Fantasy Football: The Basics for Beginners

May 17, 2020

Fantasy football is a competition where participants can act as managers of professional football teams. They select their team by participating in a draft where all relevant national football league players are available. It began in 1962 after Bill Winkenbach, and his group of friends created their first fantasy football league, dubbed the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League, in a New York City hotel. Altogether, they drafted eight teams. At first, the league was private, and only its members were aware that fantasy football existed. Still, in 1969, Andy Mousalimas, one of the members, told some patrons at a sports bar about it, and the patrons were interested. Soon enough, several other leagues were formed.

How to play Fantasy football league

To play fantasy football, first, you have to join a league that can be either public and free for everyone or private where an invitation is required for you to lay. Each league has its own rules and guidelines, and as such, the league you select is of importance. A league should also fit into your time and commitment, promoting your dedication since non-committed participants mean there is no strong competition, which is more of a bummer since the purpose of participating in fantasy football is to compete. After that, you should draft your players and later pre- rank them depending on your preferences.

Successful drafting means you can now build your fantasy football team and will be in a position to compete come the NFL season actively. Your starting team should consist of 11 players there being one goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders or two forwards. Midfielders can also be three if you decide to pick three forwards instead. Squad- based games allow one to choose the first 11 as well as a set of substitutes. As the real teams face each other, so will the fantasy teams in the league. The actual stats of the players are converted into fantasy points by your league provider after which the team that scores the most points wins the game for the week. Depending on the league you are in, being a winner might mean winning some cash or just getting bragging rights. At the end of the fantasy season, the top teams take part in an elimination tournament to decide the league champion. Again, the price the league champion wins depends on your league.

Daily, Dynasty and Seasonal Football League

Fantasy football is grouped into different categories wherein daily fantasy football; competitions are conducted over short periods, which may be daily or weekly. In dynasty fantasy football, one can retain most if not all of the players chosen from year to year, which creates a stronger sense of team ownership. Seasonal or traditional fantasy football involves the competition running for an entire football season. A league can be either small, having eight teams, medium, which is the most common size having 10-12 teams, or large, where teams can range from 14 to 16.

Fantasy football growth

Fantasy football is a growing industry, which as per the fantasy sports trade association (2017) has a net worth of 7 billion a year in the United States and Canada alone, where it has around 59 million players. Two well-established fee structures are common in the fantasy football community. These are the one-time entry fees, which more or less speaks for itself, and the transaction-based fees, where each owner’s fees will depend on the number and type of their player transactions. Transaction fees seem small, but throughout an entire season, they amount to a hefty amount of cash.