Fantasy Football 101: Fantasy Football Terminology

Fantasy Football is like any other hobby – its enthusiasts use a lingo all their own.  When reading fantasy football publications, websites, and forums, you will see many acronyms and terms sprinkled into the writing.  Anyone new to fantasy football should learn what these acronyms and terms mean so they can benefit fully from their reading.  Knowing the lingo also will enhance the quality of your interactions with other owners.

Here are some commonly used fantasy football terms:

Average Draft Position (ADP) – This refers to where a player tends to be taken in a draft.  Many owners like to know this information so that they don’t take a player too soon or, conversely, wait too long to take a player during a real draft.

Dynasty – This is a league format where the entire roster is carried over from one year to the next.  Owners will want to carry at least a few young, promising players to keep their roster strong for the next couple of seasons. An owner will have to manage this sort of team all year long, not just during the regular football season.

Flex – A flex is a position in a fantasy football starting lineup that affords an owner some flexibility in filling.  Commonly, an owner can start a running back, wide receiver, or tight end in a flex position. Running backs are generally the best to plug in since they tend to touch the ball the most, but there are many exceptions to this guideline.

H2H – H2H is short for head-to-head, which is the most common fantasy football league format.  Head-to-head leagues mirror real football by pitting teams against each other.  In a 12-team league, for instance, there will be six games, each consisting of 2 teams competing against each other, with the high scorer being the winner.

IDP - Individual Defensive Players is what IDP is short for; in many leagues a single entity, defense and special teams (D/ST), represents a team's defense, but in IDP, individual players do, like on the offensive side of the ball.

Keeper League – This is a league format where an owner can carry over one or more players from the previous season’s roster onto the next season’s.  To do so, often an owner must sacrifice a draft pick commensurate with the value of the player kept.

Mock Draft – Mock drafts (or mocks, for short) are practice drafts.  Owners can go through a draft and practice strategies and get a feel for a player’s typical draft position.

PPR – PPR stands for Points Per Reception.  This is a league scoring format where each catch (reception) by a player is tallied, often counting for 1 point or .5 points.  In these leagues, it is important to draft players that get a lot of receptions

QB1, QB2… or RB1, RB2, RB3… or WR1, WR2, WR3…
- This numbering convention refers to the place on the roster and the type of production an owner can expect from a player.  A WR1, RB1, or QB1 will be a top-flight player who scores a lot fairly consistently and thus almost always start unless hurt or on bye week.  Those with a “2” designation usually don’t score quite as much and are less consistent, but they usually still start weekly unless hurt or off.  Those with a higher number (3 and up) tend to be mediocre or unpredictable and they tend to be bench players that fill in only during bye weeks or for injured starters.

RBBC – RBBC stands for Running Back by Committee, which fantasy football owners dread.  In the days of yore, teams leaned heavily on a single running back.  Today’s game is so brutal that teams try to preserve their running backs by splitting carries among 2-3 of them to reduce the number of hits they each take.  This trend makes it hard for fantasy owners to know which running back to start.

Redraft – A redraft league is one where owners draft an entire new roster each season.  No players are carried over from seasons prior.

Rosterable, Rostering – Rosterable means a player is worth having on a roster.  Rostering is the act of placing on a fantasy team roster.

WDIS, WSIS – These two terms stand for “Who Do I Start?” and “Who Should I Start?” and often are seen in fantasy football forums when owners are asking other owners for advice.

WHIR – A term meaning “Will Help in Return,” a phrase commonly seen in fantasy football forums where owners ask for advice in return for helping those who answered their questions.

WW – This stands for Waiver Wire, which is where a pool of free agent players sit, waiting to be signed if they start to perform.  This is also the place where owners jettison unproductive or injured players.

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