The Commish
August 19, 2012 10:59 AM   Subscribe

I might be the commissioner for a 12 team fantasy football (NFL) league this year. What can I do to be the best commissioner possible? I'm looking for any and all suggestions, annecdata, and websites that would help me make the season fun and engaging for all parties involved.

The only specific question I have right now is how to handle team managers that stop updating their rosters toward the end of the season. Is there anything I can or should do about this? Or a way to keep those players interested enough to keep at it until the very end?
posted by youngergirl44 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oops - two more things:

I have thought about posing this question to the players in my league, but think that if I ask something this broad the conversation might devolve into fighting about what's best. I would rather take specific items to the league members for discussion and/or a vote.

We would be doing our draft offline at a bar. How on earth do I keep track of what players have been drafted by which team? Is there a place to get a complete list of all draftable players?
posted by youngergirl44 at 11:08 AM on August 19, 2012


We would be doing our draft offline at a bar. How on earth do I keep track of what players have been drafted by which team? Is there a place to get a complete list of all draftable players?

In the offline drafts I've been a part of, we've written down the draft picks on big sheets of paper. Individual GMs keep track too, and with twelve people, it's unnecessary to keep a master list of who's been drafted and who hasn't.

The only specific question I have right now is how to handle team managers that stop updating their rosters toward the end of the season. Is there anything I can or should do about this? Or a way to keep those players interested enough to keep at it until the very end?

If this is a paid league, weekly high score payouts might keep out-of-contention GMs in it towards the waning weeks. Otherwise, the threat of being banned from next year's league could also prove persuasive.
posted by roomwithaview at 12:40 PM on August 19, 2012


Footballguys is a great resource. While a lot of the articles are paid, there's plenty of free stuff, including the first two articles in the commissioner basics series. The forums are also free - I think they are my favorite thing on the site. The people there are very willing to help out.
posted by SisterHavana at 8:36 PM on August 19, 2012


Also online fantasy leagues will give you the option to have an offline draft so you can enter it on one laptop, say, and hen the rest of the season, people can manage their teams online which seems like the only way I'd want to do it.
posted by mckenney at 8:38 PM on August 19, 2012


To keep the season engaging, have a weekly prize. Something each team could possibly win (most receiving TDs by a WR/TE, longest field goal, etc). This really helps motivate teams to keep an active roster when it's clear they won't make the playoffs by mid-season.

Also, decide early on how rule changes will be handled (majority rules? commissioner is the final decision maker?). We routinely meet in the 'offseason' to talk about any scoring/rule changes for the upcoming year and it's best to know how things will be decided.
posted by Twicketface at 7:28 AM on August 20, 2012


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