Draft Essentials: Punishing The Loser

The third installment of our ‘Draft Essentials’ features, advising on how to set up your Draft Fantasy Football League, concentrates on punishing the manager who finishes bottom of the league.

We would strongly recommend creating some rules to punish the overall loser of your Draft League. This is to ensure that all managers are invested in the league for the whole season, creating a competitive environment, as well as some minor humiliation!

 

📝 The Situation 📝

We’ve all been there.  You’re getting towards the end of the season, and you’ve got no chance of winning the league.  You’ve stopped caring.  You’ve stopped making new signings.  Your team gets a bit crap, but it doesn’t really matter…  This is what happens in most Draft Leagues!  Want a way of stopping this?  Well, create a set of horrible punishments and forfeits for the manager who finishes bottom!! 

 

💥 The Rationale 💥

Despite having a Head-To-Head Draft Fantasy Football League set-up, which we’ve highly recommended in our first Draft Essentials Special Feature, it gets to Gameweek 25 and the bottom two or three teams have no chance of catching the manager who is top of the league.  They therefore essentially stop playing the game, which means each of their Gameweek opponents will have a very good chance of picking up an easy victory.

By putting together a set of punishments or forfeits for the manager who finishes bottom of the league, you’re ensuring that every manager will keep a competitive team for the whole season.  Everyone will still do transfers.  Everyone will still submit their strongest lineup.  And most importantly, everyone will have a chance of winning their Gameweek.  The punishments will ensure that all managers remain active within the Draft League, and therefore the manager going for the title could still be beaten by the managers at the bottom of the league!

Instigating some punishments for the loser of the league is 100% needed.  The fear in a mans eyes when he knows he’s in a battle to avoid finishing bottom of the league is an incredible sight!

 

💩 The Punishments 💩

Now, obviously putting together a set of horrible punishments for the manager who finishes bottom will also create a hell of a lot of banter throughout the season.  Slagging off the manager who’s currently bringing up the rear, and teasing them about their potential forfeits can be incredibly fun!

In terms of the punishments themselves, we’d recommend keeping them lighthearted and, mainly, within the confines of the group.  Examples of punishments could be:

  • Dressing up in awful clothing at all social events
  • Waiting on all managers during social events, bringing them beer and cooking their meat
  • Award them with a special “trophy” (for example a toilet seat), which they have to display in their own living room at all times
  • A minor bit of public humiliation could also be fun – make them play a recorder on a busy highstreet on a Saturday afternoon, whilst wearing their designated awful items of clothing

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There is an endless list of stupid things you could get them to do, just make sure the punishments aren’t so bad that they might quit the league!!  We took our inspiration for punishing the loser from the American sitcom The League.  They punish and ridicule the loser of their Fantasy Football League in an array of comical ways throughout the many season’s of the show.  They also named the loser the “Sacko”, meaning sack of shit, we believe.

 

📚 Conclusion 📚

So there we have it, creating a scenario where the loser of the league suffers punishments is extremely healthy for the state of your Draft Fantasy Football League.  The league itself will become increasingly competitive, as managers are left panicked by the threat of potential forfeits.  Managers at the bottom of the league will therefore possibly be trying harder than those fighting for the league title!

Come the end of the season, this also produces many opportunities for the non-losing managers to have a good laugh at the expense of the loser, or “Sacko”.  We would recommend creating an End of Season Awards Ceremony, to really embarrass the loser – our next Special Feature will discuss this very event.

 

📢 More Draft Essentials 📢

Want to read more on how to manage a Draft Fantasy Football League, check out our other ‘Draft Essentials’ features:

Draft Essentials Part One: Head-To-Head League Format

Draft Essentials Part Two: Offline Draft

Draft Essentials Part Four: End of Season Awards

Draft Essentials Part Five: Taking Your League Offline

Draft Essentials Part Six: How To Draft

 

📝 Draft Platform 📝

Here at The Fantasy Football Chaps, we’re proud to be pioneer’s for having a Draft Fantasy Football League that runs COMPLETELY OFFLINE!  Check out our article looking into how to make this a reality, and have full control over customising your Draft League!

If this sounds like too much effort, we would highly recommend using an online platform from either the guys at Draft Fantasy or Fantrax.   Draft Fantasy uses a scoring system similar to the standard Official FPL game, where as Fantrax mainly uses the more intelligent scoring system made famous by Togga.  Both offer potential for end of season playoffs, as well as many other options for customisation!

 

🔥 Hot or Cold Player Rankings ❄️

Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players.  Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League.  Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!

 

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