Live & Email Draft Leagues

Many of the leagues offered on Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues are “redraft” leagues. Redraft refers to drafting a new team for one season. Each redraft league will have an 18-round online draft with 12 teams per league.

Currently, all Apex Fantasy Football Money Leagues use the same PPR scoring format. For more information, see League Scoring.

There are two options for leagues: Live Drafts (typically takes about two hours to complete) or Email Drafts (typically takes about five days to complete).

To see all of our draft dates, click here. We also offer Dynasty and Auction 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. to learn more about this concept, see Skill-Based Format.

The top six teams qualify for the playoffs, with the top two teams getting a “bye” in Week 14.

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Live Drafts

Live drafts are serpentine and will take place on MyFantasyLeague. After signing up, you will receive an email invitation from MyFantasyLeague. To join the league, you will need a MyFantasyLeague account. You can create one or log into yours here.

Once the league is full (oftentimes only on the day of the draft), the draft order will be completely randomized. The draft timer will be set at one minute and thirty seconds per selection. If an owner allows the draft clock to expire, the draft software will select the best player available according to average draft position (ADP).

All draft times are approximate and it is your responsibility to be on time and ready to draft your team. If you are unable to make it to the draft, your team will be drafted using MyFantasyLeague’s ADP. We recommend owners make their pick at least ten seconds before the clock expires to ensure that you receive the player you intend to draft. If you do not draft the correct player, you must notify the commissioner before the next pick is made as that the draft can be paused to correct the erroneous pick. The Commissioner will only monitor the draft for accidental picks during the first two rounds of the draft.

Apex strongly recommends that owners use desktops or laptops with the most updated version of your preferred browser. Complications that take place during the draft can be solved by contacting the commissioner through the use of the Live Chat feature.

MyFantasyLeague does provide mock drafts for those who would like to test the software prior to drafting. Here is the link to the mock drafts: MyFantasyLeague Mock Drafts.

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.


Email Drafts

The draft will begin as soon as the league is full.

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). The draft timer will pause at night for three hours. After signing up, you will receive an email invitation from MyFantasyLeague.

To join the league, you will need a MyFantasyLeague account. You can create one or log into yours here. 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 the owner makes a selection. 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. Apex reserves the right to place any team who times out on multiple picks on autodraft, meaning picks will be made automatically by MyFantasyLeague’s ADP as that team’s turn comes up. Typically this will happen when two picks are missed in a row, or when three total picks are missed.

Trading of picks and players is allowed during an email draft, but it is discouraged when it is your turn, as this causes delays. Instead, all owners are expected to cooperate in facilitating a speedy 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.


League Schedule

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.


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.


Free Agents

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 until Wednesday at 10 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 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, you must drop a player to acquire 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. Bidding tiebreakers are determined by which team has a lower winning percentage.

We understand that owners accidentally drop the wrong player occasionally. When this happens, send us an email as soon as possible at apexfantasyfootballleagues@gmail.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.

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 apexfantasyfootballleagues@gmail.com and we will investigate and correct the situation if intervention is deemed necessary.

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.

Blind bidding waivers will process on Wednesday at 10 pm EST after the completion of the draft and “first-come-first-serve” waivers will follow. This same schedule will continue throughout the season. Refer to your league calendar for exact dates.

If a team has no future games scheduled, they are not allowed to make any roster moves.


Trading

There is no trading prior to or during a live 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. 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 3 hours after the draft begins 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 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.

If you would like to request a review of a trade, please send us an email as soon as possible at apexfantasyfootballleagues@gmail.com.

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 on 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.

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.


Refund Policy

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.


Additional

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 apexfantasyfootballleagues@gmail.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.

MyFantasyLeague applies stat corrections made by the Elias Sports Bureau on Thursday at 10 am ET. The stat corrections can impact your game.

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.

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