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Fantasy Football and the High It Brings to Players

Updated on October 30, 2015

Fantasy football is a game where fans of the sport make use of their understanding of football to vie against one another in platforms related to the actual games and performances of pro football teams. The fantasy football player's goal is to choose which teams or players will have the best performances throughout the week. To be a successful fantasy football player, you must keep up to the regular National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association activities and make better choices than other players.

Football Fantasy Overview

Fantasy football players are called “owners.” An owner is a member of a categorically established rivalling league. Every one of these leagues earn fantasy points found on current data and stats from actual NFL games. The real life information that pro NFL athletes score is essential in establishing the fantasy football game winner. Owners fill a number of positions to form their own fantasy football teams. They can use real life players from the NFL and NCAA for these. A fantasy football team must include these positions:

  • Running back
  • Quarterback
  • Wide Receiver
  • Defense
  • Kicker
  • Tight End

Once the season ends, there will be a record of win-lose stats that will establish the league certifications or fantasy ranking which will then become playoff brackets.

Fantasy Football Leagues

With the help of impressive web progress came a surge in fascination with fantasy football. A multitude of information is likewise created to assist every owner from newbies to seasoned owners to successfully command their leagues. Here are five of the most widely used types of fantasy football leagues.

  • Standard Draft. This draft is the most preferred fantasy football league. It customarily starts with teams picking all their players in a snake-like design draft. Subsequently, owners establish their roster per week using the range of players per position permitted by the rules of the league. Head-to-head and total points are the two essential standard draft leagues for fantasy football. Head-to-head is when a team fights against various teams per week. Whoever acquires the most fantasy points becomes the weekly winner. At the end of every season, the teams with the greatest win-loss record will meet in the playoffs to determine the ultimate winner. Alternatively, total points don't monitor the win-loss record. Instead, the buildup of the teams' fantasy points is via a continual basis with ranking depending on the total points of the team. The teams that establish the highest fantasy points will advance to the playoffs.

  • Auction Draft. Just like standard draft, this league can implement the head-to-head or the total points system. The main difference is that the owners receive a preset amount of cash to buy players to occupy their lineup. Owners can place a bid on any athlete they like. This usually winds up individual players or free agents on multiple teams. If an owner either misspends or overspends on a single athlete, this may cause a problem because he won't have enough money to fill the other spots with premium players.

  • Dynasty Leagues. This league is designed for serious fantasy football owners and demands a dedication over numerous seasons. Following the preliminary draft in the dynasty's opening season, athletes stay on the same lineup from one season to another, except if they are let go or traded. Yearly, after the initial season, a draft is presented for just the rookies. This provides dynasty league owners to know and examine the skills of collegiate players. Furthermore, dynasty leagues give owners a more practical experience in owning a team as they have to consider how each deal impacts the future.

  • Keeper Leagues. This league is a fusion of standard and dynasty leagues. Every pre-season, the majority of the athletes are drafted. The owners can place a fixed number of players on their lineup from last season. Majority of the guidelines in this league permit a few players to be kept by each team per year.

  • Survivor Leagues. This fantasy football league can use any draft, although based on statistics they often work with a standard or auction form. Methods of scoring can fluctuate, too. What makes the survivor league distinctive is its scoring system. Whoever scores the least points per week will be removed for the rest of the season. This process gets harder and harder as weeks go by. The last team standing or the last survivor becomes the ultimate champion.

The Addictive Influence of Fantasy Football

There are lots of reasons why many people are into fantasy football. These reasons are compressed into the five categories below:

  • The sport itself – Majority of the fascination and continuous success of fantasy football stems from the love of the sport. This is the perfect avenue for football fans to release the buzz and excitement that the game gives them without playing in the field and potentially endangering their health. As the name implies, it's a fantasy—a dream. Any football enthusiast who wasn't able to participate in the game the usual way can experience the highs and lows associated with playing real football through fantasy football.

  • Beyond the game –Fantasy football also caters to people who enjoy the external elements of the game. These are the technical aspects of the game like coaching or managing a team. Obtaining game statistics, creating and acquiring valuable deals, and finding ways to maximize the potential of the team are some external elements that can excite a fantasy football player. The greatest “high” that fantasy football enthusiasts get is the brain work. It's the dealing, acquiring and mental workout that keeps the game fresh every season.

  • Camaraderie –The affinity and companionship that frustrated football players or player-wannabes experience through fantasy football contribute a great deal in making the game addictive. The kinship and love for all things football create the habit-forming fantasy game.

  • Control – When you play fantasy football, you have control over the game or at least a semblance of it. The game isn’t just designed to feed your fantasy, it's your fantasy itself. It lets you be the “mastermind” of your own dream team. This is a powerful pull that many people with addictive personalities can't deny.

  • Winning – Nothing can quite attract someone more than triumphing over other players. The strong desire to be on top is a compulsion that fantasy football players experience. The winning complex plays a huge role in enticing people to be swayed with the fantasy. Furthermore, the title “champion” and the bragging rights it brings is a potent and addictive ride that a lot of players crave for.

Winning Fantasy Football

Having basic familiarity with the value of football athletes isn't enough to win the game. The most effective way a player can plan his fantasy league draft is to focus on what’s happening in the off-season. Information on smashing athlete deals can be easily obtained. However, don't disregard the smaller deals. It's the result of smaller deals and just how effectively a fantasy football player interprets them can spell the difference between winning and losing the season. Search for players shifting from a back-up role to a starting spot, or possibly joining a system that far better matches the pro's abilities. Monitor players who may acquire or eliminate play time as a result of appearance or departure of free agents with the same playing position. Recognize also the athletes whose developments may have been improved by the systems they’ve played before.

In most cases in the past, free agents underperform in their first season although there are several exceptions. It's possible to discover great players by searching for skilled players who are stepping into systems that highlight their skills or boost their play time. Therefore, in order to get ahead of the competition, take note of what has been happening throughout the league on and off-season. Take into account that players move from one team to another and coaching adjustments may influence a player's game. Armed with this understanding, a fantasy football player can astutely grab a sweet steal during the draft while steering clear of the letdown of an athlete who does not meet expectations.

Fantasy Football in a Nutshell

Fantasy football is a game that stems from the love of the sport. Fantasy football players are called owners, and these owners have the ability to draft their own “dream team” via the real live stats and scores of NFL and NCAA athletes. There are several types of fantasy football drafts that an owner can join. Every draft has its own system and guidelines. Winning the fantasy football season isn't the only factor that makes the game addicting. Brain workout and external elements beyond the actual game play huge roles in the success of fantasy football. Friendship and affinity between football fans are powerful pulls, too. To win the game, a fantasy football owner must always be aware of football happenings, on and off-season. Being aware of football deals intensely helps in making a powerhouse fantasy football team.

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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I play Fantasy Football in Australia....it is a different game Rugby League but the same concept and is definitely addictive. Good hub, voted up.

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      Geri Mileff 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      @Jodah, thank you! Definitely true :)

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