Every sports season, millions of fans sign up for fantasy sports leagues. Fantasy team owners seek to defeat their opponents, and have fun at the same time. Whether fantasy players want to admit it or not, participating in fantasy sports allows fans to participate in their favorite sports without having to go on a diet or hit the weight room. All kidding aside, there are a number of good reasons that fans everywhere sign up for fantasy sports.
Sometimes friends get together and decide that it would be a great idea to start their own fantasy league and compete with one another for bragging rights. Fantasy draft parties are sometimes held among friends as they try to assemble the best fantasy teams possible. In some workplaces, fantasy football pools are created among coworkers. Some groups of friends choose to play for money and some don’t. Playing fantasy sports are a great way for friends, acquaintances, and coworkers to bond with one another while kicking butt, or losing horrendously to their peers.
Are you a fantasy purist who like to play fantasy sports for an entire season? That option is available to you. If you like to join the action late in the season or for the short term, weekly and daily leagues are available. It takes different strategies to win any league you choose. Whichever league you choose, you’ll have a lot of fun competing with other players. Depending on your knowledge of the sport, you can choose fantasy leagues based on level of competition.
Playing fantasy sports will also give you an opportunity to play the role as a general manager and put your sports knowledge to the test. This can be a humbling experience, especially when you think that you know more about your respective sport than you actually do. Forget the mindless banter on sports talk radio, or in loud conversations that take place in sports bars, or anywhere mouth-breathing fans congregate. Once you start playing fantasy sports and develop the competitive drive to become #1 in your league, you’re going to expand your knowledge of the game. Before you know it, you’ll start watching sports from the lens of a general manager because in fantasy sports, you actually become a virtual general manager. With this expanded knowledge, not only will you kick butt in your league, you’ll also become a more knowledgeable sports fan.
Whether you choose to play in a free league or in a money league, you can’t go wrong. Playing in free leagues are fun because fantasy players are competitive and still want to win their league. Keep in mind that some leagues run freerolls, so technically, money is still on the line. Now if you’re the type of player who likes to put his money where his mouth is, there are money leagues available for buy-ins that range from small to large dollar amounts. No matter which league you choose to participate in, you’ll find that fantasy sports are a lot of fun.