Fantasy Football - Choosing A League Fantasy Football has been around for quite some time, though the format has evolved considerably-right along with just about everything else in the world-through the constant advancement and ever-increasing convenience of our beloved internet. What was once a sport which encouraged socialization among football fans, whether at home or hanging out in the local sports bar, Fantasy Football was played among friends. While that's still the most fun way to do it, you have a lot more options now in the world of Fantasy Football, which you may choose to take advantage of, particularly if you are new to this whole idea of "owning" your own football league. Ha...that sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? Anyway, because of the fact that Fantasy Football has been around for so long and has become so incredibly popular, you might feel a little intimidated about just jumping into it as the newbie on the block. It's not hard to learn the ins and outs, though, and with a little research you'll be knowledgeable enough to compete; improving with experience, of course. Right now you're about to get a jump start into the world of Fantasy Football with this handy, newbie's guide to choosing a league. A Fantasy Football league can consist of anywhere from 8 to 16 teams, and the type of league is determined by the drafting method used. You have 3 major kinds of leagues to choose from: Redrafts This is probably the best choice for a rookie Fantasy Football player. Everyone draft's their team from scratch at the beginning of each season, so you have the same advantages as everyone else as far as creating a successful team. In other words, you are entering into a level playing field, so to speak, when you begin with a Redraft League. Dynasty This type of league is actually more akin to the experience of actually owning a football team. Players are kept from the year before, which could make it tough for you to build a quality team in the beginning. Of course, you might just get lucky and land a super-star rookie, but it's tough for a newbie to compete seriously in a Dynasty League.
Keeper While it's probably a little tougher to break into than a Redraft League, a Keeper League is also a good place to get started with Fantasy Football. It's sort of a combination of the trading and drafting formats of Redraft and Dynasty Leagues, where players are allowed to keep some of their players from previous seasons, but you will still have a chance at forming a strong fantasy team and competing at a respectable level. If you are truly a newbie to the world of Fantasy Football, then you have a few more things to learn before getting started, but this will give you an idea of what type of league you should be looking for and what to expect when you find it. If your football buddies are mocking you now because you're the new kid on the block, rest assured that you will be obliterating them shortly with just a little more research and experience. They won't know what hit 'em!