you feel like your fellow Fantasy Football players are speaking another
language? Use this glossary as your one stop shop for help as you develop your
familiarity with the lingo of the game.
See “Average Draft Position”.
“Always Start Your Studs”. Used interchangeably with “Never Bench Your Studs”
Draft: A type of league draft that allows each owner the opportunity to bid on
every player. Each owner is given a maximum amount of “money” in which to
spend. Some players believe this type of draft is fairer than the standard
varieties as the premium players are not only available to those with an early
Draft Position: Developed by compiling data from numerous drafts, an ADP is the
point in a typical draft in which most people are selecting a player.
Scoring: This type of scoring system only awards points for touchdowns, field
goals, and extra points.
These are the players on your roster who are not in the current week’s starting
lineup. Typically, players on your bench record no points.
Scoring: This type of scoring system awards “extra” points when particular
milestones are reached, such as “100 yards rushing”. It is also used to refer
to scoring systems that award extra points when players score in unexpected
ways (RB catches a TD, QB runs for a TD, etc…).
Out: When a player who previously hasn’t produced any fantasy significant
statistics, finally does so.
A player who was expected to put up considerable fantasy points, but ends up
failing do so. Typically reserved for players selected early in the draft.
Week: Each NFL team has one week during the regular season in which they do not
play a game. This is referred to as the “bye week” and is relevant to Fantasy
Football as you will need to make sure your bench players and your starters do
not all have the same bye week.
Points: Some leagues allow owners to start players who are on their bye week by
carrying over their previous week’s point totals. Typically used by very large
leagues that do not allow for much roster depth.
A compilation of individual players rankings typically based on their expected
fantasy point production. This list is usually also broken down by position. Used
as the primary reference tool during your fantasy league’s draft.
The practice of picking up and then immediately dropping players with no
evident purpose other than “locking” them and thus preventing other
owners from acquiring them during that free agency period. This is usually
considered unethical by most leagues.
: An agreement between two or more competitors
that restrains competition and intends to deceive or otherwise defraud the
league through unethical methods.
The primary league officer who has the responsibilities of setting up,
maintaining, and managing the league as a whole. The man in charge. Also
referred to as the “Commish”.
To release a player from your roster.
A single fantasy position that include a team’s defense and special team units.
Team: A fantasy team in which the owner fails to show any continued interest in
the league or their specific franchise. A cancer to fantasy leagues.
The perceived quality of the players on your bench.
Chart: An NFL team’s roster broken down by each position. Includes starters and
their backups in order.
Scoring: This type of scoring system awards increasing points based on the
distance a score was made. For example a 50 yard touchdown run would be worth
more than a 5 yard touchdown run.
The gathering of league owners (whether online or in the three-dimensional
world) in which players are selected and fantasy rosters are formed.
Order: A list of each team in your league in the specific order in which they
will draft players. Typically this list is developed either randomly or via
some pre-selected criteria such as reverse order of the previous year’s
The individual franchise costs associated with a league. Typically required to
be paid by each participant prior to gaining entry to the league.
League: A league in which teams are drafted and players are retained
indefinitely. Future drafts for Dynasty Leagues only include rookies and Free
A variant of the standard starting lineup that allows the owner to choose the
player and position that fills a particular starting lineup spot. For example:
Instead of a basic lineup that might include 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1K, and 1DST,
a flex lineup might include 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1FLEX (RB/WR), 1TE, 1K, and 1DST.
Agent: An NFL player who is not currently on any fantasy roster in your league.
Manager: See “Owner”.
See “Head to Head”.
to Head: The most common style of play used by most fantasy leagues in which
each team plays another team “heads-up” each week. The overall points between
only the two teams involved are used to determine the winner.
Individual Defensive Player. Many leagues utilize IDPs instead of team defenses.
Reserves: An option in some leagues that allow an owner to place a player on
Injured Reserve if they are hurt. This allows the owner to retain the player
without having to utilize an active spot on the roster. Typically only used
with leagues that have defined roster or position limits.
Report: A report published each week by the NFL that lists players with current
injuries and their expected availability to play that week. Probable = 75%.
Questionable = 50%. Doubtful = 25%.
See “Injured Reserves”.
A player on a fantasy franchise’s previous year end roster that is designated
by the owner to be carried over to the following year.
: A league in which owners are allowed to keep a specified number of
players from last years final roster and carry them over to their current
roster prior to the draft.
Constitution: A detailed, descriptive document that includes all of the rules
and regulations that govern your league’s play.
Officers: The people that help run a league including the Commissioner,
Treasurer, or any other person with specific league responsibilities.
See “Starting Lineup”.
Draft: A practice draft held prior to the real draft. Typically used to test
draft strategies and / or to get a feeling for where players will be drafted.
Stands for “Never Bench Your Studs”. Used interchangeably with “Always Start
Your Studs” (ASYS).
A derogatory term for a person who is new to Fantasy Football.
National Football League. Duh.
Points: A less common style of play used by some fantasy leagues in which the
league champion is determined by the total number of points scored by each
franchise during the season. Head to Head games are not played. Also referred
to as “Total Points”.
Commonly known as the “General Manager”. The person responsible for all aspects
of one franchise or team in a Fantasy Football League.
Scoring: This type of scoring system awards points for on-field performance
such as yardage gained, as well as for touchdowns, field goals and extra
points. Example: 1 point per 10 yards gained.
Pool: The group of NFL players that are considered available during a draft or
via waivers. In a Keeper League for example, the player pool would not include
those players being retained by the owners as keepers.
Per Reception: A type of performance scoring that awards players 1 point for
every reception they make. This increases the value of RBs who catch the ball
frequently and WRs and TEs that make many receptions, but may not score as
Limit: A league rule that determines the maximum number of players you can have
on your roster at a specific position.
See “Point Per Reception”.
An individual’s or website’s prediction of the stats an individual player will
produce during a given week or perhaps throughout an entire season.
Running Back By Committee. A term used to describe NFL teams that utilize two
or more running backs in their general offensive scheme. Typically these teams
use one type of RB between the 20’s and another one inside the red-zone. An
obvious conundrum for fantasy football players as it becomes difficult to
determine which RB will score points in a given week.
Whore: A franchise owner that collects an abnormally large number of RBs via
the draft or waivers with the intent of either trading them for quality players
at other positions, or of simply hoarding them away from the other owners in
A term used for taking a player well before you would have had to in a fantasy
League: A league in which every NFL player is returned to the player pool at
the end of the season and will be available to be drafted at the beginning of
the following season. No players are kept from one year to the next.
An NFL player in his first year in the league.
The collection of players that make up a franchise.
Limit: A league rule that determines the maximum number of players you can have
on your roster at any time.
Cap: The maximum amount of “money” a franchise owner is allowed to spend for
the players on their roster in a single season.
Draft: A draft order method in which the next round is in the reverse order of
the last. For example: In round one, Team #1 would draft first and Team #10
would draft last. In round 2, Team #10 would draft first and Team #1 would
draft last, and so on…. Also referred to as a “Snake Draft”.
An NFL player that a fantasy owner believes will “break out” or play much
higher than their ADP this season.
Lineup: Selected players from a franchise’s roster who’s stats will be used to
calculate a fantasy franchise’s weekly score. The starting lineup requirements
vary from league to league.
: A draft order method similar to the NFL’s in which each round of the
draft is completed in a specific order, identical to the other rounds.
Typically straight drafts are in reverse order of the leagues final standings
from the previous year.
A NFL player proven to be elite. A player expected to consistently put up
points similar to the top players at his specific position.
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Squad: A secondary roster used in some Dynasty Leagues that allow the owners to
accommodate developmental players without having to sacrifice active depth on
the bench, particularly when there are narrow roster limits.
Whore: A RB who routinely replaces the starting RB when their team is at the
goal line. This RB tends to get a disproportionately large number of
touchdowns, and very few yards. A player type highly valued in Basic Scoring
Position: Some leagues allow owners to start an entire team of players at a
specific position instead of starting just a single specified player. For
example, instead of starting Peyton Mannng, you would start the Colts QBs. The
idea behind this practice is to limit the effect injuries play on a fantasy
team during a single week or even throughout the course of a season.
year rule: A popular belief that NFL wide receivers generally “break out”
during their third year in the league.
Breaker: A process used to determine the winner in the event that two or more
teams finish with an equal number of points.
A draft day strategy that allows you to fit players into different levels of
excellence at each position. In essence, tiering allows you to group together
players of similar talents and projected numbers so that you can form
individual groups, or tiers, of “like” players
A transaction between two or more owners that exchanges players, draft picks,
“money” or a combination thereof.
Approval Process: The process utilized by a specific league to approve trades
made between owners. Some leagues require commissioner review, others require a
league-wide vote, and still others do not require any approvals at all.
Deadline: Typically leagues will specify a specific period of time during the
NFL season that trades between fantasy teams may occur. The deadline is the latest
point in time in which to make a trade.
Any type of operation that results in a roster change. This includes trades,
waivers, cuts, free agent pick ups, etc…
Based Drafting: A draft theory and strategy that takes explicit player stat
projections and inputs them into specific formulas that produce a result
(X-value) that is ultimately used to determine who the next appropriate pick
should be regardless of position.
See “Value Based Drafting”.
The act of a fantasy franchise waiving the right to claim a player who is being
removed from another franchise’s roster. Also denotes the process by which a
player is to be removed from a roster and made available to other teams. Once a
player “clears waivers” he becomes a Free Agent.
Window: The specific period of time each week that a franchise owner can submit
a waiver claim on a player.
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