My Commish Rules

League Mechanics

Accountabilibuddy

A Rule About League Dues

As the fantasy season approaches (HELLO! IT’S HERE!) we know you commissioners out there have a million things on your mind. Renew the league, contact owners, fill league spots, consider rule changes (Hey, we know a site for that…). But perhaps the most stressful is the question of how you will collect league dues this season. Unless you were the 3rd grade bully stealing lunch money in the 60’s or currently work for the IRS, chances are you are not the biggest fan of collecting these dues. And that is why we have found the perfect solution: The Accountabilibuddy.

 

How It Works

Think of the Accountabilibuddy as that person you put down as an emergency contact on doctor’s forms, or you field trip buddy from grade school. Their main job is to make sure that you are safe and accounted for and always has your best interest in mind. Now forget everything we just taught you about the Accountabilibuddy. This person is now the muscle commissioners send out to collect dues when they cannot seem to shake down team owners by themselves. 

 

Prior to the start of the season, have owners submit a name and phone number of their Accountabilibuddy to The Commish. We highly suggest this be someone in regular contact with the owners. Someone who can remind them constantly or subtly ask, “hey, have you paid your wonderful commissioner those league dues yet?” Significant others are great to recruit for this task, if willing. Not only does it help make them feel as if they are a part of the league, but it also informs them how much their loved ones may be spending each year on fantasy football. Either way, it helps lessen the burden on you as a commissioner.

 

In all honesty, just the thought that somebody else could be checking in with them about league dues will get owners to get league dues paid in full and on time in the first place. After all, how many of us want to hear about league dues not only from our commissioner, but from our loved ones as well?

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Before the year begins, explain the implementation of the Accountabilibuddy and the reason for it existing. 
  • Collect a name and number of the Accountabilibuddy for each owner.
  • Inform team owners that their Accountabilibuddy will NOT be contacted unless they fail to pay league dues by specified dates, at which point their Accountabilibuddy will be hearing from you.
  • League owners should still get a reminder to pay prior to reaching out to their Accountabilibuddy.

Change Ups

So maybe your team owners are single or do not have that special someone in their life, and we totally get and respect that. You do you, baby boo. Mothers also serve as great people from whom we don’t want daily reminders to pay league fees. Or even better yet, collect the name and phone number for each league owner’s boss. There is nothing quite like the threat of contacting employers to get league owners to pony up – :).

 

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Points To Playoffs

A Rule About Scheduling

IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT PLAYOFFS. Most of the time the best teams get in and all is hunky dory in the world and nobody complains. WRONG! Somebody always complains. And nobody complains more than the owner with the most points with tough in-season matchups who juuuuust misses the playoffs. This rule is for that owner.

 

How It Works

If you’ve been playing fantasy football long enough, you’ve probably seen a team in the top three of Total Points For completely miss the playoffs due to a tough schedule slog. And we hate to see that. This owner put in all the hard work to roster a high scoring team, only to play their way out of the Toilet Bowl? A shame. 

 

This rule is a playoff structure predicated on the thought that if an owner consistently puts up high point totals, they deserve a shot at the title. The top teams based on record will enter the playoffs, just as any normal league operates. However, the last playoff spot is awarded to the team not already in the playoffs with the highest Total Points For scored season-to-date.

 

For example, imagine a 10-team league where four teams make the playoffs. The top three records are 13-1, 12-2, 10-4. Congratulations to those three teams, their playoff spots are finalized based on record. They managed their team in such a way that they succeeded in the whole point of fantasy football – winning games. But to determine the fourth and final spot in the playoffs, all remaining owners are compared based on their season-to-date Total Points For. The owner with the most Total Points For is awarded the final playoff spot. Their place in the standings does not come into play. This could be the fourth team in the standings or the 10th place team.  

 

Now at this point, some might say “but wait – that’s the whole beauty of scheduling. Its random. And we’re discounting this randomness factor and messing up the whole thing, wahhhh!” 

 

To that we say “look, this really is the best of both worlds. By using both record and Total Points For, those owners who might have started the season 0-4 still have a fighting chance at making the playoffs. They always have a shot if they are scoring points and will keep engaged in the league. Isn’t that the whole reason why you’re here on MyCommishRules reading this rule?” We are not suggesting you draw names out of a hat or throw darts or completely switch up your playoff rules. We’re talking about one spot.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Determine amount of teams that will enter the playoffs based on the size of your league and preference. 
  • No league settings will need to be modified, other than noting somewhere in your rules or publically to leaguemates how playoff allotments will be decided.
  • Top playoff seeds will go to the teams with the best records.
  • Last playoff spot will be manually added based on the team with the highest Total Points For outside of the current allotted playoff teams.

Change Ups

You can put some stipulations on this rule if you’d like. It was created in order to restore justice to those high-scoring teams with tough matchups. BUT, what if there is a really small difference in points between owners vying for that last spot and one team has the better record? You could add a buffer to when this rule applies and when it doesn’t. Say the would-be final playoff team based on record has 10 Total Points For fewer than one of the other teams already out of the playoffs. Would seem tough to tell that would-be playoff team – “it was really close but, sorry”. Instead, have a rule that would require a non-playoff team to have considerable more Total Points For than a would-be playoff team (say by 50 or more points) in order to leapfrog them into the final spot.

 

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100 Yard Rush

A Rule About Draft Randomization

“I’m tired of letting our league site determine our fantasy football league draft order but I’m too lazy to do anything about it,” – Most Commishes. Well, what if I told you there was a beautiful place that could serve to randomize your fantasy football draft order all while creating an exciting event for your league to participate in? Ok, pretty cool. But, what if, ON TOP OF ALL THAT, I told you that you’d also get a huge helping of nostalgia along the way? Now we’re talking. 

 

Introducing 100YardRush.com

 

Gone are the days of letting your league platform randomize your draft order and letting your mother pick your outfits!

 

How It Works

Randomizing your fantasy football draft using 100yardrush.com is simple and fun but with enough of a show to make you feel like you did something as The Commish.

 

This site is beautiful. When you first enter the 100yardrush site you’re greeted by a throwback to those late nights playing Techmo Bowl at sleepovers as a kid – with all of the bright 8-bit colors and pixelated characters but minus all the Cheeto dust on your fingers. 

 

Once you select the number of owner’s in your league, enter their names, click the mouse a few times to confirm everything and – BOOM – all of a sudden you’re watching a bunch of little tiny 2D runningbacks make their way across the field.

 

But how does it all work, you might ask? Well, algorithms. Someone way smarter than us set it up so that every 2 – 7 seconds (randomly selected), each player will move between 1 and 10 “yards” on the screen (also random), for the duration of said 2 – 7 seconds. That means a player can move 10 yards in 2 seconds giving them a strong lead, then immediately queue up for only 1 yard in 7 seconds, which will put them behind.

 

While this all happens in the background, the visual result is a race down the field you’ll find yourself cheering for. Eventually, the runningbacks make their way across the goalline to the finish – deciding your upcoming fantasy football draft order. 

 

The best part though is that the geniuses at 100yardrush figured out a way to give you a link to an exact copy of the race. That way, you don’t even need to run this as a live event. All you have to do is just copy the link, send it to the group chat, and let them watch the fun for themselves.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Visit www.100yardrush.com, where all of the magic happens.
  • Do a trial run as commissioner, playing around with the various options and watching how things work.
  • Set an official time and day for the event to take place, and encourage league members to gather for the viewing, if possible. 
  • Cheer on your little runner and hope for the best. One race. One official set of results.
  • If not all leaguemates are together to watch the event, be sure to send along the race link in the group chat!

Change Ups

The programmers of 100yardrush.com have recently made updates to incorporate some “luck” factors such as offering a “Code Race” option where each leaguemates can enter any phrase of their choosing before the race. This can be something meaningful to them like their dog’s name, their favorite drink, their favorite website (MyCommishRules, obvi), or something completely meaningless. That code then gets converted into a series of numeric values on the back end which the app uses to further calculate each runningback’s movements. Essentially, this gives players a tiny bit of ownership in the randomness.

 

Also, if you’re really feeling ambitious, get the leaguemates together for just one more excuse to enjoy some libations, have some snacks, and talk trash for the most exciting (slight exaggeration) couple of minutes you’ve ever experienced (unless you’re a professional bull rider or have gone skydiving or drove over 60 mph). 

 

But really when it comes to the actually 100yardrush site itself – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And we can’t think of a single way you would want to change up this rule anyway. It’s your own little personal two-dimensional horse race at the click of a button.

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Connect Four

A Rule About Scoring

We sat down with everyone we could find at MyCommishRules HQ (all two of us) to answer a very important question: Why are coordinated touchdown celebrations increasing in recent years? Here is what we came up with: IT’S FUN. It’s more fun. Nothing beats watching the camaraderie of two players connecting for a score and then celebrating it. Well maybe one thing beats it — like having both of those players on your fantasy team. While players are celebrating at the game you can be celebrating from your couch with a few bonus points.

 

How It Works

In daily fantasy (DFS), this is called “stacking” – as in the act of drafting both a quarterback and additional skill position from the same NFL team to your roster in the hopes of doubling up on scoring when they’re both involved in a play. The reason this is so popular in DFS is because you can take advantage of a good matchup and may be easier to predict week to week. BUT – we here at MCR think this should expand beyond DFS because you should be rewarded for rostering the only two players who touch the ball on a scoring play.

 

Naturally, this rule only applies on scoring pass plays. If the QB you started passes it to a RB/WR/TE you also started and the play results in a score, you will receive normal points (as decided by your league. We’ve got some ideas on that, too) AND each player will be awarded two bonus points, for a total of four. Win, win, win. Boom. Connect Four, team celebration, fist pumps from couch, etc, etc.

 

Implementation of this rule change can be fairly painless. Some league sites are highly customizable and will allow this feature to be adjusted within the scoring settings. If you don’t use one of these league sites, as Commish you have the ability to manually change scores for each team each week to account for these stacked scores. Don’t worry – odds are there will not be a huge number of these each week, so this is a fairly easily managed rule adjustment.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • As always, inform your leaguemates of this new rule suggestion. Vote. 
  • Decide how many bonus points you’ll allow for owners who start both the QB and skill player involved in a scoring play. We suggest two bonus points for each player – totalling four. 
  • Determine if your league site has the option for automatic stacked scoring.
  • If not, Commish is to manually add bonus points to players after the week’s games.

Change Ups

The amount of bonus points awarded can be adjusted. If you really want to incentivize stacking, increase the number of bonus points scored. Feeling lazy? Do you trust your leaguemates? Have them keep track of stacked scoring and self-report at the end of the week’s games. If they forget to report — no bonus. 

 

Want to make some use of those worthless kicker/defense positions? If teams stack kickers and defense/special teams — award a bonus point for each made field goal. YOU get a bonus! And YOU get a bonus!

 

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Tiered PPR

A Rule About Scoring

Today, the Point-Per-Reception (PPR) scoring format is becoming pretty much ubiquitously used in fantasy football leagues. It’s a fun and easy way to add more points to your league. 

 

This format does come with its drawbacks though. Mostly, the format broadly attributes a point to any reception regardless of yardage or the location on the field. But we are here to say there is an alternative to the archaic standard PPR system. Similar to the Long Play Bonus Rule, the Tiered PPR format reflects our understanding that not all catches are created equal. A 5-yard checkdown is not the same as a 37-yard shot downfield. So why are you still treating them the same in your league?

 

How It Works

In this format, the first thing to consider is how many reception tiers you want and at what yardage ranges they should encompass. These can be as simple as an extra full point bonus for crossing each 10-yard tier or, you could split it out to award only fractional points in the smaller tiers. We suggest using a scoring system that disincentivizes easy short dump offs that get gobbled up at the line of scrimmage but rewards long ball plays. That would look something like this: 

 

  • Receptions of 0 – 4 yards = +0.25 points
  • 5 – 9 yards = +0.5 points
  • 10 – 19 = +0.75 points
  • 20 – 29 = +1 point
  • 30 – 39 = +1.25 points
  • 40+ = +1.5 points

You could apply these points in addition to your normal full point or half point PPR scoring such that a 4 yard catch equals 1 standard PPR point plus a 0.25 Tiered PPR bonus (plus whatever individual yardage scoring you have in place). Or, you can eliminate your standard PPR format altogether in favor of this fractional structure. 

 

Now, we know that implementing this scoring format on your traditional league site might be difficult. ESPN, Yahoo, and NFL so far don’t allow this kind of detailed customization. If you are interested in implementing this scoring format though, MyCommishRules recommends you move your league over to our friends at Sleeper.app. They allow hyper-customization of your league and if you have questions about how to do that, their customer support is top notch. 

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Establish the structure of your Tiered PPR system. How many Tiers, the yardage ranges, and how many points to award each tier. (Our example above had six tiers each with various yardage ranges. Remember that is was to award more points to longer plays.)
  • Once your league has settled on the number of tiers and the yardage ranges, determine if this format will be in addition to your typical PPR format (i.e. act as extra bonus points) or replace your PPR format entirely. 
  • In order to implement this scoring format, you may have to make a league site move to one that offers this kind of built-in customization. We suggest using the Sleeper.app for your Tiered PPR league (or any league for that matter – it’s that good, honestly).

Change Ups

The bonus amount you wish to attribute to the yardage of each is obviously up to you. Our numbers are only a starting place. 

 

We also wonder if there is some possibility to integrate a few subjective factors into your PPR scoring system. Currently, PPR scoring only considers numerical factors – yards, number of catches, etc. But what if you could add points for the non-numerical factors of a catch such as a difficulty rating (using contested catch data) or a “clutchness” rating (catches under the two mintue warning or on 4th downs)? Admittedly, this change up requires a bit more dedication on the part of The Commish to administer but wow that would be fun!

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Rivalry Week

A Rule About Scheduling

North Carolina-Duke. Michigan-Ohio State. Green Bay-Chicago. Rivalries are one of the major reasons why we love sports. The “Us v.s. Them” mentality keeps us coming back year after year. Besides that one week where you take out your workplace frustrations on Jeff in your office league, most Fantasy Football leagues don’t have those kind of heart pumping rivalries. The matchups that you circle on your calendar are the ones that make it all worth it. Rivalry Week formalizes these matchups that may or may not serve as mini-Super Bowls to your owners.

 

Deets

We all have that one leaguemate that we just NEED to beat every time you two are matched up. Maybe you have some lingering need to get back at them for stealing your seat at lunch way back in 4th grade. Maybe they’re your boss and this is your one way of sticking it to the man. Maybe they’re your spouse. As Commish, we can capture these feuds and use them to our advantage in creating a well-rounded, ultra-competitive league.

 

On the chart of difficulty to implement and impact on the league, the Rivalry Week Rule is one of the shining stars. Extremely easy to implement but with a huge positive impact on the league’s competitive spirit.

 

Choose one week during the season to have all of these rivalry matchups play out in the schedule. Rivalry matchups can be created in a couple of different ways:

1) The Commish chooses who plays who, or

2) Owners choose who their rival is

 

Both options have pros and cons, but we suggest having owners choose as to avoid any push back on your choices as Commish. Once rivals are paired, you can go in to the league site and manually adjust schedules accordingly. Owners should be encouraged to stack on other Head-2-Head Wagers during these Rivalry Week Matchups to sweeten the pot and to take home something more than bragging rights.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Choose a week during the middle of the season and deem it Rivalry Week.
  • All owners should choose their preferred rival leaguemate.
  • Manually set schedules to pair rival owners for matchups during the chosen Rivalry Week.
  • Encourage side bets and other Head-2-Head Wagers.

Change Ups

How you choose to determine which owners are considered rivals is up to you and your leaguemates. If you are in a league together with a group of close friends that have known each other for a long time, this will likely be very easy to determine. However, if you’re part of a league with people you don’t know very well, you could use the previous season as a guiding light. Create rematches of last year’s playoff bracket or in final standings order. You could also use player rosters to set these matchups. Are two star RBs playing each other in the NFL that week? Match the owners of those players together.

 

Additionally, this Rule is literally made to pair with other Head-2-Head Wagers. Think of how much fuel you could add to the rivalry-fire if owners played for Player Pink Slips that week!

 

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Subs

A Rule About Scoring

Just great! Your star running back gets injured on the opening drive of the game and puts up a big ol’ goose egg. Meanwhile, a mid-tier running back on your bench has a career day against a division rival. Wonderful. Congrats, you’ve found yourself squarely in the middle of fantasy football hell and now your perfect season is in jeopardy with a ton of worthless points on your bench. Remove this all too familiar hellscape from your league and call in the reserves with the Substitute Player Rule.

 

How It Works

Like the wise Hannah Montana once said “Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.” We shouldn’t be punished for that and now we finally have a fail safe for those weekly lineup mistakes. The idea of this rule is simple: designate a player each week to serve as your “Sub” whose points can be called upon if a starting player underperforms on an epic level. This rule is one of those super easy ones to implement and there is no need for back and forth communication with owners, so long as you follow a few easy steps.

 

First, we suggest setting a point limit that a player would have to fall under in order to be eligible for a substitution each week. Depending on the scoring in your league this will differ, but it’s generally safe to say that if a player scores fewer than 5 points, they could be substituted. Next, we suggest limiting sub players to only within the starting player’s position group, i.e. WR can sub in for a WR. Finally, make sure each owner understands how to designate a sub player each week. A real easy way of doing this is to designate that the sub is the first player listed on their bench. From there, The Commish can easily check the final point totals after the final week’s game, determine whether a sub is eligible based on the minimum point criteria, and then check the bench to determine whether their sub player is an eligible replacement based on position.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Determine the specifications required in order to make a sub eligible, i.e. starting player’s minimum points scored (if any) and same position or any position.
  • Owner’s will designate a sub each week by placing that player in the top position on their bench.
  • Commissioner will review point totals after the final week’s games and replace one starting player’s score with the sub’s score (if necessary).

Change Ups

We wrote this rule to ensure easy implementation, but it also limits the effect of the rule from week to week. If you want to make the most of this rule, drop the position pairing that must take place, and look only at point totals. Any one player who does not score the minimum set by your league can then be replaced with the sub player’s points. Or drop the point requirement altogether! The sub can then replace the lowest point total scored by any starting player, so long as the sub has scored more. This rule has a ton of flexibility, which is one of the reasons we like it so much.

 

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Cut Flex & Run

A Rule About Tiebreakers

Flex position is so wide open and possibly the most difficult position to peg down from week-to-week. Many leagues allow RB/WR/TE and some even a second QB. It is a grueling process debating whether to plug in a running back or wide receiver and depending on the format of your league (ppr, ½ ppr) it really becomes a dart throw at times. The good news is that it also makes it a very easy position to help break ties.         

 

How It Works

Similar to our Dead Weight tiebreaker, the Cut Flex & Run rule disregards a position from each team and reviews the remaining lineup scores. By removing flex from the total score you truly are comparing each team position by position. It is consistent. It is fair. It is oldschool Fantasy Football before these young bucks came in and introduced the flex position with their baggy jeans and loud music. Sure maybe it is a bit stuffy. But hey, if it can help break a tie in your league, why not commemorate those grumpy old men who built the game we’ve been working to perfect ever since?

 

At the end of the week, if both teams are staring at a tie, all you need to do as Commish is check their flex positions. Which flex player scored more? Decrease that owner’s score by .01 points and move on with your life. It sounds counterintuitive (we know), but the team with the higher scoring flex position is the team whose remaining lineup scored LESS points. No need to reward that owner for their lucky dart throw. No serious score alterations need to take place other than that .01. After that the tie is broken and everything is right in the world again.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • In the result of a tie, look at the amount of points scored in the flex position of each team.
  • Disregard points scored by that position from the overall point total of each team.
  • Once the points of the flex player is out of the picture, manually decrease the score of the team with less points by .01 points, effectively breaking the tie.

Change Ups

You can easily do the reverse of this rule. Look at the flex position who scored MORE points and award that owner the victory. Perhaps in your mind, it takes more strategy to effectively select a player to put into that slot and the owner should be rewarded as such.

 

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Dead Weight

A Rule About Tiebreakers

Ties may be acceptable in the NFL, but this here is Fantasy Football and the stakes are REAL, people. Every year there is a tie in the league and every year some grown man is shocked and befuddled and that is basically our reaction when we hear about leagues without tiebreakers. So snap out of it because there are plenty of ways to break a tie. Are you still playing with the unpredictable kicker and defense positions? Perfect. Drop that dead weight and recalibrate each team’s total score!

 

How It Works

If you have not yet reviewed our heavily researched, very unbiased Rules Drop Defense and Boot Kickers over in the Roster Configurations part of the site, then this rule should provide a little insight. These positions are usually highly volatile and somewhat unpredictable. But if you are a sucker for tradition and want the standard lineup including kickers and defense from week to week then we get it and we have a perfect use for them (finally). In the event of a tiebreaker, drop the scores of these two dead weight positions and recalculate the score of the remaining starting lineup.

 

This rule is easy to implement and simple to understand. You just completely disregard the points scored by both kicker and defense and then see which team has the higher score. From there you can add .01 to that team or subtract .01 from the lower scoring team and ipso facto – tie is broken.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Determine pre-season which position(s) will be disregarded in the event of a tie in order to determine the winner of any tie matchups.
  • When a tie occurs, subtract the points scored by that position or positions from the team’s total score.
        • NOTE: You will not actually deduct these points yet, so that way you are not substantially changing scores just to break ties.
  • When you determine which team’s remaining score is higher, deduct .01 from the losing team in order to effectively award the win/loss and break the tie.

Change Ups

Maybe you don’t play with both of these positions or maybe you don’t want to drop both as a tiebreaker. That’s fine. You can choose to just drop kickers! Or just drop defense! Or just drop tight end! TBH, we really don’t care what you do so long as you don’t allow ties.

 

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Head-2-Head REMIX

A Rule About Scheduling

Anyone who has played fantasy football has had the week where they score the second most points and lose to the top scorer in the league. UGH! And what do you have to show for it? A week’s worth of unanswered complaints and no resolutions would be our best guess. While complaining is fun, it does not get you anywhere so SHUT UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Start counting those high point losses for something. Each head-to-head matchup will play out how it does in a typical league with the high scorer getting the victory, BUT secondarily, the top-half of your league in points each week will be awarded a win and the bottom-half a loss.

 

How It Works

Here’s how it works. Per usual, each week will result in a 1-0 or 0-1 record based on your head-to-head matchup. Additionally, you have another 1-0 or 0-1 chance as the top-half of the league in points each week will get a victory and the bottom-half will suffer a loss. Therefore, each week your team can go 2-0, 1-1, or 0-2 depending on your matchup outcome and the rest of the league’s scoring. Too often do one or two teams miss playoffs with higher point totals purely because of scheduling matchups. And let’s be honest, most scheduling is very random, though we do have a few suggestions about that if you hop on over to the Scheduling section of the site.

 

Not only does this rule acknowledge point totals more than most leagues, it has some additional benefits. When it comes crunch time for playoffs sometimes teams throw a week in order to better their playoff matchups. But with 2 wins or losses on any given week, things can really fluctuate. OH THE DRAMA! 

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Create a head-to-head points league which will operate as most leagues do.
  • Each week assess scoring outcomes. As Commish, award top-half in scoring an extra win and bottom-half an extra loss.
  • Manually change record of each team to accurately reflect scoring

Change Ups

If you want to get crazy, we can get crazy. This extra win/loss can be reflected by whatever criteria you determine. Maybe it is the top half of the league’s highest scoring Kickers, not only putting a premium on the position but also lowering the predictability of the records.

 

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