For the uninitiated, a Fantasy League is a Meta-sports game that involves a group of individuals acting as General Managers (GMs) for their own made up teams using real world players and using their real world stats. Most of these leagues are based on money to keep it competitive, but there are free pools too. This game can be applied to any team sport, but given that the focus of this website is on hockey, I will be enlightening you about the main types of Fantasy Pools for hockey.
Last season I was in three different hockey pools, all with different people. You can ask my girlfriend, I am obsessed with the concept. The reason I enjoy it so much is because first and foremost, I love the sport. As you may read in my bio description at the end of this article or in the “About” section (shameless plug), hockey is an integral part of my life. I have always been an avid hockey fan but as soon as I joined a hockey pool, it added a whole new layer of depth and understanding to the game. Something about being a General Manager for the team of my dreams really hit a sweet spot in my obsessive personality. I went from barely recognizing most non-Leaf players’ names, to knowing what team those players play for, where they are from, if they are injured, and how high of a calibre player that they are. It made me so much more attached to the whole sport because every game mattered, every period mattered, and every player mattered.
To start, you need to pick a team. This can be done with or without a draft depending on how the league is set up. A draft is the process of GMs selecting players that they want for their team. As soon as a player is taken, they cannot be chosen again. The order that drafting is done is by going from first to last and then from last to first, such that last place gets to choose twice. This same thing happens to first place when it comes back, and it reverses again until everyone’s teams are filled. This is called serpentine draft style. For example, for the first three rounds of a 10 team draft, the draft order would be:
The other format for picking players for your team is non-draft. This format allows a player to be on as many teams as possible. However, the player can’t be on the same team twice.
Each pool can vary with the kind of players you may choose depending how the organizer of the pool has the rules set up. Some pools allow the GMs to pick whatever players they want. Other pools say you are required to have a set amount of forwards, defence, goalies, rookies, superstars, and any other categories that the organizer may think of.
WHICH TYPE TO CHOOSE?
Below I have written brief explanations to assist you in choosing which league is best for you. Click the title of the League to jump down the page to the explanation, or you can just scroll down.
Rotisserie is somewhat of a hybrid of Points Based and Head-to-Head leagues. Rotisserie leagues have GMs picking players for their teams that they think will obtain them the most points. The way that players obtain points is by scoring goals, assists, goalie wins, shutouts, and any other categories that the organizer may think of. This is similar to Head-to-head in every aspect except for the fact that GMs don’t compete against each other in 1 vs 1 matchups, but rather it’s a free for all between the GMs fighting over the player statistical categories. GMs are awarded points each week depending where they rank in each category.
Warning: If you are thinking about choosing a Rotisserie league, there is a lot of time commitment associated with this league. GMs for these leagues need to set line ups each day, trade players, and pick up players from the free agency to have a successful team. Not for the faint of heart. However if you love depth, you will love this league type.
I am the founder of this website. My father Wayne, being the Montreal Canadiens fan he was, made sure that hockey was a part of my life ever since I was born. What did I do to repay him? I became a Leafs fan. I love the entirety of the sport though, and I can put my biases aside to give a proper objective opinion when required.
Favorite Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Favorite Beer: Miller Genuine Draft
Favorite Pastimes: Watching hockey, Playing Hockey, Snowboarding, and video games.