17 Responses to “Anatomy of a League”

  1. Paul Baxter says:

    Good Stuff! The Fantasy Champions League is a very cool concept!

  2. Brian says:

    I’ve never heard of a draft run the way I run our league’s, I’ll try to explain it. We’ve got 12 teams and a 20 man roster (plus IR – if player is on NFL IR only). The draft includes rookies and FA’s, it’s like herding cats for 1 draft already, because it is most people’s 3rd or 4th league, with low fees.

    1) Before the draft, teams submit a cut list to trim their rosters as much as they like
    2) Everybody gets a 1st rounder, but they must cut 1 player to open roster spot
    3) The rest of the draft is flexible based on how many players you cut compared to the other teams, the more you drop, the higher your 2nd and later picks will be
    4) So if you cut 5 more players than everyone else, you get picks 13 – 18
    5) Next you rotate with the team who cut the 2nd most players, then 3rd, and so on
    6) Draft continues until everyone has 20 players again, that’s it

    The standard is that teams drop at least 1 for the 1st rounder, then it is a game of blind poker. Most contending or young teams only drop 2 – 4 players, while the bottom 3 or 4 teams drop 5 – 7. The record in 5 years is 10 players (Me twice). Once I had the 1st 4 picks of the 2nd round, the next time, another team dropped 10 also, so we rotated 13/15/17/19/21 and 14/16/18/20/22.

    I think this style allows teams to rebuild quickly, if they have the guts to thin out their benches before the draft. It also adds another layer of strategy. Many sit and hold, while I figure that dropping a lot of players is the way to go. If you think the player will slip past the 1st round, cut him and redraft him! It’s too risky for the weak though, but I’ve picked a lot of gems at the top of the 2nd round even coming off my own Superbowl titles, I was able to reload on young talent.

  3. Ryan McDowell says:

    Thanks guys! I am looking for more leagues for future profiles/articles. Let me know if you are part of a great dynasty league.

    • RV says:

      Ryan I would love to answer yours questions about our league. I consider it pretty unique. Send me a note and I’ll provide a link.

  4. Steve Moyer says:

    Not on the subject but worthy of posting:

    I’ve learned over the years that sometimes it takes two trades to get your target, rather than a direct trade with the owner of that target. If you ask me, it’s a great technique for dynasty leagues.

    I wanted a Top 6 QB and the only guy I thought I could get was Eli Manning (I have Mike Vick but he gets hurt too much to depend on, in my view).

    I have Jimmy Graham so I packaged 1.07 and Jermichael Finley and swapped them for pick 1.03. That guy had no TE to speak of so he was juiced to get the #4 ranked TE for a 4 position switch in our draft.

    In our league (QB driven — 6 pts for TD passes rather than 4), it’s a foregone conclusion that picks 1.01 and 1.02 will be Luck and Griffin, so pick 1.03 will be Trent Richardson. I approached the Eli Manning owner knowing that he desperately needed a #1 RB (has the aging RB’s Gore and S. Jackson, plus he also has Tom Brady).

    I traded pick 1.03 for Eli and pick 1.11 contingent on Richardson being available at 1.03 (which I sure he will).

    Net deal:

    Finley and 1.07
    Manning and 1.11.

    Zero chance I could have facilitated the same move directly with the first owner, so figured this might come in handy for some of you. Sometimes it takes two moves rather than one to achieve your objective.

  5. Jim says:

    Fascinating Read about different leagues. I’m in a Dynasty league that started in 1989. I’ve been involved since 1996 and love the competition as all 10 of the owners know their stuff. Makes for a run experience.

  6. This is really cool but the one thing I don’t fully understand is if this is a Dynasty league and you’re pulling from two seperate player pools and with the realignment after every year, can’t you run into teams playing each other with common players? Example, both teams have Arian Foster and Patrick Willis?

  7. Ches says:

    I hope this “series” goes on to analyse other, more standard leagues. I mean, this stuff is cool, but it is all too unconventional for me to use in the league I commish.

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      Absolutely, I want to take a look at a variety of leagues. There are so many out there and they are great for different reasons.

  8. Kamron Gatlin says:

    I play on a site called EFSports and the Base league that started it all is a 16 team league that started in 99. 53 man rosters, 7 round rookie draft, restricted free agents, practice squads, practice squad bidding. The most complete fantasy experience you can get, where the big boys of fantasy play.

  9. seth says:

    How can I find a startup dynasty league in my area (DC/MD) that needs owners?

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      Hey Seth,
      You can check the Help Wanted forum here, but I know most of the leagues forming here are online based with no regard for where everyone lives. Good luck finding a league.

  10. sixshooter says:

    Sorry but I think a league that consists of 12 teams, consistent divisions, rookie drafts and you have to earn your way into the postseason as the most fun and I have participated in many, many leagues! In addition, we have a re-draft and an auction league which are also extremely successful. No need for twitter to recruit as there is a waiting list for our leagues which are extremely competitive! Also are introducing a fantasy MVP between the three leagues based on how you finish!

    I guess everyone has their preference but what I have found to be most popular is a deeper league with no more than 12 teams (in Dynasty, 16 in re-draft) and a league where you can’t “luck” your way into a championship by taking advantage of other teams having players on the bench in the playoffs which is why I definitely don’t agree with every team making the playoffs.

    Keeping the divisions consistent year to year also makes for more competition especially when it comes to trades, etc because you will think twice before trading within your division and may regret it later!

    Just my two cents but I prefer these rules! Not sure I would enjoy the league nearly as much without these rules!

    • Ryan McDowell says:

      Thanks Sixshooter! Your league sounds great! I am certainly not saying this is the only type of league we should play in. In fact, this league is not for me either (mainly because I have little experience with IDP), but I do think it is a great league. I wanted this series to be a way for commissioners and owners to show off and share what makes their league great. That might be a unique set of bylaws or just a great group of dedicated owners.
      I’d love to hear more about your league as well.

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