Fantasy Football 101

... or, Introduction to Fantasy Football.  (Whichever is more acceptable to our new search engine overloards.)

With the Premier League season set to kick off tomorrow, Spurs/Everton notwithstanding, a lot of us are head down, surfing the web for news, chopping and changing our team line-ups, and basically doing everything we can to be ready.  Those of us who have been playing the game for a while sometimes forget about someone who is new to fantasy football or who are asking themselves, "How do I play fantasy football?"  I think with ESPN and Fox Soccer covering the sport and raising its profile here in the United States, there are a lot of Americans asking that question.

So for you, the newbie fantasy manager, I present our two-part introduction to fantasy Premier League.  This is especially relevant to the Yahoo! Fantasy Football game, but the measures and guidelines are relevant across all competitions.

  • The Rules. Here is the latest incarnation of this post, written two years ago so forgive some of the outdated references.  If you are interested, here is the original incarnation.  This post will give you my fantasy football strategy advice.  This is pretty big-picture stuff, and especially relevant to the Yahoo! Fantasy Football game's unique scoring system. 
  • Mo Rules. This post is Neal's breakdown of a top-10 fantasy team over the course of yet another successful seasaon.  The analysis is a little more detailed, and I think adds some nuance to the broader advice given above.
Some other quick resources would include:
Whatever your level, good luck this season. Don't hesitate to post questions in the comments, or over in the Facebook group (of which you should become a fan).


  1. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Who is K2?

  2. Awesome! But seriously, thanks. I've added a link above to help demystify K2, BFAY, etc.

  3. The link to Mo Rules isn't showing up for me, but here it is if anyone else needs it:

  4. Anonymous8:38 PM

    When will the fantasy premier league site be back up?Its down and i have'nt made my team yet

  5. Anonymous8:50 PM

    same here. i need to fix my team

  6. Anonymous10:25 PM

    The site being down is complete bullshit! C'MON!

  7. agreed, I switched to the official game this year (not my choice, yahoo is way better). The only thing this game had over yahoo was reliability and its been down for 14 hours now in the time immediately before the season starts. My team is not finished, I have not had time in the week. I appreciate this is a yahoo focussed site but still wanted to vent frustration!

  8. paul mac6:01 AM

    i cannot believe premier league has done trying since 10 last night to do my team.thats 13 hours and have not been able to get is set but was waiting on news on aguerro and was taking him out.this is a joke

  9. Anonymous6:29 AM

    This is crap, can't log on. Been trying since friday afternoon. It's now 11.30. Can't organise my team.

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  11. YFF for the win!

  12. Anonymous12:19 PM

    can i join a league right now with a team that i just picked... after the first game has alrwady been called?