How to Start Your Own Fantasy Football League
During football season, all your friends talk about is their fantasy league. You’ve been invited to join a league or two, but you really don’t fully understand the process. You’d like to, though, and you’d really like to start your own league. If this sounds like you, then here’s what you need to know.
Choose your league members carefully
Quality is better than quantity. This is true when it comes to the NFL teams themselves, and it’s also true of your league. You shouldn’t invite people you don’t get along with, like the ones who trash talk in the worst way, the ones who won’t follow through on their team, or the ones who don’t actually know much about football (although this can sometimes be forgiven).
You want fanatical fans who have respect for themselves, each other, and the game. You want people who will commit to follow through and make the league fun and interesting for everyone. So choose your league members carefully.
Choose a host site
There are all kinds of sites offering to host your league, and choosing a site is a matter of personal preference and careful analysis of your goals. Free sites can be seriously amazing, offering you the freedom to customize your settings and scheduling in the way that best suits you and your friends.
If you want a more serious game, you could consider signing up with a paid hosting site. There are pros and cons to this too, of course, but the first step is to poll the people in your league and make sure everyone is onboard with the same decision.
Plan your strategy
Did you know that fan loyalty can seriously interfere with fantasy league success? Too many people choose their players based on team preferences rather than hard numbers. If you’re serious about winning, you can’t be one of these people.
What you need is a fantasy football kit to help you objectively evaluate the strengths and weakness of players, teams, and team offenses and defenses. You need the advice of people who keep track of the stats and predictions, and who have experience reading them to predict the football future.
Set up your draft
Make sure that everyone involved knows when the draft will happen for your league and how that draft will be conducted. It’s always a good idea to lay out the rules in writing and make sure everyone gets a copy before you begin. This is especially crucial if you’re playing for money.
Your draft rules should also include game specifics. For example, how many points will touchdowns be worth? Will you establish a difference in points between a passing touchdown and a rushing one? What about a defensive touchdown?
Collect payments up front
Once the season is over, everyone’s attention will wane. You went to a lot of trouble to set things up, choose a platform, choose a league, and set up dates and rules. If people don’t pay up at the end, no one will be interested in continuing with your league next year.
Your best bet is to collect all payments upfront and then pay out at the end of the season. If people have to pay before they’re allowed to draft, you have a much better chance of getting them to participate actively throughout the season.
Make things fun
If the league isn’t fun, then what’s the point? Of course you might be in it for the fame and fortune, but a lot of people aren’t going to be the winner. Make sure there’s more to your game than just winning and losing.
Whether it’s a dinner to honor the victor, a mid-season drinks session, or some other personalized way of celebrating the fellowship of your league, make sure that everyone has a good time.