Fantasy Football: How is Your Team Doing?


Fantasy football lineup

Jaylen Grant, Reporter

With the NFL season about halfway over, fans all over the league call this one of the wildest seasons ever. With all of the drama surrounding players like Tom Brady, drama circling owner Dan Snyder, and drama around teams such as the Denver Broncos, the biggest drama comes from Fantasy Football. 

Fantasy Football is a staple of American Football. How fantasy football works is pretty complex to the wide eye, but it’s not as complicated as it seems for people who play constantly.

Fantasy Football is a game within the game of American Football. How it starts is you and a group of eight or more (can be with friends and family or with random people across the globe) draft a team across all players in the National Football League (NFL). Your starting lineup will consist of a Quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, a defense, one kicker, and a flex spot where you can put an extra running back, wide receiver, or tight end. You will also be able to draft backup players at those positions.

Once you’re done, it’s time to look at your team; you’re free to make any adjustments to your lineup. You can make trades with other teams, and add and drop players to make your team the best.

The scoring system in fantasy football is called PPR, which stands for point per reception. It gives you points for every yard, reception, and a touchdown. Typically a non-quarterback will have around 15-20 points, while a quarterback will have about 20-25 points each week. Below is a picture of 49ers running back Christian McCaffery a couple of weeks ago to break down the scoring.

The past few weeks, I’ve tried to find out how other people’s teams are doing. Senior Theology major Trent Reichley said his team was going well. He is currently 5-4, and his team is doing pretty well during his most recent game. He claimed he made a couple of trades to make his team better. Reichley also mentioned that he is looking forward to making the playoffs in his league, where the championship winner will win the $200 pot. Reichley will continue to try to make his team as good as it can be during the rest of the season.

Only some people are having a good year in fantasy this year. Kevin O’Connor, an electrician at DAVID Electric, said his team was not performing well. His team isis 1-8 and is about to lose again. He has come to a point where he will trade his good players and stop caring about his team.

Finally, my team is doing well. I am currently 6-3 and second in my league. I haven’t made any trades because it seems my team is winning, and I don’t want to mess up any good mojo I have. I recently had to pick up a new running back because the one I drafted, Breece Hall from the New York Jets, had been placed on injured reserve for the year, so I had to drop him.

Overall, this fantasy season has shaped up to be an interesting one. There are a lot of ups and downs for team owners all over the nation. People are making trades, signing free agents, and having to cut certain players. One last thing, check your lineup this week!