Everything You Need to Know to Play Fantasy Football Written by Leslie M. Carlet – A Woman Addicted
There are more websites available for Fantasy Football, but the majority of people who play Fantasy Football use these websites. I have played Fantasy Football for years, ever since my husband tried out for a national football team. Needless to say, he did not make a team, but I thought it was time for me to understand the game and also know more about the players on the NFL teams. Fantasy Football has taught me both, and so much more.
Once you are on the website, you click “FANTASY & GAMES” then,
you can click “Register” and you will be instructed to register as a new user.
This leads to creating your account. You answer the simple questions about your name and address, email address, and select a password. All of the instructions are provided for you and you just follow the prompts to create an account.
Your own league can decide about the prizes and that is part of the fun. You could offer anything for a prize. It makes playing really exciting. For example, each member could throw in ten or twenty dollars prior to the start of the season, and this cash amount could be given to the winner at the end of the season. Or you could decide to offer prizes for the top 4 teams, and split the amount of money in varying amounts.
There are two options in leagues:
As a commissioner, your job responsibilities are outlined on the website. This role basically means you are in charge of your league. You inform people about the league and you monitor the Fantasy Football competition for your league.
Each league has the standard allowing 4-20 different teams.
Someone should make up a draft board with everyone’s selections so there is no confusion on who has been drafted. This can be recorded on cardboard and placed somewhere so it is helpful for everyone.
Then, the auction starts and people bid. The commissioner auctions off the player(s). The highest bidder in your league gets the draft pick. It might be $20 used in this example as the minimum bid suggested, or it might be way over $20. That money goes into the pot of money that is won by the winner(s) at the end of the season.
Usually, the draft order is determined by picking numbers out of a hat, but there are many different methods to do this. You decide.
If you go with picking numbers out of a hat, the person who gets ‘1’ picks first, and so on. You rotate through the numbers. The leagues I have played in always pick the draft order with numbers from a hat.
The draft order goes in order ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, and so on. And, then the draft continues for the next round, in descending order with the last number starting and going down to ‘1’. You follow this order until all the necessary players are drafted and the teams have full rosters of 16 players each.
If you want more information on who to draft, there are lists describing each player in the NFL, and the pros/cons concerning their football abilities and talents. These are summarized on various websites like www.espn.com. So, start reading and talking to other people. You will be a pro in no time!
These are the standard positions:1 quarterback
2 running backs
2 wide receivers
1 (running back/wide receiver)
1 tight end
1 defense (entire team defense)
7 bench players
A standard league has 16 players. However, the requirements in starting positions can vary, based on how the commissioner sets up the league. This means, the commissioner could allow a different combination of team members, within the 16 team players selected. I have always played with the standard 16 positions listed-above.