One of the pitfalls of many fantasy commissioners, even the veterans, is overlooking the basics. Don’t forget to build your league on them!
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of running a fantasy football league with visions of this year’s draft party dancing in your head. However, even if you’re a veteran commissioner, it might not hurt to pause and take a moment to review a couple of basics. They may seem obvious, but you don’t want to fall prey to these easily avoidable missteps that could be lurking on the horizon.
Review the Rules
Whether you’re using a fully customizable league, or a platform like CBS Sports or ESPN.com, be sure to check if there are any new rules or features.
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The competition among fantasy sites is fierce. They usually try to attract new players and retain the ones they have, by tweaking things a bit every year. For example, this season Yahoo! changed their default setting for PPR to 1/2 point per reception.
You should never change the rules once the season starts, so now is the time to see if there are any items that should get your attention.
Are you prepared if someone tells you today that they are not returning to your league? Always have a running list of people you can recruit to join your league in case there’s a vacancy.
Try to have a least five names of people who you know are, or may be, interested in joining your league. It is understood that sometimes folks may move on in the offseason. However, sometimes leagues lose people during the season due to unfortunate circumstances. Be ready.
Do you have more than one way to get in touch with the members of your league? Don’t let email be the only point of contact. You’d be surprised how many commissioners realize they only have a league member’s email the very moment they need to get in urgent touch with them.
When you need to confirm a transaction in a timely manner, waiting for a response by email won’t suffice. There are times when calling someone is not only more expedient but also necessary.
While a personal cell phone number seems like the obvious choice, you may also want to confirm whether a league mate has a job that requires them to use only their work phone during the day. Also, don’t assume that folks no longer use or have a landline.
Make sure you give yourself the advantage of having as many options that are available.
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