Post # 1
DH won’t spill the beans in a way I can understand. All I know is that he doesn’t want to go out to dinner tonight for his birthday (not a big deal) because it’s a matter of life and death imperative that he stays at home to do something or other related to fantasy football. I’m not quite sure what this means so if any Bees have some helpful insight I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I’ve played for the past 5 or 6 years.
I’m assuming he has his draft tonight, which is when he picks his players for the year. Otherwise the computer picks for you (based on your rankings) and you honestly have no idea who you’ll end up with.
Post # 4
Yeah, FI has his fantasy football draft on Saturday at FBIL’s house. For the past couple of years I’ve gone over with him because FBIL’s wife is a fantasy-football fanatic and goes all-out for the draft – delicious food, drinks, the works. I’m not going this year because I’m ticked off at her right now.
Basically from what I can tell (and I may be wrong, so more experienced people, feel free to correct me!), at the FF draft you choose football players to be on your fantasy team. Then throughout the football season, those players’ performances will win or lose you points. So being at your draft and being able to choose your players is important because you don’t want to end up with crappy players. Whoever has the most points at the end of the season wins all the money. Oh, yeah – you have to pay to play FF. This is the one thing that bothers me about it. But I guess that’s another reason why it’s so important to be at the draft to pick your players. Don’t want to waste your money on crappy players.
Post # 5
I’ve played in a league with my BF the past 3 years and its great fun when you’re doing it together!
Post # 6
My DH used to be a Fantasy Freak. He would definitely skip dinner to get his top choice draft picks!
Post # 7
I am so happy my DH doesnt have any interest in fantasy football.
Post # 8
FYI @HeyKaraoke you DO NOT have to pay to play fantasy sports.
Some leagues do require a registration fee if they want to award prizes to the winner. However most leagues are free.
I have never paid to participate in fantasy football. Because of my job, I could be fired for playing in a league that costs money (not allowed to gamble on sports).
Post # 9
I’m guessing he has his draft tonight (since NFL hasn’t started yet, there isn’t much else he could be doing) which is where he’ll pick all the players for his team. That is definitely something that it is very helpful to be present for, otherwise the computer picks the players for you and you have way less control over if you’ll have a decent team or not.
@HeyKaraoke: “Oh, yeah – you have to pay to play FF.”
You don’t have to pay. Yahoo has plenty of free leagues (that’s what I played in last year).
Post # 10
Oh Lord, my boy’s draft is tomorrow night.
This is why it’s a big deal to them:
It starts at a certain time and the guys are in a certain order based on how they did the previous year. There are a certain number of players from the previous year which each fantasy “pooler” must keep and those typically have to be decided and entered online prior to the draft starting.
Once the draft starts, each guy takes his turn and picks his players one by one. If another fantasy pooler picks someone you wanted, that sucks for you and you have to move on and pick the next player you wanted.
It’s important that they be present for it because once it’s their turn, they have to pick the player they want or one will be randomly selected for them. Obviously, you want to pick good players rather than some random who you know nothing about (ie, injury history, stats, etc.)
The guys in the pool all put X amuont of dollars into the pot and the amount is given to the winner at the end of the year. Following draft night, my Thursday nights and Sunday mornings are filled with lots of, “Oh fuck, I have to set up my line for tonight!”
Alas, I don’t really understand the hype but whatever. I’m making dinner for the boys tomorrow and will be reading 50 Shades in my bedroom while they do boy things (don’t judge me for my book choice!).
Post # 11
@Aquaria: My FI rarely participates in FF, or brackets during basketball, so this isnt a huge part of my life or anything…but I do thoroughly enjoy a show called The League on FX, which is related to this topic 🙂 It’s hilarious.
Post # 12
@Aquaria: lord have mercy on my soul! My SO will not put his phone/computer down because he’s trying to figure out who to draft tomorrow. He better win with how much time he spend on it…and I want the $300.
Post # 13
You’ve basically nailed the better points. While you don’t have to pay to play, many FF leagues do have fees. Buy ins, trades, negative points can all cost but it does depend on how his particular league is set up. I’ve done free leagues and high dollar leagues, I prefer the pay leagues. Guys tend to take it very seriously when cash is on the line and I love taking their money.
If you go to espn’s website they have a tutorial video that walks you through it. Nfl has some good general football knowledge videos as well.
Post # 14
LOVE playing FF. I agree with other posters, it’s probably his draft, and I hate when the computer has to draft for you.
You should ask questions about his league and learn more. You might find yourself getting into it yourself!
Post # 15
@SuperKate: @Mrs.KMM: My mistake. It must be something unique to the group of people FI plays with, then. Like I said, I don’t know much about the general rules 🙂