Fantasy Football 101: Picking your QB

Welcome to gridirongirl’s newest blog for women new to fantasy football- At least for this year. I apologize in advance if I bore you. I’ll be highlighting all of the different facets of fantasy football- the hows and whys of the scoring and picking certain players. The scoring can be confusing and nobody wants to play something that confuses them. Picking players can be intimidating when Sports Center devotes entire shows to “who and who not to pick” and “do this and do that” and OH MY GOSH MY BRAIN JUST EXPLODED! That’s the goal here at gridirongirl. Explain the game of football to women in a way that isn’t condescending or overwhelming. It’s a safe environment where you can ask questions and know that nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to judge or think less of you. The first time I played fantasy football I was a mess! I was constantly stressed and in the dark about a lot of what was going on. I actually didn’t play the next year because I had gotten burned out on it. I don’t want that to happen to you.

So, we’ll spend this season getting your feet wet. I’ll use each week as an example of the scoring and why certain players are more successful than others. I’ll be using the NFL fantasy football standards. It’s not my favorite platform for fantasy football, but for illustrative purposes we’ll use them.

NFL week 1 is officially over and I’m going to use just one player to talk about. Week 1 is a good feel out time. It’s a good time to see where you went right or went wrong. It’s a good time to see that just maybe the people you started weren’t as good as you thought they were going to be and the people sitting on your bench performed a lot better then anybody thought they would. Another thing you must remember about fantasy football is that sometimes there are things out of your control and you just have to go with your instincts. Sometimes players have bad games and cause you to lose points. You can’t control that. So just go with flow and have fun.

Man I’m long winded today. Sorry about that. OK on to our example.

This week I’m going to highlight the QB, using Broncos QB Peyton Manning; he was the top fantasy football performer in week 1.

Here are the NFL’s scoring settings for QBs:

  • Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards passing
  • Passing Touchdowns: 4 points
  • Interceptions: -2 points

Peyton Manning’s stats for week 1 were 462 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

18.48 (462/25 for his passing yards) + 28 (7 * 4 for his passing touchdowns) + 0 (no interceptions) = 46.48 points

The amount of points Manning garnered for week 1 of the 2013 season on your fantasy team aren’t the standard.  Some weeks you’ll see that for your total, but hey take the high ones where you can get him.

See how that works though? That’s why in regards to the QB, I suggest you find a QB that doesn’t throw a lot of interceptions. If he is interception prone you’re going to see a lot of negative points every week and nobody wants that. You’ll also want to pick a QB that gets a lot of passing yards each week. The touchdowns don’t hurt either. A QB like Peyton Manning is a perfect example of consistent performance as well. He may not be a 46 pointer every week, but you can bet that a QB like Manning will get you decent points almost every week.

So there you have it, the breakdown of the QB and a very long-winded speech about the purpose of this blog. Hope you weren’t bored to tears!

Come back next week to learn about the running back and how his position is scored.

Questions? Comments? Tweet me @PatsFanGirl12

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