from the GSI archives...
What is fantasy football?
Simply put, fantasy football is when a person comprises a team of professional football players, and then gets a point value based on the performance of each athlete. The total amount of points that a team accumulates each week is then put up against the points of everyone else in the league. Whoever has the most points at the end of the season is declared the winner.
Now that you have the formal definition of fantasy football, lets get into what it really is. Fantasy football is a way in which men and women can test their projecting and management skills against each other on a weekly basis. These series’ of showdowns culminate with an ultimate winner being declared. Essentially you are a virtual General Manager that has control over every aspect of a team.
How do I get into a league?
There are multiple ways to get into a fantasy football league. The first, and most traditional method is to start a league with a bunch of friends. Get a group of them together, hold a draft, and then track your players as they either make you look like a genius, or have you squirming like you just heard Carl Lewis sing the National Anthem.
The second way of joining a league, which is becoming increasingly popular, is through the Internet. Many companies offer both free, and pay service, fantasy football leagues. What these companies do is bring together a group of people (that may not know each other) that all want to join a fantasy football league. They then put these people in a league together and let them compete against each other. If you want to get your friends together and start your own fantasy league, then many of these companies allow you to do that as well.
The benefit of doing your fantasy football league through one of these companies is that they will usually help you conduct your fantasy draft, and keep track of all the points. This allows everyone to not have to worry about calculating the points, and instead allows them to focus their attention on their team.
How does your team score points?
Each league is different, but the most common statistical categories in which a player can score points is yards, and touchdowns, and in the case of kickers and defense, field goals and turnovers. The more of each stat that your player accumulates, the more points he gets for your team. It’s that simple.
What is a draft?
A draft is a forum in which each person selects which players will be on their fantasy team. A draft can be held over the Internet or in person (depending on how your league chooses to run their league). Once the first person selects a player then the next person is up. Once a player is selected by a person (also called an “owner”), then that player is no longer available to be chosen by another team. This continues until each person in the league has selected a player. Once every person has selected a player, then the person who selected last gets to choose first the next round, and everyone drafts in reverse order (ex. It’ll go 1-10 in round 1 and then 10-1 in round 2). Once all the required positions are filled then the draft is over.
Here are some basic terms that you are likely to come across in the world of fantasy football:
• Owner: The person who runs/drafts a fantasy football team (the GM).
• Commissioner: The person who is the head of the fantasy league that usually sets the rules, and makes sure that everyone competes fair.
• Round: The order in which a player is selected in a fantasy draft.
• Trade: When an owner wants to exchange a player(s) to another team in exchange for player(s) on their team.
• Transaction: Adding, dropping, or trading a player.
• Waiver Wire: When a player is not drafted, or they are dropped from a team, they are put on the waiver wire. A player on the waiver wire is eligible to be picked up by any team.
• Team Name: A fictional name that an owner creates to designate the name of their team.