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Fantasy Football League Manager: 2020/2021   Rules & Help : FAQ : Contact Us
TundraBall 2020 Situation

In the spirit of full disclosure, we want to inform you of two major factors that will influence the fantasy football season at TundraBall this year:

1) The 2020 NFL football season will hopefully move forward as planned and we'll have a complete season of fantasy football. However, the situation with COVID-19 could easily change if/what the NFL season will look like this year. The current plan for the NFL is limited or no pre-season games and a "normal" regualar season that will start as scheduled. However, as the season progresses, that could quickly change as the state of the pandemic changes. There is no guarantee there will be a full NFL football season.

2) The stat provider we have used for many years is no longer available. We are currently investigating alternatives to determine if they can provide the same level of accuracy and flexibility that we've had in the past. However, any stat provider we choose will be an unknown/untested solution for TundraBall. Therefore, we can not guarantee the same level of accuracty and timeliness simply because this will be a new system and provider. This is compounded by the fact that there will likely be no pre-season NFL football games that we typically use to verify our stat solution is robust and ready for the season. As we learn more about alternate stat providers, we'll keep you informed as best we can.

Because of these two issues, TundraBall is changing our policy for the 2020 season: There will be no charge for any leagues this year. If the season is cancelled midway through due to COVID-19, we don't want to issue partial refunds, etc. Furthermore, since we'll be using a new stat provider, we can't guarantee how stable and reliable it will be. This means we'll do our best to provide accurate real-time stats, but we can't guarantee it at this time. We hope to have a full, complete season of fantasy football but given the uncertainty of this season, we have made this policy change.

You are free to create your leagues and start using TundraBall now. If you have any comments or questions, please let us know.

-- Tundra Commish
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Kendall Hinton is an amazing athlete. And he still failed at quarterback ( today ) Courtesy of
The Broncos rookie hadn’t played QB since college when he was forced into the line-up on Sunday. He showed just how difficult the position is to masterIn Kendall Hinton, a practice squad receiver who due to a Covid outbreak was forced to start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, the NFL dropped any notion that it cares about the safety of players. An undercooked, under-skilled, unprepared player, a player who most members of the Broncos organization had never even met, was tossed to a professional defense, led by one of the league’s finest defensive minds, consequences be damned.And yet one of those consequences was an extra point for those engaging in an age-old debate. Which sport, if summoned from your sofa, would you have a reasonable ability to succeed at, even by fluke?Could you survive a three-minute prize-fight round? Par a hole at The Masters? Hit a curveball? Score a penalty against a professional goalkeeper? Complete a pass in the NFL?Hinton’s start added another mountain of evidence in favour of the professional quarterback. No other position in sports, save, perhaps, a hockey goalie, has such an influence on a team’s play. And no position has such responsibility for a team scoring, because the quarterback handles the ball (barring some kind of trick play) on each and every snap.Hinton was objectively awful because he should have been awful. There is no shame in that; he was thrown into an impossible situation. He finished with one completion on nine attempts for 19 yards, and was intercepted twice, meaning he threw more complete passes to the opposition than his own teammates. And yet it should be noted that Hinton was no novice. He played quarterback in college before transitioning to wide receiver in his final year at Wake Forest. He even broke school records as a quarterback. As pure athletes in the NFL go, Hinton ranks high.But even in the pace-and-space age playing quarterback at the pro level is about much more than just being able to run fast and hurl a ball 50 yards. In the modern game, more and more coaches – from high school on up – are putting their best athletes at quarterback. The theory is that if they don’t see an easy completion, they can take off on a run, where they’ll be as lethal as any running back or receiver in the open field. If one player is going to touch the ball on every snap, why not make it your best athlete? It’s a smart tactic, and it has worked at lower levels. But not in the pros. Everything is based on rhythm and timing in the NFL, not only between the quarterback and his targets but between the receiver’s eyes and his feet.Every dropback has a specific spot — a “launch point”, in coaching parlance – that the quarterback must hit before releasing the ball. On one play it might be a quick three-step drop, directly behind the center. On another play it will be three steps with a hitch. On another play, it’s three steps, but for the timing to work with the receiver’s pattern against a particular coverage, the quarterback has to slide to his left, but not so far to his left that he moves into pressure from the opposition pass rushers.Nuance is the name of the game. For all the physical gifts of Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, and Kyler Murray, it’s their football intellect that makes them great. It’s their ability to diagnose coverages pre- and post-snap, the knowledge of when to switch a play, and the subtleties needed to execute on each and every play, with those magical, only-players-who-can-throw-and-run-like-that plays sprinkled on top for good measure.Indeed, the NFL’s all-time passing records were set by a nearly fossilized Peyton Manning, a man who, by the end of his career, could barely throw the ball 10 yards, couldn’t run more than five, and who hit the deck before he was tackled to preserve his health. That version of Manning threw for close to 15,000 yards and 131 touchdowns in three seasons in Denver. All of it thanks to his computer brain, feel in the pocket, and sense of timing.In terms of mental and physical complexity, there aren’t many other sporting positions that come close.Of course, we’re talking about degrees of excellence and degrees of difficulty. Even some NFL coaches like Jim Schwartz argues that being a cornerback is, in fact, the most difficult position in all of sports. The argument being that at other positions, like quarterback, you know what you’re going to do; whereas a cornerback is a detective, searching for clues and trying to figure out what the offense is doing. And they’re doing it all by while starting backwards. Still, the ball may not be thrown anywhere near the corner, if it’s even thrown at all. A quarterback is never able to evade the ball.Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend what we’re watching on the screen. The NFL is not like other sporting leagues around the world. Its challengers are either defunct, like the XFL and AAF, or far inferior in quality, like the CFL. All of the sport’s best professional talent is concentrated in one place: the NFL.There is nothing like being a NFL quarterback. Where else are you forced to make decisions within 2.5 seconds with between three, four, or seven Hulk-sized human-begins charging down. And where else are those decisions so religiously tied to your competence, your desire, work rate, and worth? And where else does the success or failure of that decision rely on your 10 co-workers to perform exactly as they’re told?An NFL quarterback stands alone – it’s what makes ascending to the top of the game so impressive. And even within the small fraction of players who make it, there are degrees of excellence, and players can go from future MVP candidate to laughing stock in the blink of a Carson Wentz season.Nowhere is there a wider gap between those playing a position and those viewing it. Yahoo! Fri, Dec 04
 
Week 13 Fantasy Football Preview: Final decisions before the last Sunday of the fantasy regular season ( today ) Courtesy of
Liz Loza and Andy Behrens are back on the Fantasy Football Forecast to get you ready for Week 13! Yahoo! Fri, Dec 04
 
Chandler Catanzaro among three kickers visiting Panthers ( today ) Courtesy of
The Carolina Panthers brought in a trio of kickers for visits on Thursday that included former Panthers kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Catanzaro, Lirim Hajrullahu and Louie Zervos were all brought in for a look, via the league transaction wire. Catanzaro, a five-year NFL veteran, appeared in four games for the Panthers in 2018. He converted all [more] Yahoo! Fri, Dec 04
 
Sources: COVID-19 restrictions could force all NFL franchises out of California for rest of 2020 season ( today ) Courtesy of
What the NFL doesn’t want is a repeat of the messy back-and-forth between the 49ers and Santa Clara County officials. Yahoo! Fri, Dec 04