One of the great things about fantasy football is that anyone, regardless of NFL knowledge, is able to form a team and compete. This leads to leagues created between family, friends and coworkers. Use your status as league commissioner to further enhance the enjoyment by creating some end-of-season awards. Plan trophies to reward strong performances or add some humor by recognizing poor play.
Acknowledge owners who had the best players by handing out awards for top scorers. Reward the top overall scorer and also hand out awards for top individual players by position -- quarterback, wide receiver and running back. These awards are interesting to look back on in future years to remember past great players.
Fantasy football is all about roster management. From key draft picks to timely trades and waiver acquisitions, effective transactions are how fantasy leagues are won. Awards recognizing productive personnel moves include "Best Late-Round Draft Pick," "Best Free Agent Addition" and "Best Trade."
A few times each season, certain teams seem to have a week where everything goes right. The quarterback can't miss, the running back tears up a defense and the wide receivers catch everything in sight. Awards for best weekly scores are a great way to recognize individuals for these outstanding weeks. This is also a quality way of acknowledging some owners who may not have finished high in the playoffs but had strong weeks early in the season.
Ultimately, fantasy football is supposed to be a fun experience. Add some levity to the situation by handing out awards for poor performance. Awards for worst record, lowest score, lowest scoring first-round pick or worst transaction are ways to poke fun at the owners of your league. This helps keep the mood in a league light and relaxed.
Depending on your budget, creating actual certificates or trophies for each award is another way to spruce up your league. Another option is to make a t-shirt or banner to recognize top performances. Prizes like memorabilia or football tickets are also possible season-ending rewards. Gather league members one last time for a fantasy football awards banquet or barbecue.
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