How to play for the 2023 NFL season

Among all the fantasy sports available to play, fantasy football is the undisputed king. No other fantasy sport combines the excitement of actual NFL play with the thrill of building and managing your own personal team like fantasy football does. You can build a roster and continually play with it until you build the team that could take you to a fantasy championship at the end of football season!

If you’re new to fantasy football in 2023, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find our how-to guide to the game with everything you need to win and have fun this season.

What is fantasy football?

At its most basic level, fantasy football is represented by the accrual of points for players on a given fantasy team based on the REAL LIFE stats those players earn on the NFL field.

If you are able to score more fantasy points than your opponent, then you win that particular week’s matchup. Win enough weekly matchups throughout the season and secure a spot in the fantasy playoffs.

Win your fantasy championship game and collect the laurels thereafter!

Not too different from the actual game of the NFL, right?

[Join or create a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free today]

That being said, there are many, many variations to fantasy football, as well as custom changes that can be made to the scoring settings. Still, the gist of it all remains the same: you, the fantasy manager, must recruit, manage, and then adjust your team throughout the season with the ultimate goal of taking down your league mates: your weekly competition and of the entire season. This could include adding players from a free agent pool called a waiver wire (you may have to cut one of your own players first to make room on the roster), making a trade for a player (or two, or three or four…) with another team in your league and set up a roster that you think has the best chance of collecting the most fantasy points week to week.

This is where dedication is key – benching or starting the wrong player could be the difference between a winning week and losing.

As mentioned, the scoring in your fantasy leagues can vary (Yahoo has their default settings, but the league commissioners can adjust; more on that below), but at the end of the day, fantasy points generally match up with what what we see in the real field. That means you can get points for a positive run, reception, completion, yardage and touchdown. You can also get defensive points from turnovers, sacks, and even special teams scores.

Of course, it’s usually not enough to earn bragging rights for many fantasy players. There is usually a monetary reward at the end of the season, either for the champion only or for the top two or three teams, depending on the size of the league. This is all part of the default settings in public leagues.

In private leagues, it’s up to the commissioner (the person in charge of establishing a league and managing it throughout the season) and the league members themselves to agree on the rewards at the end of the season and often the wild and elusive ending. hilarious. Off-season penalties for the team at the bottom of the standings!

What are the different scoring formats in fantasy football?

As mentioned above, there are many different ways to set the scoring for a league, but the most common is half PPR scoring (“PPR” stands for “point per reception”), which is also Yahoo’s default setting. This means that you get half a point for each reception made. Of course, you also get points for passing yards and TDs thrown (for QB), for positive runs and touchdowns caught (for position players: RB, WR, TE, there are also players with multi-position eligibility).

You can also set your league to full point PPR. Both half and full PPR are more common than “standard” scoring, which awards zero points for receptions.

Beyond scoring settings, you can also play around with the size of your league, both in terms of league members and the number of players you can have on a given roster, as well as the league format.

These include, but are not limited to: IDP (which stands for Individual Defensive Player, a format where, along with your lineup of offensive players, you can also draft defensive players who rack up points on the defensive side of stats), SuperFlex ( a format where you can start a quarterback in your “Flex” position – the Flex slot serves as an additional roster spot that can be used on another position player), Best Ball (a format where you don’t need manage the team or set rosters after the draft – your team from week to week is automatically selected for you based on the highest scoring players), Dynasty (a format in which the players you select carry over from season to season) , Guardian (like Dynasty, except here you can choose to keep a limited number of players from season to season), and more.

Stay tuned as we will be getting an introduction to the 2QB/SuperFlex formats, which are becoming increasingly popular with the fantasy community.

How is a team drafted in fantasy football?

Many seasoned players will agree: the draft is the most fun and exciting part of the entire fantasy season. This is where you build a team, after all.

The default positions for Yahoo Fantasy Football teams are: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 K, and 1 Team Defense. Typically, a FLEX can be completed with your choice of RB, WR, or TE. This is the most common format. Your goal in the draft is to fill these positions with the players you like the most, as well as create a player bench that you can start at any time.

[2023 Fantasy Draft Rankings: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs]

So, you have all the rules below. Now is the time to write. How does it work?

A snake draft (don’t worry, there are no actual reptiles involved) is by far the most common format in seasonal fantasy leagues. Snake drafts are called that because of the ouroboros nature of the draft, so if you get the first pick in your league’s draft, the next time you pick it will be the 20th pick in round 2 (if it’s a 10 league). equipment). or 24 (if it is a 12-team league). The snake format continues until the draft is complete.

Of course, just like there are many fantasy football formats, you can adjust the shape you write too One of the most common non-standard drafts is a salary cap draft. A salary cap draft uses an auction-like format instead of a snake; there are no selections. Instead, NFL players are featured and league members can bid for that player’s services using an allotted amount of salary (or cap space) for proceedings. Whoever offers the highest salary gets to “draft” that player.

At the end of your draft, full rosters will typically have between 16 and 20 players. Of course, the fun and action doesn’t end there, it actually starts in week 1 of the NFL season.

So what are you waiting for? Go play fantasy football for the 2023 NFL season!

There’s a lot to love when it comes to fantasy football. Sports, technology, and competition come together to create one great game that lasts for virtually the entire NFL regular season. And it’s not just about winning, either. Some of the strongest bonds and lifelong friendships have been made in fantasy leagues. You don’t have to be the biggest football fan or the best fantasy player – everyone has a chance to enjoy the ride.

All you need is a little dedication to your team, and a lot of fun in the process! Join us for the 2023 football season by creating or joining a fantasy league today!