Telmo Talks Fantasy Football Glossary

By: Telmo Costa
Posted on June 13, 2017

ADD/PICK-UP – Acquiring a free-agent player off the waiver wire.

AUCTION DRAFT – Owners take turns nominating players, who are then bid on by all owners. Each owner is given a spending limit (or salary cap) to complete their roster.

ADP – Average draft position. The average round in which a player is typically chosen during a fantasy football draft.

BOOM-or-BUST – A player with a high ceiling but low floor. Hit or miss.

BREAKOUT – A fantasy football player who has been ineffective in the past, but suddenly gains elite numbers.

BUST – A player who enters the season with high expectations but finishes without results due to poor performance or injury. Also referred to as a Dud.

CEILING – The best performance you can expect from a player.

COLLUSION – Two or more owners working together in secret to deceive others.

COMMISSIONER – The person in charge of running the league, setting up the draft and, if necessary, controlling all of the league fees.

DEPTH CHART – An NFL roster that shows order of first, second and third string players at each position.

DFS – An abbreviation for Daily Fantasy Sports, or Daily leagues.

DROP/CUT – Releasing a player back into the free-agent pool.

DYNASTY LEAGUE – Similar to a “keeper league”, but instead of a select number of players being kept, the entire roster is retained to the next year. This league is a long-term commitment.

FAAB – Free Agent Acquisition Budget. A set dollar amount to use over the course of a season on free agents.

FLEX – A position slot that allows team owners to plug in a player from various predetermined positions.

FLOOR – The worst performance you can expect from a player.

FLYER – Taking a gamble on a player (either late in the draft or off the waiver wire) who has high potential but also carries a high risk.

GHOSTSHIP – A team not being actively managed by its owner.

HANDCUFF – The immediate backup for one of your prominent players.

IDP – Individual defensive player. Some leagues will use the stats of IDPs with/instead of using team defenses.

IR – Injured reserve. Some leagues will allow you to hold an injured player in a designated IR spot and add someone else to your roster.

KEEPER LEAGUE – These leagues allow you to carry over a certain number of players each season. The number of keepers varies from league-to-league.

LINEAR DRAFT – Just like the NFL, the order in Round 1 repeats itself throughout the draft. If you have the last pick in the first round, you will have the last pick in the second round and so on.

LIVE DRAFT: When owners draft in person together.

MADDEN CURSE – A superstition that NFL players who are featured on the most recent cover of the Madden NFL video game will have a bust season.

MOCK DRAFT – A fake fantasy draft that is used by team owners to practice drafting and prepare in advance.

OWNER – The person who runs his/her fantasy team.

PPR – Point per reception. Indicates a league that awards a full or half point per reception.

PROJECTIONS – A player’s predicted statistics, which are used to help determine that player’s fantasy value.

RE-DRAFT – The typical fantasy league that spans one season and no players are carried over from one year to the next.

RBBC – Running back by committee. A situation in which an NFL team uses more than one running back in a prominent role.

REACH – Drafting a player earlier than he was anticipated going in your league’s draft.

SCRUB – A nearly worthless fantasy player.

SNAKE DRAFT – Unlike the NFL, most fantasy leagues use a system in which the team with the first pick in round one has the last pick in round two, followed by the first pick in round three. Conversely, the team with the last pick in the first round has the first pick in the second round. This system is used to help create more balance between all of the competing teams.

SLEEPER – Typically, a late-round pick or waiver-wire selection who exceeds his statistical expectations and becomes a prominent option in fantasy leagues.

STREAMING – A strategy of picking up and dropping a new player each week based on matchups. Most commonly done with positions that require one starter.

STUD – A superstar at his position.

TRADE BAIT – A player who looks appealing to offer to other owners. Possibly due to an injury to that player’s predecessor on the depth chart or after a breakout game.

TRADE RAPE – Being taken advantage of in a trade. (Not literal) 
 string players at each position.
VULTURE – Typically, a running back who steals goal-line touches from the starter.

WAIVER ORDER – Refers to the order that established at the end of each week barring your league settings. The higher you are on the waiver order, the higher priority you have to claim a player on the waiver wire.

WAIVER WIRE – Refers to the pool of free-agent players within a fantasy league.