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We men have been bad and have talked a lot about fantasy sports lately- much to the dismay of our lovely 30 somethin wimmins. It's like we menfolk are speaking a foreign language. Well allow me a few minutes of your time to give an example (using football) of how fantasy sports works.<br><br>
To play fantasy football you have to join a fantasy football league. Most are free such as the yahoo sports league taht I play in each year. The "league" is simply 8 to 14 other guys and gals who are grouped with your team and who you are scheduled to "play against" each week.<br><br>
Basically in fantasy football you have a group of players that you pick to be on your fantasy team. Each week, each player on your team gets "points" for the statistics he compiles in the actual real NFL football game. At the end of the Monday night football game (the last game of each week) all points are tallied for each player on your fantasy team. Simply put, if your "fantasy team" has more points than the other fantasy football person in your league that you are playing against.... you win that "fantasy game"!<br><br>
In fantasy team sports (like our football example) think about all the players. There are 32 NFL teams. Each has around 53 players each. Now instead of just picking a team (say Philadelphia Eagles) and let that be your "fantasy team" you pick players off different teams. So your "roster" of players will be scattered from any number of the 32 teams in the NFL. How do we get the players on our "roster"? We draft them before the real football season starts.<br><br>
Leagues normally have between 8 to 14 teams in a given league. Sometime (a few weeks to a few days) before the start of the real football season, the teams in your "league" will pick a time and date to draft the players. Lets say there are 10 teams in your league. You then randomly set an order to draft. Once that is determined the draft can begin. Normally fantasy teams have around 15 players on their roster. That means 15 rounds in the draft- one for each roster spot! So when we begin to draft players we go in turn by the order we randomly set. Each person picks a player and once picked nobody else can have that player.<br><br>
Most of the time you will be only picking offensive players because those are the dudes with the stats everybody is keeps up with. Thus you will draft quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and kickers. Now some leagues vary by picking defensive players as well, other leagues such as mine let you just pick a teams defense as a whole. In this one exception you could pick the "Philadelphia Eagles" defense to be on your roster. Thankfully you just have the team defense and don't have to pick any individual defensive players!<br><br>
Ok we have drafted and have our 15 players on our roster that is in effect our "fantasy team". Different leagues have a different number of players at each position who will "start" or whose statistics actually count in your "fantasy game".<br><br>
Ok I will use as an example a fantasy game between Flemdawg and myself. We will play each other in week 1 of our "fantasy season". On the league schedule we are matched up this week. That means whomevers "fantasy" team (between Flem and myself) scores the most points wins our weekly "fantasy game". Let's say Flem wins. Then it's just like any other standings:<br><br>
team wins loses games back<br><br>
Flem 1 0 -<br>
Maples 0 1 1<br><br>
The fantasy "season" logically lasts as long as the NFL regular season. If there were no more games to play then our fantasy teams' players wouldn't have a source for statistics then would they? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Ok I will simplify a fantasy game scorecard for you. This shows you the points each player earned and has the total at the bottom. As you can see Flems players totaled more points than me so he wins:<br><br>
Flem Maples<br><br>
QB - 10 QB - 5<br>
WR1 - 10 WR1 - 10<br>
WR2 - 5 WR2 - 10<br>
RB1 - 20 RB1 - 10<br>
RB2 - 10 RB2 - 10<br>
TE - 5 TE - 5<br>
Defense -10 Defense -5<br>
--------- ----------<br>
70 55<br><br>
Thus Flem beat me 70-55. Please note that on the real fantasy football league webpages it will show the actual players names as well as their positions. I just simplified it for our example.<br><br>
Now where do those numbers come from? They are based on the actual statistics the players produce each week. There is a scale for each position. For example wr- wide recievers can get 1 point for every 10 yards of receiving they have in their real life game. Also touchdowns count 6 points for all players. So we see Flem's WR1 had 10 points. That means his real life player either a) had 100 yards receiving and no touchdowns or b) had 40 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. There are formulas for each position and it would probably just be overkill to go into that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Now that Flem had beat me we both move on to play another person in the fantasy league. The scores start over each week as each real life player ovbiously will play a new game in their own real life games.<br><br>
After a set number of games the "fantasy playoffs" begin. A fantasy league plays less games than a the real football (NFL) because logically not every team makes the real football playoffs and thus it wouldn't be fair if all my players were on teams that didn't make the real playoffs and my "fantasy opponent" players all were in the real playoffs. I wouldn't score a point in our fantasy playoff game due to the fact all my real players were not playing that week. So in most fantasy leagues there are around 14 games (real NFL has 17 weeks). The final 3 games of the real football season serve as the 3 weeks of fantasy football playoffs. Usually 8 teams make the fantasy playoffs (teams with the 8 best records) and that takes 3 weeks to conclude. After week 1 of the playoffs 4 teams are left, after week 2 there are 2 left and the 3rd week is the "fantasy championship game". The winner of that game is the champ!<br><br>
This was a quick and dirty explanation. I hope it helps. The basics are...<br><br>
1) pick real football players off of NFL teams to form your team<br>
b) each week you get points for how well they played in their real game<br>
iii) in your fantasy game the team with the most points wins their "game"<br>
IV) the top 8 teams make the playoffs at the end of the fantasy season<br>
last) the team that wins the last game is champ<br><br>
More to come but I gotta get back to work!

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Oh I forgot something very important! Fantasy players who play in online leagues like mine don't have to keep up or calculate any of those "points" the players score. The internet site/service does that for you. All we have to do is pick which players we want to play each week. Some hardcore players do calculate the scores themselves but you don't have to if you don't feel like it.<br><br>
Also my example is for fantasy football. We have joked in the 30 something threads that there are literally fantasy leagues for all kind of stuff. We've had fun with that discussion I tell ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
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