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Terminologies for Fantasy Sport


It means dollars per point. It refers to the number of dollars that must be spent for every projected point a player will score. A lower dollar per point is usually preferable.


It refers to a type of league where the bottom half of entrants lose the entry fee paid while the top half gets paid. It is usually considered safe unless you have identical lineups in multiple games.


It refers to an act of refraining from a situation or a particular player.


Action in fantasy sports terms refers to the bets in play or amount of money on a particular site.


ADP is an acronym for Average Draft Position. It means the drafting spot for a player.

Auto pick Draft

It is a game variant hosted by FanDuel. It has no salary cap and requires a selection of two players for each draft spot.

Auction Draft

The auction draft gives managers a chance to assemble their team based on their budget. It is done through player bidding and the highest bidder gets the player.


Balance in fantasy sports terms refers to acquiring many middle-priced players.


A bankroll refers to the amount of money a player has budgeted for playing fantasy sports.


Bearish refers to when a team, situation, or player shows a pessimistic outlook. Bearish players will likely be excluded from lineups.

Bench Players

Bench players refer to selected players that will not be included in the week’s starting lineup.

Blind Bidding

Many fantasy sports outlets allow bids to be made without showing the actual numbers to other bidding players. It is done usually to ensure the bidding remains fair.


Breakout in daily fantasy sports terms refers to a player that has a better performance than is ordinarily expected of him.


Bullish in fantasy sports terms refers to an optimistic outlook on a team, situation, or player. Bullish players are the standards for lineups.


Bust in daily fantasy sports terms refers to an underperforming player. It means a player who underperforms despite their high-performance expectations from him.


It refers to a player with two projected performances, a really good one and a really bad one. It also refers to inconsistent players who can’t maintain scoring lots of points every week.


Buy-in refers to the amount of money required for entry into a league.

Bye Week

It refers to the off-week NFL teams have during the season. Each team plays 16 games in 17 weeks.

Cash Games

Cash games in daily fantasy sports refer to Head to Head, double up, and 50/50.


Ceiling refers to the maximum points a team could score. It refers to the upside of a team, lineup, or player.

Cheat Sheet

Cheat sheets in daily fantasy sports refer to ranking guides used.

Coefficient of Variation

It refers to a number used to measure a player’s consistency. It is derived from a division of the standard deviation by the mean.


Commission refers to the fees that daily fantasy sites charge for playing in a certain league. This fee is usually charged at about 10% of the whole buy-ins.


It refers to an individual that has the duty to report fantasy matchup results, run the draft, maintain the league and collect entry fees. The commissioner is to be unbiased and honest as he keeps the process going smoothly.

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias refers to a tendency to confirm pre-held notions and find information that fits.


Contrarian refers to a player that goes against the grain. It means when someone selects players that would be discarded by others.


Cut in daily fantasy sports terms means a player that’s not wanted on the team.

Deep League

Deep league refers to daily fantasy sports leagues that have over 12 leagues.

Deposit Bonus

It refers to bonus money given by fantasy websites to owners for making the first deposit. It can be a set amount of a percentage of the deposit fee.

Depth Chart

A depth chart refers to the hierarchy of each team. Starters are first listed before their backups. They can also be grouped as first, second, and third strings depending on how many.


DFS is the short form for daily fantasy sports.


Donkey in daily fantasy sports terms means a bad fantasy player.


It refers to a team with recurrent picks in a draft. It applies to serpentine-styled drafts.


It refers to when the entree fee is doubled by the winners.


It refers to a 25% chance of a player playing during the week.


The draft refers to the way players can build their fantasy sports teams.

Dynasty League

It refers to a league where the entire roster can be kept year on year. It is a type of league for more advanced and experienced owners and needs long-term attention. Each season starts with a rookie draft owners can use to strengthen their teams.

Entry Fee

The entry fee refers to the buy-in. It is the money paid to enter a fantasy league or contest.


EV is an acronym for expected value.


Exposure refers to the amount a player invests in fantasy sports. High exposure to a team means a high quota of the bankroll was placed on the team.


FAAB is a fantasy sports acronym for Free Agent Acquisition Budget. It refers to when team owners are given budgets for the season to make waiver wire player bids. It is a method of waiver wire in fantasy sports. It also refers to the money budgeted for budding free agent players.


Fade in fantasy sports terms means to avoid a game or a player.


FD is an acronym for FanDuel.


It is an acronym for fantasy football.


Fish in fantasy sports terms means an inexperienced or poor daily fantasy sports player.


Flex refers to a starting lineup spot that allows the use of over one player position type. It usually applies to wide receivers or running backs.


The floor in fantasy sports terms refers to a team, lineup, or player’s downside. It means the lowest amount of points a team, lineup, or player could score.


A flyer refers to a free agent player selected due to an expected high performance from the player.


FPPG is an acronym for fantasy points per game.

Free Agent

A free agent in fantasy sports refers to a player not owned by any league team.


Freeroll means a free-to-enter daily fantasy league that has cash prizes to be won.


Gamble in fantasy sports terms refers to a high potential and risk player. Such players are typically injury prone, are near their career end, or are known for being suspended.


GOAT is a fantasy sports acronym for greatest of all time. It’s the opposite expression for WOAT.


GPP is an acronym for Guaranteed Prize Pool. it refers to a league with a guaranteed prize despite the number of players that enter.

Game Versions

Game versions are the types of competitions presented by fantasy sports sites. It can include qualifiers, 50/50, multipliers, and GPP.

Go-to WR

It refers to an NFL team’s main wide receiver target option. It is usually called the alpha receiver.


Grinders refer to players that play intending to increase profits and typically play cash games.

Half PPR

Half PPR is also called a .5 point per reception. It is a fantasy sports scoring system that gives .5 points for each reception.


It means when the backup for the stud RB is drafted to reduce the harm done where the stud gets an injury.

Head to Head

Head to head refers to a one-on-one daily fantasy league.


It is also called stars and scrubs. It refers to when high-valued and elite players are selected to accompany low-valued players. It is a contrasting strategy to a balanced strategy.


It refers to fantasy sports contests and competitions that require high entry fees.


IDP is an acronym for an individual defensive player. Some leagues can mandate starting of individual defensive backs, defensive linemen, and linebackers.

Injury Report

An injury report refers to a report that lists all injured players. The NFL publishes this list.


IR is an acronym for injured reserve. Injured players in some leagues can be added to the for some weeks. Such players give the owner no points and cannot return to the lineup. The free spot can be filled with another player and the player in IR will not play for the remainder of the season.


A keeper refers to a player who an owner keeps from a previous season.

Keeper League

It refers to leagues that allow retaining a particular number of players from the roster of a previous season. The leagues determine the number of players that can be kept.


A late swap means adjusting your lineup after the contest or competition has started.


Lean in fantasy sports means when a situation, team, or game is favored.


LU is a fantasy sports acronym for lineup.


A manager refers to an individual that makes key decisions about free agents, drafts, trades, and other important aspects of a team.

Minimum Salary

Minimum salary refers to the least salary a position provides for a player.

Mock Draft

A mock draft refers to a practice draft and practicing and creating strategies.


It refers to a league where the entry fee can be multiplied by a particular factor dependent on the payouts. In a 4x multiplier, the winners get five times the entry fee at payout.

Multiple Entry

It refers to when a contest or competition allows the entering of multiple lineups.


Narrative means the explanation for a generally accepted situation.


Overlay refers to where money is lost by a daily fantasy site on the Guaranteed Prize Pool. For example, where the guaranteed prize is $25000 and there is only $20000 entrants' worth, the overlay is $5000.


It refers to when a player will not be playing due to an injury. It is usually expressed with an estimate of how long the player will be out.

Paying up

Paying up refers to when money is spent on the most expensive fantasy player.


A pickup refers to a player selected from the pool of free agents.

Player Pool

A player pool refers to the available players for drafting into a fantasy sports team.


PPR is an acronym for Point per reception. It refers to a system for scoring that gives a point for all catches and significantly influences the strategy.

Prize Pool

The prize pool refers to the amount of money that will be paid to winners in a league. It is usually all the contestant’s buy-ins without the Rake. Some sites have guaranteed prize pools.


It refers to a 75% chance that a player plays in the week.


Projections in fantasy sports terms mean a player or team’s performance predictions for the week or season.


Punts are calculated low valued risks taken by participants to save money.


QB1 refers to a top ten ranking quarterback while QB2 refers to a quarterback ranked between 11 and 20th position in a ten-team league.


Qualifier refers to a league where winners get another league’s ticket as the prize rather than cash.


It refers to a %50% chance of a player playing during the week.


The rake in fantasy sports refers to the percentage of the buy-in paid by each contestant which sites keep as operations revenue. It varies between sites so it’s best to check as many as you can to find the most favorable.


RB1 refers to a top ten ranking running back while RB2 refers to a running back ranked between 11 and 20th position in a ten-team league.


Reach means to pick a player with no potential great value.

Red zone

It refers to an area inside the 20-yard line of your opponent.


ROI is an acronym for Return on Investment. It means the winning a player gets from playing fantasy sports.


Roster refers to the ultimate player lineup selected in a daily fantasy contest. It is also called the lineup.

Salary cap

The salary cap refers to the salary limit for filling up your roster. Players are to select their team from a player pool. Each player has an assigned price and each team has a salary cap. Each site has its price assigning methods so it’s best to try as many as you can to discover your best option.


There are scoring abbreviations used in fantasy sports which are; Yds for Yards; TD for Touchdown; FG for Field; Pts for Points; XP for Extra points; INT for Interception.


A shark refers to a professional or experienced daily fantasy sports player.

Snake Draft

Snake draft refers to the season-long fantasy used in daily fantasy sports. It is a live draft that has no salary cap. Players sign up for a Sit and Draft league and each player is assigned their draft spot.


A sleeper refers to an undervalued player for a certain spot. Selecting good sleeper players will result in higher profits and wins.


Stacking means pairing several players from one team with an aim to increase the upside. It is a popular strategy in daily fantasy baseball.

Standard Scoring

It refers to points given for gained yardage added to the basic scoring system points. It is awarded as a point for every 25 yards passed.


Starters refer to the players an owner gets fantasy points from in a certain week. It usually includes one team defense, one kicker, two wide receivers, two running backs, one tight end, and one quarterback.


Owners can choose to stream a position on their team rather than have a decided starter every week.


A stud refers to an NFL player that has shown top-scoring abilities for his position. Such players are only benched due to injuries and during bye weeks.


Synergy means using players from one MLB team with an aim to increase the scoring chance. The players are usually selected based on the ones hitting consecutive orders.


It refers to a pass made to a certain player.

Team Defense

Many leagues require the entire defense of a team started by the owner of the team. Points are given when a player on defense gets an interception, a fumble recovery, a touchdown, a safety, or a sack. Points are lost when opponents score past that defense.

Team Name

The team name refers to a different field from the Username whose use or meaning can depend on the site. On some sites, it represents the Team name displayed below the username, while on others, it is a name shown at every contest.


It refers to player groupings based on position. The players grouped will have similar ranks.


It means when a game’s outcome causes stress build-up and it leads to bad decisions.


Trade refers to player exchange done between two teams.


Train in fantasy sports means selecting the same lineup repeatedly in a single league.


Transaction refers to actions taken on a lineup. Such actions include picking, trading, or dropping a player.

Triple up

It refers to contests and competitions where the entry fees are tripled by the winners.


It refers to elite and valuable players that cannot be removed from the lineup.


A value pick refers to when a player has a significantly cheaper daily salary cost than the player value should indicate. A value pick in Daily Sit and Drafts refers to when a player is selected after where it should ordinarily be drafted.


Waivers refer to a player that when dropped by a team is seen to be on waivers.


WR1 refers to a top ten ranked wide receiver while WR2 and WR 3 and wide receivers ranked between 11 to 20 and 21 to 30 in a ten-team league.