Fantasy Football – Setting Lineups for your Team

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Sports writer Gene Wang discusses how to play fantasy football, specifically setting up lineups for your fantasy football team.

    Gene Wang: Hi! I am Gene Wang, Fantasy Football Writer for The Washington Post and washingtonpost.

    com. Welcome to my video on how to play Fantasy Football. In this segment we're going to talk about setting your line up.

    Now to do that you are going to want to go to the Fantasy Football website of your choice, that's your league is set up in. Click on your league and click on your team and then click on Set Lineup, and your roster should drop down. Let me show what that looks like on a typical Fantasy Football website.

    As you see we have all the positions here, quarter back, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker and a defense/special teams. And on this part of the grid we have the back-ups. So now to determine -- once you determine who you want to start, you go to the last part here where it says Active and click down and Reserve. So let's say you are debating whether or not you want to start Jon Kitna and you decide well, I don't want to start him this week. You would hit the Reserve key, then you would scroll down to see who other quarter backs are. Let's say you want to start Brodie Croyle, you would click on Active and then go to the bottom of your grid and hit Set Lineup, and now your lineup is set and activated. And you are allowed to change lineups generally within up to five minutes of kick-offs for Sunday. So you have time if you want to go back and change again. Now once you have your roster in front of you, you are going to want to have a schedule of the next upcoming weekend's games at very handy because that's going to determine in a lot of ways who you are going to start and who you are going to sit.

    Now for example if you have a player like Tom Brady at quarter back, LaDainian Tomlinson running back, or Randy Moss a wide receiver, that's a no-brainer, those players that they are lead players in football, that they are lead players in Fantasy Football, they are going to start for you every week.

    So when you have a player of that caliber at those positions, it's a no worry each week, because they are going to be in your lineup no matter what, assuming they are not injured.

    Now what you're going to have to decide is the second tier players on your roster, because you are not going to have an all start every position, unless you are in a very small league that's just not going to happen. So you are going to have to decide whether which running back, for example to start between two lesser running backs. And that could be determined largely on their match-up.

    So if you have a running back starting against a defense that's ranked may be 25th against the run and another running back for starting against the defense that's may be ranked 40th against the run, it's probably a better move to start that running back, it's playing against the worst defense, even if the other running back may have a little better statistics.

    So in that goes research into those running backs, how they have done against those teams, if you want on a hot suite, that's something you can consider to and also if there is injury history of those running backs, you want to consider that as well. But as I said when you undraft it, it's best to fill out guys that you are confident in to start ever week so you don't have to make those decisions, but there is going to be injuries during the course of a football season, where you really going to have to play a jam and make the right choices to beat your opponent that week.

    Now that your laps are set, I am going to tell you about the different types of Fantasy Football leagues there are. There are three main types and that's what I am going to talk about in my next video segment.