The time has come for something different in the what if simulation. That thing is the NFL Draft League!
Are you tired of playing against Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Tom Brady every single game in your open league schedule? This NFL draft league will end that problem, as only ONE of the 24 teams in the league will have Aaron Rodgers, Brees and Brady. Same for OJ, Jim Brown, Crazy Legs and so on./
Here is how it works:
Each owner signs up here in the forum. Once we have 24 owners, I will randomly decide the draft order
Once the draft order is established, the draft will begin on the Sim League football "theme league" forum.
Each owner can decide who to pick with each pick. You don't HAVE to draft a QB first. If you have the 4th pick for example, and Rodgers, Brady, and Brees are gone, you may decide to pick Jim Brown or OJ or Walter Payton over Dan Fouts or Matt Stafford or another QB. If you have the 11th or 12th pick and you would tather take Crazy Legs Hirsch than a QB or RB, hey, go for it! If you want to take the 42 Bears D and build a team round that, it's up to you.
There will be eight total rounds. In the draft portion of the team construction, each owner MUST draft ONE QB, ONE RB, TWO WR's, ONE TE, ONE Offensive line, and ONE Defense. That equals seven of course and the remaining spot can be either a QB, RB, WR or TE.
All draft picks will be EXCLUSIVE. That means that once you draft Aaron Rodgers, not one other team will be able to use ANY Aaaron Rodgers season. Once an owner drafts a player, that player is his for the rest of the league, including non drafted position picks. Same goes for defenses. Once someone picks, say, the Chicago Bears, they can use any season of Bears defenses, and no one else can use ANY Bears defenses. Also, there are no clones. You may only use one season of your drafted players.
The entire draft will be "on the clock", but times will be adjusted in case we get ahead. Proxy picks are accepted and even encouraged. That means, an owner can sitemail their pick to me, or any other owner, and they will be posted and count.
If an owner misses their draft time slot, they will be skipped, but can make their pick whenever they get online and notice that their turn has been skipped.
The overall salary cap will be $75 million dollars for each team
Once the draft portion is complete, each owner may fill their team with ANY PLAYER WHO WAS NOT DRAFTED, plus punter/kicker/special teams etc
The extra $15 million from a typical open league gives each owner the strategical choice of how they want to spend that money. Do you want to spend more on the defense that you drafted, or on players or on a better Offensive line or special teams or kicker.
If this takes off and everyone enjoys it, I can see this being a long running NFL league.
One last thing...ideally, I would like to wait to start the draft AFTER the 2013 players come out, so this will be a great chance to use those guys for the first time. It will be interesting to see if the first pick will be 13 Peyton Manning or 11 Aaron Rodgers.
Now.....who wants in?