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Fantasy Sports and Math

56.8 million players in US and Canada


33 million fantasy football players
Easy to access through smartphones,
tablets, and computers
Involves use of statistics and algebra
Way to excite students into math

Quarterback

Basic Scoring

6 points per rushing touchdown and 4 points per passing touchdown.


0.1 point per 1 rushing yard and 0.04 points per passing yard
-2 points per interception and fumble lost

Running backs, receivers, and tight ends


0.1 point per receiving or rushing yard and 1 point per catch (in some
leagues)
6 points per rushing or receiving touchdown
-2 points per fumble lost

QB Averages
- Tom Brady: 327 passing yards per game ; 2.5 TDs per game
- Drew Brees: 320 passing yards per game ; 1.8 TDs per game
- Jay Cutler: 251 passing yards per game ; 1.3 TDs per game
- Matt Ryan: 292 passing yards per game ; 1.5 TDs per game
- Ryan Tannehill: 272 passing yards per game ; 1.8 TDs per game
- Andy Dalton: 270 passing yards per game ; 2.1 TDs per game
- Aaron Rodgers: 244 passing yards per game ; 2.2 TDs per game

Defensive passing averages


- Browns: 265 yards allowed per game ; 2.1 TDs allowed per game
- Panthers: 224 yards allowed per game ; 1 TD allowed per game
- Redskins: 240 yards allowed per game ; 2 TDs allowed per game
- Titans: 224 yards allowed per game ; 1.8 TDs allowed per game
- Bills: 254 yards allowed per game ; 1.8 TDs allowed per game
- 49ers: 277 yards allowed per game ; 1.5 TDs allowed per game
- Chargers: 254 yards allowed per game ; 1.6 TDs allowed per game

Matchups
Defense

QB
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Andy Dalton: 270 passing yards per game ; 2.1 TDs per game -------------

Browns: 265 yards allowed per game ; 2.1 TDs allowed per game

Aaron Rodgers: 244 passing yards per game ; 2.2 TDs per game ----------

@Panthers: 224 yards allowed per game ; 1 TD allowed per game

Tom Brady: 327 passing yards per game ; 2.5 TDs per game ----------------

Redskins: 240 yards allowed per game ; 2 TDs allowed per game

Drew Brees: 320 passing yards per game ; 1.8 TDs per game ---------------

Titans: 224 yards allowed per game ; 1.8 TDs allowed per game

Ryan Tannehill: 272 passing yards per game ; 1.8 TDs per game ----------

@Bills: 254 yards allowed per game ; 1.8 TDs allowed per game

Matt Ryan: 292 passing yards per game ; 1.5 TDs per game ----------------

@49ers: 277 yards allowed per game ; 1.5 TDs allowed per game

Jay Cutler: 251 passing yards per game ; 1.3 TDs per game ----------------

QB scoring:
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@Chargers: 254 yards allowed per game ; 1.6 TDs allowed per game

4 points per passing touchdown.


0.04 points per passing yard

-2 points per interception and fumble lost

Actual results!
- Tom Brady: 229 passing yards ; 2 TDs = 17.16 points
- Drew Brees: 387 passing yards ; 3 TDs = 27.48 points
- Jay Cutler: 345 passing yards ; 2 TDs = 21.8 points
- Matt Ryan: 303 passing yards ; 1 TD = 16.12 points
- Ryan Tannehill: 307 passing yards ; 0 TDs = 12.28 points
- Andy Dalton: 234 passing yards ; 3 TDs = 21.36 points
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Matt Ryan 7.) Ryan Tannehill
- Aaron
369
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; 4 TDs
= 30.76

Alternative Fantasy Sports


Football may not be for everyone, but there are many more sports in the world of
fantasy sports than just that. These sports include: Baseball, basketball, Soccer,
Hockey, Golf, MMA, Surfing, Cricket, etc.
For example, fantasy soccer is large worldwide as other countries do not place an
emphasis on football as the U.S. does. This means that fantasy sports can be
adapted to different regions of the world as well to make it more relatable to that
area.
Lets take a look at fantasy soccer

Fantasy Soccer
Unlike football, in fantasy soccer, you pick a single person for each position; both
offensively and defensively.
You then select your starting eleven for that week. One player in each position.
You then total the points your players accumulated during the games that week
and that is how you see how well youve done.
This is a good alternative for individuals, like myself, who do not understand
football all that well or have any interest in it.
As stated previously this is also a good sport for fantasy leagues as it has the
biggest presence of any sport worldwide.

Fantasy Soccer Scoring


How a player scores points:
Playing in a game:1

For every penalty saved: 5

For playing at least 60 mins: 2

For every penalty earned: 2

Each goal scored by a defender or goalie: 6

For each own goal assist: 1

Each goal scored by a mid or forward: 5

For every 3 saves: 1

For each assist: 3

For every 6 blocks, clearances, or interceptions: 1

For your goalie conceding no goals: 4

For every 3 crosses: 1

For your defenders conceding no goals: 4


For your midfield conceding no goals:1

For every 3 key passes: 1

Fantasy Soccer Scoring


How a player loses points:
For every penalty miss: -2
For each own goal: -2
For every 2 goals conceded: -1
For every yellow card: -1
For every red card: -3
For every error leading to a goal: -1

Real world classroom applications


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Algebra

Statistics

Unpredictability (pro and con)

Future Jobs

http://fivethirtyeight.com/sports/
https://rotogrinders.com/game-stats/nfl/consistency?site=fanduel&range=season