Social (Fantasy) Network: Rules are made to be changed

If you’ve played fantasy football long enough (and by long enough, I mean one week), you’ve probably asked yourself why a certain bit of fantasy football misfortune has come your way. Like watching Michael Vick throw a pick six and having that score go against your starting defense … even though they watched the whole thing from the sidelines! When you asked about the cause of your bad luck, your commissioner probably hit you with some variation of…

“Suck it up. Them’s the rules.”

Of course, that answer was probably about as satisfying as a bass smoothie. There are some things that can be changed by a league vote. Or by simply annoying your league commissioner until he or she decides to fix things just to shut you up. Part of what makes NFL.com fantasy football so cool is the ability to create custom scoring systems for your league. That means you can change the value of things like touchdowns and turnovers or include things like punt/kickoff return yards and touchdowns for individual players.

Then again, here in the Social (Fantasy) Network, not everyone likes having so many options.

Um … or you could just play in fewer leagues. Besides, how drastically different are your scoring systems that one player can go from awesome to worthless? Danny Amendola or Darren Sproles might have added-value in a PPR league, but they’re certainly not worthless outside of them. But, to each his own.

There does seem to be one thing many of you agree on.

This was the overwhelming winner in Twittersville this week. Since so many of you seem to feel this way, it must be a topic worth exploring. Should it just be an across-the-board swap for someone on the bench? Maybe we can treat it like Olympic gymnastics and just throw out the highest and lowest scores. Or we can just reserve the right to sub out injured players during the game. Although we’d have to determine when an injured player is eligible to be subbed. When he’s officially out of the game, or just doubtful to return? What would happen if Paul Pierce ended up on a fantasy football roster? It seems that I’ve opened a can and a whole bunch of worms crawled out. This one might require further study.

The good news — for me, at least — is that you don’t agree on everything.

There’s this…

and this…

There’s really only one way to settle this. HA-DOO-KEN!

While those two battle it out, Lance has a pretty interesting idea for the waiver wire…

That would certainly prevent some owners from running to the waiver wire only to hoard talent on their bench. You might not be so quick to go after Ramses Barden if it meant potentially sitting Miles Austin.

Some of you just want to change the rules of football altogether.

Yeeeeah, let me check with the competition committee on that one and I’ll be sure to get right back to you. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out if this was sent by Rich Eisen’s alter ego.

For all of the ideas that came my way this week, Jay has one that makes all of the rest obsolete.

Nice idea. But Crissy seems to have found a more practical one.

Ha! Enjoy the spoils of power, Crissy. (Note to self: don’t play in Crissy’s league.)

Got a rule change we didn’t mention? Hit it in the comments section. Until then, hopefully the rules work out in your favor. Good luck to everybody and be sure keep an eye out for next week’s #SocialFF question. Happy Week 3, folks!

– Marcas Grant

Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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