Are You Ready For Some (Fantasy) Football?
By Ted Peetz and Alex Prewitt (September 20, 2006)
My name is Ted Peetz. I’ve been playing Fantasy Football for nine years. I have one championship under my belt, and I’ve made the playoffs in six out of the nine years. I am a Fantasy Football champion.
My name is Alex Prewitt. I’ve been playing Fantasy Football for seven years. I have one championship to my name, but the last two years I’ve sucked, thanks to Deuce McCallister. Just wait until next year. I am aFfantasy Football junkie.
This is the first installment in a series about
Fantasy Football, the newest fad, nay, the biggest full-blown phenomenon
to hit the
In this specific issue we’ll introduce the basics of Fantasy Football, and hopefully by the end, you’ll sound like an expert and be winning championships in no time.
So what exactly is Fantasy Football? Well have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own squad? Have you ever been sitting at home watching the game, and you just knew that Bill Belichek should have gone for it on fourth down? Well my friend, this is the game for you.
Fantasy Football gives us the opportunity to become the coach, owner, and general manager of a personal football franchise. It gives all of the arm-chair jocks in us the chance to prove that we can do a better job managing and owning a team than does Dan Snyder. If it happens in pro football, you’ll be able to do it in your league: draft players, pick-up free agents, bench under-performing stars, analyze stats and read scouting reports. The game is designed to mirror real life football, and your mission is simple: build a team, dominate the competition, and win your league’s championship.
So why is Fantasy Football so popular? Why do 10 million people play Fantasy Football each year? Well, first of all, it’s one of the most fun and exhilarating things you can do in life. There’s nothing like trash-talking the rest of your league before the draft about how your team will smash the competition, then laughing at that one guy in your league on draft day who picks “T.J. Houshmanzilly.” Also, it’s really easy to play. I mean even Peter Campanelli understands it. Just find a league, pick a team, and you’re on your way. Plus, it’s addictive. Trust us. Play it once, you’ll be hooked.
Fantasy Football is not only big in the sports world,
but it has a large economic impact. According to a study, there is
an estimated economic impact of $1.5 billion in the industry and
about $4 billion of total economic impact. The World Championships
of Fantasy Football are held each year in
How To Play
Now that you have an idea about why Fantasy Football is so much fun, we’ll tell you how it works. The first thing you have to do is find a league to join. It could be a bunch of friends from work, school, or just a random group of people online. A plethora of sites have leagues you can play for free on, such as Yahoo!, ESPN, NfL.com, and CBS Sportsline.
Next, prepare for the draft. Familiarize yourself with players in the league, which guys are worth drafting, which ones are poised for a breakout season, and which players could potentially fail. Look up injuries, so you don’t take that one guy who tore his ACL in the preseason. Many fantasy players look at projections, magazines, or “cheat-sheets” for advice on who to draft.
The Draft: Most people consider this the single most fun day in Fantasy Football. Here’s your chance to start molding a championship-caliber team. The league draft can last anywhere from 12-25 rounds, so be ready for a long draft day. Be prepared, draft with confidence and enjoy.
For quick reference, here are a few Fantasy Football terms to be familiar with:
Add/Drop- The process of dropping a player and adding a free agent to replace him.
Bust- A highly-sought player in the preseason who fails to live up to his expectations
Cheat Sheets- Lists where players are ranked by position and desirability.
Free Agents- Players who are available. Any player not on a team roster is considered a free agent.
Serpentine Draft- A draft where the teams that pick early in the odd rounds pick late in the even rounds. For example, the team with the #1 overall pick would pick first in the first round, and last in the second round, but first in the third round.
Sleeper- A player who can be selected late in the draft, but who has the potential to have a “breakout” season.
Issue #2: Introducing the
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