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Undisputed Champ

A Rule About Payouts

You’ve battled your opponents well throughout the entire season. You’ve body slammed a few, you’ve been body slammed. You’ve been the crowd favorite, you might have even turned heel for a time. It was a long slog and a lot of hard work. But ultimately, you made it to the championship game and you came out victorious. Then how do they reward you? Some cash? Bragging rights? Pffft. 

 

It’s time to step up your championship trophy game.

 

How It Works

One of the best parts of fantasy football is that if you play it just right, you get the chance at a whole year’s worth of boasting about your superiority. But sometimes that just isn’t enough, is it? We know what you really want. You want something that proclaims to everyone you come in contact with that you are fantasy football’s undisputed champ. Maybe something you can even casually wear to the supermarket while getting groceries. 

 

Forget a trophy (What is this? A 1980’s bowling league?) – you want a championship belt. I mean, look at these things…beautiful.

 

 

Imagine showing up to next season’s draft rocking this thing over your shoulder. Intimidating.

 

But where to get such a thing? There are tons of sites out there that offer belts like this, but in our mind, there is really only one site worth consideration – FantasyJocks.com. If there was a championship belt for championship belts, these guys would be Stone Cold Steve Austin. They’ve built the Ultimate Fantasy Football trash talking tool and managed to keep it affordable in the process. Their quality materials and high customizable metal plates will help you establish an entirely new tradition in your league. Promise.

 

Maybe the best part of having a physical trophy/belt for your league is that, much like in other sports, the champion gets sole possession of it and has the freedom to do whatever they so choose with it to make their mark. Have it engraved, hang it on a wall, wear it to work, or all three.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Consult with leaguemates about adding a league championship belt and establishing a new tradition.
  • Commission a beautiful custom belt from our buds at FantasyJocks.com.
  • The winner of the league at the end of the season becomes the Undisputed Champ and takes possession of the belt until the official start of the next fantasy season.
  • Start planning out your WWE-style entrance song.

Change Ups

We honestly can’t think of anything better than this, so we’re not even going to try to come up with some change ups. However, if your league isn’t the biggest fan of the idea of a championship belt, no worries. The experts over at FantasyJocks.com do more than just championship belts. What about a ring a la those glitzed out Super Bowl rings NFL players get? They got ‘em. Just imagine all the great Godfather and Frank Underwood references. This stuff basically writes itself.

 

Now, unless your name is Santa Claus Commish, you may not be willing to shell out the dough all on your own for one of these bad boys (although it will practically pay for itself). That’s why you have a league full of devoted fantasy football owners all itching to prove their worth and have something to show for it. So here are a few ways to have the league help chip in.

  • Increase league dues on a per team basis to cover the cost.
  • Implement some league fines for things such as missing league dues or keeper selection deadlines.
  • Charge teams a small fee ($.05 – $.50) per transaction, add/drops, and trades throughout the season. Most sites have an automatic transaction counter and fees can be collected all at once at the end of the year. 

It’s honestly a small price to pay for the ability to pass along an Undisputed Champ belt and create a life-long tradition in your league.

 

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Regular Season Winner

A Rule About Payouts

We all know that the league champion gets paid. And most of us know that the league runner-up also gets paid. The end of season payout is the reason we play fantasy football. WHY ELSE DO YOU THINK WE’D BE PLAYING THIS GAME? TO COMPETE WITH OUR FRIENDS BECAUSE WE LIKE IT?!? Winning money is great! So why not spread the love a little bit and pay the owner with the best record at the end of the regular season?

 

How It Works

We’ve all seen it, maybe it’s even happened to you, an owner dominates the season and gets the top seed only for their championship dreams to be dashed by an unfortunate loss early in the playoffs. Boom, their out of the money and, for all intents and purpose, the season was a wash. Should this owner really be punished for failing to make the championship game, despite their expert roster management throughout the entire season? I dare you to look me in the eyes and tell me that this person deserves nothing for their season. Go on.

 

By instituting a payout to the regular season winner, you accomplish two things – 1) you create more carrot/stick-type incentives for high league engagement, and 2) you foster increased competition. All good things. Another good thing is that offering a payout to the regular season winner is really easy. 

 

Prior to the season, offer up the new payout suggestion to leaguemates. Once agreed upon through majority vote, you must decide how much money the regular season winner actually wins. Typically, this is less than the runner-up would get. A good rule of thumb is to just refund their league buy-in. This payout should be “robbed” from the league champion payout. 

 

For example, in a 10-team $50 buy-in league, there is $500 to pay out. Usually, leagues payout 75% to the league champion ($375 in this case) and the remaining 25% ($125) goes to the runner-up. In this case however, a regular season winner payout of $50 (the original buy-in) should reduce the league champion payout by $50 to $325. This results in a final payout structure of $325 to the league champion, $125 to the runner-up, and $50 to the regular season winner = $500. 

 

Obviously, this payout structure doesn’t account for any other payouts you might include in your league, like Weekly Goals or Bingo Bango.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • As always, get leaguemate support for a change to the payout structure.
  • Reorganize your league’s payouts to include compensation for the league owner that ends the season with the best record. 
  • Determine how much and from where this additional payout will come from, taking into account any other payouts your league may have.
  • Decide what to do if the league champion and the regular season winner are the same owner (we recommend not worrying about this, but we could see some leagues having concerns. Read more about this below).

Change Ups

The way you choose to divvy up your payout money is up to your league. If your league prefers to skew the majority of the payout to the league champion, then “rob” the regular season winner payout from the runner-up payout – bring these two payout closer to equal. 

 

Or maybe your league prefers to show no love to the runner-up and only refunds them their buy-in while giving the rest to the league champion and the regular season winner. 

 

Usually in these type of payout structures, it’s totally fine if the regular season winner is the same owner as the league champion. But if you’ve got sticklers in your league, an owner who is both the regular season winner and the league champion could forfeit the regular season winner payout to some other deserving owner – like the owner who won by the slimmest margin or kick it to the poor sap in last place.

 

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Weekly Goals

A Rule About Payouts

“I want it now,” said the bad egg girl in Willy Wonka and BOY DID SHE GET IT. Well we feel you and that is why we are introducing the Weekly Goals Rule. No longer must you wait an entire season to see dividends. It’s time to collect baby, by hitting a goal each week of your fantasy football season.

 

How It Works

Each week a different goal will be set in which one team who reaches that goal will receive a weekly payout. As commissioner you will likely set the goal for the first week. Keep in mind it should be something that will easily be awarded to just one team, i.e. most points scored. Set a payout amount to be awarded the team who reaches that goal. It does not have to be big money, but a little something something to keep the excitement going week-to-week. Whichever team wins the payout will then decide on the goal for the following week.

 

This will require either shaving a little off the end of year payouts, or increasing the league dues. This can be a really fun rule for those teams that get obliterated, but still somehow manage to win the weekly payout. Maybe the goal was to have their kicker kick the longest field goal and they just happened to win a little extra spending cash for that 52-yarder.

 

Nuts and Bolts

  • Determine the dollar amount for the weekly payout.
  • Establish where the extra cash is coming from, i.e. increase league fees or lower final payouts.
  • As commissioner, decide the first week goal and give the league examples of future goals, such as:
    • Longest field goal, most points scored, least points scored, most rushing yards by QB, etc.

Change Ups

There are endless opportunities for thinking up new week-to-week goals. Check out our Roster Configuration Rules for inspiration on position-specific goals. We can think of a ton right now: slimmest margin of victory, single longest play, highest scoring defense, see how easy this is for us?!

 

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