Monday, August 29, 2011

Fantasy Football


Fantasy football allows a lot of football fans to have their ultimate fantasy job – own, manage and coach a professional football team.   Just like a NFL general manager, you get to draft the players that you want and trade them throughout the season.  You also get to put on your coaches hat and select your starters each week. 

Most fantasy football leagues are set up so you draft a quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, kicker and one team’s defense.  Some leagues use individual defense players (IDPs) instead of team defenses.  Scoring is based on how your players perform in their actual games.  You will get points when one of your players completes a positive action such as scoring a touchdown or sacking.  You will lose points when a player does something negative like throws an interception.  (See the complete list of scoring opportunities.) 

You can try out fantasy football by playing in the Heels & Helmets fantasy football league on NFL.com.  The team rosters will include: 1 Quarterback; 2 Running Backs; 3 Wide Receivers; 1 Tight End; 1 Kicker; 1 Defensive Team; and 6 Bench players.  We are using the NFL managed scoring setting.  There is not a fee to participate.  Just register using the password redzone. 

When drafting players for your fantasy football team, do not base it on how well you think a team will perform.  Review individual statistics and consider how much playing time a player is anticipated to have this season.  Watching preseason games will give you an idea of who the top players are and how they are performing.  It also gives you a glimpse at the depth each team has because you will see second and third string players play. 

Here are three easy things that will help you be successful with your fantasy football team:

1. Keep up with your players’ schedules and do not have them on your roster when they have a “Bye” week.
2. Check in on injury reports and make sure that you are starting players who are still healthy and able to play.
3. Have patience and don’t trade immediately.  A player may start off slow and end up with a great season.  Try benching a player before you trade.
 

Ciao! 
Heels & Helmets

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