Fantasy Sports are largely dominated by American activities such as Baseball, Baseball and American Football and that’s because our transatlantic cousins do most of the betting in this industry. This will change of course as this method of sports betting becomes more and more popular around the world and it’s already possible to try your luck at activities such as Nascar, MMA and Ice Hockey.
Below are brief guides to each of these sports with a link to more detailed information.
The most popular sport in the world and arguably the one which will tempt non-US players to check out the world of Fantasy Sports. Just pick your players from the simple interfaces on any day when there are more than two real-life matches and you’ll earn points from areas such as goals scored, assists, corners, etc.
NFL & CFB
This is the professional and the college versions of American Football and there are probably more competitions available than any other sport. There’s a huge array of ways to score points such as the obvious – touchdowns, interceptions, etc – along with small victories like ‘offensive fumble recovery’ and ‘blocked punt’. The College version have slightly simpler rules.
One of the great traditional American sports, Baseball commands a massive following in the professional leagues and this stats-laden activity it’s an ideal fit for Fantasy Gaming. Pick you team and gain points based on Home Runs, Strike Outs and Shut Outs.
Basketball & College Basketball
We’ve never been tall enough to play basketball but that doesn’t mean we don’t like it – it’s also one of the simpler for determining points in competition. Points are gained for scoring (Points and Three Pointers), Assists, Rebounds and the like. The College version is simpler in terms of points scoring.
Golf tournaments take place generally for the duration of five day real-life competitions and this is always one of our favourites; points are awarded for per-hole scoring (eagle, birdie, etc) and finishing positions as well as streaks (e.g. three birdies in a row).
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has taken the fighting industry by storm in the last couple of decades and the ability to bet on it is very welcome indeed. Tournaments take place at the same time as real-life events and points are awarded for things such as Strikes, Takedowns and the round in which the fight finishes.
Nascar is a very American motorsport and competitions take place whenever there are Nascar events. The drivers you pick will accumulate points based on a relatively restrictive range of activities – Fastest Laps, Laps In The Lead as well as finishing positions.
Competitions occur whenever there are two or more games in the NHL regular season and scoring is relatively simple compared to some other sports – points are awarded for obvious things (Goals, Assists) and less obvious (Saves and Hat Tricks).
This is arguably one for the specialists because you will be betting on the outcome of video game (eSports) competitions and it requires some pretty in-depth knowledge to get started. In-game points are awarded for things such as Kills and Assists, minus points for Deaths and so on.