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27.7 Million People Battle for Bragging Rights

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We all know what time it is; it’s the time of the year when fall’s effects begin to set in, the NFL begins to start up again, and, most importantly, the time of the year that fantasy football begins. This time is filled with arguments and smack talk between comrades about whose team is better and who will come out on top of the next game, an argument that will only be settled by the end of the year in the championship game. People across the United States diverge hours of energy and attention to fantasy leagues for all sports throughout the year, but the fantasy football craze is the largest and most commonly used.

I use fantasy football as a simple way to pass my time over the weekend while I watch football games on Saturday, and, of course, I use my wins in fantasy football for bragging rights over my friends. Mr. Engle, a teacher at Lewis Cass, said “My family has had a league for eight years. We are spread all over the country from New York City to California and Michigan to Georgia so it gives everyone a chance to interact and have fun.” The way that this is possible is through online participation.

Fantasy football is an online game where people form a league and draft players who play in the NFL. These players acquire weekly values in points based on their weekly performances, and each team in the league faces the rest of the teams on a rotation. There’s a multitude of online outlets where people join these leagues, most of which begin with a draft where all of the different teams go online and pick the players in the serpentine style of drafting. Teams must have a certain amount of players including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers, and defenses, but the amount of these or other positions depend on individual league settings. A certain number of these players play for a team each week while normally around 6 or 7 bench players are on the bench and their scores don’t go towards the week’s total score for their team.

In most leagues a touchdown is worth 6 points – with the exception of a passing touchdown which is worth 4 points – while 1 point is given to a player for each 10 yards that they rush. Each passing yard is worth 0.04 points, while every 25 passing yards giving a player 1 point. Kickers receive values depending on the distance of their made kicks, and defences receive a point value depending on how many sacks, fumble recoveries, interceptions, touchdowns, and points that they give up. Remember, these point values can differ upon league setting and each individual league or website don’t have the same point values for each of these statistics.

There is a variety of outlets and websites for the estimated 27.7 million people who play fantasy football to log into and join. Some examples are ESPN and Yahoo, but these leagues can be found all over the internet. The latest emergence in the fantasy football realm has been “betting leagues,” leagues where people buy a player with real money and receive an amount of money back reflecting the point totals of how that player played that week versus his projected amount of points. These are an endless amount of these leagues which have sprung up in what seems like a miniscule amount of time. Sometimes big winners come from these leagues, though most people actually garner a deficit.

Fantasy football can be very fun, very profitable, or very unprofitable depending on how the specific users like to play the game although a little luck might help. Remember to have fun; not everything is about winning, after all, or is it?

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7 Responses to “27.7 Million People Battle for Bragging Rights”

  1. Bailey Scott on September 25th, 2017 2:10 pm

    Great article! It was very well written I enjoy reading about sports.

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  2. Drew Cornell on September 26th, 2017 7:54 pm

    Interesting topic for an article. I never would have thought about writing about it! I have played fantasy football for 4 years now, and I love it. It is a little competition for an entire friend group, and bragging rights for the winner each year. It keeps me interested in the football games on television. Nice article!

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  3. hannah_young on September 27th, 2017 3:46 pm

    Great article Hayden. My whole family is involved in Fantasy Football and we compare our players and scores all weekend. In Fantasy, it is all about winning!

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  4. Samuel Miller on September 28th, 2017 8:39 am

    As an avid fan of fantasy football I really enjoyed reading this article and getting your take on the subject. Just never forget I am the reigning champion.

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  5. Alexis Goltz on September 29th, 2017 8:51 am

    Nice article. So many people play fantasy football and you put it together really good.

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  6. Taylor Corn on October 2nd, 2017 2:37 pm

    Very nice article. A lot of people play fantasy football. You did a very good job

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  7. Mack Appleton on October 9th, 2017 8:34 am

    Good topic choice Hayden. I like how you specified how the points work and how the leagues are set up for the people who may have never played before. The article was interesting and detailed and I may influence more people to join a fantasy league.

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