An Easy Introduction to Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is a skill-based game played by football fans where they get to be the grand manager, owner, and coach of their own imagined football team, played with real professional NFL players. Fantasy players use information, skills, and expert knowledge the sport to win. Fans, or participants, pick their players by draft or an auction process. Scoring in fantasy football is based firmly on the chosen categories and point modifiers agreed upon by the participants. The fantasy player to win the games will be the one whose selected athletes or team earn the highest points and give the most outstanding performances in the weekly games.

During the draft, team owners take turns choosing players that will complete their fantasy team. When the draft is over, you are able to choose your starters and extra players to fill in the positions in your lineup.  Once a player has been chosen and drafted in a team, he is no longer available to be drafted by the other teams. You will also take the role of the coach, and set your lineup by picking which of your players will play or be left on the bench.  Those players you start will be the one to earn you points based on their performance for that week.

Are all fantasy football games the same?

Games in fantasy sports vary in objectives and structures, as well as the required time commitment of the chosen competition. The gaming community of fantasy football has four different styles of games.

Pick E’m – Team owners chose the winner of every game on the NFL schedule using advance or straight-up scoring options, such as the point-spread or confidence points.

Salary Cap – Every football player is assigned a price value. Participants choose players from the player pool and must field a complete lineup while following to the salary cap.

Simulation Game – Using their role as the (GM) general manager, participants will assemble their teams within their salary cap. There will be no drafts. The game will focus on making the perfect fantasy team and being the coach. They will pick the offensive set and choose many defensive philosophies to move their way through injuries to the title run.

Full Fantasy – This style requires the highest time commitment. Participants draft their team from a player pool.  Players can only appear once in a team and during the games they can make adjustments to their rosters by free agency waivers en route to the play offs, trades, and championship game.

Who plays fantasy football?

There are approximately 15 million fantasy sports players in the world, and 65% of these are playing fantasy football. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) the average fantasy player is male somewhere in his late thirties, has a bachelor’s degree, a white-collar job, and earns around $75,000 a year.  Of the fantasy players in total, 92% are male and 77% are married, 86% own their own homes, 71% have a bachelor degree, 92% have attended college, and 59% make over $50,000 annually.

Who started fantasy football? 

Some baseballs fans believe that fantasy football was started with the Rotisserie Baseball craze in 1979, by Dan Okrent and his friends at La Rotisserie Francaise but this isn’t so.  Fantasy football actually begun much earlier.

Wilfred “Bill” Winkenbach, Bill Tunnel, and Scotty Sterling founded fantasy football in 1963.  Bill Winkenbach was a partner of the Oakland Raiders, Sterling was a sports writer for Oakland Tribune, and Bill Tunnell was the former public relations manager of the Oakland Raiders.  It was a rainy October night when the founding fathers checked in the Milford Plaza Hotel. While drinking cocktails and relaxing during the 16-day East Coast road trip, they began coming up for the rules to the game.  The guys created a set of rules in which one could draft skill players from professional teams and play games on a weekly basis against friends or family.

They called their league the GOPPPL, or The Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League.  After a year four more players joined the league, bring  a total of eight team owners together.  The first draft was held in the basement of Winkenbach’s home. Playoff dinners, and drafts held during the season to award prizes to winners, were held at local restaurants. The only requirement one needed to join in the games, was to either have a journalistic capacity with professional football or have held ten season tickets for the Raiders.

The game did not become popular when it first started, and it spread slowly because of the problems with scoring. Now, computers make every calculation easier and software programs have been invented specifically for the game.

Finally, the internet has given players the luxury to take the sport in their individual homes. This hobby has become a moneymaking enterprise. Fantasy football come a long way and is now a big time business.

Now let’s look at Fantasy Football at a Glance