Social (Fantasy) Network: Bend the rules

What are rules if they’re not made to be broken?

Well, that answer is complicated. And we don’t really do complicated here at the Social (Fantasy) Network. However, we did decide this week to have a little chat about the rules of fantasy football … namely, which rules you wish you could change when it came to the game.

After all, doesn’t it seem wrong that interceptions and fumbles only cost a fantasy team two points, when they can be so much more damaging on the field? Just ask Tony Romo or Ronnie Hillman. Or how much does it stink to watch a quarterback throw a pick six then have those points count against your defense — when they were standing idly by on the sideline watching the whole thing go down?

So we booted up the machine this week to find out which fantasy statutes you’d amend if you were fantasy football king or queen for a day.

This was the hands-down winner.

It’s an interesting idea, for sure. But how do you apply it? Is it if a guy is officially ruled out of a game? Or if he’s just questionable to return? If you sub him out, are you allowed to plug him back in if he re-enters the game? And how long do you have to make the switch — until the end of that quarter? End of the half? This is opening a whole can of worms. Which is great if you’re fishing … not so good for fantasy football.

But there was a version of that idea that seems a little easier to implement.

Or in other words…

How many times have you looked at the box score and realized that if you had just switched out one player, you would have won your matchup? Think of this as a fantasy mulligan. Which would be great, until your opponent does the same thing to snake a win.

There were quite a few more interesting ideas.

I’m all for it. But it also means that multiple turnovers would mean losing increasing amounts of points. If that were the case, people would have dropped Eli Manning and Carson Palmer like they were a pair of poisonous snakes.

So start anyone facing Antonio Cromartie? Rooting for laundry seems a little unsavory.

Yes, yes … a thousand times, yes! Blocks are usually momentum-changing plays. Your defense or special teams should be rewarded for it.

Rivalry week? You have my full attention. I’m totally on board with this idea. At least, I am until I’m stuck starting the Jaguars.

Away from the field, it seems like more than a few you would like to alter the powers of your league commissioner.

I’m sure Roger Goodell empathizes. Or not.

Finally, the last word goes to Jana, who has a rule change I’m sure we can all get behind.

Maybe we can’t all get behind it. But it works for Jana.

Note to self: don’t play in Jana’s league next year.

By the way, I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention that on NFL.com, you can customize your leagues to your liking. You might not be able to make people pay up on time…but you can alter their rosters any way you see fit if they don’t.

Any other fantasy football rules you’d like to see changed? Hit us up in the comment section. And keep an eye out for next week’s #SocialFantasy question. Happy Week 10 everybody!

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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