Fantasy Football 101

A Guide For New Fantasy Players

Football 2009 Version



Welcome to the exciting and action filled world of fantasy sports and games.

Playing fantasy sports is a great way to enjoy major sports leagues, competitions, and other public events. Fantasy sports allow players to test their knowledge, decision-making abilities, and strategic skills. Fantasy is also about numbers and statistics, and making the most of them to beat the competition.

Most importantly, fantasy sports are a great way to enjoy time with family members, friends, teammates, group members, and co-workers. The social aspects of fantasy sports are the reason its popularity has grown so much in recent years.

Below you will find introductory information that will prepare anyone for playing and enjoying fantasy sports.

In addition, at the end of this introduction to fantasy sports and fantasy football, there is a list of common terms that you will hear frequently in the fantasy sports world.

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Bench Players
The players that are not in a team’s starting lineup each week. Bench players’ stats do not count toward a team’s final score. In football at each team will have 6 bench players each week.

Cheat Sheet
While we believe that cheaters never win and winners never cheat, in fantasy sports a cheat sheet is a ranking of players in terms of their fantasy potential.

Cheat sheets are used by fantasy owners/general managers in their draft decisions by ranking players overall or by position.

While using cheat sheets, players should check the past performance of players in categories/statistics that are used in their league. Different leagues use different scoring systems.

For a full description of’s NFL football scoring, click here. If you would like the NFL Football scoring in a PDF, click here.

Depth Chart
A list of all players on a team’s roster, with rankings from starter to second and third-string players.

A process where fantasy team owners/general managers take turns selecting players to fill their roster.

Fantasy Owner/General Manager
The person (or group of people) who drafts, sets the roster, and makes lineup changes for a particular fantasy football team.

At, fantasy teams with a General Managers younger than 13 years of age must have an adult as his/her Assistant General Manager.

Free Agent
A player who was either not drafted or was released by another team and has cleared waivers.

Injury Report
A listing of players’ injuries along with their projected status for the next game – whether they will play, might play, or will not play.

Mock Draft
A projected draft used by fantasy team owners to help determine which round a player should be drafted. There are many mock drafts to be found on the internet.

A fantasy owner/general manager’s draft position determines their ‘pick’. (1 through 8 in’s NFL 2009 Football Leagues) The order in which team’s pick is pre-determined and usually reverses from one round to the next. (For example, the owner/GM with the last pick of the first round will usually get the first pick of the second round.)

A list of all of the players on a particular fantasy team.

Scoring System
A pre-determined formula for converting a player’s real-life statistics into fantasy points. To view’s scoring system for NFL Football 2009, click here.

A player who is expected to beat their previous season’s performance, making them a high value draftee based on prior performance.

Starting Lineup
The players a fantasy owner/GM chooses from their roster whose points (based on performance) will be counted in the scoring of a particular game or week of a fantasy season.

An action when two or more team owners/general manages exchange players.

The act of releasing or dropping a player from a team roster.

A list of players who were recently waived (released/dropped) by the team they were on. After being waived/dropped, a player is generally placed on waivers for a pre-determined period of time.