The New Fantasy Football?

David NelsonCorrespondent IIIFebruary 11, 2009

As a huge fan of fantasy football, I always am looking for what to do during the off-season come the end of the football season.  There couldn't possibly be a time with no fantasy football!

Yes, there are the alternative sports, basketball, baseball, hockey, and even golf.  But those just aren't the same.  Too much time gets devoted, you have to check every single day and it's just too hard to keep track of injuries, stats, etc. So what is the football alternative?

It wasn't until last year I witnessed what websites called "NFL Mock Off-seasons" which are quite a bit different than fantasy football, but with many of the same ideas.  There are no games played, no stats to accumulate.  But yet, it looked rather enjoyable.

So what do you do? First you need to find a site that either has one or multiple mock off-seasons and sign up quick before all the teams are gone.  The idea is that you are the GM of one of the thirty-two NFL teams and it is your job to re-sign your players, sign free agents, draft rookies, and keep your team under the league's salary cap.  Maybe not for everybody, but someone like myself who loves the game and getting involved in the team, it sounded like a great idea.  I recently signed up for two separate leagues in which I am going to be the "GM" of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Philadelphia Eagles.  I'm hoping it is nearly as enjoyable as the regular season's fantasy football, but only time will tell. 

Perhaps not for everybody, but for someone who enjoys the game and wants to make those changes to your team that you know the owner won't do anytime soon, try it out.