Fantasy Football Etiquette

This is Mr. Manners, here to answer your questions about fantasy football etiquette. Let’s get started:

Dear Mr. Manners,

My leaguemates don’t respond to my trade offers. How many days should pass before it is considered impolite?

Signed, Antsy


Dear Antsy,

It an age where everyone and their mother has e-mail, text message accessibility, and internet connectivity on their phone, there aren’t many excuses to not respond to a trade offer within 48 hours. Of course, most people work and some people travel. Heck, some guys enjoy spending their free time with their families! Rather than focus on an isolated incident, look for a pattern. If an individual consistently takes days to respond (or worse, doesn’t respond at all), he is being rude and you may want to look elsewhere for a trading partner.


Dear Mr. Manners,

There is this jerk in my league who is always making fun of me. He crosses a line every time he does it. It is making fantasy football very stressful for me. What should I do?

Signed, High Blood Pressure


Dear Pressure,

Message board taunting and outlandish polls are a necessary part of the fantasy football experience. As long as the perceive insults are directed at the player’s team, I am all in favor of trash talk. “Crossing a line” would be taking shots that are unrelated to a person’s team, such as making fun of someone’s wife or relishing at an owner losing his job, etc. Fantasy football is supposed to be fun. If you ever get to the point where it causes you more anguish than pleasure, it’s time to get a new hobby. I hear coin collecting is a blast!


Dear Mr. Manners,

I get a lot of gruff when I send out trade offers. People accuse me of insulting their intelligence. Is there anything wrong with sending out lopsided proposals with the hope that someone will be interested?


Signed, Trader Joe


Dear Joe,

By all means, if you think you can pull the wool over someone’s eyes, go for it! I don’t think there is anything wrong with sending a bold offer, no matter how wacky it seems. Just because you don’t like a player, doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t. Just keep in mind, however, that if you grow a reputation for peddling crap, you run the risk that in the future your offers will not even be read.


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3 Responses to “Fantasy Football Etiquette”

  1. A C Slater says:

    Mr. Manners,
    Is It okay if I forward other peoples bad trade offers to other franchise owners in my league?

  2. Scott J Pachman says:

    Dear Slater,

    If your objective of forwarding this offer is to embarrass someone, then YES!

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