It's pre-school level knowledge: Fantasy football is fucking HUGE. It's a big-money enterprise, and is part of the reason the NFL is the most powerful pro sports league in the world (besides maybe the EPL). Some of you may even be "that guy..."
The one who gets as worked up about your fantasy team(s) as you do about your real NFL team... The one who won't SHUT THE FUCK UP about how some player screwed your fantasy team last week... I could go on, but it was this type of behavior that totally soured me on fantasy football for a long time.
But then I realized something.. I could play God. :-]
I started my own league, and as Commissioner I realized I really enjoyed setting things up, establishing the rules my own way, etc. My league (it's on Yahoo!) is populated entirely by people I know in real life, which also helps makes it more fun.
Last year was our first season.. 18 teams, and we all played each other once. There were no playoffs; The team with the best record was declared the champion (with points scored being the tie-breaker). So that was one weird method I used: A soccer league system for Fantasy Football.
I finished tied for the best overall record, but took 2nd based on points scored. I did this despite the fact I refused to have players from the following teams on my roster:
That's almost a 5th of the league! Plus, I was bested by a team that had Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady and Randy Moss... Hard to beat that trio.
I also set up some non-conventional rules.. I don't want to bore you, but one thing I did in the league was adjust the QB scoring so fuck-ups (sacks, INTs, incompletions) were harshly punished, making accurate, West Coast style QBs more valuable... Gee, I wonder why I'd do that? :-]
Anyway, as we get closer to leagues starting up again, I'm interested in how y'all look at fantasy football. Are you into it? Do you hate it? Do you play for money?