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Category Archives: From the Dynasty Commissioners Desk

This is more important than many think when it comes to fantasy football commissioners, even more so with dynasty ones.  All of us join dynasty leagues without a good idea whether we will enjoy$ ourselves or not.  Because of the longer commitment of dynasty leagues, there are a few things to look out for leadership-wise when entering a league:

Clear rules

When I look for fantasy league rules, it doesn’t have to be the US Constitution.  Clear concise and to the point is fine, or wordy if  the situation warrants like the taboo subject of “tanking”.  If something isn’t discussed in the rules, ask the commissioner about it before you join the league and not after.

Is change possible?  When does change happen?

Does the commissioner allow changes to the rules be made?  If so, is there a percentage of owners that need to agree to the changes.  I prefer at least two-thirds of the owners agreeing to a minor change, over 75% for a major change, and 100% for any money changes.  Also does the commissioner open up discuss on a rule before voting?  Perhaps another owner faced a similar situation or saw it handled differently.  A good commissioner will want to deal with things in the fairest way possible.  Read More »

Here we are smack dab in the middle or perhaps tail end of rookie fantasy football draft season.  I have been lucky enough to be in some rookie drafts that took a day or two to complete, but a few keiselothers have taken weeks to finish.  Perhaps it’s me, but I like to be quick and efficiently build my team for success by being ready to draft.  Here are some of the particularly irritating, selfish things some owners choose to do:

Sit on the clock waiting for the trade

“Look guys, I have a twelve-hour timer, I can take every minute of it, if I want”.  Yes, you certainly can take all the time you need, if you truly need it, not just to play “I’m controlling the draft”.   Truth be told, I’m the oldest of five and this sounds like the work of an only child who believes the world revolves around them.  I play dynasty fantasy football because I love the strategy and the game, not to make others wait on me.  By the way, I NEVER trade with anyone on the clock, it only encourages this “I’m taking my ball and going home” mentality. Read More »

 

There is something great about the NFL Draft.  Optimism is in the air for everyone as it represents a new beginning.  This is even more true with your dynasty squad especially if you are coming off a rough season.  After the rookie draft, you AndrewMiley_Twitterhave new exciting players, but now the draft and perhaps excitement are over.  Many owners stop visiting their league site for a while, go on that vacation, perhaps read a few articles here and there, and then log in right before Labor Day.  I’m not saying don’t go on vacation for a week or two, just don’t take a summer hiatus from your league(s).

Keep up with the news.

Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes play outside linebacker and not defensive ends in the new Rex Ryan scheme, that could be major news in leagues where owners have to scramble for defensive linemen.  Devonta Freeman might be a better fit for the Falcons running game than rookie Tevin Coleman.  This is the time to keep track of the little things, because you never know when a little crumb from the local media will pay off big.

Know your waivers.

I’m in seven leagues right now and every week I go thru the available players for every league.  On leagues that use the myfantasyleague.com site, there is a feature called the “my draft list” that you get to from the “For Owners” tab.  I sort the available players first by position and then by team to be thorough and add all interesting free agents.  This list keeps all of the free agents organized at a moments notice.  I still go low tech as well with my index cards.  When I tell my friends this, they say “why bother”, because I want to know who is available at any time.  If you want to make a trade, the knowledge that a replacement level player is available can reduce the risks you take. Read More »

The witching hour is finally here.  Preseason game three, the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football.  The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against.  The only ebronconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different.  I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used.  Here are my observations:

Raiders vs Packers

The Al Davis era might be over in reality, but the legacy still lives on with recycled older players that might be over their heads along with a few young upstarts.  Newly signed receiver James Jones runs crisp routes, creates separation, but is not in sync with Matt Schaub.  I’m not sure any of the Raiders receivers are on the same page with their quarterback which might be a bigger problem sooner than later.  MJD looked great on one of his carries where he broke a few arm tackles and showed some burst on a 40 yard touchdown run.  Jones-Drew might have five more of those runs left in his body, but playing with this offense they might get used up quickly.  The reason for optimism in Oakland is the play of their two young linebackers, Sio Moore and Khalil Mack.  Moore applied inside pressure in both the run and pass games.  His motor is unrelenting and he delivers punishment on every blow.  He left the game with a strained neck which the backer can hopefully recover from quickly.  Mack reads and recognizes immediately what the offense is trying to do.  He picked off a screen pass and is constantly generating pressure in the running and passing games. Read More »

I’m sure sometimes reading this dynasty fantasy football site is a bit confusing.  One day there is a scouting report, the next day there will be some fantasy draft analysis, and today is a rant day.  The single most devastating enemy to dynasty $leagues is horrible/laissez-faire commissioners.  In the last five years, I have come across three of them.  This article gives some examples and concerns of mine to the mistakes that they make.  The horrible commissioners already know who I’m talking about and I won’t name them here, but here are some of the warning signs: Read More »

There have been many articles written and podcast discussions on why dynasty fantasy football leagues shouldn’t allow vetoes: it can be political, each individual owner should decide their own fate, stupid gullible owners are a part of everyforte league, etc.  Their rationale is that the NFL allows every trade and fantasy football is based on what a professional team would do. Remember this isn’t the NFL where every team is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. A dynasty league usually only requires a yearly fee (if that) or perhaps a two-year investment. I will use a 2013 vetoed trade in one of the leagues that I was in to show why vetoes should be allowed. Read More »

There is something great about the NFL Draft.  Optimism is in the air for everyone as it represents a new beginning.  This is even more true with your dynasty squad especially if you are coming off a rough season.  After the rookie draft, you AndrewMiley_Twitterhave new exciting players, but now the draft and perhaps excitement are over.  Many owners stop visiting their league site for a while, go on that vacation, perhaps read a few articles here and there, and then log in right before Labor Day.  I’m not saying don’t go on vacation for a week or two, just don’t take a summer hiatus from your league(s).

Keep up with the news.

Veteran corner backs, Brandon Flowers and Chris Houston, got released from their contracts just a day ago. Browns running back Ben Tate is still the same gimpy guy he was in Houston.  New Orleans wide receiver Kenny Stills is making a great impression in practices.  This is the time to keep track of the little things, because you never know when a little crumb from the local media will pay off big. Read More »

One of the biggest issues that face fantasy football dynasty leagues is how to handle the departure of teams.  Some owners get over their heads with the type of leagues they join, others mismanage themselves past the point of a recovery that quinnthey feel is fixable, and fantasy players can over commit their time and/or money into too many leagues.  Leagues need to create ways to survive these hiccups or else the fantasy squad you are building for future seasons will never see the light of day.  Clearly create rules for the departure of teams.  The best example of this is to have a ROD aka a replacement owner draft.  This is when you remove all the players on teams that are getting replaced, their former rookie draft picks, and add any available free agents into the draft pool.

This creates a group of players available to be drafted onto the new owners teams.  It is very important for new owners to have a sense of control with acquiring and building a team to their liking.  This builds commitment with the new owners and their teams.  Many times there will not be enough talent to make a contending team right away, so award compensatory picks in the rookie draft.  Sure this seems like it is taking a bit away from the current owners, but it is investing in the league’s future.  Constant owner turnover can be the sign of poor choices in ownership selection, leadership issues, or an unbalanced league. Read More »

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Turn out the lights, the party’s over“-Joseph Don “Dandy Don” Meredith

After a busy season, most commissioners and owners alike want to say those very words.  Please don’t let that be you as it is a great time to consider what can make the league better for next year..now.  Take the time to call/email your fellow league mates or post on your league message board with these topics: (click the link for the rest of the article) http://www.fantasyalarm.com/improving-your-dynasty-league-at-the-end-of-the-season/

 

Make sure you join me for a special interactive podcast on December 6th.  I will be answering any and all dynasty questions from the chatroom and twitter alike.  Listen here live or listen in the archive http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz/2011/12/06/dynasty-blitz-podcast-w-aaronaloysius-draftbreakdowncom

Today I write this with a very heavy heart.  A dynasty league that I started five years ago will be ending after Week 16.  Wait a minute, I’m a fantasy “expert” and I write commissioner articles.  How did this happen?

I have learned many lessons with this league.  Please make sure you build a dynasty league with a solid group of owners that have a common thread.  Get owners from a message board, a strong group of friends, a softball team, work, etc.  I did not do that with this league. It was a hodgepodge beginning with owners from all different places.  After looking to the other two dynasty leagues I was in at the time, I found several owners interested in playing a league with individual defensive players (IDPs).  Seven owners from those other leagues joined mine.  In my arrogance, http://www.fantasyalarm.com/the-demise-of-a-dynasty-league/  (click there for the rest)