WEEKLY FANTASY FOOTBALL
It takes a lot to beat a great game of season fantasy football with your friends. At Fantaz you can now play WEEKLY fantasy football and this is also available with a TURBO draft. With only precious seconds to choose your players it provides an exciting atmosphere before the gameplay really starts.
FANTASY FOOTBALL GUIDE FOR NEWBIES
Fantasy football is a great game of skill (luck also helps) where you are the manager of your own chosen team of NFL players. Your team competes against other fantasy teams in your league. Your score each week is calculated using your players NFL stats for the week. You will play against another coach each week and whichever team gets the most points wins. At the end of the season, the teams with the best scores and wins face each other in the play offs to find the overall league champion.
There is usually 10 to 12 teams in a fantasy football league and 15 players in a team (9 players and 6 on the bench).
The season starts with a draft where you build your roster by selecting real NFL players, this is done in turn as any NFL player can only play for one team. The draft is either done live where the managers all meet up if they all live locally or it is done online using the online service provided by your chosen fantasy football platform.
You (the manager) decide who to play each week and who to keep on the bench. You can trade a player with another manager of replace a player with a free agent or a player off the waiver wire.
Each league has a league commissioner which is a manager who sets up the league, arranges the draft and resolves any disputes.
Your football knowledge will improve dramatically over a short time as you start watching more football and get to know the players and their stats.
THE DRAFT STRATEGY
Everyones preparation for the draft day will have a huge bearing on the success of the league.
Careful thought needs to be put into your strategy during the draft but be prepared to change quickly if necessary.
Make sure you compile a sheet where each player is ranked either according to position or regardless of position.
It is usually best to pick running backs first as they can be very valuable to your team but by doing this, you could miss out on a good quarter back.
Some people just pick the best available player first but you are in danger of having to trade early in the season.
Some people wait until round 3 to get their running backs and try to secure a good quarter back early but then your running backs will not be so good.
Always keep a track on who has been picked and note on your spreadsheet.
If you are new to fantasy sports then I suggest you read below before going to Fantaz and signing up for free to have a go at the free game play at fantasy football. Once you start to understand how it works and you have more confidence then you can try the cash gameplay.
Other sports will be integrated in the system soon with fantasy cricket, fantasy basketball, fantasy baseball and fantasy soccer. Great way to build your online business.
PREPARING THE DRAFT
Decide on a draft strategy either value based (how they score against other players in the same position) or rank based (how they compare against other players regardless of position).
Find a good source of players statistics and NFL news.
Make sure you understand the league rules fully and rank your players using those rules. Draw up a spreadsheet of your players and their rankings with projected points week by week, one column ranked by position and another column with all players together.
Before you start the draft, always check for injuries and ensure you attend the draft on time otherwise you will get all the leftovers.
As the season progresses, keep your head, you can have a poor start but still come good at the end by taking an interest in the NFL news acting on every opportunity.
Don't forget to bench your Bye Week players as they cannot score during a Bye Week.
Use your stud player when possible as they will score points.
Use your waiver wire priority wisely and be careful with multi player trade offers as there could be a rubbish player thrown in.
If you get to the play offs, don't get lazy at the finish.
Here you have a chance of getting any player but you will need to manage a budget.
Each team gets a budget for the draft and coaches take turns nominating a player to bid on and starts the bidding and the coach with the highest bid drafts that player. Once a team has filled its roster, it can no longer bid on players. If you bid too low, you will have a poor quality team and bid too high and you will have a couple of great players but no money left to spend on the rest. Don't get involved in a bidding war and keep a note of how much each players winning bid.
A good tip is to nominate a kicker or top defensive player early so that someone else may overpay for him.
You can also nominate a star player that you do not want but that the others may know and then your competition could pay an inflated price if a bidding war starts.