DeAndre Hopkins acquired by bbashers
Article Posted Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
The bbashers pulled off a blockbuster deal to bolster their keeper list Sunday, Aug. 21, when they acquired Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from CheeseWhiz, along with a third-round selection in the 2016 UFFL draft, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft.
While the deal may appear lopsided on the surface in favor of the bbashers, CheeseWhiz owner Jim Douglas deemed Hopkins expendable after deciding upon Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as his franchise's three keeper players. The 24-year-old is considered one of the NFL's top receivers and had a career-high 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
In addition, the bbashers received the 34th overall pick in the 2016 draft, in exchange for the 25th overall selection, which had been obtained from the Pulverizers in a deal last month involving Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
In a corresponding move, the bbashers waived Denver Broncos placekicker Brandon McManus.
Preparing for the UFFL draft
Article Posted Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern
For the fourth consecutive year, a list of the top 10 choices available at each position has been compiled prior to the UFFL Draft as a service to league owners. The average Fleaflicker draft position is listed in parentheses. This list is subject to change as the rankings fluctuate and may also need to be updated if UFFL owners make adjustments to their franchise player lists.
Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints, 55); Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers, 64); Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars, 67); Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals, 70); Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans, 73); Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals, 79); Eli Manning (New York Giants, 82); Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo Bills, 84); Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers, 86); Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons, 89).
Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys, 7); C.J. Anderson (Denver Broncos, 19); Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 22); Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints, 25); Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks, 34); Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders, 40); DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans, 44); Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles, 50); Jeremy Langford (Chicago Bears, 51); Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals, 54).
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17); T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts, 23); Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears, 26); Brandon Marshall (New York Jets, 28); Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders, 30); Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers, 32); Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos, 33); Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers, 41); Julian Edelman (New England Patriots, 42); Eric Decker (New York Jets, 43).
Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans, 62); Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs, 66); Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles, 77); Coby Fleener (New Orleans Saints, 85); Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts, 93); Gary Barnidge (Cleveland Browns, 94); Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals, 101); Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 103); Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions, 111); Zach Miller (Chicago Bears, 113).
Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots, 691); Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens, 692); Steven Hauschka (Seattle Seahawks, 693); Chandler Catanzaro (Arizona Cardinals, 694); Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts, 695); Cairo Santos (Kansas City Royals, 696); Graham Gano (Carolina Panthers, 697); Roberto Aguayo (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 698); Dan Bailey (Dallas Cowboys, 699); Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers, 700).
Denver Broncos (734); Seattle Seahawks (735); New England Patriots (736); Arizona Cardinals (737); Carolina Panthers (738); Minnesota Vikings (739); Cincinnati Bengals (740); New York Giants (741); Houston Texans (742); New York Jets (743).
INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers, 766); Navorro Bowman (San Francisco 49ers, 767); Lavonte David (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 768); Telvin Smith (Jacksonville Jaguars, 769); D'Qwell Jackson (Indianapolis Colts, 770); Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks, 771); Lawrence Timmons (Pittsburgh Steelers, 772); Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh Steelers, 773); Denzel Perryman (San Diego Chargers, 774); Deone Bucannon (Arizona Cardinals, 775).
2016 UFFL questionnaire results revealed
Article Posted Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern; Updated Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Featured below are the results of the 2016 Ultimate Fantasy Football League questionnaire, which was distributed to owners via e-mail last month. All but two of the 14 owners who competed last season responded, with commissioner Jared Byrd opting not to answer any questions in order to avoid influencing anyone's vote (although he would have participated in case of a tiebreaker secenario). Here were the subjects that were discussed on the 2016 survey:
1. Individual defensive players
UFFL owners were asked if the individual defensive players concept should be brought back, to go along with team defenses. (This idea was in place from 2004 to 2007, during the league's latter years on Yahoo! Sports, but was dropped when the UFFL moved to Fleaflicker in 2008 because customizable features available to fantasy football commissioners at the time made this type of setup impossible.)
Ruling: Seven owners said yes, while five owners said no, so this idea was approved. Starting lineups will now include two individual defensive players (IDPs), along with one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one flex player (RB-WR-TE), one placekicker and one team defense. Benches will now have seven roster slots instead of six and franchises will be allowed to carry up to four defensive players at any position (DL-LB-DB) on their active roster. In addition, three rounds have been added to the UFFL draft to give clubs the opportunity to fill out their rosters in the wake of this format change.
Owners were asked if receivers, running backs and tight ends should receive credit for targets (having the ball thrown in their direction by the quarterback, regardless of whether or not the ball is caught).
Ruling: Two owners said yes, while 10 owners said no, so this idea was rejected.
Owners were asked if team defenses should get credit every time they force their opponent to punt on fourth down after stopping them on three consecutive downs without allowing a first down.
Ruling: Four owners said yes, while eight owners said no, so this idea was rejected.
4. Fourth-down conversions
Owners were asked if team defenses should receive credit for shutting down opposing offenses on fourth-down attempts.
Ruling: Two owners said yes, while eight owners said no, so this idea was rejected.
5. Fumble and interception return yardage
Owners were asked if team defenses and individual defensive players should receive fantasy points for yardage accumulated on fumble and interception returns.
Ruling: Five owners said yes, while seven owners said no, so this idea was rejected.
UFFL News Ticker: Everyone who competed in the league last year has agreed to return, including Sisyphean Endeavors owner Grace Cloud and The Catch owner Andrew So. This will mark the third consecutive season where there have been no changes in franchise ownership ... All clubs have submitted preliminary franchise player lists but have the right to make adjustments as many times as necessary between now and 3:00 p.m. Eastern on draft day (Wednesday, Aug. 31), with the live draft beginning at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on the Fleaflicker website ... All unprotected players will be removed from the Fleaflicker rosters Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, to give owners who might be unavailable for the draft an opportunity to pre-rank players (or to allow owners who will be present to have an idea of who will be on the draft board). Final rosters from the 2015 season will continue to be available on this website beyond that point, in case an owner wants to change their franchise players or propose a trade ... Jim Douglas' Fleaflicker fantasy football league currently has one vacancy, which he is hoping to fill well in advance of the draft Friday, Sept. 9. If you are interested in competing in another league, reach out to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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