How to play fantasy football: A beginner’s guide Whether of your own volition or due to coercion from friends/family/coworkers, if you’re reading this article you’re likely playing fantasy football for the first time in 2017. Or if you’ve played before and are just looking for a little extra guidance, that’s fine too. I’m here to help you navigate these nerdy waters with a simple walkthrough on how to play fantasy football. Overview: What is fantasy football? So you finished your draft and are staring at a team of around 15 NFL players.