Fantasy Football 101 (Part I: Terminology)

I am not at all kidding when I say that fantasy football drafts are one of my top 10 favorite things in the world. I realize that this makes me kind of strange, but I will go ahead and own that. I have certainly been called worse.

I have talked to a lot of people who want to play but have no idea what they are doing. I felt the same exact way when I started playing twelve years ago.

Here is the very minimum you need to know to play:

In fantasy football you make up a team of real live players from all 32 teams in the NFL. Your team scores points based on what each individual player on your team scores each week. The person with the most points wins.

Of couse there is more to it than that – you need to have players playing different positions.

Most leagues (not all, but most) will have a team made up of the following positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, K and DEF.

You are probably wonder what I am talking about. It looks like this:

  • QB = Quarterback
  • RB = Running Back
  • WR = Wide Receiver
  • TE = Tight End
  • K = Kicker
  • DEF or DST = Defense (The entire team defense) or Defense/Special Teams

Your roster might end up looking something like this:


The easiest was I can to think to describe this is that the quarterback throws or hands somebody the ball, the running back runs with the ball, the wide receivers catch the long passes, the tight ends catch the short passes, the kicker kicks the ball and the defense tries to stop the other team from scoring.

We’ll talk about special teams some other time.

Different leagues require different numbers of players at each position.

Here is what you need to know. You need at least two people for each position. You will need a guy to put in for your starters on their week off  (the bye-week) or back up players just in case your players get hurt. You can trade players with other people in your league.

I am going to leave you with this for now, later this week we can talk about the different types of drafts and leagues. It is fun, I promise.

This was a good week for me.

Trash talking is encouraged. Who doesn’t love that?


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