Nease’s Insights—Fantasy Football: 31 Flavors and More

For those of us who are new to fantasy football, or have played this game for a long time, this is the time of year when we start making our 2019 fantasy football plans. How many leagues will we be playing in? What platforms will we choose to play on? Which league type, or combination of types do we want to play? Are there any popular scoring options we would like to try, or possibly create a unique option ourselves?

Unlike a board game like Monopoly with a firm set of rules, fantasy football has countless combinations and permutations of types and rule variations we can select from. Here I am going to outline several of these, just to stimulate your imaginations a tad. If you see anything that piques your interest, you may want to try it. And of course, as always, feel free to post a comment, tagging me, on Facebook where you read this, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will be glad to help you.

Here are some league types with a basic description:

  • Re-drafter league—A basic league where one drafts a new team every season.
  • Keeper league—One in which there is continuity in a league from year to year. Each owner selects from one to about three players to carry over from one year to the next.
  • Dynasty league—In year #1 each owner drafts a complete roster. In the years that follow, owners can release players and replace them in an annual draft. Trading of both players and draft picks make this type of league popular for the more serious player.
  • Auction league—This is a variation of a re-drafter league. As Emeril Lagasse would say, “let’s kick it up.” Instead of the usual serpentine draft you nominate and bid on players in an auction style draft, using a set amount of fantasy $$$ to fill your roster. This adds another, more complex level of strategy that goes far beyond what an average draft generates.
  • IDP league—With this format, we go one big step further and we combine defensive players and offensive teams, virtually doubling both our roster and lineup sizes. It can be integrated into any of the league types listed above. One word of caution though—be sure that both the offensive and defensive players have similar scoring potential. Of course, team defenses are eliminated in an IDP world.

Another important consideration is selecting a reliable, user friendly place to play. There are both pay, with prize money, or free, just for fun leagues available on sites run by reputable sources such as the NFL, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo and others.

It may cost a tad more, but my site of choice is I have worked with the people that run it since the early 1990’s, approaching 30 years. We first worked with their PC based software and since 2003 have used their website resources. It has every bell and whistle I want in a fantasy football management system and it is very user friendly and intuitive for those not quite as PC capable. Best of all, their customer service is the best I have seen.

There are some rules options you may want to incorporate into your leagues:

  • QBs:
    • Six points for TDs instead of the standard four.
    • Distance scoring, the longer the TD, the more points.
    • % of completion, incremental scoring when QB completes higher %s of passes.
  • RBs, WRs and TEs:
    • PPR, can be as low as .5 points per pass, but I think a full point makes more sense.
    • Distance scoring, the longer the TD, the more points.
  • PKs:
    • Instead of a basic three points, use a graduated scale, rewarding points for the distance of the field goal.
  • DSTs:
    • Make the team defenses relevant by giving sufficient points for turnovers and counting defensive and special teams’ TDs.
    • Distance scoring, the longer the TD, the more points.

One other thing I would definitely recommend is using decimal scoring. It is a little more precise and it decreases the probability of games ending in ties.

Fantasy football is a fun, highly competitive game. You can fine tune it so that you and your friends can enjoy it in countless ways. All you have to do is get together as a group and make your league something you can truly enjoy.

Good luck in your 2019 championship battles. All of us here at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the Consistency Theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you every step of the way throughout the entire 2019 season. This will be my 35th year playing and my 19th season writing about our passion for fantasy football.

Just in case you were wondering how I did in 2018 and want to know if I know what I am talking about, how about this? Five of my six teams made it to their league playoffs. With a cumulative 53-29 record (65% wins), I won fantasy championships in two formidable experts’ leagues, FanEx and FFWebmasters, as well as in my own Couch Tomatoes Invitational Auction league. Yes, that is three fantasy championships in six tough leagues, with two of those three teams having dominating 12-1 regular season records.

In the Fantasy Index Magazine annual experts’ scoring projection contest, I ranked #6 out of 20.  In the similar public Fantasy Index Open, out of 583 entries, I was #2 in projecting QB, RB, WR, TE, PK and DST Top 20 scoring. These entries were submitted before the first preseason games. I just barely missed winning my second title in this contest (won in 2014). I lost by a heartbreaking 43 points at a scoring level of about 310,000 points. In 2018, using a combination of the Consistency Theory and my own knowledge of our game, I had my best year ever.

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

Good luck! Have fun!

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