Step by Step Guide on How to Create Your Draft in Fantasy Football

It’s the time of the year again where you start preparing for your fantasy football draft. Many theories on how to draft in a fantasy football league have been speculated. There are also tons of how-to or guide articles written everywhere. Whilst most of them give you general overview on how to create a draft, this guide will provide you with the step by step process.

This strategy is based on re-draft leagues with 16 rounds – a starting quarterback, a flex, a tight end, a defense, two or three receivers, two running backs,  and seven bench slots. Read on to know how to draft a balanced, competitive and deep fantasy football team.

Round One:

Regardless of what type of league you are playing – be it an eight-team- or 16-team league – you should always take the first available running back. You have to start with two running backs, and if you’re using a flex you can start with three. It would be hard to get good running backs to start or add depth if you take a quarterback or receiver with this pick.

Round 2:

Go for the best running back available.  You may be tempted to grab a quarterback here but take every ounce of courage to pass. There are 12 teams in a fantasy league on the average. Worst case scenario, you will end up with the 12th-ranked quarterback.

Resist the quarterback temptation. You can pick two during rounds eight through 10 and you will be fine   at running back and receiver.

Round 3:

It may sound redundant but you should take the best available running back. Have a thought about it this way: General Managers are now saying teams need two starting running backs to win in the real NFL. That’s because injuries happen and defenses are stronger and bigger.

If there are 12 teams in your league and they all adhere to this guide, 36 running backs would be taken through three rounds. During the first three rounds, 10 to 15 receivers, two to three quarterbacks and two to three tight ends will be taken at a minimum.  So, if you follow this guide, you’ll have three starting NFL running backs, trade bait, a flex and depth.

Rounds Four and Five:

This is where you really need to keep an eye to on what other owners in your league are doing. This is also where you really don’t need to take the best receivers available.

At this point, you may not have a receiver on the roster yet, but there is a group of 30 or so whose stats are all about the same after the top 15 or so wide outs are gone. Take note that there are 64 starting receivers in the NFL. So if you have 12 teams and each team takes two, so you still have about 40 when 24 wide outs are off the board. You can also choose receivers from teams that use three-wide sets. With that being said, take the best available receiver or running back.

Round Six:

If you took a tight end in the fourth or fifth round, take the available best receiver. Do not reach for a quarterback yet if you already have two receivers and three running backs. Almost half of your league by now who already have a quarterback is not going to take another signal-caller before they fill out their roster.  So relax on the quarterbacks and take the best wide out on the board or running back. Don’t worry if you do not have a tight end yet. They are all the same after the first three or so and same theories about quarterbacks apply.

Round Seven:

This is where you start asking the “what ifs”.

What if my running back gets injured?  Can I handle it with my roster or will I be forced into a trade or free agency? You would want to make trades and free-agency pickups and handle it from strength, not weakness.

Rounds Eight-Ten:

This is probably the best time for the quarterback freaks. During these three rounds, take two quarterbacks.

There are remaining six rounds. You should have one tight end, two quarterbacks,  three or four receivers and three or four running backs  on the roster. Within the next six picks, you will need a defense and a kicker, then four picks of rookies and sleepers.

Pay attention to injuries and training camps, take a flyer now and then and look for unsettled situations at the running back and wide receiver positions. Do not be afraid to draft rookies as they are being pushed to play earlier and earlier.

Rounds Eleven-Sixteen:

During Round 13, take a defense and a kicker in Round 14, or vice versa. Impact rookies with picks 11, 12, 15 and 16 or take sleepers. Follow training camps to unlock the keys to these picks.

When you are done with your draft, your roster should look like this: one tight end, one defense, one kicker, one more receiver or running back, two quarterbacks, five receivers and five running backs. If you have depth and drafted well, you can always pick up or trade for what you need later.

Doubtful if this will work? Join a free league and give it a try. You can do a mock draft in minutes or you can play a Best Ball League and try it.

This method of drafting your roster would work. The next time you play fantasy football, give this method a try. You will soon start reaping your success and winning. Click here to try fantasy football draft simulator.

There’s a reason why many people are addicted to this fantasy game. It gives you the freedom of having full control of how your game goes. And of course, nothing beats the euphoria that you feel when you win.

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Beginner’s Guide on Fantasy Baseball

You must have come across the term “fantasy baseball” at one point or two in your life.

You may have heard it from a co-worker, a friend or even from the guy sitting next to you in a bar. They sound too excited when they talk about it. And that makes you wonder, “Is fantasy baseball really fun?” Well, you wouldn’t know it unless you try yourself.

Giving fantasy baseball a shot is certainly a good idea. Not only is it fun but it can also give you a sense of challenge and adventure. Below is a Fantasy Baseball 101 that you must learn first before you start playing.

Getting Started

The first step that you must take is signing up online.

If you received a fantasy baseball invite via Facebook, email, text/SMS or Twitter to join a friend’s league, simply click the link on the invite to join that particular league. You can also join a public league if you don’t have enough people to create your own.

Know Your Rules

Now that you have signed up, the next step that you should take is learning every aspect of the game and its rules. This may sound very basic, but even veteran fantasy baseball managers commit the mistake of not double-checking their league rules. Knowing these basic things is not only important in winning the game but also for having fun during your fantasy season.

Draft Prep

If you want to have a successful season, then you must create a good draft. Taking lots of time to prepare beforehand is the key. Do your research and collect rankings that reflect your format — e.g., head-to-head categories, rotisserie, season points and head-to-head points. You should also consider different draft strategies.

Autodraft Prep

Some players don’t want to take part in a live draft. This is completely acceptable. If live draft is not your thing, online sites such as ESPN can do the draft for you automatically.

You are still partially in control though. You can guide how your team will be drafted by the system. For ESPN, you just simply go to your “Team” page and click “Edit Autopick Strategy.” There, you can make a decision on which player positions you’d like to pick in which spots in the draft and how many players at each position you want to draft overall.

Mock Drafts

Mock drafts are an effective way if you want to get used to draft software. This simple practice draft does not count for anything.

Here, you have the liberty to explore how everything works and test which strategy works. They are called mock drafts for a reason. Your mistakes are allowed here – so that you won’t make them when they count.

Practice is what makes you perfect. Don’t be shy in investing your time and energy.

The Draft

Here comes the most exciting part of the season – the draft. This is where you finally create your team. You should be ready when this time comes. With doing mock drafts and reading up on players and strategy, you are already one step ahead. The excitement could probably rack up your nerves, but make every effort to stay calm and relaxed.

Here’s what you should know before you step into the draft room:

  • Scout around: Explore the draft room, test each button to see what it does, and get used to the layout of the draft app. Things move quickly once you’re on the clock.
  • Players: There are many ways that you can sort them – MLB stats, position, projected stats and more. If you want to quickly locate a player you want to draft, just simply use the search feature.
  • Pick queue: Add players you might want with your next pick to the Pick Queue in the order you rank them. If you’ve ran out of time, whoever is the top player in your queue will be picked by the system. This queue also helps you to make sure that you have every player you want during the draft.
  • Be a cheater without cheating: Print your cheat sheets and rankings beforehand and review them to make sure that it’s everything that you wanted. Once the draft has started, cross out players who are already drafted so that you know who remains when it’s your pick.
  • Stay on the ball: When you are already on the clock, stay calm and focused and don’t be distracted by others. Panicking won’t do good either so take a deep breath and calm your nerves. You can use the entire clock if needed. It’s helpful if you are vigilant on the rosters being drafted by other teams to see which positions they might be targeting in upcoming rounds. Stay focus all the way until your last pick.

Fantasy Baseball Glossary

Know these fantasy terms:

  • Dollars per point – the number of dollars you must spend for every point a player is projected to score.
  • 50/50 – a type of league in which the top half of all entrants get paid and the bottom half lose their entry fee.
  • Bankroll – The amount of money you’re willing to invest in daily fantasy sports.
  • Buy-In – The amount of money needed to enter a particular league.
  • Commission/Rake – The fee charged by the daily fantasy sites to play in a league; typically around 10 percent of the total buy-ins.
  • Exposure – The amount of money invested in a player.
  • Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) – a league in which the prize is guaranteed, regardless of the number of entrants.
  • Hedge – Actions taken to reduce the overall risk of your lineups.
  • Multiplier – A league in which you can multiply your entry fee by a certain factor based on the payouts.
  • Point per reception (PPR) – a scoring system that provides a point for all catches and dramatically influences strategy.
  • Qualifier – A league in which the winners don’t receive cash, but rather win a “ticket” into another league.

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41 Facts for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season

2018 Fantasy Football season is around the corner.

Many fantasy football fanatics would spend countless of hours analyzing the game and which players to pick for their draft. What makes this player a better candidate than the others? Is he going to make me win? Does he have the right skills and potentials? With so many things to consider, it’s easy to get lost in the drafting process. Since this impacts how your game runs, it’s important that you make the right decisions.

Below are some of the 2018 Fantasy Football facts that you should know before making your draft.

  1. Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown on 9.3 percent of his passes last season

 

  1. Carson Wentz threw a touchdown on 7.5 percent of his passes last season.

 

  1. 3 percent was the league average TD rate for a QB last season.

 

  1. Since 2001, Peyton Manning got the highest rate of TD passes per attempt over a full season (9.9 percent in 2004)

 

  1. In 2014, from Weeks 13-16, Tom Brady was QB14 (QB7 in points per game Weeks 1-12).He was QB8 (QB1 in points per game Weeks 1-12) from Weeks 13-16 in 2015. He was QB9 (QB2 in points per game Weeks 1-12) from Weeks 13-16 in 2016. Tom Brady was QB20 (QB4 in points per game Weeks 1-12) from Weeks 13-16 in 2017.

 

  1. Three of the four teams to play the Patriots were top 10 in fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs last season from weeks 13-16 in 2018.

 

  1. Quarterbacks who were drafted in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues finished as a top-10 weekly performer at the position 81 times last season.

 

  1. Quarterbacks who went undrafted in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues finished as a top-10 weekly performer at the position 89 times last season.

 

  1. Kirk Cousins ranks fourth in fantasy points off play-action since 2015.

 

  1. Cousins has a 70.1 percent completion rate off play-action over the past 3 years, best in the NFL among qualified QBs.

 

  1. Only Cam Newton and Tyrod Taylor have more rushing touchdowns among QBs than Kirk Cousins Over the past three years.

 

  1. Alex Smith has the fifth-most rushing yards by a quarterback during the past three years.

 

  1. Three of the past four years, a Jay Gruden offense has been top 12 in the NFL in pass percentage.

 

  1. Be it as a head coach or an offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden brings his offense inside the top 10 in terms of total QB fantasy points four times in the past five seasons.

 

  1. Alex Smith is currently being drafted in the 13th round as QB18. He was QB4 in total fantasy points last season and now starting for Gruden in Washington.

 

  1. Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers are the only quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25-plus touchdowns each of the past three years.

 

  1. Rivers has 25-plus touchdowns and has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in nine of the past 10 years.

 

  1. Rivers has not missed a game since 2006.

 

  1. No quarterback in the NFL had more 300-yard games last season than Rivers, who had six.

 

  1. Rivers’ ADP was QB17 last season. He finished as QB8.

 

  1. Over the past two years, “Player A” has played 32 games and and thrown for 6,991 yards and 45 touchdowns while  “Player B” has played 29 games and thrown for 7,594 yards and 47 touchdowns. Player A is Dak Prescott. Player B is Jameis Winston.

 

  1. Prescott has run for six touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.

 

  1. Cam Newton is the only one QB who has run for six or more touchdowns in three straight seasons in the past 15 seasons.

 

  1. During Prescott’s NFL career, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant have combined for 40.9 percent of his passing yards, 40.4 percent of his completions and 46.7 percent of his passing touchdowns.

 

  1. Neither Witten nor Bryant is expected to play for the Dallas Cowboys this season.

 

  1. On his five starts last season, Jimmy Garoppolo averaged the fourth-most yards per play.

 

  1. Four of the top five offenses in terms of yards per play have produced a top-nine fantasy QB in each of the past two seasons.

 

  1. Andy Reid’s quarterbacks have scored 2,755.4 fantasy points over the past decade.

 

  1. Travis Kelce leads all tight ends in deep receptions during the past two years.

 

  1. Tyreek Hill ranks second in catches that have gained 35-plus yards the past two seasons.

 

  1. Jerick McKinnon is one of six running backs with at least 40 reception and 150 carries each of the past two years.

 

  1. McKinnon averaged 31.4 snaps a game during those two years.

 

  1. The 49ers ranked top five in the NFL in RB targets, RB receptions and B receiving yards last season.

 

  1. During Kyle Shanahan’s two years in Atlanta, the Falcons were fifth in RB receiving yards, eighth in RB receptions, second in RB red zone receptions and led the NFL in RB red zone receiving yards.

 

  1. Last season, only Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley had a higher percentage of their team’s red zone carries than Marshawn Lynch.

 

  1. Lynch averaged 2.47 yards per carry after first contact, the second-highest rate of his career and was fifth best in the NFL.

 

  1. During the past three seasons, there have been eight rookie running backs who finished top 10 at the position.

 

  1. Last season, the Vikings ranked second in rush percentage. They are now under Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.

 

  1. While in Philadelphia (2013-15) and Minnesota (2016-17), Shurmur’s offense was sixth in red zone rush percentage.

 

  1. The Vikings running backs got 108 targets last season under the wings of Shurmur.

 

  1. Derrius Guice is the only player in SEC history with three 250-yard rushing games.

 

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5 Tips To Win Fantasy Basketball League

It’s the Fantasy Basketball season which makes it the best time to sharpen your skills about the game. Whether you are new to the game or have been playing it for a long time, improving your knowledge about the game and learning some strategies will help you to win the league. Here are some tips that can be useful.

1. Getting familiar with the site

You must first learn everything about the site. You should know the roster construction, scoring system, etc. The scoring system is somewhat different in the various sites. Getting familiar with the site can give you an edge over the others in the competition. To get more tips on different sites and how to play check out this site.

2. Focus on defense

It has been found that if a player has a commitment to defense then he will get more playing time. When picking up players, you should choose players who are committed to defense.

3. Keep information about injuries

In NBA, you must make full use of opportunities. Injuries can greatly impact the outcome of a fantasy basketball game. If a player gets injured, then his minutes are taken up by the other team members. So, whenever a player gets injured, it’s an opportunity to take advantage of the backups. To keep yourself updated, you must continuously monitor the conditions of players throughout the league.

4. The pace of the game

The pace of the game means the number of possessions each team has in a game on average. If a team has more possessions, then that team will have a better chance of scoring.

5. Get the opinion of an expert

The Fantasy Basketball industry is growing. There are many experts out there who analyze each game and predict the outcome of a match. They can give you tips and strategies so that you have a better chance of winning.

You need to be patient when playing Fantasy Basketball. You need learn the game, know the strategies and get advice from the experts in order to increase your chance of winning.

5 Best Basketball Fantasy Apps

It’s safe to say that most of the fantasy basketball enthusiasts are investing much of their time and attention on this game. And who could blame them? Getting lost in the world of fantasy basketball is exhilarating and addicting.

Unfortunately, fantasy basketball does not only require your time but also your skills and expertise. You need analytical skills to pick your draft team if you want to end up victorious. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re already a seasoned pro in the world of fantasy sports, it wouldn’t hurt to use to stay on top of your league standing.

There are plenty apps that you can choose from. All of them are designed to make your game better – from all-encompassing league apps designed to give you an edge against your rival to some of the most sophisticated metrics available.

Below are some of the best apps that can help you become a guru in playing fantasy basketball.

  1. Yahoo Fantasy Sports

The first step towards your fantasy basketball life is to start a league. With so many league fantasy ever designed, fortunately there is one that stands out amongst the rest.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports app has been the go-to app of fantasy basketball enthusiasts. Its user-interface is second to none – from the process of live drafting to looking up player statistics on the fly. It has add/drop tool which is probably one of the best features of the app. This trending tool allows you to see which player is being conspicuously dropped or gobbled up at any given time.

You know those final seconds of the roster deadline and you suddenly thought of replacing a player? This app makes scenarios like this easier for you. You can drop or add players quickly just seconds before the roster deadline. For sure you would do everything to win this game. You can pair this with the latest injury update or to simply grab that up-and-coming star from free agency.

If you think you’ve got the best in this app, hold your seats because there is still one feature that will probably blow your mind. This app has a mock draft where you can practice your draft skills and strategy beforehand. It’s like going in to the war with all the right trainings and armories to get the victory.

And guess what? You can get this app without spending a dollar. Nothing seems sweeter than getting something for free with tons of features and perks that come with it.

  1. Watch ESPN

Now that you have created your fantasy team, you can’t just simply slack off and wait how the game plays off. You would need to stay on your feet and be up to date with the latest scores, news and theories. WatchESPN is created for this purpose.

Though the app is free, not all aspects of it are. You would need to log in with your cable provider – and potentially your internet provider as well – to have access to the premium WatchESPN streaming features.  No need to be sad though as there are still a lot of free features on this app, such as highlights, scores and expert analysis.

The WatchESPN app gives you full access to live feeds from a host of ESPN networks – SEC NETWORK, ESPNU, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. Available for both iOS and Android, this app helps you get the latest fantasy news and trends.

  1. NBA G-League App

You don’t need to know the names of the majority of the players in fantasy basketball, making NBA G-League irrelevant for the most part. However, you can land a solid rotation player over the course of a season if you take note of the daily statistical leaders.

G-League has undeniably progressed over the past decades, with roughly one-third of current NBA players have played in the G-League at some point during their careers. If you are an obsessive fantasy basketball enthusiast, it is important that you know the full range of G-League and NBA talents.

What would you do if a player in your roster goes down midseason?  Knowing who rules G-League crop could be quite handy. Many teams who don’t have a shot at the playoffs will bench their star players to prevent unnecessary injuries at the end of the season. In situations like this, some teams have turned to promising G-League talents to fill out their rosters.

Many were surprised to the rise of players such as Jeremy Lin and Danny Green, however if you’re paying close attention to G-League statistics you already know that these two have potential. Read here if you want to know how Danny Green rose as one of the most promising basketball player.

This app is free and is available to download from iTunes and Googleplay.

  1. Twenty Four

I know numbers and metrics can cause other people to cringe, being up to date with sports metrics is highly important to fantasy fans. You would be able to have better prediction which team stats may increase or drop on a weekly basis if you understand the behavior of a player or an opponent going into a game.

Twenty Four is a free app that includes the box scores which automatically list players in order of game as well as story-telling graphs and analysis. If you have a thing for NBA memes, this fantasy app is for you. Unfortunately, it can only be downloaded from iTunes making it exclusive to iPhone and iPad users only.

  1. NBA

This app is one of the best go-to for live streaming.

Though it is free, you would need a subscription to access the premium benefits of this app. That said, you must have the NBA app on all of your streaming devices if you have NBA League Pass. With this app, you will never have to miss any regular season or playoff game since it allows you to access live and on-demand events.

If you just need to catch a certain game in particular, you can buy a single game pass directly within this app. There are plenty of free features such as injury updates, live scoring, team schedules and daily video clips.

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Type of Leagues in Fantasy Football

Fantasy football has been around for quite some time. As it progresses over the year, there have been a lot of variations to the game.

If you’re new in fantasy football, it’s easy to get lost because of the vast number of leagues that have different draft, scoring and roster settings. Picking which league to enter and how to build a team is not as easy as plucking apples from their trees.

Since we want your fantasy football experience to be as easy and enjoyable as possible, we’ve come up with the different types of leagues available to play – starting from scoring to drafter or roster building.

Type of Leagues Based On Scoring

  • Standard League

Though there are certain preferences to scoring options in every league manager, there is a recommended scoring setting that every league uses, regardless of what website you are using. These basic settings are: six points for touchdowns (quarterbacks often only receive four points for passing scores), one point for every 10 rushing or receiving yards, one point for every 25 passing yards, minus-two points for interceptions or fumbles.

Kickers acquire points based on the length of each field goal. A 50-yard kick will typically warrant five points, 40-49 yards equals four points, 0-39 yards gets three points. Defenses receive points based on turnovers, touchdowns and points and yardage allowed. It is important that you play your matchups wisely since bad units can end up with negative scores.

There are also bonuses being thrown. A 50+ yard touchdown or 200-yard rushing game can earn extra points. It solely depends on the manager how these bonuses are allocated when he is setting up the league.

Though standard scoring practices is followed by most leagues, slight variations are made to cater to each league and owners. It depends on you and the people that you are playing with to decide which scoring settings to follow.

  • PPR (Point-per-reception)

The scoring for the PPR leagues does not really have much variation. What’s entirely different on this league though is the strategy. Tight ends, receivers and running backs receive a point for each reception, making other players find this format more enticing.

For example, Danny Woodhead is ranked No. 32 on the standard league’s rankings for running back. In PPR rankings, he’s up by a few notches, being ranked at No.21. The value of Woodhead rises in the passing game. Considering he gets the same number of points for one reception as he does for ten rushing yards, the value is clear.

In this type of league, the owners make changes on their rankings to accommodate players who haul in passes left and right, but may not find the end zone often. Another reason why PPR league is more popular amongst other leagues is because more points are earned each week. Who does not want having 200+ points in a single weekend?

  • Touchdown only

This format is popular to old-school fantasy owners. Touchdown only means getting points only when a player touches down. If you’re on this league, forget the progressive scoring in PPR leagues. None of the player’s performance really matters – even if he rushes for 150 yards – unless he breaks the goal line.

If you’re playing on this league, it’s wise to place on your bet running backs that are popularly known as “touchdown vultures”. Amongst the biggest touchdown vultures in fantasy football are John Kuhn of Green Bay Packers, Jovoroskie Lane of Miami Dolphins, Mike Tolbert of Carolina Panthers, Michael Bush of Chicago Bears and Jamie Harper of Tennessee Titans.

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Drafting/Roster building

Re-draft leagues

Owners would have to start from scratch for each season. They use the snake order in drafting their rosters. For example, if you have the No. 1 pick in the first round, your next selection will be at the end of Round 2.

There are several options though in establishing the order of the draft if you are carrying over a league into the new season. You can either determine the order of the draft based on their standings from the previous year or you can randomly draw your draft.

Auction leagues

In this type of league, the owners start with a set amount of money to bid on players. You can bid to any player at any time, as long as you have money left. It’s easy to go crazy with your first pick and spend all your money, so it’s important that you choose wisely. If you’ve blown all your money on the likes of Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown, your money may not be enough to fill out the rest of your roster.

You obviously need a strategy in filling up your roster. First, you would need to create a cheat sheet for your list of players. Then, create a percentage distribution for each position. Make sure that your percentages are within a reasonable range of what you expect the market to pay at each position.

Keeper leagues

In this league, certain amounts of players are simply picked to keep going into the next year. This certainly takes re-drafting leagues to a higher level. For example, say you have decided to have two keepers every year. Two of your best players from your previous roster will be kept and then those players who are not kept are re-drafted. Keeper rules can vary quite a bit across leagues. It depends on the league members and commissioner to decide what keeper rules they would like to observe.

Dynasty leagues

If keeper leagues take re-draft leagues to a higher level, dynasty leagues takes keeper leagues to a higher level. Dynasty owners can keep an entire roster for the next season. This type of league keeps most if not all of their players on the team. If you’re joining on this league, choose your team wisely and set yourself up for long-term success.

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Understanding The Different Types Of Fantasy Baseball

Fantasy Baseball is a very exciting game. In order to play well, you must know the different types of Fantasy Baseball that exists. The various types of Fantasy Baseball depend on the unique scoring system. The kind of scoring system you use will affect your draft strategy. Here are the different types of Fantasy Baseball you should know about.

Head-to-head

In this type of scoring system, you go head-to-head in the league with another owner every week. The person with the highest score wins at the end of the week. There are ten categories and you can play in any category and can play in as many categories you want to.

Points

This scoring system depends on points. Home runs equal to four points, RBIs equal to one point and wins equal to five points. The points are added throughout the season and a the end of the season, the person with the highest point wins the league.

Rotisserie

In this scoring system, the different categories are ranked from best to worst. Here, winning depends on the position of the individual player and individual category. So, you win or lose depending on the batting average, total stolen bases, etc. On, the other hand, if it’s based on the individual player, then your win or loss will depend on the week’s ratings of pitchers, catchers, etc. Every week, the wins are added and the winner is declared at the end of the season.

Once you have a good idea about the different types of Fantasy Baseball, you will be able to decide what league you wish to play. Whichever scoring system you should, your target should be to win the game and have fun playing it.

Top 4 reasons for playing Fantasy Football

With the World Cup season knocking at the door, people all over the world are getting crazy for football. Fantasy football is a wonderful way to get more involved with the matches and feel the excitement and thrill of each game. With time, more and more people are playing Fantasy Football. The popularity of this game is increasing. If you haven’t tried it yet then here are the top reasons for you to play Fantasy Football.

Better involvement with the game

The Premier League had billions of audiences from all over the world. If you want to get really involved in the action then playing Fantasy Football is the best way to do it. It also improves your knowledge of football. You will be chasing each match and every player to know about their present condition so that you can make up your team and play the game.

Social interaction

As Fantasy Football is played in the virtual world, you will get the chance to meet new people and become friends. You will get to discuss the game, share your knowledge and learn new things about the game from others. It’s a great way to socialize.

Feeling of control

In Fantasy Football, you build your own team. You are in control of choosing the players. You will be managing every aspect of the game. The feeling of control is simply awesome.

Competition

The competition brings in excitement. There are luck and skill involved in playing Fantasy Football. It’s not easy to master it. You will be competing with your friends, colleagues, and others in the virtual world. The excitement is unbelievable.

The craze of Fantasy Football is increasing. If you are not playing it yet, then you are missing out the real joy and thrill of watching a football match. If you are a football fan, you should get started playing Fantasy Football.

Understanding Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy basketball has become widely popular in the nineties. Until now, the excitement and popularity of this game has never fizzled. Though it has a strong resemblance to fantasy baseball, general managers (term used for players of fantasy basketball) can still get confused with the game. Choosing your draft from the professional NBA players and earning points based on their performance could be a hard feat.

You have to understand the basics of the game for you to become a successful fantasy basketball player. Below are some of the things that you should know.

Rule Variations

Fantasy basketball is not based on a specific set of rules. As a matter of fact, there are several rule variations of the game. Below are some of the most common ones.

Number of Categories: There are around three to eleven categories in the fantasy basketball league. While three-category leagues take into account only three categories—assists, rebounds and points – five-category leagues take into account steals and blocks too and eight-category leagues include field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and so on.

Number of Teams: There are usually either ten or twelve teams in a public fantasy basketball league. Private invitation-only leagues, on the other hand, can have any number of players. These leagues are created by seasoned fantasy basketball players.

Draft Types: There are two methods of drafting players – the snake draft and the auction draft.

Snake Draft – The first round of NBA players is drafted in a particular order then it is reversed in the second round. The general manager that picked last in the previous round will be the first to make a pick on the next round. The order is reversed so that the GM who gets the chance to make the first pick in a certain round will not get this advantage in the next round.

Auction Draft – Just like with fantasy baseball, GMs start with a pre-determined budget in auction draft. He must use this budget to draft his entire roster. The GM that is willing to pay the biggest amount of money for a certain player gets to draft the player.

Though auction drafting gives GMs an equal access to all players, it may take long and could potentially intimidate beginners.

How Players Score Points

Below are some methods on how points are awarded to fantasy basketball players.

Rotisserie or ROTO – The real statistics of NBA players are used to rank teams in the ROTO scoring system.  Fantasy basketball teams are then awarded points on the basis of these rankings. For example, in a 12-twelve team fantasy basketball league, the team with the largest number of rebounds per season would receive 12 fantasy points while 11 points will be given to the team that has the next bigger number.  The team that has the largest number of fantasy points at the end of the season will be declared as the winner.

Head-to-head Scoring – Fantasy basketball teams are competing against other teams for one week and points are based on the one-field performance of the NBA player. Whoever accumulates the largest number of points by the end of the week is the winner.

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Top 3 Sleepers to Watch Out For

With a lot of exceptionally great basketball players nowadays, fantasy basketball fanatics are having a hard time choosing their list. With so many choices to select from, creating your team can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming.

Though you should build your list based on reliable players who have been proven to perform great at the game, you should also not dismiss the sleepers since the later rounds of your fantasy draft are also crucial.

Below are three sleepers who are more likely to outperform their expected draft position.

  1. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic 

It was after the All-Star break in 2016-17 that the breakout of Gordon has started. In that period, he made 6.2 rebounds, 16.4 points, 1.0 steals, 1.7 assists, and 0.7 blocks per game on 50.3 percent shooting from the field and 83.8 percent from the free-throw line. There is no doubt that this 22-year-old forward can top these numbers in 2017-18, especially now that he’s been established as a 4. His preseason was exceptional too, with 27.8 points and 11.2 rebounds on great shooting efficiency per -36 minute numbers.

Probably one of the remarkable developments in the game of Gordon is his three-point shot. Despite playing limited minutes in four of Magic’s five-game preseason slate, he still managed to go 9-of-2. This made him a reliable contributor in the world of fantasy basketball. Given the unexpected change in his status, he’ll be a restricted free agent next summer. This could be a big motivation for him to post breakout seasons

  1. Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks 

Schroder is by far the No. 1 offensive option on the rebuilding Hawks.This 24-year-old floor general has impressed many basketball fans with his strong numbers in several raw statistical categories in preseason, with averages of 4.6 rebounds, 23.0 points and 5.4 assists per 36 minutes. Another hint of a massive workload this season is his attempt to get 22.6 shots per 36 minutes.

There are only several players who can put a significant dent in the production of Schroder. Those who are more likely to play the most minutes outside of Schroder are Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon.

Schroder has his share of weakness in fantasy basketball too, he could have high turnovers and he’ll be a negative in the field-goal percentage and block categories. However, he’s definitely a great sleeper at No. 51 for his huge offensive roles and lots of minutes.

  1. Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz

Favors had an unforgettable 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He was a fringe All-Star player who put up efficient 16-8 stat lines and made an impressive contribution in several categories.

He served as a solid backup man last season because of his knee injury and several issues. However the 26-year-old forward shows all good signs for a starting role in 2017-18. He made fantastic across-the-board stats during the preseason, 3.2 assists, 15.5 points, 1.4 blocks, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per 36 minutes on 55.6 percent shooting from the field.

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