Whether you understand the game of football or not, fantasy football is a whole other field play on its own. As if the rules of football weren't enough to remember, fantasy football has its own handbook and that's where it can get confusing. We're here to ease your gamer day stress (as much as possible) and give you this breakdown on fantasy football.

What is Fantasy Football?

It's like the ideal world of football perfection (too each their own). Fantasy football is a competition where participants select imaginary teams from players within a league and score points according to the actual performance of their players during the real season games.

How to Play Fantasy Football?

  1. Join a League: You can join a public league which means anyone can sign up for a spot and generally you're playing against strangers. Or you can join a private league where you need an invitation to play in which case you have a group of friends ready to tackle the game together. Creating a league includes recruiting team owners, finding a website to host the scores and beginning your drafting pulls.
  2. Start Scouting: Before you choose your fantasy team, research all the available players so you can rank them accordingly. These are all the positions you'll need to fill for your roster. -- ---Quarterback - QB
    Wide Receiver - WR
    Wide Receiver - WR
    Running Back - RB
    Running Back - RB
    Tight End- TE
    Flex - WR/RB/TE
    Kicker - K
    Defense/Special Teams - D/ST
    Bench - BN (6 spots)
  3. Build your Team via the Draft: This is beginning to all the excitement. On draft day, each fantasy owner selects one NFL player until the rosters are complete. Remember to draft accordingly to the positions you need to fill. You can have 16 players on your sideline so choose the best first.
  4. Teams Play Teams: Once the NFL season kicks off, the real teams play each other weekly while your fantasy players do too. The players' real-time stats are converted into fantasy points by your league provider, and the fantasy team that scores the most points wins the game for the week.
  5. Stay Alert: As a fantasy owner, you have full control over your team, you're the head coach. You can drop players you think aren't doing well and others can grab them once you've dropped them. If one of your players gets injured you can bench him and start someone from your sideline.
  6. Hopeful for Playoffs: If your team crushes the fantasy field and makes it to the playoffs you've done well. At the end of the season, the top teams square off in a single-elimination tournament to decide the league champion. This goes with any sport, but the last team standing takes home the W.

Now that you have a breakdown on fantasy football, gather your pals and get going. For more inside information on how to play fantasy football, check out this blog.