Fantasy football has reached an all time high in popularity, and students, along with faculty, are jumping on the bandwagon.
“I’ve been playing fantasy football for a long time now,” senior resident assistant Marshall Suplee said.
The men in DeVol hall are no strangers to fantasy football; they have traditionally started a fantasy football league on campus.
“This is my second year managing my floor’s league,” Suplee said. “The DeVol past and present league is where we have students participating who are currently living in my wing or have previously.”
Fantasy football gives fans more to look forward to during their Sundays. Instead of just sitting in front of a television, league players are constantly keeping up with players, stats and scores.
“I usually wouldn’t care about watching games besides the Eagles, but it makes me watch the other games to check on my players,” Suplee said.
Fantasy football not only helps people to understand the game, but also educates league players on specific players in the NFL.
However, league players can sometimes find themselves in a predicament when it comes to drafting a player from a rival team or when they see their favorite team lose to one of their picked players.
“Last year I rooted for Demarco Murray who plays for the cowboys and I hate the cowboys,” Suplee said. “This year I have Peyton Manning and had to watch him destroy my Eagles.”
“I picked Trent Richardson because I always have to pick someone from Cleveland to represent,” junior sports management major Damien Russell said.
Also, NFL players can sometimes get traded by other teams during the early season, which can cause problems in league players’ picks. These moves shock not only the NFL league, but also fantasy players.
Recently traded Browns football player Trent Richardson is a prime example of how picking a hometown player doesn’t always work out the way a league player anticipates.
“I was mad,” Russell said. “But he wasn’t really producing so it wasn’t too bad.”
Although some participants take fantasy football very seriously, others just play for the fun of it .
“I don’t take it seriously unless it’s a paid league,” Russell said. “If it was a paid league I would have been all in.”
Sometimes fantasy football players join multiple leagues, but some league players may decide to put all their chips in one bag.
“I’m only in one league because I like to root for a smaller selection of players,” athletic trainer Jordan Kocher said.“I’m undefeated this year and don’t plan on losing anytime soon.”
Many fans look for opportunities to feel like they are part of the game. Fortunately, social media has found a way to incorporate everyone in the game since the arrival of fantasy football.