This is a great article for those wanting to learn more about how to play fantasy football. Learn all about leagues, scoring variations, the draft, and much more!
Fantasy Football for Beginners | Fantasy Football Aid
There’s tons of information out there. It can be overwhelming. I’m going to touch on variations in fantasy football leagues, critical draft strategy and a few tips to aid beginners through the season. If you haven’t read our articles what is fantasy football and how to play fantasy football, please do so first. Otherwise, enjoy the valuable fantasy football advice for beginners from FantasyFootballAid.com.
Fantasy Football leagues
The number of league options is insane. What the heck is PPR, Dynasty, and re-draft?
Re-draft leagues – A redraft league is extremely common. All rosters are reset every year and all players are eligible for draft.
Keeper Leagues – In a keeper style, one or two players are designated as a player to retain the following year. In other words, no one else can draft them, you can keep them. In the tradition snake style draft, you have the option to forfeit the round the player is drafted in (or sometimes round minus one). For example, if you selected Josh Gordon in the 11th round, he can be designated as a keeper player by forfeiting your 10th round pick in the current draft. In our auction league, we allow teams to keep one player, but the value of that player is last year’s auction price + $10.
Dynasty leagues – dynasty fantasy football is a league format where part or a team’s entire roster is kept for the following season. Instead of drafting an entirely new roster each year, only free agents and rookies are drafted.
Daily leagues – In a daily league, rosters reset every week. Players usually have a dollar value and owners must create a starting lineup while remaining within a preset cap of money. It’s like having a brand new draft every week. FanDuel, DraftStreet and DraftKings are popular daily leagues.
This is a great resource for Fantasy Football beginners. They answer several questions, give great examples, as well as tips to help you get started.
MORE Fantasy Football Draft FAQs for Beginners | The Snap
Considering the season has started and this is a really popular topic, we’re going to answer some more fantasy football questions for beginners. If you missed our original post on this, here it is. Knock yourself out.
1. I really don’t understand fantasy football. Can you explain how fantasy football works?
Don’t know about you, but my motto is: When in doubt, Google it. In this case, Google has a pretty good basic definition of fantasy football – “a competition in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a league and score points according to the actual performance of their players.”
Most everything fantasy mimics how things work in the NFL (I’m about get pretty detailed here and describe fantasy football at the most basic level, so feel free to skip ahead to the next question if you aren’t completely new to the concept.)
– You join a fantasy league to compete against other fantasy teams. A league means there are usually 9 or 11 other people with teams of their own competing against you. Within a league, everyone follows the same rules and everyone selects from the same pool of players.
– You select players that are currently in the league to be on your fantasy team. You acquire them through a draft (or if you are in a “keeper” league, they roll forward each year). Just as people can’t be in two places at once, players can only be on one team at any given time.