Are You Ready for Some Fantasy Football?
Are you ready for some football? You may hear this the next time you turn on your TV as the football season is upon us. This might mean absolutely nothing to you or more commonly it means the next 5 months worth of Sunday cooking chili, eating wings, and watching some good old American football. What this means for many ladies and gentlemen is the beginning of fantasy football. Fantasy football is the rare combination of being able to legally gamble, become a general manager, draft an NFL fantasy team, reunite with friends, and put your football knowledge to the test.
I myself really enjoy fantasy football and watching the NFL, so it’s not a surprise I have been playing fantasy football for a number of years. I have 2 fantasy football teams, named “I Pitta the Fool! and “Ladies and Edelman” that I am participating in this year, did I mention you can come up with funny team names, maybe the best part!!!. These involve a payment to participate and a possible payout if you do well enough to win the league. I count this in my entertainment fund, I love being able to talk with friends and co-workers about how they did last week or how you are going to destroy them the next. It really has become the new poker craze, where everyone is involved in fantasy football even your friend’s Mom who can only name one NFL player, Lebron James plays football right?
The best part of fantasy football for me is the draft. This Wiki article gives a pretty good run down and history of fantasy football, I don’t want to go into an explanation of fantasy football because of all the intricacies and different types of fantasy football leagues, so I will let the article give you a run down. The draft allows you to select players that you think will score the highest points for the season, each team is given a random draft order and in most cases this snakes around in the draft order. So in a 12 team league, pick #12 would then also get pick #13, while pick #1 next pick would be #24 and so on. This is where research and strategy come into play, this is the reason I enjoy the draft. Many people dream of being a general manager or owner of a professional sports team, this allows you to do exactly that on a much smaller level and definitely with less risk.
OK now that you know I like fantasy football let’s talk money. I participate with friends from all over the U.S and we all chip in $50 each. For all the fun filled 16 week fantasy football I can handle it costs me a little over $3 per week, which most people spend on their morning coffee. Of course that’s assuming I lose every dollar, but I actually have the opportunity to win. If I would win the entire league I would make over $260 in pure profit!!!!!! Remember while I’m not calling this a side hustle by any means, but rather entertainment or a game of chance and luck, not too many movies or events give you the opportunity to make 5X your money having fun the whole time.
I’m not telling everyone to go sign-up for fantasy football so they can make some hard cash, but in reality there are over 33 million people who play fantasy football every year and I’m sure that number is growing. If you enjoy sports and watching the NFL you are probably involved in a fantasy football league, remember it is entertainment and for fun. The amount of money I spend on FF each year is small, probably a dinner out with Mrs. Even Steven. I recently wrote an article called 4 things you must do to retire early. I ask politely to stop spending f***ing money and you know what this violates one of the rules. I asked to not spend money on stupid things, like big screen TV’s and putting your Happy meal on your credit card. This is a clear violation of those rules. I’m not spending thousands of dollars for a plasma 70 inch TV, but this is a once a year small amount of money that I have decided will not make or break my financial independence or my debt repayment. It’s one of those decisions that you make that you know is not 100% the right thing to do financially, but you have to have a mix so you can enjoy your life, whether it’s a vacation to Nicaragua or some good old fantasy football with friends.
Just for fun tell me who your favorite NFL team is? What are the things you spend money on that everyone thinks you’re crazy? Do you play any fantasy football or Survivor NFL picke’m leagues?
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