College Fantasy Football is growing in popularity but it’s still nothing compared to the top professional sports, especially the NFL. Some of the friction points that keep people out of the CFF fun includes the massive amount of teams/players, lack of information on suspensions and injury reports, difficulty to find information in one place, lack of websites that offer CFF, lack of websites that provide information, etc.
CFBDyasty aims to alleviate some of those issues, and there are ways to get around the others. Let’s walk through the steps to creating and maintaining a successful college fantasy football league. After all, CFF should boom, because there’s certainly not a lack of passion in college football!
“If you like college football and have a brain cell, you should be playing college fantasy football!” – An Influential Person
How to Setup your College Fantasy Football League
#1 Select League Format
College Fantasy Football has three primary types of leagues:
- Standard – The most common, a league format where the player pool is fresh for a complete re-draft each season.
- Keeper – Some players are able to be held over from one season to the next. Keeper leagues range from one player to full rosters.
- Dynasty – Players graduate from your college fantasy football team to your NFL fantasy football team. This eliminates the need for drafts involving NFL players after the league’s inaugural season.
#2 Determine Player Pool Depth
The NFL fantasy football that everyone is used to has 32 teams, whereas the NCAA football D1 or FBS, has 129 teams. NFL rosters have 53 man teams, NCAA rosters have 85+.
How the freak do you know all of those players!?
- Well, CFBDyasty is here to provide player rankings.
- Within your league’s customization, you can set the amount of teams to use.
It’s certainly valid to understand the player pool depth that will make your league thrive. Many simply use the “power 5” schools and allow player selections from the Big 10, Big 12, SEC, Pac 12, and ACC. Some prefer to select just a conference or two and run an SEC/ACC league.
The point is that you can set however many conferences or teams that you want.
#3 Set the Scoring System
The rules of fantasy football in general can be very simple. If the default setup is fine for you, roll with it. On the flip side, fantasy football is very customizable to the fine details.
Here are just a few typical options for detailed setups:
- PPR – Point per reception is either not scored, awarded .5 points, or awarded 1 point.
- TD Bonuses – Awarding longer touchdowns more points incrementally over short touchdowns.
- Individual Special Teams Scores – Awarding points to an individual who scores on a punt return or kickoff return.
#4 Create League Rules as Desired
If the aim is to make your league difficult, there are a few rules that can assist that effort.
Limit waiver claims – Users can live off of the waiver wire even in leagues with 14 owners. Make strategy really come into play by limiting the amount of waiver wire selections made throughout the duration of the season. My personal dynasty league allows 3 per season.
Disallow TE’s – This is a growing theme in college fantasy football, due to the many teams that label their H-back as a tight end but he gets 10 carries per game. There are many examples of college football having looser position titles. You can set some rules to level the playing field.
#5 Determine Number of Owners & Invite Them
12 owners is a standard in NFL fantasy, and many do the same in CFF as well but it’s not absurd to have 16 or more teams in a league.
Then it’s time to decide where you’ll run your league, which currently there are not many options. Invite your friends and enjoy it. Get a head start by reading the best tips to winning your college fantasy football league.