If you've played a fantasy (American) football league, you've most likely done a snake style fantasy league so this should be pretty familiar to you. If you're familiar with traditional fantasy sports but not esports, we recommend reading about the scoring of the esport you're interested in (linked below). If you're not familiar with fantasy at all, have no fear; we'll break it down for you right here.
In DraftBuff, we have two types of fantasy leagues: Snake and Salary. We detail snake in this article and divide it into the following core components to the game:
- Roster Management
The core component to a snake style fantasy league is the snake style draft. Once your league is filled up, your draft position will be displayed in the app. In a snake style draft, you will draft in a snake style based on your draft position. Let's say you have 4 people in your league: Alex, Barbara, Charlie, & David and their draft positions are 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively. In a snake draft, Alex gets first pick and will select the fantasy player that they want on their team. Barbara will go next, followed by Charlie, and David. Once David picks, round 1 of drafting is complete and round 2 begins.
For Round 2, the draft reverses, so now David gets first pick, rather than Alex. The draft order is now David, Charlie, Barbara, and Alex for round 2. Once Alex picks, Round 2 ends and Round 3 begins. Now, Alex gets first pick again, and the draft continues "snaking" until every round completes.
With snake style drafting, each player can only be picked at most once so carefully determine what players to pick based on what your leaguemates already have.
Once your draft is done, your league's schedule will be displayed. At the time of writing, all leagues are Head to Head (H2H).
Head to Head Leagues
In a H2H league, you'll face off against different leaguemates in a round robin fashion for each matchup. For example, Week 1 Alex faces off against Barbara and Charlie against David. Then for Week 2, Alex against Charlie and Barbara against David, etc.
In your weekly matchup, the person with the most fantasy points wins and the win/loss is added to the person's fantasy record. Week over week you'll accumulate wins and losses. If your league has playoffs, at the end of the fantasy regular season, you'll enter into playoffs which you can read more in depth here.
In a snake style fantasy league, week over week, you'll want to modify your fantasy roster based on how your players have done. Here's all the things you can do to keep your roster in tip-top shape:
To learn about scoring in each esport click on the game you are interested in below: