The Guidelines to Fair Play
in Fantasy Football
If you are new to fantasy football or simply unsure of what actions are forbidden in most leagues see below. I have consolidated most of the written and unwritten rules that fantasy owners should abide by. Then again, perhaps this might be the guidelines that help you dance around the letter of the law, while others follow them blindly.
No person shall own or control more than one team in each fantasy league. This rule is rather straight-forward, although easily circumventable provided you have a person willing to say that it's them, meanwhile you can own and operate a second team.
No collusive transactions where there is the purposeful offloading of talent to one team. Acts of collusion include but are not limited to: Trading away players for less than fair-value with the intention of helping your trade partner. This also includes dropping players who should not be dropped with the sole purpose of allowing the owner with the highest waiver priority to pick them up.
Owners monitor this tactic when close friends or family members are trying to help each other after the trading deadline.
No owner will intentionally tank their team. Tanking is defined as losing deliberately for another team’s gain or to prohibit another team from entering the playoffs.
No player cycling–You cannot add and drop players in the Free Agent pool for the sole purpose of placing them on waivers to inhibit other owners from adding them. Throughout the past decade, fantasy football platforms have implemented rules that prevent abuse of this tactic. Yet it is still possible to player cycle which will be discussed later.
No roster dumping – You cannot drop your entire roster for the purpose of undermining the fantasy league. The addition of the “Can’t Cut” list mitigates most blatant forms of roster dumping. Any attempt at roster dumping will lead to your loss of access to your team. The Commissioner will both lock your team and return your released players back onto your roster.