It's that time of year where you start seeing a bunch of people posting on social media about the Scott Fish Bowl. What is the Scott Fish Bowl and why is it called that!? Well, it's named after the man who started the yearly tournament, Scott Fish! Scott began creating fantasy content in 2005 and was one of the largest IDP resources available. He would create the (devy) Dynasty format in the 90s and was the first person to create content based around the concept. Scott has a passion for intertwining charity with fantasy football and he has won the Matthew Berry Game Changer Award, Fantasy and Gaming Humanitarian of the Year, and the Athletics Person of the Year for his charitable work.
Scott created the Scott Fish Bowl to get more people who love fantasy football involved in creating a community interested in giving back to charity. The event has all types of people ranging from big name celebrities, retired athletes, sports analysts, and even just the casual fan! Now, how do you get in? The way most people get in is by winning giveaways on, you guessed it, social media! Content creators will have giveaways and games as well as companies and even Scott himself! So, once you win, does that mean you’re in forever? Unfortunately, no. But that adds to part of the fun of it, having to comb through social media and meet new people, and participating in different events to win your way back in. So, what is the league like once you get in?
Once you get that exciting introduction email, you sign in to your account on their website and it’s time to chose your draft type, platform, league, and draft pick. The draft type is new as Scott recently began having live drafts in select cities but traditionally, they are all slow drafts with 8 hours per pick. Then you get to select which platform to draft on between the original My Fantasy League or Sleeper. Finally, it’s time to pick your league and draft spot. With a pool of over 3,300 people, there are over 275 leagues to choose from with a different theme each year!
The drafts kick off in early July. Leading up to the drafts kicking off is the SFBPodathon which is a 36-hour live stream event with creators and fantasy personalities talking about fantasy football and the Scott Fish Bowl. This is another opportunity to raise money for charity and its largely ran by Fantasy Cares which was founded by the one and only Scott Fish. They also sell merch with all the leagues logos and the SFBPodathon logo which has the proceeds largely go to charity.
Once draft time rolls around, it is important to know the position and scoring settings to plan your approach. You will need to draft a 22-player roster in a snake draft with a third-round reversal. A third-round reversal is just like what is sounds like. The first two rounds are drafted (1-12) then (12-1) and the third-round is then drafted with the (12-1) order again, and snakes traditionally the rest of the way. You can only start 11 players broken down by playing a combination of 1-2 QBs, 2-6 RBs, 3-7 WRs, 1-5 TEs, and 0-4 Kickers! No trading is allowed and the waiver wire is a blind bidding system with each team starting with $100. Wins are based off how you did against your leagues median with the playoffs starting Week 12! Over half of the teams will be eliminated with the teams winning 13 or more games automatically clinching. The rest of the 1500 spots will go to the highest scoring teams remaining. From this point on, who moves on is based on that teams’ season average plus what they scored for that week. Of the 1,500, 1,350 participants will move onto Week 13, 1,200 will reach Week 14, 1,000 will reach Week 15, 500 will reach Week 16, only 30 will see Week 17 where a winner will be crowned at the end of the week as the lone SFB champ.
To get to the finish line, you need to have a deep understanding of the scoring system. QBs earn 6 pts per td, 1 pt per 25 passing yards, .1 pt per completion, .1 per 1st down, and 2 pts for 2-point conversion. Rushing scoring includes 6 pts per TD, 1 pt per 10 yards, 1 point per first down, .25 pts per carry, and 2 pts for 2-point conversion. Receiving scoring includes 6 pts per TD, 1 pt per 10 yards, 1 point per first down, 1 pt per reception, and 2 pts for 2-point conversion. Tight ends receive an extra point for both receptions and first downs. Kickers score 3.3 pts per extra point made and score .1 pt per yard for field goals (60-yard FG = 6 points). Players also score 6 pts for special team return TDs or recovering a fumble in the endzone.
Scott really created a unique format and found a way to bring a large community together to make the world a better place. Every year, thousands of people try to get into this exclusive club to compete against some of the best in the industry. The best part of it all is it has made tens of thousands of dollars for charity leaving one question. Are you going to try to get in on the fun?!
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