The quick answer is mostly men in their late 30s that are employed full time and have a decent amount of disposable income. But that’s not really what I am mean. I want to know what type of people play fantasy football. Why I am seeking an answer? Because I am not the type of guy that actually plays fantasy football. Before I dive in, I’ll give you a little background story.
Three years ago my brother (The Trade Expert) came to me and pitched an idea he had for a business. Creating businesses is my love, and being he is my bro, I had to say yes! Prior to this I had never played fantasy football, or fantasy anything for that matter. I thought I could carry my own column and focus on showing new players the ins and outs. So my first column on this site was dubbed “The Rookie”.
For one whole season I attempted to learn how to be a pro at fantasy football. I had a good time and I learned enough to make it interesting. However, when the next season came around I decided not to continue my column. I wanted to keep a good thing going, but I didn’t have the passion needed to carry on.
So how did I do as The Rookie? I was in three leagues. I did mediocre in two and actually won one. Flush with cash, why didn’t I want to play next season? Many reasons, but that is not what this article is about. I want to highlight the different types of fantasy football participants in hopes to find a theme for my new column in 2015. (Spoiler Alert- You are reading this, it’s the first article on my new column)
So with my mastery ninja like Google skills I did a little research. There are many articles highlighting the types of people in your fantasy football league. They feature any from 6-15 different types of folks. From the spoiler alert above, you know that I already know which type I am. However, lets take a look at a couple of the most common types of team owners that you will most likely encounter.
Every league has to have one. Most of my research shows this is an important job and even worse – a thankless job. Guess what? I am not tying to have another job. So this column will not be from the point of some sucker doing a bunch of crap for free.
There always seems to be at least one, and I think there should be more. The girl typically acts like one of the guys but she’s generally a lot hotter. This year Trade Fantasy Football is actually adding a column from a woman’s perspective. So although I am hot, this will not be my column either.
Finally something I can get behind. This is the guy who says he is on board but doesn’t follow through. His team might be auto-drafted, and he’ll never set his line up. I really like the sounds of this! However, this would be a terrible column, probably one that would never get updated! So, this is not me either.
The Super Star (Reigning Champ)
Not me. Next.
This is the guy who loves his team and will draft all the players he can. This guy will loose and will be proud to do so. So this can’t be me. I don’t have a team and I hate to lose.
I could play this game all day. I am not your typical fantasy football player. You should already know that, you are reading my column. So I decided to invent a new type of player and if you follow along, you can be this type of player too. I’d like to introduce – The Hack!
What is a fantasy football hack? The word “hack” has two different meanings. So which am I? Well… both! The most known definition of hack means someone who sucks at what they do. They are terrible and mess things up. Maybe they are lazy? Sounds like a crappy column doesn’t it? Not if you take a look at the new definition of hack. If you are under 50, hack now means a short cut, a cheat. So I plan to combine the two. I will work as little as I can, and cheat as much as I can, and hopefully be victorious. How will I achieve this?
You will have to follow along to see.
What’s a hack? It can describe someone who does crappy work. They don’t care enough to give it their best. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me) there are tons of folks who play fantasy that are hacks. The other meaning of hack is a way to do things a little easier, not always the right way, but easier for sure. My column incorporates both uses of the word. I’m going to show you how to win by doing the least amount of work. Follow along as I highlight fantasy football tips, tricks, and cheats.