Fantasy football has surged in popularity across media in recent years, even forming the basis of a recent sitcom, “The League”. Many are left on two sides of the fence, those actively participating in fantasy football, and those who don’t quite understand what it is.
Fantasy football is a game in which players put together a team of professional players currently in the NFL. This is accomplished through a draft, which allows for players to choose and gamble on players they feel will do the best in the upcoming season. Once put together, a team often consists of 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 tight end, a flex position (a running back, wide receiver, or tight end), a kicker, and 1 NFL team’s special teams/defense.
Once the players establish their teams, they’ll have a starting lineup and bench. Each week of the regular season, teams from the league will be matched against each other, and the winner is determined by the specific stats achieved by the players they have chosen for their teams. For instance, if Andrew Luck throws for 350 yards and a trio of touchdowns in their season debut, and he’s my starting quarterback, these stats will translate to a point total Luck will add to my own team's “score”. The rest is just like the NFL itself, and largely up to the fantasy football players (or “team owners”) themselves. Often a league will run until a playoffs, determined by team record among other factors, with the playoff qualifiers battling it out for a championship and bragging rights.
The game has the potential to be very in-depth, with spectator scouting of specific players down to even training camp conditions to ensure the best decisions are made. No matter how you play fantasy football, however, it is certain to change your viewing experience of NFL games, something many have grown to enjoy.