A Beginner Owner's Short Guide to the Fantasy Football
If you're new to fantasy football, you're probably wondering how
long a season lasts. You might also be wondering what happens
within the season and what you, as the team manager or owner,
should do to play this game successfully. Here are a few
things you need to know about a fantasy football season and the
kind of excitement you and your fantasy league can look forward
The fantasy football season is usually as long as the NFL season
and also as intense. That means you'll have weeks and weeks of nail
biting action to enjoy. One regular football season lasts 17 weeks,
with each team playing only 16 weeks. That's how long you can
expect to play as a team owner, although preparation in the weeks
during the pre-season is also key.
You will be playing against at least one other team owner each
week, depending on your game schedule. As each week passes,
you rack up points depending on how well (or badly) your players
perform. If they earn you enough points, you can even compete in
the playoffs, which gives you a good chance of taking a shot at
your league's championship.
Playing within a fantasy football season
Every week, each team owner will submit a list of his starters,
called the starting lineup. If there are any changes in the
lineup, they have to be implemented before the player involved
starts a game.
Making these weekly changes is important if you want to maximize
player performance. If you don't, you will retain your
previous week's lineup and could lose plenty of points.
Fantasy football isn't a game for lazy people. In one
fantasy football season, expect to be making plenty of changes in
your roster. You will also have to be on the lookout for
anything that will affect your team's points. Injuries,
trades and violations will matter, especially if one or several of
your players is involved.
Watch out for the bye week
The week where an NFL team takes a break is called the bye
week. Within the fantasy football season, the bye week can
significantly impact your standing in your league. A player
who belongs to your team and then has a bye week won't earn you any
points. If you don't watch out for this transition, you could
waste the opportunity of using an active player instead.
Don't wait for the start of the season to begin making your
decisions about which players to pick. The best fantasy football
players know that the pre-season is an important period for team
owners to decide on their strategy.