As a dynasty player who participates in over seven leagues, I have come to realize there is always room for improvement when it comes to league structure. Learning from past mistakes and improving on them is the absolute best way to maintain and grow interest for all members in a league. With that being said, if you find any of my upcoming recommendations to be intriguing and are a commissioner, I would be sure to propose each idea as a vote, as it is imperative to keep the interest of the entire league in mind while considering rule changes before making an executive decision.
Without any more hesitation, from my experience, here are five potential ways to improve your dynasty league and keep league members engaged in the process:
1.) Enforce Taxi Squads
If your league consists of active roster sizes of 25-30 players, it may be time to consider implementing taxi squads for all teams. For those unaware of the idea, a taxi squad is similar to that of a practice squad in the NFL. Hence, players that have two years or less experience in the NFL can be placed on a taxi squad. From a dynasty perspective, taxi squads make a ton of sense, particularly because it will allow you to develop talent that will eventually impact your active roster. Typically, five taxi squad slots suffice for 10-12 team leagues, but it is ultimately up to the digression of the league to determine how many players should be able to receive a taxi-squad designation. There are various rules concerning taxi squads, but in theory, teams are allowed to promote or demote players throughout the season as long as the requirements are met.
2.) Free Agent Blind Bidding
Free Agent Blind Bidding, or FABB for short, is a refreshing alternative to the typical waiver wire setup. Instead of prioritizing waiver claims for teams that have the worst record or least amount of points, FABB enables teams to bid on each and every free agent, with the highest bid earning a player. A recommended FABB budget is $1,000, which I have found to be an ideal amount to utilize over the course of an entire fantasy season. If your league does not utilize FABB, I urge you to give it a shot. Overall, it levels the playing field by permitting all teams to have a fair chance at picking up a player, instead of those that have an advantage due to an uninspiring snake waiver wire order.
3.) Modify Standings/Schedules
There are dozens of ways to organize standings, with overall record being the most popular. Obviously, a team’s record is a huge indicator of overall talent, but there are other factors that contribute to the success or failure of an entire squad.
With that being said, the following metrics are alternative options for overall rankings, some of which I currently use as tiebreakers and wild card supplements in a few of my leagues:
- Overall Points Scored
- Total Bench Points Across A Season
- Power Rank
- All-Play Record
- Double Header Schedule
Each of these alternatives is unique and eliminates the randomness and frustration that comes with fantasy football. For instance, implementing one or more of these measurements of success removes the “unfair schedule,” or the “opponent that goes off against you on a given week while you would have beaten any other team,” as they measure long-term success and consistency.
At this point and time I surely hope you have eliminated the kicker slot from your fantasy starting lineup, as the inconsistency at the position is extremely frustrating to monitor. Outside of Stephen Gostkowski, there are very few kickers that can be relied on for consistent points on a weekly basis. Hence, implementing the SuperFlex is an adequate solution to this problem. By eliminating kickers from the starting lineup, a team can instead use a lineup similar to this: 1 QB, 2-4 RBs, 2-4 WRs, 1-3 TEs, and 1 Defense. I have even seen some leagues start even more than nine players, proving that the SuperFlex is a rapidly growing change in the fantasy community.
5.) Implement Full-Point PPR Scoring
Last but certainly not least, one of the best ways to improve a dynasty league is to implement full-point PPR scoring. I’m sure you’re well aware, but PPR-short for point per reception, and is by far the most preferred method of scoring across the fantasy industry. Standard scoring is rather boring and places value too heavily on QBs, whereas PPR levels the playing field and increases the value of RBs and WRs to match that of QBs. At the very least, .5 point PPR is a nice compromise between standard and full-point reception scoring. I would like to note, however, that startup drafts are ideal situations to implement PPR scoring in, as an existing league without such scoring could dismantle if owners did not draft accordingly at its origination.