When fantasy football was invented, no one could have imagined the variety of league options that would eventually emerge. One such format is known as the Campus to Canton Fantasy Football League. What are Campus to Canton leagues and how do they work?
Campus to Canton leagues are the definitive evaluation of dynasty fantasy football. They are the ultimate test of a manager’s ability to predict player performance. Not only do you need to predict NFL player performance, you also need to predict college player performance.
A campus to canton league is essentially two leagues in one. You have your traditional dynasty league with NFL players. These players compile statistics, accumulate points and a winner is crowned.
They also have the college side of it. However, instead of just drafting college players for a cab team, you have an entire college fantasy football team. Your players will compile statistics and earn points as they study, and a winner of that side of your league will be crowned.
In traditional dynasty leagues, you have a rookie draft each offseason to place the relevant newcomers on fantasy lists. In campus-by-canton leagues, your annual draft is made up of collegiate players without a roster. For your NFL roster, your campus team’s players become part of your NFL team once they are drafted into the NFL. Your commissioner could also opt for an additional rookie draft from players who weren’t on the campus rosters.
How are Campus to Canton leagues different from Devy leagues?
The main difference is in the college fantasy football site. Because there’s a whole different league to compete in, it’s not that easy to draft players that you project very productive NFL careers to. If you care about the campus side of your Campus to Canton league, you need these players to produce while you’re in college.
Here comes the real challenge. As we all know, the vast majority of college football players don’t make it to the NFL. Of the roughly 224 players drafted each year, an extremely small fraction of them are fantasy relevant.
At the same time, many of those players who never make the NFL are hugely productive in college. Consider your dominant small school players or FCS students (if your league includes FCS players at all). Some of these players are more productive in college than your best NFL prospects.
Therein lies the difficulty of the leagues from campus to canton. How do you balance the roster of players who will help you win the college side of things with players who will have successful NFL careers for the NFL side of things?
Should you play in a league from campus to canton?
Like everything in fantasy football, my answer is always the same: if you enjoy it. Ultimately, this game is about having fun. Yes, we all want to compete and we all want to win, but if you’re not having fun, why play?
Campus to Canton leagues may not be for you. Success in this format requires a knowledge of college football that rivals your knowledge of the NFL.
It’s a lot harder to keep up with college with rosters changing so drastically every year. You have to get involved. And with the campus-to-canton leagues, you need to know the incoming college freshmen. This often requires the ability to scout high school players. Yes, it will be deep. These leagues are not for casual fantasy gamers.
If the prospect of finding the high school grad-turned-NFL Hall of Famer appeals to you, then this format is for you. Take your dynasty leagues to the next level with a fantasy football league from Campus to Canton!