UFFL News and Notes: September EditionEffective with Week 2 of the UFFL/NFL regular season, individual defensive players began earning one fantasy point for every two solo tackles they recorded. This rule was already in effect for offensive players such as quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and placekickers (but not team defenses) and was intended to go into effect at the beginning of this year for IDPs as well, but went unnoticed due to an oversight. Currently, assisted tackles are not worth anything for any player regardless of position, although this could change for the 2017 campaign.
Article Posted Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
In addition, IDPs began receiving two fantasy points for every fumble recovery starting in Week 2. Due to the fact that both rule changes were set to take place in the middle of a season, league owners discussed the matter on the Fleaficker message board and through e-mail for several days before adjustments were made, so that everyone involved had a heads-up and wouldn't be caught off guard by any fixes. Those who participated voted unanimously for the changes to happen.
UFFL News Ticker: The Sisyphean Endeavors have changed their team nickname to HB2 Defiance ... CheeseWhiz owner Jim Douglas recently announced that he is in search of help at running back. He is willing to part with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz or New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady depending on the offer ... Immediately prior to the start of early Sunday afternoon games for Week 3, several of the Fleaflicker website's features became temporarily unavailable, including the league scoreboard and all pages related to the Steph Infections franchise. As a result, commissioner Jared Byrd had to manually edit Stephanie George's starting lineup because she was unable to. The glitch affected random teams in other Fleaflicker leagues as well but was rectified in about an hour ... Due to time constraints, most pages on this website will not be updated on a consistent basis throughout the regular season and playoffs (with the exception of the transactions page, schedule and results page, standings page, rankings page, NFL pickem page and survival results page. Franchise pages will only be updated to reflect current rosters but all other statistics and information on those pages will be updated at season's end.
Recapping the 2016 UFFL Draft
Article Posted Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern; Updated Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. EasternThe 15th annual Ultimate Fantasy Football League draft was held Wednesday, Aug. 31. Here are the notable facts and highlights from this year's event:
- For the second consecutive year, 13 out of 14 owners participated in the live draft on the Fleaflicker website, with Shelburn OrangeHats owner Mark Bender being the only person unable to attend. At 105 minutes, it was by far the longest draft in the Fleaflicker era, thanks to three extra rounds which were tacked on to accommodate the addition of individual defensive players to fantasy lineups. By comparison, the 2015 draft was just 75 minutes long. On a positive note, the 2016 draft appeared to be plagued by far fewer glitches and errors than other recent drafts.
- Deltaman selected Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott with the first overall pick. The final pick ("Mr. Irrelevant") was New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown for N2deep, with the fourth pick of the 17th round and the 224th overall selection.
- Of the first 21 selections in the draft, 10 were running backs and 11 were wide receivers. The first player taken who was neither a running back nor a wide receiver was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with the Sisyphean Endeavors' second-round pick.
- Speaking of the Sisyphean Endeavors, owner Grace Cloud announced that she had a "co-owner this year (sort of)" helping her out with the club, referring to them as an "owner-in-training."
- Football Gal owner (and noted Washington Redskins fan) Mozelle Meyers drafted no Dallas Cowboys players for the 15th consecutive year.
- Although this was Fight'n Nut-Tooths owner Joseph Randall's third draft, it marked the first time he did not draft soundalike running back Joseph Randle, who is not currently on an NFL roster. "I will appreciate it if I do not get everyone's best game again this year," he joked.
- Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was selected with the eighth pick in the 15th round (204th overall selection). New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had already been protected by bbashers owner Calvin Brown as one of his three franchise players.
- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was selected with the ninth pick of the fourth round (51st overall selection), although he will miss the first four games of the regular season because of his role in Deflategate. In 2015, he wasn't chosen until the first pick of the fifth round, when a similar suspension threat loomed.
- Morristown Maulers Dallas Honeycutt was among one of several owners who noticed that the draft chat seemed quieter than in years past, perhaps due to the fact that owners were placing a greater focus on drafting than socializing. "A tad long here, but not so much that I didn't enjoy it," he said. However, when asked if he would like to see the maximum amount of time allowed for each pick reduced, he responded, "I doubt that is needed."
- bbashers owner Calvin Brown vowed to resurrect the UFFL's glory days of trash talk during the draft and throughout the season on the message board. "I'm bringing smack talk back to the league," he said. "We've become way too docile!" He added that he is considering creating a banner to be posted each year for the champion on the UFFL website. "It's the closest we can come to a trophy for a league that goes so far back," he added.
- Brown also suggested holding the 2017 draft on a face-to-face platform (such as Skype) to allow for greater interaction between owners, including the ability to perform trades and other moves during the middle of the drafting process. However, older computers could make this idea problematic. "The facial expressions would be priceless on some people once their pick was taken by the owner before them," commissioner Jared Byrd said. " ... Then again, that would increase the odds of people booing me every time I announced a pick."
Steph Infections trade for Latavius Murray
Article Posted Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
With fewer than 25 hours remaining before the start of the 2016 UFFL draft, the Steph Infections pulled off a last-minute deal where they acquired Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray from the bbashers, in exchange for a second-round draft pick.
The move was necessitated after Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (one of owner Stephanie George's three franchise players) sustained a dislocated knee and torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice as a result of a non-contact injury Tuesday, Aug. 30. He is expected to miss the entire 2016 season but is likely to make a full recovery.
With few, if any, appealing options as a replacement for Bridgewater on her 2015 final roster, George sent the 27th overall pick in this year's draft to the bbashers for the 26-year-old Murray, who was not going to be protected by owner Calvin Brown anyway. Murray rushed for 1,066 yards in 2015 and reached the end zone six times, averaging 4.0 yards per carry. He also added 41 receptions for 232 receiving yards.
DeAndre Hopkins acquired by bbashers
Article Posted Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern; Updated Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. EasternThe 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.
UFFL News Ticker: The Westerville Fight'n Nut-Tooths have officially dropped the Westerville from their team nickname for the 2016 season ... In other franchise news, Nut-Tooths owner Joseph Randall said that he's willing to listen to trade offers for all of his players, including his keepers. Among his unprotected players are Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham.
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