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Las Vegas Fantasy Football 101: Drafting Your Dream Team

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but with around 33 million participants in Fantasy Football, there are bound to be a few people counting down the days until September. Fantasy Football is a complex, entertaining way to keep track of your favorite players, enjoy some friendly (hopefully!) competition with your closest friends, and maybe even earn a little cash! It’s a game that involves strategy, research, and frequent player monitoring. Though complex, Fantasy Football is a great way to spice up the NFL season and keep it interesting all the way to the Super Bowl.

So, you want to join a league, but you don’t know where to start? This article will highlight key points so you can get your fantasy team drafted just in time for kick-off and plan a Las Vegas fantasy football draft party!

Choosing the Right Fantasy Football League

The first step in playing Fantasy Football is to find a league to join. That may seem pretty simple but there are a lot of things to consider, such as:

-Would you like to join a free league or try to play for money?

-Do you prefer a live draft or an online draft?

-What about Head-to-Head or a Total Points league?

If you’re a beginner, a free league might be the better option, just to get your cleats wet. However, if you’d rather go foot-“balls to the wall” on your first time, then shell out some cash and hope for the win… those of us in the biz call that a Hail Mary!  

Another thing to think about is the type of league you’d like to be in. A Head-to-Head league means you face another opponent from your league each week and get placed into a ranking. As the season goes, you continue to play a different opponent until the playoffs, where you’re entered into a bracket system to determine the winner. In a Total Points league, the winner is solely determined on the member with the most points earned at the end of the season.

Football on field.

Forming Your Fantasy Football Dream Team

Alright, so you’ve made all your decisions and chose a league. Now what? The next step would be to prepare for your Fantasy Football draft! This is the part where you research your potential players, study statistics and past year’s performances, and build a strong strategy that will help you win your league. For example, if you choose a promising rookie quarterback, you might want to tread carefully on the wide receivers that you choose. With your quarterback being fairly new, it would be smart to get familiar with how he plays: does he throw the ball a lot? Is he accurate? Does he prefer to run the ball?

The league commissioner will decide how many players of each position you can choose. After you’ve collected all your data, prepare a list of your rankings and identify your most valuable players that you’ll hope to draft. Be sure to pick players you believe will accumulate the most points for you. This is determined by how well they actually play during their NFL games. You’re literally building your fantasy team!

Planning a Fantasy Football Draft Day Party

Finally, the day you’ve been looking forward to has come: Draft Day! You got your picks down, you did your research, and you’ve determined your line-up. Many people opt for a live draft because it’s a great experience to huddle up with some friends and have a lot of the work done for you. Luckily for you, the D and sports go hand-in-hand and is offering an amazing fantasy draft party package including; a private suite for 8 to 20 people, a fantasy draft kit, multiple HD televisions, cocktail service (first drink free!), food available for purchase, and $25 match play. You may be a rookie, but it doesn’t take a “Mike Ditka” to know that that is a score of a deal!

Group of friends cheersing with their beer.

When you arrive at the D ready to have the best fantasy football draft party, the league commissioner decides who gets to pick first. It may be a random drawing or based off last year’s standings. You and your league will use the kit provided by The D to choose your players and keep track of who has been drafted and who is still available.

Even when the draft party is over with, the fun still continues! Be sure to start your best players each week before Thursday Night Football begins. If a player is injured, you can bench him until he is healed and ready to play the next game. A lot of strategy comes to play throughout the season: if a player isn’t doing so hot, you have the option of trading players between members of your league or even replacing him with another player from the free agency. Also, pay attention to the teams’ bi-weeks as you wouldn’t want to start a player who doesn’t have a game that week!

Sounds like fun, right? Well, don’t waste another season. Head to the D to schedule your ultimate Las Vegas fantasy football draft party, get some buddies lined up, and have a ball!

Crowd cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Best Places to Catch the Vegas Golden Knights NHL Playoff Games

A short walk down a Las Vegas street will put you at the heart the hype that’s been pumping through the city. TV screens, apparel, and conversations are filled with spirit as the Vegas Golden Knights advance into the NHL Finals. The pride this city feels for its talented hockey team is obvious. At the games, the crowds are heavy with black and gold. Back at home during away games, fans are lining up to attend some of the hottest viewing parties. In such a spirited city, attending viewing parties is the best way to experience the hockey fun and the Entertainment Capital of the World knows how to throw a good party. [Image above attributed to: https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights]

Below are a few recaps of the most exciting VGK viewing parties, as well as upcoming parties that you don’t want to miss:

1. The D Las Vegas is no stranger to hosting unforgettable parties. On May 6th, the D hosted the Golden Knights Game 5 viewing party, taking advantage of their monstrous 72-foot HD LED video wall and state-of-the-art stadium audio. As expected, the party was heavily attended and fans fed off of each other’s excitement. On May 12th, the D struck again by the official watch party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Fans flocked to be part of the action and, as always, it was one for the books. Catch all of the action for the next watch party on May 18th.

2. Topgolf Las Vegas hosted Game 3 of the Playoffs on April 15th – and it did not disappoint. A 48-foot screen wowed fans as they cheered on their team. During intermissions, fans had the chance to win valuable raffle prizes.

3. Mandalay Bay took part in the viewing party fun on April 17th by hosting the Golden Knights versus Los Angeles Kings game. “Knight on the Beach” attracted hundreds of fans to its shores with its large LED screen and appearances by The VGK Knight Line, the team’s drumming line, Golden Aces dancers, and Chance the Mascot.

Vegas Golden Knights players celebrating on the ice.attribute: https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights

4. The Henderson Pavilion will be hosting viewing parties for all Vegas Golden Knights away games during the 2018 Stanley Cup finals. That means that you and your family can head on down to the pavilion anytime there’s a game to join the spirited fun. Cheer on the Golden Knights as they take on their opponent among a crowd of like-minded fans who want exactly what you do – to see the Knights take home the Cup!

5. Fat Bar is the place to be for drink specials during the big games. Fat Bar will be hosting NHL Playoff watch parties for each away game and the atmosphere promises to be electric. As if being surrounded by Golden Knights fans wasn’t exciting enough during the hockey playoffs, Fat Bar will be offering impressive drink specials like $35 all-you-can-drink beer during the game, $3 Jameson and Fireball shots, $5 Patron shots, and free shots for those wearing jerseys when the team scores.

6. Rampart Casino will also be offering some hard-to-pass-up drink specials at their viewing parties. Their Race & Sports Book Bar & Lounge will be packed with both excited fans and sports bettors looking to add a little personal investment into the games. The lounge will be serving up $2, $3, and $4 beers as well as $10-$15 buckets. These viewing parties are not-to-be-missed, especially if you like to bet on all the hockey excitement.

Las Vegas is a city full of spirit and pride. There are plenty of options when it comes to Vegas Golden Knights viewing parties, but perhaps the most exciting part of it all is the loyal fanbase that electrifies the city. Being in the midst of the city’s spirit makes the Vegas Golden Knights’ advancement into the 2018 NHL Finals all the more exciting.

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[UPDATED] Golden Misfits – A Recap of The Vegas Golden Knights’ Record-Breaking Season

[Update – this content has been revised to include the entire season]

Though Las Vegas has been a long-standing mecca for sports entertainment, validation in the way of a professional, major-league sports team turned out to be a true test of patience. As many residents have experienced over the decades, welcoming a Big Four sports team always felt like it was just within reach, never to fully come to fruition.

Enter the Vegas Golden Knights

From long-shot to the year’s best feel-good story, the Knights have proven what residents have always known – Las Vegas is an ideal city for major sports. Breaking nearly every expansion record in NHL history, the unheard of Vegas Golden Knights stats along with their marvelous story brought them all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Yes, the most difficult trophy in all of sports was competed for by a year-one team – our Golden Misfits.

From record-breaking performances on the ice to heartfelt community support, the Golden Knights have woven their way into the fabric of Las Vegas in a way that even the most faithful may have never thought possible. To reflect on just what has gone into this most incredible story of recovery, endurance, persistence and pride, we have created a Vegas Golden Knights recap, complete with a timeline of some of the highlights from VGK’s inaugural season.

Inaugural Vegas Golden Knights Stats Recap

Now that our first NHL season has come to an end, we look forward to all of the record-breaking Las Vegas Knights’ stats to come. Looking back as we construct our Vegas Golden Knights recap, it’s clear that our young and hungry team has nowhere to go but up as we prepare for the next NHL season.

As a proud sponsor of the Vegas Golden Knights, the D went all out this season as our favorite team battled it out for Lord Stanley. From massive viewing parties to giveaways, our celebrations might just go down in history with the Vegas Golden Knights’ stats. While hockey season is over for now, October will be here before we know it, and everyone at the D can’t wait for an even bigger and better season of cheering on our Vegas Golden Knights with the entire community!

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2018 Stanley Cup Playoff game

Getting Ready for the Vegas Golden Knights Playoffs

The first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs is well underway and our beloved Vegas Golden Knights are staying strong! Our young team surprised many when they secured their rightful spot in the playoffs this year and they continue to look very strong. The Golden Knights are going after the championship and hope to bring home the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, and we’re here to cheer them on. After sweeping the Los Angeles Kings in four games of the Western Conference in the first round, they have their sights set on facing the San Jose Sharks in the second.

NHL Golden Knights on the ice with team logo

As a proud partner of the Vegas Golden Knights, we’re getting hyped over here at the D. Don’t miss any of the action and join us in cheering on our favorite team. The LONGBAR, located inside the D, is the perfect place to catch all the Golden Knights games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Stretching the entire length of the casino, LONGBAR is the longest bar in Nevada (1,300 square feet) and offers an uninhibited locale to grab a drink, watch the game, place a bet and catch the next round and every second of the classically crazy NHL action. With huge TV screens surrounding the entire bar, your favorite beers and cocktails, it’s safe to say that we’ll see you on gameday.

D Bar is also a fun spot to root for the NHL Golden Knights through the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Enjoy the beautiful Las Vegas Spring weather at our outdoor bar located on the one and only Fremont Street. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather at our outdoor bar, located right in the middle of the Fremont Street action. When the weather warms up, cool down with frozen drinks and specialty cocktails served by our flair bartenders. Plus, there’s countless TVs to catch all the best plays.

Front row view of the NHL Golden Knights game

The D is the official Downtown Las Vegas casino of the Vegas Golden Knights and we have major perks available for hockey fans. This season, we offered two once-in-a-lifetime packages for our guests. The Luxury T-Mobile Suite Package included a stay in a D Deluxe Room and tickets to watch the Golden Knights from the D Luxury Suite at T-Mobile Arena. Our other all-star offering was the Exclusive First Row Glass Seats Package, which included a stay in a luxury D Suite and seats to see the Golden Knights from the D Zone, a first-row section right behind the glass. These exclusive fan packages were just for the D fans, so keep your eye out for next season’s perks.

To say that we’re excited about the Golden Knights’ success is an understatement. We’ve had such a great time cheering on our local team this season, and are even more excited to watch them in the playoffs. Come join the party at the D as we watch history be made together.

Las Vegas Golden Knights logo.

A Recap of the NHL Golden Knights Hockey Season

The NHL season is coming to a close and to say that the Golden Knights performed well would be an understatement. The newest team to join the league has been analyzed all season and while the secret sauce of their success may still be a mystery, Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt explains it succinctly: “It’s Vegas, right? They say the house always wins.”

Let’s take a look at the Golden Knight’s inaugural season, their successes, and what we can expect for the remainder of the year.

The 2017-2018 Season

Golden Knights team members huddled up.

The Golden Knights are the NHL’s first expansion team in 17 years and started the season with an 8-1-0 record back in October. Only three of the past nine expansion teams that began playing since 1991 won more than one of their first seven games, but that didn’t scare the Knights. In the beginning of the season, even the players themselves were impressed. “I don’t think anyone was expecting a start like this, even though we knew we were pretty good,” forward William Karlsson said. “It’s been working so far. We had some dips, too, but we seem to find a way to win games still. So far, so good.”

At the time of writing, the Golden Knights are seeded #1 in the Pacific with 44 wins and 19 losses. These stats put them fourth in the entire league (trailing Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Boston). Now that the season is coming to a close, we’re looking toward the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup 2018

Representation of the NHL Stanley Cup.

Called “the surprise team of the season,” the Golden Knights have secured their playoff spot, with a 100% probability. The playoffs begin on April 11th and while the schedule has yet to be decided, below are the current standings and top three teams of each division at the time of writing:

Atlantic Division

1.Tampa Bay Lightning
2.Boston Bruins
3.Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1.Pittsburgh Penguins
2.Washington Capitals
3.Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference

1.Nashville Predators
2.Winnipeg Jets
3.Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1.Vegas Golden Knights
2.San Jose Sharks
3.Anaheim Ducks

It will be interesting to see who ends up making it to the playoffs and, eventually, the championship.

The Golden Knights

Majority of the Las Vegas Golden Knights team on the ice.

So who is this new team that’s taken the league by storm? Let’s learn a little more about the hockey team that calls Las Vegas home.

In 2014, Foley and other investors held a season ticket drive to gauge the public’s interest in having an NHL team, and the drive drew more than 5,000 deposits in the first day and a half. Needless to say, the NHL expansion team was welcomed with open arms in 2016. Since then, the team has recruited plenty of young talent, plus veterans who have come from other NHL teams. Right wing James Neal was part of the Nashville Predators’ first Stanley Cup Finals appearance and was an alternate captain during his time with the team. His leadership makes him a great fit that has guided the Golden Knights.

Left wing David Perron was a top scorer for the St. Louis Blues with 159 career goals, which definitely helped boost the Golden Knights in their first year. Shea Theodore, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Deryk Engelland are all also touted to be top performers for the team. As we close the season, we have seen Jonathan Marchessault lead the team with points scored, and William Karlsson lead goals scored. Perron has had 45 assists. And who could forget Chance the Gila Monster? He made his official debut as the team mascot and has appeared as a regular at the rink, building a community and fan base around the NHL’s newest hockey team.

Vegas is a city full of change and the electric momentum that the Golden Knights have brought to the city couldn’t have come at a better time. Thinking of visiting Vegas to catch one of the remaining games to see this momentous team in action? The D is only twenty minutes away from the T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights’ home turf. Stay and play Downtown for the ultimate convenience.