Monday, August 23, 2010

Play Fantasy Football-Terms Nooby Players Must Understand To Stay In the Game

If you are going to play fantasy football this season you
need to know these key terms and concepts.

Bye Week - During the regular season, every team in the NFL
has a bye week. During a bye week, football players get a
chance to rest and heal as their team does not have to play
a game that week. Bye weeks are used in the real NFL to
give a team and the team's players a break to review plays
and just to refresh the players. Fantasy football bye weeks
can make or break your chances for winning. Don't pick
players that have the same bye week because you may limit
your options for plays and points. Make sure your roster
has players in as many different bye weeks as possible.

Cheat Sheet - Fantasy football players use cheat sheets
during your league's draft. A cheat sheet is a list of
players, usually ranked by position or importance, that you
as an owner want to draft. As players are selected, be sure
to cross them off your cheat sheet so you can be ready with
your next pick when your turn comes around. Before your
draft, research the players you are interested in drafting
and arrange them in the order that you want to select them,
and use that as a guide during your draft.

Commissioner - The commissioner is the person in charge of
the league. As a fantasy football player you need to know
who this is and understand the rules set forth by the
commissioner. This person makes all the important decisions
for the league and usually sets up the draft and any other
events. They also usually set up the website for your
league and keep track of all the records, schedules, and

Handcuffing - Handcuffing is when you draft a star player
like a running back or quarterback, and then just in case
they get injured and can't play you also draft their
backup. Handcuffing can be effective for running backs
since there are very few great running backs in the NFL,
but it isn't recommended for other positions.

Keeper League - In a normal fantasy football draft, every
team starts empty and owners select their team through a
draft. Every year the teams start from scratch and draft
again. In a keeper league the entire league does a draft
and the season plays out like normal. However, after the
first season the teams do not re-draft, they keep their
roster for the next year as well.

Mock Draft - A mock draft is an estimate of what players
will go where before the draft actually takes place. This
can be very useful to new fantasy football players. It will
help you gauge who you will be able to take with your first
few picks. However, fantasy football drafts are very
unpredictable and a mock draft is an only an estimate of
what could happen.

Team Position - Your team's position in the draft is the
sequence number that you pick your players. Some drafts
follow a normal patter of teams picking from the #1 spot
until every team has selected and then start over. Other
drafts use a "snake style" draft where all teams will pick
in order until all the teams have made one selection and
then start over round two going in reverse order. As a
fantasy football player your draft picks fall according to
your team position. The position determines when you select
your players.

To conclude, get these terms and concepts under your belt
so you can play fantasy football to win. Get more FREE
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