Five years ago I started on a journey, this journey was in the crazy world of Fantasy Football. Now five years later I’m in thirty one fantasy football leagues (mad). It’s been truly amazing, I love the challenge from week to week in redraft leagues, or year to year in dynasty leagues. I got hooked from day one. I get moody when I lose and I jump for joy when I win. My partner knows when I’ve lost a matchup as I’m impossible to deal with on a Tuesday, “IF ONLY” a common saying on a Tuesday morning in my house.
Now if you’re thinking of joining or creating a fantasy league and want to know some of the more popular league configurations, you’re in the right place. In this article, I’ll break-down the various types of fantasy football leagues.
Redraft leagues are the most popular fantasy football leagues and generally begin with teams selecting all their players in a snake style draft. Owners then set their lineups each week based on the number of players per position allowed by league rules.
There are basically two different types of redraft fantasy football leagues; head-to-head and total points (Best Ball)
In a head-to-head league, a team matches up against a different team each week with the team receiving the most points of the two that particular week being awarded a win while the other team is given a loss. At the end of the regular season, teams with the best won/loss records meet in the playoffs to decide an eventual champion.
Total points leagues (Best Ball) do not track wins and losses, rather teams accumulate points on an ongoing basis with standings being determined by the teams’ total points. The teams that build the highest total points at the end of the regular season advance to the playoffs.
Auction Draft Leagues
As with redraft leagues, auction draft leagues can utilize either a head-to-head or total points system (Best Ball). The difference is that owners are given a predetermined amount of money to bid on players to fill their roster. Each owner may bid on any player he likes, and individual players can end up on more than one team. But if an owner overspends on one player, the rest of his roster might suffer because he does not have enough remaining cash to fill other positions with quality players.
Dynasty leagues are leagues that require commitment over multiple years. After the initial startup draft, players will remain on the same roster from one season to the next unless traded or released. After the first initial season, another draft is held, this is for rookies only, meaning respective owners must be in tune with NFL draft prospects from college (Hardcore). I liken the experience of being a dynasty owner,to as realistic an experience of managing an NFL Franchise as an amateur is likely to do.
A keeper league is a combination between redraft league and dynasty leagues. Each preseason, most of the players are drafted, however, owners are allowed to keep a predetermined number of players on their roster from the year before. Most league rules allow only a handful of players to be retained by each team from year to year.
This type of fantasy football league utilizes defensive players on an individual basis rather than as a defensive unit, which is common among most other types of leagues. The additional players and positions to fill require owners in an IDP league to do a lot more research to determine which defensive players to draft and when.
Whatever route you decide to go, just remember to have fun. Dynasty is my personal favourite as I liken it to being a actual NFL GM. If it wasn’t for redraft tho I’d never have started. Have fun and enjoy the ride