Just getting started with fantasy football or the Griffith / Wagner league? Read on for some introductory material about the game and how it is played.

Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is a game in which the participants manage a virtual professional American football team. Fantasy points are awarded in weekly matchups based on the actual performances of football players in real-world competition. (More from Wikipedia).

Team Manager

The competitors each take on the role of a Team Manager. At the beginning of the season, the team managers must select their rosters by participating in The Draft, in which all relevant National Football League (NFL) players are available. Over the course of the season, managers must manage their roster and go head-to-head against opposing managers’ teams. The teams with the most wins at the end of the of the regular season advance to the playoffs!

League Manager

The League Managers are responsible for managing league settings, events, and rules. League Managers are expected to resolve participant disputes and correct errors that occur over the course of the season. Our current league managers are Nick Spies and Alex Wagner.

Our League

Our league was founded in 2015 as a friendly annual competition among the members of the Obi and Malachi Griffith Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. The 2015 season was held on the Yahoo platform, with subsequent seasons on the ESPN platform. Traveling trophies were added in the 2016 season for the lab champion (the “Golden Football”) and last place (the “Golden Toilet Seat”). The 2020 season saw the introduction of league divisions by popular demand. Beginning with the 2021 season, the league expanded to include the laboratory of League Manager Alex Wagner.

The competition has been held every year annually since its inception. Notable achievements in the league history include:

  • Obi Griffith receiving last place in the inaugural season

  • Susanna Kiwala winning the championship in her rookie season

  • Malachi Griffith as the first Team Manager to have earned both a championship (2018) and last place (2020)

More champions and last-place finishers are recorded in our League Championship History.