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How to keep owners interested all year?

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Patrick, if this has to moved please do so.

I thought there was a thread on this last year (maybe even two years ago) but I couldn't find it.

What are some things you guys do in your leagues to keep people interested and competitive throughout the year, especially late?

We're looking some fun ideas as well as anti-tanking rules.

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Make it a 100 cash league with weekly bonuses for most points scored, highest point differential etc.

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Make it a 100 cash league with weekly bonuses for most points scored, highest point differential etc.

I was thinking about that but it just seems like it dilutes the final payouts too much. I proposed prizes like that but not for every week, just a one time end of year superlative kind of thing. Biggest margin of victory, highest single game score, etc.

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One of the leagues I'm in has weekly fines. I believe there's about 10 of them (all mostly small amounts), some happen more often while some almost never happen, but I think it helps keep things interesting as well as there's some fines that hedge against people tanking. At the end of the season, the money owed for fines is totaled up with teams transaction fees and added to the prize pool.

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One of the leagues I'm in has weekly fines. I believe there's about 10 of them (all mostly small amounts), some happen more often while some almost never happen, but I think it helps keep things interesting as well as there's some fines that hedge against people tanking. At the end of the season, the money owed for fines is totaled up with teams transaction fees and added to the prize pool.

We are going to implement fines for not setting a full lineup, but the hang up is that sometimes benching your defense is a good strategy because it is the most likely to lose points. If I'm up 5 with a defense playing Monday night and he's finished, I'm going to bench that D. That's another issue altogether.

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One of the leagues I'm in has weekly fines. I believe there's about 10 of them (all mostly small amounts), some happen more often while some almost never happen, but I think it helps keep things interesting as well as there's some fines that hedge against people tanking. At the end of the season, the money owed for fines is totaled up with teams transaction fees and added to the prize pool.

We are going to implement fines for not setting a full lineup, but the hang up is that sometimes benching your defense is a good strategy because it is the most likely to lose points. If I'm up 5 with a defense playing Monday night and he's finished, I'm going to bench that D. That's another issue altogether.

Yea, we actually don't have setting a full lineup fine just for that reason. Our fines that hedge against tanking are more along the lines of total points scored for a week as well as setting a lineup without having anyone on byes. Mostly the fines are more for fun and include things like "if your kicker out scores your QB" or "if you team doesn't have a double digit scorer," things like that too keep things even more interesting every week.

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Keep them interested by playing for cash. If they can't stay motivated to set lineups and be active during the year than they shouldn't be in the league. Find new owners.

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We give out 100 bucks to the team that has the highest one week total for the year. Also, the draft order for the next year is 7th place, 8th place, 9th place etc. But it's a keeper, that wouldn't be fair in a redraft.

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Keep them interested by playing for cash. If they can't stay motivated to set lineups and be active during the year than they shouldn't be in the league. Find new owners.

It already is a cash, keeper league and when the playoffs start and there's nothing for them to win they just get lazy.

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Keep them interested by playing for cash. If they can't stay motivated to set lineups and be active during the year than they shouldn't be in the league. Find new owners.

It already is a cash, keeper league and when the playoffs start and there's nothing for them to win they just get lazy.

Why do you care if non-playoff teams don't set their rosters in the playoffs?

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I've done weekly winner. That has worked, but other guys have that "dilutes the pot" complaint.

The other idea is to give a little something back to each team except the last place finisher.

Just thinking out loud now but to go that one better, maybe make the last place finisher double his entry fee to be redistributed along the payout tree.

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My league does a $100 payout to the consolation bracket winner.

I'd be pissed if I made the playoffs, lost and got less money than someone that didn't make it.

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Motivation is key to keep a league fair.... nothing worse then a team whose out of the playoffs mid-season/towards the end stops making waiver pickups toward the end and the teams that are already stacked just get more stacked. What we decided to do this year was make a $10 head to head challenge each week from week 5 to 13.... so starting week 5, the winner of each matchup gets a $10 added to their account. Its a $140 12 team league so this removes $540 from the pool but top 2 teams still get a hefty payout and if you figure the top teams have good records, that's even more money on top so the best teams will make the most $ regardless. This way, the teams that are pretty done mid-season due to bad starts will always have incentive to make waiver pick ups, set line ups because if they go on a hot streak towards the end they can win more then half the buy-in back. First time we're trying this but in theory everyone agreed its a good system but we'll see how it works out...... I just don't see any other way to keep people motivated without giving a $ incentive each week.

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This has been a big issue for many of my leagues, I've come up with a couple ideas that a few touched on here already...

1. Weekly High Score prizes (Even $5-$10 in a $100 league should be a enough to keep people at least setting their lineups, even if they aren't making tons of other transactions).

2. Roster Penalties (In a $200 buy-in league, I required all teams to submit an additional $25 upfront that would be given back after the season if the team did not start a player on Bye or any player listed as Doubtful or Out on the initial Injury Report for the week -- any team that violated those stipulations forfeited their deposit which went into the transaction pool to be divided up amongst the winners).

3. Draft Pick Playoff (Even in a Redraft League, I setup our Consolation Playoff to award to BEST non-playoff teams with the top picks in the next season; rather than the teams that just quit and finish dead last, so with 4 teams making the playoffs in our league, the 5th place team got the Top Choice of pick in the next season, 6th place team got the next choice, etc.)

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Keep them interested by playing for cash. If they can't stay motivated to set lineups and be active during the year than they shouldn't be in the league. Find new owners.

It already is a cash, keeper league and when the playoffs start and there's nothing for them to win they just get lazy.

Why do you care if non-playoff teams don't set their rosters in the playoffs?

Everybody in the league needs to be active and keep up on their rosters. Imagine you're trying to fight for a playoff spot and your main competitor is playing a guy who hasn't set his roster in weeks. It's bs. Guys that don't keep up on their rosters should be cut from the league.

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Make the consolation bracket worth something.

Payouts go to (12 man league):

1st

2nd

7th

That way, eveyone has something to play for late in the season; otherwise, your asking for people to care about a crud season.

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Make the consolation bracket worth something.

Payouts go to (12 man league):

1st

2nd

7th

That way, eveyone has something to play for late in the season; otherwise, your asking for people to care about a crud season.

Yeah, but why should the 7th place team get something, and not 3rd-6th. Basically if your team is a borderline playoff team that has no shot against the big boys, you are better off tanking any getting into the Consolation Playoffs -- that's worse than team just ignoring their rosters.

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In the 12-team league (keeper) I run, the draft position is what the players are playing for late in the season for the next year and this seems to keep them interested. Basically, the draft is set by the previous year's seeding : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 4, 3, 2, 1. It also benefits those that made the playoffs, but bow out in the first round to keep them interested as well.

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Make it a 100 cash league with weekly bonuses for most points scored, highest point differential etc.

I was thinking about that but it just seems like it dilutes the final payouts too much. I proposed prizes like that but not for every week, just a one time end of year superlative kind of thing. Biggest margin of victory, highest single game score, etc.

It does dilute payouts too much.

Get the right Managers, first of all. Easier said than done, I know. Then I lay out the same ground rules email to everyone. You HAVE to put in a starting lineup whether you are 10-2 or 1-11. If you don't, as commish I will edit your lineup and you might not be asked back. It's not fair to the league that you had a legit starting lineup in there in week 3 and beat somebody, but it week 13 someone needs you to beat a team in front of them and you have 5 injured guys in your lineup.

Also, just started last year giving a $75 dollar bonus to the winner of the Toilet bowl - loser's bracket of the playoffs. It's not much, but when your season is completely lost, at least you have something you can get back.

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We have 3 prizes other than 1st 2nd and 3rd. Each pays out $50 ($100 buyin)

  • highest regular season single game score
  • price is right - closest single game score to 150 without going over (we have 6 IDPs so 150 isn't a terribly high score, therefore any team has a shot as this one)
  • elimination pool. starting in week 2, the lowest eligible score each week is eliminated. last team standing wins

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Keep them interested by playing for cash. If they can't stay motivated to set lineups and be active during the year than they shouldn't be in the league. Find new owners.

It already is a cash, keeper league and when the playoffs start and there's nothing for them to win they just get lazy.

Isn't the problem over with once the playoffs start? You're concerned about teams losing interest during the 2nd half after they are out of the playoff race, right? I'm in a league that makes the last place team pay extra money. It goes to one of the playoff pay-outs. This keeps all of the bad teams interested and fighting to stay out of last.

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We have $20 weekly highest point scorer and then I think $100 at end of season for top points overall.

Consolation bracket winner gets money as well.

We thought about trying to implement a "security deposit" - essentially the cost of entering the league, you get it back at the end of the season. That way if you just leave, you lose your deposit.

If there is a deadbeat owner, then we kick him out and don't let him back next year.

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Keep them interested by playing for cash. If they can't stay motivated to set lineups and be active during the year than they shouldn't be in the league. Find new owners.

It already is a cash, keeper league and when the playoffs start and there's nothing for them to win they just get lazy.

Isn't the problem over with once the playoffs start? You're concerned about teams losing interest during the 2nd half after they are out of the playoff race, right? I'm in a league that makes the last place team pay extra money. It goes to one of the playoff pay-outs. This keeps all of the bad teams interested and fighting to stay out of last.

It's a problem leading up to the playoffs too. When a team starts 2-6 or something they'll shut it down sometimes.

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I've had this problem in a few leagues, and in my main league it became a problem with one guy (who's no longer in the league now) last season, not checking trades...not making moves...only putting in lineups last minute because we (myself and the commish) had to tell him to set his lineup about 5 times a week. It's rather annoying, and can keep teams from making the playoffs when someone decides to give up on their season which leads to other teams getting easy wins that they may not have gotten had this guy not had I.R players/bye week players starting in his lineup.

Since this is not a money league, I got something else implemented to hopefully give some incentive to those teams who can't make the playoffs so they keep playing. Winner of the consolation bracket gets the 1st pick in next year's draft, every other pick is picked at random. I'm sure that's not a new concept by any means but it made the most sense for this league. Though, I guess there's some people who don't want the first pick so maybe that might not work but I guess we'll see.

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