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How To Be A Great Fantasy Football Commissioner

Fantasy Commissioner Tips

Fantasy Football Commissioner Tips

The commissioner of your fantasy football league has a lot of responsibilities on his plate – from scheduling the draft, organizing the rules, making decisions, and keeping everyone in line. But, the most important aspect for a commissioner is to ensure that the league is fun.

It’s pretty simple – When a league is fun, people will want to come back. This creates longevity. Now, in most leagues, the commissioner doesn’t have full control of everything but would rather look to his league mates for their opinions to collectively make decisions. The commissioner should be able to have the creativity to put ideas on the board to make the league more enjoyable. Here are some of the best Fantasy Football Commissioner Tips to do so.

The following are suggestions for those leagues that have completed their draft and now looking to get the most out of them.

Get Your League Fantasy Football Trophy

This may seem like a really simple step but a trophy will make your league all the difference. When the champion has a visual representation of his earnings, it gives him all the more bragging rights. The trophy becomes a symbol of the pride that was desired and captured. It is an extra piece to the puzzle that each and every league member will strive to win.

With a trophy, the league will be able to document past winners as well. It is something the champion will be able to bring home to his family or friends and display with honor. The one thing is that trophies do cost money but with a simple bump in league fees, that may be enough to cover the cost of the trophy.

There are plenty of options out there to find great trophies for the league and the commissioner will have to find the one that best fits the league’s personality. Once that is found, it will be a hit.

Create a Loser Prize

When a league penalizes a loser for finishing as the worst team, the league morale goes up instantly. The majority of the members will not have to face a penalty and will get to enjoy a couple of laughs at the last-place finisher.

The creativity here is endless. Any league mate could possibly recommend one to the commish but it is his obligation to endorse it and to try to get it passed. We have compiled a short list of some examples that a league could use for a last-place penalty:

  • Take the SAT (Paid by league funds & all scores are recorded)
  • One week of Zumba classes
  • Wearing a dress with a sign stating how bad of a fantasy player you are
  • Loser has to get a tattoo of the winner’s choice (I had to say it.)

The last-place penalty opens up the league to their own creativity and also ensures that people will not “tank” for possibly getting the first pick in next year’s draft.

Starting a League Group Chat

Depending on how close you all are, constant communication can benefit the league tremendously. Non-stop trash talk will make the league more enjoyable. Not to mention, you will be able to learn a lot about the other members and this may be able to help you create trades and predict their draft patterns.

League group chats will take some time but most chat features will have a “mute” button so your phone won’t have to be constantly buzzing. I personally recommend Airtime as the software that best works for my phone and laptop. I moved a 16-man Keeper league last year from a Twitter Chat to Airtime and the league changed completely. No more lost prize breakdowns, I could pin league members who still owed fees, it was way more organized. Plus members seem to become more vocal.

The commissioner should ensure that league mates have constant communication. It will give everyone a place to escape and talk fantasy football together.

League Record Book

Fantasy Football players love statistics. Assuming this league is reoccurring, a league’s commissioner should take the next step and document all the stats that have occurred. I would recommend that this document be an excel sheet or something made up on Google docs.

Keeping notes of teams records in the regular season, playoffs, and keeper history (if your league has that) will keep people interested. It will give bragging rights, trash talk, and a competitive desire to people at the bottom. It’s typical that people who play fantasy football enjoy looking at stats and will be inclined to do so about themselves as well.

Draft In Person

This one might be the most important component of your entire league. The commissioner should take the initiative to assemble a live draft. Reach out online to purchase a draft board, bring food and drinks, find a location, etc.

Most importantly, you will have to deal with everyone’s schedules and find a date that will work for the majority of the league. If not all of your members are together or close by, encourage them to try and make the trip. If that were not possible, I would recommend using Skype or creating a Google sheet draft board, which you can update automatically, and share with the missing member.

Drafting in person is what takes leagues to the next step. It’ll become an event that all the members look forward to every year and you will begin to enjoy your own traditions. I recommend this to every league that has the luxury of being able to.

This league is inspriring.

@legionoflads Kicking off the ‘22 #fantasyfootball season the only way we know how. 🏈🍗🍅#LegionofLads #letsgo #NFL #fyp ♬ Dig Deeper (Motivational Speech) – Coach Pain & Motiversity

Listen to Your Members

In order to create anything fun with other people, the commissioner has to keep open communication with other members. This is vital. When taking the reigns of a fantasy league, you are leading for the players and for yourself. It is important that you take the time to listen, understand and take initiative regarding member’s wants/needs as long as they are in the guidelines.

This open communication can lead to some really good rule changes, decisions, and creativity within the league. You don’t want to be a control freak when running a league. In leagues that I have run in the past, we take votes on every idea that a person will have. If it gets the 2/3 majority of votes, then it passes. Remember – You are leading the players.

Keep Changing

As a commissioner, the longevity of the league should be your goal. To obtain that you must keep the league fun and new. You can do this by offering rule changes year in and year out. Take votes, start discussions and see how popular your options are. If the league is more progressive with rule changes, it will change their strategies and keep them wanting to learn more.

The most important thing to any good fantasy league is the members. As a commissioner, it is your job to make sure that they are happy and interested. These are just some ways that can help keep your league an interesting one and ultimately make it fun.


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