Fantasy Football 101: Master the jargon to become a champion

By Leo Rodriguez July 9, 2023

A definitive guide unpacking the intricate jargon of Fantasy Football, offering insights on game strategies, player roles, scoring systems, and industry trends.

Navigating the complex lexicon of Fantasy Football can be a daunting task. This article serves as a guide to some of the frequently used terms in this domain. In Fantasy Football, participants form their own teams by selecting players from the National Football League. These teams then gain points on a weekly basis depending on the performances of their respective players. The team that accumulates the highest score each week is deemed the winner.

The 'Strength of Schedule' is a term that indicates the relative toughness of a team's opponents, measured against other teams, based on their win-to-loss records. The 'Average Draft Position' (ADP) signifies the order in which players are selected during a Fantasy draft. For instance, an ADP of 28 implies the player was the 28th pick in the draft.

'Daily Fantasy Sports' is a variant of the game, primarily played over a single weekend, where entrants form their Fantasy Football team within a prescribed salary cap, vying for cash prizes. An underperforming player projected to enhance their stats in the upcoming season is considered a 'Sleeper'. Conversely, 'Reach' is a strategy involving drafting a player much ahead of their actual value.

A top-performing player selected in the later stages of the draft is known as a 'Steal'. 'Snake Draft' refers to a drafting procedure where the picking order reverses each round, thereby forming a snake-like pattern. 'Targets' are the number of times a receiver is intended as the recipient of the ball, irrespective of successful receptions.

'Yards After Catch' (YAC) tally the yards a player accomplishes post catching a ball. Seasoned advisors renowned for their expertise in Fantasy Football are recognized as 'Fantasy Football Experts'. It is predicted that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could play a significant role in the future of Fantasy Football, assisting players with the formation of the best possible lineups.

The term 'Positive Regression' captures the expected improvement in performance of an underperforming player. A 'Bust' signifies a player who has not met expectations despite the significant potential or investment. 'Trade Bait' refers to a valuable player who can be traded with other teams.

A common belief in the Fantasy Football world is that Wide Receivers attain their peak performance in their third NFL season. The label 'Stash' is attributed to players with potential future value and are hence retained in the team. 'Handcuff' is a term used for a backup player who may replace a starter due to injury, suspension, or other reasons.

'High Floor' players are those with consistent performances, while 'Low Floor' counterparts display noticeably lower performance. While 'Points Per Reception' (PPR) leagues award points for every reception made, 'Touchdown Only' leagues only score when touchdowns are made.

A 'Vulture' player is one who scores a touchdown after another player did the groundwork. To catch every game of the season, viewers will need to subscribe to an array of 'Streaming Apps', aggregating all the platforms required for viewing the matches.