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Subject: Fantasy Football Fans?!?
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
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Anyone here play fantasy football? I do and LOVE it!! Just looking for people who share my addiction so we can shoot the breeze...or Brees if you're a Saints fan!

Last Edited on: 9/13/07 4:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/3/2007 12:21 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2006
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I've always wanted to play. How does it work?

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 10:38 AM ET
Member Since: 9/30/2006
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Me too!  I haven't the vaguest idea how this works, but it sounds like fun.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 5:49 PM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
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In Fantasy Football (or Fantasy any other sport) what you do is draft your own team, made up of any players you can get. Basically, you get a group of 8-12 people (or you can join public leagues online). You draw numbers for draft order then...you start picking your team!

For example: My fiance got the #1 pick so he took LaDanian Tomlinson, then #2 picked his player, then #3, #4, #5, #6...I was #7 and took Shaun Alexander. And it goes on like that. We have 12 people in our league...and we do a serpentine draft - meaning when #12 picked his first player in the first "round", then he picked again and the drafting goes backwards (after 12 then 11, 10, 9, etc...) You can pick any player you want from any team, as long as no one ahead of you drafted them. There are strategies, of course (like taking running backs early because they usually get more points, watching bye weeks, etc...)

As the games are played, you get points. In our league, any catch is worth a point. 5 rushes gets a point. A sack gets a point. Fumbles are worth 2 points....

There are different rules in different leagues but usually you want to draft 2 Quarterbacks (so when your best QB is on their bye week, you have a back up), at least 3 running backs, at least 3 wide receivers, 2 tight ends, 2 defenses and 2 kickers.  We draft 16 players so I have 2 QBs 4 RBs 4 WRs 2 TEs 2 DEFs and 2 Ks.

Then, depending on the league, you have to set your lineup. We HAVE to play 9 players: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 DEF and 1 K and the 1 "flex" which can be a RB, WR or TE.

It's really REALLY cool! It sounds complicated but it really isn't. The website keeps score for you...all you need to do is draft, watch for injuries (like I just lost Ronnie Brown for the season so i have to go pick up a new player to round out my roster) and watch for bye weeks.

If you are interested in trying Fantasy football, I would recommend espn.com - they have, what are called, mock drafts where you can practice and see how they work. Maybe next season, I'll play commish for a PBS league!