Fantasy Online College: Dealing with Fantasy Abandonment
WATCH: Fantasy Online College - The Fantasy Abandoners
Very soon, it's going to be that time of year when some Fantasy teams are out of the playoffs. In fact, some owners may have already given up on their seasons if they have less than four wins or crammed personal schedules. These owners are a danger to your league – they are called “Fantasy Abandoners.”
As seen in the Lenovo Fantasy Online College video session above, there are different types of Fantasy Abandoners. The one that college dean JB Smoove discusses along with professors Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray that annoys me the most is the “Hey Man” owner. He's the guy who you met at the office and wants to be part of it all, but has stopped investing his time when the rest of us are trying to deal with major injuries or even simply remain in the playoff race.
I don't tolerate this type of Fantasy owner as someone who spends so many hours a week preparing and managing my teams, with a lot else to do in my own life. I know a lot of you readers are like that as well. I made sure I even got a new laptop recently to keep up with everything. I needed something much faster and more user-friendly. So I landed a Lenovo Yoga 3 14 and it's perfect for me, as I have a very heavy workload and family life other than just managing my teams. It's faster than Devonta Freeman bursting through a hole to the second level of defenders, so I zip through navigating the latest player news and making changes to my lineups.
If you are going to join a league, take the time the at least manage your team adequately. You need to preach that to your fellow team owners who seem to be losing their attention spans or passion for the league. There are time-cutting ways to team management, and getting a new laptop was one of mine. I have a ton of teams and none of them get neglected when I am surfing through them faster. These Lenovo products are designed for the Fantasy Football player. You can even can even get your favorite team's NFL logo etched into it. I can flip it into stand mode and watch NFL Sunday Ticket while I'm doing other things. Those who follow me know I only preach about what I actually use. Having a faster computer saves time, and none of us seem to have enough of it these days.
Find out why the fellow owner in your league has lost interest. I quickly remembered having the dedicated parent types in my league after watching the above video. Yes, the video was very funny, and you'll agree after watching it, but it sent a serious message. Don't put up with Roster Abandonment. Engage the owner and find out what is going on. Managing a roster isn't that time consuming when you have the right tools. My new laptop flips into different modes, so I can even manage my teams on the go. If one of the owners in your league is one of those parents who is always near the crib, tell him or her to flip the laptop into tablet mode, turn off the sound and set their lineup.
I take the owners cited in Fantasy Online College as serious problems that need to be dealt with. They ruin the integrity of the league and should ultimately be expelled from it if they cannot get their acts together. Sure, you have to understand everyone has lives and give them a chance to show they are truly dedicated to the league. But if they don't, they are ruining the integrity of the league. Wins should not be awarded just because one team started injured guys or bye week players. Victories should be earned. There is nothing worse than getting knocked out of the playoffs because the team you were chasing in the standings won a game against an idle opponent.
As a commissioner, I have a three-strike rule. If you set a lineup with injured or bye week players the first time, I give you a warning. The second time, I set your lineup for you. The third, I boot you out of the league. If I have given you three opportunities to show you care about your spot in the league, and you don't show interest or a willingness to make adjustments, then you have no one to blame but yourself.
As a dedicated Fantasy owner, you should suggest these guidelines to your league commissioner as well. They give a Fantasy Abandoner a real chance to turn things around in terms of interest and investment. It's almost like a form of Academic Probation if you will, one that would fit well at FOC. Also, you can set an example yourself by treating your own Fantasy teams that are out of it the same as you would if you were in a playoff race.
Fantasy Abandoners will start to pop up more in your leagues as we get even deeper into the schedule. Now you are prepared to deal with them. Fantasy Football is supposed to be fun, but it's less fun when not everyone is actively participating. That's the lesson I was reminded of by watching the FOC video. My message to all those Fantasy Abandoners is to act like you're in it even when you are out of it. Or you will ultimately find yourself out of it for good.
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