How Much Does Fantasy Football Cost?

Fantasy football is an interactive online football competition where you compete with other people from all areas of the world or with your friends and family members.  With fantasy football, you act as team manager of a football team, where you will virtually draft, trade, add, or drop players and change rosters.  The better your player does in real life during the game, the more points you get.

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How much is it?

CBS Fantasy Football- GOLD: $39.99 ($200 prize)
- PLATINUM: $99.99 ($600 prize)
- DIAMOND: $249.99 ($1,100 prize)
- DOUBLE DIAMOND: $499.99 ($2,500 prize)
- ELITE: $999.99 ($5,000 prize)
ESPN Fantasy FootballFree Fantasy FootballFree to $124.99
Yahoo Fantasy Football- PRO20 League: $20 ($100 prize)
- PRO50 League: $50 ($250 prize)
- PRO100 League: $100 ($500 prize)
- PRO250 League: ($1,250 prize)

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Types of fantasy football leagues

  1. Standard Draft League – This is the most popular league and will begin by players either drafting live or via an autodraft.  Each week, players will set their lineups based on the league’s rules.  With standard draft leagues, there are two popular types:  the head-to-head and by total points.  With the head to head, a team will play a different team each week and the team with the most fantasy points during that matchup will get the win while the other team gets the loss.  Toward the end of the regular season, the teams with the best win/loss records will face off in a playoff.  With a total point league, teams will try to accumulate as many points throughout the season and won’t face off against each other.  The teams with the highest points at the end of the season will advance to the playoffs.
  2. Auction Draft – Like a standard draft, you will still have your head to head and points system.  The only different here is each player will get a certain amount of money they can use to bid on their players to fill their roster.  Each player can bid on whoever they like, and the same player can be on other teams, but if a player spends too much on a certain player, the other roles may suffer since they will have less money to spend.
  3. Dynasty Leagues – Dynasty leagues will spread out over the years to come and won’t last one season.  Players will remain on one team from one season to another unless they are traded or released by the team.  When each new season begins, a rookie-only draft will happen.
  4. Keeper League – This is a combination of a dynasty and standard draft league.  At the beginning, players will be draft; however, owners will only be able to keep a predetermined number of players from the season before.   This will depend on the league’s rules.
  5. IDP League – This league will use defensive players alongside offensive players.  Since most leagues will only use a team’s defense, this involves more research since defensive players will have individual points similar to the offensive roles.
  6. Survivor League – This league will usually start as a standard draft, but what makes this unique is that a team with the least amount of points for the week will be eliminated for the season.



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