Something that I am just now figuring out is there are many types of Fantasy Football leagues. With only one season under my belt I assumed I had the gist of it all. After doing further research to help with the development of Trade Fantasy Football, I have uncovered an in-depth and complex world of sports fanatics that I don’t know if I will every truly understand. While my colleagues are working feverishly to provide our advanced readers with preseason team by team analysis I figured I’d keep pushing through the basics. If you are new to fantasy football knowing your league type is the first step into understand what you’ve signed up for. Below you will find a break out of a few of the most popular types of Fantasy Football Leagues.
Standard Draft Fantasy Football League
The most popular type of Fantasy Football league is the Standard Draft League. This begins by players selecting their individual players in a winding format. After the draft team owners select their lineup each week based of the number of players allowed per position.
Standard Head to Head Fantasy Football League
This leagues is generally started with a standard draft. Each week teams face off against each other and the highest scoring team is awarded with the win. The best records advance to the playoffs ultimately leading to a championship game.
Total Points Fantasy Football League
In a total points league wins and losses are not a factor. Total points scored determine the leagues rankings and they are accumulated week by week. The teams with the highest overall points advance to the playoffs.
Dynasty Fantasy Football League
This league type is for the ultimate fantasy football fanatics. To partake in a Dynasty League a commitment of multiple seasons is necessary. After the first season’s initial draft players remain on a team every season unless a player is traded or released. The only following drafts are for NFL rookies. This style of play allows for players to enjoy a more realistic experience of managing a team.
Auction Draft Fantasy Football League
This style of fantasy play is a little more challenging than a standard league. Each team owner is allocated a set amount of money to utilize in filling their rosters. An individual team owner bids on whomever they like and NFL players can end up on multiple teams. This style of auction works for both a Standard Head to Head and Total Points Leagues.
Survivor Fantasy Football League
Just like the popular TV show each week a team is voted out of the league. Well that’s not completely true. Each week the lowest scoring team is eliminated. This style of play can be combined with a variety of scorning types but works best as a Standard Draft League. The last team standing is crowned the champion.
IDP Fantasy Football League
This type of league utilized stats of Individual Defensive Players as opposed to an entire defense. This is fun for true football fanatics and does require more of a time commitment for additional research. If this is the league play you are opting for be sure to keep up with our on-staff IDP Expert.
Fantasy Football Keeper League
A hybrid of sorts between a Standard Draft League and a Dynasty League. Annually new players are drafted with the exception of a few players owners are allowed to keep from the previous season. This allows you to keep your big scorers so you already have a foundation for your team to build on.
Chances are if you are new to fantasy football your first season will be in a Standard Head to Head or Total Points League. These others are for the more serious and dedicated players. After getting the basics down the first year you may want to advance. Until then be sure to keep up with my weekly Beginner Fantasy Football blog that is dedicated to proving "rookie" information, insight, and tips. Stay tuned for my beginners draft guide that will be featured prior to draft day.
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.