How to Play Fantasy Football: 3 Easy Fantasy Football Tips!

By: Meredith Witthar | Kristina Guerrero | Victor Padilla Posted: 10:54 AM, Aug 27, 2018

Want to learn how to play fantasy football? Then keep reading! The List met with expert JC Carlson at Dave and Buster’s to learn three easy fantasy football tips.


1. The Basics on How to Play Fantasy Football


The first step in learning how to play fantasy football? Mastering the basics! “So, basically, you’re acting as the general manager,” shares JC. “You’re going to go out, and you’re going to draft the players – but then you get to take it to the next step which is to be the coach. Who are you going to start for each game?”


You’ll form a league using an online platform consisting of about 10-12 other teams. The platform lists all the players, so you don’t even have to know names and teams! “You’ll get together and find a platform like ESPN,, and set up the draft there,” adds JC. Some leagues have harder scoring rules, so make sure you know which one you’re in.


2. The Scoring System


You can’t fully grasp how to play fantasy football without step two: learning the scoring system. “So, typically, it’s just how the player performs in that particular game,” offers JC. “So for quarterbacks, they would get points for the number of yards that they throw, or if they rush. They’ll lose points if they throw an interception, or if they fumble the ball.”


Each week you’ll go through your online roster and pick the lineup for that week’s game. So how do you know who wins? “Whoever wins is the team that has the most points at the end of the week – the NFL week,” reveals JC. “So, by the Sunday night game, or even the Monday night game, you’ll know who the winner is based on the total points that you scored with your team against your opponent.” This happens every week until the end of the season. And don’t worry, most websites keep track of your points for you.


3. Get Fantasy Football Tips from the Pros


And, finally, learn the pro tips! “My pro tip would be, especially this year, running backs are gonna go quick, and they’re gonna go fast, so get ’em while you can,” JC advises. JC also says that most sites list expert predictions of how well someone will do while you’re drafting, so you can always follow those if you’re not sure. So even if you don’t know how to play fantasy football, you can also do a little research for fantasy football tips.


If you’re look for fantasy football tips, now you know at least three to guide you through the season. And that’s how to play fantasy football!


Got any fantasy football tips to share? Sound off in the comments below!


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