Friday, June 5, 2015

{FOOTBALL} League Types and Descriptions

from The League
Here is a brief run down of Fantasy Football leagues... There are many different methods of organizing of fantasy football leagues, some of which may be combined. The two most popular league types are head-to-head and total points leagues.

In head-to-head leagues, a team matches up versus a different team each week. The team who receives the most points of the two receives a win for that particular week. Points are dictated by the scoring system that is either standard set by the website or custom set by the league. A team’s total is the sum of all players' points in the starting lineup. Teams with the best win-loss record advance to the playoffs. If two teams have the same record, tiebreakers are employed based on league preference.

Total points leagues are leagues in which teams accumulate points on an ongoing basis. The league standings are determined by the teams’ total points.
All play leagues are leagues in which all teams play each other each week. For example, if there are 14 teams in the league, the top scoring team that week would post a 13-0 record, 2nd highest scoring team would post a 12-1 record and so on.

A keeper style league allows teams to keep players from one year to the next.

The salary cap league is a particular type of dynasty league which adds another factor of realism similar to the NFL: the salary cap. Each player has an associated salary and the total spent on all the players on a team has a maximum - the "salary cap."

In two quarterback leagues, a team has the ability to start two quarterbacks in their weekly lineup. This changes the value of the Quarterback position, as it doubles the number of Quarterbacks able to start in any given week.

Daily fantasy sports is like traditional fantasy sports where players draft a team of real world athletes who then score fantasy points according to set scoring rules. However, instead of being stuck with the same team through a whole season, daily fantasy sports contests last just one day (or in the case of NFL, one weekend). Users can play head-to-head or in larger field tournaments. Both cash leagues and free contests are available for play.

NOTE: For the purpose of this blog, I will focus my draft style and team management based on a Head-to-Head League style, however a lot of the information will also benefit Total Point Leagues.

So, what is your favorite kind of league to play in?  Do you play in a lot of different styles to keep it interesting? Also, please let me know if you have any questions about the different leagues! 

-Christi, FFC

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