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A growing obsession

To many football fans in today’s society, having the chance to own and control their own professional football team would be a dream come true. Fantasy football allows these fans to indulge in such ambitions, to a certain extent.

For some, fantasy football is another way to make the NFL interesting again, especially if their team is going through rough times.

“Fantasy (football) makes every Sunday exciting, even if your team is going through a rough season,” says 23-year-old Max Gardiner, a Dolphins fan and City College business major.

According to Yahoo!’s fantasy football help page, Fantasy football takes place between
team “owners” who create and manage teams of professional football players chosen by the owner in an online or live, in-person draft. The owners choose NFL players who they believe will perform well and produce the best stats for that week.

In order to be successful at fantasy football, a fantasy player must follow the weekly events occurring in the NFL and make the best roster decisions for his or her team to succeed.

Depending on how well the players on the owner’s team do in a week, the player’s team earns “fantasy points” to compete against the other owners in the league. If a receiver catches a touchdown, for example, the receiver earns a pre-determined amount of points for that receiver’s owner, according to Yahoo!’s fantasy help page.

At the end of the season, win-loss records determine league rankings or qualifications into a playoff bracket. According to Yahoo!’s fantasy page, the last couple of weekends of the NFL regular season are set aside for the fantasy leagues’ playoffs, which determines the league’s champion for that season.

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What makes fantasy football intriguing to many is how similarly it is run to professional football. Fantasy football allows the owners to draft and manage players, much like NFL general managers do, at least for fantasy providers such Yahoo! and

Most fantasy teams consist of about 14 players, both projected starters and bench players – just like a “real” football team.
“The goal is to find guys that are consistent. You can’t always pick your favorites,”says City College student Jeffrey Hall.

In most cases, such as for Yahoo! and default fantasy leagues, playersearn points for passing, rushing, and receiving yards. Passing yards and passing touchdowns typically earn about half as many points as rushing/receiving yards, since quarterbacks normally have higher yard totals. Players can also receive negative points, usually given for turnovers. Kickers earn points for field goals and extra points.

Not all fantasy football leagues are the same. As fantasy football continues to grow, new styles of fantasy football are being formed. According to, one style that has become very popular is “survivor pool” or “knock out pool.” Each type of pool allows members to pick one NFL team to win each week, but can only pick that team once all year.

Fantasy football players are a big part of the NFL audience. For example, 55 percent of fantasy sports players report watching more sports on television since they started playing fantasy sports, according to a survey done by

Many football fans embrace the opportunity to immerse themselves further in the football world, enjoying the extra time away from life’s many stresses.

“It’s what gets me [away] from my wife for about nine hours out of the day,” says fantasy football aficionado and City College student Richard Moore.

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