Fantasy Football: Consider it Like a Sorority Rush

Angie MeyerContributor IIAugust 11, 2010


I've been debating how to begin this week long fantasy football 101 course. There's so much information, and it takes a lot of words to explain each component. So dolls, I've decided to divide this up each day, in order to not become the absolute pallet of confusion.
Let's start right at the top, which is wear your fantasy team will be all season long with certain league types. There are a number of league types that you may encounter throughout your days frolicking in the fantasy world.
One of the most basic type of leagues is the "touchdown" league.
The touchdown league is ultimately based on a basic scoring format. If you're playing in a touchdown league, you will accumulate points every time a player on your brilliant fantasy team scores a touchdown. You wont be awarded points based on anything else. There are no crazy scoring formats in this league. For all of you darling rookies, this type of league is the easiest to follow.
The second type of league is the "performance league," which is a bit more complex.
The focus of this league is that play is shifted to player performance. You'll earn points for total yardage—passing, rushing, and receiving, as well as touchdowns.
Sometimes, a player will be incur negative stats in this type of league.
A negative stat is received when a player is pushed back behind the line of scrimmage. If a player on your team loses yardage, you will then, in turn, lose points.
The final league format is based on player plateaus. Alright, I'm gonna come straight out and say it. I'm not a fan of plateaus—not in dieting, and not in football. The "plateau format" is rather difficult to follow, even for veteran commissioners.
In the "plateau league", your players receive points every time they reach 100 yards or score a touchdown over 40 yards. I'm not going to recommend taking part in this type of league, if this is your first turn out the gate, it becomes rather sticky.
Perhaps you already have a fantasy team in mind, or perhaps you're looking for the perfect league to join. Either way, its their money that will pay for your new louboutins come January. A nice little after-Christmas perk!
Leagues will vary from a "single year" league, to a "keeper league".
A "single year", team changes from year to year. Members come and go, and the rules are subject to change at the beginning of each season. Essentially, every year starts from scratch.
Another common league is the "dynasty league." The dynasty—spelled and pronounced like the show, is perhaps the most brilliant for rookies to join.
Typically, the "dynasty league" is passed on through "fantasy generations."
Think of the "dynasty league" like a sorority. Your pledge class is considered your fantasy league. All rookies enter the league together, and seek to inherit the heritage of their advanced fantasy-peers.
The last type of league is the "keeper league." You'll be here soon, pretty ones.
Typically, a "keeper league" is the same group of players participating from year-to-year. The "keeper league" are the older members of the sorority. The "keeper league" sets up the playing system that's carried on through generations of future leagues. The "keeper league" isn't always focused on winning, rather they focus on establishing their strength and ties to one another.
Okay, so you have your league, and you've chosen your scoring system, b how does it actually come together?
Each league commissioner determines what type of competition their league will play. For example, you may take part in a "head-to-head" competition.
A "head to head" competition is when each player is teamed up against one another each week. In the "head-to-head" system, the team that accumulates the most points, wins that week.
Your commissioner may choose for you to play based on "total points."
In "total points" you wont face one another week to week. Rather, fantasy points are accumulated throughout the season. The team with the most points at the end of the journey, wins the jackpot (meaning you).
You may also be asked to join a "stock league." A stock league is comparative to the NYC stock exchange (obvi, right?).
In a stock league, there is no actual draft. Your league will have the same roster. Your league's team is chosen, and compared weekly to other fantasy teams.
In a stock league, you have the opportunity to trade players with other teams on a weekly basis. The task at hand is to make sure your roster is at it's absolute best. You play the stock league like you play the stock exchange. You can drop players declining in value, as you would drop your own stock. If you have the best "portfolio" at the end of the season, it's winner, winner, chicken dinner!
I'm going to stop there for today. Your homework, Glam Gals, is to research different leagues, and choose the one that best suits you. A perfect team is like a Chanel suit—it's always fits like a glove, and never goes out of style.
Until Tomorrow,