Fantasy Football Is A Must

5 Reasons Fantasy Football Is A Must If You're A Football Fan (Or Want To Be)

If you're not already playing, shame on you, but here's five reasons to get you on the bandwagon. There's plenty of room!

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One of the first rules of fantasy football is that nobody wants to hear about your fantasy football team. Well, I'm going to break that rule here.

1. Makes every game interesting

If you're an avid fan of a pro team, you already have a vested interest in the game your team is playing in. The great thing about fantasy is that you will have players on teams you're not used to following. Not only does it make those games inherently more interesting, it gives you a player to root for, a match-up to watch, a "hero" vs. a "villain" that has an impact on your team. You can become frustrated with that player when they don't perform, hate their offensive coordinator if they're not getting the ball in the hands of your player, cuss out the quarterback if they choose to throw the ball to other guys on the team. Either way, you're watching other games with more than a casual interest.

2. Helps you understand the game

If you're just a casual fan looking to get more knowledge of the sport, fantasy football is a great place to start. There are plenty of platforms to choose from, whether it's ESPN's fantasy app, the Yahoo! sports app, or DraftKings, the list goes on and on. These apps have lots of cool features to help educate you about the game, with projections for the week, videos from fantasy "experts" talking about match-ups season-long expectations, and a plethora of statistics and information to dive into. There's more tools and information available on these apps and sites than ever to help you get a better sense of the game. Every week, you'll gain a better understanding of your team and your league, which will ultimately give you more confidence when setting your lineup.

3. You never know what you're going to get

Every week is different. Guys you think are locks to have a big week will end up breaking your heart. Players expected to put up a measly 7 points could end up scoring big time and winning you your matchup. It's a week-to-week proposition, and you truly never know what you're going to get.It's a season-to-season proposition as well. Who would have thought Adam Thielen would be the leading scorer for wide receivers in fantasy this year? No sane person was predicting that months ago. (Several years ago, I drafted Thielen in my dynasty league. Everyone thought I was stupid at the time. Now I'm in first place in my league, in large part due to Thielen producing big time. That's not a humble brag, that's just a brag.)

Fantasy football is frustrating as hell sometimes, but is so worth it when you set the perfect lineup and barely beat out your opponent by just a few points. I can say with confidence there is an unmistakable high you get when you need a player to come through in the clutch when you're down a few points and that player narrowly delivers. It's euphoric when it goes your way, and heartbreaking when it doesn't.

4. Different formats

There's more than one way to set up your league. Some leagues are standard (draft new players every year), some dynasty (draft a new bench of rookies every year, keep your starters). Some PPR (point per reception), some half PPR. You can get in leagues where you draft a new team every week. You can put money on the leagues, or just play for fun. You can get into leagues with your friends, or draft against a bunch of random competitors. If one isn't enough, you can do a combination of all of the above and jump in several leagues at once. The point is, you've got options in whatever league you decide to do.

5. Keep in touch with friends

Fantasy is a great way to keep in touch with friends you may not keep up with otherwise. Sports are an easy bridge for people to start conversations with. It's easy to get people excited when you start a conversation with, "Aaron Rodgers sure balled out this weekend," especially if your buddy's starting him as his QB.

I have a real life example. I'm in a dynasty league with my fraternity brothers. We plan to keep the league going long after we graduate college and that'll be a fun way for us to stay in touch with each other each year. The loser is required do something embarrassing. This year we've settled on an outdoor, shirtless workout in the middle of winter on the balcony of our downtown apartment, complete with blaring music. It's going to be ridiculous.

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When God Gives A Girl A Brother

He gives her a best friend.
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My brother is only 18 months younger than I am, but he's also at least a foot taller than me. Growing up with someone so close to my age has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Yes, there was a time when I thought every single little thing he did was annoying and his feelings towards me were mutual. Yes, we still get into arguments and disagreements. But for the most part, we enjoy each others company. When God gives a girl a brother, He gives her...

1. A listener

I always have someone to talk to. No matter what, when, or where. Some of my favorite moments are spent chatting my brother's ears off while he absent-mindedly nods and continues to play x-box. Sometimes he just listens and doesn't say anything. Sometimes he gives me long replies. He always knows just how to react to what I am saying to him, which is why I tell him almost everything.

2. A protector

When I think about the man that my brother has become, it seriously brings tears to my eyes. He's so big!! How did this happen? I can remember when I was little and could boss him around and he would actually do whatever I said. Now I'm scared that if he hugs me too hard, I might break in half. My brother cares about me, and lets me know it. I'm so thankful to know that he is there for me no matter what and would do anything to keep me from harm.

3. A dance partner

Another favorite memory is dancing to Juju on that beat in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner (or dancing with us). Or any other time any other song is on... in any other place... LOL. My brother and I are different in a lot of ways, but we both have no problem busting a move together.

4. A Sonic date

"Hey, wanna go get a sonic drink?" "Yeah, if you're buying!" This is a typical conversation for us, and he actually really does usually buy my food! (With mom's credit card sometimes, does that still count?)

5. An example

Being the older sister, I sometimes feel like I have let my brother down in a lot of ways in that he is probably an example to me more than I am to him. He is incredibly smart, talented, and hard working. Kids FLOCK to this guy, and he has the most creative mind ever. Seriously, I'm so nervous that my future kids are going to like their funny uncle more than me. He's way cooler than I am, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

6. Comic relief

If you've never heard a "Lane Prevett story," pull up a chair. I will be glad to make you cry from laughing so hard. There's no way you can spend time with him and not laugh. And that, to me, is the best kind of person to be.

7. A best friend

My brother is a lot of things, but my favorite thing about him is that he is my best friend. Yes, we aggravate each other. Sometimes he plays his music too loud, and sometimes I take up all the internet so that he can't play video games. But I know that he would do anything for me, and he knows the same goes for him.

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They Really Are The Same Old Jets

They do not know how to run a football team and have somehow turned a once-promising offseason into one of angst, anxiety, and disappointment.

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As a collective group us Jets fans do not expect much from the franchise, we are aware of their struggles and we take all of the negative shade other fans throw at us.

However, not even a month ago I wrote an article truly believing that these "New" New York Jets were going to turn it all around, that this new regime might have just figured it out, that our owners just might have fallen upon something. They released sick new jerseys, signed arguably the best two available free agents in linebacker CJ Mosley and running back Leveon Bell. The team also brought in offensive guru Adam Gase as their head coach and Greg Williams as defensive coordinator.

Everything seemed right in Jets land, I mean they were not even the laughing stock of New York, that title belonged to the Giants all off-season.

Until it didn't.

Around a month later from that first article I wrote, I am here righting another article feeling completely different about the state of the franchise. The amount of hope I had for this team going into the future has almost been completely ripped away from me and all I feel is the disheartening truth that the Jets will never be different. You might be wondering what I am talking about, and if you follow the NFL, I am sure you already know what I am talking about but for those who don't here it is...

The Jets fired their General Manager Mike Maccagnan. Okay someone was fired, no big deal. No, this is a big deal. A GM's job in the NFL is to build a team. Sign players, draft players, build a culture and evaluate players. The Jets ended last season by firing their head coach Todd Bowlers. Christopher Johnson the acting owner of the team decided to hang on to GM Macagnan feeling he has done a good enough job for one more chance at building a winner. Maccagnan and Johnson worked closely together to find the next head coach Adam Gase and entered the off-season with the second most cap space in football a young QB and the #3 pick in the draft. Like I said before all was good in Jets world. Then May 15th happened.

I mean the Jets firing Maccagnan is not what is so bothersome in this situation, it is the timing. I mean do they realize they could have just gotten rid of this guy back in January before the whole off-season and opened up what probably would have been the most attractive job in football... a lot of money a young QB and the 3rd pick. But no, that would have made too much sense for the Jets and that is why they did not do it. This move has been a bombshell, unnecessary drama surrounding this team because of incompetent owners. It is really unfortunate. There is a part of me that wants to believe the media is making this seem so much worse than it actually is because, let's be honest, that is what sports media does.

But with the Jets, it is always different.

The impossible, the crazy, the most bone-heading, mind-boggling things are 100% possible. As my favorite radio voice, Joe Benigno said, "the Jets are a disgrace... they are not even a second class team, they are like an 8th class team." He is right on the money there. Unfortunately, the team I hate that I love will never be a 1st class organization with continuing to make unbelievable move after unbelievable move. They are a place I'm sure people really have to be desperate to work at because the owners do not have a clue about the game of football. They do not know how to run a football team and have somehow turned a once-promising offseason into one of angst, anxiety, and disappointment.

When this article posts this story will probably be a week or so old, so who knows the Jets might have found their next GM, and it could be an executive everyone raves about, but at this very moment, I do not even know what to say anymore, other than this team will forever and always be the SAME OLD JETS...

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