How do I earn points?
What is Pigskin Fantasy U (PFU)?
Pigskin Fantasy U is an online college fantasy football game, where you draft full teams instead of individual players. You can create or join a league with your friends where you get points based on your roster of teams’ performance each week. It’s a very simple and fun concept, and best of all; PFU is totally free to play.
How is Pigskin Fantasy U different from other college fantasy football leagues?
PFU offers a brand new way to play college fantasy football where you draft full teams instead of individual players. Therefore, all you need is a basic knowledge of how well teams perform (e.g., Alabama as a team is expected to rack up wins vs. Alabama’s QB racking up passing yards). The only stats that truly matter at PFU is whether your teams win or lose.
How do I get started?
You can choose to start a new league as a commissioner or join an existing league as a player. Set up a free account with PFU by signing in with a unique username / password or sign in with your Facebook or Twitter credentials.
What are the responsibilities of a commissioner?
If you choose to start a new league, you are assuming the role of a league commissioner (“Commish”). The Commish has to select rules for his/her league during the quick and easy league setup, including:
- Private vs. Public league
- Number of players allowed to play in league
- Head-to-head competition or one vs. all format
- Draft date
- Active roster vs. benching options
How do I start a league and be a commish?
Anyone can start a PFU league. There are two different types of leagues you can set up. A private league allows you to invite your friends, family or co-workers. In this format the commish has to invite people to play in your league.
Or you can set up a public league where anyone can join after you complete the set up process. PFU will publish your league and its rules until all roster spots are filled. Check out the How To Play page for a video to walk you through the process.
What is the difference between a private and public league?
League commissioners choose whether their league will be private or public. In a private league, the Commish invites his/her friends, family or coworkers to play – only those that are invited can enter the league. Public leagues are open for anyone to join, provided there are still open slots available.
How do I join a private league?
The commissioner of the league will send you an email or Facebook invitation with a link to join the league. Just click the link in the invitation and you will be redirected right to the login page of PFU. After you create your free account and login, you will be taken directly to your league page.
What if I can’t find my invitation?
If you’ve lost your email invitation, your commish can resend the link, or send you the league name and password. If using the league name and password, just head to the leagues page, search for your league name or commish name, and enter your league information. You can also email us at email@example.com if you need further assistance.
How do I join a public league?
It’s easy to join a public league. Just go to the leagues page and check out the list of available public leagues. You can filter the leagues by private/public and perform a search for a specific league name. It’s that simple. And you might even make some new friends (and rivals) along the way.
What are the league format options?
The league Commish must choose either a traditional head-to-head league format or a one vs. all format.
A head-to-head format pits one person vs. another person each week, with the objective being to accumulate more wins from your active roster than your opponent’s active roster. This is format is based on the traditional fantasy football model.
In a one vs. all format, each player tries to accumulate more wins than every other player in the league each week, and over the course of the full season.
How do I draft my teams?
Your league’s commish will establish the live online draft date/time and send an email to alert you. We suggest you do a little homework before the draft to give yourself the best potential to win your league. Feel free to explore the PFU Draft Kit before draft day.
PFU’s experts will pre-determine a default rank of all FBS teams before the season begins. This ranking will auto-populate into every player’s draft queue. So if you can’t be present for the live draft, no worries, because when it’s time for your pick, you will automatically draft the best team available.
If you are actively participating in the live draft, you have the option to choose any available team and draft them when it’s your pick. You can also set up your own custom draft order. During the draft, our software will, by default, select the teams in the order you place them in your draft queu as long as they are available when it is your turn to pick.
When it’s time for your pick, you have a predetermined time (selected by the Commish during league formation) to make your selection before the top available team is automatically added to your roster.
The commissioner decides if the draft format will be a traditional “snake” format (i.e., 1st pick of round 1 is last pick of round 2) or “standard” format (i.e., 1st pick of round 1 also gets 1st pick of round 2).
Once the draft is complete, you can switch any of your teams for another available team that went unpicked or you can trade with another player in your league if the trade option was selected.
Check out the How To Play page for a video to walk you through the draft process.
Can my league do an offline draft?
The Commish can also elect an ‘offline/manual draft’. This is useful if the League is holding the draft at a specific location where everyone is actively participating and especially if everyone does not have internet access during the draft. As the draft commences, the Commish can enter picks for each user along the way or he/she can manually upload each player’s roster after the draft ends.
How many teams can I draft?
Your league’s Commish will establish a set number of FBS teams that each player will draft. There are 128 FBS teams in 2016, and it also depends on the number of participants in the league. For example, if a Commish allows 10 players in the league, with each drafting 12 teams for their roster, a total of eight teams will go undrafted. These eight undrafted teams will be available after the draft in case a player wants to drop one of their original teams and add a new one.
Can I enter picks for other people?
Not unless you have their login information and a separate web browser open. The Commish can enter picks on behalf of other players on the offline/manual draft setting.
How do I trade one of my teams?
If you’re unhappy with one of your picks, you can always switch them for another team that went undrafted (aka, “free agents”) via the add/drop function, or you can trade a team with another person’s team in your league. Just click on the “Add/Drop” tab on your main league dashboard. If you select a free agent from the list of available teams, the switch is done immediately. You can pick up free agent teams through the trade deadline, as long as neither team has kicked off that week. If you want to trade with another player, the trade will need to get approval from the Commish before the trade is complete. The Commish must approve the trade before either of the traded teams kicks off. You can track the status on the 'Trades' tab of your main league dashboard. It should be noted that the trade deadline is set by each individual Commissioner. After this date/time, the trade and add/drop features will no longer be available for the rest of the season.
How do I choose my active roster (starting and benching)?
Your active roster (starting teams) will default to an empty roster. If you want to edit your active roster, use our drag and drop function each week to pull teams from the active roster to the bench; and vice versa. In order for your active roster to earn wins, you must make your changes before either team (the team you want to be active and the team you want to bench) kicks off.
How do I earn points?
At PFU, you earn points when an active team on your roster wins. If you’re playing in a head-to-head format, and your active roster accumulates more wins than your opponent, you earn a “W” for the week – your goal is to win the most matchups during the regular season. In the event of a tie (e.g., User A is playing User B, and each player earned 5 wins from his/her active roster), we will look at combined points scored by each player’s active teams that week. Most total points breaks the tie and earns the W. If User A and User B's teams have scored the exact same amount of points, we look to the defensive effort of the active teams. Fewest points allowed by your active teams breaks the tiebreaker. This has happened before and it will happen again.
If you’re playing in a one vs. all format, you get a point for each of your active teams wins each week which gets added to your season total. Earn more TOTAL points during the season than the other players and you win the regular season.
We should note that Week 14 scoring includes the eight (8) regular season games and the eight (8) conference championship games. Points are awarded to winning teams just as they are during the regular season. It is also important to note that we are not including the Cal-Hawaii game and/or the Army-Navy game whatsoever, as these are the only games played in what would be a hypothetical "Week 0" and "Week 15", respectively.
How do I invite more players after I initially set up the league?
You can do this in a couple ways. The easiest way is to personally email the new players with your league name and password. Have them come to the site and search for your league name and enter the league password when prompted. Otherwise, log in and find your specific league using the drop down list on the right side of the page. Click on the Commish tab, then click Invite Players in the left hand navigation. Type in the email address(es) of the new players and hit Invite Players near the bottom of the page.
How does the post-season work?
Simple. You keep the same roster of teams through the post-season that you’ve had since the trade deadline. You earn points when teams on your roster win bowl games: earn one point per win for a regular bowl game; two points per win for a playoff semifinal game (Peach and Fiesta Bowl in 2016); three points if your team wins the National Championship Game.
If you are in a one vs. all format, the points you earn in the playoffs are added to the regular season total and a champion will be crowned.
For head-to-head leagues, the two individuals that came in 1st and 2nd place through week 14 will play each other for the league championship. 3rd and 4th place finishers will play for 3rd place. We still pair up the rest of the players, so 5th plays 6th, 7th plays 8th and so on. If there is an odd number of users in a league, the person that is in the last slot does not play anyone. If there is a tie between the rankings (to determine who plays who in the postseason), the first tie breaker is total wins of active teams each week throughout the season. If that requires a tie-breaker, we look at total points from the active teams scored each week throughout the season. Once ranking is established and the head-to-head postseason play begins, tiebreakers would work the same as the regular season to determine the winner of each match up. Scoring works the same as 1 vs. All: one point 1 for a regular bowl game, two for a playoff game, and three if a user's team wins the national championship game.
How did PFU get started?
PFU began in the mid-2000’s in Texas amongst a group of friends that were nuts about college football and wanted to make even Thursday night games more exciting. From our humble beginnings and a tricky spreadsheet to a beta launch in 2012, we took our little game online so all enthusiasts can enjoy a simple yet fun way to play college fantasy football.
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