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Fantasy Football Tips for Drafting a Quarterback 1

Posted on September 08, 2019 by Shakshi Talwar

The 2019 NFL football season is around the corner, which means the 2019 fantasy football season is almost here. How do you plan on winning your draft and league this year? Do you aim to pick up a top running back such as New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley with your first pick? Whatever the case, it’s important to go into your draft with a strategy. You need to know which players you’re going to target as well as possible sleepers and breakout players to pick up later in the draft.

In hopes of helping you win your league this year, the following are some tips for drafting a QB.

You can wait to draft a QB

Aaron Rodgers is on the board. You love the Green Bay Packers and want to pick one of the best players at the position early. However, you can wait to draft a quarterback this year. While it’s important to draft a reliable QB with a relatively high ceiling, you don’t want to miss out on a top running back, as it can cost you the league, week by week. The QB position is still important, but you can wait to draft one this year.

Know the quarterback rankings

Going into a fantasy football draft, you have to know the rankings. That, of course, means quarter back rankings, as well.

Taking that a step further, you need to know the tier of quarterbacks, from the top to the middle of the pack to the bottom. After all, this will help you form a strategy around this position and let you know when it’s time to pick up your quarterback.

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3 Easy Ways to Get the Full Football Experience This Fall 1

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Jim Smith

fantasy-football-draft-party1Football season is one of the many harbingers of fall. Whether you bundle up to watch your teen score a goal on the field under the big field lights, join the office pool for fantasy football, or just enjoy the game at home, there are many ways to get the most out of the football season.

Volunteer, Coach, or Play

If you used to play football in high school or college, what better way to relive those good ol’ days by coaching football at the grade school, high school, or even collegiate level?  Granted, you need to know the game (what football fanatic doesn’t?) and it helps to have a Bachelor’s degree, a teaching license, and coaching experience, but one can dream, right?

If coaching isn’t part of your career path, you can always find away to volunteer, whether you apply to be an assistant coach or sell concessions during halftime. Volunteering at a local football game is a great way to see the game for free because you don’t need to watch a professional team to enjoy the game.

If coaching or volunteering is out, why not gather family and friends together to play a friendly (and competitive) game in the backyard before you sit down and enjoy the game? Read the rest of this entry →

The History of Fantasy Football 37

Posted on February 04, 2014 by Scott Huntington

Since the explosion of fantasy football into modern sports culture, it’s hard to imagine a time when Sundays during football season weren’t accompanied by millions of people constantly checking their lineups. Young or old, man or woman, it seems like almost every football fan is involved in a fantasy league come kickoff each NFL season. Since the very first fantasy football draft in downtown Oakland, fantasy football has grown far more than the game’s inventor could ever had imagined.

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The Beginning

As a branch off from a fantasy golf system, fantasy football was the invented in a bar called the Lamppost by a limited owner of the Oakland Raiders and businessman Bill Winkenbach. In his home, Winkenbach and seven other men held the inaugural draft in 1963 for their league, the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League, or GOPPPL.

With the scoring based solely on touchdowns, the GOPPPL began with each roster consisting of two quarterbacks, four halfbacks, two fullbacks, four offensive ends, two returners, two kickers and four defenders. As the very first fantasy football selection, George Blanda was chosen by Andrew Mousalimas in the now 50-year-old league.

How The Game Has Changed

From players to league sizes to scoring and more, fantasy football has drastically changed over its lifespan. For starters, the number of participants has grown from the original eight to an estimated 24 million. The greatest change of all to the game—the internet–helped the game gain incredible popularity and encouraged a number of modifications. Instead of the one league in Oakland, there are now countless leagues on countless websites, including ESPN, Yahoo, NFL and CBS to name the most prominent.

Although the prize for the winner of any fantasy league—money–has remained roughly the same, the consequence for the loser has evolved from the original football with a dunce cap on it, called the Dunce Trophy, to anything from buying the winner dinner to carrying out embarrassing chores to even getting a tattoo of the winner’s choosing.

A far cry from the GOPPPL having to get statistics and research from one magazine, fantasy football owners can now rely on websites and programs, like Scout Pro Fantasy Football Software. Sites like Scout Pro provide readers with player analysis, rankings, fantasy tools and more. Software from Scout Pro can even take stats and expert analysis and create fantasy point predictions that can be customized to fit the website that you play on.

By The Numbers

As a whole, fantasy sports are estimated to now have an economic impact of more than $2 billion a year. Of the estimated 32 million fantasy sports players, over 75 percent are from fantasy football. Some fantasy football leagues have buy-ins of up to $10,000 while others are completely free.

For fantasy football, committed owners are estimated to spend an average of nine to 12 hours per week on their respective teams. Although men dominate the fantasy sports landscape, an estimated 20 percent of participants are women.

Thanks to a few men in an Oakland bar, watching football has been forever changed. The game of fantasy football continues to grow, and its 50-year history doesn’t appear to be coming to an end any time soon.

Cup Of Joe: .05 Points From Fantasy Football Greatness 1

Posted on December 30, 2009 by Joe Gill

I now know how Scott Norwood feels.

I now know what the Buffalo Bills and Scott Norwood feel like. Missing out on your dreams by the slimmest of margins.

They have wide right.

I have .05 points. Yes, that’s five one hundredths of a point.

I have never won a fantasy football championship.

I could be considered the biggest fantasy football bridesmaid of all time.

A half a dozen trips to the big show and I have nothing to show for it. But, this one hurt more than all the others combined.

I was playing my biggest rival. Good versus Evil. Darth versus Luke.

Against the man who had the audacity to pour a beer on me at a bachelor party.

Not spill, literally pour.

I was trying to rid tyranny from the Earth! I wanted revenge!

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Turkey Day Football: No Thanks Given By Fantasy Football 3

Posted on November 27, 2009 by Joe Gill

Aaron Rodgers threw 348 yards and 3 touchdowns on Turkey Day.

Aaron Rodgers threw 348 yards and 3 touchdowns on Turkey Day.

Yes Fantasy Football ruined my Turkey Day.

My opponent didn’t give me any thanks at all. I guess that’s what happens when you go against Donald Driver, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, and Miles Austin when they play the pathetic Lions and lowly Raiders.

No favorable matchups for me!

After a painful loss last week by 2.3 points, I am now only 1 game up in the division at 7-4 after losing 2 out of 3 games.

Thanks to Kris Brown for botching his tying field goal versus the Titans. If you made it, I would have won and could have enjoyed my holiday more.

Kickers even ruin fantasy football when they miss a kick!

Thanks for nothing!

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Tales From a Fantasy Football Junkie 2

Posted on November 10, 2009 by Joe Gill

It’s maddening. It causes you elation one minute and devastation the next. Its

CJ28, which is my pet name for him, is my fantasy football man crush.

CJ28, which is my pet name for him, is my fantasy football man crush.

America’s other pass time, fantasy football.

Perhaps Doctor Drew will have a reality show based on this addiction.

I should send in my video now.

I have been playing fantasy football for over 14 years, back to the days when there was no social media or rotoworld.

We used magazines to gather intel to draft players and the commish would calculate scores by reading the box scores in the newspaper.

Technology has drastically changed the FF landscape.

Now if the live scoring isn’t updated in seconds, I get frustrated!

My fantasy football “career” can be summed up as follows, “I am the Fantasy Football version of the Buffalo Bills of the 1990’s.”

I can make it to the big game, but I just can’t win it.

I may be cursed.

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