Fantasy sports interest has steadily increased over the past few years due to the rise of daily fantasy sports games and a growing number of apps and websites to help players stay up-to-date with player stats. What began as a niche hobby has now grown into an $18 million industry.
The competitive game category has flourished into a compelling contest calling for endless hours of sports programming, allowing you to break down athlete nuances and details.
From the draft party in Vegas through the playoffs, fantasy sports create a great opportunity for fans to get involved in the action – making trades, checking the waiver wire, seeking out updated scores, and following weekly matchups.
The NFL regular season gets underway in September, which means it’s time to start making preparations for the fantasy football drafting season. With over 30 million participants in the Fantasy Football league, there are bound to be a few people counting down the days until the spectacle at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in the City of Lights.
All in all, Fantasy Football is an entertaining yet complex way to follow your favorite players, enjoy some friendly rivalry with your best friends, and maybe earn a couple of extra bucks. It’s a game that involves research, strategy, and frequent player monitoring. Fantasy Football is an excellent way to spice things up and keep it interesting all the way to the Super Bowl.
So, you want to join league, but don’t know how to get started? No worries, as we break down the key points that will help you get prepared for game time – and you’ll have plenty of time to plan the Las Vegas football draft party!
Choosing the Right Fantasy League
The first step in playing Fantasy Football is finding a league to join. Although it seems rather straightforward, there are several factors to consider such as:
- Would you like to join a free league and play ‘friendly’ matches or play for money?
- Do you prefer an online draft to a live draft?
- What about Total Points or Head-to-Head league?
If you’re a beginner, we recommend playing the free league until you get used to the game. Also, another thing you should take into consideration is the type of league you’d like to be in. In a Total Points league – as the name suggests – the winner of the competition is a person who amasses the most points at the end of the season. On the other hand, in the Head-to-Head league, you face a different opponent from your division each week and get placed into the ranking system based on your performance. As the season progresses, you keep playing different opponents until the playoffs begin, where you’ll be placed into a bracket system to determine the winner.
Forming Your Dream Team
Ok, you’ve made your picks and chosen a league, so now what? Now, you start preparing for the Fantasy Football draft. This is the part where you do your homework by studying statistics and performances from previous years and come up with a good strategy that will help you win the league.
The league commissioner decides how many players of each position you can draft. After you’ve done your research, compose a list of your rankings and identify the most valuable players that you hope to see on your squad.
Partying It up on the Strip
Finally, the day we’ve all been anticipating is finally here! You did your homework and got your fantasy squad on your list. If you really want to have a blast, come out to Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Vegas on September 5 for the FFPC Live Events. Is there anything better than drafting your players, partying on the strip, and then watching the opening game from your favorite Vegas hangout? You can enjoy various foods and snacks, assigned seating for Sunday’s action for less than ten bucks, and more.