Fantasy Football Glossary
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Add: Adding a free-agent player off the waiver wire.
Auction Draft: Owners take turns nominating players who are bid on by other owners. Each owner is given a spending limit (or salary cap) to complete its roster. This formula was popular in many early fanta . . . View Full Definition
Average Draft Position (ADP): This report lists the average round a player is typically chosen in during a fantasy football draft. Fantasy leagues will give a report based on the results of its numerous drafts that have . . . View Full Definition
Basic Scoring System: The most basic scoring systems award points only for touchdowns, field goals and extra points. That could be six points for all touchdowns, three points for field goals and one point for ext . . . View Full Definition
Breakout: Players who go from an average fantasy football players to a full-fledged star. Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who had nine career touchdown receptions during his first two seasons be . . . View Full Definition
Bust: A player with high expectations that finishes with minimal statistical results, for a variety of reasons. Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was a first-round pick in 2007, but missed eight g . . . View Full Definition
Bye Week: NFL teams play 16 games in 17 weeks, with a bye week mixed in. Being cognizant of bye weeks is very important when constructing a fantasy football team. As a result, you don't want to draft . . . View Full Definition
Cheat Sheet: A prepared list of players ranked in order of fantasy value. When putting together a cheat sheet, be aware of your league's scoring system and rank your players accordingly.
Comeback Player: A player who returns from a significant injury and re-emerges into a legitimate fantasy starter. Deuce McAllister, who rushed for 1,057 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2006 after a serious knee i . . . View Full Definition
Commissioner: This is the person in charge of running the league, setting up the draft and (if neccessary) controlling all of the league fees. Other tasks such as updating results and standings can be don . . . View Full Definition
Custom-Scoring League: A league can decide to assign its own value to touchdowns, field goals, extra points, etc. For instance, some leagues will assign point values based on the length of touchdown runs and field . . . View Full Definition
Depth Chart: An NFL roster split thats shows first-, second- and third-string players. For instance, Frank Gore is first-string on the 49ers depth chart at the running back position, and DeShaun Foster i . . . View Full Definition
Draft: Most fantasy football teams are constructed via a draft, where owners take turns picking players for the upcoming season. Most drafts orders are constructed through a random drawing or are b . . . View Full Definition
Draft Dashers: People who enjoy drafting a fantasy football team, but disappear long before the season is over, abandoning their team.
Drop: Releasing a player back into the free-agent pool.
Dynasty League: This is similar to a 'Keeper League' (see below), but instead of a few players, an entire roster is held over. This league calls for a long-term committment, but it also makes each draft run . . . View Full Definition
Fantasy Football: A league based on the actual statistics of NFL players. Each team is assembled through an auction or a draft, with the objective to outscore your opponent each week. Leagues can use either b . . . View Full Definition
Flier: Taking a gamble on a player (either in the draft or from off the waiver wire) who has high potential, but also carries a high risk. Many times, this can be a backup quarterback, backup runni . . . View Full Definition
Free Agent: A player who is not on a team's roster and is available on the waiver wire.
Handcuff: Taking the immediate backup for one of your prominent players. If you have Marion Barber, for instance, you would be wise to handcuff him by drafting Felix Jones.
Houshmazoo: The incorrect pronunciation of T.J. Houshmandzadeh's last name, which will inevitably be heard on Draft Day. (Also known as Houshmazilli and Houshurmomma).
IDP: Some leagues will use the stats of individual defensive players, instead of using team defenses. Scoring can vary but typically includes point values for sacks, safeties, and interceptions. . . . View Full Definition
Injured Reserve: Some leagues will allow you to place an injured player on the injured reserve list. This is more common with dynasty and keeper leagues, but some seasonal leagues also utilize that option as well.
Keeper League: These leagues allow you to keep a certain number of players each season. The number of keepers varies from league-to-league. Some leagues, called 'Dynasty Leagues,' allow you to keep your en . . . View Full Definition
League: A group of owners (typically ranging from eight to 12 teams) that compete against each other for their fantasy football league title.
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