There’s a first time for everyone who plays fantasy football. If it’s yours, welcome! You’re going to love it, and more importantly, you’re going to love soccer even more. Fantasy football can seem overwhelming for beginners, but we can make it easy for you. Just follow these steps and you’ll be playing Fantasy Football in no time.
How to play fantasy football
Fantasy football is not very complicated. You choose your own team of players and set a lineup each week. Then watch them run, pass, catch and score touchdowns, all of which are worth fantasy points. Each week you’ll be matched against someone else in your league, and whoever has the most Fantasy Points that week wins! Then, the following week, we repeat everything. The final weeks of the NFL regular season are the fantasy playoffs, which work just like the big leagues: make the playoffs, then win to advance, or lose and your season is over. As simple as that.
Would you like to find out more? Everything you want to know about Fantasy Football can be found in our Fantasy Football 101 series.
Fantasy football drafting for beginners
You’ve probably heard a lot about fantasy football drafts and how much fun they are. Yes, simply put, it’s one of the best days of the year and some fantasy football fans spend months preparing and cramming like it’s the SATs. But you don’t have to. The truth is that most of the work is already done for you. We rank all the players you need to fill your team in the order we would take them in, and we’re also projecting hundreds of players so you can see how many fantasy points to expect. You can even set your team to Autodraft when you draw online, and we’ll handpick you a competitive team you’re comfortable with.
Well, if you decide to draft yourself – which is half the fun of being in a fantasy league in the first place – doesn’t mean there aren’t nuances in drafting. If the best player available is a quarterback and you already have one, this may not be the best choice. What you want to do is follow Field Yates. 10 basic rules for drawingand no one else in your league will suspect you’re drafting for the first time.
Would you like to find out more? Once you’ve mastered the basics of drawing, browse Mike Clay’s playbook for a master class on how an expert approaches design.
Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet for Beginners
While online drafting has our rankings and predictions right at your fingertips, you might need that essential fantasy football tool: the cheat sheet. For first-time authors, we recommend the Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet for Beginners. It’s the same information found in our in-depth cheat sheet, but organized round by round and with a simple set of instructions from our fantasy ranking and projection guru, Mike Clay.
Want more cheat sheets? Check out the Cheat Sheet Central for a variety of cheat sheets covering different types of leagues.
You’re almost ready to go, but don’t forget about one of the funniest aspects of fantasy football: naming your team. Some people like to make it sound like a sports franchise from their hometown. Others play in themed leagues, with each team named after a superhero, Renaissance artist, or cereal brand. But the most popular and fun way is to make a pun based on the name of one of your favorite players, especially if they are in your squad. Think about it – or not at all – but remember that what you call your team affects people’s first impression of your team.
Fantasy Football Preseason Research
If you have time before your draft, you may decide to do some research. There is a lot of fantasy football information out there, but if you’re a football fan you already have a pretty good idea of who is and isn’t a good player. The key to fantasy football research is figuring out what has changed since last season. For example, did you know that Tyreek Hill is no longer with the Chiefs? And that Davante Adams is with the Raiders? If not, or if you just want a quick refresher, it’s important to get in touch with Eric Moody’s 12 fantasy football things that have happened since the Super Bowl
Ready for more? In our 2022 Fantasy Football Draft Kit, you can dive into all of our content, including rankings, projections, sleepers, busts, mock drafts, strategies and opinions from our award-winning fantasy football analysts
Ready, set, draft!
That’s it! You’re good to go! Welcome to the fun and excitement of fantasy football. We’re glad to have you and we’ll be here throughout the season to help you manage your squad all the way to the championship. Would you like to apply what you have learned so far? Enter a mock draft and try your luck as many times as you want before it really gets going. Good luck and have fun!
Pierre Becquey is the Associate Editor of ESPN Fantasy.
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