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It's time again to join in on the fun that is the Loser League. If you're no good at fantasy football, then this is exactly the league for you, because the goal is to pick players who are just as bad at real football as you are at fantasy football.
Sounds easy, right? Why not just draft the third-string quarterback? Well, it's more challenging than that. You have to pick players who are expected to play in the game, or you'll incur a hefty penalty. For each quarterback that attempts fewer than ten passes, running back that rushes fewer than eight times, or wide receiver that is targeted fewer than three times, you're penalized 15 points.
That's right: We've changed the rules for 2015! This year, wide receiver penalties will be determined by targets, rather than catches. Roughly one wide receiver per week gets three or more targets without a catch -- and now, if you have that guy, you've had a great week! And if your guy catches two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown, you're screwed, because you're getting the penalty on top of those 8 points.
The full scoring rules are as follows:
(Note: You only incur a kicker penalty if another kicker on that team makes an attempt and the selected kicker does not. If a kicker's team makes no attempts in a game, there is no penalty. Kicker penalties are one of the world's greatest evils.)
We run two contests, one for Weeks 1-9 and one for Weeks 10-17. The winner of each half of the contest will get a free copy of the 2016 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. The winner of both halves combined will receive both the 2016 KUBIAK projections and a copy of Football Outsiders Almanac 2016.
Each team will select their roster for Weeks 10-17 by midnight on Saturday night, November 14, 2015. Your roster will consist of 2 QB, 3 RB, 3 WR, and 2 K. The highest scorer at each position gets thrown out each week (remember, we're aiming for the lowest score here). You'll end up with getting credit for 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR and 1 K every week. This also won't keep one injury at a position, or a bye week, from destroying an otherwise perfectly crappy loser team since you can't make changes to your roster once it's submitted.
Only one team per person, please. We'll update the full standings every week on the website and highlight some of the best performers each week in Scramble for the Ball.