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Fantasy Football help?

Asked by Dr_C (14339points) August 11th, 2009

I’ve signed up for a public league on’s fantasy football league…. i’ve never played and apparently our “draft” was automates (some of my players i’m very excited about). I HAVE NO IDEA how one plays fantasy football and would like any tips and pointers to help make this a fun and successful season.

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Bri_L's avatar

Each week you look at the numbers and how your players are doing.

Make sure none of them are injured or might not play.

Make sure none of the players are on teams that have a bye week.

Look at your roster. Are there any players that don’t have very high points? Then check the undrafted ones. Usually you can sort by various stats. Would it benifit you to trade them?

It is lots of fun in my book. What is the great equalizer is the automated draft. Good luck!

marinelife's avatar

I have only played fantasy baseball, but the principles are the same.

You accumulate points from your player’s stats. it gets weird on Sunday on who to root for if you palyers on teams playing each other.

I agree with Bri_L. It’s great fun.

I am so happy it is almost football season again!

Dr_C's avatar

I’ve been in Limbo since January…. i was ACHING for football season to start again. Now i can go Charger’s crazy and not look completely insane! (and i finally have an excuse to have my dogs wear their charger’s jerseys).

whatthefluther's avatar

Select which players you activate for Sunday based on the team they are matched up against. Look at historical data (does player x typically score a lot of points against a particular team). Consider who is currently hot. If you have a place kicker whose team can’t score TDs but gets a lot of FGs, play him. The decision of whom to play depends heavily on your points structure. For example, if bonus points are awarded if a quarterback rushes for a TD, you might play a rushing QB ahead of another QB with more passing TDs.

ragingloli's avatar

a good goal keeper is important.

Bri_L's avatar

@Dr_C – I am with you on crazy for football except for the team. I am a Packer fan born and raised. I don’t consider it a religion like some and Favre isn’t my saint. But I was stead fast through the 80’s.

Ivan's avatar

The concept is simple. Choose which players you want to “start” and which players you want to “bench”. You accumulate points based on how well your starting players play in real life.

Since it’s an automated draft, you might have some crappy players. I would check out the free agent list in your league to see if there are any available players that are better than the ones you have. If so, just add them and drop the bad players. Running Back is usually considered to be the most important position in fantasy football, but having a good solid Quarterback is also important. Kickers and Defenses (if your league implements them) are nothing to worry about. The league’s best kicker might only score 1 point better than the league’s worst kicker on average. The same is true for Defense. Just make sure that you have a kicker that actually starts, and you should be fine.

Other than that, the key is to just choose the best starting line-up each week, pick of free agents and make trades for positions you need, and make sure none of your starters are injured or on their bye week.

Bri_L's avatar

@Ivan – Excellent points I forgot to mention!!!!

“Running Back is usually considered to be the most important position in fantasy football, but having a good solid Quarterback is also important.”

Kiev749's avatar

also, check who your players are playing that week. If you have an average running back going up against a team that can’t stop the run, start him. if you have players that are playing against lockdown defensive teams, sit them. PLAY TO THE STRENGTH OF SCHEDULES.

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