Happy Monday ya’ll!
I’m one of those girls who just LOVE football. And I’ll be honest, it hasn’t always been like that. Besides the fact I found myself in love with a football player (Starting O-line all throughout high school!), I became a diehard football fan by playing fantasy football. If your man friend loves football or you’re competitive by nature and just want to learn to play, I’ve decided to break it down today:
Fantasy Football is a game where you create your own team from players throughout the NFL. You get to create a “fantasy” team by picking the best players from all the football teams for your own team.
There are tons of free fantasy leagues everywhere and I personally have experience with Yahoo Fantasy Football. It’s super simple to sign up and all you need is a gmail or yahoo account.
If you get an invite to a league, usually you just create a team and get ready for the draft. If you want to be a commissioner (to run the league), there’s a little bit more work so I’d recommend not commissioning until you’ve participated in one league.
The draft is when you pick the players. The commissioner sets a day and time and one by one, all the teams (each person in the fantasy league) will pick football players in a predetermined order. Most drafts happen online where all you need to is is log into your league and do the draft there. In an online draft, there’s usually a draft center that opens a half hour to an hour before and you can set up a “queue” of the players you want. If possible, I recommend participating in the online live draft! It's fun to watch the players disappear off the list and feel like you're building a team (even if you're just pulling the players from the ranking list. More on that below.)
Everyone has their own method of picking the best team. But if you’re thinking “I have no idea who anyone is in football!” don’t fear! There’s usually a list of draft pre-rankings that tell you in what order ALL the players are usually drafted (meaning they're ranked based on how many points they'll give you!). Overall, if you aren’t able to make the draft or you just want to see how it works for the first time, Autodraft is a safe bet. What autodraft will do is pick your players based on their ranking and based on your position in the draft. Usually that means you’ll end up with at least 3-4 awesome players without even having to do anything! The computer does all the hard work.
But if you do want to pick your own players, I recommend getting a few good Runningbacks first (RB) and a good Quarterback (QB). Those two positions will usually give you the most points. Defense and Kickers usually don't give you much.
The nice thing is that after the draft, the website does most of the work for you. Your players will gain you points just based on doing what they do for a living! The main idea is that you rotate out players who aren’t going to make you points. With the starters in your line-up (your line-up is all the players on your team), you’ll also get a bench of players (players on your team but don’t score you points because you didn’t put them in the game). Rotate your bench players into your starting line up if one of your starters has a bye week (if the player’s team isn’t playing that week), if a player get injured or if they’re not getting you any points! Usually this just involves dragging and dropping players in your line-up.
The only caveat is that you can’t move players in the line-up once their team’s game has started. So I recommend you check your line-up every Wednesday (later in the season, Thursday games mark the beginning of games for the week). Check bye weeks, injuries, things like that.
The higher the points, the better you’re doing. Download the app on your phone and follow along with all the games weekly. Learn to cheer on your quarterback and soon you’ll find yourself invested in the games too! The nice thing about fantasy football is that you’ll end up cheering for a lot of players on different teams. You'll know their names!
There’s probably much more to say about Fantasy Football but I didn’t want to overwhelm those of you who are new to fantasy. Are you still with me? I promise it’s so much easier than it seems! And it's perfect for you other competitive spirits out there 😉
If you're still lost on what in the world Football is, I'm happy to report that I'll be starting a brief weekly feature called Men Decoded: Football, where I'm planning on sharing some of my football knowledge! I'll be covering the basics of Football, how to watch a game and even how to recognize the penalties. I know there are plenty of women in the world who love football (me included) so don't take offense if you know all of this, I just want other women to know football isn't just for men! 🙂 (Also if there are ANY men reading my blog, feel free to chime in anytime!)
As if you need more reason to get excited for this season, here’s my Football eye candy for the week:
So you can still sign up for Fantasy Football until the regular season starts which is Sept 5, 2012 for the 2012-2013 season. I thought I’d offer to run a fantasy football league if any of you are interested in giving it a try! If we have at least 8 teams (8 people, 1 being me), we can give it our own go! I’m already in 2 leagues so I won’t be offended if there’s no one interested this year, I promise. 🙂 Just leave your e-mail in a comment if you're interested.