In case you are new to managing a fantasy football team, you may be wondering what the acronym EXE stands for.
A player on the commissioner’s exempt list is called EXE in fantasy football.
As a player on the exempt list, you will not be able to practice or play in any games. However, you will still get paid and can work out and attend team meetings.
When players face unusual circumstances, the commissioner’s exempt list is used. These unusual circumstances don’t fit under any NFL rule, so the commissioner uses this list to deal with the problem.
This list can only be created by Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL. GMs and coaches cannot create it.
There is no set time on the EXE list, so a commissioner can use it to permanently ban a player from playing in the NFL.
DST stands for defense and special teams, another acronym fantasy managers aren’t familiar with.
The Main Reasons A Player Ends Up On The Exempt List
You might wonder why your player ended up on this list now that you understand what EXE means in fantasy football. Below, we will discuss the top reasons players end up with an EXE.
The most common reason for a player to end up on the commissioner’s exempt list is legal troubles.
A player may commit a crime but not be charged or prosecuted for it in the United States. When the public learns that this crime has been committed but the player is still playing in the NFL, they may become upset.
When videos are released or witnesses come forward, the commissioner is often forced to act because it is bad for the NFL’s image if these players continue to play.
They will be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list for a period of time in order to punish them.
Oftentimes, when a player fails drug tests due to performance-enhancing drugs or banned substances, the NFL will keep it under wraps.
The NFL has begun to reduce the public release of failed drug tests of active NFL players. However, if you fail your drug tests repeatedly, the commissioner will eventually exempt you.
A famous example of an NFL player who routinely used banned substances and failed drug tests is Josh Gordon.
Pursuing Other Opportunities
On some occasions, players on this list choose this option when they want to explore other options.
As a track and field enthusiast, Jeff Demps was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list in 2013.
Damps, when placed on this list, can pursue his dreams of running track and field without harming his former team.
The team could pick up a player in his absence, and once he was removed from the list, Demps could return to the team.
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