Fantastic Fantasy Sports

There is a guy at work that is managing everyone’s fantasy teams. There’s shouting, pleading, trading, and all-around confusion, while the dude tried desperately to figure out the numbers. There is also the issue of finding a good bookie, so reviews like become mandatory reading material. I always wondered about how some fictitious teams of people playing their own games can win or lose against each other, so I did a little digging. You’re welcome.

What Is It?

It is a game, played for fun or money. In it, people who are fans of a particular sport (football, for example), pick their favorite players regardless of their actual teams in order to come up with their own perfect team. You are all trading and going through the league as if you have your own players. If I have Tom Brady, you will have to make do with Andrew Luck, and that is only if you are fortunate enough to either pick him first or trade someone.


Where Do You Play?

Up until the 90s, fantasy sports were a thing sports fans or coworkers did together manually. You would have a designated bookie who would keep track of the leagues, trades, and new players. With the internet, however, there is no more need to make one guy sweat while trying to calculate who goes where.

Is It Betting?

Only if you want it to be, and if your country/state allows it. Bookies love new opportunities to expand their market, and fantasy sports are a great way to do this. With the internet, it is certain that there are people betting on fantasy sports. There is a huge number of laws and regulations that allow fantasy betting on the grounds that they see them as real betting.

On the other hand, there are just as many laws that prohibit any form of money exchanging hands for this purpose, be it online or offline. So, before you start drafting your picks, make sure you have done your research on your local gambling laws and how fantasy sports fit into that picture.

How Does It Work?

It is impossible for players from different teams and leagues come together to help you out against a similar team compiled by your opponent in real life. It is for this reason that statistics come into play. The average score of the player, the fact that they are having a good or bad season, as well as their foul plays and injuries are all necessary to determine the outcome of pretend matches.

Daily Fantasy Sport

A variation of fantasy betting is the DFS, which consist of contests played during a single week of a season. They first came out in 2007, and have since been a favorite of those who want to try out fantasy sports betting and see what it truly is about. Fewer than 20 US states have declared that this is a game of skill, rather than chance, and is therefore okay to bet on.