fantasy football league beginners guide 2015 imagesThe 2015 NFL season is beginning and millions of football fanatics are preparing their draft boards and readying themselves for another season of fantasy football. Fantasy football is one of the most popular online games with millions of players every season, yet not everyone understands exactly what it’s all about. Here’s a little bit of information on the world’s most popular football game:

In order to play fantasy football, you must either create a league online or join an existing league. There are many websites the offer both free leagues and entry fee leagues; however, the most popular websites are nfl.com and espn.com. After you join a league, you and the other league members must set a draft date. During this draft you select NFL players and defenses that will make up your team for the season.

Each week you will be matched against another team in your league, and your score in the game will be determined by your individual players’ performances in that weeks NFL games. The league’s commissioner will be in charge of setting the scoring, but the traditional scoring system is +6 points for a touchdown, -2 points for an interception, +1 point for every 10 receiving or rushing yards, +1 point for every 25 passing yards, +3 points for field goals made, etcetera. Each player will earn your team points based on his performance, and if a player starts to perform poorly you may bench him in favor of another player or even drop him from your roster—you get to play coach and general manager.

Towards the end of the season, the top teams in your league will make the playoffs and eventually one person will walk away as the league’s champion. Forging a championship team takes knowledge, determination, and a lot of luck. You want to draft as many big name players as you can, but not everyone can have Peyton Manning as their fantasy quarterback. Players that are not well known but put up big, unexpected stats throughout the season are known as “fantasy sleepers”; and often it is these sleepers that make the difference between a good fantasy team and a championship team.

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