ESPN Fantasy Football
Fantasy Football on ESPN Television
ESPN Fantasy Football is just one of the many fantasy services available on the Internet which allow you and a group of friends to draft real-life football players. You’ll then score points based on their performance throughout each week of the NFL season, and league winners will be eligible for all sorts of fabulous prizes.
In addition to hosting these fantasy football leagues, ESPN also provides league bulletin boards, sortable fantasy stats, live box scores and multiple draft options. Fantasy video reports are broadcast throughout the week, as well as informative podcasts.
New ESPN Fantasy Feature – Auction Leagues
For the 2008 fantasy football season, ESPN has added the auction draft to their list of available leagues. In the auction league, players begin with an empty roster and $200 in “cash.” NFL players are put up for auction, and league owners bid on them until there’s a winner.
Auction leagues require more strategy than the usual fantasy draft. You’ll have the chance to get anybody out there, but you have to be careful and not break the bank on one player. This type of league is an excellent option for players tired of the traditional serpentine draft.
ESPN Fantasy Scoring
While scoring can be customized in certain ESPN fantasy football leagues, most use the default fantasy scoring. It consists of the following:
- 4 points for a passing touchdown
- 1 point for every 25 yards passing
- -2 for each thrown interception
- 6 points for a rushing or receiving touchdown
- 1 point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving
- 2 points for a 2 pt. conversion
- 6 points for a kickoff or punt return
- -2 points for a lost fumble
- 6 points for a fumble recovered for a touchdown
- -1 point for a missed field goal
- 1 point for an extra point
- 5 points for a field goal 50 yards and over
- 4 points for a field goal from 40 to 49 yards
- 3 points for a field goal from 0 to 39 yards
- 2 points for a defensive interception
- 2 points for a defensive safety
- 1 point for a sack
- 2 points for blocking a punt, PAT or field goal
- 2 points for a fumble recovery
- 6 points for returning a fumble, interception or blocked kick for a touchdown
Defenses also score based on how many points are scored by the opposing offense. This ranges from 10 points for shutting out the other team to -10 points for allowing 46 points or more.
Additional ESPN Fantasy Features
Since you’re playing through ESPN, you can count on NFL news being updated around the clock. All you have to do is log onto your league homepage to get the latest information on your fantasy football players.
For those of you who believe that practice makes perfect, ESPN also offers a series of fantasy football mock drafts. Try out different strategies and different draft positions, and you won’t even be stuck with the team when it’s over. Mock auctions are also offered for those looking to participate in the newest ESPN fantasy league.
There’s a ton of other stuff, including tips on auction leagues, point-per-reception leagues, touchdown-only leagues and two-quarterback leagues. A fantasy football cheatsheet with the top 200 players is also provided free of charge.
Creating an ESPN Fantasy League
While you’re free to join an existing league, you can also choose to create your own league and invite friends and family to test their fantasy football skills. There are three types of leagues available through ESPN:
- Custom Leagues – This type of league allows the commissioner to customize the rules and roster size, and drafts can be conducted in a number of ways. Up to 20 teams can participate in a league, and it’s completely free of charge. Keeper leagues can be managed, but no league prize is offered.
- Standard Free Leagues – These fantasy football leagues can be made pubic or private, and owners will start nine players each week and keep seven on the bench. There are a maximum of 10 teams in each league, and the standard ESPN scoring is used to determine weekly winners.
- Standard Prize Eligible Leagues – These leagues are run by ESPN, and all trades are reviewed by the site administrators. There are no keeper options, and the entry fee is determined by the type of league. The grand prize winner gets a VIP trip for two to Hawaii during the week of the Pro Bowl, plus a big screen television, Playstation 3, video games and much more. Players from the following states are not eligible for prizes: Iowa, Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, Tennessee, North Dakota, Washington and Vermont.
Other Fantasy Games from ESPN
Since they’re the worldwide leader in sports, ESPN also offers a whole host of other fantasy games. These include Fantasy Stock Car, Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Basketball. Mini-games such as Bass Fantasy Fishing, Best Ball Challenge, ESPN Poker Club and EURO Pick’em are also available. Plus, you can head on over to the ESPN Arcade and test your skills at QB Pass Attack or other football flash games.