In the past I have heard girls complain about their man’s obsession with Fantasy Football. I used to listen and say, “It is just his pathetic way of pretending that he could actually manage a real football team.” I can now say that I have drunk the coolaid. I am a Fantasy Football addict. If there were support groups for Fantasy Football I would join, probably because I would want another excuse to talk about Fantasy Football. I will talk to anyone who is willing to listen about my weekly line-up and the disappoint that is Chris Johnson.
I can’t leave the house on Sundays because I might miss a moment of the games. I watch games on my computer (I am two seconds away from caving and buying the stupid NFL Network pass), simultaneously on the television(flipping between games on different networks), and I check my stats for Fantasy on my phone. I say up late at night changing my line-up and looking for that undrafted rookie who is about to have the best week of his life. I comb through many websites looking for fantasy advice. And I admittedly almost bought Redskins underwear because my quarterback is Robert Griffin III.
But all of this hard work has paid off. In the first month of Fantasy, I haven’t lost yet. I am a little scarred of what will happen if I do lose. I have prearranged with friend to be picked-up from the bar in event of a loss. I envision I will be drunkenly alone ranting about if only I’d played Johnson. The bright side of my new addiction is that I can now explain to others what Fantasy Football is and how to play.
What is Fantasy Football?
Fantasy Football is a game that played on sites like ESPN or Yahoo. A group of people(usually friends/co-workers) create a league together. Each person creates their own team. Team names usually involve some sort of reference to sexual references + a player’s name. An example being Mile’s High Club after the player Dallas Cowboy player Miles Austin. To start the season off there is a draft. The draft is much like the real NFL Draft with all the teams vying for the top players. The big is that usually running backs go first (I’ll explain later why this is). Another difference is that the players you are drafting already play for NFL teams. Everyone fills their rooster with 16 players that usually breaks down the following way: 2 quarterbacks, 5 running backs, 5 wide receivers, 2 tight ends, 1 defensive strategy, and 1 kicker. Each week you will start 8 players and one defensive strategy. Starting a player means you will get points out of what they do.
How Do You Play?
Each week the computer will match your team up against another persons team in the league. It is your goal to get more points than your opponent. Points are calculated differently depending on league settings. But in general you get points for yards. The reason running backs are so important to fantasy is that they are usually rushing the ball down the field which means they get a lot of yards. The more yards they run, the more points for you. This is not to say that touchdowns don’t matter but they are not essential for you to win. I have gotten the most points out of RG3 when the Redskins lost to the Rams.
The biggest decision you will make each week is who to start. Choosing a start lining up is difficult because you don’t know what the real team is thinking. For instance I choose to start Chargers’ running back Ryan Mathews who is returning from an injury, the only problem is that the Chargers didn’t start Mathews. Therefore my points were limited because he only played in the 4th quarter. It is also difficult because you never know when someone is going to have a stellar week or a horrible week. This is where keeping up with the Fantasy trades helps. You need to know what the other teams defense is like and if they are giving up many yards to offenses.