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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 »


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 »

This is a very multi-layered question.  The most important part of any dynasty league is leadership.  Do you know the commissioner and is he trustworthy?  The internet is full of stories of dynasty teams not getting paid at the end of the year, rules getting changed after drafts without votes, and lopsided trades that take advantage of someone else’s naivety or stupidity.  Dynasty leagues fail because of the leadership more than any other reason.  Keep in mind, just because someone is a great owner in another dynasty league, it doesn’t mean they will be a good commissioner.   I hate collecting money, so I take my league’s money  that I commish to  Less hassles, but full disclosure.   We all makes mistakes, heck, I once joined an existing league that replaced five owners, out of 14 owners, within four months.  By the way, constant owner replacement is a huge red flag.  Turns out the commissioner has won the league three years in a row.  Not only was his team stacked, but he owned almost half of the picks in the first two rounds.  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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