Choose From a Variety of Games
Our host site, DataForce Fantasy Football, offers a wide variety of games from which you can choose. All of these leagues are season long or longer, and whatever your flavor, we have it. All leagues contain ten or twelve teams, so you'll be competing head-to-head each week against other owners, and all leagues share a similar set of rules for player scoring. The team that scores highest each week wins the game.
What Is a Redraft League?
These leagues are called "redraft" because you draft a new team every year. This is the most common choice. Owners take turns selecting players during the draft until each owner has a roster of 18 real-life NFL players for their team. Then, each week of the NFL season you select players to be in your starting lineup, and these players contribute to an overall game score. We have several different lineups for you to choose from.
There are several other decisions you must make each week as you manage your team. Here's a weekly fantasy schedule which describes how the game is played.
While redraft leagues remain the most popular format, there are many other options to choose from.
What is Bestball Fantasy Football Scoring?
Any league can be a bestball league, whether redraft or some form of multi-year league. "Bestball" simply means that you don't have to set lineups each week. The computer automatically selects those players who scored the highest from your team.
For many people, the selection of starting players each week is an agonizing decision. Footballs bounce in crazy directions, so it's hard to guess which players will perform best each week, and one wrong guess can easily cost you the game. Bestball leagues remove the agony of choosing, while preserving team-improvement activities like waivers and trading.
What Is a Draftmaster League?
In draftmaster leagues, you don't have to make any decisions after the draft. No free agency, no trading, no setting lineups. Draftmaster leagues are bestball leagues, so the computer selects the optimal lineup for you each week.
Draftmaster leagues are for owners who don't want to be bothered with the day-to-day maintenance of their leagues. Often called one-and-done leagues or draft-n-go leagues, it's possible to participate in many more simultaneous draftmaster leagues than other formats because owner involvement is over as soon as the draft ends.
How Do Contender Leagues Work?
Want to aim a little higher than a twelve-team league? You're looking for a contender league, then. In this format, four leagues of twelve teams are joined at the hip. You'll play each of the other teams in your own twelve-team league, and then have a short one-week playoff within your league to determine the four teams which will advance further.
The four advancing teams then join the best teams from your three sister leagues to form a sixteen-team four-week playoff race competing for a grand prize. This means you're essentially joining a 48-team contest, making for a more exciting prize fund.
What Is a Keeper League?
"Keeper" leagues add a new dimension to the traditional fantasy league. In this format, you may keep up to five players from year to year, so your team continues to exist for as long as the league lasts.
We ask for an additional deposit when you purchase a team, equal to the entry fee for the league, and this deposit roughly represents the value of your team. The deposit remains with the team in perpetuity. If you should one day have to leave the league, or if you just get tired of playing fantasy football, then your team becomes an orphan. We will sell your team to the highest bidder in order to keep the league alive, and instead of getting your deposit back, you get the money from the sale.
Since you are able to preserve five players from your team from year to year, strategies in keeper leagues tend to be long-range. You'll want to carefully watch the rookie market each year to look for players that might become superstars. You'll want to balance putting a strong lineup on the field this year with building a team for the future. Trading in these leagues becomes much more exciting, as you can trade draft picks not only for the current year but for the following year.
Each year a new draft takes place to let you replenish your team after dropping the players you decide not to keep.
In the end, though, it's all about winning. The best head coach will still win the Superbowl and take home the biggest prize.
What Is a Dynasty League?
Ready to take it to the next level? These leagues offer the chance to build a true dynasty out of your team, since there are no limits to how many players you can retain from year to year. Keep a few or keep them all, and in the annual draft, you'll choose just enough players to bring your roster back to full strength.
There are a couple of other differences that make dynasty leagues a step more intense than keeper leagues. For one, your roster sizes are a little bigger, so you can hang on to a few more potential superstars. For another, you can trade future draft picks two years in advance rather than just one.
Because owners in dynasty leagues tend to grow attached to their teams, and because you're typically playing against the same owners from year to year, an atmosphere of camaradarie and friendly opposition often permeates the league.
Dynasty leagues can last forever, unless you join a legacy league. This is basically a dynasty league which ends as soon as one team manages to win two league championships. Then the league ends, and the owner of that team goes home rich.
It works like this. Half of your prize fund each year goes into a purse. The other half is used to pay annual prizes. The purse continues to build each year until someone wins their second superbowl. It can take from two to thirteen years, but the longer it takes, the more money is waiting for someone to take it all.
Salary Cap Fantasy Football Leagues
These leagues have a little different flavor. To begin with, they always begin with an auction rather than a draft. In this way, each player on each team is assigned a salary equal to the amount paid at auction.
You may not carry player salaries totalling more than $200 on your team. If you drop a player and bid on a new player during waiver wire processing, you may not bid more than the available salary cap room for your team. Players picked up on free agency have a salary of just $1.
Salary cap leagues are multi-year leagues like dynasties, so you can choose which players to retain and which players to drop in the offseason each year. Instead of an annual draft, you'll participate in an annual auction, as you buy new players to fill out your team.
Because player salaries escalate a little each year, you can't afford to keep any player forever, but this is part of the fun. Each year you must make roster decisions to stay within your cap.
Contract Fantasy Football Leagues
Ready now for the ultimate head coaching challenge? Try our signature format: a contract league. Like salary cap leagues, your players carry salaries from year to year. But this time, you award them multi-year contracts at a set salary for up to five years in the future.
Contract decisions are made in the offseason, when you'll decide which players to keep and for how long you want to put them on contract. Contracts are binding: you must continue to pay their salaries until the contracts expire, or pay a hefty penalty.
Contracts may be bought and sold. In fact, if you find a contract oppressive, you may actually pay another team owner to take a player and his contract off your hands. When you trade money in this manner, it decreases the money you have available for paying salaries in the next year, so you'll have less money to spend at the annual player auction.
Postseason Fantasy Football
The fun doesn't have to stop after the NFL regular season ends. You can continue playing fantasy football into January and February with playoff leagues.
In this format, only players on teams which made the NFL playoffs are available for drafting. You'll want to pick players from teams that you hope will go deep into the playoffs, because there are no weekly lineup decisions to make. Every player on your team contributes to your weekly score for every game that he plays in the NFL.