Fantasy Football Today 2023 Open: Tournament rules and terms (2024)

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Today Open Challenge where you can join as a manager in at least one (1) of eight (8), 12-team, head-to-head Fantasy league(s) (each a, "League" collectively the, "Leagues"). Each League will include a Fantasy analyst that shall compete against the eleven (11) invited managers.

If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smartphone, tablet or wireless device that allows you to access this Challenge, you may enter this Challenge via any of those devices during the Challenge Period. You may be charged data rates according to the Terms and Conditions of your Service Agreement with your wireless carrier.

The Challenge is subject to these Official Rules, which include the game criteria and information posted on the League Details page and within the League Feed found on the League Homepage. By participating in the Challenge you agree and acknowledge you accept the Official Rules.

The Commissioner

The commissioner ("Commissioner") of a League is responsible for coordinating and managing the League. CBS Interactive, Inc. ("CBSI")/ Fantasy analyst will serve as the Commissioner for all Challenge Leagues and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding alleged rules violations or anything else.

Leagues (signing up)

You will be invited via email from to participate in the Challenge, during the Challenge Period, the Challenge commences with the start of the Playing Period which coincides with the start of the NFL season. "Challenge Period" means the period of time between August 3, 2023 and December 31, 2023. "Signup Period" means the period of time commencing on August 3, 2023 and ending when all the leagues participating in this Challenge have been filled. "Playing Period" means the period of time commencing with the start of the official NFL regular Season, set at the moment on September 7, 2023 and ending on December 31, 2023 and corresponds to the first 17 week of the NFL regular season.

In the event of a change to the start or end date of the NFL regular season for any reason, the dates of the Playing Period may change to correspond to the NFL regular season at CBSI's sole and exclusive discretion. Due to any unforeseen circ*mstances because of COVID-19 and/or any other circ*mstance(s), CBSI is hereby alerting its users that there may be material changes to this Challenge. If such changes are necessary, they will be implemented within the Challenge and noted in these Official Rules.

If you are not a Registered User of the CBSI website (as defined below), you will be prompted to register on the website prior to signing up for the Challenge. There is no cost associated with registering on the CBSI website. By registering and signing up to the Challenge, all participants agree to comply with these Official Rules.


The Challenge is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of the United States (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico and all US territories and possessions are expressly excluded); (c) at least twenty-one (21) years old at the date of registration in the Challenge. CBSI reserves the right to modify the list of states/territories the Challenge is open to at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion.

For purposes of these Official Rules, "Registered User" means a person who has successfully completed the registration form and has obtained a user identification ("ID") and associated password ("Password") on one of the CBSI network of Websites which currently include the following: and (collectively, the "CBSI website").

All Leagues are subject to these complete Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

All Leagues are required to have twelve (12) participants/managers ("managers"). The first day of the NFL season is set for September 7, 2023.


Your draft will either be an online live draft or an online extended live draft. The Draft Order will be randomly determined after the league is full. For online live drafts, the commissioner will set a date and time for the draft. The format will be a snake draft. Each team will have 60 seconds to make a draft pick. The draft will be 13 rounds. For online extended drafts, the commissioner will set a date and time to begin the draft, but the draft will likely take place over multiple days. There will be four hours between selections. The commissioner has the ability to speed up the time between picks if needed. The timer will be turned off between 12 am – 6 am ET.


Each Fantasy Football League will consist of twelve (12) teams. Each team will consist of thirteen (13) to eighteen (18) NFL players. Managers will select a starting lineup each week from their players.

All teams will have an additional five (5) Injured ("IR") roster positions that they will be able to utilize through the course of the Challenge. In order to place a player in a designated IR roster spot, the player must have been officially placed on Injured Reserve or the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List by the applicable NFL team and CBSI been notified of such change. CBSI is not responsible for lack of notification from any such third party not communicating such change. Once a player is officially removed from IR or PUP by the applicable NFL team and CBSI has been notified of such change, and the change is reflected within the product, that player must be removed from the IR spot on your roster the next time you make a lineup change.


Quarterback (QB)



No limit

Running Back (RB)



No limit

Wide Receiver (WR)



No limit

Tight End (TE)



No limit

Flex (RB-WR-TE)



No limit

All Positions




Dual Position Eligibility— In most cases, players will only be assigned a primary position. There will be times however, where a player will gain dual position eligibility and will be allowed to be played at either position on your roster. The determination of the additional position will be made at the sole discretion of CBSI as the acting Commissioner.


Point Values
Each week, during the Fantasy regular season, your team will compete against another team in your League in a head-to-head matchup. During a matchup, each of the players in your starting lineup ("active" players) for that week will earn points based on their actual statistics from their respective NFL games. The charts below list the statistics and their corresponding point values.


Touchdown (Passing, Rushing or Receiving)

6 points

Passing Yards

.04 point for every 1 yard

Rushing Yards

0.1 point for every 1 yard

Receiving Yards

  1. point for every 1 yard

2-point conversion

2 points


-2 points

Fumble Lost

-2 points

Field Goal

0-49 yards = 3 points
50+ yards = 5 points

Extra Point

1 point

Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdown

6 points

Receptions will be worth 1 point.

In the event that a scheduled game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that week for players on the affected NFL teams.

Wins & Losses
For each head-to-head matchup, the team with the greater number of points will earn a Win and the team with the lesser number will earn a Loss. During the regular season, if two teams have the same number of points, each team will get a Tie.

Additional scoring notes

  • Offensive Scoring (QB, RB, WR, TE, RB-WR-TE): An offensive player will receive points for any offensive statistics he accumulates. Scoring will be calculated according to the following example: If a QB throws for two hundred (200) yards and two (2) TDs; rushes for twenty (20) yards and one (1) TD; and has twenty-five (25) yards receiving, his point total for the week would be:
    Three (3) TDs = Eighteen (18) points, two hundred (200) yards Passing = Eight (8) points, twenty (20) yards Rushing = two (2) points, twenty-five (25) yards receiving = 2.5 points; for 30,5 total points for the week.

  • Fumbles Lost by a player on special teams or defense will lose two (2) points if they turn the ball over to the opposing team. For instance, if you have Mecole Hardman active at WR and he fumbles the ball away at any time while he is on the field, your team will lose two (2) points. This includes a fumble lost while returning a punt, kick, interception (if your WR were playing defense) or while on offense at WR.

  • Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdowns are any touchdowns resulting from a fumble recovered by an offensive skill player. For instance, if your active wide receiver is CeeDee Lamb and he recovers a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, while on offense, your team would be awarded six (6) points.

Statistics Corrections
Fantasy Regular Season and Fantasy Playoffs:
Throughout the Fantasy Regular Season (as defined below), all statistics and point totals are verified, and corrections are made where necessary, following the completion of each week's games. All statistics and point totals for the prior week's games are considered FINAL as of 6:00 A.M. ET on Thursday. If a stat correction is announced for the previous weekend's games after 6:00 A.M. ET on Thursday or later, it will not be included in the applicable statistics and your team's official Fantasy score will be based on the original statistic. The aforementioned rule applies to both Fantasy Regular Season and Fantasy Playoffs.

Lineup Changes

Weekly Lineups
Each week, managers have the opportunity to select their starting lineup for the coming week. If a manager doesn't set a lineup before the weekly lineup deadline (explained in the "Deadline to Change Status" section below), the manager's lineup from the previous week will be used. If a manager has an illegal lineup, their team will score zero points for the scoring period.

Deadline to Change Status
A manager may change the status of the players on his/her team (i.e., "active" or "reserve") up to 5 minutes before a player's NFL team is scheduled to start. While there are benefits to last minute research, please play it safe and make changes well before this 5-minute window arrives. CBSI will not be responsible if your watch or clock and our system clock are not synchronized. CBSI system clock will mark the official time of the Challenge. Please note that, if seven (7) of your players were "active" and played on Sunday, you will not be able to change the status of one of your "reserves" to "active" on Monday even though the player didn't play yet.

Adding and Dropping Players

Free Agents

Throughout the season you may want to improve your roster by adding available free agents and dropping players who are not performing up to your expectations. You can submit a free agent request at any time. With the exception of requests for players on Waivers (discussed below) free agent moves are first-come, first-served and are executed immediately.

With only two exceptions, there are no limits to the number of Add/Drops you can request, nor are there any transaction fees.

  • The first exception is when a manager attempts to and/or drops his entire team or a significant number of players, also known as "team dropping". Team dropping has a negative impact on the league and as such, will not be allowed. Such an action could result in forfeiture of points as well as that team manager being blocked from making any additional add/drops for the remainder of the season, and in some cases dismissal from the league as solely determined by CBSI. Players selected from waivers or added from free agency that were part of a team drop may be reversed at CBSi's sole discretion. In such move reversals, the waiver ranks will not be reset. The Challenge uses weekly lineups, so any changes made may go into effect for the following week's games.

  • The second exception is abuse of the waivers process. This is when a team manager adds then drops a series of players, putting those players on waivers and making them inaccessible to other team managers. Such an action could result in forfeiture of points as well as that team manager being blocked from making any additional add/drops for the remainder of the season, in some cases dismissal of the league as determined by CBSI.

If either of these situations occurs within your league, please contact CBSI through the Help Center as soon as possible.

All Free Agents will be locked for the current week and placed on Waivers five (5) minutes before the scheduled start of their game for the week. Players on a Bye will lock five (5) minutes before the start of the last game for the week.

FAB Waivers

To provide an equal opportunity for all managers to add players to their roster, a FAB Waiver process is used. Requests for players that are on Waivers are not executed immediately but are put in a pending status.

Each team will have a budget of $100 for the season to make offers for players on Waivers. For purposes of clarity the $100 is used for gameplay and is NOT real money.

All available players not already on Waivers, will be placed on Waivers five (5) minutes before the scheduled start of their respective games. Available Players that are on a "BYE" will be placed on Waivers 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the last game of the week. Any transaction that includes a player either on your roster or in the available player pool that is locked/on waivers for that week, will be placed in a pending state until the next waiver process takes place the following week.

Any player that is new to the player pool will be placed on Waivers, and subject to the league's Waiver process.

FAB Waivers Process

The Waiver process allows multiple teams to request the same players. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights between 1:00:00 AM ET and 6:00:00 AM ET, CBSI will process all of the pending requests. The order in which these requests are processed is based on the highest Offer Amount for players. The team with the highest offer amount will be awarded that player. In the case of multiple teams having the same Highest Offer for a player, the Waiver Rank (explained below) will be used to determine which team's offer is accepted. All remaining players with Offers will be processed in descending offer order until all offers have been processed. (NOTE: $0 offers ARE permitted) The table below lists when an NFL player is on Waivers and for how long.




Free Agents that have locked 5 minutes prior to scheduled start time

Wednesday 1:00:00 AM ET to 4:00:00 AM ET Wednesday morning.

You can request players while games are in progress, but any player that is already on waivers or free agents whose game is within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time will be locked and unavailable until the first waivers run of the following week. The first waivers run will always be Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, so Wednesday is the earliest day you'd be awarded a player in any week. In addition, if a transaction is submitted including a player on your team that has locked for the week, that transaction will not be available to process until the player has unlocked for the next week.

Released during a waiver process or during Free Agent Add/Drop

The next waiver process (see Waiver Schedule).

Example.: Manager requests Player A on waivers and drops Player B. During waiver process, manager is awarded Player A, and Player B is placed on waivers until the next waiver process.

Example.: Manager drops a player Wednesday at 3pm ET. The player dropped is on waivers until the waiver process that runs between 1:00:00 AM ET Friday and 4:00:00 AM ET Friday.

Waiver Rank

During the waiver process, when multiple teams have the same highest offer for a player, the transactions are processed in an order determined by each team's waiver rank. The team with a waiver rank of 1, considered the highest, will get the player. After the transaction is executed, the team's waiver rank is then set to 12 (last), and all other teams move up one. The waiver ranks are reset once each week after standings are updated on Monday night/Tuesday morning. The last-place team (based on won/lost record) will be given the waiver rank of 1, down to the first-place team, which gets the waiver rank of 12. We'll use the following criteria to break any ties for waiver rank:


1. Worst Won/Lost Record

2. Least Points Scored YTD

3. Most Points Scored Against YTD

If a pending transaction becomes invalid because the team has already dropped the designated player in their transaction or they no longer have sufficient funds in their FAB budget due to an earlier Waivers signing, the transaction gets deleted and the next highest value offer, if one exists, becomes the next Offer to be processed.

Waiver Schedule

The waiver process will run for the first time each week between Wednesday at 1:00:00 AM ET and Wednesday at 6:00:00 AM ET which is approximately twenty-four (24) hours after the completion of Monday night's game. In a typical week, the waiver process will run every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night (the last process will be early Sunday morning).

If there are Thursday, Friday, Saturday or early Sunday games played abroad, the players involved in those games will be placed on Waivers five minutes prior to the start of their game and will not be eligible to be added to a team's roster until the first Waivers process of the following week runs.

Note: Waivers will continue to run for the current week, as scheduled until the last waiver process is run on Saturday night/Sunday morning.


Once a league's draft is completed, players can be added and dropped subject to the Free Agent and Waiver rules discussed above. The initial Waiver Rank after the draft will be the reverse of the Draft Order.

8. Schedule, Playoffs & Championship

Regular Season

The first thirteen (13) weeks of the NFL season represent the regular season for Fantasy Football leagues (the "Fantasy Regular Season"). During these thirteen (13) weeks, each team will play every other team at least once (they will play two teams twice). You can see your team's specific schedule by clicking the Schedule link.


When the Fantasy Regular Season ends, the four (4) teams with the best win/loss record will make the playoffs. The team with the best record going into the playoffs will be the #1 seed. The team with the second-best record going into the playoffs will be the #2 seed. The team with the third-best record going into the playoffs will be the #3 seed. The team with the fourth-best record going into the playoffs will be the #4 seed.

If there is a tie for the order of playoff seeds, the following tie-breakers will be used.

  1. Year-To-Date ("YTD") Points Scored

  2. YTD Points Against

  3. Coin Flip

In the first playoff week in NFL Week fourteen (14), the #1 seed will have a Bye. The #2, #3 and #4 seeds will be competing to see who scores the most points and advances to the league championship in NFL Week fifteen (15) vs the #1 seed. The #2, #3 and #4 seeds can make transactions and set a lineup as usual. The #2, #3 and #4 seeds will be matched up against a "Bye" opponent, and the team with the highest score will advance to Week fifteen (15) vs. the #1 seed.

If there is a tie for the top score in NFL Week fourteen or fifteen (14 or 15), the following tie-breakers will be used.

  1. Regular Season ("YTD") Points Scored

  2. Regular Season YTD Points Against

  3. Coin Flip

The winner of NFL Week fifteen (15) will be the league winner and advance to the Fantasy Football Today Open Championship along with the other seven (7) league winners. Each league winner will remain in his/her original league and will continue to make transactions and set a lineup as usual.

Fantasy Football Today Open Championship

The eight (8) league winners will be competing in NFL Week sixteen (16) with the top four scoring teams advancing to the Fantasy Football Today Open Championship in NFL Week seventeen (17). Each team will remain in his/her original league. Each team can make transactions and set a lineup as usual. Each team will be matched up against a "Bye" opponent, and the four (4) highest scoring teams will advance to Week seventeen (17).

In NFL Week seventeen (17), the remaining four (4) teams will be competing for the championship. The remaining four (4) teams will remain in their original league and will continue to make transactions and set a lineup as usual. Each team will be matched up against a "Bye" opponent, and the highest scoring team will be the Fantasy Football Today Open Champion.

If there is a tie for the top score(s) in NFL Week sixteen or seventeen (16 or 17), the following tie-breakers will be used.

  1. Regular Season ("YTD") Points Scored

  2. Regular Season YTD Points Against

  3. Coin Flip

NFL WEEK 14NFL WEEK 15(League Championship)NFL WEEK 16(Fantasy Football Today Open)NFL WEEK 17

#2 vs. #3 vs. #4

#1 vs. Winner Week 14

Winner Week 15 vs. the other seven (7) League Champions

Top four (4) scoring Teams from Week 16.

High Scorer is Fantasy Football Today Open Champion

For teams that do not qualify for the playoffs, the season will effectively end after the Fantasy Regular Season. No further add/drop transactions will be permitted for any team that does not make the playoffs, or for any team that is eliminated from the playoffs or championship. All the eliminated teams will be locked to avoid any add/drops


Trades are not allowed.


By participating, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship and fairness rules set forth in these rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of CBSI regarding all questions of sportsmanship and fairness. If a manager does not comply with the sportsmanship and fairness rules as embodied in these Official Rules, or CBSI determines (in CBSI's sole discretion) that a manager has acted in an unsportsmanlike or unfair manner, CBSI reserves the right to disqualify the manager and/or remove that manager from the League In the event CBSI removes a manager from a League, all decisions by CBSI in sportsmanship and fairness related matters will be final.

Multiple Teams

In order to keep the leagues as competitive as possible, managers will only be allowed to have one (1) team in a League. For purposes of clarity, managers can have teams in multiple leagues.


CBSI does not permit two (2) or more managers in the same League to work together to better one (1) team at the expense of the other (for example, one team dropping players so the other team can pick them up, etc.).

Inappropriate League Communication

The Fantasy and League Message Boards, League News area, League Email Address and Chat Room are available for you to communicate with other League managers. We ask that you refrain from posting or sending messages that could be construed as offensive to other managers. Inappropriate communication can also include spamming other League team managers with trade offers, posting multiple messages on the message board, and using inappropriate League and/or Team names. If a team manager is unable to abide by the guidelines specified in theParamount Terms of Use, CBSI reserves the right to terminate that team manager's ability to communicate within the League.

Legal Disclaimers

All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of CBSI, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Challenge.

General Conditions

By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of CBSI, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Further, each entrant also acknowledges and agrees to theParamount Terms of Useand the Paramount Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference.

All federal, state, local and regulations apply.

CBSI is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected online entries or transactions, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a contestant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. CBSI reserves the right to halt or modify the Challenge at any time during the Challenge period if events beyond their control compromise the Challenge fairness or integrity.

CBSI in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Challenge and refuse to award points, if entrant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Challenge or detrimental to other participants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Challenge registration violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the entrant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points, tampering with CBSIs administration of this Challenge, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this Web site.

CBSI reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Challenge. This Challenge is not affiliated with or endorsed by NFL or any NFL team. This is a game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the CBSI website.

This Challenge may not be used for any form of gambling.

Rules/Winner Information

For a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to the below address marked "Official Rules: 2023 Fantasy Football Today Open Challenge," for receipt by January 31, 2024. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self-addressed envelope. For the name of the Winners, send a self-addressed and stamped envelope for receipt by January 31, 2024to "Winners list: 2023 Fantasy Football Today Open Challenge," c/o CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For purpose of clarity, there are no Prizes awarded in this Challenge.


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Lost or Corrupted Entries

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Damaged Property

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In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID will be disqualified.

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Challenge Errors

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Governing Law and Jurisdiction

THIS PROMOTION IS GOVERNED BY AND SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS (FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL,) FROM WHERE THIS CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO. THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Challenge, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the California state and federal courts located in the City of San Francisco and State of California. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

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Fantasy Football Today 2023 Open: Tournament rules and terms (2024)


How do fantasy football tournaments work? ›

A fantasy football league may be organized in a variety of ways. The most popular league type is head-to-head, in which each team is matched up against an opponent each week, with the team that scores the most fantasy points earning a win in the standings.

How many teams make playoffs in 8 team fantasy? ›

8 team playoff system and week options

The top 8 teams in the league standings at end of the regular season qualify for a 3-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion (there's no consolation bracket).

How to determine 3rd place in fantasy football? ›

The Winner's bracket: 1st place - Winner of game 1, round 2. 2nd place - Loser of game 1, round 2. 3rd place - Winner of game 2, round 2.

How do the fantasy playoffs work? ›

In each playoff game, the team with the highest combined point total after two weeks advances. Each team will have the opportunity to change their active roster between each week (essentially "halftime" of the fantasy game) of playoff play. All teams continue to compete throughout the playoffs.

How does fantasy football work for beginners? ›

You select your own team of players, setting a lineup every week. Then, you watch as they run, pass, catch and score touchdowns, all of which are worth fantasy points. Every week, you are matched up with someone else in your league, and whoever has the most fantasy points that week, wins!

How do you win a daily fantasy football tournament? ›

Daily Fantasy Football Strategy
  1. Maximize ownership. With an entire week for an industry to realize the top plays in the most popular daily fantasy sport, ownership is extremely efficient in NFL DFS. ...
  2. Play high volume RBs. ...
  3. FLEX a RB. ...
  4. Targets are key. ...
  5. Stacking? ...
  6. Picking a defense. ...
  7. Use all of the salary.

What are the formats for fantasy football playoffs? ›

Playoff fantasy football comes in a number of different iterations. There are best ball, head-to-head, weekly, and total points formats. And then, within those formats, there are multiple ways to select rosters and set lineups.

How does 8 team playoff bracket work? ›

These brackets work well when there are a lot of participants. For example, an eight-team tournament would include a total of three rounds. Four teams are eliminated in the first round, two teams are eliminated in the second round. This leaves two participants in the third round.

How does a 6 team playoff bracket work? ›

The most common for end-of-season tournaments is the regular season records of each team. The best team is the #1 seed. Whichever team has the worst seed is the #6 seed. If teams are tied, the head-to-head record against the other tied team is used.

What order should I pick my positions in fantasy football? ›

For example, QB is the highest-scoring position in most leagues. But elite RBs and WRs typically get drafted first because you need more starters at those positions and their scoring drops off more sharply. That's why the best way to draft is generally to prioritize RBs and WRs while waiting on QBs and TEs.

Who should I take 3rd in fantasy football? ›

The easiest part of picking third overall is who you take first. Justin Jefferson figures to be the consensus 1.01, so you're probably looking at one of Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler or Ja'Marr Chase.

What position gives more points in fantasy football? ›

Ideally, you want each position to be as valued and impactful as they are within the NFL games every week. Quarterbacks score the most, running backs and wide receivers aren't too far behind and tight ends are still valuable, especially the top guys.

How do playoffs work in fantasy football ESPN? ›

The top four teams in a league make the playoffs. These four are comprised of the two division champs and two wild-card teams. Division champs are the teams that win the league divisions. The next two teams according to the tie-breaker below are the wild card teams.

When should playoffs start for fantasy football? ›

ESPN has set fourteen (14) weeks in the regular season as the fixed setting for all Public (standard) leagues and it thus cannot be altered. Playoffs will begin in Week 15 and finish in Week 18.

What happens if teams tie in fantasy playoffs? ›

If there's a tie in a playoff matchup in a ESPN Fantasy league, the higher seeded team will advance.

How does best ball tournament work fantasy football? ›

What is best ball fantasy football? Best ball is a fantasy football format where the best possible lineup is automatically selected for each team. At the end of the week, the highest-scoring players are automatically inserted into the starting lineup spots.

What is a fantasy tournament? ›

Fantasy contests are games where you don't bet directly on the outcome of a specific contest. Instead, you pay an entry fee and create a fantasy team to compete against opponents to try to win money or other prizes.

How do the playoffs work in fantasy football ESPN? ›

The top four teams in a league make the playoffs. These four are comprised of the two division champs and two wild-card teams. Division champs are the teams that win the league divisions. The next two teams according to the tie-breaker below are the wild card teams.

How do fantasy matches work? ›

A fantasy sport (also known less commonly as rotisserie or roto) is a game, often played using the Internet, where participants assemble imaginary or virtual teams composed of proxies of real players of a professional sport. These teams compete based on the statistical performance of those players in actual games.


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