Fantasy hockey a famous sport in which the players build a team and same competes with other team. The players are decided on the basis of statistics that is generated by the professional hockey players or teams. A new and popular way to join new fantasy sports league is by playing sports online. The first format that was launched online was the best fantasy hockey in early 1995. After this many more fantasy sports were played online like fantasy cricket, fantasy kabbadi, fantasy football etc.
Hockey is one of the games which are popular worldwide. In many countries people play the game at local level and also be a part of the international team. Before going to play the game one needs to have certain facilities and players to form the team. However, those who cannot go on the ground and still love to play the game, it is easily possible with the help of online platforms.
The hockey and online platform:
Getting the games online can help one enjoy it with group or even system. The league rounds are declared by the system and to make the team participate in the round one needs to create it immediately. The game has various sections and there are also list of players provided in different sections of the game from where one needs to select the group of players to carry on the game. Those who want to play the game in a group can also select various teams and arrange the matches between the teams with the help of the system.
Creating a fantasy hockey league to play with friends is the best option if your friends love the NHL (National Hockey League). Fantasy Hockey league is much cheaper than the expensive season. A fantasy hockey league has 8-12 members but can vary up to 20 also.
There are two different types of offer in which the player can enroll in free leagues or paid leagues and can play them online in fantasy games. The free leagues generally do not pay for winning either they send you a trophy or mail you for winning. Standard league format is offered by all fantasy hockey websites and the players are scored on the basis of all 30 statistical categories. The league has a bench of six players and they are reserved of all times. The daily or weekly active players are rotated with the bench players. If a user is new to the league the world of fantasy sports become hectic. Custom leagues generally eliminate the bench player so as to hide out the need of rotation. This type of league is good for the one that are in beginners category as it becomes easy for them to learn and understand the rules before entering into more complex form of leagues.
The owner needs to draft a team roster of 15-18 members by login into web service’s draft utility or meet virtually. The position of the players in the team is decided by the owner. The traditional combination of players to be drafted is as follows- 2 center forwards, 2- left wing (Forward), 2- right wing (Forward) midfielder -3, 3-5 defenders, one goalkeeper and 5-6 bench players. The owner can select one player at a time and the same is picked in order of the first round. In the second round the order is reversed and called as snake draft. The main aim is to make a strong and skilled team to win the league.
During fantasy hockey league the user needs record selection of all the players so that in future there are no conflicts. The roster can be updated online when drafted in Excel Charts or it can be displayed on community draft board. Designing of draft board is useful for Live Draft and owner can see each person’s team when selected.
Choosing the drafts in fantasy football should be done carefully also taking care of the reserves players too. When the reserve players are kept as bench players their statistics are not counted. The importance of these reserve players are that they can be replaced with players who are not performing well or if the starter players get injured during the play. In order to perform best in the whole season the most important thing is to maintain a strong fantasy football team roster packed with budding stars, role players and the backups or reserves.
If the user does not want to invest their time into a full standard format leagues one can also create an express format league as a beginner. In this format league one can limit player allowances, stats scored and dates on which the team will play.
Playing with friends:
A private league is league in which user selects the people or player’s one works with, or friends together that comprise the team. The user or one of its members can create private league and the ones who wish to play will be either invited or asked to join the same.
Standard draft is designed in some leagues and in this each member picks up the player for their team. The picking of the players is done on the rotational basis so as all the chosen members get a chance to play. In other leagues, various different methods in which pre-organized fantasy team in addition to which an auction is held. Whole team is chosen instead of individual players and the team tries to win by bidding for the league’s season.
The time taken to play the game is an important consideration after selecting a team. One can watch the games of their choice on NHL highlights from favorite sources and according to league’s format find the score of players. One can easily log into the league page on daily or weekly basis, they can fill the stats and rotate the players accordingly. The player’s statistics can be scored by scoring system according to the preference of the league.