Fantasy Football Team

Definition of "Team" in Fantasy Football

In fantasy football, your "team" refers to the collection of players you've drafted. This is the main feature of fantasy football -- putting together a team that you believe is capable of scoring enough points to earn you enough Ws to get into your league's playoffs.

Your team is put together during a fantasy football draft -- much like the NFL draft, the fantasy players in your league will get together at a specific time and select players one by one until everyone's roster is full.

While many leagues follow different formats, a typical fantasy football starting roster is made up of the following components:

  • 1 Quarterback (QB)
  • 2 Running Backs (RB)
  • 2 Wide Receivers (WR)
  • 1 Flex (RB/WR)
  • 1 Tight End (TE)
  • 1 Placekicker (K)
  • 1 Team Defense / Special Teams (DST)

Besides the starting 9, there are usually 8 players "on the bench".

Notice that defensive stats are usually handled by the selection of an entire team's defense, rather than an individual player's stats. While there are variations on this, most fantasy leagues you will be involved in will use a Team Defense rather than asking you to pick individual defensive players.

Your team's performance is based on the performance of the individual players. Again, there are differences between different fantasy football leagues, but in general the scoring system works something like this:

  • 1 point for 25 passing yards
  • 1 point for 10 rushing yards
  • 1 point for 10 receiving yards
  • 6 points for a touchdown
  • 4 points for a passing touchdown
  • -2 points for every interception thrown or fumble lost
  • 1 point for each extra point made
  • 3 points for each 0-39 yard field goal
  • 4 points for each 40-49 yard field goal
  • 5 points for each 50+ yard field goal
  • 2 points per turnover gained by defense
  • 1 points per sack by the defense
  • 2 points for a safety by defense
  • 6 points for each touchdown scored by defense
  • 2 points for each blocked kick

It is important to understand how to put together a team when you're just starting out in the world of fantasy sports. There are plenty of references, both free on the Internet and available in FF magazines, for beginners to use when putting together their first team.

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