We are now in the midst of week 6 of the NFL season and by now fantasy football rookies should have their bearings and get the gist of the sport. With 5 weeks under your belt you should have an idea if Fantasy Football is something you are in love with and plan to continue doing. If you haven’t checked your team since the draft then antiquing may be a better way to spend your Sundays. Chances are if you are keeping up with my fantasy football blog you are hooked! Although my contributions to Trade Fantasy Football have solely been for beginners I am actually in my sophomore season. Last year I participated in a money league and ended up doing pretty well (although I didn’t make anything from it.) This year I am involved with several leagues and holding my own for the most part. My fantasy leagues for 2012 however, are all free leagues. Being I have and am participating in multiple formats I wanted to share my position on free vs. paid fantasy football leagues. Even though I did not make anything off the 2011 season, paid leagues are generally much more exciting. The potential payout not only makes winning more rewarding, it keeps all league owners active. From what I have experienced a free league only keeps the top performers and trash talkers interested. That means it’s possible to play a match up with you opponent starting players on a bye week! If you are researching, keeping up, and making adjustments on your team it can really hamper your enjoyment.
As with any type of paid game play the question of legality often comes into question. As far as online fantasy football money leagues, they are 100% legal. Fantasy football is considered a game of skill and is not sports gambling. That means finding reputable and trustworthy online paid fantasy football websites comes with ease. Most of them even take PayPal to make it even easier. Some leagues even offer a weekly payout to the top performers. Although I am tech savvy and a web developer I still prefer to play money leagues with friends and family members. Now the laws on this form of play vary state by state- and being we are a business I have to advise you to do research if you want to get involved with this type of play.
I have included a quote to get you started on your research:
“State and federal authorities have more important things to be concerned about than a group of buddies wagering a few bucks for an entire season on their ability to pick a good fantasy team,” explains Bakersfield, California criminal defense lawyer Mark J. Bigger “I’ve never heard of a single arrest related to fantasy football.”
In conclusion if you are on the fence deciding if you should play a paid vs. free fantasy football league, throw a few bucks at it and get ready for even more excitement!
Web developer, marketer, and entrepreneur by trade - when approached with the project I was excited to be on board. The only problem, I don't know all that much about fantasy football. In my younger days I played Defensive Line in Europe but a background smashing heads doesn't really help with racking up fantasy football points. Last year was the first time I have even attempted to play FF. Learning the basics and doing research prior to the draft made me realize Trade Fantasy Football fills a void. My point of view as "The Rookie" may help other beginners. I imagine as time progresses my role as an "expert" will evolve...but until then feel free to learn along with me.