The only thing bigger than football on Sundays in America is probably fantasy football on Sundays in America. Playing fantasy football is a great way to make NFL gameday that much more exciting... plus it's the best opportunity to talk trash with those so-called friends! From fantasy football beginners to wily veteran, fantasy sports are widely available for everyone to enjoy. With a basic understanding of how to play fantasy football and some research on the best sites to play fantasy football in 2016, you can be a fantasy champ in no time!
Down, set... HUT! Promocodewatch is about to drop some knowledge on the how and where of fantasy football 2016 for beginners.
How to Play Fantasy Football for Beginners
Fantasy football in 2016 is all about the numbers. The object is simple: put together a team of players that perform well on a weekly basis, determined by that weeks' matchups, past player performances and gut instinct projections.
In most leagues, you will draft:
- 1 quaterback
- 2 running backs
- 2 wide receivers
- 1 tight end
- 1 defensive unit
- 1 kicker
It's likely your league will also include 1 flex player that can be filled in with a running back, wide receiver and/or tight end. Some leagues also have owners draft specific defensive players, but let's keep it simple!
Each week, fantasy football owners square off in a head-to-head matchup. The owner who fields the highest scoring team wins. Points are scored based on the performance of players within the scoring system in your particular league. Below are the most common fantasy football 2016 scoring rules.
Fantasy Football Offensive Scoring
- Passing Yards = 1 point per every 10 yards
- Running Yards = 1 point per every 10 yards
- Touchdown = 6 points per touchdown
- Extra Point = 1 point
- Field Goal = Varies in relation to distance (25 yard field goal = 2 points, 50 yard field goal = 4 points)
- Fumble = -2 points per fumble
- Interception = -2 points per interception thrown
Fantasy Football Defensive and Special Teams Scoring
- Interception = 2 points per interception
- Fumble Recovery = 1 point per fumble recovered
- Sack = 1 point per quarterback sack
- Safety = 2 points per safety
- Points Allowed = Varies in relation to the amount of points scored by the opposing offense (1-6 points against = 8 points, 42+ points against = -4 points)
These are the most basic scoring criteria and may not reflect the rules of your fantasy football league for 2016. Some leagues also offer points for things like catches made and kicks blocked, adding another layer to the strategy. Definitely check how to score before opening week!
Team owners are responsible for setting their lineups on a weekly basis and need to keep a few things in mind before setting the final team. For example, each team has one bye week during the season. Pay attention to your teams respective bye weeks! If you have Cam Newton, for instance, you'll need a replacement quarterback when the Panthers sit out for a rest during week 7.
For players in action, you'll want to know how the opposing defense performs against certain positions. The Pittsburgh Steelers shut down the run, so you may want to consider a different running back if your guy has to play the Steel Curtain run defense in fantasy football this year.
You'll also want to be aware of injuries to players on your team. They can't score points from the bench!
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Where to Play Fantasy Football for Beginners 2016
Yahoo: For a simple, easy-to-understand and clean user interface, go with Yahoo. They have the most years in fantasy football hosting and it shows in the quality of their product! Yahoo also has one of the best apps for fantasy football on smartphones.
ESPN: Fantasy football on ESPN is all about the community. Trash talking is made easy within fantasy football leagues and the addition of weekly report cards make managing teams a more in-depth experience. Additionally, you have ESPNs extensive coverage of the NFL only a click away.
NFL.com: Besides being an arm of the actual NFL, NFL.com is a top choice for hosting fantasy football leagues in 2016 for it's unique integration of apps across platforms like Xbox One, DirecTV and even Madden. Managing teams (and leagues, for beginner fantasy football commissioners) is a snap in the easy-to-use NFL.com interface.
CBS: You would think ESPN would rank as our favorite source for fantasy football news and projections, but that title actually belongs to CBS. In addition, CBS surpasses Yahoo with their deep, unique smartphone app.
Fleaflicker: Looking for the most barebones and simple site to host fantasy football for the 2016 season? Fleaflicker is exactly what you're looking for. It's so basic that even the most beginner fantasy football owner can take hold of their team early and feel like a champ by the end of the season. There's no Fleaflicker app yet, but the online site is mobile friendly.
My Fantasy League: For the most customizable and in-depth fantasy football hosting option look to My Fantasy League, or the MFL. This is the go-to league for long-term fantasy leagues or leagues that opt to allow owners to keep players from season to season. MFL is the only league on our list that charges for their hosting service: $6 per owner.
Where will you be playing fantasy football in 2016?