Put some fantasy in your football this year
BY WILLIAM YOUNG ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
The NFL season started just recently, but fans have been thinking about their favorite players and teams for months. Experts have been analyzing every aspect, upside and downside of each player in order to give fans the best advice for fantasy football.
Fantasy football, a NFL based game, allows fans to pick certain players that they think will have the best season and get them the most points. This season I am in two leagues:one with my close friends and the other with my fellow journalism guys. Fantasy football allows fans to pick certain players that they think will have the best season and get them the most points.
The excitement of fantasy football begins when a group of friends creates a league and sets a draft date sometime before the NFL season starts. Fantasy football is free to play, but most leagues decide to put some money on the table to ramp up the competition.
On the draft date, players take turns picking through every possible NFL player, considering playing time, injury proneness and past seasons. By scoring touchdowns, racking up yards and kicking field goals, individual players gain points which add to the overall team’s points. Every week two teams from the league are set up against each other. Whoever has the most overall points by the end of the week wins.
Fantasy Football is very popular around Rose because it is a great way for high schoolers to prove their football knowledge and be competitive with their friends. It takes some skill and preparation, but mostly fantasy football can be compared to March Madness for its unpredictable nature. Some stars ultimately disappoint or get seriously hurt, while some unknown players rise up and take everyone by surprise.
To most, fantasy football is just a game, but to some it means so much more. NFL players become more than just players when they belong to a fantasy team. Every yard they gain is a triumph, and every touchdown is a victory. They become fans’ favorite people one week and most hated the next. It is meant to nurture good natured competitiveness, but sometimes can bring out the worst in people as they watch their empires crumble over a torn ACL or a violent concussion.
For me, fantasy football has been great because it has made me a bigger NFL fan and has given me reasons to follow certain teams and watch my players. I know a lot more about the game now because of fantasy football.
When one of my players is on the big screen, I find my eyes glued to the television desperately hoping with every snap that he will make a big play. Fantasy football has transformed me into a bigger sports fan and gives my friends and I a great way to compete.