To start out, let’s explain what we mean by fantasy football, because it’s a term that’s used quite interchangeably. Most people think of American football when they think of fantasy football, mostly because this is the sport that is considered to have given rise to fantasy sports and leagues (it was actually baseball).
But fantasy football can also refer to the game of soccer, and it’s seen a fairly big increase in popularity in recent years. It’s easy to get started with and can be a fun and rewarding hobby for anyone that has a deep love of football.
How To Get Started With Drafting
Drafting is the first step that a fantasy football manager will have to take as they begin their journey. When a part of a larger group or organisation, there will almost always be some kind of ruleset or structure to it, and it’s generally very easy to follow.
The manager is given a bankroll which is often pre-determined before they get it. There can be different rules when it comes to the various fantasy football games available, so it’s always worth checking up on these rules before drafting. Managers will have a number of top players to choose from – usually between 3 and 5 – and can arrange their offence or defence based on that.
Managers are able to transfer their players as many times as they would like to up until the beginning of the season. Once the season has started, there will usually be some limits on how many transfers are allowed to occur during the course of the season.
Some groups or sites will allow their managers an unlimited number of transfers during the season, but this usually comes with some kind of price, such as having points removed from the manager’s over score. There are some crossovers between this and some types of gambling; but just like choosing a horse to wager on or getting the guess correct in online roulette, it’s often about timing, background research, and common sense.
Earning The Points
The main goal of fantasy football is to earn as many points as possible. Although the scoring can vary, there are generally a few common ways that a manager can earn points for themselves. This can include just participating in a game, scoring goals, maintaining clean logging habits, penalty saves, and many others. Just as it’s possible to earn points, it’s also possible to lose them. Bad sportsmanship, penalty misses, conceded goals, and any cards will mean that points will be deducted.
Most managers will create their own teams and will often join a league. A league may consist of many different managers, and each will be in competition with the other. Whichever manager has the most points by the time the season has come to an end will earn the title of winner plus any potential rewards. Public leagues are where most managers start, but many will eventually create their own private league.