Cal's Franchise Fantasy Football rules
Quote, "You are not building a team. You are building a franchise."

Premise: You have been given a new franchise by the NFL.
You need players, but you can't just grab anyone you want.
You can only select players in this years college draft,
and current NFL players that switched teams as a free agent or trade.
If you sign a player to a multi-year deal, then you get that player back the next year.
But if you cut him, you might still have to pay him.
Rules version: latest update 15-Oct-2022

Rule 1: Commissioner
FFF owners will elect a Commissioner. Commissioner will resolve all disputes between FFF Owners. Commissioner is the final judge in any interpretation of the rules. Commissioner may appoint a vice-commissioner to make decisions if there is an obvious conflict of interest. Commissioner will keep track of all rosters and contracts. Commissioner will prepares lists of available players.

Rule 2: Roster
FFF Owners can only have twenty two (22) active players on a team. An owner may have more players that are inactive, ie. cut players he is still paying for.
There at eleven (11) playing or starting positions. Offense: QB 1, RB 1, WR 2, TE 1, Kicker, extra. Defense: DLM 1, LB 1, DB 1, extra.
FFF Owner may cut a player at any time. Even during the draft or free agency.

Rule 3: Salary Cap.
Salary cap is $50 million a season. Any money not spent that season is wasted; there is no carry over from season to season. All contracts are for 1 to 4 years and in $1 million increments. Signing bonus and franchise tag amounts may use half million increments. Odd amounts will be rounded to the nearest half million.

Rule 4: Keepers.
FFF Owners get all the players they had the year before, unless that player's contact expired or the owner cut or traded that player. A player traded between real NFL teams does not affect ownership. The FFF contract determines ownership.

Rule 5: Owners Meeting.
An Owners Meeting will happen after the real NFL draft and before the first game of the real season. Owners Meeting has six phases: select commissioner, cutting players, college draft, franchise tags, free agency, and guaranteed money. The owner that was champion the season before will have his meal paid for by the other owners.

Rule 6: College Draft.
Order will be similar to that of the NFL: champion picks last, runner-up picks second to last, others in reverse order of win-loss record. FFF college draft players have a set salary of:
FFF first round: $3 million, FFF second round: $2 million, FFF third round and thereafter $1 million. The actual real NFL round a player comes from does not affect this. Any college players not FFF drafted become free agents. If a player is drafted, but then cut before the season starts, the owner must pay the signing bonus, if there is no signing bonus, then pay one year's salary.

Rule 7: Available NFL players.
Besides college players the only other NFL players available are players that have switched teams; either through trade or free agency. If an FFF owner cuts a player, then that player may be picked up by new owner that season. If the player is not picked up that season, then he become unavailable until he switches real NFL teams.

Rule 8: Free Agency (FA).
Free Agency occurs after the draft. An owner will declare a player he wants with a salary and time period, ie. offer a tender. If no other owner has a higher offer then the player is won by that owner. A higher offer is based on the total amount of the contract.
Example: $4 million for 2 years is $8 million total, but $3 million for 3 years is higher at $9 million total. However, $4 million for 2 years with a signing bonus is the highest at $10 million. League minimum is $1,000,000 a year for all free agents.

Rule 8(b): Cut players and FA.
All cut players immediately become free agents. Players can be paid twice, so a player could be cut by an owner and still be owed some money (still on that owner's books), then picked up my another owner and paid again. There are no waivers or draft rights. Once a player is cut, he is a free man. See examples

Rule 8(c): Lost cut players.
This rule is governed by the doctrine of "You snooze, you lose." If a cut player does not get picked up by another owner by season's end, then that player is lost until the player switches teams in the real NFL. If for some reason a player is cut after the Trade Deadline, then that player would be FA available next year.

Rule 9: Trading.
FFF owners may trade (players or draft picks or money) at any time. The new owner must accept the contract of the previous owner. The salary may not be lowered, and the length (years) may not be changed.

Rule 10: Signing bonus.
If an owner cuts a player before his contract expires then the owner must still pay half of his salary for the remainder of his contract. This half salary will be deducted every year, or an owner may elect to pay it all immediately. However, if a signing bonus was paid then the owner owes nothing more. The cost of a signing bonus is always half of one year's salary. Signing bonus is paid in addition to the first years salary.

Rule 11. Guaranteed Money.
If an owner has extra money he may pay part of next years salary for any player. This is the only way an owner can carry money over to the next year. This must be declared at the owners meeting.

Rule 12: Franchise Tag
Each FFF Owner gets one Franchise Tag to assign to a player on his team that had his contact expire. The salary of a franchise tag is equal to the average of the highest salaries at that position. A franchise tag must be placed on a player before the free agency phase of the Owners Meeting. An owner cannot tag the same player in consecutive years.

Rule 13: In-season roster additions
When adding players after the Owners Meeting the Commissioner will email all owners the new free-agency offer (tender) an owner has made on an unselected player. If no other owner has a higher counter offer within 48 hours, that owner gets his player.

Rule 14: In-season roster cuts
If an owner cuts a player during the NFL season then the owners still owes a full-season salary for that player. Money is owed to that player as soon as he joins the roster. Signing bonuses do not affect this. "He bought him, you must pay for him." A signing bonus would mean the owner pays nothing for that player the following season.

Rule 15: The Brad rule - Late add penalty
In conjunction with Rule 14, and to discourage fire sales and mass substitutions, an owner will be charged a $500,000 fee for adding any players during the season.

Rule 16: Injuried Reserve
Once per season an owner may place one player on FFF Injuried Reserve (IR). That IR player must: 1. have one or more years left under contract with that FFF owner, and (2) must be injuried in NFL. That IR player must stay on FFF IR for the rest of the season, but is removed from the roster of 22 players and his spot filled with a new player from Free Agency. The new FA player must play the same position as the IR player and can only be signed to a 1-year deal. Any counter offers by other owners for that FA replacement player must also be for only a 1-year deal.

Rule 17: Renegotiate salary scam
If an owner cuts a player, then immediately tries to resign them as a free agent, then this must be done at the Owners Meeting.

Cals Marion Mudhens
Phils Dike Fireflies
Shanes Omaha Buffetts



Brads Ames Stiffwinds
Brads Ames Stiffwinds
Brads Ames Stiffwinds
Keiths Austinville Elevators
Paxton Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs
Bowman Woods
Stomach Bugs
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Inagural 2015 season

Owners meeting held at Buffalo Wild Wings, south side of CR.
All four owners in attendance.

2015 College draft no.1 picks
1. Dike, QB Jameis Winston, FSU (1)
2. Omaha, QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon (2)
3. Ames, WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (4)
4. Marion, RB Todd Gurley, Georgia (10)

Other note-worthy draftees 2015:
R2, Dike, RB Melvin Gordon, OK St (15)
R2, Marion, DL Dante Fowler, FL (3)
R4, Omaha, DL Leonard Williams, USC (6)
R4, Marion, DB Byron Jones, UConn (27)
R8, Omaha, DB Landon Collins, Alabama (33)
R10, Ames, LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA (45)

FFF Undrafted 2015:
RB David Johnson, UNI (86)
WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland (146)
TE Darren Waller, GA Tech (204)
DB Marcus Peters, Wash (18)

2015 Most expensive free agents
$5 million, TE Owen Daniels, Dike
$5 million, RB Demarco Murray, Ames
$5 million, DL, Ndomka Suh, Ames
$4 million, RB Ray Rice, Marion

Note-worthy pickups 2016
QB Tyrod Taylor, Marion
QB Michael Vick, Dike
RB Frank Gore, Dike
DB Josh Norman, Austinville
WR Michael Crabtree, Omaha
DB Darell Revis, Marion

TEAM, reg 2015 season record, CHAMPION:
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 6-8, champion
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 4-10, runner-up
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 10-4
Omaha Buffetts (Shane), 8-6

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2016 season

The league expanded to five teams.
Plus one dummy team, Detroit Lions.
Owners meeting held at Jerseys (under Roosevelt) in downtown CR.
Four owners in attendance, Rich S made Shane's picks.
Being a new owner, Keith made numerous supplemental draft picks.

2016 College draft no.1 picks
1. Austinville, QB Carson Wentz, NDS (2)
2. Omaha, QB Jared Goff, Cal (1)
3. Ames, RB Ezekiel Elliott, OSU (4)
4. Marion, DE Joey Bosa, OSU (3)
5. Dike, RB Derrick Henry, Arkansas (45)

Other note-worthy draftees 2016:
R2, Dike, DB Jalen Ramsey, FL St (5)
R supp, Austinville, WR Will Fuller, OK St (15)
R supp, Austinville, WR Sterling Shephard, OK (40)

FFF Undrafted 2016
WR Tyreek Hill, West Alabama (165)
DL Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland (69)

2016 Most expensive free agents
$5 million, QB Dak Prescott, Austinville
$4 million, QB Brock Osweiler, Ames
$3 million, WR Marvin Jones, Omaha

Note-worthy pickups 2016
QB Robert Griffin III, Dike
RB Lamar Miller, Marion
RB Chris Ivory, Austinville
WR Marvin Jones, Omaha
WR Mohammed Sanu, Austinville
TE Vernon Davis, Dike
DB Josh Norman, Austinville

TEAM, reg 2016 season record, CHAMPION:
Austinville Elevators (Keith) 4-10, champion
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 10-4, runner up
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 8-6
Omaha Buffetts (Shane), 8-6
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 6-8

2016 FFF All-Pro
QB Austinville Dak Prescott (Dal) 369
RB Ames Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 287
WR Marion Michael Thomas (NO) 137
TE Austinville Martillus Bennett (NE) 89
K Marion Mike Nugent (Cin) 139
DL Austinville Malik Jackson (Jax) 154
LB Dike Benardrick McKinney (Hou) 233
DB Omaha Landon Collins (NYG) 297

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2017 season

Beth took over the Buffetts, moving the team from Omaha to Fairfield.
This year's dummy team, Cinci Bengals.
Owners meeting held at Red's Public House, 2nd St SE CR.
All five owners in attendance.

2017 College draft no.1 picks
1. Marion, S Jamal Adams, LSU (6)
2. Fairfield, RB Leonard Fournette LSU (4)
3. Dike, TE OJ Howard, Alabama (19)
4. Ames, DE Myles Garrett, Texas AM (1)
5. Austinville, RB Chris McCaffrey, Stanford (8)

Other notable draftees:
R3, Ames, QB Deshawn Watson, Clemson (12)
R3, Fairfield, QB Mitchell Trubisky, NCU (2)
R4, Ames, RB Joe Mixon, OK (48)
FA, Austinville, WR Cooper Kupp (69)

FFF undrafted 2017:
QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech (10)

2017 Most expensive free agents
$3 million, WR Alshon Jeffery, Fairfield
$2 million, QB Jay Cutler, Ames
$2 million, TE Jared Cook, Ames

TEAM, reg 2017 season record, CHAMPION:
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 10-4, champion
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 9-5, runner up
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 9-5
Fairfield Buffetts (Beth), 6-8
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 6-8

2017 FFF All-Pro
QB Austinville Carson Wentz (Phi) 379
RB Marion Todd Gurley (LAR) 293
WR Fairfield Juju Smith (Pit) 129
TE Marion Evan Engram (NYG) 89
K Fairfield Robbie Gould (SF) 161
DL Marion Joey Bosa (SD) 175
LB Ames Eric Kendricks (Min) 212
DB Fairfield Landon Collins (NYG) 208

2018 season

Beth's team renamed Nightingales.
This year's dummy team, Indy Colts.
Owners meeting held at Quintons, across from CRPD.
All five owners in attendance.
Keith suggests the losing owners pay
for the winning owner's meal from now on.

2018 College draft no.1 picks
1. Austinville, RB Saquon Barkley, Penn St. (2)
2. Fairfield, RB Sony Michel, Georgia (31)
3. Ames, DE Bradley Chubb, NC State (5)
4. Dike, skip
5. Marion, skip

Other notable draftees:
R2. Marion, QB Sam Darnold, USC (3)
R2. Dike, QB Josh Allen, Wyoming (7)
R3. Ames, QB Baker Mayfield, OK (1)
R3. Austinville, QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (10)
R3. Fairfield, WR DJ Moore, Maryland (24)

FFF undrafted 2018
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (32)
RB Nick Chubb, GA (35)

2018 Most expensive free agents
$3 million, QB Kirk Cousins, Dike
$3 million, TE Jimmy Graham, Dike
$2 million, LB Khahil Mack, Ames

TEAM, reg 2018 season record, CHAMPION:
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 11-3, champion
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 11-3, runner up
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 7-7
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 4-10
Fairfield Nightingales (Beth), 4-10

2018 FFF All-Pro
QB Ames Deshawn Watson (Hou) 419
RB Marion Todd Gurley (LAR) 294
WR Marion Michael Thomas (NO) 145
TE Austinville Eric Ebron (Ind) 132
K Austinville Jason Myers (NYJ) 146
DL Dike Deforest Buckner (SF) 169
LB Marion Darius Leonard (Ind) 331
DB Marion Jamal Adams (NYJ) 242

2019 season

Paxton's Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs joins
as the league's sixth human team.
Owners meeting held at Chrome Horse, former old bank in New Bo.
Five owners in attendance, Paxton was sick.

2019 College draft no.1 picks
1. Bowman Woods, WR Marquise Brown, OK (25)
2. Fairfield, TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa (8)
3. Dike, LB Devin White, LSU (5)
4. Ames, RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama (24)
5. Marion, DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State (2)
6. Austinville, WR KNeal Harry, ASU (32)

Other note-worthy draftees:
Bowman Woods, QB Kyler Murray, OK (1)
Austinville, QB Daniel Jones, Duke (6)
Bowman Woods, QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (15)
Marion, TE Noah Fant, Iowa (20)

Franchise Tags:
Ames, no one
Austinville, no one
Bowman Woods, no one
Dike, RB Melvin Gordon
Fairfield, DB Landon Collins
Marion DB Byron Jones

2019 Most expensive free agents
$3 million, WR Antonio Brown, Bowman Woods
$2 million, RB Leveon Bell, Fairfield
$2 million, WR Randall Cobb, Fairfield

2019 note-worthy trades
Marion RB Todd Gurley to Fairfield
Ames LB Khahil Mack to Austinville

TEAM, reg 2019 season record, CHAMPION:
Fairfield Nightingales (Beth), 6-8, champion
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 8-6, runner up
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 9-5
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 8-6
Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs (Paxton), 6-8
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 5-9,

2019 FFF All-Pro
QB Austinville Dak Prescott (Dal) 438
RB Austinville Christian McCaffrey (Car) 323
WR Marion Michael Thomas (NO) 168
TE Ames Jared Cook (Oak) 104
K Bowman Woods Matt Gay (TB) 135
DL Marion Joey Bosa (LAC) 100
LB Dike Jordan Hicks (AZ) 157
DB Marion Jamal Adams (NYJ) 123

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2020 season

Owners meeting held at The Rock Bar.
Five owners in attendance, Beth was sick.

2020 College draft no.1 picks
1. Marion, QB Joe Burrow, LSU (1)
2. Bowman Woods, RB Edwards-Helaire, LSU (32)
3. Dike, DL Chase Young, Ohio State (2)
4. Ames, LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (8)
5. Austinville, WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama (12)
6. Fairfield, WR CeeDee Lamb, OK (17)

Other note-worthy draftees:
Ames, QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (5)
Austinville, QB Justin Herbert, Oregon (6)
Ames, WR Justin Jefferson, LSU (22)
Fairfield, RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisc (41)
Austinville, DB Antoine Winfield, Minn (45)

Franchise Tags:
Ames, no one
Austinville, QB Dak Prescott
Bowman Woods, no one
Dike, no one
Fairfield, QB Jared Goff
Marion, WR Michael Thomas

2020 Most expensive free agents
$3 million, RB Derrick Henry, Dike
$2 million, many

2020 notable trades
Marion got QB Wentz in FA then traded back
to Austinville mid-season with conditions

TEAM, reg 2020 season record, CHAMPION:
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 11-3, champion
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 11-3, runner up
Fairfield Nightingales (Beth), 8-6
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 7-7
Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs (Paxton), 3-11
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 2-12,

2020 FFF All-Pro
QB Dike Josh Allen (Buf) 501
RB Dike Derrick Henry (Ten) 310
WR Bowman Woods Stefon Diggs (Buf) 151
TE Fairfield TJ Hockenson (Det) 84
K Bowman Woods Greg Zuerlein (Dal) 143
DL Dike Chase Young (Wash) 90
LB Ames Roquan Smith (Chi) 160
DB Bowman Woods Jabrill Peppers (NYG) 113

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2021 season

Owners meeting held at The Local Pour.
All six owners in attendance.

2021 College draft no.1 picks
1. Marion, QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (1)
2. Bowman Woods, RB Najee Harris, Alabama (24)
3. Austinville, RB Travis Etienne, Clemson (25)
4. Fairfield, TE Kyle Pitts, Florida (4)
5. Dike, LB Micah Parsons, PSU (12)
6. Ames, WR Jamarr Chase, LSU (5)

Other note-worthy draftees:
R2, Austinville, QB Trey Lance, NDSU (3)
R3, Marion, WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (6)
R3, Ames, QB Justin Fields, OSU (11)
R4, Ames, QB Zach Wilson, BYU (2)
R6, Fairfield, QB Mac Jones, Alabama (15)

Franchise Tags:
Marion, DB Jamal Adams
Bowman Woods, no one
Austinville, RB Christian MCaffrey
Fairfield, no one
Dike, no one
Ames, no one

2021 Most expensive free agents
$4 million:
RB Dalvin Cook, Marion
$3 million:
QB Matt Stafford, Marion
QB Deshaun Watson, Ames

Other note-worthy pickups 2021
WR Julio Jones, Dike
WR Michael Thomas, Austinville
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Fairfield
DL JJ Watt, Ames

TEAM, reg 2021 season record, CHAMPION:
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 7-8, champion
Fairfield Nightingales (Beth), 9-6, runner up
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 10-5,
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 8-7
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 6-9
Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs (Paxton), 5-10

2021 FFF All-Pro
QB Dike Josh Allen (Buf) 506
RB Fairfield Jonathan Taylor (Ind) 325
WR Austinville Cooper Kupp (LAR) 232
TE Ames Hunter Henry (NE) 94
K Marion Matt Gay (LAR) 153
DL Marion Nick Bosa (SF) 107
LB Ames Roquan Smith (Chi) 161
DB Ames Chinn (Car) 111

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2022 season

Owners meeting held at Cliff's, formerly Grin n Goose, formerly Zins.
All six owners in attendance.

2022 College draft no.1 picks
1. Bowman Woods, Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan (2)
2. Ames, pass
3. Austinville, RB Breece Hall, Iowa St. (34)
4. Marion, pass
5. Fairfield, pass
6. Dike, pass

Other note-worthy 2022 draftees:
R3, Marion, DE Travon Walker, Georgia (1)
R3, Ames, QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt (20)

FFF undrafted 2022
QB Brock Purdy ISU

Franchise Tags:
Marion, LB Darius Leonard
Bowman Woods, no one
Austinville, RB Christian MCaffrey
Fairfield, no one
Dike, QB Josh Allen
Ames, LB Roquan Smith

2022 Most expensive free agents
$3 million:
Ames LB Roqan Smith
Austinville WR Stephon Diggs
Austinville WR Devonte Adams
Dike RB Saquon Barkley
Fairfield QB Russell Wilson
Fairfield RB Dalvin Cook
Fairfield WR Tyreek Hill

Other note-worthy pickups 2022
Ames LB Von Miller
Fairfield LB Kahil Mack

TEAM, reg 2022 season record, CHAMPION:
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 10-5, champion
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 8-7, runner up
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 11-4
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 9-6
Fairfield Nightingales (Beth), 8-7
Philly Eagles 8-7
Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs (Paxton), 3-12
Cutsville Scrubs 3-12

2022 FFF All-Pro
QB Dike Josh Allen (Buf) 502
RB Ames Josh Jacobs (LV) 265
WR Austinville Devante Adams (LV) 188
TE Fairfield TJ Hockenson (Min) 97
K Ames Brett Maher (Dal) 135
DL Marion Nick Bosa (SF) 107
LB Austinville Foye Oluokun (Jax) 185
DB Bowmanwoods Jevon Holland (Mia) 108

2023 season

Owners meeting held at Rumors, F Ave NW, Cedar Rapids
All six owners in attendance.

2023 College draft no.1 picks
1. Bowman Woods, Bijan Robins RB Texas (8)
2. Fairfield, Anthony Richardson QB Florida (4)
3. Ames, pass
4. Dike, pass
5. Marion, pass
6. Austinville, Bryce Young QB Alabama (1)

Other note-worthy 2023 draftees:
R2, Ames, Jahmyr Gibbs RB Alabama (12)
R2, Austinville, CJ Stround QB OSU (2)
R2, Dike, Sam LaPorta TE Iowa (34)
R3, Marion, Jake Moody K Mich (99)

2023 Franchise Tags:
Ames, K Brett Maher
Austinville, LB Foye Olukun
Bowman Woods, no one
Dike, no one
Fairfield, TE TJ Hockenson
Marion, DL Nick Bosa

2023 Most expensive free agents
$5 million:
Dike, QB Josh Allen
Fairfield, RB Christian McCaffrey
$4 million:
Ames, RB Derrick Henry
Bowman Woods, QB Aaron Rodgers
Dike, RB Josh Jacobs

Other note-worthy pickups 2023
Austinville, QB Daniel Jones $3 mill
Dike, LB Devin White $3 mill
Fairfield, LB Roqan Smith $3 mill
Bowman Woods, QB Kirk Cousins $2 mill
Dike, QB Baker Mayfield $1 mill
Bowman Woods, QB Derek Carr $1 mill

TEAM, reg 2023 season record, CHAMPION:
Fairfield Nightingales (Beth), 11-4, champion
Bowman Woods Stomach Bugs (Paxton), 6-9, runner up
Austinville Elevators (Keith), 9-6
Scorned City Undraftees, 8-7
Ames Stiffwinds (Brad), 7-8
Marion Mudhens (Cal), 7-8
Dike Fireflies (Phil), 6-9
KC Chiefs 6-9

2023 FFF All-Pro
QB Dike Josh Allen (Buf) 473
RB Fairfield Christian McCaffrey (SF) 307
WR Fairfield CeeDee Lamb (Dal) 211
TE Dike Sam LaPorta (Det) 126
K Marion Matt Gay (Ind) 133
DL Dike DeForest Buckner (Ind) 110
LB Austinville Foye Oluokun (Jax) 178
DB Ames Antoine Winfield (TB) 156