Fantasy Football Basics

At first glance the fantasy league is very overwhelming and confusing. With many categorized stats across the board, it can drive you right off the cliff of calm into the abyss of mania.

Since there’s more abbreviations here than a singles phone book, we’ll create a chart, to guide you through the murky waters. Your roster will thank you, being a knowledgeable owner. Half of winning is knowing how to play! Good Luck!

(PPR) Points Per Reception

(QB) Quarterback

(RB) Running Back

(WR) Wide Receiver

(TE) Tight End

(K) Kicker

(P) Punter

NPPR: (Non Points Per Reception) (- yard(s) or attempts)

IDP (Individual Defencive Player)

DST (Defencive/ Special Teams)

Flex (positions) are referring to players that play multiple positions

(“WR/TE”, “RB/WR”, or “RB/WR/TE”.)

Owner: if you’ve ever played “Madden” (NFL football game where you not only play, but also can manage your favorite franchise. Much like fantasy you participate in draft picks, advertising, Trading, salary cap management, and so on.)

Mock Draft: you hear this term a lot in the off-season. Sport analysts LOVE to mock draft for (picks), also to examine players. Here this will help you get familiar with the process.

Fantasy football teams are often put together by draft. Owners each get a chance to pick players for the team, in an upcoming season. Normally the team with the worst record gets first pick (i.e the 0-8 Browns would pick 1st if the season ends today.)

League Almanac: gives you the ability to see past Champions, in older seasons (this may not be available every where)

League Manager:
A person or persons in charge of the league. They’ll set up the draft, (Possibility collect fees if applicable), updating results and standings, lastly “a referee” of sorts for any issues between owners (players of fantasy)

Depth Charts
An important view of each player that’s on your team. Knowing who you have and where they sit in rotation, could be the difference between winning and losing.

Types of leagues:

Custom-Scoring League: A type of league that adds value (of it’s own volition.) To touchdowns, field goals, extra points, ETC. Some span across offense plays, make sure you check to see what type you’re in!

Keeper League: This type of league allows you to keep a certain amount of players, (each season) obviously the numbers depend on what your availability is in said leagues. As discussed many different types of (leagues) exist

Dynasty League: This one allows you to keep an entire roster, putting less pressure on the draft. Be aware this type is a commitment, as it makes sense for the long term.

Predicted stats that help decide what a player’s fantasy value would be for an owner to evaluate them

Waiver Wire: (same as regular NFL this refers to a player being released from a team (Free Agent) (But eligible for play) this action keeps things competitive.

Waiver Order: similar to the draft this term concerns the order in which you can “claim” a player on said waiver

Waiver Hawk: (terrible pun incoming)

The early bird gets the worm or in this case the player. This person is the type to be outside an apple store for the newest iPhone. In other words they’ll make it a priority to get (or attempt to get) players seconds after waiver clearing (Good Luck!)

Undroppable: some Leagues make it so you have to play certain players. (Barring an injury) then at which point waiver knowledge is important. As replacement of that player is necessary.

Trades: Same as (waiver orders) this follows the NFL in the sense that “owners” (and or the commissioner) of the league have say over a trade (votes may be taken) to determine if a trade is approved.


(Trading Tom Brady (N.E. Patriots) for Josh McCown (N.Y. Jets) would probably not be approved.) (Terrible Trade by the way, great for the Jets though. 😉) Even in fantasy that wouldn’t happen.

Team QBs: When starting a team (In fantasy football) you’re starting with that team’s “designated” Quarterback


Starting the Jacksonville Jaguars your person under center, would be Blake Bortles, and Chad Henne.

Transaction: movement such as Trading, adding,and or removing a player from your roster. (Note, some Leagues charge for an excessive amount of movement.

Sleepers: An expression that refers to a player breaking expectations, becoming a great player for your team


Josh McCown wasn’t expected to do much upon his arrival to (New York Jets) but has surprised most with his recent efforts

Stud: A term for a player whose performance is amongst the best


DeAndre Hopkins (Wide Receiver) was a stud ranking player in week 8

3rd year Wide Receiver(s): Be it learning the playbook, adjusting to the NFL, (From college) or simply because of gelling with teammates. It seems new receivers (with exceptions i.e Odell Beckham Jr.) Don’t reach their potential talent level until the 3rd year.

Super Bowl Slump: The perfect example of this, would be the Panthers losing to the Patriots 32-29. Though they did make the playoffs the following year blowing out the Giants 23-0 (wild card game) beating The Bears 29-21 (Division game) they lost to the Seahawks 34-14 (Conference Championship) beating certain odds the closer to “the big game” the worse they played.

Starting Lineup: Most (“easy”) leagues (allow “owners”) to start a quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 or more receivers, a single tight end, 1 kicker and 1 defense.

(Results Vary)

Leagues may determine the number of starters and include a “flex” position your experience may depend on which league you’re in.

Snake or Serpent Draft: (Used by most leagues) is similar to the actual draft in the sense that, you’ll receive draft pick(s) only they’re used in the opposite direction. 1st and 2nd (picks) go last rather than first (in 2nd round) while the reverse skips the line. To keep things balanced. ( A hot button issue for fantasy players.)

Roster: A list of players that make up the team you’re using to play with

Reserve: Backup players or those (benched)”riding the pine” for the time being

RBBC: (Running Back By Committee)

Simply put, this is when a team uses a two rotation RB scheme. If you’ve got

Legarrette Blount, with DeMarco Murray you split the carries between both. (Be aware coming across players like these, won’t be easy for this reason)

Free Agent: A player who isn’t on a team’s roster and is available on the waiver wire.

Injured Reserve: Some leagues allow you to tag an injured player and add someone else to your roster. Common with dynasty and keeper leagues.

Add: Adding a free-agent player off the waiver wire. Filling empty roster spots

Handcuff: Taking the (immediate) backup for one of your prominent players

Drop: Releasing a player back into the free-agent pool. (Due to various reasons)

Bust: (Players) who had high expectations of becoming ”studs” but failed to do so.

(ADP) Average Draft Position: A list compiling selections from previous drafts (that have been completed) using statistics to project what round a player may be chosen

Auction Draft: Owners (you) and others playing fantasy choose players to bid on. Each (player of fantasy) is held to a specific amount to spend AKA salary cap which may be used to fill your roster (depending on what league you’re participating in.)

Scoring System(s): (Arguably) the most important thing to know in reference to playing (fantasy football) similar to the NFL points are ranked as follows:

Touchdown-6 points

Extra point- 1 point

Field Goal- 3 points

There’s other Point systems, this is the most basic (check your league and proceed further.

Breakout: A player that makes the jump from average to a fantasy football necessity. (i.e Jordan Reed TE) who plays on the Washington Redskins

(week 8)

Bye Week: Each of the NFL’S 32 teams gets a one week break during the 16 game season, make sure to take notice of each (of your player’s schedules.) Ensuring you won’t have to scramble to replace anyone on your roster.

Cheat Sheet: I’d be sure to take advantage of this opportunity, you can find cheat sheets around. Though it’d be helpful to keep track of who you’ve got and how they’ve fared for you. Making Game play a little easier.

Comeback Player: A player that has suffered from a serious injury only to come back, to climb on top the starter list for fantasy.

This was just a break down of the most common terminology, used by fantasy football. Hope you enjoy it, also that it may give you a better understanding of what it is.

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  1. My fantasy knowledge is GARBAGE. I figured if I Played and Coach football I’d at least be decent. Definitely not the case. Looking forward to more info in the future!

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    1. It was over whelming to say the least I agree. It took a few hours of research to say the least. Thank you for checking it out and commenting. I’ll try and sit down with some friends who are well informed, hopefully I can add more to it.

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