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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Fantasy Baseball Ranking

With baseball season ongoing, everyone is putting their best foot forward. With so many great professional baseball players, you have to be exceptionally good to be included on the top ranking. Below is a list of players who make it to the top of the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Ranking.

  1. Mike Trout – CF – LAA

Though 2017 was not a good season for Trout since he missed significant amount of time due to a torn UCL in his thumb, this 26 years old player has a good 2018 in front of him.

In the past week, he hit .320 with three home runs, six RBIs, and eight runs scored. This comes as no surprise to anyone as he has hit his way to a career .305/.409/.566 slash line. These figures alone should convince you that you should include him in your fantasy lineup. Another reason why he should be on your top pick: he currently leads the AL in home runs and runs, and is top ten in RBIs, walks, stolen bases, slugging, and OPS.

  1. Jose Altuve 2B – HOU

If there’s one person that could challenge Trout on the top spot of fantasy baseball, it would be Altuve. He had a fantastic 2016 season and it’s more likely that it will be carbon-copied this year. With outstanding counting stats and elite batting average, there’s no doubt Altuve will keep his place on the top rank. With solid six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of the 16 games played this season, this 2017 AL MVP will continue to heat up.

  1. Nolan Arenado 3B – COL

Arenado is a consistent elite baseball player, with 2017 marked his third straight season with at least 37 home runs and 130 RBI. With his impressive numbers (.283 batting average and a .531 slugging percentage), there’s no doubt that you should leave him off your fantasy baseball ranking.

Though he got 5 games suspension because he was involved in a brawl, Arenado will return to the game joining the series finale against the Pirates.

  1. Trea Turner SS – WSH

Though a wrist fracture caused by a hit-by-pitch made Turner missed more than a third of the season, this did not tainted his reliability as a true fantasy hero. He gained the most elite base-stealer in the game when he stole an incredible 46 bases in just 98 games. He also has an impressive 11 home runs, 75 runs, and a decent batting average. Though having a slow start this season, Turner has been batting leadoff more often recently after starting the season batting fifth and sixth in the order.

  1. Mookie Betts RF – BOS

It was quiet a disappointing 2017 season for Betts, with majority of his counting stats dropping off a bit where he dropped from .318 in 2016 to just .264 in 2017. Luck must be on his side, as his batted ball profile and speed simply do not support the .268 BABIP that he had last year. You know you’ve established yourself as a fantasy stud when a disappointing season is a .264-101-24-102-26 line.

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A Step-by-step Guide in Playing Fantasy Football

Fantasy football has been running around for quite some time, but some of you may have no idea what this game is about or how it is played.

This game enhances your skills as fantasy owner. After joining a league, the next thing you need to do is to scout and draft your players, then battle other fantasy owners on a competition and do everything that you can to win the championship. It’s pretty easy to learn how this game is played however it’s a different story when it comes to conquering your competitors and winning the championship.

Being a rookie in fantasy football though does not mean that you are bound to fail. Below are easy step-by-step guides in understanding how this game works.

  1. You Join A League

The first step in playing fantasy football is joining a league. While others are playing for money, beginners like you should play for fun. There are 2 ways for you to join a league: public league where anyone can sign up for a spot and private league where an invitation is required to play.

No matter which league you join, make sure that you have a clear understanding of how it works and its rules. Don’t take league selection lightly as it is an important factor in the fantasy football.

  1. Scout Players for your Draft

The selection of your fantasy team can take you to high places. Before making your final pick, make sure that you do your research first. Read all relevant information about the current NFL news and who’s doing a good performance. Once you have your picks, pre-rank them according to your personal preference. Having a full grasp of your team’s scoring system and roster setup is a critical factor in creating a winning draft strategy.

  1. Build Your Fantasy Football Team Using the Draft

Probably one of the most exciting and fun day in the fantasy season is the draft. During the draft, you choose your NFL player at a time until your rosters are complete. Though most of the drafts take place online, some leagues – typically co-workers or friends – are conducted in person. Remember to draft all of the correct positions, so that you can have a full team roster.

  1. Your team competes against another team every week.

The real NFL team competes against each other during the season and so do the fantasy teams in your league. The real-time stats of the players are then converted into fantasy points by your league provider. The winner of the week is the fantasy team that has the most points. The goal is to win as many games as possible to make the playoffs.

  1. You make moves to improve your team.

You are in total control of your fantasy game. You can remove the players that you think are not doing well and replace them with free agents. You can bench an injured player and replace him with a fresh pick as well. You can even make a trade offer to another owner.

  1. You hope that your team makes the playoffs and wins the league

At the end of the fantasy season, the top teams face each other in a single elimination tournament to decide who wins the championship. The last team standing wins a trophy and a cash prize.

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