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Video:Fantasy Football: Set Up a Team

with Jamal Andress

Want to know the basics behind setting up a fantasy football team on any platform? This About.com video shows you how to get started.See Transcript

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Transcript:Fantasy Football: Set Up a Team

 

Hello I'm Jamal Andress for About.com. Every fall along with tailgating, hot dogs and game day grilling comes Fantasy Football, and for those who want to get involved, this video will show you how to set up a fantasy football team.

 

Start/Join a Fantasy Football League

The first step is to figure out which league you are going to be apart of. Maybe everyone at work has started a league or you may want to get one together with your best friends. Either way you will have to select a website to host your league and there are lots to choose from. The most popular sites to host fantasy football leagues are ESPN and Yahoo!. If you are creating the league, you will likely be the commissioner and will be required to set up how the league drafts and scores.

 

Fantasy Football: Different Draft Styles

Once the league is ready, the first step in setting up your personal team is always the draft. The draft can take place in two different styles, the serpentine and the auction style. A serpentine draft allows owners to take turns drafting players and the owner who picks first in the odd rounds will pick last in the even rounds. An auction style draft is centered around a fixed budget each owner is allotted in the league and how much he or she is willing to pay for the superstar player you want. Owners take turns nominating players for open bid, and to the highest bidder go the spoils.

 

Drafting Players

While selecting players, you, the owner must keep in mind what is needed on your team based on how the league is scored. Depending on the league the roster may change but here's a typical list of players for an ESPN standard league fantasy football team

  • 1 Quarterback
  • 2 Running Backs
  • 2 Wide Receiver
  • 1 Flex player
  • 1 Tight End
  • 1 Kicker
  • 1 Team Defense and Special Teams
  • 6 bench players

 

Each week you choose a group of starters from your total roster and only those starters can score points for your team that week.

 

Thanks for watching our video on how to set up your next fantasy football team. For more information on Fantasy Football drafting, strategy or just how to get started be sure to check out About.com

   

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