What Makes Fantasy Football So Much Fun?

Andrew McNairSenior Writer ISeptember 10, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger watches the action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 29, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Fantasy football is enjoyed by millions of people these days with just about every soccer dedicated broadcaster or newspaper having their own version of the game.

For those not in the know, fantasy football is usually a format where you choose a team or squad of players from your favourite league and gain points every week or weekend depending on the player’s performance in real-life action over that period.

You can then amend your team before the next round of matches using your football knowledge to predict who will do well (score goals, assists, saves, clean sheets etc), who will not (conceding goals, yellow and red cards, etc.) and who will not play at all as picking players who don’t play obviously earns you absolutely nothing.

But what makes this experience so good?

That rush

Well for one, fantasy football is addictive and is in essence, a cheaper form of gambling, where ones “intuitive team selection choices” are played out on a Saturday, or any other day for that matter, by real players in actual games.

It is a special feeling predicting the result of a match and earning some extra cash from your nearest betting shop but if anyone is honest, they will tell you they lose more money than they make.

Therefore, gambling is not for everyone, but I can pretty much guarantee you all know the emotion I am on about.

The feeling of knowing something your friend did not, or simply that feeling of vindication, is one I do not think anyone can ignore or for that matter, would want to.

Well in fantasy football, the chance of vindication comes every week without losing face or more importantly, without losing any money.

No more meaningless matches

Now I do not care how big a football fan you are, one simply cannot give a monkey's about the result of every game, every week in your favourite league unless of course you have money on it!

But not us, we care about every result because we have strikers from one team and defenders from another and with every good performance by a team with one of your chosen players in it likely to earn you more points you are bound to take more notice.

So your interest is sparked with people keeping an eye on not just their favourite team’s result.

So-called knowledge

Every football fan has their own ideas about football, but rarely do they get a chance to prove their idea, with clubs not known for taking on the average Joe as their new manager.

But in fantasy football you can challenge your friends in private leagues and see just who has the best intuition when it comes to the beautiful game.

Team selection, formations, and substitutions: it is all there and waiting for you to prove to us all your football credentials.

Can you read the minds of the managers? Do you notice players who are climbing towards top form and most importantly, can you ignore blind loyalty to your favourite team’s players?

The last thing you need is a bad fantasy football weekend on top of your favourite club's defeat.

If you can do all that, then fantasy football is for you.

So who out there enjoys fantasy football? Where do you play and what do you get out of it?


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