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Season 23 of The Bachelor premieres tonight at 8 p.m. EST, and ABC seems to really be pushing the narrative that this season's star, Colton Underwood, is a virgin.


So naturally, we took the liberty of writing a guide on how to play “Fantasy Bachelor,” including a ​printable bracket that you can use throughout this season of the reality show.


There are two main ways to play in a fantasy league based around The Bachelor. The first of which is done through ABC's official website, and it's surprisingly similar to your typical daily fantasy football experience. 

​​Fans will set their lineups by picking whichever Bachelorettes they think will earn the most fantasy roses, based on that week's categories. The categories can be anything, but they usually involve show staples like, "Who will get a one-on-one date with Colton?" or "Who will say they are 'here for the right reasons?'" These categories will change from week-to-week, and many will likely be unique to that week's episode, so it's important to tailor your lineups accordingly.


This league is also a lot more forgiving than a traditional fantasy league, as your lineups will carry over from week-to-week if you forget to set them. But updating is still important because you cannot earn points from a Bachelorette that has already been sent home.

Each rose you win will enter you in a drawing to win a trip for two to attend "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" in Los Angeles, so fans have some real incentive to succeed. 

The other way to play in a Bachelor fantasy league mirrors a more traditional season-long fantasy football experience. Fans will get to watch the two-hour premiere tonight at 8 p.m. EST, and then pick their teams from the pool of Bachelorettes. The brackets lock before the second episode premieres on Jan. 14, and you can print out our Bachelor fantasy league bracket​ ​here.

In this simplified version of a fantasy league, you essentially must guess how long you think each contestant will remain in the game. You don't have to set a lineup after selecting your team, as you'll be stuck with the Bachelorettes you picked at the beginning of the season. This a great alternative for fans who don't want to spend too much time strategizing.

You'll receive points each week for every Bachelorette that you've correctly predicted will make it to a given ceremony. Your weekly score is then calculated by your number of advancing Bachelorettes, multiplied by the ceremony number. For example, if you had 12 Bachelorettes in ceremony two, you receive 24 points. If you have 11 Bachelorettes in ceremony three, you receive 33 points. And so on and so forth. 

All in all, with ​fantasy football season coming to an end, joining a Bachelor fantasy league is the perfect way to hold fantasy fans over until next September. Just make sure you're playing "for the right reasons."


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.