2011 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Ways Fantasy Football Is Better Than Fantasy Baseball
The regular season is about to begin, so all the fantasy baseball owners have to get their teams in order leading up to Opening Day.
If you are a fantasy baseball fan, I've got news for you: Fantasy football is better.
Yes, even with a lockout, the NFL rears its more powerful head to once again prove its dominance in all things sports-related.
Fantasy baseball is a great sport, but fantasy football is better, and here are 10 reasons why.
10. Fantasy Football Is Advertising For the Real Product
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Even if you are not a Patriots fan, if you have Tom Brady starting in your fantasy league, you are watching the Patriots game.
Fantasy football has been used as a tool to get more people to watch more games, buy DirecTV packages and fill sports bars.
Fantasy baseball just does not have this kind of clout.
9. There Are Fewer Transactions
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The number of transactions a fantasy baseball owner has to make over the course of a season dwarfs anything a fantasy football owner might do.
Again, it comes down to numbers, and the fantasy baseball numbers can be overwhelming.
8. Fewer Positions To Worry About
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In football, all you have to worry about is the quarterback, running back and some related offensive stats. The defense and special teams can be combined into one category, making scoring a very simple affair.
In baseball, there are several things to keep track of. There is team batting average, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, total wins, total saves, the team ERA and WHIP.
That is a lot of number crunching. And if you do not enjoy number crunching, fantasy baseball will not hold much appeal for you.
7. Fantasy Baseball Is Way Too Complicated for Many People
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Baseball has all kinds of stats and figures you have to keep track of, while fantasy football is pretty straight forward about how you score points.
Do not get me wrong, complexity can be a good thing—but when you try and disseminate something for the masses, history has shown simple is better.
6. Fantasy Baseball Is a Grind
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Football is played over the course of a 17-week season and you update your team once a week.
There is not a giant amount of time you need to devote to owning a fantasy football team. Like the games, most of the action takes place on the weekends.
Baseball is a 162-game marathon that takes six months to complete and is seven days a week. There is a time commitment that many people just do not want to make, especially if they are working 50 hours a week and have two young kids.
5. Shorter Football Season Heightens Drama
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Like the real sports, baseball allows a team to have ups and downs and then make a pennant run at the end of the season.
In football, every week is important and there is not a lot of room for error.
This is not a good or bad thing in a "big picture" sense, but when you are playing for money, the heightened drama just makes fantasy football better.
4. Fantasy Football Is Easier To Pick Up
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When you are sitting at a sports bar trying to introduce someone new to fantasy football, it only takes a few minutes and a few scribbles on a cocktail napkin.
Explaining fantasy baseball takes a little more time and effort.
3. Fantasy Football Is Mainstream
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Fantasy football draws all kinds of attention. The players even talk about their own fantasy stats.
Hundreds of web sites are dedicated to it with national advertising, segments on ESPN and lots of money behind the advertising.
Fantasy baseball does have its own support on TV and the internet, but you are talking about a huge difference in the level of support.
2. There Is a Lot Less Research
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There is nothing wrong with research, but when it comes to a fantasy league, do you really want to spend a few hours every day going through stats and rosters?
Fantasy baseball requires an insane amount of research. For people who are single, work one job and have a passion for the sport, this is great.
For baseball fans who have multiple responsibilities, this is just too much of a time commitment. Fantasy football is one weekend of research for the draft, and then just setting your lineup on the weekends.
1. Building a Fantasy Football Team Is Easy
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With fantasy football and the limited ways of scoring, putting a team together does not take hours of research and having an "inside" scoop.
You know who the big guys are and you draft to fill needs. Every team in a fantasy league should be competitive and everyone should have an equal chance to win at the beginning of the season.
You cannot predict injuries and breakout players can be acquired later.
With fantasy baseball, get your encyclopedia out and hope you did your homework. There is no room for novices in fantasy baseball.