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.
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. 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 the 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 have the prizes deposited into their Apex accounts. We take pride in paying owners promptly. Owners will be paid within a week of winning their league.
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 Money Leagues are neither affiliated, endorsed, or licensed by the NFL or NFLPA.