2011 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Ways Fantasy Football Is Better Than Fantasy Baseball

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IMarch 24, 2011

2011 Fantasy Baseball: 10 Ways Fantasy Football Is Better Than Fantasy Baseball

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    JUPITER, FL - MARCH 06: First baseman Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals picks off Chris Coghlan #8 of the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on March 6, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    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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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/G
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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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    KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 01:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros bats during a Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves at Osceola County Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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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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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints reacts against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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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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    FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 14:  Pitcher Alfredo Aceves #91 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at City of Palms Park on March 14, 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Ima
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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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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 10:  George Karl (L) coach of the Denver Nuggets looks on as managerJim Tracy of the Colorado Rockies congratulates Carlos Gonzalez #25 and and Willy Taveras #3 after they scored on teammate Todd Helton's two-run double against the Mil
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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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    Peyton Manning and Eli Manning at the 2005 Fantasy Football Training Camp held at the South Street Seaport on July 18, 2005 in New York City (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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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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    BRADENTON, FL - MARCH 13:  Pitcher Brad Lincoln #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates gets a base hit against the Boston Red Sox during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at McKechnie Field on March 13, 2011 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty
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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.