Fantasy Football Writers

Reginald James

Reginald James

Commish HQ Hey New Commissioner! Are You Slaying
(9/24/2022)

I was on Twitter this week, as I am everyday. Ive been a fantasy sports writer, writing about running fantasy leagues and giving advice to commissioners and league members for quite a bit now. If I didnt feel that Twitter kept me tapped into a slice of the fantasy football world, I would probably av Full Story

Ask The Commish: I Can't Run Our League Anymore
(9/17/2022)

I may have to give up running our league. My sister and I are dealing with older parent issues (dementia). It looks I may have to move closer to where they are. I feel like it can run itself, but Im not sure if Im mentally up to deal with everything thats happening right now. I feel guilty because I Full Story

Commish HQ: First-time Commissioner! Did You Collect All the Money Yet
(9/10/2022)

Hey there, first-year fantasy commissioner. Congrats. Youve had your draft, and the season is about to start. Has everyone paid their league fees? Generally, after the draft, there shouldnt really be that much for a fantasy commissioner to do. Collecting dues should not still be on the list. Full Story

Ask The Commish: Am I Wrong in Barring NSFW Team Names?
(9/3/2022)

Am I wrong for wanting to stop people using NSFW team names in our league? Am I being too much of a prude or just practical? If your league is actually an office league, its not too much to ask for people to be creative in some other way. I would make that call myself. Doesnt matter if youre Full Story

Commish HQ: Putting My Own Reserve List to the Test
(8/27/2022)

It all began with a Monday morning phone call telling me that someone in our fantasy football league had been arrested over the weekend. It certainly wasnt for jaywalking. It was a serious charge. It turns out, that I had just texted the person (who would be arraigned the next day) the night Full Story

Ask The Commish How Many Keepers Should We Have?
(8/20/2022)

First time commissioner here. Ive got eight teams going into the season. We draft next week. Two people I work with have asked to join. I really want to stick with eight, but Im not sure if I should turn someone away if they really want in. Is there a difference strategically going from eight to ten Full Story

Ask The Commish: Would You Pull Deshaun Watson from Draft Pool?
(8/13/2022)

Our draft is scheduled for next Saturday. We just aded two of three new members to our league. They replace former members who I didnt invite back. It was actually hard to fill those last two spots. It took longer than I thought it would. I want to push the draft back for a least one more week to gi Full Story

Commish HQ: Three Things to Take Care of Right Now!
(8/5/2022)

Are you a new commissioner running a fantasy football league for the first time? Youve probably got a lot of things on your commissioner to-do list right about now. I would like to push three items up to the tippy top of that list, or at least within close proximity, that you should make sure to add Full Story

Commish HQ: Three Questions for Commissioners
(1/21/2022)

The regular season for fantasy football has come to an end. I hope my fellow commissioners had a good season both as a player and as a league commissioner. As we close the door on this season, Id like to ask three questions for you to consider as you look forward to the 2022 fantasy season. W Full Story

Commish HQ: Your Season in Review
(1/15/2022)

Its time to take a quick review of your fantasy season. This doesnt have to be that extensive or detailed of an exercise. That work can come a couple of months later down the road. If you havent been keeping track during the season, you might want to make note right now of situations or moments, goo Full Story

Ask The Commish I Need Tips to Help Fill My League
(1/12/2022)

Id like to start my own league next year. Im not new to fantasy football, but this will be my first time running any kind of league. Ive played long enough to know what I like and dont like so I want this league to represent what Ive learned along the way. My ideal size is 12. The problem is Full Story

Commish HQ: It Doesn't Have to be a Thankless Job
(1/8/2022)

I see a lot of posts and comments online that being a fantasy commissioner is a thankless job. The statement is pretty much cliche at this point. What is going on that makes being a fantasy commissioner so hard? What is it about running a fantasy football league that creates the stress and the woe i Full Story

Ask The Commish: Can I Sue My Commissioner?
(1/5/2022)

Can you sue someone, a commissioner, if they took the dues money, but then didnt or wont pay you? I placed second in my league, but Im not the only one. Not one of us first through third got paid. He apologized and told us he just couldnt pay us. Worse, they wouldnt say when they could when asked, o Full Story

Commish HQ: Be Clear with Your Expectations
(1/1/2022)

I recently responded to a question for Ask The Commish where a commissioner was disappointed that a member of their league was not as social as the commissioner had hoped they would be during the season. Im going to call the commissioner who wrote me, Rider. Rider wanted advice on how to tell Full Story

Ask The Commish: Don't Come Back Next Year
(12/29/2021)

Commish, Two more weeks and my first season as commissioner will be over. This was also my first time playing and except for maybe two people, all the rest of us were new to fantasy football. I dont really have any bad stories to tell. It was more work in the beginning than I expected though. Full Story

Commish HQ: Getting Inspiration from Others
(12/25/2021)

I follow Scott Fish on Twitter and earlier this week he asked the following question: What rule did you hear about people doing this year (or one you thought of) that you are excited to bring to your league or even a new league next year? Im guessing the idea behind him posting the que Full Story

Ask The Commish: Semi-finalist Hasn’t Paid Their Dues
(12/22/2021)

Commish, I have a semi-finalist who hasnt paid their dues. If they win, Im not going to pay them. I plan on splitting the money between the other three teams left in the playoffs. Im not sure what else to do. Sounds about right? I guess. Youve left yourself with few options, especially Full Story

Commish HQ: Keeper League Basics
(12/18/2021)

There comes a time when a fantasy football commissioners fancy turns to doing something different for their league. Theyve made it through the early years where the flow of people coming and going has waned. Theyve finally reached a point where they actually like the crew thats assembled to play fan Full Story

Ask The Commish: Should I Allow Waivers for Non-Playoff Teams?
(12/15/2021)

Commish, Should I allow guys to work waivers if theyre not in contention for the championship, but are still part of the consolation bracket? Im going to allow it, but Im getting pushback for it. I think if youre still playing you should be allowed to help your team. I say ignore the pus Full Story

Commish HQ: Someone Dropped Dalvin Cook
(12/11/2021)

I get contacted all the time from people in fantasy leagues who sometimes object to, or question the moves another manager in their league may make, like dropping a player of high standing. I also get questions from commissioners who wonder if they should reverse a drop for the same reason. My respo Full Story

Ask The Commish: I Missed Rivalry Week!
(12/8/2021)

Commish, I have a confession. I didnt make a special schedule for Rivalry Week. I didnt know there was such a thing. Is this really a big deal in fantasy football leagues? Im not sure who I would match up in our league even if I did do it. No one said anything, I dont think they cared. How sh Full Story

Commish HQ: Dear Santa, a Fantasy Wish List
(12/4/2021)

Dear Santa, I know right about now things are probably getting pretty busy up there in the North Pole. I hope that this letter finds you well. I have a small wish list for you, that I hope you take time to consider.Ive been nice, and Im certainly not as naughty as I used to be, so hopefully i Full Story

Ask The Commish: I'm tired of being a babysitter!
(12/1/2021)

Commish, I get what people mean about running a league. Being a fantasy commissioner is like being a babysitter for a whole nursery. I took over the office league this year. Most of us are still working remotely. It probably wouldve been worse if we were all together like before. This year it Full Story

Commish HQ: Keep Them Interested with Bonuses
(11/27/2021)

Do you run a league where your league mates are starting to lose interest? They might not be as active on the waiver wire as aggressively as they once were. You may have noticed what I like to call doughnut holes in your league - players deposited on starting rosters who are injured or have a bye we Full Story

Ask The Commish: Leave His Roster Alone!
(11/24/2021)

I forgot to set the trade deadline, which was going to be set for this Friday. I only noticed because Im trying to pull off a trade before the deadline that was supposed to be. No one trades in our league, and my offer isnt going over so well, but how would it look if I make a trade and then end tra Full Story

Commish HQ: The Old Switcheroo
(11/20/2021)

Twitter never fails to supply something for me to talk about. On this edition of Found on Twitter version of Ask The Commish, we start with the following posts: Seems kind of convenient that the same day our fantasy football league commissioner drops out of the Top 4 spots that the league set Full Story

Ask The Commish: Heard of Points per First Down?
(11/17/2021)

Have you heard of getting points for first downs? I saw it talked about on Twitter. Ive never heard of that, my league is a basic PPR league. Not really looking to change anything right now, but it got me curious. Not sure I would do it myself but I was wondering what your take is. Ive heard Full Story

Commish HQ: Mid-Season Review
(11/13/2021)

Were at the midway point of the season. Its time for a quick self-evaluation on how well your league has fared so far. Well have something similar at the end of the season to help set you up for next year. The following is not meant to be an exhaustive list or discussion, just an attempt to stir the Full Story

Ask The Commish: How Many Teams for Playoff?
(11/10/2021)

Its my 5th year as commissioner and Im thinking about introducing a playoff next season. We have 12 teams. Should I go with four or six teams? Im trying to weigh the pros and cons. Whether you go with four or six teams for a playoff depends on how competitive you want things to be, and how in Full Story

Commish HQ: No Pay No Play
(11/5/2021)

A popular complaint among fantasy commissioners is they hate collecting league dues. More specifically, they hate having to continually ask folks for money who take their time to pay. Some of those people end up paying late, or not at all. No commissioner wants to go through all of that. Commissione Full Story

Ask The Commish: Do I Have to be the League Babysitter?
(11/3/2021)

Commish, We have an IR slot and a covid slot. I picked up Cam Akers weeks ago and he has been in my IR slot ever since. Last week our commissioner told me I couldnt put him there because hes NFI-R which according to Yahoos IR rules, is not eligible. The R literally stands for reserve! I get i Full Story

Commish HQ: Now That is Collusion!
(10/29/2021)

What is collusion? If youve spent any time on Reddit, or Twitter, definitely Twitter, whenever a debate pops off about whether a particular act is collusion or not, someone always trots off to Merriam Webster and comes back with the definition. They will post the definition for all the world to see. Full Story

Ask The Commish: Dating Drama Player Dump
(10/27/2021)

Commish, Collecting dues is the worst part about being a football commissioner! I hate it! I have an owner who still owes his money. Hes never been late before, so I didnt really think much of it when the season started. Ive since asked twice. Theyve never been nasty about it, just said theyd Full Story

Commish HQ: That's not Collusion!
(10/23/2021)

The fantasy football world on Twitter tends to be pretty tame. Usually, theres a daily dose of innocuous tweets like people asking the fantasy community to choose between two players to start, or someone offers their take on a particular player. Of course, there are the customary trolls that will tr Full Story

Ask The Commish: My Commissioner is a Cheater
(10/20/2021)

Commish, I played my commissioner this past weekend, and I noticed he switched a couple players who hadnt been doing well during the game. He ended up winning. Even if he hadnt swapped players he still wouldve won btw. I confronted them, and they denied it, and said if I had proof, to show it Full Story

Ask The Commish: Saturday Night Fever and Expedited Trades
(10/13/2021)

Commish, Theres a guy in my league who will pick up and drop players late Saturday night. Hell pick up about three or four players, drop all of them, but keep the last one. Some of us think hes doing it to keep us from getting players he thinks we might want. That hasnt been true for me, but Full Story

Commish HQ: The Two Hats Theory
(10/8/2021)

I have a theory that I call the Two Hats Theory. It involves the idea that when you are commissioner of a league, you wear two hats. In other words, you have two roles, one as a player and one as a commissioner. Sometimes commissioners will find difficulty in negotiating between being one of Full Story

Ask The Commish: Investing Pool Money and Bonus Payout Ideas
(10/6/2021)

Commish, Any suggestions on what to do with pool money? I feel like I could be doing something creative with it. I saw your story about the bitcoin guy, thats not what Im talking about. Im asking for next year. Honestly, I personally feel comfortable letting the money sit until you nee Full Story

Commish HQ: A Commissioner Quits - The Alex Letter
(10/2/2021)

The Alex Letter showed up on the sports site, Deadspin, in 2014. Its a letter from a fantasy commissioner, named Alex, that he sent to the members of his league. There are a number of lessons we fantasy commissioners can learn from this tale. The same holds true for folks who play in fantasy leagues Full Story

Ask The Commish: Trash Talk Getting Out of Hand and IR Abuse
(9/29/2021)

Commish, I picked up Josh Gordon and have him placed on IR. My commissioner said I cant do that because Gordon isnt on injured reserve. I know that, but we dont have a rule saying I cant. Everybody is all bent out of shape, but theyre just mad they didnt think of it. He told me he would rever Full Story

Commish HQ: The Case for Keeping The IR Slot Beyond Covid
(9/25/2021)

Do you have an IR slot option in your league? For some of us, an injured reserve (IR) slot as a bench option has been a feature in our leagues for quite a while. Last year, during Covid Year One, out of obvious concerns about the greater potential for losing players (past the normal occurrenc Full Story

Ask The Commish: Season Just Started, Manager Already Not Managing Roster
(9/22/2021)

Commish, Ive got a guy in my league who had one or two roster spots unfilled leading almost up to kickoff the last two weeks. Ive warned him to set his lineup twice already. The season just started. Im not sure what hes doing but I dont want to deal with this all season. How soon before I kic Full Story

Commish HQ: Should You Change Rules Once the Season Begins?
(9/18/2021)

Commissioners changing rules once the season begins is a common transgression that I hear about often. In my opinion, actions like this should be avoided at all costs. League managers, those that actually read the rules in the first place, have drafted, have made other team-building decisions, and h Full Story

Ask The Commish: Our Commissioner Bought Bitcoin with the Pool Money
(9/16/2021)

Commish, I just found out that our commissioner has taken our pool money and bought bitcoin with it. Im against it, and so are others in the league, not everyone but most of us. He told us that hes already made money and told us to relax. Theres really nothing we can do if he doesnt want to d Full Story

Commish HQ: How to Prepare for Next Season Right Now
(9/11/2021)

Fantasy football season has finally arrived. We should all be excited, right?. Now its time to see how all the research, analysis, and picking the brains of your Uncle Joe for football advice plays out. But, some of you arent excited. For example, right now, all over Fantasy Twitter its real easy to Full Story

Ask The Commish: Should I Have a Rules Committee?
(9/9/2021)

Commish, Should you have a rules committee? Ive heard other leagues have them, I havent really felt the need. No one is asking me to, but Im curious what your take is. Maybe Im missing something? This is the third year of our league, which I started. No, youre not missing anything. If you Full Story

Ask The Commish: Can I Run My League Without Playing
(8/25/2021)

Welcome to Ask the Commish! Normally, this column will follow a straightforward, by-the-numbers structure composed of your questions followed by my answers. This installment of Ask the Commish will be a little different. While on Twitter, I came across a fantasy football commissioner, Rodin, Full Story

Commish HQ: So You're Going to Start a Fantasy League What Now?
(8/2/2021)

Youve decided that youre finally going to start your own fantasy football league. Maybe youve been corralled into running the office league because you just couldnt say no. Whatever the reason, youve found yourself in the position of running a league for the first time. No worries. Welcome to Com Full Story