Fantasy Football has become as much a fixture on Sunday in the fall as the games themselves. (Note: Everyone has a team. No one cares about your team.) People have always been passionate about the idea of playing the king, and fans have long been clamoring for teams to allow them to be in charge of personnel. Fantasy Football offers the avenue for both. It allows you to be able to make all the decisions and forces you to suffer all the consequences of such decisions. A bad draft will result in a LONG season. As for the performance on the field of your favorite football team? A victory for them is good, but it becomes the icing on the cake. Let allegiances be cursed.
How many of you, right now, couldn't confidently name the opponent your favorite team is playing this week, but could easily pick up whether your recovering RB2 participated in it or not? training this week? When did our priorities become so distant? I think the answer is simple: people like to feel empowered. As a fan, you don't have a bit of control over how your favorite team works. As a fantasy owner, you can do a successful trade in week 1 if your heart desires. This control creates a feeling of investment. This creates a feeling of pride that can sometimes be difficult to find in franchises run by billionaires. It can be particularly difficult to find out when these billionaires like to pretend to be CEOs (see, everyone likes to feel important), as has been the case with my Dallas Cowboys since Jerry Jones bought the ;team. The solution is therefore to create your own team, to constitute and align yourself, to live and die according to the results.
Fantasy Football has created a way, outside of the limits of sports betting, to keep almost all matches interesting. This is the lure of betting, in essence. It is a way to create excitement in an otherwise meaningless football match. Now most of the fantasy football leagues offer eventual winnings, but I would say that the possibility of winning money is only one of the motivating factors. Competing with friends … The opportunity to boast of superior sporting intelligence and worrying foresight … These are the things that drive a true fantasy football user. And, if you have the chance (that's right, LUCKY enough) to avoid injury and the fantastic gods decide that you would make an acceptable champion, money is a nice bonus.
What happens, however, when your allegiances to fantasy football are in direct conflict with your loyalty as a fan of an NFL team? You would surely not be so manipulated by a competition that you would forget where your heart is. You can try to convince yourself that you can seek both a victory for your favorite team AND a great fantastic performance for your players. In the end, however, you will realize that fantasy football has just ruined the NFL for you. And you can accept it, as long as you win.