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How To Keep People Involved in Your Fantasy Football League

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Greetings, my fellow fantasy football degenerates! Ah, yes. The thrill of the draft. The rush of the waiver wire. The agony of defeat. There's nothing quite like the experience of fantasy football. But let's be real, folks. With a long, grueling season ahead of us, it can be tough to keep our league members engaged week after week. Fear not! I'm here to share some tips and tricks to keep your league members locked in and fired up all season long.

Create a Sense of Community

We're not just a league, we're a family, right? Well, sort of. If you want to keep your league members engaged, you'll need to foster a sense of community. Encourage league members to interact with each other outside of the league platform. Create a Facebook group, start a WhatsApp chat, or for the love of Larry Fitzgerald, make a TikTok account. Host draft parties, watch parties, and other in-person events if possible. 

Regular Communication

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But R2, I don't want to spam my league members with constant updates." Fear not! There's a way to communicate effectively without becoming the most annoying person in your league. Set up a regular schedule for communication with league members. Send out weekly updates on standings, scores, and highlights. Send out reminders for upcoming events and deadlines. Just make sure to use a little bit of wit and humor in your messages. After all, no one wants to read a dry email about fantasy football. (Unless it's from Aaron Rodgers. He's probably got some good stuff to say.)

Add Incentives

Let's face it. We all love a little competition. But sometimes, it's not enough to just play for pride. That's where incentives come in. First off - if your league doesn't have a Championship Belt or Trophy, it is bush league. Plain and simple. But you should also consider offering cash prizes for weekly or seasonal winners. Maybe a gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings? Or a framed photo of Bill Belichick smiling? You could implement a punishment for the team with the worst record. Loser has to wear a beauty sash to the next draft, anyone? Encourage friendly competition with weekly challenges and rewards. Maybe the winner of the week gets to pick the team name for the loser next week. Get creative with it, folks!

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Keep the League Format Fresh

If you're going to keep your league members engaged, you'll need to keep things fresh. Experiment with different league formats, such as dynasty or auction drafts. Add new categories or scoring systems to keep things interesting. Maybe touchdowns from a left-handed quarterback are worth double? (Kidding here) Or interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins result in bonus points? (Partially serious here) Consider incorporating a survivor pool or daily fantasy sports. Just make sure to keep it legal, because we don't need any more scandals in the NFL.

Have Fun

At the end of the day, fantasy football is supposed to be fun. Remember that. Encourage members to embrace the competition and enjoy the camaraderie of the league. Avoid taking things too seriously and prioritize sportsmanship and respect for other members. And let's be honest, if you're not having fun, what's the point? Go out there and win, lose, or tie, just make sure you're doing it with a smile on your face.

How to deal with inactive and unresponsive league members

Now let's talk about the elephant in the room: If you play fantasy football long enough, you can pretty much guarantee that you will eventually have to deal with inactive and unresponsive league members. We all have that one person in our league who sets their lineup once a month, ignores trades, and never responds to messages. So what do you do? Kick 'em out? Shame them on the league message board? Here are some strategies for dealing with inactive or unresponsive members in your fantasy football league without losing your mind.

  1. The Gentle Nudge: First things first, let's try the gentle approach. Send a friendly message to the inactive member and ask if everything is okay. Maybe they're going through a tough time, or they're dealing with a busy schedule. Offer to help them out with their lineup or suggest some trades that could help their team. Just make sure to use plenty of emojis to convey your friendly nature. Because nothing says "I care about you, buddy" like a smiley face with hearts for eyes.

  2. The Public Callout: Okay, so the gentle approach didn't work. Time to bring out the big guns: public shaming. But let's not go insane here, especially if this is your co-worker in HR who you barely know outside the office. Call out the inactive member on the league message board in a lighthearted way. Maybe post a funny meme about being inactive, or write a satirical news article about their team. Just make sure to keep it playful and not too aggressive. We want to get them engaged, not drive them away.

  3. The Bribe: If the gentle nudge and public callout didn't work, it's time to try some bribery. Offer the inactive member a prize if they start being more active in the league. Maybe a gift card to their favorite restaurant? Or a framed picture you drew of Patrick Mahomes looking like Kenny Powers? Just make sure the prize is something they'll actually care about. And hey, if the bribe doesn't work, at least you'll have a nice gift card to use for yourself.

  4. The Ultimatum: Okay, so we've tried being nice, we've tried shaming, and we've tried bribing. If none of that works, it's time for the ultimatum. Send a message to the inactive member and let them know that they'll be removed from the league if they don't start participating more. Make it clear that you value active and engaged members, and that their lack of involvement is impacting the league. But make sure to end the relationship on good terms.

Dealing with inactive or unresponsive league members can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to ruin your fantasy football experience. Try the gentle nudge, the public callout, the bribe, or the ultimatum. And if all else fails, just remember that it's just a game, folks. Keep it fun, keep it lighthearted, and don't forget to laugh at yourself along the way.


So there you have it, folks. My tips and tricks for keeping your league members engaged all season long. Remember, it's not just about winning or losing. It's about the journey and the memories you create along the way. Have fun, stay creative,

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