Fantasy Football for Seniors? You bet!
Fantasy football leagues continue to grow in popularity; so whatever your age, join in! I frequently hear mumbles that some football fan Seniors are reluctant to join a FFL league because FFL leagues are computerized and require extensive computer skills.
True. FFL is computerized. But if you can click and point a mouse, do online banking or copy and paste, FFL is easily achievable. Don’t miss out on this popular hobby and if you are adventuresome, create your own FFL league for your football fan family and friends.
There is still time to create a fantasy football league for the coming FFL season. Opening day of the regular season begins in early September and there is still plenty of time to create your own Fantasy Football League.
How To Create A Fantasy Football League
Yahoo and ESPN have easy to use computer programs to create a FFL league. Each program has its’ own idiosyncrasies, but the nuts and bolts of playing FFL is consistent on either platform.
For this example I chose ESPN Fantasy Football League to create a league. Navigate to the home page of the ESPN Fantasy Football site and select the create a league option. All players in FFL must have established a login and password to access the league.
Each league must have a minimum of one League Manager. The League Manager sets the defaults and rules for the league. Once you have entered FFL, the interface is easy to navigate and self explanatory. A plethora of online help is available to assist is setting up your league. It does help if the league manager is computer friendly, but the program is also very user friendly.
Fantasy Football League Help And FAQ
- Each player must establish a username and password prior to joining an ESPN FFL league.
- Even number of teams is required; minimum number for ESPN is 4.
- Each league owner drafts 16 players: 9 regular, 7 bench
- The League Manager will have extra administrative ‘tabs’ on their dashboard along with the ‘tabs’ all team owners utilize.
- Leagues can be private or open to the public.
- The standard rules option is the common choice and the easiest for new FFL players.
The Fantasy Football League Draft
Most drafts are held online dye to location of players. The advantage of an Online Draft is
that players/league owners can be located anywhere (but anywhere with an internet connection for draft time.)
After a time and day is agreed upon by the league owners, schedule the online draft. An online draft requires all league owners be online at a specified time to draft teams in real time. The computer program will run the draft and at completion each team will be loaded into the league.
Note: the online draft does require mandatory attendance by all owners to draft their teams.
The alternate is an old fashioned in person draft. This is of course a great reason to meet up with friends pre season for treats and draft picks. The negative of an in person draft is the record keeping duties by the league manager are amplified and after the draft, the league manager will have to load the teams manually.
But whether an online or in person draft, once the teams are loaded and the regular football season begins, let the games begin!
Part Two: Click the following link to learn the ins and outs of Choosing your FFL team