Fantasy Sports: Basic & First Steps

Registration and Payment for a Provider

In Fantasy Sports, you compete in a tournament (also called a league) against other players. Here you have to draft a sports team of your choice with a limited budget. When your players perform the best, you win. We present you a chronologic order of the steps of a Fantasy Sports- league. Because football is the most popular sport in Europe and the most offered one in fantasy sports, this presentation is related to Fantasy Football.


Firstly, you have to register for a provider of Fantasy Football. The registration is simple and not binding at all. The price pool will be paid out to the winner of the league at the end of the season. You can put money on your players account with different payment methods. (A small hint: The providers FanTeam and Fanaments offer you a 200% bonus on your first deposit few minutes. Directly after the registration, you can sign in for a league of your choice. Therefore, you need money on your player account in many cases because every participant of a league has to pay a specific amount into a price pool in many leagues. – more information on Find a Provider).


Besides the tournaments with entry fees, there are also freeroll tournaments offered on a regular basis (multiple times a week). You do not have to do an entry payment although there will be cash prizes for the winners. Additionally, there are nice promotions, for example tournaments tickets for free, “Invite Your Friends” events and more. You can find details about the promotions on Find a provider where we present the providers of Fantasy Sports in Europe.

Choose a Fantasy Sports- league

After the registration, you can choose a league, in which you compete. These leagues differ in many points so that everyone finds his ideal league. There are the following aspects:


• Entry fee (normally between 0€ – 200€)

• Duration of season (one matchday, a whole season, etc.)

• Type of league (Bundesliga, Premier League, etc.)

• Size of teams (number of assembled players)

• Budget frame


The following screenshot shows the tournament overview of the Fantasy Sports- provider Fanteam. On the left side, we have chosen to display only German Bundesliga, Premier League and Turkish Süper Lig.


You can find such a tournament overview on the provider FanTeam. Click on the screenshot to get directly to FanTeam. You can see all important data and facts for the several leagues. With a click on the specific league, you will see all essential information (distribution of price pool, number of players/matchdays, etc.) for the tournament. (The tournament overview of Draftkings has got a similar structure and will not be listed for that reason.) You have got the possibility to create our own league. This could be a public or private , in case you just would like to compete against friends.


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daily fantasy sports: Fanteam tournament entry

Create Your Fantasy Football- Team

From now on, knowledge skills and strategy play a role. Can you draft the best Fantasy Football- team with a limited budget? The following screenshot shows the area to create a team at FanTeam. You do need 12 players in this case (first team and one substitute). This is only a single matchday of Bundesliga, so your elected players only have to perform well on this specific days of matches. You can see that the first matches of this league start at the 30th of January (Saturday, 3:30pm). You can change your team up to the beginning of the first match. The season has finished on the 31st of January and the player with the most points wins. A click on the screenshot shows you the setting of the line-up on FanTeam. 


On the right side, you can select your desired player for your team with a double click or the ‘Drag & Drop’- system. You have to stay in the budget limit, of course, which is 100 Million Dollars in this case. You have to announce a captain and a vice- captain. The points of your captain will be doubled. In case of a sudden absence, your vice- captain will replenish him. On top of that, you have to choose a substitute in case of an absence of a player of your line-up. After the completion of your team and obeying the budget frame, you can send out your team.


By the way: It is possible to compete in a tournament with more than one team. You simply have to pay the entry fee again. The following screenshot illustrates the platform of Draftkings. The design has slightly changed but it working is almost the same than of FanTeam.

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daily fantasy sports: Draftkings tournament entry

Line- up picture of Draftkings. A single click on the screenshot directs you to Draftkings. In Draftkings, you can only select 11 players, whereas on player is a substitute. It is definitely recommended to look for the portrait of each player to get a better overview.


Wait and Hope for the Right Tactics


After the selection of your Fantasy Football- team and the beginning of the matches, you just have to wait for a good performance, scores and no stupid cards of your players. You can follow the performance of your team live -  excitement and thrill guaranteed.

The Results of Your Fantasy Football- Team

When the matchday is completed, the performances of your players will be judged by a standard scoring system. In case of misunderstanding: the points for your team will be set by the actions of the players in the real matches. If your player X is in your fantasy team, he would gain points, as long as he is doing specific things (player X scores, player X gets a yellow booking, etc.).


The following table shows the scoring system of FanTeam. 



Played 1-59 minutes


Played 60 minutes or more


Played the complete matches


Goal (goalkeeper or defender)


Goal (midfielder)


Goal (striker)




Fantasy assist (enabled a successful penalty, etc.)


No conceded goal (goalkeeper or defender)

4 (played minimum of 60 minutes

No conceded goal (midfielder)

1 (played minimum of 60 minutes

Yellow card


Red card


Goalkeeper save

1 for each save

Goalkeeper saves a penalty


Player do not score a penalty


Player caused a penalty


Conceded goals (goalkeeper or defender)

=-1 for each conceded goal

Own goal


Team wins during the performance of your player


Team draws during the performance of your player


Team loses during the performance of your player



Points get doubled


The players will be judged by these criteria. An example: We look at a selected striker. He played 70 minutes (2 points) and scored 2 goals (8 points). Before the end he missed a penalty (-2 points) and receives a yellow card (-1 point). His team drawed during his performance (0 points). As a result, he gained 7 points. As a captain, he would have gained 14 points. The performances of all other players will be added. If you are the player with the highest total score, you will win the league. (There are different payment methods for paying out your profits. The payoff is fast, secured and uncomplicated.)


If the explained fantasy league takes more than one matchday, you would draft your team for multiple matchdays. You can change and transfer players, but it is limited. You need a long- term view (talents with potential, etc.)


The judgment criteria of Fanaments are different than of FanTeam. Fanaments also judges battles, ball losses, etc.; so there might success- guaranteeing players that differ between Fanaments and FanTeam. You can find the exact judgment cirteria on the website of Fanaments at the column “Rules”.


Many ‚Fantastic‘  Terms – One Meaning




At the end of the introduction of Fantasy Sports, we would like focus more on some terms because there are no standardized terms for Fantasy Football in Germany (yet). There is an issue that Fantasy Football describes American Football and Football (British English: Football= Fußball). Sometimes the term Fantasy Soccer is used. In Germany, for example the provider FanTeam, the term Fantasie Football is common. So, there are four terms which have got the same meaning: Fantasy Football. Another point is the use of the term Daily-Fantasy-Sports (DFS). It describes Fantasy Sports- leagues that take only a few days.



We hope that you have understood the basics of Fantasy Sports, especially of Fantasy Football. You probably have some questions that should be solved by the provider or at our column Background Knowledge. If you want to start right now, these links to FanTeam and Fanaments will help you. On Find your Provider, we present the providers of Fantasy Sports in details. If you would like to learn more about Fantasy Sports and improve your performance, we recommend you the column Background Knowledge. We especially recommend you our forum.


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