Your Fantasy Season: One Day or One Year?

Ari McCoy, Staff Writer

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During the fall season, no sport dominates Staples like football. However, it is not just professional or collegiate football: fantasy football has taken over the student population, capturing their attention and consuming their time.

There are two basic types of fantasy football leagues, and both present unique challenges: season long and daily.

Most season long leagues will draft shortly before the regular season begins. For daily leagues, each week team owners redraft their teams, with each available player given a salary amount based off of their estimated fantasy value, and teams given a spending limit. Both types are extremely popular at Staples, and almost everyone has their preference.

Daily leagues offer appeal to many fantasy enthusiasts. The idea of starting over each week may be a challenge to some, and others find that as relaxing, since they know that they aren’t stuck with the players they may have drafted the week before. the big draw, however, is the reward. Fanduel alone claims that over $2 million are available to win every week.

“I decided to start playing because I found the idea interesting and a good opportunity to capitalize of my NFL knowledge with real world rewards,” said Ben Harizman ’17.

Many people don’t like the idea of daily leagues and prefer the challenges of season long leagues. Year long leagues have added features which are not present in daily leagues, such as trading and free agency.

Injuries are a significantly more important factor in season long leagues, as your players stay on your roster for more than a few days. Drafting a player for the season means you are stuck with whatever production he brings to the team, so if you draft a player who underperforms, that can hurt your team and potentially knock you out of the playoffs.

These challenges are what drives many season long fantasy team owners.

“What I don’t like about daily leagues is the absence of skill to an extent. What I mean by that is picking a third string running back or wide receiver that has a great week is almost entirely coincidental,” Julian Ross ’17 said.

Fantasy football is not just about skill and strategy, however. Websites such as ESPN and CBS Sports have made it easy for people to make leagues with their friends.

“Season long leagues are a lot of fun with friends. There is no relationship in daily leagues,” Harris Lipton ’17 said.

Although it may not be “real,” fantasy football maintains its place as one of the most prominent fall sports at Staples.

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