Last Updated: Aug 02, 2011 4:04 PM
Fantasy Football University – Class X
Comparing College Fantasy Football To The NFL Version
If you’ve attended all of our other Fantasy Football University “classes”, you now have a good sense for how to play fantasy football.
Most of you were probably already familiar with NFL fantasy football, but may be new to the college fantasy football arena. You might be asking yourself, "what are the major differences between the two"?
We've got your answer right here. In a nutshell:
1) Player Pool / Number of Teams
The NFL is comprised of 32 teams. The NCAA...120 (FBS). While everyone in NFL leagues uses the same pool, in college the talent pool runs much deeper. Most leagues are either BCS-only (using players from the six major conferences) or All-FBS (All-120 schools).
2) Injury Reports
The NFL requires them. The NCAA does not, and the information can be difficult to obtain. We keep tabs on the news and notes coming out of each school, but some injuries can be hidden by college coaches as they are not required to report on them.
3) Player Turnover
A star in the NFL can have a 10 year career. Stars in college play a year or two, and move on to the pros. Players come and go much quicker in the college game.
Everyone is familiar with the NFL’s schedule. College games, however, are now played nearly every night of the week (especially if your league includes the smaller conferences). You better keep on your toes in order to set your lineups before that Tuesday night MAC kickoff!
5) Bye Weeks
In the college game, bye weeks are scattered all over the calendar. We outline all of them for you in our Schedules section.
The NFL prides itself on parity. Not so in college, where the Big Boys from major conferences are superior. A college powerhouse can hang 70 on a lowly non-conference opponent on any given week. This can bring about some interesting fantasy questions: do I start Florida QB Tim Tebow against The Citadel? After all, he might only play a quarter and a half.
7. Draft Day Unpredictability
In NFL fantasy, you can predict the Top 30 players off the board, almost to a "T". In college fantasy, draft boards will vary greatly from player to player - and site to site. College fantasy football drafts are wildly unpredictable, which makes your preparation much more interesting.
8. Much More Scoring in College
In 2010, 42 college teams averaged 30+ points per game. In fact, nine college schools averaged more than 40 PPG (Oregon's PPG was 49.3)! Care to guess how many NFL teams averaged 30 PPG in the past five seasons combined? THREE. And that 2007 Patriots “best NFL offense ever” squad averaged a measly 36.8. A dozen college teams top that PPG each year.
If you're new to college fantasy football, don’t let these items intimidate you! We’ve got you covered. It’s not overwhelming once you get rolling. Play one season of college fantasy football and you’ll become addicted. Guaranteed.