Myths of Fantasy Football

Myth No. 1:
You must put in hours and hours of study into fantasy football.

Truth: Everyone has time. If you have 10 minutes a week, you can play fantasy football. After the draft which can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, there is very little you need to do. Each week you log in and check to make sure your best players are in the lineup for that week and that there is no major news about them and you are done. Sure, every league has that one person who spends way too much time checking out players or checking match ups but it is really not necessary. You log in on Tuesday to see who has won your match up and how your players did, then you log in on Friday to make sure your line-up is the way you want it and you are done. 5 minutes each, twice a week. Simple as that.

Myth No. 1:
You must put in hours and hours of study into fantasy football.

Truth: Everyone has time. If you have 10 minutes a week, you can play fantasy football. After the draft which can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, there is very little you need to do. Each week you log in and check to make sure your best players are in the lineup for that week and that there is no major news about them and you are done. Sure, every league has that one person who spends way too much time checking out players or checking match ups but it is really not necessary. You log in on Tuesday to see who has won your match up and how your players did, then you log in on Friday to make sure your line-up is the way you want it and you are done. 5 minutes each, twice a week. Simple as that.

Myth No. 2:
Fantasy Football is only for geeks

Truth: Girlfriends may be paired together in a fantasy league with other girlfriends. Co-workers can play fantasy football for bragging rights and a trophy. Lukewarm football fans can use fantasy to deepen their knowledge of the game or find a new way, and possibly even better way, to follow the NFL. Over 1 million women already play in fantasy football leagues so join this explosive trend.

Myth No. 3:
Only football experts can win at fantasy football.

Truth: Anyone can win a fantasy football league title. Just because the experts might know the players better doesn't mean they will win. Some fantasy players are better than others, but some may do better than expected and some worse than forecasted. Nobody knows for sure which ones those will be. Just imagine the Kentucky Derby. The horses are handicapped and given odds to see who has the best chance of winning. But the odds-on favorite doesn't always win. And in fantasy football, the top-rated players don't always turn out to be the best players at the season's end. Maybe you will draft one of those underrated players that will help you win. We provide draft guides (like cheat sheets) to help you on draft day and weekly advice during the season to help you win every week.

Myth No. 4:
Fantasy football will get in the way of me cheering for my favorite team and cause me to root for teams that I don't like.

Truth: You will find that fantasy football just gives you new ways to follow the NFL without interfering with your enthusiasm for your favorite team. While watching your team play, you'll now find a new appreciation for those stats and score updates that scroll along the bottom of your television set. If you are Chicago Bears fan, you can still pull for your team to win and play fantasy football, its not against the rules and Bears-Nation will not boot you as a fan if you pull for an extra touchdown from one of your players who happens to be on a rival team.

Myth No. 5:
Fantasy points are given out like Weight Watcher points. You are rewarded for personal sacrifice.

Truth: Fantasy points are given when your player does a feat on the football field, such as throw or receive a touchdown, and you get rewarded for his good play.

Myth No. 6:
A fantasy league is like a book club where your friends and/or co-workers meet weekly and share your innermost feelings and deepest thoughts.

Truth: A fantasy league is a weekly competition made up of your friends and/or co-workers who want to score more points than you for pride, bragging purposes or some combination thereof. You face a different owner every week in a head-to-head matchup from a preset schedule. Whoever scores the most points gets a win in the standings.

Myth No. 7:
A football draft happens when a gust of wind nearly knocks you off your seat at a football game, an especially painful fate if you happen to be sitting in frigid Green Bay in December.

Truth: A fantasy football draft is when everyone in your league gathers together and picks players for your team before the NFL season starts. You can get together and do it in person or you can all get together online and do it via an online virtual draft room

Myth No. 8:
Draft cheat sheets are discretely found on the bottom of your league-mate's shoes to help him cheat in the draft.

Truth: Draft cheats are used by everyone to help figure out who to take, who's been taken and who's left in the draft. The players are ranked by their ability to score fantasy points and are categorized into different positions that most fantasy football leagues use: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses.

Myth No. 9:
The best fantasy players are found on Super Bowl teams.

Truth: The best fantasy players are found on both good and bad teams. Your fantasy players get points for touchdowns or yards. Just because the running back on your fantasy team lost in an NFL game, doesn't mean that he had a poor fantasy game. He may have run for 150 yards and scored two touchdowns, which could help your team win even if his effort didn't translate into a victory on the field for his real team.

Myth No. 10:
In order to play fantasy football you have to follow the NFL and sports closely.

Truth: This is not true in anyway. Most every fantasy football website will provide you with more then enough information to play. Sites will rank players for you and provide you with historical stats so you can judge for yourself who to pick, or you can just let the system pick your team for you. Also, with about 20 minutes of research, you can go to any of the top sports sites and read the analysts suggestions for picks and news. Sure it helps to follow sports so that maybe you can find that one sleeper (player who not everyone knows about) but it is not necessary to be competitive in a fantasy football league.

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