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  • Matt 9:05 am on June 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: league fees,   

    Ask the Geeks: Collecting League Fees 

    Andrew asks:

    Hi, I am trying to set up a FF league with some of my buddies from college. Problem is, we are all located in different places, which makes money collection very difficult. What site do you recommend for our league  so that we could collect the money through a service such as paypal? Thank you for your help.

    There are a number of services out there that offer to help with fee collection, but I’ve never felt compelled to use any of them. Collecting league fees can be a pain no matter how you slice it, but I don’t see how a third-party service will make things so much easier that I’d be willing to pay a fee for their service. If you want to give one a try, take a look at WePay, which launched this spring with some venture capital funding and received a positive writeup in TechCrunch.

    For the keeper league that I commish, I collect via check or PayPal (which no longer charges any fee for personal transactions) and then dump all the money into a secondary savings account that my wife and I have had forever and never touch. This league has been together for a long time, and guys are always pretty good about getting their fees in before the draft with minimal kneecap-bashing on my part. For a new league, you’ll want to make it abundantly clear that there are repercussions for not getting league fees in on time – for example, you could lock down add/drop privileges for anyone who hasn’t yet paid until they do. Just make sure to clearly define those rules ahead of time, and be obnoxious enough about it so that nobody can claim they didn’t know the rules.

    • Brian 11:42 am on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t used this one yet but there is a site called Leaguesafe.com

      • Lee 8:49 am on July 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I did a post on league safe last year or the year before, signed up, but never used it because there wasn’t a seamless way to actually pay for our league service (Myfantasyleague.com) out of the money pool. I think they work with MFL on that now.

        I have always used Paypal.

    • AixelSyd 6:09 pm on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      LeagueSafe has a mechanism that will directly pay MFL leagues. Start from your MFL league, and look through the menus for a link to LeagueSafe. It has an automated process that migrates your league data to LeagueSafe.

      • Dean 1:00 am on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Problem with league safe is that you can’t use paypal which I think is the easiest way to collect. You have to use e-checks or credit cards.

        I did a quick review of the site on my website http://www.officepoolguy.com. if interested.

    • Jeff 11:05 pm on August 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You could use Pay It Square (www.payitsquare.com) to collect league fees … the system is built on PayPal, perfect for fantasy football.

    • Ty 8:03 pm on January 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beware of PayPal – they view fantasy contests as gambling, even though it clearly isn’t! Horror stories are out there about PayPal accounts being closed or frozen if they get wind of money being exchanged to pay for entry fees, etc.

      You really want to look at Fantasy Sports Vault (full disclaimer, I am the founder) or LeagueSafe (our primary competitor) and make your decision as to one of our platforms. We offer full security, transparency, and 100% payouts of the money collected! Complimentary service too – what better could be offered out there?

      Pay It Square and WePay parade around as if they are specific to our industry…they aren’t! They’re just trying to get in on the action even though they aren’t any better than a PayPal option. Steer clear and go to the industry leaders!

    • CommishJW 5:35 pm on February 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Ty is correct. I have one of those Paypal nightmare stories. After 10 years, I have to look elsewhere.

  • Brandon 3:24 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink
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    First fantasy football team of the year and draft results 

    As I mentioned previously, last night was my first fantasy football draft of the year, as I traditionally sign up for a Public league as soon as Yahoo opens for sign-ups. Anyways, I just wanted to share the team I ended up with. You’ll notice this league has an interesting twist, as it’s a 12-team league with no Defense or Kicker, but with extra position players. I’ll add some analysis later this evening if I can, but just know that this draft was done with a beer, no cheat sheets and the primary purpose of giving people an idea of how the drafts might go this season…

    draft results roster
    draft results each team
    • Sean 4:41 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WHAT? You drafted Roddy White over the REAL Brand Marshall? HOW?

      Love Steve Smith being drafted immediately after… Steve Smith.

      • Brandon 4:01 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, had to go with Roddy White due to quarterback concerns in Miami. I guess Chad Henne can throw the long ball, but that’s not always B. Marshall’s specialty.

        However, now that the draft is over and I’m looking at the accumulated points for players in the league according to the scoring rules, it breaks down like this:

        1. Quarterbacks – WAY above the rest of the players. Glad I got two solid starters and one decent one to play in the flex spot!
        2. Receivers that return kicks – Return yardage is HUGE apparently. I just picked up Danny Amendola of the Rams, since he would have scored 130 points last year under these scoring rules, while Roddy White only had 129! Good thing I’m stocked on kick returners like Jacoby Jones, Darren Sproles, Amendola, and Brandon Tate (assuming he returns kicks for NE.)
        3. Running backs and wide receivers not returning kicks
        4. Tight ends

    • e-roc 4:16 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      First of all, I love that it’s Fantasy Football season again.

      Secondarily, nice draft! I probably would’ve gone after another RB instead of Alex Smith in the 10th round… It was interesting to see who were the Top 5 players off the board.. Our league is very QB-point heavy, so Brees arguably will go #1 overall.

      • Brandon 6:51 am on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        e-roc, this league is also VERY quarterback heavy, so I’m actually glad I grabbed Alex Smith before all of the half-way decent QB’s were gone. Just for comparison sake, last year, Smith would have had 232 points, while Chris Johnson would have only had 222! I didn’t realize it was this lopsided until after the draft, so I’m glad I got that third quarterback.

        Don’t worry though, in our normal leagues with “normal” scoring, things might be a bit different 🙂

    • Amir 12:50 am on July 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Shouldn’t you have drafted QB/QB since QB is so heavy and you start 2 of them?

      • Brandon 4:59 pm on July 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        In retrospect, maybe that would have been a good idea, but I think I ended up with decent enough options at the QB position along with my Chris Johnson pick. Not that excited to hear Roddy White’s name brought up in the recent Mike Vick drama, but I don’t think he’s being implicated of anything so it should be all good.

        I do like some of the ideas behind this league. Having no kicker and no defense takes a bit of randomness out of the weekly match-ups. Also, having more QB/RB/WR/TE adds more variety between the top-tier players some teams have and the scrubs that other teams roll out. Maybe I can convince my real leagues to consider some of these options this year (hint, hint…Matt?)

    • Squish 9:02 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to see you guys back in the game again! I’m currently in a tough spot in a keeper league and would appreciate some help. It’s a league where the starting spots are:

      2 RB
      1 TE
      1 K

      My problem is that the 3 QBs I ended the season with last year were Warner, Mcnabb, and Alex Smith. Not exactly the best keeper material lol. The big issue is that I have great keepers at a lot of other positions. I can keep five players.

      ATM, the choices are these:

      Vincent Jackson
      Andre Johnson
      Roy Williams
      DeAngelo Williams
      Kevin Smith
      Brent Celek
      Owen Daniels
      Jared Allen (DL)

      It seems pretty simple at first glance but the league is setup so that the keepers you take are your first picks. If you take less of them, you get to pick while other guys are taking their keepers. In addition to the 5 regular keepers, you can choose to keep players from the rookie draft. I never use the rookie portion of the draft to grab rookies so I have none of those. Most teams have If I take only 4 keepers and leave Mcnabb out there, I would definitely be able to nab Ryan Matthews. Obviously I’d be way over stacked at RB but I would have a hell of a lot of trade bait to perhaps procure a few top level guys. In addition, most teams already have 2 good QBs and it’s likely I could draft McNabb later in the draft.

      So what I’ve been thinking is:
      1st – Turner (Keeper)
      2nd – AJ (Keeper)
      3rd – DW (Keeper)
      4th – Vjax (Keeper) – (if he decides to play this year)
      5th – Ryan Matthews/Any other good players not kept (Last season I got DeAngelo Williams in the 6th because I was the only team without a rookie keeper)

      Any advice? Should I just play it safe and take McNabb?

    • Ken 10:09 am on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys. Can’t wait for this season of FF football. I see Fitz went in the 2nd round for your draft. I was curious to see how far he’d drop without Warner in the picture. Seems like he still has value in most drafts

      I’m joining a keeper league as an expansion team. Myself and two other players are given 3 keeper picks before the draft from the 3 rosters of players who won’t be in the league anymore. I traded my 4th round draft pick for S. Rice. So I have to pick two keepers. The draft snakes and I got my picks back to back

      I’ll be picking Matt Shaub for sure, and then my other viable options are:

      Brett Farve
      Eli Manning
      Ricky Williams
      Ronnie Brown
      Anquan Boldin

      I’m a little torn on my 2nd pick. Keep in mind, minus the rookies, the top 10 RB are already locked up through the keeper system. So I’m leaning towards taking RIcky or Ronnie just to secure myself some sort of decent RB, but to me neither of those guys are actually 2nd or 3rd round material.

      What do you guys think? Should I take the RB, say Ricky? Or should I lock up a very solid backup QB with Eli. Take a risk and grab farve to have two top QBs that I could leverage for a trade down the road. Boldin’s in there but I don’t see much of a point in making him a keeper pick.


    • Mal 1:45 am on July 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      good to be back ffgb, and nice draft Brandon. My first question this year is- do you guys know of a way to practise a live draft? Any websites out there? So I guess a dummy draft

      • Brandon 10:42 am on August 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Fleaflicker.com has a Mock Draft feature. Not sure it allows you to customize the league though, but it gives you a decent idea of how the rounds will work out.

  • Brandon 3:24 pm on June 21, 2010 Permalink

    Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues open for sign-up 

    So naturally I had to sign up for a league with a live draft…TONIGHT! The league is named “only the best2”, so the assumption is that I have my work cut out for me. My team name for the year will be Real BrandonMarshall, since Yahoo cuts the name off at 20 characters and Will the real Brandon Marshall please stand up? wouldn’t fit.

    At first glimpse, a few of the changes Yahoo! Fantasy Football has implemented this year include:

    • Message Board update e-mail notifications – Could be useful for leagues with very little trash talk, so you don’t have to constantly check when no one is posting any messages. Might end up being annoying for leagues where there is constant chatter though.
    • Emphasis on Team Slogans – For some reason there’s a whole tab devoted to Team Slogan changes, in case you were someone who enjoys that kind of thing. Currently, I have mine set to “Whoop. There it is.” Quoting the classic Jock Jams tune.

    I’ll attempt to update this list as I navigate the site a bit more, but will definitely have it updated once the draft is over.

    Update: Here’s the draft room. Same as last year if I’m not mistaken…

    yahoo draft room

    • Matt 9:30 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, looks about the same. Which is good since their draft room was pretty kickass as I recall.

      Oy – just noticed that the “reply” button isn’t working since I upgraded to the new WordPress. Will fix…

  • Matt 12:14 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink

    It's aliiiiiive… 

    After a much-needed break from the fantasy football blogosphere over the offseason, we can’t help but be drawn to all the intriguing noise coming from the NFL this spring. (Shortened preseason schedule? Yes please!) Brandon’s getting married in a month so his time might be a bit limited over the short term, but we’re ready to get this thing going again.

    Brandon and I have been talking about a few changes we’re planning on making this season to make the blog more useful to our readers and fun for us to manage. To us, the best part of running this site is the discussions we have with commenters, so we’re going to continue to improve that aspect of the site as best we can. We’re also going to focus more energy on weekly positional rankings – we get so many Ask the Geeks questions along the lines of, “Who would you start this week, Player A or Player B,” and positional rankings would help answer some of those (but not all of them, of course, given flex positions and wacky scoring systems).

    So anyway… Vince Young FTW.

    • Lee 8:52 am on June 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome back!

    • Squish 9:09 pm on July 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congratz on getting married Brandon!

      I agree about the questions and comments being the best part of this site. I can’t wait to get back into FF mode.

      We’ll see how the season plays out this year. I’m currently in 3 fantasy baseball leagues (my first year playing) and I’m not sure how that will play out with football coinciding for awhile. To make up for it, I’m well into my draft prep. How do you guys feel about Ronnie Brown this year? I think he’s my ray rice for this season.

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