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I kno this might seem like a dumb question to alot of you all.. but i keep hearing about fantasy football and people askgn who is better or who should I draft or something... so what is it. Call it what you want but I was told if I dont know something.. ask.. no matter how dumb it may seem ... So .. ne help!? What is it:) :) Thanks

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most fantasy leagues are set up like this- you 'draft' players in a specified order, just like an NFL draft. you draft, usually, 2 qb's, 4-5 wr's, 4-5 rb's, 2 defenses, one or two kickers, and one or two tight ends. each week during the nfl season, you have to play (this varies a little) one qb, 3 wr's, 2 rb's, one te, one d, and one kicker. depending on the match ups, you may alter your team as to who you 'play' and who you 'bench'. you score points based on how each player plays that week- you can get points for yards passed, rushed, received and td's scored. your d gets points for ints, sacks, etc. and the kicker gets points for fg's, distance of fgs and usually extra points. each week, you match up against a different player in your league. that about does it.

hope that helps!

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Fantasy football is....well....fantasy football.

The last free one is yahoo


You're the GM

You have a team

In order to get players on your team there's either an live draft. You have 1 pick per round and you use them to try and pick the top scorers in the NFL.

Or there's an auto pick draft, where you rank the top players of the NFL and the computer picks according to your rankings.

Each week you go up against another team in your league.

Depending on how well the players you picked do in real life, determines how many points you score. Like if Ricky Williams runs for 110 yards, recieves for 100, and scores 3 tds, you may get like 40 points. But if he runs for 20 yards and doesn't score at all, you may get no points and will have to depend on the rest of your team to pick up the slack. That's why you have to choose your players wisely.

Got it?

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Here's a good link that explains it. Sorry if it's a little long...


What is Fantasy Football?

Jody Madron / Special to FOXSports.com

Posted: 20 hours ago

Fantasy sports — and fantasy football in particular — has seen an enormous growth in popularity over the past five years. During that time, it's likely that you've heard some of your friends, co-workers and neighbors talk about their "fantasy" football teams ... but, truth be told, you really weren't sure what it was all about.

But even though you weren't exactly sure how their game was played... the fact that they seemed to have so much fun on Sundays has made you curious. So now it's time to learn just what fantasy football is all about and how easy— and fun — it can be to play.

1. What is "fantasy football" and how does it work?

In its simplest form, the idea of "fantasy sports" is no different than any other game or contest that involves testing your knowledge against a group of friends. Fantasy sports was born a little over 20 years ago when a group of baseball fans took the age-old argument — "I know more about the game than you do" — to a higher level.

Fantasy football has become the most popular of all fantasy sports in recent years in large part because of the simple fact that it's a very easy game to play. A group of friends — known as team "owners" — get together at the beginning of the football season and select a roster of NFL players with the idea of putting together the team that puts up the best statistics each week.

Part of the appeal of fantasy football is its widely popular "head-to-head" format that allows owners to compete against a single opponent each week. So it's possible for you to prove your superiority each and every week against a different friend or co-worker.

2. Who would I play against and how would we select players?

"Traditional" fantasy football leagues involve a group of players - typically friends, relatives or co-workers - who all know each other and can discuss their successes and failures with each other every week.

But fantasy football is also a game that can easily be played online with a group of fellow football fans that you've never met. Leagues can be as large or small as you'd like. Generally, leagues for beginners have approximately 8-10 teams, but a league can be formed with just a handful of teams ... or with a large group of 20 or more owners.

Regardless of how a league is formed, player selection is usually the most important part of the season. In those cases where geography - and busy schedules - will allow, teams can be selected in person via a "draft", typically held at an owner's house, restaurant or some other venue capable of hosting a meeting.

Online leagues — or leagues where the owners are simply unable to get together in person - hold their drafts via the Internet. Over the past few years, technology has allowed the interfaces for online drafts to become much more user-friendly, meaning that beginners and experts alike can easily select an entire team in a short period of time.

3. How can we tell who "wins" and how do our players score points for our teams?

Points are scored in fantasy football in a variety of ways. Scoring categories may vary from league to league but in the majority of leagues players are rewarded for both the points they score on the field as well as the yards they gain for their team during the course of a game.

For example, your league may reward running backs six points for each touchdown they score (just like in "real" football!) as well as one point for each ten rushing yards they produce during a game.

Depending upon how your league is set up, you'll likely be asked to select a group of "starters" each week from your active roster. And just like an NFL team, you'll likely have to select a quarterback, 1-2 running backs, 2-3 receivers, etc.

The head-to-head aspect of fantasy football means that your team's points will be matched up against the points of your scheduled opponent for that week... and the team who puts up the most points, obviously, will be awarded the victory.

4. How much work will I have to do to manage my team each week?

The answer to this question depends in large part on just how competitive your league is. But, generally speaking, you'll at least want to skim the NFL news once or twice per week to see if any of your players are injured, about to lose their job, etc.

And you'll need to go in and select a starting lineup once each week some time prior to kickoff of the first NFL game.

In the simplest leagues you can spend as little as 5-10 minutes per week on your team, while in highly competitive leagues you can spend hours scanning the waiver wire, making trade proposals and speculating as to how your players will perform in the coming week.

5. Does fantasy football last for the entire NFL season? And is there a "Super Bowl" that my team will play in?

Most leagues have a "regular season" that runs approximately 12-14 weeks. After that, the top teams move on to the playoffs for your league where, eventually, a champion will be crowned.

Those fantasy football players who play online - in many cases — have the opportunity to not only compete in their own local league, but also can see how their team stacks up with other teams from around the world

6. How much does it cost to play fantasy football ... and do I have to play for money?

You don't have to play fantasy football for money, although having a prize of some kind for the league champion generally makes things a bit more fun. Some leagues play just for fun, while others ask owners to each chip in a modest amount — say, $50 to $100 — per team with prizes awarded at the end of the year for the league's top finishers.

Using an online service to keep track of your league's statistics and standings can also be a modest expense — around $100 per league — although there are a number of free sites available that are willing to manage your league's record-keeping at no cost.


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Yesterday on Sportscenter, I heard that in a recent study, fantasy football players on average think about their fantasy team 4 to 8 hours per day (more than anything else in their lives). Not sure if that's true or not but it shows you how serious some people take it.

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Take it from an expert. Don't get involved. Run....run now...as fast as you can. Get away. It will ruin your life. It consumes your life. Not only that, you find yourself tuning in to watch the Cardinals play the Bengals in a meaningless December game only because you have Corey Dillon as your RB and you need 6 points to pull ahead of your opponent....and all normal people are watching the Chiefs and Broncos (or some other important game with playoff implications).

...hate to admit it, but my brother and I actually worked a trade at my uncles' funeral...while we were carrying the casket to the gravesite....sad, but true.

In case you are interested...I picked up Curtis Martin (in his rookie year) and it helped me go on to win the Super Bowl.

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Originally posted by SkinsFan589

Yesterday on Sportscenter, I heard that in a recent study, fantasy football players on average think about their fantasy team 4 to 8 hours per day (more than anything else in their lives). Not sure if that's true or not but it shows you how serious some people take it.

I'm closer to the 8 hours per day now. Once the draft passes I'll probably go down to 4 hours.

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Originally posted by TD_washingtonredskins

Fantasy Football is a sport sent down from heaven. It's splendid.

I think the NFL owes a lot of it's popularity to fantasy Football. I have been playing for about 3 years now and I still suck at it :mad: But, I have a feeling it's going to change this year :fingersx:

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It can consume your life. I have been playing football and baseball for at least 10 years and there was a time when I was ridiculous with the time and effort I was spending. It took a couple years, but I now just set the teams (usually 2 to 4 of them) and check back Sunday night and see what happens. It gets to the point with 4 teams you can't keep track of who you have for every game so it really doesn't matter.

I just watch the Skins play and this year I hope we will be able to enjoy that! :logo: :pint:

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Originally posted by SkinsFan589

Yesterday on Sportscenter, I heard that in a recent study, fantasy football players on average think about their fantasy team 4 to 8 hours per day (more than anything else in their lives). Not sure if that's true or not but it shows you how serious some people take it.

That number sounds a little low for me!! I am addicted to Fantasy Football! :laugh:

Join a league and you will never look at Football the same!

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