Fantasy Football 101
Fantasy Football 101
Fantasy Football for Beginners
This article is designed for people who are brand new to fantasy football.
Let’s begin with what is fantasy football? FF is a form of fantasy entertainment where a collection of people (owners) choose a make-believe team of players through a yearly draft or auction. Participants accumulate points each week based on the real statistics of actual NFL players. All league data, including roster management; trades, พนันบอล โบนัส 200
free agent acquisitions, stats, and standings are handled automatically on a website. Leagues vary in size between eight and fourteen teams with twelve being the most widespread. Rosters consist of sixteen to twenty-one players of different positions, QB, RB, WR, TE, PK, and Defense/ST.
The season is played for thirteen weeks. Weekly matchups are head-to-head just like the NFL. Owners enhance their team throughout the season by adding or dropping players in an attempt to score the most points each week. At the end of thirteen weeks, the teams with the best records qualify for a single-elimination playoff lasting three weeks. The champion is the winner of the playoff tournament, which is the main objective. Each owner chips in a small amount of money into a prize pool at the start of the season. The top teams split the money based on his or her playoff results.
These parameters are the most common, but there are many customizations, especially scoring rules.
Is fantasy football popular? You bet. Nearly 35 million people play fantasy football each year. League types include re-draft, keeper, dynasty and daily leagues.
Fantasy Football Draft
The scope of this article can’t possibly cover all of the variations and strategies involved, but in general, there are two main types of drafts.
- Snake or serpentine style draft. In this format, teams choose players in reverse order of the previous season’s results, starting with the team that finished last the prior year. Each owner takes turns picking a player. The previous champion picks last (in round 1). It’s called a “snake” draft because the order reverses every other round. In round two, the previous year champion picks first. Round one: 12th to 1st. Round 2: 1st to 12th. Round 3: 12th to 1st. This pattern repeats until all roster spots have been filled, which is about 17 or 18 rounds.
- Auction style. The auction style fantasy football draft gives each owner a fixed amount of fantasy dollars ($100, $200 or $300) in which to bid on players and build a roster. Just like an auction at an estate sale, players are nominated in no particular order, and each owner bids on the player. The team with the highest bid receives the player. Auctions are gaining in popularity over the last few years. This will be our 10th year under this format and I highly recommend it. Owners get the opportunity to pick any player he or she wants, as long as they’re willing to shell out the money for him.
There are many resources available online to help fantasy players prepare for the draft or auction. Many websites list rankings of players by position with projections forecasting how each player will produce for the season. Some sites offer a fantasy football mock draft that allows people to practice a draft against other participants. Fantasy football mock drafts are an excellent way to gauge the value of newcomers and rookies in particular.
One of the great appeals of fantasy football is the chance to be a general manager, in which participants can add new players with greater potential and drop underperforming players. Each league has a waiver period that allows teams to pick up free agents that are not currently owned in an attempt to better their roster. Owners can even make trades with other teams in the league. There’s a great deal of strategy and negotiation in this process.
Each week, owners are required to submit a starting lineup on the league website. Points are awarded only for players in the starting lineup. Starting lineups most commonly require one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a place-kicker, a defense and a flex position that can be a running, wide receiver or tight end although many variations exist across different leagues.