Fantasy Football Glossary of Terms and Definitions
Average Draft Position (ADP)
A boom-bust is a player who could perform very well or could just as easily perform very poorly.
A breakout is a player who performs far better than he has in the past.
A bust is a player who is supposed to perform well but instead performs badly.
A comeback player is a player who comes back from injury or poor performance and performs very well.
A contrarian is a team owner who goes against the norm of fantasy football, often with strange draft picks or awkward starting lineups. For example, a contrarian might pick a kicker in a very early round compared to most players.
A correlation is a noticeable similarity between two variables. For example, if increased passing numbers from a quarterback have resulted in increased receiving yards for the top two wide receivers on a team.
An elite is another term for a player who is one of the best players at their position.
Exposure is a term used to describe how an owner uses a player. If an owner has the same player in multiple of his fantasy lineups than he is exposing him quite a bit. If the owner does not use him in any of his leagues than he is not exposing him at all.
The fantasy formula is a belief that skill and opportunity equal success.
Fantasy Points Per Game (FPG, FPPG)
A fantasy worthy player is a player who plays well enough to have a large impact on a fantasy team.
A gamble is a player who has good potential but is also very high risk.
Handcuffing refers to drafting a player and their primary backup player. For example many owners drafted both Le'veon Bell and James Conner (his backup) last season because it was not certain whether Bell would play or not.
Pay up occurs when an owner spends a lot of their capital on an elite player early in a draft. Many owners will attempt this strategy because they feel the players at the top of the draft are so productive that they outweigh having multiple late-round players.
Player Prop Bet
A player prop bet is a bet (normally set by Vegas) on how well a player will perform during the season.
The player ranking is a ranking of players based on how well they are expected to perform and how they've performed in the past.
The fantasy football draft is arguably the most important part of the season. During the draft, you'll draft your first core of players. Some will come and go with roster adjustment, but most will stay as your hopes for a championship heighten. Before the draft, you must prepare. Lets go over some pre-draft strategies.
Price is the cost or average cost of a player in an auction draft.
A projection is the predicted stat of any given player.
To punt is to spend very little money on a position because there is very little talent or the position isn't very valuable.
A sleeper is a player who is not a first pick draft, but performs very well and exceeds expectations.
A stud is simply a term referring to a great player.
Super Bowl Slump
Upside is a term a fantasy football player would use to describe a player they think will perform at a higher level than they currently have been.
Value-based drafting is a draft strategy that compares a players projected fantasy points with others at his same position. The player would then draft the most valuable players based on their value at each position.
Viable is making a draft selection that is expected to return the cost of the selection. For example, if you picked Le'veon Bell first overall last season then he was not a viable pick as he sat out the entire season.