Fantasy Football Glossary Of Terms And Defintions

Fantasy Football Glossary of Terms and Definitions

Average Draft Position (ADP)

ADP is a statistic that denotes the average place in the draft a player has been taken by a team.


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.

Cheat Sheet

A cheat sheet is a sheet of information that is used before or during the fantasy football draft. It usually includes information on players including past performances and injuries.

Comeback Player

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.


Fade is when an owner avoids a certain player because they don't think he will produce or think he is valued too much.

Fantasy Formula

The fantasy formula is a belief that skill and opportunity equal success.

Fantasy Points Per Game (FPG, FPPG)

Fantasy points per game is a statistic that denotes the average amount of fantasy points a player scores every week.

Fantasy Worthy

A fantasy worthy player is a player who plays well enough to have a large impact on a fantasy team.


A flier is a player who is drafted, usually in the later rounds of the draft, simply because they may perform well during the season but the owner is not certain.


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.


Hedges are draft strategies used to reduce as much risk as possible in fantasy football.

Pay Up

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.

Player Ranking

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.

Pre-Draft Strategies

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.


Pre-rankings are the rankings players are given prior to the draft. This is based on their ability on the field as well as their fantasy production in the past.


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 scrub is a player who fails to perform to the standards of the fantasy football owner.


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

The Super Bowl slump is a belief that the team that wins the Super Bowl will have a down season next year due to the pressure of being last season's champion.


A tier is a draft strategy of organizing players into expected tiers of performance and drafting based on that rather than focusing on a single player.


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

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.


A vulture-back is a running back who steals carries at the goal line from the starting running back, thus taking away touchdowns from the fantasy owner.

3rd Year WR Rule

The 3rd year wide receiver rule is a belief that wide receivers won't break out and perform well until their 3rd season in the league.