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Get To Know Fantasy Football

You may be hearing the buzz about it about it, but what exactly is fantasy football?

Well, fantasy football is basically a fantasy sports game where participating players are called owners. These owners belong to a particular arranged competing league. Each of these leagues earn what is dubbed as fantasy points based on existing data and statistics from the real life game of American football; known as the National Football League. The real life data which the professional athletes of the National Football League rack up is important in determining the winner of a fantasy football game.

The players or owners of the league use real life American footballers and they draft these players. The sources of this are the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Both the National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are sources of the fantasy players for the owner of a fantasy football team.

The positions to be filled by the owner of a fantasy football team include a running back, a wide receiver, the quarterback, the kicker, the defense and the tight end; a set up similar to real life National Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association teams.

Based on real life stats and dependent on the performance of the players, a fantasy football team can garner fantasy points which would reflect to the other football fantasy owners.

For example, a player in the form of a running back gets the much anticipated touchdown, then that running back will earn, in the world of fantasy football, a determined number of points for the owner of the player.

When the season ends, there will be a win-loss tally or record which will set out the league qualifications or fantasy football rankings and this will turn into a playoff bracket.

Just how huge has fantasy football become? Well, most of the football leagues do put aside the weekend of the month of the regular football season for a fantasy football playoff. This playoff will be determinant of the fantasy football league’s winner or champion for the season.

The amazing popularity of fantasy football is reflected in the fact that in 2009, twenty seven million players of these enjoyable fantasy football league games rack up nine hours in a week to play! Twenty seven million people enjoy the same fantasy football passion as you!

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Fantasy Football Defense

When most people think of fantasy football they think of the top offensive players in the NFL. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald all top the list of marquis fantasy football players that are almost guaranteed to be your big point scorers in any given week. But when doing your pre-season research, don’t forget about your fantasy football defense and the impact they could have on your season.

When researching a fantasy football defense it is a much easier process than trying to figure out your whole offensive lineup. Typically, fantasy football leagues will allow you to play one team’s defense each week and get points for categories like interceptions, fumble recoveries, safeties, sacks, points allowed and defensive TD’s.

Some leagues mix things up a little by allowing you to choose one or two defensive players that can score individual performance points, but this category is not very common. Most fantasy leagues are set up so the offense is the main source of scoring, for obvious reasons.

With this in mind, it’s still important to do a little homework on what the top NFL defenses have done during the off season. Have there been any trades or is anyone injured. Most of the time, if a defense is good, it will remain a power house for many years down the road.

During the off season, it’s always good to keep an eye on the teams who had a strong offense but weak defense the prior year. These are the teams that will most likely be drafting to build their defense and may get some players to boost their performance and status in the upcoming season.

Another thing to remember is to not downplay the importance of a solid fantasy football defense. Many games during the fantasy season are won by a point or less and a win can often be the result of solid defensive play. It’s true that when you’re waist deep into your draft the last thing on your mind is what defense you will be choosing. But when that time nears, it is important to pick at the right time to get the best defense possible.

Your fantasy football defense may not have the most powerful or glamorous role on your roster, but they are nonetheless important and can help make you a winner. Even if they are the reason you win one or two weeks of the season, it will make up for the research you did to pick a consistently high performing team.

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2009 Fantasy Football Sleepers

One of the keys to winning a fantasy football league is the ability to draft Sleepers. “Sleepers” are NFL players who are drafted in much lower rounds than their ending statistics warrant. In shopping terms, this is getting a bargain price for a valuable product. The estimated draft position is taken from the Maximum Fantasy Sports Mock Draft found on their home page. The Mock Draft was formulated using the generally accepted “standard” league configuration.

2009 Fantasy Football Sleepers

QB: Kyle Orton (Denver) – Orton was brought to Denver in the off-season trade for Jay Cutler. He is leaving an offense in Chicago that limited his passing attempts and had few receiving threats. In Denver, Coach Josh McDaniels will want to give Orton the opportunity to prove his controversial trade of Cutler was a smart move. With Brandon Marshall (maybe), Eddie Royal, Tony Sheffler, and others as his receiving options, Orton will put up fantastic numbers for the 16th QB off the board at the projected last pick of the 11th round.

RB: Derrick Ward (Tampa Bay) – Ward skipped out of New York into a situation in Tampa where the QB position is up for grabs. This scenario almost always favors the running game. While Ward was second fiddle in New York to Brandon Jacobs, he still put up a quiet 1000 yards (5.6 ypc). There is talk of a platoon situation with Earnest Graham in Tampa, but that is what is driving his draft position down. Ward will be the feature back and will receive the majority of carries throughout the year. Picking up a 1A running back in a tandem as the 30th RB off the board in the projected mid-7th round is a steal.

WR: Josh Morgan (SF) – Morgan is the true definition of a Sleeper. Isaac Bruce receives the attention due to his surprising results from last year and Michael Crabtree gets the press due to his high-profile college career, draft position and current holdout. Crabtree will sign before the season starts as it is asinine to expect Top-5 rookie money as the 10th overall pick. However, his holdout, rookie status and lingering ankle injury will cost him playing time this year and Isaac Bruce will slow down as the Niners work some youth in at the WR position. This will be Morgan. He is projected to be available at the start of the 12th round – a very nice place for a receiver that you can start every week.

TE: Ben Celek (PHIL) – Tight End is a position that is very deep and turns out Sleepers year-in and year-out. With that in mind, you can let other managers spend high draft picks on Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates. Celek turned it on at the end of 2008, especially during the playoffs. The Eagles let long-time McNabb favorite, L.J. Smith, go since they have his replacement in Celek. With Philly’s plethora of wispy receivers, McNabb needs someone to make the tough catches and hold onto the ball without leaving the field on a cart. Celek will fill that role nicely as a 16th round pick.

D: San Diego Chargers – The Chargers defense gave up 347 points last year but were missing Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips for most of last year. They are back and healthy this year. The Chargers also added Larry English in the middle of the defense. The schedule is very favorable (how can it not be when playing 6 games against AFC West teams?!) and the offense will be dominant once again, which is helpful in assisting the defense with additional sacks and interceptions. The Chargers are projected as the 18th defense off the board in our fantasy football Mock Draft, which will occur in the 16th round.

K: Garrett Hartley (NO) – After the Saints came to their senses and dropped Martin Gramatica and replaced him with Hartley, Hartley promptly went 13-13 on FGs and 28-28 on extra points. While kickers rarely get much attention in the fantasy football world, any kicker that is accurate, kicks in a dome over half the year (including a road game in Atlanta) and kicks for a team that puts a load of points on the board is worthy of drafting in the very last round of your draft as your only kicker.

Bill Parsons is the owner of Maximum Fantasy Sports and a rabid fantasy sports participant. He began creating his own football and baseball fantasy leagues at the ripe old age of seven; tracking stats and standings on paper. Bill decided to create a real-time fantasy football league website that includes all of the best features and some of which have never been attempted at any other website. Maximum Fantasy Sports offers Free pools and fairly priced Private Fantasy Football leagues as well as Public Leagues with cash payouts.

Football transfer rumours: Is there another ?super? Mario heading to Manchester?

 

There’s only really been one Mario in the football news headlines in recent months, but according to reports there could be another one about to steal the Manchester limelight – but could he take the nickname ‘Super’ from Mr Balotelli?

 

It’s been suggested that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to land the services of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, although his agent Dirk Hebel has been quick to claim that although he has been approached, the Red Devils may have a bit of a fight on their hands from elsewhere.

 

At just 19 years old, Gotze is the name on many people’s lips and the transfer rumours don’t seem to be going away any time soon. However, Hebel told Sky Sports that Juventus are also chasing the in-demand teenager’s signature and that it may not be easy trying to prise him away from the Bundesliga side.

 

“I can confirm that I have had contact with Juventus and Manchester United, but not only them,” he told Sky. “I don’t know if he’ll go away after this season, you should ask Borussia. But I think that they will not let him leave for less than 40 million euros.” Hebel concluded by saying that as it stands, young Mario is still “very happy at Dortmund” although he has been troubled by an injury recently.

 

Despite his tender years, Gotze has won 12 caps for Germany and could well be a major player in the team’s Euro 2012 campaign later this year. Of course, Manchester United will want to make sure they’re able to get some sort of agreement in place before the tournament ends, as it will prove to be the perfect stage for his abilities. Traditionally, a major tournament of this kind can drive up the prices of the most sought after players – and might even see Gotze poached by a club with more money to spend.

 

The attacking midfielder has shone at both club and country level, and even managed to pop a goal past Brazil last August during a friendly that saw Germany win 2-0. No doubt, whichever team he plays for next, much will be expected of Mario – but with the next transfer deadline some time away, we may have to wait a while before finding out which team that might be.

 

Leanne Miller is a professional writer from Manchester, UK specialising in entertainment and sport.

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