Welcome to “The Bachelorette” Fantasy League, Season 11

It feels like just yesterday that we were romping in the hay, joking about plowing fields and inseminating hogs. And yet here we are, another season upon us. Now, Kaitlyn and Britt get the privilege of competing with each other first, before one of them decides to let a tanktop-wearing meathead put a ring on it after six weeks. Hey now. Hey now. This is what dreams are made of.

If you’re a returning BachFantasy-er, welcome back. If you are new, where the hell have you been? We’ve been waiting for like, 3 years, and you never even texted that you were running late. God.

Keep reading for an overview of how to start your very own Bachelorette Fantasy league.

How Our Bachelorette Fantasy League Works

1) Gather your “Bachelorette”-loving friends and choose a League Commissioner. The Commissioner is responsible for tallying league members’ points each week and sharing the standings with the league.

2) Choose how your league is going to run your draft (read more on that below) and submit your contestant picks to your league commissioner.

3) Watch “The Bachelorette” every Monday night, beginning May 18th on ABC.

4) Visit this blog every Tuesday morning to see how each of your contestants scored. The league commissioner should add up the point totals for each team in order to figure out the weekly rankings. You can use our scoring template to keep track of your league members’ scores.

Click here to download our new scoring template: BachFantasy – Season 12 – Britt and Kaitlyn.

A Special Note About “The Bachelorette” Season 12

Every once in a while, ABC goes out for margaritas, tosses a few too many back, stumbles home drunk, eats his roommate’s banana bread, and pisses all over the finely calibrated perpetual motion machine that is The Bachelor franchise. That’s the only explanation for what’s happening.

We have two Bachelorettes this season: Britt and Kaitlyn. We’re assuming that the male contestants will choose which Bachelorette they want to rappel down cliffs with, and the loser will be sent packing on night one.

But there’s no way to be sure, is there?

So here’s the deal: when you draft your five contestants, select a Bachelorette too. If you pick the right gal, you’ll earn an extra 50 points in episode two. If the men don’t select a Bachelorette in the first episode, then we’ll wait ’em out, and award points when the Bachelorette is chosen .

Until a Bachelorette is chosen, the men will then receive points for interactions with either lady.

The Draft

You have a few options when it comes to drafting your Bachelorette fantasy league team team of five contestants. Click here to read more about how to draft your team.

Also: we’re axing the mid-season draft this year. We tried it for the first time for Chris Soules’ season and the enthusiasm was tepid, like this cup of tea I’ve been nursing for 45 minutes. So we’re 86ing it. Peeved? Sound off in the comments.

Points Categories

When picking contestants, choose your own adventure. Do you want a team of escapees from the funny farm? Do you want to stack your team with the stage 5 clingers? Variety is the spice of life. Do you. 

Points are divided into Phrases, Actions, and Roses. We’ve added a few new points categories this year. We will continue with a new wildcard point category each week to keep things fresh throughout the season!

Phrases

  • Talking about his parents’ relationship (5 points)
  • Mentioning his kid (5 points)
  • Mentioning a deceased loved one (10 points)
  • Mentioning a previous fiancee or wife (10 points)
  • Saying “I’m not here to make friends” (20 points)
  • Saying “I’m falling for you” to the Bachelorette or “I’m falling for her” to the camera (20 points)
  • Saying “I love you” to the Bachelorette (30 points)
  • Telling the Bachelorette that someone in the house “is not here for the right reasons” (30 points)

Actions

  • Interrupting someone’s one-on-one time (5 points)
  • Bonus: using the phrase “steal [the Bachelorette] away” during said interruption (5 points)
  • Dancing (5 points)
  • Wearing a helmet (5 points)
  • Singing/playing an instrument for the Bachelorette (5 points)
  • Hot tubbing (5 points)
  • Giving the Bachelorette a gift (5 points)
  • Going on a picnic (5 points)
    • Must be sitting on the ground
  • Wearing a costume or clothing native to another culture/country (5 points)
  • Riding in a helicopter (10 points)
  • Riding on a boat (10 points)
  • Kissing the Bachelorette on the lips (10 points)
  • Appearing visibly drunk (15 points)
  • Meeting the Bachelorette’s family and/or friends (15 points)
  • Needing medical attention at any point (20 points)
  • Crying on camera (25 points)
    • Must actually see moisture fall
  • Having a secret girlfriend at home (25 points)
  • Having a body part blurred out any point (30 points)
    • Only for nudity; having your mouth blurred for profanity doesn’t count
  • Leaving the show early on his own accord (30 points)
  • Drafting the next Bachelor on your team (40 points)
  • Coming back to the show to beg for another chance (50 points)

Roses

  • Getting the First Impression Rose (35 points, only available first night)
  • Being selected to go on a group date (10 points)
  • Being selected to go on a one-on-one date (20 points)
  • Getting the rose to stay another week (25 points)
  • Getting the rose on a group date (30 points)
  • Getting the rose on a two-on-one date (40 points)
  • Making it to Hometown Dates (50 points)
  • Accepting the Fantasy Suite (75 points)
  • Refusing the Fantasy Suite (-75 points)
  • Winning the Final Rose (100 points)

Wildcard Points

Each week, we’ll announce the upcoming wildcard category for the week. It will change weekly and is only awarded to one guy per episode. For example, one wildcard category might be: the first guy to be shown on camera shirtless this week gets 40 points.

Scoring

We’ll score each episode for you and post each contestant’s scores every Tuesday morning. Be sure to check back every Tuesday to see how your teams are stacking up against one another! We’ll also be posting an episode recap for those of you can’t get enough Bach.

Will you be joining us this season? Let us know your league or individual team name in the comments! (We like puns.)

P.S. You can sign up to get an email every time we post by entering your email address in the widget at the very bottom of the page.

Did you know we’re on Facebook and also on Twitter? We live-tweet every episode, often while drinking and yelling at the TV. It’s a good time. Come tweet with us!

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28 thoughts on “Welcome to “The Bachelorette” Fantasy League, Season 11

  1. Hannah says:

    So in! Can’t wait. I love me some Bach Fantasy.

  2. Bach Fantasy says:

    Thanks, Hannah! We love you too.

  3. Brittany says:

    I love the template to keep points, but it’s not friendly if you have more than 13 players. I have almost 20. Do you have a more compatible template for a larger group?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Hi Brittany – I’m happy to send you a version with spots for more players! Shoot us an email at bachfantasy@gmail.com, and I’ll respond directly to you with a bigger scoring template!

      • Brittany says:

        I sent an email last week and didn’t hear back. I just resent it. Please let me know if you don’t get it! Thanks!

  4. Christine says:

    I’m glad this will still work with 2 bachelorette’s! So if we pick 1 bachelorette that we think is staying, but they both stay for a few more episodes, will there be extra points for interactions with the one we chose?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Oooh dang. Haven’t thought that far! We’ll let you know after tonight’s episode. Happy drafting!

  5. First of all, thank you so much for putting this all together. I love playing with friends on Monday’s. I have friends in my fantasy league from all over the country. We do it a little different. We pick new guys every week (before the show airs) that way, you can change it up every week and pick guys on what you think they’re going to do the next week. Plus, if your guys end up leaving right away, you’re not cursed with no points every week. We even have a traveling trophy. It’s a wedding topper and we put the winners name and the season, plus they get a bouquet of long stem red roses after the finale. Again, thank you for blogging and I look forward to this season and many others!

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      That’s so great! What a fun way to switch things up. Glad you’re playing along this season!

  6. Cashelle says:

    I don’t see a spot on the spreadsheet for choosing a bachelorette, is that just something to remember for next week?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Ooh great point – I’ll try to figure out a way to incorporate those points in the template!

  7. Ben says:

    Any bonus category for the first episode?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Yessir! 20 points to the first man to express a preference for one of the Bachelorettes! (P.S. we announce it on Twitter every week if you want to follow us there too: @BachFantasy).

  8. Carah says:

    We drafted before the show. Should we let people choose somebody other than Ryan M, since he got kicked off? Or keep the original teams as drafted?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      I think you should leave teams as you originally drafted – no one else will have a chance to pick a new person if a member of their team doesn’t make the cut during the first rose ceremony, so it seems fair that the original teams stick. At least Ryan M. got those points for being visibly drunk!

  9. Lauren Oley says:

    This blog is amazing. We’ve set it up with work (including boys that don’t want the show) and it’s already been hysterical. When can we expect you to post the ‘points’ awarded?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      So glad to hear you’re enjoying it! Typically we post Tuesday morning, but since ABC is going rogue and turning this into a two part episode, we’ll post tomorrow.

  10. Kim says:

    I just tried to enter our draft into the scoring template and it won’t allow me to edit. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  11. Allison says:

    We have 14 peeps so we broke into 2 mini leagues of 7, with two winners. Whoever has the highest out of the final 2 will be the champ. In the unlikely event that they tie, do you have any suggestions for a tie breaker?

  12. Allison says:

    Now that think about it, this really doesn’t do anything for us… Might as well have one league. Any suggestions for large leagues?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      We’ve organized large leagues in the past — around 15 people has been our max. The biggest problem with large leagues is that some of you end up drafting similar (or identical) teams. I recommend each gal drafts at least 6 or 7 contestants to try and keep the teams different!

  13. What does everyone do for “prizes” for the winners? Thanks!

    • I bought a wedding cake topper off of Ebay and it’s our traveling trophy. Every season, the winner gets to proudly display in their home with their name and the season they won. I also buy a dozen long stem red roses for the winner. I think it’s pretty funny.

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      We know a lot of leagues throw in a couple of bucks (much like sports-related fantasy teams) but I have also been known to send some baked goods to the winner of our personal league. I love Christopher’s idea below of a traveling trophy because I’m a sucker for glory and bragging rights.

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