How Do I Play Fantasy NASCAR?
Fantasy NASCAR works on the same concept as other fantasy sports games. There are many fun ways to play fantasy NASCAR, but for this article I wish to concentrate on a real common manner that necessitates using a fantasy draft. That’s right, team owners in a fantasy NASCAR league get together to draft actual drivers onto their race teams. Each week throughout the NASCAR season, each team owner will select a certain number of their drafted drivers to start. For that week, you track the score of your starting drivers and earn their points for your fantasy team. For example, let’s suppose your whole team is comprised of Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr and David Ragan. The regulations of your league requires for you to start two drivers and leave two drivers on the bench. It’s the 2009 Daytona 500 and you decide to use Jimmie Johnson and David Ragan. Jimmie Johnson finishes 31st in that race and David Ragan ends up 6th. Therefore, you would tally Johnson’s 70 points and Ragan’s 150 points for your fantasy teams score of 220 points for that race. You may likewise get additional points for: Where they qualified or How many laps they led or Any other specific bonus points set out for your unique league.
When your fantasy NASCAR league is set up, a scoring system is written out and each team in the league abides by the identical arrangement. Everyone knows the scoring rules before they draft drivers, and they draft drivers accordingly. This puts each team on a even playing field. So, you might be inquiring, how does a NASCAR draft work and who gets Jeff Gordon?
What is a Fantasy NASCAR Draft?
A fantasy NASCAR draft functions much like a draft in football. First and foremost, you set up a draft order. This sequence is by and large assigned indiscriminately, either by drawing draft order numbers out of a hat or pulling numbers from a deck of cards. In either example, whoever has the #1 has the first selection in the NASCAR draft.
The major deviation between virtually all fantasy drafts and most major sports drafts is the manner the second round is dictated. Most all fantasy drafts these days follow a serpentine order. This means, draft order is inverted from round-to-round. If you chart the draft ordering on a piece of paper, the ordering snakes around corresponding to a snake. So, if you go first in the first round, you start last in the second round. If you start last in the first round, you become first in the second round (and thus have consecutive picks). This is supposed to equal out the disadvantage of drafting last among the top-quality drivers.
Many fantasy sports drafts these days apply a modified serpentine draft order. Every new round, teams redraft their draft spots. You do this so everyone doesn’t get bound in the identical couple of draft places throughout the full draft. Thus you draw for draft order in the 1st-2nd round, then the 3rd-4th round, then 5th-6th round and so on.
This is not as likely in a fantasy NASCAR draft, though, because it’s not likely to be nearly as long as a 20-round fantasy football draft or a 30-round fantasy baseball draft. After drafting ten or more turns in these other fantasy sports drafts, you grow terribly weary of drafting after the same person every other round, particularly when they continue snatching up your intended picks. As I stated, the altered serpentine or redraft fantasy draft is growing more popular, but still not as popular as the established serpentine draft. In some leagues, it invariably seems to confuse one or two players, which generally amazes me. (I imagine those are the types of players you desire in your money league, at any rate, correct?)
Fantasy NASCAR Leagues
Most draft style fantasy NASCAR leagues have about four participants, although I have participated in one league where we featured eight. I like to, at the least, get 4 team owners, so the draft pool of drivers doesn’t remain too vast and everyone creates a mega-roster of NASCAR superstars only. That takes a lot of the excitement out of fantasy NASCAR and reduces it primarily to a contest of luck.
Having too many a teams in your fantasy NASCAR league is even worse, though. People that draft deeper in the first round of an eight-team league will only be drafting the (theoretically) 8th best driver in the NASCAR Series. Since the top teams like Hendrick and Childress have merely a few drivers (and genuinely barely about four or five of that total are realistically always consistently in the top of each race) there will be some players that will straight off be out of the running by not being allowed to draft the peak drivers before they are chosen. In my experience, a league of about 4 or 5 teams with 3 starters per week is better. This way, you are setting out the hottest 12-15 drivers each race and every player has got a opportunity to win. But, every player also owns a bench of comparatively gifted drivers in case they get on a hot streak or desire to swap a driver.
So Does Fantasy NASCAR Sound Good to You?
That is a small glance into the fun of fantasy NASCAR. Before drafting you will go throughout the roster of drivers, analyzing the strong suits and failings of each driver, looking to websites for advice and direction. And when it comes time to watch the race on tv, you should be able to love the race for its own sake, but you’ll also take in the added thrill of discovering how your team executes and how it will bear upon your fantasy NASCAR team’s performance.
Whether it is simply for bragging rights itself or you are shooting for a big wad of winner-takes-all cash, fantasy NASCAR allows you experience NASCAR in an exciting new way with your racing buddies. Have you always believed you knew more about the sport of NASCAR than all your friends? With fantasy NASCAR, you can challenge them to a NASCAR driver knowledge competition to finally prove it once and for all.