5 Reasons Why You May Be Addicted to Fantasy Football

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIINovember 30, 2011

5 Reasons Why You May Be Addicted to Fantasy Football

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    Fantasy football is one of the most popular games these days, but the best thing is that it's much more than just a game. Many people who have tried it become addicted and will never stop playing.

    My start with it came when my step dad signed me up to play in one of his leagues when I was away on vacation. I didn't know much about it at the time, but I owe him many thanks for him getting me into it without my knowledge.

    What is it about fantasy football that makes it so appealing? The following slides delve into why so many people can't get enough of it.

1. Makes a Great Sport That Much Better

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    The NFL has always been a very popular sport in America. Well, the implementation of fantasy football has made it an even better experience for fans.

    If you manage a fantasy league, almost any game that you watch will have a direct effect on your team. That means managers are even more into a game that they already loved previously.

    Non-fantasy owners are probably mostly just interested in games in which their teams are playing in. That is not the case for fantasy managers, as they get to watch their matchups unfold in each of the games on a weekly basis.

2. Empowerment

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    Running a fantasy team and having success can bring about a great sense of pride. It's a great rush to be able to draft and lead a fantasy team to your league's title.

    Many owners might be addicted to fantasy just because they are actually in full control over something, which might not be the case in other areas of their lives. They have all the power they can ask for without anyone telling them what to do.

3. Win, Win, Win and Money

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    Fantasy football is a great source of competition, and many managers love the game for the competitive nature of it. The ability to win and throw that in the face of other league members is enough reason to join leagues for many.

    Making the right moves that help bring you a title, which means you can be your own Bill Belichick (three-time Super Bowl Champion winning head coach).

    Another entity that can come with doing well in fantasy leagues is the ability to win a nice chunk of change. For the more serious owners of the game who join pay leagues, money alone is their drive to continue to play the game year after year.

4. Nice Distraction

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    Sundays during football season are some of the best times for fantasy football owners. When you're watching games and following how your teams are doing, almost everything else in your life seems to just disappear.

    No matter what else is going on in your life, fantasy football gives many owners a great escape. They can focus all their attention on watching to see if Tom Brady throws that touchdown pass to Rob Gronwkowski instead of Aaron Hernandez, for example.

5. Your Favorite NFL Team Might Be Weak, But...

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    If you're a fan of the Cleveland Browns, for instance, there is not much excitement for you. However, playing fantasy sports can make you forget about that quickly.

    I started playing fantasy football back in 2003. My two favorite teams are Jacksonville and San Francisco, which haven't done much at all since that time. However, I barely noticed as I was too busy trying to field the best fantasy teams and win my own leagues.

    Being a manager of your own fantasy team can provide you with so many things that you otherwise don't get. While you can't control what happens in the rest of your life or with your favorite NFL team, you always have your franchise to turn to.