The Basics – How To Play Fantasy Football


It’s time to play Fantasy Football! Most leagues run parallel to the NFL Season from Weeks 1-16. Some leagues have a pre-season time period also. Others include pre-season games or play each separately. When ESPN started TV coverage 24/7, they started a daily half-hour fantasy football show year-round. Due to their show, a few Fantasy Football websites went year-round too for accommodating die-hard fans.

Size of Leagues:

Leagues can be made up of 6-16 teams. Rule of thumb is that the smaller the league the easier it will be. Six teams tend to be a fun and easy size and often free, 8 is considered a beginner league that’s free or has a low cost. Having 10 teams is intermediate and the most popular. The advanced size is usually 12 teams and the money often will go up. According to our sources, 14 and even 16 teams is considered to be a bit chaotic and crazy. 

Steps To Start Playing:

  1. If you are playing with an established group of people that you know, you’ll want to ask them for the site and/or app that they use
  2. If you are going to play alone or by inviting your friends and/or family, you want to research different sites to find what you’re looking for.
  3. Sign up on your chosen site and download their app if applicable. Apps make playing easier but playing on browsers is also perfectly fine. 
  4. The next step would be joining or creating your own league. A league is a set of people who would be playing against you for the championship. You might want to invite your friends or your relatives at this point.
  5. After completing your league, the building of teams begins. Selecting real NFL players for everyone’s team is called “The Draft.” When in a league with friends, in-person Draft Parties are fun. Online groups take turns choosing players using various methods virtually. If you’ve played before, tell us in the comments below how you prefer to choose teams.
  6. After the draft, you’ll manage your team as their owner for the entire season. Your team’s score depends on the individual performance of the real-life players. Points are scored through scoring touchdowns, catching passes, sacks and gaining yards.
  7. You’ll be matched against different opponents in your league each week.
  8. If you win enough matchups, you’ll make it to the playoffs. Once you’re there, you can compete for the championship.

Websites To Play Fantasy Football

Since states have different licensing guidelines, there are many great platforms that are not national ones. You might want to try googling local fantasy football leagues in your area too.

Research which league is best for you. Local leagues are the most fun if you want to play as a social activity. Draft night is usually a very good time consisting of varied and creative methods of team picking. Fantasy football is a great way to make friends and business connections. The most important thing is that you don’t have to be intimidated.

Conventions are held every year in Las Vegas for fantasy football players. One is held on opening game weekend and in 2018 over 1000 fantasy football players attended. That might be a lot of fun! There are over 300 platforms to play on, below are some of the larger ones. Our suggestion is that if you’re a beginner, join a low cost or free platform. Of course free will have time-consuming ads.  Paying a small amount, maybe $5 – $10 will eliminate ads and may up your commitment. 

NFL Fantasy Football (the free version had openings as of 9-8-20 @ 10PM)

Yahoo Fantasy Football        How to play fantasy football

ESPN Fantasy

CBS Sports  

Flea Flicker 

My Fantasy League 

Fantasy Football – A Great Way To Meet People

When I read the demographics of Fantasy Football, I immediately suggested that my single girlfriends learn how to play fantasy football! This is where 20 MILLION single, educated and employed men spend their time about 6 months a year!

Not only that, there are 4 men for every 1 lady. Since I learned this, my girlfriends have been studying stats and choosing which players they like. Not a bad idea… Instant common interests… My husband and I play together, however, we enjoy a once a week game day get-together with friends.

According to the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association (FSGA) in 2018 “approximately 41 million people play fantasy sports every year with an average age of 34. 18% of the market is held by teens, an important demographic because they are likely to continue playing for at least the next decade. 80% of all team managers are male and 51.5% are not married. 78% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, likely making the majority of team managers an upper-middle-class earner with a median income in the $60–100K catagory.”

Ladies are the largest growing demographic of players. Let’s show the guys how to play! 

Join us at Raider Ladies Nation on Facebook and ask your questions or talk about fantasy football. There are many fantasy football Facebook groups to browse. You’ll find team name suggestions, Top 5 Player Choices, Best Teams, How-To’s, and MANY “choose my platform” groups. Twitter is also a good social and educational place to go. People like helping others to learn their sport, so just ask! And, Good Luck!

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