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How Fantasy Football Works


Salary Cap League
The Coach's Clipboard Fantasy Football Salary Cap game on Sandbox.com.
The Coach's Clipboard Fantasy Football Salary Cap game on Sandbox.com.
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In a salary cap game, the fantasy player acts as a virtual owner with a virtual bank account to draft players whose weekly game performance translates into points. These points are awarded for categories such as touchdowns, rushing yards, field goals and sacks. Players' salaries rise and fall according to their weekly performance, and the goal of the virtual GM is to build the strongest lineup possible without exhausting his payroll or going over the number of allowed trades during a weekly period. Since more attention must be paid to variables such as injury, bye weeks, and opposing coverage, a successful salary cap team requires more maintenance and research than a pick 'em game.

Here are a few popular salary cap sites:

  • Yahoo Salary Cap Football This site is free and offers a nine-man roster (one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one K, one team defense), a $100 million salary cap and no trade limits. You can have public or private groups.
  • Sandbox Coach's Clipboard Salary Cap Football This site has a monthly fee of $4.99. You manage a 10-man roster (one QB, two RBs, two WRs, one TE, one K, three Defensive flex players) with a $50 million salary cap and four trades per week. You can have public or private leagues.
  • Sporting News Ultimate Salary Cap Football On this site you can manage one team for $19.99 with an 11-man roster (one QB, three RBs, three WRs, one TE, one K, one Team Def), a $50 million salary cap, four trades per week. You can have public, random or private leagues.

Next, we'll learn about full fantasy football.