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The football season is here, and I welcome good cheat-sheets to pick my Dancing Cobras team to play in BAFFLE (Birmingham Area Fantasy Football League).

Before that, we need to decide on which service to use. Tips on choosing also welcome at Contact Kamats. The head-to-head features for those who have to make the same decisions are listed below:
SportsLine Yahoo!
Pros
  • more flexible scoring system: 
    • return TDs assigned to defense
    • bonus points for yardage thresholds 
  • all features are available to all owners (live scoring, etc.)
  •  basic service is free 
  • each owner decides which add-on features to buy (if you buy none, it's completely free) 
  • add-on purchases apply to all teams you manage through one Yahoo ID (cheaper if you're in multiple leagues)
  •  interface is easier to use (IMHO) 
  •  message board feature is more visible/easier
Cons
  • costs $12 per team (in addition to BAFFLE entry fee) 
  • interface is harder to use (IMHO)
  • message board feature is harder to find/use
  • scoring system is less flexible:
    • return TDs not assigned to defense
    • no bonus points for yardage thresholds 
  •  add-on features cost extra:
    •  StatTracker (live scoring): $8
    • wireless phone access: $4 
    • add-on features available only to owners that purchase them

What is Fantasy Football?

Fantasy Football is a sport where grown men (and women) painstakingly plan their team's gridiron strategy, spending countless hours honing their skills for the battles that lay ahead, sweating their every move in preparation to line up opposite each other with muscles straining and teeth clenched in an epic bone-crunching struggle to secure glorious victory.

Fantasy football is very simple. Each person in the league is an "owner" of his own fantasy team. Before the NFL season starts, we hold a "draft" of NFL players. In each round of the draft, each owner selects an NFL player from any NFL team. For example, you could draft Peyton Manning from the Colts as one of your team's quarterbacks and Marshall Faulk from the Rams as one of your team's running backs (the veteran owners are chuckling right now at the thought of one team actually getting both of those particular players, but that's another story)

Each week during the NFL season, the fantasy teams "play" each other in a predetermined schedule. After the actual NFL games are played, we add up how many points each of those individual players accumulated to compute each fantasy team's total score. The fantasy team with the most points wins that "game". At the end of the regular season, the fantasy teams with the best won-lost records advance to the fantasy playoffs to compete for the coveted championship.

Courtesy of BAFFLE Commisioner


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, August 12, 2002
Last Modified: 8/12/2002

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