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Does Fantasy Football change the views of a fan?

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Isaiah Saint Hilaire
  Staff Writer

Interviewing students from across campus, I have been recognizing a pattern that many fans of the NFL have since they have been participating in fantasy football games. They now realize that in order for their fantasy football team to win, they need to pay more attention to the statistics of the players they have on their roster. Not only do they need to pay more attention to the games but they need to listen to NFL analysts more and do more research on the players before picking their respectful fantasy football roster.

When I was interviewing certain students from across campus, I came up with the conclusion that games are closely analyzed by fans who play fantasy football for money. I interviewed a student and he said that he believes that fantasy football has changed the way he watches football games because in fantasy football it is a team of individuals you select from various teams as opposed to when he was not participating in fantasy football, he was simply cheering for the Carolina Panthers. The student was then asked the question, “Should there be rewards (no matter how much it is) in fantasy football?” He replied with “If people are playing for money yes, if not, they should just have fun and enjoy the game as a whole.”

Compiling more data from these fantasy football frenzies, it was clear that word of analysts had a greater effect on fans than the actual research fans dedicated in order to be successful in their fantasy league. It was also clear that fantasy owners still wanted their favorite teams to win, but they also wanted them to lose in the statistical aspect of the game. An example was a student I interviewed and he told me that if the New York Giants were facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he had Antonio Brown as his Wide Receiver, he would still want the Giants to win, but he would want Antonio Brown to compile at least 200 yards of receiving. That signified that fans do stay loyal to their fans and that they do not care about the statistics their favorite team compile. Instead, they enjoy watching their team while simultaneously hope that their fantasy player racks up as many points as they can during the game.

It seems as though fantasy players enjoy watching their team be successful while being successful in their fantasy football league as well. Should players be more loyal to teams and want them to win in all aspects of the game? Another student I interviewed informed me that if they do not stay loyal to their team and want them to win in all aspects of the game, that they are “Not true fans.” That student indicated to me that being a loyal fan means that you should not be rooting for a single players on the opposing team because if you say you are really a fan, you should REALLY want that team to win at all costs. Being a fantasy football fan comes with the responsibility of learning the player’s names and the statistics they have compiled throughout the whole season, and even in past seasons as well. Playing fantasy football gives you the opportunity to learn more about the players and how they play the game.

It can be extremely fun, or boring depending on how frequent you watch the NFL. While interviewing students around the UNCG community, I learned that there are fans who enjoy the game and there are fans that play the game. The fans who enjoy the game are fans who do not play fantasy football, they simply relax in their dorms and spend a Sunday of Fun-Day in their rooms watching their favorite teams play. The fans who play the game do an insurmountable amount of research on their fantasy players leading up to gameday. They gather information about the players, they form opinions on whether or not it is worthwhile to start that player for their fantasy team. The fans who play the game know exactly what to do to even have the slightest chance of winning rewards if played for rewards. What kind of fan are you, the relaxer or the player?

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