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PF Daily: Fantasy Football Tutorial Series: Beginner

Types of Fantasy Leagues

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This study will breakdown a number of different styles of fantasy leagues to join. From the standard redraft leagues to the in depth, ongoing dynasty leagues to auction leagues and more, we will help you to decide which style of league is for you. This combined with next two section's scoring rules and starting lineup requirements helps you to determine which type of fantasy footballer you are from the casual 'let's have fun' owner to the more serious, break down every aspect of fantasy football owner. There truly is a place for everyone within this hobby.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will." -- Vince Lombardi

Standard Redraft Leagues (Head-to-head) In this style of league, a draft takes place to populate the rosters. It is usually serpentine in nature where the owner who picks first overall in round one will pick last in round two. Using your starting lineup requirements and roster limits, you will draft a team that includes your starters, backups and players with upside. There is specific strategies to drafting a top squad we will get into later on in our studies. Each week, an owner selects his starting lineup based on league rules and goes head to head vs a specific owner. Much like the actual NFL, there is fun randomness to this as a player can disappoint or erupt, costing your squad the win or propelling the squad to glory.

Example of the Draft

Round 1: RB LeSean McCoy
Round 2: WR AJ Green
Round 3: RB Tre Mason
Round 4: QB Matt Ryan
Round 5: WR Golden Tate

So re-sorting the beginning of this squad looks like this

ROSTER through 5 rounds

QB Matt Ryan
RB LeSean McCoy
RB Lamar Miller
WR AJ Green
WR Golden Tate

A nice start with a starting quarterback, two running backs and two receivers.

You get points multiple points in fantasy football depending on your league rules and your starting lineup will go up directly against your opponent

So say your opponent starts these five against your five previously mentioned

QB Eli Manning
RB Jeremy Hill
RB Carlos Hyde
RB Larry Fitzgerald
RB Emannuel Sanders

So your starting five would earn pts based on how well they perform that week against his five. Then the points are added up and one team earns the win while the other loses. How many teams make the playoffs depend on your league rules so every win usually matters.

Standard Redraft Leagues (Total Points)

The draft for these leagues is the same as the Standard redraft league head to head. The difference here is that total points for the entire season matter and you do not play games week to week. In these styles of leagues, a player's durability and ability to play in sixteen games is much more important than in head to head leagues as missing five games would slide his value significantly down the statistics line while in head to head league that player can still be very dangerous if he puts up big fantasy points per game.

So for scoring you simply add up the points per week based on your leauge scoring and / or starting lineups


Week 1: 70 points, Week 2: 110 points, Week 3: 50 points would equal 230 points through your first three weeks.

Auction Draft Leagues Auction drafts can be either head to head or total points as mentioned above so lets focus on the difference which is the draft. Unlike the popular serpentine draft, in an auction draft you can target any player you want but must stay within the cap limits of the league. The cap can be one hundred, two hundred, one thousand, sixty million, really whatever the league sets it at. The positives of and auction draft is that every player is technically available for every team. The negative for many people is auction drafts will usually take more time to complete than a regular draft as every player has a bidding session.


Team A puts QB Tom Brady up on the block and Team B promptly bids $10.00. Every team gets a chance at that point to increase that bid. Bids keep continuing until no more come and that final price is deducted from the team's cap. Some owners like to bid early and scoop up three to four superstars while others wait until the mid rounds of a draft to pick up players for value prices as other rosters have limited funds remaining. Their are Pros and Cons to both strategies which we will cover in our Advanced look at auction leagues.

"Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle .... They conquer by strategy." - Sun Tzu, Art of War

Pick players with a $ value Cap League

In this style of league, every player is listed with a dollar value. You simply pick the required number of players at each position and stay under the set league cap.


Cap Value of $150 in a league where you need 2 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, 2 TE, 1 K 1 DEF

QB Tom Brady is worth $26, RB LeSean McCoy $37, WR Calvin Johnson $33

Those three players are a great nucleus to the team but $96 of the $150 dollars is already spend and this team needs another eleven players still. This type of league requires the owner to decide between top heavy and depth rosters.

These are popular leagues when large multiples of people are playing together. Lets everybody pick a team at their leisure

Keeper Leagues (of all types and styles)

Keeper leagues will follow the examples listed above in regards to drafting the teams. However at the end of a season, the owners can lock a number of players on their roster depending on league rules. There are many different ways to go about this and you can have leagues that lock 1 player, 3 players, 5 players and have to pay for locking players in with next year's draft picks.


A team drafted RB Jeremy Hill of Cincinnati in the 7th round and WR Golden Tate in round eight last year. Their league states they can keep a player by giving up a pick two rounds ahead of where they drafted them last year. So to keep Hill and Tate, the team would need to sacrifice a 5th round and 6th round pick.

Another way is every team must keep three players each season and you simply take the best three players on your roster and fill out the roster with the draft.

Dynasty Leagues

Dynasty Leagues will feature an initial draft using one of the styles above. Once the roster is full however, the rules are very different. In a dynasty league, once you draft a player he is on your roster forever until you release or trade him. The draft every year is to select players released or rookies that entered into the NFL for the upcoming season. This is as close to an NFL team as an owner can really be as you have to make trades or release players as much as rely on the rookie draft each year. Check out Dynasty advice in our Advanced section.

Survivor Draft Leagues

In a survivor league, you draft a team as always and then each week, the scores are compiled and the lowest scoring team of the week is eliminated from competition. It is a fun battle in which the owner is not necessarily looking for the best roster, but the most consistent one. You can be in first place in each of the first five weeks and have a bad week in week six and be eliminated