Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fairytale Football - Freshman Year

Settle down kids. Welcome back from summer vacation. Please turn to page 7 in your textbooks.
I am going to assume that all of you at least understand the CONCEPT of the game of FF (for you laymen, Fantasy Football). In short, each "player" fields a "team" made up of various skill position players (i.e. QB, WR, RB, TE, K). To top it off, you field an entire defensive squad, such as the Baltimore Ravens team defense. Each week, depending on the rules of your league, you play you weekly roster (typical = 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 DEF), and receive points based on their play. Standard leagues base points as such...

As you can see, you can also LOSE points if you team's player underperformed. Additionally, standard leagues allow a number of "bench" roster spots, which can used for any number of positions.

How do you pick your players? Many leagues vary from in-person drafts involving large amounts of beers, pizza, and herbs, online drafts which makes is easy for leagues which have players from all over the world, or one can have an automated draft through an online league, such as Yahoo! or ESPN. More on that later...
Finally, once your league is created, typically each team plays another team, head 2 head, on a rotating schedule. Each week, you win, lose, or tie you opponent, and that record is applied to the overall standings.
A usual fantasy schedule involves weeks 1-12/13, then playoffs during weeks 13-15. Notice that Week 16 is not included. That takes into account "slop time" most playoff teams enact, resting their star players before the playoffs.

So there you it. The basics of FF. Today's class was only meant for those that have recently fallen off the turnip truck and ride the short bus to school. Tomorrow's class will details the various draft strategies and transactions througout the year.
Miss Moynahan.......can you please see me after class......

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