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The 2013 Football Outsiders Brand Open Loser League Challenge and Spreadable Cheese Product

Already know the rules? Click here to pick your players.

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 catches fewer than two passes, you're penalized 15 points.

The full scoring rules are as follows:

Scoring:

  • 1 point for each 20 yards passing
  • 1 point for each 10 yards rushing
  • 1 point for each 10 yards receiving
  • 4 points for each passing TD
  • 6 points for each rushing or receiving TD
  • -2 points for each fumble or interception
  • 3 points for each field goal made
  • 1 point for each extra point made
  • -2 points for each missed field goal
  • -5 points for each missed extra point

Penalties:

  • 15 points for any QB who has fewer than 10 passing attempts in a game
  • 15 points for any RB who has fewer than 8 rushing attempts in a game
  • 15 points for any WR who catches fewer than 2 receptions in a game
  • 15 points for any K who makes no attempts because he's been benched for another K

(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 2014 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. The winner of both halves combined will receive both the 2014 KUBIAK projections and a copy of Football Outsiders Almanac 2014.

Each team will select their roster for Weeks 10-17 by midnight on Saturday night, November 9, 2013. 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.

Click here to begin!