If you haven’t been caught up in the fantasy football frenzy, you still have a chance to play ball as the NFL (National Football League) is set to start on September 10th, 2021. This coming season will be the 102nd edition of America’s favorite pastime, and we can anticipate the usual jaw-dropping touchdowns, gravity-defying passes, brutal tackles, and much more. Let’s take a look at the things you need to know about fantasy football.
With the NFL just around the corner, it would be an excellent idea for you, the die-hard football fan, to take your passion up a notch and join a fantasy football league. You can test your impeccable football know-how and tactical decision-making against your friends and family or even total strangers. By using your today football match prediction skills, you can guess which players to draft and manage. The icing on the cake is if you emerge the winner at the end of the fantasy football season, you might be laughing all the way to the bank.
If you have ever entertained notions of team ownership and the satisfaction of seeing your deeply thought football strategies come to fruition, then fantasy football is for you. You will begin each season by drafting a roster of players who will be your virtual dream team. Then as the season progresses, you will earn points depending on the performance of the actual players in real-world games. Of course, points’ scoring depends on the league you join, so you need to pore over these details before you decide to join any league.
Types of leagues
One way of classifying leagues is by player retention.
- Redraft league. In redraft leagues, you select a new roster every season and cannot retain any player. It is the most common type of league.
- Keepers league. You can keep a few players into the next season. The number of retained players varies depending on the particular league. The players you keep can’t be drafted by anyone else.
- Dynasty league. You keep your entire roster from season to season. You only make changes to your team by making trades.
Types of drafts
Before the fantasy league season starts, you have to constitute your team through drafting. There are three types of drafts.
- Usually common in online leagues and, as the name suggests, involve letting the system allocate all the team members in a particular league.
- Serpentine/snake draft. Members of the league are assigned a drafting order. Then they each pick a player in that order. After everyone picks a player, the order is reversed in the next round (in a league with twelve teams 1 to 12, 12 to 1, 1 to 12…)
- Auction or salary cap draft. Gives all participant equal chance to draft a player. Each team owner starts with a fixed amount to spend for the draft. If a player’s name is floated, the team owner who pays the most for him drafts him. The amount you pay is subtracted from your balance.
Different formats are used to pick the winner of the fantasy football league.
- Rotisserie. In this type of league, there are points for various predetermined categories of statistics like touchdown passes and so on. The squad with the highest combined points total is declared the winner of the league.
- Head-to-head. Two team owners play against each other every week, and the winner is awarded points. At the end of the fantasy football regular season, the teams with the most points advance to the play-offs. They play in a knock-out format until the final, where the winner takes the league title.
- Best Ball. This is the least demanding league of all as there you do not have to make trades or decide starting line ups. Each week, the system automatically updates your players with the highest scores. The team owner with the highest points at the end of the fantasy football season wins.
How to make trades
As the season progresses, you might note that some players have lost their form or have gotten injuries. You may also want to draft a long-coveted player or a promising young player. Fantasy football has a provision for you to steer your ship back on course by making trades.
You can drop a player and replace him from the free agents’ pool. Free agents are players who are yet to be drafted by any team owner.
You can also use the waiver wire. In most leagues, once a team owner drops a player, the player has to go through a waiver period of two to three days. This period gives other team owners adequate notice that the released player is back in the market. In some leagues, waiver priority is usually determined at the beginning of the season, so the team owner with the highest waiver priority has the first choice. Once they pick a player through the waiver, they drop to the bottom of the waiver priority list
After that crash course in fantasy football, you can look for leagues to join either online or through your friends and family.