Types of Fantasy Games & Leagues Explained

Types of NFL Fantasy Football games:

  1. Standard Fantasy Football:
  • In a standard fantasy football league, participants typically draft a team of NFL players before the season begins. Teams earn points based on the performance of their players in real NFL games. Scoring can vary from league to league but often includes touchdowns, yardage gained, and other statistical categories.
  1. PPR (Points Per Reception) Fantasy Football:
  • PPR leagues award extra points for receptions by wide receivers and tight ends. This scoring system places more value on pass-catching players, making it popular among fantasy football enthusiasts.
  1. Dynasty Fantasy Football:
  • Dynasty leagues involve drafting and managing a team for multiple seasons. Participants can keep most or all of their players from year to year, creating a deeper level of strategy and long-term commitment.
  1. Auction Draft Fantasy Football:
  • In auction leagues, participants have a set budget to bid on players during the draft. This format adds an element of strategy as you must manage your budget and make strategic bids to assemble your team.
  1. Best Ball Fantasy Football:
  • Best Ball leagues eliminate the need to set a weekly lineup. The platform automatically selects your best-performing players for each position, optimizing your lineup for you. This format is popular for those who want a less hands-on approach to fantasy football.
  1. Daily Fantasy Football:
  • Daily fantasy football (DFS) games allow participants to draft a new team for a single day or week of NFL games. DFS platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel offer cash prizes and are especially popular during the NFL season.
  1. Eliminator/Survivor Fantasy Football:
  • In these leagues, participants choose one team to win each week, but with a catch: once you use a team, you can’t choose them again for the rest of the season. The goal is to survive the longest without picking a losing team.
  1. Salary Cap Fantasy Football:
  • Salary cap leagues give participants a predetermined budget to draft players. Each player has an associated salary, and you must manage your cap while building a competitive team.
  1. IDP (Individual Defensive Player) Fantasy Football:
  • IDP leagues include individual defensive players (e.g., defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs) in addition to offensive players. Participants draft and manage both offensive and defensive players to earn points based on their performance.
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