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ESPN Fantasy Football: New game features for 2022, including keepers, chat and scoring options

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Introducing the new ESPN Fantasy App Chat function (0:28)

Check out the new ESPN Fantasy App Chat function. (0:28)

A new fantasy football season is upon us, and we are excited to share some new features you will be able to take advantage of in your ESPN leagues this year.

These additions provide new scoring options, improved keepers management and a more personalized experience with regard to your team's history.

Scoring options

Scoring by position

League managers can set how many points are awarded per specific scoring category. This allows you to have a TE-premium league (where receptions are worth more for tight ends than they are for other positions), as one example.

Bonus wins

Because the goal is to score the most points each week, this option awards a win for finishing in the top half of points scored in your league in each week. Go 1-1 instead of 0-1 if you put up a ton of points but had the misfortune of facing a team that outscored you that week.

League management

Keepers by round

Allows your league to determine the specific pick a player should be kept at for your upcoming draft.

Auto teams

This is a remedy for leagues with managers who have become inactive, as you can now set them to "Auto." Their roster will be updated and players added and dropped by an AI-driven team manager. You cannot trade with an auto team, though. The league manager has the ability to toggle this option on and off at any time.

For an FAQ on how to activate auto-control AI team management, click here.

Additional improvements

League chat

Fire up chat to talk smack, embrace debate and enjoy live sports with your private league mates. You can react with stickers, reactions, GIFs and other fun ways to create community. You can chat with your entire league at once or do so one-on-one with any manager.

More robust league history

Now provides more details on your specific team from any given season. See who your toughest and easiest opponents have been through the years.

Auto-start player pickups

When a user adds a new player to the roster, this ensures that the new player will automatically be placed into the starting lineup if that position was otherwise empty.

IBM Trade Analyzer

Helps you craft a great trade by providing stats and data for each player in your trade package and showing you what your team needs are, as well as your opponents'.

Touchdown alerts

You can receive an alert for each touchdown scored by a player in your starting lineup. These alerts can be found in the ESPN Fantasy App by tapping the settings wheel in the upper right corner, then tapping "Alert Preferences" and turn on game alerts for football. Once you have done that, scroll down to the header "Configure football team alerts." This is where you can set up specific alerts for each of your fantasy teams. When you tap on each team, the "Touchdown Alerts" toggle is toward the bottom.

Red zone alerts

You can receive an alert each time anyone in your starting lineup enters the red zone.