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Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Football, Part 1 - Footballguys

Our beginner's series looks at the history of fantasy football

The history of fantasy football

It appears that fantasy football came onto the scene during the 1962 NFL season when part-owner of the Oakland Raiders, Wilfred Winkenbach and two writers for an Oakland newspaper put together an eight-team fantasy league. It never really caught on with the mainstream public due to the amount of work involved in calculating statistics from newspapers on a weekly basis. The hobby began to boom in the mid-90s as the Internet craze began to surface. Now it is one of the most popular hobbies in all of North America.

What exactly is fantasy football?

For most football fans, owning an NFL franchise of their own is a dream that will never happen. Are you a person who believes he can do a great job of building, managing and coaching a team to the championship game? Would you love a chance to draft a Tom Brady or a Todd Gurley and build a great team around them? If you answer yes to those questions, fantasy football is a game for you. In a nutshell, fantasy football is a game in which you participate as the owner / general manager/coach of a franchise and you draft real NFL players to score points for your fantasy team. We will go over scoring in more detail later on, but as a brief synopsis of the game, you get points for various things that occur during an actual NFL game such as touchdowns, field goals and yardage gained. There are many different types of leagues, rules, starting lineups and strategy possible in this hobby which we will touch on as this tutorial goes on.

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