Handyman Wednesday #4: Fantasy Football

Hi everyone, Kevin is here again with another edition of Handyman Wednesdays!  Horray!  So, today’s topic has taken America by storm over the past decade: Fantasy Football!!!!   As a 10 year veteran of this activity, I’ll go through some basics of fantasy football for someone who is new.  If you have advanced questions, ask them and I’ll answer.

Q: Football, don’t they have a world cup and a goalie?

A:  Well, to start, this is focused on American Football.  I’d like to apologize to my European readers who don’t know much about it.  To learn what football is check out this link.

Q: 2. Fantasy?  Umm, I’m not sure what you’re talking about Kevin, but Football has never been in a fantasy of mine!  

A: No, it’s nothing like that!  It’s fantasy in the fact that you get to build your own football team using current NFL players.

Q: Wait a second…you build your team? How do you build a team?

A: You have a draft, just like the NFL does.  However, you can draft any current NFL player playing for any team.  The goal is to build the best team possible.

Q: So, what does a team look like.  Surely you don’t pick big ol’ lineman and coaches!

A: Ok, so you typically draft a team that looks like this: 1 Quarterback, 2 Running Backs, 3 Wide Recievers, 1 Tight End (Jess likes those!), 1 Kicker, and 1 Defensive Team

Q: So I drafted a team.  Who do I play? 

A: Well, you join a league and all draft together.  You come up with a creative team name and compete head to head with your friends.

Q: How do we determine who wins?  

A: Simple, the better your players do in the real NFL game, the more you score.  If your running backs get more yards, you get more points.

A Quarterback and a “Tight End” for Jess

Q: Kevin, this sounds AWESOME and fun.  How do I get started?

A: If you have a man, ask him.  If you want to do a girl league, yahoo has a great platform.  Go here and start a league!

This is probably the greatest thing for the NFL since the invention of beer (yeah, a long time).  Jess and I are in 2 leagues together, and it brings up some rivalries and gambling every time we play each other.  If you’re wondering, my team name is “No Punt Intended” and Jess is “Victorious Secret”.  Good luck getting started.  It’s not too late!

Post any more questions you have below, and I’ll do my best to answer them!  Have you ever played fantasy football before?  

4 comments

  1. Emily says:

    I play! My family has a guys only league (I have seen the emails and male drama and I am fine to opt out). I have signed up for random Yahoo leagues and this is my second year participating in a office league. Bragging rights and jelly beans are all that are won, but it does make a Sunday full of football more fun.

  2. Ave-New says:

    I can’t wait to tell Matt about your “Cliff Notes” version of fantasy football! He’s already not sure about the photos that I’ll be slipping in of him soon but maybe he’d be willing to write a couple posts knowing this option is out there… Goodluck this season!

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