Spice up your betting on the NFL and your fantasy football team with these side bets against your friends.
Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season is in the books. You realize that your season-long fantasy football team sucks. Your favorite NFL team (LOL Bears) left you deflated and hating life as you walk into work Monday. You’re wondering how the hell can you keep this season interesting.
Or, if you’re like us, neither of these events happened, and you love betting to keep things interesting.
We’ve got you covered. Below are some ideas to add a little flavor to your betting this season. Make sure you download the StakeHaul platform from the Apple App Store and Google Play to keep track of these side bets throughout the year.
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- Out of two NFL players at the same position, pick which one will have the most yards, touchdowns, and/or fantasy points by week’s end or season’s end. Ex: Royce Freeman will have more rushing yards than Peyton Barber.
- Standard weekly fantasy football bet against your opponent. Nothing fancy, just a good old fashioned weekly bet against your biggest rival and/or best friend in the league.
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- Instead of comparing two NFL players, you set your own stats for a specific player. For example, you bet your friend $20 that Russell Wilson will throw for over 4,000 yards this season.
- Weekly fantasy football bet against your opponent, but allow both teams to designate a captain, similar to fantasy Premier League futból. Your captain’s point total counts double towards your total score.
- Set aside a portion of your season long fantasy football fee to award the highest scoring team and highest scoring player per week.
- Season long survivor pool (NFL): Pick a team to win each week; you win, you stay in, but if that team loses, you are eliminated for the rest of the season. Also, you lose the ability to pick that same team later in the year if you’re still in the pool. Last person to survive wins the pot.
- Season long survivor pool (fantasy football): The league eliminates the lowest scoring team in your league each week from the pool. Last team to survive wins the pot
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- 12-week reverse survivor pool (NFL): Pick a team from the twelve playoff teams the prior season to lose each week. If they lose, you stay in, but if that team wins, you lose your spot in the pool for the rest of the season, or until someone wins the pool. Also, you lose the ability to pick that same team later in the year if you’re still in the pool. Last person to survive wins the pot. Realistically, you can have this pool multiple times in a season.
- For the teams playing in the weekly Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night games, you pick one QB, RB, WR, TE, DEF, and K from the six teams playing. You can only pick one player from each team. If you have the exact same lineup as someone else, you and that person are automatically eliminated from winning that week. Scoring is the same as in your season long league. Winner of the week gets all the cash.
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- Week 17 Pro Bowl, fantasy football edition: The teams from each conference join together and make up a superteam of fantasy players based on your league’s lineup settings and scoring. If there’s only one conference, then try to split up the teams evenly based on their W-L record. Top team wins the money.
- Once the playoffs start, you pick two QB, RB, WR, TE, DEF, and K’s. One player per team. The catch is you cannot change your lineup throughout the playoffs. Highest total score wins.
- Season long combination of auction style lineup setting and survivor style pool: We really like Football Guys version of this and will use them as an example. From their website…
There will be no draft. A subscriber simply chooses a team from the pre-determined values. Roster selection can be changed until the deadline passes, at which point it will be frozen. No roster moves are permitted once the contest starts.
Each team will select at least 18 and no more than 30 players, consisting of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses. You must select at least 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK and 1 Def/ST.
Every selection has a different cap value, but all teams must remain at or under the $250 cap.
You may not select the same player more than once. For example: Submitting a lineup with two Alvin Kamaras will be disqualified.
Each week, your top QB, top 2 RBs, top 2 WRs, top TE, top 2 flex (either RB, WR or TE), top PK and top Def/ST will count towards your weekly total. You do not have to select who will play. You will receive the maximum score based on your roster.
Contest will be Survivor style through week 13. The league eliminates the team with the lowest score. Scores reset each week.
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Guillotine fantasy football league format: This will require a lot of manual scorekeeping unless you’ve heard of a site that can import your team with this style of league. You can use your current draft, lineups, and scoring in your league, or you can redraft. You also receive FAAB dollars (say $250) at the beginning of the year.
Assuming a 12-team league, the lowest scoring team after the first two weeks is eliminated.
The catch is every player from the eliminated team goes back in your league waivers for people to select on their team. Thus, your FAAB dollars can go towards waivers or towards an eliminated team’s players. The league eliminates the lowest scoring team every two weeks, and your cumulative score rolls over throughout the season.
Honestly, a guillotine style of league has everything. A standard guillotine league optimally has 17 teams to draft at the beginning of the year so that a new team is eliminated every week based on the fantasy points output of that singular week. However, you can tailor it to fit the size of your league.
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