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3 August 2011 - 12:12pm

Fantasy Sports

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I'm curious if anyone out there is playing, plans to play, or has played fantasy sports? For those of you not in the know, here is a good description of what fantasy sports are (courtesy of Wikipedia):

A fantasy sport is a game where participants act as owners to build a team that competes against other fantasy owners based on the statistics generated by the real individual players or teams of a professional sport. The most common variant converts statistical performance into points that are compiled and totaled according to a roster selected by a manager that makes up a fantasy team.

I dabbled in fantasy NHL Hockey, NFL American Football and MLB Baseball waaaay back in the day and fantasy American Football a few years ago, but I have been out of that game for a few years since moving to Serbia. I have to admit that it was actually quite a bit of fun, but I found it to be a bit too....well....consuming. After really getting into it I started following sports more avidly (too avidly) and watching every game out there to root for my teams and my fantasy players. It just took up too much of my time and energy so I decided to stop, but I'll admit that the temptation comes back every once in awhile.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't playing fantasy sports have an added benefit for those involved in sportsbetting? My assumption comes from the premise that to play fantasy sports well one would have to learn as much about a sport as possible. So, wouldn't the knowledge that one gains in order to succeed in fantasy sports be applicable to sportsbetting as well?

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29 August 2011 - 1:27pm

Houston Texans runningback Arian Foster is, as it turns out, NOT a big fantasy football guy:

Although he is, in my humble opinion, correct in his frustration, I believe that lashing out on Twitter is probably not the way to go...

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29 August 2011 - 4:38pm

I love fantasy football and hockey, although I can go without baseball as it is just too many games to keep track of (162) as opposed to NFL with 16 games or NHL at 82.

I am currently in a fantasy American football league at work and even though the season hasn't started, we have all drafted our players and are trash talking already. It is a lot of fun 😂. We have wagers in to make it even more interesting; some involve money and others involve having to wear something embarassing to work.

I would figure that you would be correct in terms of sportsbetting, knowledge of the sport by studying up for your fantasy team could definitely apply. I just don't think I could dedicate that much time to it.

FYI, My current NFL fantasy team is built like this:

QB- Phillip Rivers
RB- Jamaal Charles
RB- Ryan Matthews
WR- Santonio Holmes
WR- Larry Fitzgerald
TE- Vernon Davis
Swing Spot- Ahmad Bradshaw (RB)
Kicker- Sebastian Janikowski
Defense- New York Giants

Matt Ryan-QB
Matthew Stafford-QB
Steven Jackson-RB
Anquan Boldin-WR
Reggie Wayne-WR
Baltimore Ravens Defense

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30 August 2011 - 11:32am

Aside from your runningbacks your team appears to be stacked. Is this a 10-team league? Your depth at QB and WR is insane (in a good way).

My experience with fantasy baseball is that it's not much more taxing than fantasy hockey at all. Hockey basically requires you to check in once a day. Baseball requires the same thing more or less. I think part of the reason Fantasy American Football so appealing is that it's a once a week gig.

If I were living in the states I would definitely sign up for a league, but it's tough to devote the kind of attention needed to it with a 6 hour time zone difference. Everyone in North America has a leg up on me when it comes to information and things like game-time injury decisions and the like. It's not possible to watch the Monday night game to see if your star QB who is questionable will be able go or not because, well, the game starts at 2 am!

Now, if I could play just for fun I would, but.....well, I can't. I'm always in it to win it! 🙂

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2 September 2011 - 7:19am

I have played a lot of fantasy football (soccer) in my time. I used to be in a league with some friends that the Times newspaper in England ran. The best thing about it was that it had a proper transfer system. You set up the league with your friends, and each team in the league could sign a player only once. So you had a night at the pub where you all did a draft or auction to pick your players for your team. Then throughout the season you could trade players, so there was some real negotiation involved in the transfers. It was so much better than the regular games where most teams have the same 3 or 4 gun players. There were also a few other unique features that made it really good.

And then they shut it down last year. 😢

If I had the time I would make my own version of that game because it was awesome (a couple of us started doing it a while back but real life kind of put a stop to it).

Have you guys tried FanDuel? Its a fantasy sports site for American sports where you can wager on the results. But the deal is that there is a new league every game day. It is classed as a game of skill so it doesn't have the same problems as depositing at a casino. The games are set up a bit like poker - you can join a $1, $5, or $10 game for example. I want to give it a go but I don't know enough about American sports ... I would be easy pickings!

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18 October 2011 - 4:42pm

In line with the unique fantasy game theme, here is a rather interesting concept. A CNN article writes, "Forget about baseball, football and the Academy Awards. The hottest new fantasy-league game involves the (United States) Supreme Court. A month-old Web site called allows people to predict all of the high court's pending cases."

Link to the site:
Link to the article I just quoted:

Great thing if you're into all things legal, I suppose!

Does anyone else know of any kooky fantasy or sports-style betting?


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10 January 2012 - 11:12am

the best fantasy game for me is UEFA fantasy football!!!
I have been playing this game for years...

here is the link!
I always make my team mostly with Real Madrid players and I almost always lose 😂 because that ugly Barca is doing better in recent years 😢

here is the link