Know what this craze is all about...
You can't play if you don't understand what a fantasy player does:
"A fantasy sports player is a man or woman who owns a team, each year drafts a pool of players for a specific league (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.), and then manages his/her team like a bona fide sports team owner. Being a fantasy sports team manager is an empowering and exhilarating experience requiring little investment. It brings all the pleasures of being George Steinbrenner with none of the headaches, risks, or financial investments. Fantasy sports has evolved to cover almost every sport genre: auto racing, baseball, basketball, bicycle racing, bowling, boxing, cricket, dog racing, fishing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, figure skating, volleyball, softball, horse racing, lacrosse, rugby, skiing, soccer, tennis, and even tug of war!"
(Flood 2004)

Gather your league!
Athletic prowess means nothing, so you can invite all your beer-swillin’ Monday quarterbacks, as long as they’re ready to commit for the full length of the season and have a love of the sport.
For football, 12 to 16 teams are recommended, while baseball leagues work best with 10 to 12 teams.  The important thing is to have an even number of teams.

Elect a commissioner.
Think PTA President, but with sports.  This person has the responsibility for determining the league constitution, bylaws, final decisions- making sure novices aren't duped into terrible trades.  Additionally, the commissioner compiles the weekly statistics and sends out (most likely via email for online leagues) the newsletters with players’ current standings and statistics. With the incredible invention we call the Internet, most leagues are able to save their commissioner the trouble of calculating thier stats. Instead, they usually utilize a stats service (which are bountiful on the Internet).

 

 

 

 

 

Set the Rules.
Since there are many variations to both Fantasy baseball and football, rules should researched, discussed and firmly set in advance.
The FSTA has a detailed analysis of different ways to play, but I’ll give you the run down. 

Baseball teams consist of 23 players taken from the active rosters. The team is composed of: two catchers, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one middle infielder, one corner infielder, one designated hitter, five outfielders and nine pitchers.
The FSTA states that the " offensive statistics most often used are composite team batting average, total home runs, total runs batted in and total stolen bases, with runs scored the fifth-most popular choice, while "the pitching categories are usually composite team earned-run average, total wins, total saves and composite team WHIP Ratio."

For football, leagues usually start just start seven key players every week: one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end and one kicker. "The accumulative points of one team¹s starters are matched up against the points of another team and the end result is either a victory or a loss."

Simple, right? Now it's time for the good stuff...

Hold a draft.
There are certainly variations to draft methods as well. Taking a lead from the mother of them all, Rotisserie baseball offers a simple bidding system option. In this case, each team manager has a $260 budget with which to purchase the entire team. More valuable players would thereby cost more of this budget, as it is with the real pros.

Play ball!
You can devote as much or as little time, energy, and finances to your fantasy team as you want. Some owners keep it as casual pastime, a good excuse to stay in contact with old friends. True fantasy addicts llve, eat, and breath their team. Whatever level of commitment, remember the key is to have fun.

 

 

 

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