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Different types of Fantasy Leagues

Posted by zewkey on August 22, 2007

Posted 6/29 by Chris Smith, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin

This section will give you a rundown on the different types of fantasy leagues that one can participate in. From a standard redraft league to a full-fledged dynasty league to an IDP league, there are many styles of leagues that all offer various challenges and enjoyments to the fantasy footballer.

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Standard Redraft Leagues (Head to Head)

The standard redraft leagues are by far the most common fantasy leagues. The league has a draft that is usually serpentine in nature (first pick overall in round one will pick last in round two, the last pick in round one will pick first in round two, etc.). The owners will pick out a starting lineup each week depending on the regulations of the league and match up against a different owner each week. Scoring more points than your opponent results in a win whereas scoring fewer points will result in a loss. The best win/loss records meet in the playoffs. Each new season, all of the NFL players go back into the pool and can be drafted all over again.

Example of Head to Head Competition

Team One – winners

Team Two – losers

QB

Donovan McNabb

23

QB

Peyton Manning

18

RB

Brandon Jacobs

17

RB

Brian Westbrook

6

RB

Willie Parker

14

RB

Warrick Dunn

6

WR

Chad Johnson

16

WR

Plaxico Burress

10

WR

Darrell Jackson

14

WR

Derrick Mason

11

WR

Joe Jurevicius

8

WR

Marvin Harrison

22

TE

Alge Crumpler

7

TE

Todd Heap

5

PK

Mike Vanderjagt

7

PK

Jason Elam

6

DT

Baltimore Ravens

7

DT

Chicago Bears

10

Starters’ Total Points

113

Starters’ Total Points

94

Standard Redraft Leagues (Total Points)


These leagues start off the same as head-to-head leagues. Once the draft is finished however the ultimate goal is to finish with the most points overall instead of the most wins. There is no weekly head-to-head schedule and it is simply a matter of building up as many points as possible. Over the last decade or so, the total points’ leagues have become less popular.

Example of Total Points League

Franchise

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

Tot

Charitable Donation

82

103

87

104

113

108

94

143

108

114

80

100

119

89

136

103

110

1794

Chris Smith’s Goons

81

102

74

122

133

107

94

112

98

95

99

103

107

132

108

102

92

1759

Unlucky’s Bass Turds

112

78

113

98

94

127

85

111

76

137

82

90

89

136

130

98

67

1724

Stuart’s Ships

107

104

70

67

67

83

98

75

133

122

128

97

115

100

88

110

77

1641

Harrisville

61

94

78

83

92

72

112

103

84

116

64

97

88

110

108

102

119

1584

Hollywood Funk

71

102

78

88

79

100

102

99

80

84

77

111

105

84

77

128

93

1527

Hocking Valley Egos

64

115

82

58

96

92

68

99

88

44

99

106

138

127

95

91

57

1520

The Assassin

90

98

81

95

81

81

87

74

82

56

119

106

93

67

118

68

80

1476

Joe T Carney Men

68

88

74

144

105

82

101

107

98

62

87

77

97

58

90

56

73

1468

Spartans Rule

125

117

102

76

79

73

97

91

77

93

59

80

82

72

64

92

87

1465

Longboards

94

87

78

92

82

97

81

83

86

71

138

75

68

103

92

80

53

1463

Baptist Breakers

84

90

61

74

87

45

119

55

74

83

107

99

77

110

95

91

39

1390

Auction Draft Leagues

Auction drafts are a relatively new type of fantasy league to the casual fantasy gamer. These drafts can be a ton of fun and offer unique challenges but it also takes up a lot more time on average than a standard draft. As an owner in an auction draft, make sure to devote a block of six to ten hours in order to complete your draft. Each owner in this kind of league gets a sum of play money in which they will use in order to build their fantasy roster. Each owner can bid on any player on the auction block as long as he/she has enough money remaining to win the bid. The best part of an auction draft is simply that every player in the league is available to a fantasy owner. If an owner wants to build a squad featuring Shaun Alexander, Steven Jackson, Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison as part of their starting unit, they can do so (although he won’t have much, if any, money left to add other strong players).

Example of the first six bids of an Auction Draft

Pos

Player

Team

Drafted By

Cost

QB

Peyton Manning

Ind

Team One

$34

RB

LaDainian Tomlinson

SD

Team Four

$75

WR

Marvin Harrison

Ind

Team Seven

$25

RB

Willie Parker

Pit

Team Four

$44

WR

Torry Holt

StL

Team Ten

$29

TE

Tony Gonzalez

KC

Team One

$14

“Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy’s army without battle …. They conquer by strategy.” – Sun Tzu ‘Art of War’

Keeper Leagues

Very similar to the leagues above. The difference being that the owner can keep a predetermined number of players from his draft in the previous season to carry forward into the new campaign. In some leagues you can keep one player, in others three and in others five or more. Sometimes it costs an owner a draft pick to keep a player from the previous season and sometimes no penalty is paid. It really depends on the leagues rules.

Example of a four-player keeper league (the teams will keep the players in blue)

Team One

Team Two

QB

Donovan McNabb

Phi

QB

Marc Bulger

StL

QB

Byron Leftwich

Jac

QB

Trent Green

Mia

QB

Kyle Boller

Bal

QB

Kurt Warner

Ari

RB

Warrick Dunn

Atl

RB

Jamal Lewis

Cle

RB

Edgerrin James

Ari

WR

Steven Jackson

StL

RB

Marion Barber III

Dal

RB

Cedric Houston

NYJ

RB

Michael Pittman

TB

RB

Marcel Shipp

Ari

WR

Marty Booker

Mia

WR

Isaac Bruce

StL

WR

Plaxico Burress

NYG

WR

Laveranues Coles

NYJ

WR

Randy Moss

NE

WR

Andre Johnson

Hou

WR

Bobby Wade

Min

WR

Steve Smith

Car

TE

Daniel Graham

Den

WR

Michael Clayton

TB

TE

Ben Watson

NE

TE

Jim Kleinsasser

Min

PK

Matt Stover

Bal

TE

Jeremy Shockey

NYG

DT

Dallas Cowboys

Dal

PK

Jeff Wilkins

StL

DT

St. Louis Rams

StL

DT

Atlanta Falcons

Atl

DT

New Orleans Saints

NO

DT

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pit

Dynasty Leagues

A dynasty league is similar to a keeper league but each team can keep their entire roster of players from one year to the next. After the inaugural draft in year one, the players will stay on the team they are drafted to unless they are traded away or released. Each offseason a rookie draft will take place in which the owners can add talent to their rosters. These leagues can be really challenges to rebuild a poor roster as it may take years of wise trading and shrewd drafting in order to rise to the top. Great leagues if you want to challenge yourself.

Survivor Draft Leagues

These leagues can use either the auction draft or the standard draft. Once the rosters have been filled out however the rules are much different. Similar to the television show, Survivor, in this style of league, the team with the fewest points scored in a week is booted out for the season. It is very important in this kind of league to build a well-rounded squad that can withstand the perils of injuries, bye weeks and other similar challenges. Usually in this kind of league, no free agent pickups or trades are allowed. Because of the format, there is possibly a higher degree of luck involved as you can have one back week and be kicked out of the league.

IDP Leagues

These leagues use defensive players as well as offensive players. This is only for the diehard fantasy player as it takes a lot more research, knowledge and experience to know not only what defensive players to draft but when.

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