We are getting there class! By now you can already have a league pretty much put together and even be drafting if you wish. What we cover today will be in season and offseason roster moves, Free Agency and Waivers. First let’s review and if you are joining late you should start from the beginning…
Get your owners, Cost/Payout, Where to host your league
Appoint a Commish, Communication, Rulebook
Franchise Ownership, Tanking, League Currency
Using IDP or Team D/ST, Lineups, Roster Size, Developmental Taxi Squad
Filling Rosters, Determining Draft Order, Rookie Draft, Vet Draft
Roster Management, Contracts, Injured Reserve
STEP NINETEEN: FREE AGENCY
Any player that is not on a roster or Developmental Taxi Squad(pt.5) is considered a Free Agent. Your league needs to determine how often players can be picked up. Why not just do it like any other league? Because you are dealing with owners picking up the Free Agents using the league currency (pt 4). It is possible to have the currency entered into your league hosts software and kept track of that way. For our example league, each teams currency is tracked on the home page for the league for all to see. It is then manually subtracted by the Commish as it is used to keep track of it. Sounds like more work for the Commish but it isn’t much.
First determine your Free Agent dates. How often are teams allowed to obtain them? Since this is a year-round Dynasty league you are going to have some dates sprinkled out during the offseason and then weekly during the season. Here is the example of our Free Agency dates from the example league…
First Thursday after the rookie draft
First and 3rd Thursdays in June/July
Bi-weekly beginning on 1st Thursday in August
Weekly once season begins
FA ends last week of the league Regular season until Feb 1 the next
How are free agents obtained? We do this as a blind auction to a dummy email account that is only used for free agency. The Commish and Co-Commish have to have their bids in a day earlier than the rest of the league. This is so there isn’t suspected foul play. Hopefully you are with a group of people you trust. Both the Commish and Co-Commish should check the dummy email account after the deadline (there should be a deadline time determined on the date). Bids can be sent all week from the end of the last deadline time up to the current deadline time. Only the last email should be accepted. For example, if an owner sends in three emails that week and changes things up in each one, only the last one will be accepted. This saves the Commish from sifting through trying to figure out for himself who the owner still wants and doesn’t. This rule is understood in our league (after some time) and myself, I don’t even open the earlier emails, I delete them and only open the last.
Things that need to be considered. Before an owner can pick up a player there has to be some things in place. #1, he needs the cash to pay for the player(pt.4), #2 he needs to have at least one year to assign him a contract (pt.7), and he must have an open roster spot(pt.5). Taking these things into consideration is one reason to have the commish making the moves with the dummy email account rather than the system doing it. If your leagues software can handle tracking this stuff, by all means, go for it.
In the email the owner has a template they should follow. In it is the team name, player they are bidding on, how much they are bidding, and the contract(pt.7) they are assigning. They can also add a conditional player if they are outbid on that player.
Example-Waiver Request #1
Player to be added: Joe Player/QB/Balt.
player to be dropped: Yo Mamma/S/Mia
Contract: 3 years
Conditional Player-(You may add the players here, in
order of who to place the bid on if above player is
The owner can have several of these in one email as multiple emails will not be accepted.
Yes, you will run into owners bidding on the same player. You can determine tiebreakers. The player first should be given to the team with the high bid. If there is a tie on the high bid than the player will go to the team with the worst record. If there is still a tie, the player goes to the team that has scored the lower amount of points to that point in the season. If it is during the offseason, use the same tiebreakers but use the record and points from the previous season.
In the first preseason you won’t have records to go by. In this case the owners that tied can auction for the player with the bid in their original email as the minimum bid.
***Players obtained in the offseason do not need to be assigned a contract until the final roster cuts/ contract assignment date (pt.5). During the offseason roster size is unlimited. Owners will be deciding who they will and will not be keeping. If they add a FA in April for example, they do not have to give him a contract until it is determined he makes the final cut.
PART TWENTY: WAIVERS