Why Do People Play Fantasy Football?

Why Do People Play Fantasy Football?

Hey Fantasy Couch Huseyin The Brain here.
An estimated 75 million people play fantasy sports, 50 million to play
fantasy football. Maybe you’ve been in a league with your friends for several years.
Maybe you have no friends… or maybe you’re wondering why all your co-workers
are always obsessed with fantasy football. Why they spend so many valuable
work hours proposing trades, checking their lineups, checking the scores and
trash-talking. So why exactly do we play fantasy sports, specifically fantasy
football? Well, first before we answer that let’s start off with a quick 7
second history lesson on fantasy sports. Participating in fantasy sports means
that you are the owner, the manager and the coach of your virtual team. Your
virtual team, or fantasy team, competes against other owners of fantasy teams to
see who the winner is. Usually in leagues the first place winner of the league
wins some sort of prize but that’s not a requirement. Back in the 60s 70s and 80s
owners had to tally up the scores by hand using newspaper clippings but
thanks to the Internet all this stuff is tallied up automatically and stored
online. Sites like Yahoo and ESPN made it super easy for the masses to hop on
board and start playing for free. Then the next evolution in this industry
occurred; sites like FanDuel and DraftKings came out with DFS, daily
fantasy sports, allowing participants to draft a new team every week,
every day, maybe even every hour I guess if you wanted to instead of one team for
the entire season. So what does the future hold. The future is shifting
towards fans having more control. Companies like Scorum for instance are
rewarding sports fans for creating content and sports fans for also reading
and voting on that content. There is NoLimitCoin which is similar to
DraftKings and FanDuel but has lower fees because it uses cryptocurrency.
There’s a very ambitious company called FCFL which stands for Fan-Controlled
Football League… well there’s actual football league where fans
control the plays and draft the players Breh… The three last companies that I
mentioned: Scorum, NoLimitCoin and FCFL all use this new technology called
blockchain, it’s very attractive and getting very popular because it has the
opportunity to be decentralized, very secure and also very fair. So that sums
up the past, present and future of fantasy sports, but why do people play
fantasy sports? The competitive nature… look you’re probably not gonna own a
professional sports team, not one in a major league anyways well there’s not a
high chance you’re gonna do that. There’s also not a high chance that you’re gonna
become a pro athlete, but deep down a lot of us love to compete and if you love to
compete then you might like fantasy sports. Fans are always talking and
complaining about what place should have been called, what players should have
been drafted, so on and so forth; if you don’t believe me? Just check Twitter and
Facebook it happens all the time. Well, in fantasy sports you get full
control over your team, you get to be the coach, GM and owner. One of the
biggest draws in fantasy sports, why people keep playing, is the social aspect.
For those of you that are in leagues with coworkers, friends and family; it’s
kind of like a club, it’s kind of like a gang. It’s pretty cool; you get together,
have draft parties, trash talk. That’s really what it is about: the camaraderie,
the the competitiveness, kind of like playing sports but you get to sit on the
couch and do it. Okay that’s great. That’s great. We kind of know why people play
fantasy sports but why is fantasy football the most popular of all fantasy
sports. Well first of all it’s personal preference some people like fantasy
basketball some baseball but football is a weekly competition. The anticipation
for Sunday, there’s quite the build-up, it’s more convenient; you only have to
set your lineup technically once per week, compared to the other sports where
there’s a lot more games you have to set your lineup
every single day. Also when it comes to the NFL each game is more intense, it’s
more magnified, just mathematically it holds more weight because each team only
plays 16 games compared to the other sports where there’s 82 games in
basketball or 164,000 games in baseball. The cats out the bag I like to
play fantasy sports I love the fantasy football but it’s not
for everybody. It’s a game of skill there’s haters out there who think it’s
pure luck but it isn’t. If you constantly keep getting in last place and you’re
never winning, people don’t like to finish in last place so if you keep
sucking at it and you’re no good at it chances are you’re gonna stop playing. It
can be a little bit time-consuming. It requires time to do research, to draft
players, to add players, to drop players, to propose trades, I don’t propose a lot
of trades but trading is good if you’re a master at trading. So some people don’t
have the time to do it. A lot of first time players tell me man I really like
football but when I started playing fantasy football I paid a lot more
attention to the game, a lot more attention to the individual players and
it amplified the game, it intensified it, it made it better. But if you hate sports,
if you can’t stand sports, then fantasy sports is definitely not for you. But
I’ve heard over and over again casual sports fans turned into true fanatics
because of fantasy football. Hopefully this video satisfied your appetite and
answered the question why do people play fantasy sports? You can find links below
in the description to all the brands I talked about. Click The Couch icon over
here and subscribe to the YouTube channel if you haven’t already. Like the
video if you liked it, dislike if you didn’t and I also have a series called
Fantasy Sports University check it out. It’s for beginners intermediate players
and veteran players. I’ll see you on the next video.

23 thoughts on “Why Do People Play Fantasy Football?

  1. It makes the actual games better & also builds a relationship with co-workers & friends. Bragging rights come in every week, and at the end of the season the anticipation to win the money pot is insane. NFL Jerseys, Super Bowl tickets, Game coins etc.

  2. Me and my family started with 8. We all savor our favorite teams and we put our trash talk to the test. We have grown to 2 leagues. We started making new friends because of this and last, but not least, BECAUSE OF THE HOMIE BRAIN…#Much Love Bro

  3. Listen Brain, I just want to be involved in a listener league this year! Been supporting you since 2015 and I'm ready to flex my dominance!

  4. I started playing fantasy football about 3 years ago in an office pool. I didn't know much about fantasy or football. I was always more of a basketball fan. but you're right, because of fantasy I found myself enjoying football more and paying more attention to the players. now I enjoy fantasy more than watching the actual games. for me, the fact that it's free to play and the cool user experience of sites like ESPN make it enjoyable. I want to try dfs and season long leagues with an entry fee to go up against dedicated and competitive players. Brain, invite me to a mock draft!

  5. Nice video) it will be cool, if you would make a video about kinds of fantasy football)
    P.S. I am from Ukraine, so if my English not so good, I am sorry.

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