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Fantasy Lingo

Some language used frequently by fantasy players may be a little confusing for first-timers. This page should help you figure out what the other people are talking about.

Autopick: If an owner is unable to make it to the draft, an autopick option is a computerized drafting system that will make the picks for the owner. Beforehand, it is best for the owner to rank players so that the autopick knows what to do with each pick of the draft.

Bench: Most fantasy leagues allow an owner to pick up more players than the owner can play in any given week. The bench is where non-starting players sit. Their stats in the week do not count for or against the owner.

Commissioner: The commissioner of the league is the person who started it. The commissioner has the power to change the rules of the league before it begins, to allow or deny people access to the league and to change other owners' rosters in the middle of the season in some leagues.

Drop: To remove a player from one's roster. The player will be available for other owners to pick up.

Free Agent: A player eligible to be picked up immediately, not owned by anyone at the time.

Injury Risk: A player with a history of injury. One should be wary when drafting or picking up an injury risk, as their season might end prematurely.

No-Drop List: A list of players that, once drafted, cannot be dropped by their owner. This is done to prevent one owner from colluding with another and dropping the best players on his team, allowing the second owner to pick them up. Only the top-tier players are on the no-drop list.

Pickup: To add a player to one's roster.

Sleeper: A sleeper is a player who may have a good year in real life despite not being a well-known fantasy contributor and is thus worth picking up in the draft. NL Rookie of the Year in 2005 Ryan Howard was a sleeper pick in the 2006 fantasy season, and wound up hitting 58 home runs.

Stud: A proven fantasy winner. See the studs and duds section for examples.

Trade Deadline: The point in time after which no more trades can be made between owners. Drops and pickups are still allowed.

Trading Block: A player on the trading block is a player whose owner is willing to get rid of in exchange for help in certain categories. An owner with two tight ends might put his backup on the trading block to improve in the wide receivers category.

Transaction: Any roster change.

Utility: A utility player is an extra offensive player in leagues who is position-neutral. The utility player gets his own position on your roster.

Waiver: When a player is dropped in the middle of the season, he is placed on waivers. This means that for a set number of days (usually two or three), any other owner can put in a claim for that player. At the end of the set time period, the owner highest on the waiver list who claimed that dropped player will get him. All other owners who put in a claim for that player do not get anything.