Thinking about giving fantasy football a try this season? Whether you are a casual or die hard fan, fantasy football will make each game more entertaining and give you a reason to watch more football (as if you needed a reason.) With a vested interest in a variety of players through out the NFL, almost every game becomes worth watching. With bragging rights at stake you can even partake in a little trash talking with your friends. As my role at the Rookie my job is to provide knowledge for beginners. In the very near future I plan to release my beginner fantasy football draft guide, but before we jump ahead, let’s get the basics down.
What is Fantasy Football?
Well if you have never heard of fantasy football the name could leave you to believe it’s a variety of strange things. Fantasy Football is not as strange as it sounds, it is a season long competition between football fans and fanatics. Each participant becomes a team manager and selects members from their team in a draft. Each week two teams line up head to head and compete using a variety of scoring methods based of their team member’s performance for that week.
How does Fantasy Football Scoring work?
There are a wide variety of leagues types and scoring methods. For complete details you will want to get with your league commissioner (the guy/gal who oversees the league.) Although each league varies slightly there are some basics you can get under your belt. In most leagues a touchdown results in six points to the scoring team player as well as the quarterback. Field goals usually count as three points for the kicker with some leagues awarding additional points for distance. The kicker also brings in additional points via successful extra points. Offensive player can also receive points based of yardage, whether it’s passing, receiving, or rushing. Loosing points on the offense is also possible via interceptions and fumbles. Defense scores based off sacks, defensive touchdowns, and turnovers. Again these are the basics of scoring in Fantasy Football, expect your league to vary.
How do you win in Fantasy Football?
The object is to outscore you direct competitor each week. Generally your fantasy football league will end with a playoff and championship game. The playoff is usually the top teams of each division and the championship game is the overall winner of each division. Fantasy Football playoffs do not coincide with the real NFL playoffs and he Super Bowl, they are generally played toward the end of the regular season.
Well that’s fantasy football 101 wrapped up in a few short paragraphs. With this information you should at least have your mind wrapped around the general concept. Still not a fantasy football expert? Not to worry, each week I will dive in further into the basics of fantasy football and have you ready to go before draft day. With my help maybe you can be dubbed “Rookie of the Year” in your league!
Web developer, marketer, and entrepreneur by trade - when approached with the project I was excited to be on board. The only problem, I don't know all that much about fantasy football. In my younger days I played Defensive Line in Europe but a background smashing heads doesn't really help with racking up fantasy football points. Last year was the first time I have even attempted to play FF. Learning the basics and doing research prior to the draft made me realize Trade Fantasy Football fills a void. My point of view as "The Rookie" may help other beginners. I imagine as time progresses my role as an "expert" will evolve...but until then feel free to learn along with me.