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Fantasy Football League Time Commitment

What is league time commitment in fantasy football? Get ready to learn what it means to use league time commitment when playing FF.


The fantasy football season begins in August, as participants begin to draft their teams for the season that spans from September to February. Before joining a league it's important to make sure that you can be present so as to not let your team down during the season. Each week you must be ready and available to choose starters that will go head to head with other teams. At its most basic level, as a participant you must have at least 15 minutes each week to prepare your team for its weekly match. Now this is dependent on how many teams you sign up for, more teams equals more time commitment.

There is also a commitment of being knowledgeable about the match ups. You've got to monitor the stats of your team, checking for injuries and things of the sort. You also need to be knowledgeable able about other teams stats, and how well they have been doing since the season began. Some estimate that this, in conjunction with planning for Monday's match up will take a minimum of one hour weekly, or over 4 hours weekly depending on your involvement.

It's not fair to the other members of a league when an owner simply stops playing in the middle of a season. That owner's team becomes useless in weekly matchups and trades with the team are impossible. Try to imagine an NFL team with no one on it, and every team that plays them gets a free win. Not exactly fair, right? This is why we need to discuss your commitment to a fantasy football league.

In this tutorial, we're going to discuss what the commitment to a fantasy football league is like and how to stay interested throughout the course of a winning or losing season.


A 'donk' is someone who seemingly throws away money while playing fantasy sports. For example, paying money to enter a fantasy contest and then not participating in said contest.

Draft Dashers

A 'draft dasher' is a team owner who disappears during the season, leaving their team behind.

Ghost Ship

A 'ghost ship' is a team that is not being operated by anyone (the team owner is no longer participating in the league).


A 'grinder' is someone who treats fantasy football as an investment, differing to earn money over a long period of time rather than a quick lump sum.

Lame Duck

A 'lame duck' is a team that is not being managed very well. For example, I team owner may only adjust his roster once a month. This is obviously not very efficient.


An 'overlay' is when a fantasy football contest or league does not completely fill with participants.


'Tilt' occurs when there is obvious anger or frustration surrounding a team owner as they make bad decisions concerning their team.


A 'train' occurs when a team owner uses the exact same lineup in multiple fantasy football leagues or contests.

To play fantasy football, you must first understand that it is a season long commitment. It's simply unfair to the other players when an owner drops out midway through the season. Don't join a league if you can't give it your all. And, if for some reason you are no longer able to play in a fantasy football league or contest, be sure to let the other participants know, or defer your team to someone who did not make it into the league. It's okay if you can't commit, just don't leave unannounced.

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